While food – and the chefs who prepare it – reign as the artisanal masters of the kitchen, a new contender is emerging. It’s handcrafted dinnerware.
After years of using pristine white china as the canvas for presenting their culinary achievements, cooks – from the home gourmet to the celebrity chef – are now favoring colorful handcrafted dinnerware.
The tablescape has always been a part of the dining experience, but the trend toward more rustic place settings is evidence that the farm-to-table movement is casting an even wider net. Diners are interested in provenance, not just of their food and wine, but also of their plate. And dinnerware with more color and texture dovetails perfectly with this sort of simple, authentic cooking.
Our Vigneto collection, for example, is both substantial and vivid. Each earthenware piece is molded from clay from the hills of Umbria, an Italian region renowned for its high-end ceramics. Inspired by the luscious colors of the landscape, artisans paint its timeless grapevine motif in intricate detail, from leaves and stems to the fruit itself.
The nights are getting longer, and there’s a lingering chill in the air. We’re drawn to the kitchen, compelled by nature to make a pot of aromatic stew, uncork a full-bodied red and settle in.
So first, open that bottle of wine. Perhaps a robust varietal such as the Raymond Vineyards Prodigal Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, North Coast California. This sumptuous Cab, our Wine of the Month, harmonizes billowing aromas of black currant, white pepper and warm vanilla oak with concentrated black currant and raspberry flavors. With firm tannins and a smooth finish, it’s a perfect match for this hearty stew.
|The Wine:||Raymond Vineyards Prodigal Collection
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, North Coast California
|The Maker:||Stephanie Putnam, formerly of Far Niente and Hess and past ‘Cabernet of the Year’ winner (The Wine News)|
|The Acclaim:||‘American Winery of the Year,’ Wine Enthusiast 2012
Silver Medal – Sommelier Challenge 2013
Bronze Medal – American Wine Society 2013
Home to aristocracy since 1689, London’s Kensington neighborhood is filled with creamy porticoed townhouses and posh boutiques. Once the residence of Queen Victoria, this Royal Borough now hosts literati, glitterati and the darlings of the royal family.
One of our exciting new Master Suite lifestyles, the London Townhouse collection starts with light-flooded rooms that soften tradition with touches of pure glamour. Here, shimmering surfaces meet tailored lines. And feminine touches abound.
Your bed is more than just a place to relax and rejuvenate; it’s quite literally the place where dreams are made. Make it even dreamier by dressing it in inviting layers that make it easy to surrender to slumber.
So how do you create that irresistible look – like the plush beds that you see in magazines and on showroom floors? Simply follow our step-by-step guide.
First create a great base for your bed, with the best sheets, good pillows and a comfy coverlet. Now what’s needed is the top layer, the delicious icing on the cake.
Begin with a great duvet cover and coordinating shams. First, fold the cover about halfway down the length of the bed and follow by folding the flat sheet and coverlet about one-quarter of the way. Lean two or three large Euro pillows upright against the headboard. These pillows act as a visual anchor—and lend perfect support for reading in bed.
Next, lean a pair of queen or king size bed pillows against the Euros. If buying these new, choose a construction (goose down, memory foam, etc.) and a firmness that correspond to your sleeping preference. Read our Home + Style article to find the pillow of your dreams. […]