. . . when it comes to table settings, nearly always prefer a light and ethereal colour palette — white and gold and perhaps, only on occasion, a dash of hollywood cerise, but as the days drift steadily toward chillier temperatures, have been falling for deeper and richer hues — cobalt & hermès, sunrise & cerulean — intermingled, of course, with elegantly patterned table linens and astonishingly lovely chandeliers dripping in glittering crystals and bits of gold . . .