Flatware is to the table what jewelry is to a great outfit. Often overlooked, it can make all the difference between just okay and stunning. When it comes to setting the table, most of us have, over the years, collected a variety of options when it comes to table top elements like table linens or china patterns, changing them regularly to reflect our mood or the season. However, when it comes to flatware there’s usually just two options – formal and every day.
Flatware is a veritable undiscovered country of personal expression when it comes to your dining table. Let’s dive right in and start exploring some of the hottest trends in flatware. Here are a few examples of what’s happening now and which brands are leading the charge: Continue reading Trend Alert: Cutting Edge Cutlery
Thanksgiving is the purest holiday. It is the distillation of all that is good and lasting in families and with friends. The Thanksgivings of my childhood were often at our relatively unheated summer house in Massachusetts. We meet four or five other die-hard families for a last weekend before closing the houses for the winter. Winds blow off the water at 40 knots, Canadian geese landing in our pond at dusk. On those holidays I think the fires shone brighter in contrast to the dark panes with the icy ocean beyond. It was all about the people and making a wonderful meal for those people. We felt like we understood the pilgrims. Continue reading Thanksgiving, the Purest of Holidays
As nights get longer and air cooler, it’s time to break out the fleece and the fire pit. Nothing pairs with this autumn ritual quite like the perfect glass of beer. We’re lucky in the Philadelphia area to have so many fantastic options for locally crafted beers to choose from. Whether you’re going for Dogfish Head’s seasonal Punkin Ale, or Victory’s hoppy 21st Anniversary IPA you’ll need to know what glass pairs perfectly with which brew. Continue reading Choosing the Right Beer Glass
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that the ‘earth laughs in flowers,’ and in my opinion so does British designer Tricia Guild, founder of Designer’s Guild. Designer’s Guild is a London based firm known for their amazing color stories and bold, oversized, painterly compositions. Each design starts as a large work on canvas before becoming digital prints on fabric. Tricia draws inspiration from nature and has a decidedly European palette. Scratch that, she has a decidedly Tricia Guild palette, which has become synonymous with the best of British design.
Tricia Guild’s mix of daring and restraint is inspirational.
For me this is such a topsy-turvy time of year. I hate the close of the hazy days of summer. I mourn the putting away of sandals and long family dinners on our porch, but what I do love is the sense of starting anew. September is much more of a new year for me than January.
Maybe it’s because I was always one of those kids who loved going back to school. New classes, new school supplies and of course, new clothes. My mom would take my sister and me for a power shop at Lord & Taylor followed by lunch at The Bird Cage, their in-house luncheon spot. Later, we would model our new fall fashions for my dad and grandmother, who lived with us. Every couple of years, we’d get a new book bag from LL Bean. Mine always had blue handles—like my bedding, my pajamas and even my toothbrush. What I remember most though was not the azure forced march, but that it was always a time to start afresh. Continue reading September is the New January
This week my daughter Rosemary and I toured the Matouk Factory and headquarters in Fall River, Massachusetts. I have always loved this line, first as a consumer and now as a store owner. I can completely trust the quality and attention to detail they have been providing since 1929. I first visited the factory in the late 80s when it was still in New Bedford. Back then you would enter by going up rickety stairs in an old factory on New Bedford’s Inner Harbor. It was like going back in time to the 1920s when the textile industry had eclipsed whaling in southeastern Massachusetts. Continue reading Behind the Scenes: A Visit to Matouk
Pasta bowls are a thing now. Flag bearers of a new foodie revolution, they’ve turned the traditional table upside down. Every bride we register wants pasta bowls. And it’s not just at Tailored Home – every major retailer across the globe has reported a significant rise in sales of pasta bowls. They’ve begun to surpass even dinner plates in overall demand, with new designs in pasta bowls, coupes (that’s a sort of plate-bowl hybrid), and ‘bistro bowls’ cropping up everywhere you look.
“If I could, I’d eat everything out of a bowl.” – Nigella Lawson
In design, we continue to see a trend toward simplicity.
Bedrooms are completely cleared of daily living. Bureaus are only in the rooms when absolutely necessary. Chaises are having a comeback. Bedrooms are temples of unwinding and unplugging. Kitchens are sleek, closed-cabinet rooms belying nary a clue about who uses them. Gone are the days of the Julia Childs all tools-at-the-ready kitchen. Counters are empty ready for a meal to be staged and just as quickly put away.
Located in the charming and historic Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Tailored Home offers personally curated brands of fine china and glass, home accessories and custom furniture. We can personalize your furniture selections with fabrics from Duralee, Kravet, Pindler, Stark, Brunschwig, F. Schumacher, Galbraith and Paul, Zoffany and Kate Spade. From wallpaper, rugs and fine art, Tailored Home has the expertise and resources to create exceptional spaces.