Category: Entertaining

A Christmas Tablescape

Friday, December 19th, 2014

There’s nothing like designing a beautiful Christmas tablescape. From your best china to favorite silver pieces to delicate linens to festive florals, all of these elements come together to create a special place to gather loved ones. These items not only look beautiful paired together, but they also bring back memories of Christmases before. There’s truly […]

Creating A Classic English Tablescape

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Defining classic English style is not always an easy task. As with all things traditionally English, words like ‘good quality’, ‘understated’ and ‘timeless’ pop into my mind. During the first half of the 18th century when grand homes of Europe were typically flooded with gilded wood and rococo swirls, the trend in England was one of […]

Using the classic French epergne as a centerpiece for the dining table

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Even the most simple table setting can transform an ordinary meal into a memorable occasion. Here, we are emphasizing sparkle rather than color: The silver and the cut crystal catch shimmers of light that add atmosphere. Set plain white china on lace placemats; add a salad plate with a floral motif and a plain white […]

Red, white, blue — and you!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

We love blue and white. We love tulips. We love combining the two to create a festive tablescape. Blue and white porcelain first was seen in the days of the early Chinese emperors, who showed a deep appreciation for objects of beauty. The discovery that an abundant plant produced the blue color capable of permanently […]

Make every meal special; make every room special

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

  When it comes to style, the French really do get it right. They know that no one has a single way of dressing or decorating. Our homes are as complex as we are. Perhaps that’s why we love French Country so much. It isn’t a single style; it encompasses many styles — rustic, refined; […]

Enjoy a meal, a la French Country

Friday, January 20th, 2012

One of the reasons we love French Country style so much is due to its casual elegance. Nothing looks or feels like it’s brand new, even if it just came off a showroom floor. It’s comfortable, and it’s anything but fussy. That’s why a French Country dining room works so well. You and your guests […]