Posts Tagged ‘table decor’

The Look: Casual Classics

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For You

Kate Moss stripes and red

 

For Your Table

 

PB striped ceramic drink dispenser

Pottery Barn Ceramic Stripe Drink Dispenser

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Fiestaware in Scarlet

Fiestaware in Scarlet

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Fiestaware in Cobalt

Fiestaware in Cobalt

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Canvas brushed gold cutlery

Canvas brushed gold cutlery

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Artland Midnight Black Stemless Wine Glass

Artland Midnight Black Stemless Wine Glass

 

Take a cue from Kate and mix and match dressy wardrobe staples like a black scarf, black ballet flats and lady like jacket with casual navy capri pants and a striped shirt. A chic outfit that will take you through summer’s long days that journey into night. Same principals work on your table. Fancy black glassware and gold cutlery are grounded by mix and match Fiestaware pottery and a stripy ceramic drink dispenser.

 

xo,

LEH

Dinner Party Snaps

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I woke up one morning with an itch to entertain

 

Summer Table

Food + Friends + Games

 

Summer Table Close

 

I served skirt steak, green salad and potato salad, simple

 

Steak and Potato Salad Gribiche

 

then balsamic berries with basil and marscapone

 

Balsamic Berries with Basil and Marscapone

 

So fun, I wish I could have a dinner party every night

 

sigh,

LEH

Plates- Heath Ceramics, Napkins- Anthropologie, Bud Vases- Kate Spade for Lennox, Glasses- Napa Style

The Look: Orange Crush

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For you

 

Image: Courtney D'Alesio

For your table

J. Roaman orange resin flatware

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Kosta Boda "Mine" tumbler

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Kosta Boda "mine" votive in sheer black

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DIANE von FURSTENBERG "Aura Shadows" Dinnerware

Colorful, windblown and sexy.

xoxosl

Registry Basics: Platters and Serving Bowls

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When it came time to build our own registries, we knew from our catering past which pieces we couldn’t live without.  If you love to entertain as much as we do, the key is being prepared and that means having enough platters and bowls in basic colors and shapes to mix them with ease, add visual interest to your spread, and never get caught short.  After all, no one wants to be carving a turkey and realize they don’t have a large enough platters to plate up the bird.

For you, the pieces we love and use regularly…

1, 2 & 3.  Three big white platters in round, rectangular or oval or a combination of favorite shapes
Here are a few of our current favorites, but the idea is to go for basic white so they play nicely with all your other dishware and can be used interchangeably.
Great White Coupe Serving Bowls (see these in action with our composed salads)
Great White Rectangular Serving Platters
Juliska “Berry and Thread” large oval platter

4. Two medium-sized serving bowls
Perfect for sides, salads, sauces and mashed potatoes for two.  Looks beautiful on a big buffet but you’ll use these bowls constantly.
Heath Ceramics deep serving bowl
and vegetable bowl

5. One large wooden salad bowl
Owning a dedicated salad bowl makes me feel grown up.
Williams-Sonoma Cherrywood salad bowl

6. One cake plate
We love a good cake plate and this beautiful glass one works for cakes, stacks of cookies and cupcakes.  Plus you can flip it over to make a beautiful punch bowl.  I had never heard of such a thing, but Lydia’s mom had one when Lydia was growing up and, after seeing this one, I’m sold.
Williams-Sonoma Domed Cakeplate/Punch Bowl

7. One footed serving bowl/compote
You’ll use this more than you would expect.  It livens up your kitchen fruit bowl, looks gorgeous piled high with tomatoes and shows off any vegetable, like haricot verts, to their best.  Also, there is no other way to serve a chocolate pudding piled high with whipped cream or classic Christmas trifle.
Vera Wang Wedgewood “Classic” footed bowl

8. One breadboard
A stylish way to serve a baguette next to your cheese plate or sourdough with your soup. Doubles as a centerpiece when filled with lemons or satsumas.
Napa Style Vintage German bakery board

9. One wooden board
Use for everything from a cheese plate to flatbread slices.  We also love it for displaying deviled eggs.
Crate and Barrel Acacia Flatbread-Pizza Board

10. One tiered serving tray
Adds height to your party buffets and can display both sweet and savory items.
Crate and Barrel Artesia 2-tier server

11. Ten Ramekins
These are the mini workhorses of our kitchen.  You’ll pull them for prep while cooking, use for baking souffles or coddled eggs, serving mustards with charcuterie or olives with cheese.  Oh, these are a must for butter and jam with scones.
Crate and Barrel ramekins
We’re still sweet on Anthropologie’s mini latté bowls as another option for prep and small serving bowls.  You just can’t bake a soufflé in them.

12. One silver or wood serving tray
Every girl needs a tray!  We use ours to line up champagne flutes for a self-serve prosecco bar.  And we keep hoping someone will use it to serve us breakfast in bed.   Or you can just pile it high with coffee table books.
Pottery Barn Hotel Collection plated silver tray

You can also see a slideshow of this post at The Daily Meal.

Do you have a serving piece you love?
xoxosl

Easter Brunch Decor

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Happy Friday, loves.

Our latest contribution to The Daily Meal went live yesterday and features our ideal Easter brunch which includes tangerine mimosas, strawberry morning muffins with SQIRL jam and a deconstructed salade Niçoise with poached salmon. We’ll have more details on the menu and recipes for you next week, but here’s how we thought out the space.

The picture above is of the buffet table on which we set out all of the elements of the salad separately so our friends could build their own plates.

 

We kept the look clean, light and interesting by mixing serving dishes in our favorite materials- glass, wood and white or gently-hued ceramics- in different shapes, sizes and heights.  Building up on a buffet table makes the spread more abundant by allowing you to squeeze in more food and the layering effect adds enough visual interest to banish the buffet blahs.  You can’t help but want to investigate the unexpected mix of materials and heights.

Don’t you love the truffled deviled eggs lined up in two straight rows? Lydia modeled them after Madeline and her friends!

 

I still love finding Easter eggs, so we made it easy on our pals by using eggs as place cards.  We found these speckled shells in varying shades of brown and yellow at a local craft store, but you can also hardboil some pretty eggs from the market and mark them accordingly.  Linen napkins and ramekins in robin’s egg blue complete the look.

 

For the center of the table, we re-potted store-bought wheat grass into narrow glass containers to reveal the layers of soil and sprouts.  We then “planted” ranunculus in Easter shades for a fresh Pop art look.

Jordan almonds in blue, white, pink and yellow added color to the natural linen table runner.

Vintage French flatware and glass coupes for fresh tangerine and prosecco mimosas finish our Easter table.

Are you hosting an Easter event?  How will you decorate?

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxosl

 

The Look: Easy Colorblocking

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For you

For your table

Abra cadabra gift set

 

I have and love these little dishes.  Perfect pops of color for no-bake apps like olives and nuts.

I use them for ice cream too.

xoxosl

The Look: Spring it!

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For you

Image: Anthropologie.com

For your table

Anna Weatherly "Powder Blue" charger

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Juliska "Berry & Thread" plate

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Cath Kidston English Rose napkins

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Anthropologie "Seaborne" flatware

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Jonathan Adler enamel napkin ring

Anyone want to have a grown-up tea party?

Whoever wears leather shorts gets an extra scone.

xoxosl

Hand-Dyed Ombré Napkins

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Image: via OnceWed.com

Once Wed recently featured these delicate DIY beauties.  They’d add soft, dreamy color to a wedding table for sure, but my first thought was Easter brunch.

Image: OnceWed.com

Tie-dye is tricky.  One misstep and you land in cheesytown.  Once Wed gets it right with an otherwise all-white table and flowers in the same creamsicle colors as the napkins.

I love the blue.

What do you think?

xoxosl

The Look: Denim Done Right

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For you

Image: Elle.com

For your table

Image: calvinklein.com

Calvin Klein Khaki Collection in cargo black

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Image: CrateandBarrel.com

Grasscloth placemats in lapis

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Image: ElleDecor.com

Mixed stone napkin rings

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Image: Bloomingdales.com

Studded Villeroy & Boch “Octavie” Double Old-Fashioned

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Image: Jonathanadler.com

Jonathan Adler bird placecard holder

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