Setting the Table: Modern Pastels

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I don’t know about you, but I was never one to fully embrace pastels. Sure they’re great for Easter, and I love that their appearance in store windows signals the certain arrival of spring. However, beyond that? They’ve always felt a bit forgettable to me. That is, until I spotted this brightened-up version.

A modern take on a traditional palette is the perfect way to welcome a new season. This unapologetically feminine setting would be as perfect for afternoon champagne as it would a Sunday brunch. Of course, you’d need the right food, and maybe a drink or two to match!

What’s your take on spring colors? Do you tend towards brights, like me?

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Setting the Table: Ocean Blues

March 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Channeling Contessa Ocean blues

I’ve long known that I’d love to live by the ocean, at least once in my lifetime. I love the sandy blue hues, sea breezes, and most of all, the sound of the waves. I’m fully aware that spring hasn’t even arrived yet, but I just can’t help dreaming of summer at the beach!

Given the current colder weather, I love the idea of mixing muted ocean blues with a menu and setting that’s appropriate for late winter. The result is layered fabrics, toned-down florals, and warm, comforting dishes– exactly what I imagine a winter day at the beach to be like.

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Setting the Table: Deep Indigo

February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Channeling Contessa Indigo

Before we head towards spring, and everything that comes with it- namely, pastels, florals, and brighter hues- I’d love to embrace a darker theme that’s perfectly fitting for February.

I instantly fell in love with the indigo trend that’s appeared recently, and the dark, saturated hue is perfect for the last days of winter. It’s unapologetically bold, and a bit moody, while splashes of orange hint to the warmer days that lie ahead. When paired with big pots of soup and warm spices, you just might forget why you hated winter so much in the first place- if only for a moment.

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Setting the Table: Versatile Valentine’s

February 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Channeling Contessa Valentines

I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day- at least in its traditional overly-romantic-red rose-and Hallmark-card form. However, I will tolerate it in a glittery-crafts-and-adorable-chocolates variation. I love the table setting above, because it has a perfect subtle nod to Valentine’s day without going overboard. Just a touch of pink, along with vintage-inspired bouquets, make it perfect for anything from a leisurely breakfast to a cozy dinner- in short, any way you choose to celebrate.

I personally love the idea of having a slightly dressed-up weeknight dinner with your favorite group of friends. Individual pot pies will make things feel simultaneously fancy and rustic. Plus, they use puff pastry- so no wrestling with finicky pie dough. No matter what, dessert must be unapologetically indulgent- and preferably chocolate!

What is your take on the holiday? Love it or leave it?

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Images: tablecakepot piemodel

Setting the Table: Winter Citrus

January 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

I may have been a tiny bit over-excited to do this post. It’s been anything but a chore to sift through inspiration photos containing the sunniest hues of orange, lemon, and lime. Definitely a contrast to the cold and dreary month of January (although, even I admit, this one hasn’t been that bad- so far, anyway).

I recently made my first batch of meyer lemon curd (then proceeded to make macarons out of it), and it could only be described as a ‘bite of sunshine’. I’ve since been inspired to work citrus into as many dishes as possible. For a table setting, I love highlighting softer versions of these citrus colors, while accenting with indigo and gold, for a winter-appropriate take. Have these colors found their way into your kitchen yet?

PS. be sure to click here to see the most beautiful citrus grove- a virtual Tuesday afternoon vacation.

Setting the Table: Holiday Spice

December 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

In stark contrast to last week’s metallics, today’s setting relies on the spices of the season. From the nutmeg placemats to cinnamon stick napkin holders, earthy elements are key. A lot of holiday gatherings tend toward excess, but I find this subtle approach just as beautiful. While I wait for my holiday spirit to fully kick in (please tell me I’m not the only one!), I plan to…

Setting the Table: Winter Metallics

December 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love this time of year, but it always seems to fly by before I even get a chance to wrap my head around it. I think it would benefit anyone to make a conscious effort to slow down a bit and enjoy every moment possible. Holiday parties with friends and family are a great way…

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