The dining room with walls clad in bamboo matting, late-19th-century lamps from Madeleine Castaing’s Paris shop and dining chairs by McGuire.
“…Life at Mabrouka was quiet and private. Saint Laurent read, listened to opera and the birds, and watched movies and fishing boats. He went on walks and shared simple meals with close friends, including his muses Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise, the interior designer Alberto Pinto and the garden designer Madison Cox. The glamorous dinners and parties he ringmastered at his other houses were long over by the time he and Bergé moved in for the summer in 1999…” Marion McEvoy,
Trees, lights, wreaths, ornaments – you name it, there is decorating to be done. And while you’re thinking about such things, have you thought about your table? A fine finishing touch could be these beautiful hand embroidered linens. The 100% linen cloth carries the Masters of Linen tag, which guarantees that they are made with the finest quality linen produced in the European Union in harmony with environmental policies. With each washing, the fabric will become even more soft and supple. The decoration is all hand-done to perfection, and you can feel the difference. I also love the classic wide hemstitch border, and the snowy white linen mixes in perfectly with almost any dish pattern you may have.
I often say that I believe in linen. It has an elegance and drape that no other fiber can match, and with a minimum of care, fine linen will last and be enjoyed for generations.
So, indulge today and enjoy these linens for years to come.
These Christmas branch linens are a classic. Finely detailed pine boughs and white stars make a perfect holiday statement.
Looking for something a bit different? The same beautiful fabric, but festooned with rose hips branches in a refined color palate.
And, depending on where you are during the holidays, citrus can say Merry Christmas as well as the holly and the ivy. Both the lemon and orange patterns are available for your Christmas table.
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you’re surprised! These plates by artist Pauline Curtiss are just such a surprise. She has transposed her pen and ink drawings onto porcelain dinner ware using lead free pigments to great effect. These transform the “white dish” just enough to make a personal statement. This collection includes small plates, serving bowls and platters to use on their own or mix in with your own dishes and are in limited edition and sold individually through Hudson/Boston.
6.5″ plates from top: Tracery, Arabesque, Fretwork, and Appliqué
Well said, Suzanne Sharp, co-founder and Creative Director, The Rug Company, Notting Hill, London. She loves her dining room, as well she should! If you missed this, it’s the last page of House Beautiful, July/August.
Truly, timeless. A dinner service that is both classic and colorful – one that has stood the test of time literally for centuries. Shown left, with our lemon hand-emboidered linens and 19th century Christofle and Williams and Brook flatware, Mottahedeh’s Tobacco Leaf is a fully licensed pattern that Mottahedeh produces from pieces in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This extravagant design was originally made in China, probably for export to the Portuguese and Brazilian markets. Of all the 18th century dinnerware patterns, this was the most highly prized. A small phoenix bird perches on the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (Tobacco) plant. Twenty-seven colors with 22k gold characterize this pattern which is based on an original which is displayed in the Met. This pattern, one of the longest running patterns by Mottahedeh continues its strong popularity today, showing that good design is timeless. Timeless. I like that. I also liked coming across the editorial in Architectural Digest of Valentino’s Château de Wideville, just outside of Paris. He set an intimate table for four with this pattern.
Found for you is a pristine vintage set of Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf dishware at a fraction of the cost to purchase new, and in the pieces that are most versatile: a generously scaled dinner plate, a small bread or tapas/appetizer plate, and a tea cup and saucer, perfect for a small amuse bouche before dinner – say a cold or hot soup or shrimp cocktail or ceviche or an espresso digestif after. There are 24 place settings available for purchase and are priced individually. Also available is a covered tureen, two Monteith bowls, a shell dish, and master salt.
Like we need one! This morning, I picked up my morning coffee cup and saucer and, “Hmm.” It was stuck to the table. The saucer was fresh from the dishwasher and, unbeknown to me, was still wet or at least damp on the underside when I set it down. It gave a gasp of struggle as I picked it up, but enough to make me look down and notice that some of the finish had been lifted from the area under the saucer. I didn’t have any coconut oil- a usual go to for furniture, but I did have some Trader Joe’s Organic Mayonnaise! I rubbed some in with a cloth and presto! The finish was restored. I’m not convinced it was the brand or the fact that it was organic that had the positive impact on the wood, but the hack is worth keeping in your back pocket. The key here is TIME! The sooner you get oil into the wood, the more success you’ll have in restoring your finish! Now, if I can only get my boxer, Dustin, to stop licking that corner of the table…