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informal table set with organic-feel wooden plates, pottery bowls and birch-wrapped candles

Holiday Table Thoughts

Six tablescapes offer a range of attitudes toward festive style. The holidays will be very low key at our house. It’s been a somber twelve months filled with family loss and illness that hasn’t left me feeling super celebratory. But the calendar has its own reality which should never be ignored, plus I’ve learned that […]

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blue and white country table setting from laurel leaf farm

Mixed Pattern Tablescapes

Various patterns are combined in both the tableware and cotton napkins selections Next time you set the table, mix dishes, silverware and linens to create a unique dining experience.  A unifying thread will pull things together.  This outdoor table is set for a casual afternoon meal with handmade dinnerware by Austin ceramicist Claudia Reese.  Various […]

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red and white settings on Arpad Baska's architecture-inspired table

Natural Designer Tablescapes

For Earth Day, a group of tables inspired by nature. Some 45 fantasy tables were created by New York designers in March at the “Dining by Design” benefit for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids)  associated with the Architectural Digest Home Design show. Each was created by a different sponsor and no two were alike. […]

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pink dogwood, white and purple hyacinths from the spring garden

Swedish Heirloom Tablescape

On a Spring table, I mix of Swedish dishes, American crystal, Venetian linens and flea-market silver. Five years ago I fell in love with dishes I saw online at an auction. Stacked and glittering, the lot featured more than 100 pieces plus a variety of serving plates that would take a lifetime to collect. It […]

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Ocean Pacific ceramics from Heath’s Plaza line

Heath Tableware

There’s a soft spot in my heart for Heath Ceramics Their stoneware was incredibly popular in California, where I grew up, and I came to appreciate the early concept of their “wiped rims” — that expose the color of the clay — after I took pottery classes in college at UCLA during my art studies. […]

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