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An Edgy, Marble-Inspired Tabletop for Spring

Spring entertaining season is here and although soft color palettes usually come to mind when you think of designing a spring tabletop, I love the idea of mixing things up to create a look that feels unexpected. Right now I’m loving the look of marbleized accents for your tabletop. I styled this chic place setting for a photoshoot of one of my design projects and picked out a set of stunning marbleized plates as the focal point. To allow the intricate lines and graphic pattern of the plates to stand out, I kept everything else around them simple. The flatware

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Holiday Table Inspiration

When you’re spending hours in the kitchen preparing a huge holiday meal, my philosophy is to simplify your table setting as much as possible. I prefer a more casually elegant setting when I’m entertaining at home which to me feels much more inviting and unstuffy. I put this table setting together last year for an editorial and thought I’d revisit it with these never-seen-before outtakes to illustrate some useful tips and and inspiration for setting your holiday table. (Photos by Marietta Leung)

Don’t spend a fortune on fancy dinnerware!
I don’t believe in the idea of having extra-fancy china …

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Get The Look: A Chic & Sophisticated Dining Table Inspired by My Entertaining Essentials TV Segment

For the dining tablescape I set for my entertaining essentials TV segment, I contrasted textures and materials to create an beautiful table that was accented by dim candlelight and gorgeous floral arrangements. There’s no rule that says your dinnerware has to match and here I mixed together a croc printed silver charger with a classic white with silver rim dinner plate and a glass salad plate that featured an interesting textural pattern. When entertaining for a very special occasion I always say linen napkins are a must and soft candlelight really helps set the mood mood…it’s also the most …

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Ask Nicole: Help Me Find Chic & Affordable Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas!

Q. I have been actively searching the internet for affordable, stylish tablescapes for my Thanksgiving table and can find almost NOTHING.  I need help for inspiration and resources for reasonably priced, chic linens, etc.  Any advice? – Erin Barry


 

A. Hi Erin! Right now I’m inspired by natural colors, organic shapes & textures and a look that is rustic yet modern with a touch of glamour.  Some of my favorite places to shop for affordable tabletop finds are Target, West Elm, Ikea, Etsy, Pier 1Fishs Eddy, Williams-Sonoma and Ebay (because vintage adds …

Chic on a Shoestring Tablescape

I had a few friends over for a dinner party not too long ago and here’s the table setting I whipped together. It’s the perfect lesson on achieving a high style table setting on a low budget.

I started with the flowers, purchased at my local grocery store for around $16. Although some may find the idea of a typical grocery store flower arrangement hideous, with a little re-arranging and creativity you can make them look totally chic. I cut the stems down and rearranged them in a textured, deep plum colored low vase. The flowers provided a bright pop …

New Tabletop Collection from DwellStudio

I’m obsessed with DwellStudio’s stylish new tabletop collection! The recently launched line includes placemats, dinner napkins, runners, coasters, cocktail napkins and aprons (the latter three are new introductions). The pieces are all 100% linen with the exception of the placemats and runners which are a linen/cotton blend. All of the items were made using eco-friendly dyes and feature, modern, graphic prints in sophisticated colors that would blend well in any interior setting. The prints and patters were designed with mixing and matching in mind. Above, the Chionoiserie placemats (my favorite!) are paired with the Gate napkins in java…a super chic…