an elegant table

Thanksgiving is almost upon us…have you considered how you’ll be setting your table for the big day?  We believe that there are many ways to bring beauty to a holiday table and we’re going to showcase some of our favorite  ideas for you this week on our blog.  Since we believe in starting at the top and shooting for the best, let’s begin the week with something truly spectacular!

When styling a photoshoot in a beautiful Tudor Revival style home in Mountain Brook, Alabama, Paige and Doug couldn’t resist bringing out the owner’s amazing set of circa 1825 china for a few photos.

This set of china, purchased from Robert Hill Antiques in Birmingham is one of the most stunning we’ve ever seen!  Brilliant turquoise banding on the pieces is accented with sparkling gold accents.  Every serving piece in the collection is incredibly delicate, with intricate handles and flourishes throughout.  The plates, rimmed in a matching pattern feature a crisp white center.

Because the china is so beautifully detailed and fine, we chose to pair it with simple apricot-colored roses in tiny blown glass bud vases.  Classic crystal goblets add just the right level of detail to sit next to the china collection.

Rather that have a sea of placemats on the large Italian refectory table–which seats 12–we opted for large vintage ‘lapkins’ placed down the center of the table to set off the serving pieces and flowers.  A collection of vintage napkins, displaying monograms of owners long since passed, sit in simple beaded gold rings.

The lesson here?  When setting a table with beautifully detailed china, keep table linens and flowers elegantly simple to keep things from getting too stuffy.  We believe in living with and using beautiful things, so bring out your best this Thanksgiving and enjoy–it’s the ultimate luxury!

[photos by Colleen Duffley]

6 thoughts on “an elegant table

  1. Love that you created a beautiful simplicity to offset the china! So often I feel decorating is overdone and ends up detracting from the overall presentation. You all just seem to strike the perfect balance over and over.


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