Pretty lilacs, peonies and roses lose their seemingly too-sweet disposition when united in the clashiest combination of hot pink, mauve and orange. To counter their intensity, we laid the table with plain glass goblets, boldly patterned china and an icy-gray silk-damask tablecloth. A second, smaller bouquet, perched on a pile of books, prevents the moment from feeling too proper.
GOBLETS Nason and Moretti murano glass $535/set of six, mossonline.com GLASS BOTTLE (similar to shown) "Lisbon" decanter $89 conranusa.com PLATES Royal Crown Derby porcelain "Midwinter Blue" $145 each, neimanmarcus.com for stores FABRIC (used as tablecloth) G.P. & J Baker silk "Belvedere Damask" $250/yard, leejofa.com for information WALL PAINT (similar to shown) Borrowed Light, farrow-ball.com