Posts Tagged ‘table decor’

The Look: The Neo-Classicist


For you

Image: Refinery 29

For your table

Marchesa by Lenox "Marchesa" Black Charger


DVF "Petite" Placesetting


Versace by Rosenthal "Butterfly Garden" Dinnerware


Tiffany "Plaid" double old fashioneds

Classic menswear cut to flatter in basic black showcases the most feminine of accessories.

Silk scarves always struck me as prissy, but now I’m reconsidering.

Would you wear one?


The Look: Halloween Chic


For you

For your table

"Dark Side" mercury glass votives


Mummy "spirits"


Bat place cards


Snake plates


Right eye plate

Am I alone in thinking that eating off an eye is creepier than eating off a snake? Gives me the willies.


P.S. What Halloween character are you?  I’m Dracula : )

Table Decor- summer to fall transition


How do you transition your spring and summer wardrobe pieces into your fall look? You add some texture and layer in some warmth. Well the same logic applies to your table decor!

Vogue ikat outfits

Crisp white shirts or soft white blazer paired with stunning blue and white Ikat pieces.

APC look

APC F/W 2011 Look 15

Transition whites and bright prints into your fall look by mixing with classic textural pieces like worn denim, suede loafers or moccasins and cozy knits.

blue and white ikat napkins

Celebrate the Season table inspiration from Simon Pearce

Bright summery white plates and crisp blue and white Ikat napkins are grounded by the maple wood table, textural reed place mats, chunky glasses and seasonal gourds. Shop the complete table here.

Decor Inspiration- preppy bohemian


I’m describing the decor for my upcoming wedding as “A J. Crew shoot in Morocco.”

monogram napkin, julip cups

The marriage of two opposites…

sailor french bulldog

Preppy- think stripes, monograms, silver Julip cups, red roses and pearls.


Bohemian- think rugs on the grass, metal lanterns, drippy candles and leather poofs.

leather poufs

Coming together to make a beautiful whole. That’s what marriage is all about right? Let me know your thoughts and ideas for this concept.

Apples & Onions in Brides Chicago!


By Sarah Lagrotteria

Almost a year ago Lydia was kind enough to join me in Chicago a few days before my wedding so Apples & Onions could create fresh stone-fruit and flower centerpieces for the reception.  Brides Chicago was kind enough to give us and the centerpieces a shout-out in the Real Weddings section of their  August issue.

All photos courtesy of Imaginative Studios in Chicago.


The Look


By Sarah Lagrotteria

For you

For your table

A little rumpled.  A little luxe.  A lot of charm.

E.A.T. linens by EmersonMade


Organic Green Smoothie


by Lydia Ellison

Organic Green Smoothie, Smoothie recipe, Green Smoothie

This is a recent creation of mine which immediately became a staple for Drew and I as a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack. It was inspired by the Avocado Smoothie at our favorite local vegan restaurant Flore, Gwyneth Paltrow’s body and our friend Will Greenberg (to you, The Food Dude) who makes healthy smoothies every morning for breakfast.

Organic Green Smoothie, Green Smoothie, Smoothie Recipe

Organic Green Smoothie-
Serves 2

1 cup cucumber, chopped (about half of an English cucumber with the skin on)

1 ripe avocado

2 cups chopped nectarines or peaches (can substitute organic frozen peach slices)

2 cups chopped kale, tightly packed (remove the stems and ribs first)

1 cup lemonade (or 1 cup fresh squeezed lemons and oranges)

1/2 cup of ice

Puree in a blender until very smooth and bright green. Make sure to blend well as chunks of kale are not so appealing.


PS- The bud vases are by Heath Ceramics and Jonathan Adler. Table by my brothers Wyatt and Bobby and my Dad.

Karen & Mike’s Wedding


By Sarah Lagrotteria

There was so much to love about Karen & Mike’s wedding in Berkeley over Memorial Day Weekend.  Inspired by California’s natural beauty, the bride and groom used vintage postcards of state parks and monuments as table markers (we were Mount Tamalpais) and designated each place with a potted succulent.

Baguettes on the table

We sat down to two beautiful loaves of pain d’epi–baguettes hand-shaped to look like individual sheaths of wheat–and ceramic crocks of grilled spring asparagus, marinated mushrooms caps and a coppery harissa-spiked sundried tomato tapenade.  We hesitated — are we allowed to tear the bread? Maybe it’s just decoration?–and in our moment of mutual awkwardness broke the proverbial ice.


While our table got to know one another over the tearing and dipping and passing, two waiters came by hauling a steaming pan of paella so we could appreciate our main course all together before tucking into individual plates of smoky richness (food by Anne Walker Catering.)

On the drive home, Angus and I conducted the usual wedding postmortem: how happy the groom looked, how exquisite the bride was in her dress, how fun it was to reconnect with old friends, etc.  But what I’ll remember most is how Karen & Mike wanted us to have our own intimate table party: how simply placing bread and appetizers across the table transformed a formal event into a hands-on experience, how the fun of breaking bread with strangers made us fast friends and how pausing to collectively inhale paella’s particular blend of smoke and sea reminded us that the best eating is a shared experience.


Fresh Fruit Centerpieces


Sorry we’ve been away for a few weeks, Sarah got married! She had a beautiful ceremony and reception at the spectacular home of her parents, outside of Chicago. Sarah and I made the centerpieces for the reception tables.

She designed her wedding using a color palette of white, greens, pale pale pink and midnight. Summer fruit of white peaches, black plums and black mission and green kadota figs provided the perfect hues. Two days before the wedding we nestled the fruit on a bed of pale green moss atop mercury glass candy dishes.

Sarah added the black dahlias, assorted pink blooms as well as fresh blackberries the morning of the wedding. The arrangements were a hit among the guests. The mercury glass sparkled in the candle light and the fruit was a rustic and bountiful addition to each table.

No one died from eating the fruit off the arrangements (we super glued the fruit together) and only one arrangement light on fire from a nearby candle! Success.

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