I ordered the new Markham Roberts book last week and finally got some time to flip through it yesterday. It’s a fascinating study on traditional decorating with an edge- full of bold color and mixed patterns. One image, of the author/designer’s own upstate home, totally inspired me palette wise. Chartreuse and beige, baby! I thought why not make an unexpected Thanksgiving table out of it? No one said you have to use orange and red and turkeys on T-day! I wanted to incorporate gold, wood, color and some old school patterns together with modern touches to craft something really fun but formal enough for a family celebration.
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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).
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I find that when it comes to dishware and glassware I have always played it safe. I’ve said it before, a major wedding registry regret of mine was not going bold with a classic, colorful china pattern. While there is something clean and easy about all white dishes and simple clear glass stemware and bar ware- I am deathly bored by it. Which is why I am still plotting to get myself these dinner plates once my renovation is done and have fallen in LOVE with these beautiful glasses from The Little Market (Lauren Conrad’s shop). Handmade in Mexico and PERFECT for summer, they have gorgeous patterns (I prefer the more vine-like one) that would spice up any dinnerware set.
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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???
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?
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.
Charger // Turquoise Plate // Wine Glass // Straws // Water Glass // Lily of the Valley // Candleholders // Gold Flatware // Serving Boards // Cake Plate // Napkins // Place Cards // Chocolate Eggs
Once I actually decide on dining chairs (still haven’t, time is TICKING) I plan on entertaining a lot more than I have. And since my patio renovation is about to break ground (YAY) I may actually be having dinner parties outside sooner than inside! I love eating outside- I don’t care as much what the food is as long as the ambiance is great and there is a cool summer breeze. When I saw this image from Aerin Lauder I felt totally inspired to set a table:
I love the colors and the mix of fancy and casual elements on the table. And then I went in search of other green and blue inspired tables…
And here’s my table design inspired by Aerin’s spring table…..
1. William Yeoward Claire crystal (my mom has this and it’s SO gorgeous) 2. Wisteria vases 3. White tulip bouquets 4. Haviland’s Jardin Francaise china 5. bamboo flatware (cheaper version HERE) 6. Linen monogrammed napkin 7. Centerpiece brass accents 8. Woven charger 9. Juliska bamboo china (mix in with the above) 10. Ikat fabric (have a seamstress whip you up a tablecloth!)