The table settings are artful arrangements of easily accessible items and all out fantasy. We want to blow you away while leaving you with the confidence to re-interpret them on your own table.


Tablescaping: Rustic Wonderland

Comments Off 16 September 2010


Read Full Feature by Bridget Biscotti Bradley in Issue No. 4.


As summer winds down and you realize that colder days are just around the corner, it’s natural to look for every opportunity to enjoy eating al fresco. So, when Nesting Newbies asked us to create a tablescape that epitomized the style and values of our eco-friendly home store, Reclaim, I could think of no better spot than the Menlo Park, California backyard of Sheila Riley and Douglas Farel. Their garden is an organic wonderland, meticulously cared for, but with a rustic and welcoming vibe.

This incredible setting inspired our table design—a collaboration between Holly Durocher, the staff interior designer at Reclaim; J.R. Farel, an up-and-coming product designer who works at Reclaim when she’s home from college in Boston; and me. The three of us set out to create an Indian-summer, organic-garden brunch.

Photography by Natalie Wi

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A Solid Flatware Foundation For
Everyday Entertaining

Comments Off 25 August 2010

By Lea McIntosh

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In my opinion, this is one of the best stainless steel flatware sets I have ever found for everyday entertaining use. I picked up the basic 45-piece Ginko International Lafayette flatware set at Bloomingdale’s about 6 years ago. I have been using it everyday every since, and it still has its original luster…and I put my kitchen tools, including my flatware, to Xtreme use!

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I love the modern hammered look! This flatware won’t get lost on the table, it feels good in the hand, and it goes with every style–traditional, modern, bistro…

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One of the best things about the Ginkgo International Lafayette line is that you can keep adding to your collection. I now have a complete setting for 12, a few dozen demitasse spoons for party menus involving lots of sauces, a dozen or so butter spreader knives for cheese tasting platters, a few cocktail forks for the olive tray, and now I just placed my order for ice tea spoons and sauce ladles!

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