Setting the Table to Entertain

If you follow me on instagram, you know I had a great time touring the NYC World Market store at their grand opening a few weeks ago.  (Have I mentioned how excited I am to have a World Market so close?  Woo-hoo) The NYC store is a scaled down version of their usual larger format with a focus on furniture and decorative items. Perfect for when you really love a piece online but just have to see it in person before you make the commitment.

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So many things caught my eye but I was thinking of fall and all the entertaining it brings.  New dinnerware had been on my agenda for a while so when I spotted a stacks of their Muir plates and bowls - it was a love connection.  Creamy colored, organic shaped stoneware that is made in Portugal, you are coming home with me.

Any decent table setting needs layers so I added a few things to give it depth.  First these textured bowls that come in 4 different patterns and matched beautifully.  As a base, these wood slice chargers were perfect.  To finish the place setting, versatile cotton buffet napkins in Frost Gray would broke up the cream color. 

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Last but not least I wanted an easy to put together centerpiece.  Starting with a grey striped runner and hand painted candleholders, it needed a little something more.  This wood gather sign in a rich red was just the thing. It's meant as a wall hanging but its large scale really worked on the table against the neutral colors.  

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Voila!  A new tablescape that is ready for a autumn dinner party!  Now if only this weather would cooperate and I could put on a sweater.

disclosure:  This post was sponsored by World Market but all opinions expressed are my own. Thanks to World Market for including me in the celebration.


  1. Sending husband out to the wood pile with a chainsaw post-haste! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Oh you know I am jealous of your unlimited access to wood and branches. I make my suburban friends drag their lawn debris to my house :)

  2. Can I please come to one of your parties? Your styling is so beautiful! How do you keep it out of the hands of little toddlers?

    1. Thanks Julia.

      We don't have much of a problem keeping her away at this point. I always have some items hanging out within arms reach and she knows by now certain things are not for her. It was more of an issue when she was about one though and we kept stuff out of reach.

  3. You know what is really funny - I've been reading your blog for years but I don't think I've ever noticed that your dining room is open to your kitchen!! I had always assumed it was as separate room for some reason. Love this tablescape - and can't wait to trek out to World Market soon!

    1. Oh yes, all open. This space used to be two bedrooms and we turned it into an open kitchen and dining room area.


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