As we head into the colder months, our tables start to get a bit more of an audience. We gather ‘round for holiday meals and festive parties, while roasted meats and root vegetables adorn the tabletop. Why not elevate your display with a few new of-the-season pieces for a family-style spread? Try this chic twist on the expected autumnal tablescape for a communal surface that embraces all the warmth of the harvest season.
Dress Down Your Table
Start with a neutral base like this ivory tablecloth with a soft fringed edge. The natural hue will allow you to build warmth while providing texture. Add another textural element with linen napkins printed with a wood grain pattern in pewter. Both come in a range of colors if you’re looking to warm things up come spring.
Price: $98 | $80/set of 4
An Earthy Setting
for the Fall Table
Simultaneously bold and grounding, the jade of the epoch charger anchors the setting with its deep, rich shade. The rim is hand brushed with 24 carat gold for a touch of sophistication. Carried by homeware staple, the Ark Elements, which works with artists from around the globe to design unique, handcrafted pieces you will cherish for a lifetime.
Price: $192 | thearkelements.com
Building upon the bold jade charger, the umber-toned porcelain plate feels organic with hues of amber and honey. Designed in collaboration with Marie Daagé in France and the Ark Elements, the plate’s modern pattern is based on ancient Iznik plate paintings of Ottoman origin. They call it “a modern twist on a historically rich design.”
Price: $178 | thearkelements.com
A fall feast is incomplete without a bowl full of piping hot noodles, stew, or soup. These ceramic pieces are hand-painted in the Romanian countryside with an artform handed down through generations so unique that the craftsmanship of Horezu pottery has been designated to the UNESCO List of Cultural Heritage.
Price: $46 | thearkelements.com
Service with an Aesthetic
This serving piece–part platter, part shallow bowl–is a versatile vessel you’ll come back to again and again. It’s deep enough for a pile of starches yet wide enough for poured-over proteins. The speckled ceramic is crafted in western Denmark by K.H Würtz, a father-and-son team who opened their small studio at the turn of the century. They create everything by hand, using mostly ancient wheel-turning and glazing methods, mixing pigments, and adding elements such as crystals and iron fillings to their Nordic designs.
Price: $255 | rwguild.com
Modern meets organic in this chic set made for leafy winter greens and roasted roots. The smoke-hued glass bowl is handblown by artisans at Gary Bodker Studio in Portland, Oregon, while the fork and serving spoon are carved by skilled woodworkers in the Peten region of Guatemala. They are made from tiger wood, a rare species of wood found in the Guatemalan jungle and characterized by its reddish-orange color streaked with dark brown resembling the cat’s signature stripes.
Price: $246 | bloomist.com
Everyone needs a vessel that can go from oven to table as the temperatures drop and the meals turn hearty. The casserole dish from Australian interior designer Georgia Ezra is your catchall for baking, serving, and even displaying with its artful composition of clay stoneware and Australian Raku.
Price: $135 | shoppe.amberinteriordesign.com
Southern Made Staples
The sensational Estelle Colored Glass does it again with this set of smoke gray wine glasses. The glassware line we just can’t quit is produced in Holly Hill, South Carolina, by founder Stephanie Hall. The company’s name is inspired by her grandmother, Estelle, who collected colored glass by scouring small-town South Carolina antique stores and markets. It comes in a range of colors and styles, but the smoke gray adds a sophisticated edge to an earthy setting.
Price: $175/Set of 6 | estellecoloredglass.com
A sleek set of black flatware feels modern but will never go out of style. This twenty-piece set is from Houston-based Rigby Home, a tableware company founded by Texas native Sara Kelly after she struggled to find dishware that was functional, aesthetically pleasing, and affordable and decided to fill that need herself.
Price: $280/20-piece Set | rigbyhome.com
FINISHING TOUCHES FOR YOUR FALL TABLE
Half the battle of a great meal is creating the ambiance to match. Any stylist will tell you candlelight is your friend. This modern take on the candlestick is hand-cast in lead and resin for a sculptural design–pair it with a blush tapered candle for a striking contrast between light and dark. Both can be found at Dhier Home in Greenville, South Carolina, where globetrotting owner Paula Dhier brings international vintage finds and European decor to her home city.
Price: $81 | $5 | dhierhome.com
For the final flourish, tie all of these earthy and natural, modern and minimalist, pieces together with an overflowing stone vessel of seasonal foliage. Farmgirl flowers does the centerpiece by arranging it for you wrapping it up in the included polystone vase so that it arrives on your doorstep as quickly as the next day. A bounty of wild greens makes up the evermore bouquet including a seasonal mix of assorted eucalyptus, limonium, and more.
Price: $68 | farmgirlflowers.com
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Hannah Lee Leidy
- by Hannah Lee Leidy
- by Julia Miller