It’s time to deck the table and the halls, walls and front yard. Wait! At the same time, it feels like Thanksgiving was just cleared away. My, how time takes off at the speed of light when the Holiday Season has descended. I don’t know about you, but my “to-do” list is much longer than my “done” list. At work, that’s job security; at home, the need to get going on my ever-growing lists. Yes, I have “lists,” plural!
I find the best way to start ticking off the boxes is to start with one project, before moving on to the next. Since you don’t want all of the details of my halls, walls and front yard, I’ll focus on an area of which I’m especially passionate – the table.
I could wax on for days about how-to set the table properly with flatware placed just so. Or, how a centerpiece should be at a certain eye level to encourage conversation without ducking around branches and blooms, but what I truly want to chat about is the tableware itself.
At Nicole Michelle, the shop, we carry three distinctive and lovely lines of tableware. I adore each for different reasons. The three company’s pieces have unique qualities of endearment. I’d like to share what I love and why you would love them too.
All of their stoneware is sourced and made in Portugal using authentic artisan practices. Plates, platters and bowls are able to handle the most demanding of everyday usage. Pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe, and can go straight from the freezer into the oven.
Juliska’s glassware is mouth-blown by master glass makers using 15th to 17th century tools and techniques. Each is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. By the way, they glasses dishwasher safe and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Now, let’s talk about flatware. The 19/10 stainless pieces are chic and timeless and carry a well-balanced weight. Several patterns to choose from come in a lustrous satin finish or so on-point for now, gold. We’ve paired the gold flatware with their Arabella Pink goblets. All I can say is, “stunning.”
Black terracotta is shaped by hand in a Bastille workshop located in Paris, and then finished with a milk-white glaze. Pieces are inspired by 18th and 19th century ceramic designs. They embody beauty, simplicity and the timelessness of French style.
Astier ceramics are highly collectible and only available in a limited number of boutiques. We’re one! When you pick up an item it’s light to the touch, yet tremendously durable. You can even place them on the top shelf of the dishwasher; a definite upside for everyday usage.
Mud Australia’s minimalist appeal is due to the Limoges porcelain that is sourced directly from France. In Mud’s Sydney studio, ceramicists hand-form and pigment the porcelain. As a result, color penetrates each piece.
An artist’s touch is evidenced when holding Mud cups, plates or bowls. The ensuing feel is organic on the exterior with a matte finish and a smooth glazed interior. And, in case you were wondering, Mud can be used in the microwave, dishwasher and oven, but do so with care.
In the end, how you choose to deck the table is personal. Let it express you. Be it Juliska’s easy-to-use-everyday or Astier’s very French feel to Mud’s simplicity.
Happy decking of the table, halls, walls and front yard –