For the Thanksgiving dinner I'm sharing with you this week, I wanted a really lush centerpiece, one that celebrated the beauty of the fall harvest but didn't cost me hundreds of dollars. So I turned to my favorite eco-friendly florist to help me create a beautiful, all-natural vegetable centerpiece that a real human (you know, homo sapiens, as opposed to marta stewartensis) could make with some seasonal vegetables, basic tools, and a little imagination.
But I didn't want to let all that beauty go to waste, after the meal. Since nothing is glued down or otherwise rendered inedible, you can eat nearly every piece of this arrangement — and I give you recipes to help you do just that.
Part of the fun for me of having a dinner party is setting a few pretty things on the table, and this DIY project from Design*Sponge proves that doesn't need to be an expensive endeavor. Plain ol' oyster shells painted with liquid gold leaf and a food-safe top coat make unique, lovely salt cellars. What a great idea!
I recently stumbled across Melissa Maya Pottery while browsing Etsy, and was immediately attracted to minimal hand-drawn designs on the porcelain tabletop pieces. Free flowing lines and geometric shapes give this collection — which includes mugs, tumblers, plates, and serving dishes — an organic, timeless feel. I just love how simple and beautiful they are!
You remember my slow cooker? The one I broke? Twice? I really didn't want to buy a new one, because I had already done that once and it's important to me to make things last. (Evidence: My husband's car has 175,000 miles. My car, "the new one," has 95,000 miles, and we aren't considering a car purchase anytime soon.) Before I replaced my cooker, I got in touch with Brenton Sadreameli of Mr. B's Sustainable Glassworks, known for their authentic bottleneck guitar slides and other sustainable glassware.
Boring trivets are a thing of the past ... at least they are if you own one of Xenia Taler's beautiful tile trivets. Handmade in her Toronto studio, each tile features a metallic copper overglaze on an earthenware base. I simply adore the geometric one in gold and blue, don't you?
Last September I signed up for a wheel-throwing ceramics class thinking I would be able to make a set of dinner plates. I had big plans to write a piece about my experience: a photo of a stack of serene white plates, a little wabi-sabi of course, not perfect, but complete, heavy and unique. I knew there would be some bumps along the way, but I fully expected to succeed and have a great story to tell. My enthusiasm came from a sense of being lifted up as I answered a call from the pottery angels, three friends in particular who surround me, and gently nudged me to learn to throw.
When we're looking for something really pretty for the kitchen or table, online shop Gretel is a must-see. Its curated collection features some of our favorite tabletop brands, including MUD Australia and Ferm Living, and we always find something colorful and modern in the mix!