Designer Snapshot: Thanksgiving Grace
November 21, 2012
By Paula M. Bodah
The turkey may try to steal the show, but an elegantly set table is the true starting point for a festive Thanksgiving. Designer Ann Henderson, whose ideas for outfitting a library were featured in Perspectives in our November/December issue, did a little shopping among the shelves and surfaces of her Keene, New Hampshire, retail boutique, and offers a few suggestions for setting an elegant, welcoming holiday table.
Start with a hand-woven French jacquard tablecloth from Garnier-Thiebaut.Â â€œRenaissance Ivoire is a classic, beautiful cloth, very traditional, with a lovely orange border,â€ Ann says. In a happily modern touch, the cloth has a stain-resistant finish. Add the matching napkins, or mix it up a bit by using plain orange napkins.
Photo courtesy of Garnier-Thiebaut
It’s almost a shame to cover these gorgeous dishes with food. Vietri’sÂ Affresco hand-painted dinnerware evokes classic elegance with its botanical design in soft greens and golds and an orange-peel texture. The perfect companion? Vietri’s gold-trimmed Eternity glassware.
Photo courtesy of Vietri
A close-up of Vietri’s Eternity glass in gold.
The ideal centerpiece is arresting enough to call for a few oohs and aahs, but not so showy as to dominate (or get in the way of face-to-face conversation). Lisa Kahn’s Tracery cachepot from Chelsea HouseÂ fills the bill perfectly. The seventeen-inch diameter piece with gold tracery rim and gold feet is just seven inches high, so it makes a statement without shouting. Ann likes it in a pale pear hue to go with the Vietri china.
Photo courtesy of Chelsea House
Add a dash of whimsy as a final touch. French ceramic artist Heidi Caillard’s La Pintade guinea hens and quails from BellevieÂ would be an enchanting addition to your table. Let a trio of speckled guinea hens, ranging from ten inches tall to just six and half inches, nestle here and there among the place settings, or tuck a quail into a pretty nest of moss inside the cachepot above.
Heidi Caillard’sÂ guinea hens. Photos courtesy of Bellevie
Heidi Caillard’sÂ white quail.
With Ann’s suggestions, your holiday table will be as much a feast for the eyes as it will be for the rest of the senses.