Trend Alert: Cutting Edge Cutlery

Capdeco’s “Conty Tortoise” 5-Piece Place Setting, $165

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, the Purest of Holidays

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

September is the New January

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

The Power of Pasta (Bowls)

One of my favorites, Juliska’s Berry & Thread Whitewash Coupe Pasta Bowl

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

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