KRIS Likes… Thanksgiving Tablescapes

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – William Shakespeare

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to set the table for.  I love working with a fall color palette and bringing nature indoors. I like to think of the table as its own small landscape; incorporating flowers and natural elements throughout the table setting. Here are a few Thanksgiving tablescapes for inspiration and some of my favorite items to set the table with this year.  Enjoy!  xx K

Natural Tablescape

Feather Setting

Country Living

Whenever I am setting a table I love to mix the high and low.  For example, putting fine china on a more rustic wood slab charger as I did in my Thanksgiving table “wishlist” below…

Ward Bennett Prisma Flatware Setting For 16

Wood Slice Charger

Wood Slice Charger – West Elm

Rialto Brick Red Napkin

Beauville Rialto Brick Red Napkin – Gracious Style

Gold Bird Napkin Ring

L’Objet Gold Bird Napkin Ring – Gracious Style

Palais Royal-Prestige Collection

Michael C. Fina Palais Royal-Prestige Collection

Set of 8 Chamberlain Wercester Imari Dessert Plates

Colette Tumbler

Juliska Colette Tumbler – Juliska

Amber Crystal Glasses

L'Objet Pinecone Gold Placecard Holder

L’Objet Gold Pinecone Placecard Holder – Gracious Home

Serving trays by Kay BojesenBirds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather Salt and Pepper Shaker – West Elm

Elegant Pair of Polished Brass Peretti Style Candlesticks


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


KRIS Likes… The Little Details

“People’s lives are expressed in little details….The soap in the bathroom, the flowers in the garden, the books on the bedside table are all strong symbols of a life in progress. You look at these details and a world unfolds – here are their books, the paintings they cherish, the music that soothes their souls.”  – Charlotte Moss, A Passion for Details

Kelly Wearstler

Putting together a vignette is like creating a beautiful still life.  The display of collections or placement of decorative objects may look simple and effortless but it requires a well-trained eye and is truly an art form.  When done correctly, a vignette can have a major visual and emotional impact on a room.   It fills in the blanks.  Pulls a room together.  Gives it polish and a personal touch.  Transforms a house into a home.  Changing a tabletop vignette is a simple and inexpensive way to alter the look of a room.  Hopefully, these images will help to inspire you…  Enjoy!

Apartment of Delfina Delettrez

Vincent Wolf

Richard Hallberg Veranda

Richard Hallberg Veranda

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

Apartment of Julie de Libran

Charlotte Moss

Steven Gambrel

Alberto Pinto Architectural Digest
Carrier & Co Room for 2011 Hearst Designer Visions
Kemble Interiors 2011 Kips Bay Showhouse via Heather Clawson

Lizzie Bailey Lonny Mag Feb:Mar 2010

Kemble Interiors 2011 Kips Bay Showhouse via Heather Clawson

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Celerie Kemble via Lonny Magazine Oct:Nov 2011

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!


“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


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.”


“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


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

“Multicolor” Drinkware

Baccarat Vega Rhine Wine Glass – Amethyst


“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


“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


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… Tablescapes

Here are how some of my favorite designers have set their tables….

Designer: Eddie Ross for “A Date with a Plate”

Photograph featured in October 2009 Issue of Elle Decor, Setting the Table

Table Designed by Textile Designer John Robshaw for 2009 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala benefit

Interior Designer Miles Redd Table Setting for House Beautiful PB plate Contest

Table Setting by Decorator Tony Duquette Photo Courtsey of Martha Stewart Website

Interior Designer Pheobe Howard Table Setting for House Beautiful PB Table Setting Challenge

Tablescape by Donna karan, House Beautiful April 2010

KRIS Likes … L’Objet Spice Jewels

Inspired by nature, yet unmistakably civilized, L’OBJET has redefined the art of home living.  – philosophy

Inspired by wildlife and supremely suited for domestic life, L’OBJET turns entertaining into high art with their collection of Spice Jewels.  Handcrafted with exquisite detail by European and Asian master craftsman, these salt and pepper shakers will add a playful and luxurious elegance to any table setting.

Turtle Salt & Pepper Shakers

I love the crystal clear shells and emerald-toned Swarovski crystal eyes of these gorgeous 14kt gold turtles!

Pagoda Salt & Pepper Shakers

Natural freshwater pearls adorn these 14-karat gold-plated pagoda salt and pepper shakers.

Pinecone Salt & Pepper Shakers

These would make a whimsical (and gorgeous!) addition to any fall or holiday table setting.

White Swan Salt Cellar

Black Swan Salt Cellar

These swan salt cellars are handmade from fine Limoges porcelain paste with 14kt gold accents.

Gold Plated Yellow Swarovski Crystals

These beautiful orbs remind me of glamorized sea urchins or Faberge eggs…

Gold Plated Multi-Color Swarovski Crystal

KRIS Likes… RabLabs

Anna Rabinowicz launched her decorative home goods company RabLabs in 2002.  Comprised mostly of Agate, a variety of chalcedony quartz that forms itself in concentric layers and has a variety of intensely vibrant colors, Rablabs pieces are truly unique and one of a kind.  From antiquity, agate has been highly valued and sought after.  Persian Magicians used  it to divert storms and  agate bowls were HUGELY popular in the Byzantine empire, and were also collected by European royalty during the Renaissance.  Legend has imbued this gemstone with having powerful emotional healing qualities.  Agate is believed to help discern truth and accept one’s circumstances, quench thirst, protect against fever, improve memory and concentration, promote stamina, prevent insomnia and ensure pleasant dreams.  Most importantly, however, it creates stunning and unique accessories for the home that I simply adore… Enjoy!


ALEOTO II – Agate and Glass Napkin Rings

KIVA Crystal, 24k Gold and Sterling Silver platters

LIA Crystal & Amethyst Bottlestoppers

PEDRA Pure Brazilian Agate Coasters

VELA Pure Brazilian Agate Candlesticks

OBRA Brazillian Agate and Recycled Aluminum Photo Frames

CELE Brazilian Agate and Nickel Plated Metal Clocks

FIM Brazilian Agate Druze Bookends













KRIS Likes… Mae Mougin Ceramics

While attending the trade show for Kora this week another vendor by the name of Mae Mougin Ceramics caught my eye.  Founder Mae Mougin started her career as a stylist until 1999 when she converted her Southampton garage into an art studio where she began molding and firing her functional, one of a kind ceramic pieces.  Each one is handmade by Mae from a brick of porcelain and are done on a commission basis – so can be personalized!  I found her pieces to be very creative and charming.  Below are a few pictures from the trade show but for more information on Mae, her fantastic ceramics, and the selective retail shops where her pieces can be purchased – go to her website at  Enjoy!

These asian inspired bowls with their gold interiors reminded me of my various trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

I loved her pieces like this little tray to hold your keys.  They are so clever, simple and fun!

KRIS Likes… Tumblers

What is the reason we call certain drinking glasses “tumblers”? It’s because at one time these drinking glasses really “tumbled.”  They were made with a pointed or curved base so that you could not set them down until you had drained the last drop. – Dictionary of Word Origins: A History of the Words, Expressions and Clichés We Use by Jordan Almond.

Hula Tumblers – Hand Blown Glass Tumblers in a wonderful array of brilliant colors from LSA, these stemless glasses are steadier than the name implies. Advertised as “delicate dancing glasses”, that despite their appearance, “manage not to spill your contents”.  Sold in sets  of 4 ($35 for a set), with a choice of a cool and a warm color variety, as well as, black and white.  For me, these glasses give a chic and creative solution to the age-old  and very uncomfortable dilemma of trying to figure out which glass is yours at a cocktail party.  By purchasing one of each set of these glasses, you could create a collection that would allow you to serve your guests their own colored glass to keep track of.  In my opinion, it is much easier to remember what color glass you were drinking from than trying to remember if the ornament hanging off the stem the glass is yours.

Mouth-blown tumblers

Table Art Tumblers.  Mouth blown tumblers come in a 16 oz glass ($14 each) and an 8 oz glass ($12 each) and available in 13 different colors.  The glasses are sold individually so you can buy your favorite color or mix and match to create a varied and beautiful collection of assorted colors.  I love how opaque and bright all the colors are but personally, I am partial to the cobalt and yellow.