Setting the Season

By Elizabeth Winslow
Photography by Jody Horton

You scour cookbooks for the perfect recipe, shop locally for the freshest ingredients, toil for hours in the kitchen to create a meal that makes your family and friends groan with delight. But doesn’t your chef d’oeuvre deserve a backdrop that’s as equally inventive and lovely? While few of us have time for elaborate centerpieces and fussy decorations, that doesn’t mean we should dine without style. Skip the formalities; there’s more to table setting than knowing the fork goes on the left.

A beautifully dressed table sets a mood and enhances even the simplest of seasonal meals. Build on simple, classic pieces with colorful linens and intriguing accents. Bring a little of the outdoors in, and incorporate a few whimsical, seasonal touches from nature. Most of all, remember that each meal is an opportunity to celebrate, connect and conjure a little magic.


SPRING: (above) Couleur Nature Jardine Tablecloth by Bruno Lamy (Breed & Co.); Radish Salt and Pepper Shakers by Vagabond House (Breed & Co.); Classic Pewter Silverware by Vietri (Breed & Co.); Vuelta White Pearl Dinner Plate by Jars (Breed & Co.); Festival Grey Linen Napkin by Sferra (Breed & Co.); Tourron Eggplant Dessert Plate by Jars (Breed & Co.); Wicker Charger by Caspari (Breed & Co.); Fruitwood Cheese Board by Roost (Spartan); Moroccan Recycled Drinking Glass (Spartan); Indian Brass Bowl (Mercury Design Studio)

Summer

SUMMER: Couleur Nature Hibiscus Tablecloth by Bruno Lamy (Breed & Co.); Vuelta White Pearl Dinner Plate by Jars (Breed & Co.); Palladian Pewter Silverware by Vietri (Breed & Co.); Wicker Charger by Caspari (Breed & Co.); Gold and Coral Napkin Rings by L’Objet (Breed & Co.); Vuelta Sky Grey Dessert Plate by Jars (Breed & Co.); Montego White Linen Napkin by Nuko Creations (Breed & Co.); Assorted Shells and Coral (Mercury Design Studio); Capucine Tumbler by Juliska (Finch)

Fall

AUTUMN: Bronze Charger by Jeremie (Breed & Co.); Horn Rustic Appetizer Fork by Vagabond House (Breed & Co.); Gruidae Bronze Silverware by Vagabond House (Breed & Co.); Handblown Glass Dessert Plate by Arte Italica (Breed & Co.); Bittersweet Flax Napkin by Chilewich (Breed & Co.); Couleur Nature Olive Tree Tablecloth by Bruno Lamy (Breed & Co.); Moroccan Recycled Drinking Glass (Spartan); Root Wood Platter by Enrico (Spartan); La Crema Dinner Plate by Vietri (Breed & Co.); Carved Wood Bird Clip by Roost (Finch)

Winter

WINTER: Bronze Charger by Jeremie (Breed & Co.); La Crema Dinner Plate by Vietri (Breed & Co.); Couleur Nature Fig Tablecloth by Bruno Lamy (Breed & Co.); Cucina Fresca Sage Coupe Pasta Bowl by Vietri (Breed & Co.); Snail Salt and Pepper Shakers by Tag (Breed & Co.); Striped Linen Napkin by Roost (Mercury Design Studio); Moroccan Recycled Drinking Glass (Spartan); Galvanized Planter with Tray by Roost (Spartan); Classic Pewter Silverware by Vietri (Breed & Co.)

Breed & Co.
718 W. 29th St.
512-474-6679

3663 Bee Cave Rd.
512-328-3960
breedandco.com

Finch
417 W. 2nd St.
512-236-1414
shopfinch.com

Mercury Design Studio
209 W. 2nd St.
512-236-0100
mercurydesignstudio.com

Spartan
215 S. Lamar, Ste. D
512-579-0303
spartan-shop.com