If you have been reading this blog for any extended period of time I’m sure you recall my obsession with Juliska’s Country Estate pattern. So when they asked me to collaborate with them for a Thanksgiving tablescape post I literally leaped at the chance (no literally, I am pretty sure there was upward movement, perhaps with a clicked heel?)
Choosing between the delft and the flint colorway was TORTURE. In the end, my sensible, neutral-forward brain chose flint– a warm grey, it really could go with anything- bold colored napkins, chargers, tablecloths…. it seemed to be the most practical. And perfect for Thanksgiving with it’s earthy tones.
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I will admit, this bride has been a blog reader in the past (not sure if she still is now) and we’re friends on Facebook because of that. And when I clicked on a link to her wedding she posted this week I was bowled over. Like, yelled out loud “holy sh*t!” as I scrolled through the pictures by Jose Villa on Martha Stewart Weddings. Talk about the most dreamy, fall wedding there ever was. As a wannabe/frustrated wedding planner (I considered the career for about a minute after getting married) I love inspecting all the details that go into events like this. They relate greatly to interiors too– see the end of my post for a holiday tablescape based on this wedding!
I get sooooooooo excited when it turns time to eat outside. I just adore alfresco dining- be it at home or when out to eat. Seeing as we get out a lot less than we used to now that we have Henry, entertaining on our quaint back patio will be more frequent this summer for sure.
image via Cote de Texas/ House & Garden
Melamine table wear is essential for patio dining (and also an excellent choice for indoor dining too- especially with little ones). And the advances in melamine style-wise has been crazy amazing in the past couple years. I spotted these marble patterned ones at Pier 1 and designed this whole tablescape around them– it’s elegant, rustic and all shatterproof! I think I need to make this whole situation happen for my own house STAT! Using real flatware and linen napkins makes an outdoor table feel substantial even when everything else is acrylic.
Life has been so incredibly frantic and crazy busy as of late (hence why this post is going up so late- currently typing from my car in between meetings!) One things that happens to me when life gets like this is that I find myself desperate to streamline the “things” in my life. Too much stuff taking up space physically and mentally just adds to the clutter of life. As of late I’ve wanted to streamline my casual tableware- I currently have such a mish-mash of stuff and I hate it.
What’s hard is editing out things that have emotional significance- hand-me-downs from family, coffee mugs that remind you of times past and stuff that is too new to toss but create no joy in your life (I think I need to read Marie Kondo’s book STAT). So I’m opening up my cabinets (some more embarrassing than others) and trying to find a way to clean them up and make things simpler visually (I find that when things are tidy visually, my mind feels calmer!)
This is my “nice” cabinet- vintage glassware, items from my line with Jill Rosenwald, my wedding china (maybe used twice in 12 years) and some heirloom Herend dessert plates from my other in law. This cabinet doesn’t bother me so much, but really I could put my nice china in storage until the day I have a formal dining room to create some more room.
I am SO excited to finally launch my new collection with my friend and incredible ceramicist Jill Rosenwald! You may have seen me instagramming it in the past couple months as we developed it and FINALLY it’s available to order! Recently we did a little shoot with Sarah Winchester to show off the wares in use, and I am thrilled with the result. I wanted to do a modern, painterly take on classic blue and white china patterns like Blue Willow and Royal Copenhagen. I LOVE the loose, fun quality of these pieces (all hand thrown and hand painted in Boston) and the gold rims just add a little extra sparkle.