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SETTING A LUXURIOUS STANDARD FOR YOUR TABLETOP
Nothing brings people together like a great home cooked dinner. Food, friends and family all contribute to the warm atmosphere where cherished memories are made, but another integral part of setting the mood at these gatherings — and the perfect way to give it your personal touch — is getting creative with the tableware. After exploring the latest tabletop trends for the upcoming holiday season, we couldn't help but notice that handcrafted wood and metal dinnerware is all the rage, so we've rounded up a few our favorite rustic-modern items to make your dinner table stand out at all the family gatherings.
For 15 years New England-based artist Spencer Peterman has been turning fallen trees into beautiful works of art to set at the table. Each one of these cherry burl bowls is a unique and visually striking centerpiece that offers a down-to-earth feel. Maintaining their natural patterns, crevices and curves, Peterman's bowls are unrefined, yet elegant and totally food safe.
For a more modern style of similarly eco-friendly means, the Mariposa Pearled Round Platter with Wood is handcrafted from 100% recycled sandcast aluminum and a sustainably harvested wood insert. Ideal for serving food or drinks, this platter demonstrates why kitchen designers are so keen on the wood and metal juxtaposition. The enduring pearl pattern along the outside tastefully complements the wood grain to create a formal appearance that enjoys overall simplicity.
The perfect accent for your wooden table, the Brenna Concho Charger from Ralph Lauren Home is crafted by skilled artisans in Thailand and emanates a casual elegance. Featuring a custom-made motif inspired by traditional Native American designs, the Brenna Concho Charger is forged from solid pewter to provide some variation from the standard dinner set. With a simultaneously modern and medieval feel, we doubt you'll come across anything like it at other dinner parties.
Subtle yet distinctive, the Nambé Monroe Salt Shaker & Pepper Grinder set is a splendid example of functional beauty. Together the alloy and wood suggest a seamless combination of natural and manmade influences that offer a memorable twist to the traditional salt and pepper shaker. Whether you set them on a stainless steel countertop or wooden table, the Monroe Salt Shaker & Pepper Grinder's diverse design allows them to fit in anywhere.
From Mary Jurek Design, Inc. comes yet another stunning example of this season's hottest tabletop trend. The Valencia Salad Servers with Rosewood utilize both hand-hammered stainless steel and warm rosewood to serve your guests with. Described by the designer as "old world meets modern day", Mary Jurek's inimitable style is anything but ordinary.
Finally, bringing the whole table together is this artisan crafted set of Olive Wood cutlery from Dolce Tableware. The beautiful set is dishwasher safe with a truly timeless design, providing the best of form and function. Reminiscent of old Italy, this olive wood flatware will ensure each member of your table has an unforgettable dining experience.
Of course, the food and company is the most important part of any dinner party, but now you're sure to be everyone's favorite host with these luxurious tabletop accents.