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KRIS Likes … Easter Tablescapes

I don’t think it comes as a huge surprise that I love any occasion that requires the setting of a table.  I find it to be one of the most cathartic and creative activities.  Since I will not be setting a table this Easter – I created a list of items that would make up my dream Easter tablescape this year….  Enjoy!

Botanical Napkin by Juliska at Michael C Fina

Table Art Pussy Willow Napkin Ring | Barneys New York

Kate Spade New York “Tomkins Street” 5 Piece Place Setting

Blue Italian Salt and Pepper by Spode 

Jasper Conran Chinoiserie White Espresso Cup from Michael C Fina

Sao Paulo Bread and Butter Plate by Poc A Poc

Set of 2 Quadrado Azure Spreaders by RabLabs 

Waterford Crystal “Lismore Nouveau” Stemware 

Jardins Du Monde Grande Charger Plate by Juliska 

 Soa Paulo Dinner Plate by Poc A Poc

Jasper Conran Chinoiserie Green Salad Plate by Wedgwood

Sao Paolo Dessert Plate by Poc A Poc

Jardins Du Monde Beehive Pitcher by Juliska

First Image: Home of Valesca Guerrand-Hermes Elle Decor October 2007

KRIS Likes… Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year… -Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

The Thanksgiving table takes center stage on this holiday as families gather around to eat, enjoy each others company and give thanks.   It establishes the festive mood for the gathering with its burnt umbers, reds, yellows, golds and aubergines.   Bring the outdoors in with all the natural elements Autumn offers us as inspiration.  What fun!  Enjoy!

Traditional Home

Charlotte Moss House Beautiful

Elle Decor

Eddie Ross

Traditional Home

Traditional Home Fortuny Salad Bowl

Pottery Barn

Eddie Ross for Lonny Mag

Steven Gambrel

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

KRIS Likes…. Setting The Table

Using Elle Decor’s 7 Essentials to Setting a Table as my guide I have created the table setting below…. Enjoy!

1. SET A THEME:

“Setting a theme will energize and captivate your guests. Create a consistent look from start to finish… Look at the items in your closet; it will help you come up with a table setting that mirrors your style.”

My theme: Exotic and Precious Gemstones

2. BE ORGANIZED:

Being organized is the key to holding a successful gathering. You’re less stressed on the day of the event, which helps to create an inviting, carefree atmosphere.”

3. SELECT DINNERWARE / SERVERWARE:

“If simple doesn’t seem special enough–mix things up. Combine a variety of complementary—but not matching—dishes, cups and platters with the same motif, such as florals or stripes, for a fun, stylish table.”

William Yeoward “Avington” Color: Orange: Charger / Desert Plate / Tea Cup and Saucer.

Haviland “Laque de Chine” Gold, Aubergine: Dinner Plate.

Michael Wainwright Truro Gold Pitcher: Water Pitcher.

Marble Salt and Pepper Cellars

4. SELECT GLASSWARE:

“Experiment with your drinkware and don’t let classification limit the use”.

“Multicolor” Drinkware

Baccarat Vega Rhine Wine Glass – Amethyst

5. SELECT FLATWARE:

“Sometimes it’s easy to overlook flatware.  But don’t since it adds another stylish element to your summer table.”

Michael C Fina H Art Gold 5PC Place Setting

6. SELECT LINENS:

“Choose placemats and napkins that pick up the colors of your glassware and dinnerware. Textured elements like embroidery add interest.”

Nishat Gardens Napkin

 

RabLabs Agate Napkin Rings

7. FINISHING TOUCHES:

Plates, glasses and flatware are a given, but it’s the accents that really make your table setting memorable and express your personal style.”

Lalique Large Amber Buddha (Made out of crystal).

Christofle Peace Pebble

McCoy Design Amethyst Votive Holder

RabLabs Agate Bottle Stoppers

Marte Candleholder

 

 

KRIS Likes… Porcelain

Porcelain – Why do we call Chinaware “Porcelain”?  The word is French Porcelain – and literally means “like a pig.” The back of cowrie shells looks something like a pig’s back and so these little shells were named “little pig” shells.  Chinese earthenware has a white glossy look like the inside of these shells-and so it to was given this name. -Dictionary of Word Origins, A History of Words, Expressions, and Clichés We Use, by Jordan Almond.

J. Chew Porcelain

Lattice Blue/Orange by J. Chew

J.Chew Lattice Dinner Plate

J.Chew Lattice Dinner Plate

Malaysian born and New York resident, Jamie Chew, creator and designer of the J. Chew Porcelain line, has some of my favorite porcelain patterns. Her dinnerware is geometric with a colorful, modern edge and unmistakable individualistic style. The unique combination of asian infused motifs paired with the fine mastery and tradition of Limoges Porcelain, gives this very fresh & energetic collection an air of sophistication and informal elegance.  Available for purchase at Michael C. Fina.

Haviland Limoges 1842

Laque De Chine Orange Gold by Haviland Limoges

Haviland Limoges began in 1842 when David Haviland, enthralled with the fine China coming from the Limoges region in France, moved across the atlantic to start his own company. The Laque De Chine collection, rimmed in 20 different exquisite and vibrant hues, and edged in 22 karat gold (platinum option available as well), is chic and exuberant.  Individually painted and decorated by Limoges artisans, this dinnerware exudes both a sense of luxury and spirit. Available at stores like William Sonoma Home and Neiman Marcus.

Eventails Blue and Orient Dinnerware Collection by Haviland Limoges

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Dishwasher safe, the whimsical, ocean inspired pattern in vibrant blues, and gold detailing, make this Eventails Blue and Orient collection hard to resist.  It seems to capture a sense of playful novelty that would make setting any table fun.

Wedgwood

Renaissance Gold Fine Bone China by Wedgewood.

Wedgwood CREAMER
This Wedgwood pattern, with its bold blue and gilded detailing, inspired by the Neo-classical architect and designer Robert Adam, and the Wedgwood Archives, is seeped in historical influences. The collection is both timeless and current, decadent yet fresh, and simple. I especially love the creamer!

Vera Wang Golden Grosgrain Fine Bone China for Wedgwood.
Golden Grosgrain Fine Bone China
A Grosgrain ribbon inspired collection designed by Vera Wang for Wedgwood is everything you would expect it to be and more.  True to form, Vera provides an exquisite blend of simplicity, romanticism, delicate detail, and modern grace.
Philippe Deshoulieres

Arcades dinnerware collection by Philippe Deshoulieres

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A seventh generation family owned company, Philipe Deshouliers has been a leading french porcelain manufacturer since 1862.  The green and gold arched embellishments, said to be inspired by the manicured gardens of France, are distinctive, fresh, and fun.  Available in stores such as, Barron’s and Bed Bath and Beyond, along with many others.
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