A Spring Table

I saw this gorgeously spring-y dining room by Nathan Turner in House Beautiful and thought it was just so cheery and lovely and something worth replicating.  However, scenic wallpaper like this is so expensive not many people can use it int heir own homes.  So instead I used this image as an influence for a spring table perfect for Easter celebrations or any springtime fete…


I started with this china by Jasper Conran which is the perfect compliment to the green chinoiserie wallpaper! I would use woven seagrass chargers as an homage to the woven window treatments.  Centerpieces made of greenery and kumquat branches in footed milkglass urns are simple but stunning.  I am pretty obsessed with this gold bamboo flatware and may need to refresh my silverware drawer with it ASAP.  This splatter serving platter is such a fun compliment to the chinoiserie pattern as are the linen and blue monogrammed napkins and green wine glasses. So fun! Lots of white in the tablecloth and pitcher let the colored items really sing.


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Tempting Tabletop Collections

I’ve always loved a good tabletop setting, oogling many a dinner party set up on Pinterest with the best of them. Yet I personally own pretty boring stuff to set a table with. As of late I’ve been picking up some interesting pieces (striped plates from OKL, a set of fabulous Herend salad plates from my mother in law) and hoping to keep adding to that collection -where I’ll store it all, I have no clue!  I’ve said before I regret not registering for patterned , fancy china (particularly this set) when I got married.  I mean, when else are you going to spend the money to get such stuff?  The answer: never!  So I try to encourage brides to not think about their lifestyle now but down the road when they maybe actually own a dining table and want to throw parties.

So here are three new collections I’m loving- starting with this amazing collection from Raynaud in partnership with the fabulous wallpaper company Fromental.  I love this style wallpaper, and so obviously I love it translated into china!  You can get just some salad plates to add to simple white dinnerware or perhaps register for the whole shebang.

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.

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


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.


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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