STYLISH SPONSOR WELCOME: GRACIOUS STYLE

by Marisa Marcantonio

I have long admired the incredible depth of assortment California-based Carolina Con has on her luxurious, tabletop-laden home decor website, Gracious Style. When she said she wanted to become a Stylebeat sponsor, I knew it would be a great fit-- she has a steady eye and the ability to find items that are useful as well as beautiful. To introduce you to her great sense of style, here is a round-up of items for the table that will see you through the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and all the parties in between. I chose an autumnal palette of greens and browns, with mixed metal accessories for good measure. May your table sparkle as brightly as the family and friends around it.

Photos courtesy of Gracious Style

Bring old-world influence to the table with Juliska's Firenze stoneware patterned china, where a marbleized pattern like those found on Florentine end-papers is designed large-scale in shades of pistachio green and brown.

Tiny canape plates serve multiple functions, from plating appetizers to small amuse bouche.  Juliska's  Firenze pattern can do the job, and also be used on the dinner table, as a saucer for a ramekin of cranberry sauce at each guest's placesetting.

The matte gold finish of Herdmar's Rocco flatware adds a subtle glamour to the table, dressing it up. The finish does not tarnish, so it can easily be used everyday.

Sferra's Filetto napkins in linen with contrasting borders and hemstitch detail in rich wintry hues.

This bird can keep you big bird company-- birds of a feather. Intricately detailed gold placecard holders from L'Objet have crystal eyes and comes in a set of 6.

Salt and pepper shakers are a must, so why not get some that are a conversation starter? Little pewter and wood acorn S and P shakers from Vagabond house are just too cute. For those of you that would rather not gather around a table with your wacky relatives (I am looking forward to it, I'm happy to report), here's a topic: how many variety's of Oak trees are there?

Thinking about Thanksgiving may have you pining for some Americana, so Vietri's splatter ware platter fits in perfectly.

Don't be afraid to mix metals on the table, it is almost impossible to have everything match, and the mix is much more interesting. A classic pitcher can earn its keep year round, and I especially like this lidded version from Vagabond House. Pewter accents make it more interesting than just glass or crystal, and the decorative handle makes something functional pretty.

I have never met a hurricane I didn't like. They keep the table from wax drips, cast a beautiful reflection, and the candlelight makes everyone look their best. In keeping with the classic silhouette Match's Convertible Hurricane with pewter base and ball feet can hold tapers or a wide candle.

JULISKA FETES COUNTRY ESTATE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Juliska

To launch their newest collection, Country Estate, a collaboration with England's Isis ceramics, Juliska threw quiet a party. The pattern, designed by the lovely Deborah Sears, is of an an idyllic English pastoral scenic, a charming depiction of country house life a with painterly hand.

Juliska held an intimate dinner party before the gift show to fete the new patterns. By setting round tables for 8, they mixed their glassware, ceramics, stoneware, flatware and vases together. It was a testament to how well their products mix.

I loved spending time with the festive founders Dave and Capucine Gooding and creative Elaine McMcLeary- -who can believe it has been ten years since Juliska began?

It was a gorgeous, glittering celebration, with lush seasonal flowers and many take aways about setting the table with style.

The Country Estate Platter and Pitcher in grisaille.

Napkins were made for the event with the signature motif.

A plum and green arrangement is stacked on books covered in white.

Country estate mixed with silver footed goblets and pewter plates.

Pink and green flowers work well with an all white and clear glass setting. Each table had a contrasting tablecloth that picked up the dominant colors. Details people!

Pillar candles add to the glow of soft pinks.

A crisp place setting with Berries and Thread in white.

Glorious sunflowers en masse stacked on books.

A tight bouquet of dahlias in orange and yellow.

The bright beauties are the centerpiece arrangement for the bamboo pattern place settings.

Bamboo, a classic pattern of theirs, with their bamboo flatware.

A tall arrangement at my table with purple Irises.

White flowers and limes in scattered footed green vases.

A chic grey and white palette.

I sat at the table with the new Country Estate pattern, mixed with their Pewter Footed Goblets.

Shades of green mixed with their classic Berries and Thread pattern and green glassware.

Mixing tones of green with the pop of a white napkin create a many hued palette.


STEP UP TO THE PLATE THIS THANKSGIVING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to set the table with great style. With a plethora of choices out there from the old guard companies to the young artisans, here is a selection of the best for your holiday table.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
Mr. Turkey Lurkey will have a nice perch here on the Turkey Serving Platter from Pottery Barn!

Photo courtesy of Gien
Gien's outdoorsy Sologny wildlife pattern captures lowland vegetation. Available through Michael C. Fina.

Photo courtesy of Nymphemburg
When the sky's the limit, Nymphemburg hand painted porcelain is the way to go. See their entire collection of custom china at their Chicago store, Kneen and Co.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
White looks great when the food is the star. Anthropologie's ceramic Monochrome Mosaic Dinner Plate.

Photo courtesy of Meissen
After years of covering tabletop trends, German hand painted Ming Dragon porcelain from Meissen still tops my list.

Photo courtesy of Raynaud
Stripes add a linear element for a kicky table. A new design from Raynaud.

Photo courtesy of Royal Crown Derby
Blue and white is the go to for a traditional table. The Aves bird pattern from Royal Crown Derby has been around since the 1800's with new color introductions since then.


Photo courtesy of Albertini
For a more modern table, Sydney Albertini's hand painted ceramic Dipped Dinner Plates are each slightly different.

Photo courtesy of Juliska
Bamboo is right for you-- try Juliska's new instant classic called Classic Bamboo.

Photo courtesy of Christofle
Maybe the rest of your table is blue and white china and you need dessert plates? Well, here is just the thing! These charming flowering branch dessert plates come in a set of 6 from Christofle.

Photo courtesy of Asprey
Parrot Tulips grace the China Tulip Charger from Asprey. Floral patterns look great all year long, especially when your garden is not in bloom.

Photo courtesy of Medard de Noblat
Combining blooming branches and a geometric border, Medard de Noblat's Eden pattern adds pastel hues to the table, from Michael C. Fina.

Photo courtesy of L'Objet
Your pumpkin pie will look even better against the red of a Kyoto Dessert Plate from L'Objet through Vivre. Available in a set of 4.

Photo courtesy of Devine Corp
One of the most beautiful patterns for it's raku glaze finish, Jaune de Chrome's Finition has an earthy hand created quality.


Photo courtesy of Pickard
Last year Kelly Wearstler came out with a few patterns with Pickard. The Mulholland pattern is a modernist composition intersecting lines, perfect for the urban aesthete. Available through Table Art.

ADD A TOUCH OF GRAY

by Marisa Marcantonio

A grey and red interior designed by Mary McDonald

Everything looks better with a hint of grey. As an accent or dominant color, all shades of gray are being used in unique and inspiring ways. From charcoal to dove, no grey is outre.

Oval platters painted with pewter botanical motifs from Caskata.

Photo courtesy of Julian Chichester
The Kelso Loveseat covered in grey velvet from Julian Chichester.

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Textiles
Chelsea Textiles new Lounge Chair in grey.

Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
For Lee Jofa, Eric Cohler's Mille Fleur Animal Insect print.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
A grey Tall Drum Pendant Light from West Elm in Platinum

Photo courtesy of Schumacher
Ric Rac in dove from Studio Bon through Schumacher

Photo courtesy of CB2
Add a touch of haberdashery with a Bold Grey Stripe Pillow of wool flannel from CB2.


, Photo courtesy of Julia B
Need napkins? A rich charcoal linen with hemstitch border and two letter hemstitch from Julia B.

Photo courtesy of Juliska
The Pewter Square Baker from Juliska is a chic shape and goes from oven to table. Have you even started to think about your Thanksgiving table yet? This will get you there.

Photo courtesy of Dwell Studio
Dwell Studio's new Facet Rug in charcoal and cream

Photo courtesy of Dransfield and Ross
Hidcote Placemat from Dransfield and Ross

Photo courtesy of Tritter Feeder
Tritter Feefer's Madame X Desk

Photo courtesy of Made goods
Made Goods Cara Side Table with a faux shagreen surface.

Photo courtesy of Osborne and Little
New from Osborne and Little, the Maharani Collection's print Balyan channels MC Escher optical illusions.


A charming tufted chair from Zentique upholstered in grey linen.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
Add a warm glow with the Park Hill Lantern from Pottery Barn for the rustic, worn look.

A new pattern in cool greys from Ferran Bedding