Sponsor Welcome: Modernizing Traditional China & Crystal with Herend

I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my wedding registry regrets it’s not picking a more old-school traditional formal china pattern. At 25 years old and living in a tiny condo with Andrew I never thought I’d ever want or need fancy china. Now I’m thinking of picking a pattern that I can collect over time in an attempt to remedy that. But traditional china doesn’t mean your set table will look like Grandma’s.  Using some fabulous traditional pieces from new EOS sponsor, and long-standing pinnacle of fine tabletop items, Herend and Moser crystal, I wanted to show how to mix and match classic items with modern flair to create a really gorgeous table perfect for a dinner party or holiday meal.

The key here is to keep the basics (dinner plates, glasses, chargers) traditional and high end and then mix in accents like napkins, an accent plate and centerpiece to modernize the scheme. I love pairing modern gold flatware with classic gold banded china- it’s the perfect pairing.
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1. Moser crystal wine decanter // 2. Modern brass wine stoppers // 3. Moser Mozart crystal stemware // 4. Herend Silk ribbon charger (comes in tons of colors!) // 5. Herend Golden Laurel dinner plate // 6. Liz Caan for Jill Rosenwald splatter accent plate // 7. Vera Wang gold flatware // 8. West Elm gold ikat print napkin // 9. Crate & Barrel brass napkin ring // 10. Crate & Barrel modern brass candle holders // 11. Herend accent dish // 12. Brass salt and pepper shakers // 13. Classic but modern florals (these via Jayson Home, loving Winston Flowers summer collection too).

Picnic Season

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I have this strange obsession with eating outside. I am happier eating a nondescript burrito on a patio on a warm spring night that I am eating a fancy meal inside. Which makes me a big fan of picnics! I’ve reminded Andrew over and over that nothing is more romantic that a husband who packs a picnic as a surprise after a long week. Even if it’s just to be eaten in your backyard. But men can be dense when it comes to blatant requests for romance, so I will be packing my own picnics this season most likely, which is okay because then I know they’ll be pretty :)  When it comes to packing up a basket there are a few essentials- great wine, real wine glasses (stemless for lawn-balancing), disposable plates for less messy clean up, cheese and crackers and a great blanket!

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Summer In A Bottle

Last summer I spent some time in the Hamptons with a client and she served me a fantastic rose- turns out it was local, from the Hampton’s own Wolffer Estates Vineyard. Since then I’ve been on their e-mail list and when I saw the new release from them, a rose called “Summer in a Bottle” I about flipped. Over the bottle itself! While I’m sure the dry blush wine is delightful, that bottle is insanely great! And I love the name too.  It’s the perfect thing to bring to any summer dinner parties or events.

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It inspired me to design a little tabletop scheme based on this fun, flirty bottle design. A mix of graphic black and white with bold floral melamine plates, acrylic glassware and hints of gold it’s cheery and bold, setting the perfect mood for a patio dinner party. (Hint: when using bold plates or tablecloths always keep your flowers one single color to avoid an overpowering look!)

Now how do I find a way to change Massachusetts law to allow the shipping of booze into our state?

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A Sweet Inspiration

I am not the best cook- I actually leave a lot of the fancier, savory cooking to Andrew who seems to have developed a keen interest and knack for whipping up dinners for us (lucky girl, right?) I however am a pretty darn good baker. I have always loved baking, perhaps because I find it to be a bit more joyful and therapeutic (I cannot stand handling raw meat, like, it’s bordering on a phobia…but buttercream? SURE THING!) Baking also can also be incrediblly aesthetic, colorful and pretty- so really it’s more up my alley. The decorating of the food world (perhaps cooking is more the architecture? Am I going too far in my analogies here?) So when I saw this speckled egg cake I just about keeled over. I really want to try to make this, alas, my cake decorating skills are still a bit on the juvenile side. My delicate splatters would probably end up looking more Jackson Pollack than this. But how darling is this for an Easter table???
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I would have a hard time cutting it. If I could, I imagine the inside would be something lemon-y and maybe coconut-y? Can you tell I have a major sweet tooth?

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A cake like this deserves to be the showpiece and so I thought I’d create a whole table setting based on this very cake.  Classic robin’s egg blue mixed with natural accents and white is the perfect holiday table color scheme. I adore it.

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Charger // Turquoise Plate // Wine Glass // Straws // Water Glass // Lily of the Valley // Candleholders // Gold Flatware // Serving Boards // Cake Plate // Napkins // Place Cards // Chocolate Eggs

Introducing Bateau! My New Collection with Jill Rosenwald

I am SO SO SO excited to finally release this collection to the world! Jill and I have so much fun collaborating on projects- and this new collection came very naturally as Jill and I both have a serious addiction to striped shirts.  There have been many a discussion in our studio about who makes the most perfect one, so when I was thinking about a new pattern for the Erin Gates Collection, I immediately went to stripes.  And of course in black and white with a light grey interior and a hint of gold! They are all available to order on Jill’s website right now! And if you are dying for this pattern in another color (navy would be adorable) contact us about custom color options!

The cocktail tray- an awesome size for small appetizers.

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The Dip Bowl- Paired with the Cocktail Tray it makes a great set!

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Cream & Sugar Set- ADORABLE.

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Coffee Mug- It’s the perfect size with a big, but sleek handle.

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#6 Vase- A great size for a single bunch of flowers on a coffee table or nightstand.

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Monogram Ritz Tray- A FABULOUS gift- a great catchall for small things like jewelry!

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(the new lowercase monogram is a sweet, modern detail)

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Here are some shots of the collection in my home, which inspired the color combo of black, white, grey and gold!

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I totally love using the cream and sugar pieces as a mini vase and little bowl for jewelry or bobby pins in my bathroom!

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The good news is that this whole collection goes perfectly with wine. :)

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You can also still buy pieces from my last collection, which mixes will with Bateau!

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