With the leftovers from Thanksgiving not even cold yet, I'm sure some of you are already thinking of how you will be setting your next holiday table. Christmas is just around the corner but regardless of your religious affiliation, this time of year is full of festive gatherings and parties. If you plan on entertaining, don't forget how important chic table settings are. A well planned tabletop is one of the most memorable details, right up there with the turkey, ham, or roast you might be serving.
With the endless choices of resources that exist today, there are two that should be a bookmark on your desktop. One is best experienced in person, and one is for the late night clickers out there - you know who you are!
William Wayne & Co. - These well stocked shops on Lexington Avenue and University Place in New York City have built a dedicated following since opening in 1989. Partners William Meyer & Wayne Adler have always made it their goal to provide affordable items that can easily update your home. Tableware is a passion for Mr. Meyer and he will personally help you put together any theme you can think of - from the traditional to the adventurous. The stores stock of tabletop items is impressive, and I dare you to leave without buying at least one thing. The store on the Upper East Side attracts interior designers and the well heeled women that shop for everything. From full table service for an upcoming party at home, to the last minute hostess gift they need for tonight, those in the know turn to William Wayne & Co. The downtown store on University Place has the same spirit, but somehow also feels right at home in this true Greenwich Village setting. Be sure to visit one of the two during your next visit to NYC. If you can make it to Lexington Avenue & 64th Street, it would be worth the trip just to meet the positively entertaining William Meyer. He is a laugh a minute and his quick wit and sense of humor are golden compared to any typical retail experience you will find elsewhere. Mr. Meyer & Mr. Adler are both a rare find - shop owners that actually enjoy being in the store, working with clients. (The company also has an immense inventory of items on the website). **The selected pieces I chose here are a bit more exclusive, but there are many items in the store priced under $100.00. ** Click on the photos to shop.
The Product Gallery is an excellent resource for so many tabletop ideas! The website is the brainchild of home decorating editor and stylist - Lynn Butler Beling. Lynn has worked on many prestigious projects and when we first met, she was a senior editor at Martha Stewart Living. Great style and the impeccable eye of an editor is what makes Lynn's website such a pleasure to shop. From tableware to linens to flatware, The Product Gallery is a great source for stocking your country house, updating your everyday flatware collection, or planning that holiday table. Be sure to see the black pottery plates and black handled flatware. The black clay creates a beautiful backdrop for whatever you are serving. In addition, the black glass stemware are as dramatic a collection as you will find! The dark rich colors are super chic and would be excellent back to white or cream items to create a strong black & white statement during the winter months.
Another great find is the silver porcelain cups and saucers. There is something so chic about the coloration and weight to these pieces. How regal to sip coffee or tea from these cups after a wonderful dinner. They can truly become one of the most treasured items in your your home collection. Start collecting them today.
From carving sets to candles - The Product Gallery has it. Late night shoppers - this site is for you! Click images to start shopping now.