Looking to brighten up your instagram feed? These stunning floral arrangements and handcrafted sugar blooms by Amsterdam-based baker Natasja Sadi are the highlight of mine. A wedding dress designer turned cake decorator, Natasja founded Cake Atelier Amsterdam in 2015 and now creates decadent desserts for fans around the world. Her sugar anemones, peonies, tulips, and more, look so lifelike it’s hard to believe they’re edible?! I also love how she arranges her fresh blooms in classic Dutch delft vases. I wish could hop over to Amsterdam for a flower arranging tutorial! Below, explore more of Natasja’s lovely creations. Follow @CakeAtelierAmsterdam on instagram here. READ POST
Because Turkey is no longer issuing entry visas to Americans, our vacation to Istanbul this week has been moved to France. Thankfully, Paris is always a good idea. One spot I can’t wait to visit is the Marais boutique of ceramicist and jewelry designer Alix D. Reynis. I can’t get enough of her limoges porcelain dinnerware and lighting designs and am hoping to bring some back to Chez Taylor. Her collaboration with French illustrator Marin Montagut (how darling is the green Luxembourg Garden chair?) is high on my list wish as well. Explore more of Reynis’ beautiful designs below. READ POST
With Halloween just around the bend, I’ve got pumpkins on the brain. The key to a Halloween that is more chic that kitsch…? Subtly. I suggest sticking with a timeless autumnal color palette (love burnt orange, chocolate brown, chalky white…), and adding seasonal pieces with restraint. A skull old-fashioned glass here or pumpkin tureen there is plenty—remember, less is more. Consider arranging some beautiful gourds down the center of your table or swapping out your usual silver flatware for a gold or copper set. Other Halloween trends I love this year? Plaid, linen, and velvet accents. Below, find over 40 pieces for your Halloween table. Enjoy! Above, a lovely ceramic pumpkin cocette.
Looking to step up your hostessing game? Julia B. Linens has collaborated with Moda Operandi for the chic new Quattro Mani Tabletop Collection. Inspired by Italy, the line includes dinnerware, flatware, glassware, and linens for four separate table settings. Several of the pieces (including plates!) can be monogrammed. It all costs a pretty penny, but I reckon they’d last a lifetime (things I tell myself…). Explore more of my favorites below and shop the collection in its entirety here. READ POST
I’m always looking for table setting inspiration and fashion icon Tory Burch is a favorite resource. From the Dodie Thayer lettuce ware collection to Tory’s own vintage majolica serving pieces, the designer knows how to entertain with style. I love her table’s mix of block print linens, fresh blooms, blown glassware, and globally sourced dinnerware. Below, finds some of my favorite Tory Burch table settings and my suggestions on how you can get a similar look at your own soirées. Happy entertaining! READ POST
Designer Rebecca de Ravenel (remember her gorgeous home?) loves to entertain and has been sharing a bevy of hostessing tips online. Recent features on One Kings Lane, Vogue, and Tory Daily, show off Rebecca’s serious dinner party skills. I love her unconventional mix of table linens, dinnerware, and serveware. Many of her pieces were collected on her travels, something I love to shop for while abroad as well (“how did you fit all those cabbage plates in your carry on?!” -my husband). Below, find some gorgeous photos of Rebecca’s table settings and my suggestions on how you can get a similar look at your own soirées. READ POST