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slides: DESIGN LINE: Great Local Finds For Your Holiday Table

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 

I love design, but all things food runs a tight second place, so it may not be a surprise that my favorite part of the holiday season is dressing up the dining table.  All things table in mind, I set out on a Buy Local shopping spree to see what beauties I could find in this great town of ours.  Providence’s East Side is teeming with interesting, beautifully-curated independent stores and I know you don’t have time to hit them all.  So, here’s a little gallery of the incredible things you can have on your table, where you can find them and how you might pull it all together.

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Classic always works

One of my own favorite tabletops is the classic white and silver.  This works for any holiday, but can be accompanied by other colors (like Christmas red) to celebrate one in particular.  There is no going wrong with these Arte Italia pieces from Comina and the store also has gorgeous Mariposa pieces that easily tie in.

201 Wayland Ave, Providence.

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It's all about texture

I bring a lot of texture to my design work, and perhaps my favorite combination is what I call “rough and refined.”  These birch-wrapped candles bring my absolute favorite silvery tree trunk right to my table.  I love the thought of mixing the rough texture of the bark with my grandmother’s tiffany sterling silver platters.  And, we all know candlelight makes everything look better. I love a grouping of killer chunky candles that I can light up when the chandelier gets dimmed.   Available from Wendy Brown Fine Linens.

183 Wayland Ave, Providence.

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Refined rustic

I’ll be gathering with friends and family this year for a non-traditional “Italian” themed Thanksgiving, and these rustic terracotta pots filled with mossy green balls would make the perfect centerpiece.  Pair them with an orchid, as shown here or fill them with the last mums in the garden and you have a simple, unique focal point for your sideboard or table.  Find them at Butterfield.

187 Wayland Ave, Providence.

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Unique colors

Your table need not house prescribed holiday colors.  Be you!   If you stop into Simple Pleasures, you may be inspired by these ethereal muted, subtle-colored tapers.  Hand-dipped from Maine, choose from Willow, Spruce, Pewter and more.  I love to group a lot of tapered candles together to create a bit more substantial look. And after dinner’s over, these can continue to illuminate your mantle or sideboard.

6 Richmond Square, Providence.

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Fun linens

White Linens are a no-brainer, but if you’re looking to jazz up the table with some less traditional flare, Frog and Toad is the place to go. Just look at this selection of multi-colored napkins.  White table cloth, colored napkins, festive platters, and you are well on your way to a unique holiday table that only you could have pulled together.

795 Hope St, Providence.

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The artisan look

Sometimes scaling back from the white tablecloth can help your guests relax and feel comfortable.  With just a few well-crafted pieces, a holiday table can be warm, welcoming and refined, without being too dressy.  I can see this artisan ceramic server filled with olives and nuts before the meal or beautiful small candies at dessert time.  Add to it a lovely topiary in a well-patina’d copper pot, white dishes and simple glassware, and everyone will feel right at home. Available from Stock Culinary Goods.

756 Hope St, Providence.

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Be festive

Certain occasions call for more “pop” and since I’m having osso bucco for Thanksgiving, you can probably tell that I think Thanksgiving is one of them.  I can see these platters mixed with a blue or red runner and white plates or a white cloth and lots of colored stemware to create a less traditional but lively table.  Available at Comina.

201 Wayland Ave, Providence.

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Accessorize

Because I am of the mind that no drinking glass should ever touch your beautiful furniture, I am a sucker for coasters.  Imagine these coasters alongside the muted-colored tapers above.  Now your table is coming together.   These wood coasters from Holly Stuart Designs are versatile enough to fit in a modern or traditional setting.  Available from Wendy Brown Fine Linens.

183 Wayland Ave, Providence.

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The ethnic table

I don’t see why only Japanese food has to be served on these incredible plates from Frog and Toad.  I would be delighted to eat any meal on these handcrafted plates, drink water or wine out of a saki pitcher, and eat turkey with chopsticks.   One thing that is certain: these ceramics will be the centerpiece of your table, so there’s no need to do any more than a wood or white cloth top and a few simple candles or flowers to finish it up.

795 Hope St, Providence.

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Candles candles candles

Have I made my obsession with candles clear enough?  If not, here’s a show-stopping centerpiece from Butterfield for a large dining table that will bring the oohs and aahs at your holiday gathering.  Outfitted with seven tall pillars, this candle-tree would be brilliant in a white on whites setting.  A simple white cloth with white plates and a burlap-colored linen napkin.  A refined, nature-inspired table awaits.

187 Wayland Ave, Providence.

Kelly Taylor is the 2012 recipient of New England Home magazine’s “5 Under 40” award for excellence in design as well as Rhode Island Monthly magazine’s 2012 Gold Award for residential interior design.  She practices residential and commercial interior design in Providence. Find her on Twitter at @ktidnet or visit her website at www.ktid.net.

 
 

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