Less is Best: Minimal Table Setting for Thanksgiving


Do you ever wake up and realize an entire month is almost over? I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already next week! I am scrambling to get our vegan Thanksgiving plans together, but in the meantime I thought I’d share my ideas for a minimal table setting for Thanksgiving. In most instances in my life, less is best.

Let the dishes act as decorative sculpture on your table. Select handmade serving dishes from artists like Christiane Perrochon and Brickett Davda. The handmade quality of their work adds an organic layer of coziness to any table setting.

The table will be full of food, opt for a singular wild green arrangement to best utilize your table space. I love the idea of an off centered arrangement, strategically placed between guests so it doesn’t obstruct the view from across the table. I prefer to forage for wild greens like these, but you can also pick up eucalyptus or dried wheat at your local farmer’s market. A clear, cylindrical vase works well because it doesn’t act as a wall between guests. Make sure the widest part of the arrangement sits above the heads of guests when seated.

Stick to a neutral color palette. I chose all white for this table setting because the warmth of the wood table will echo the colors of the autumnal vegetables being served. The white dishes will brighten up the table and make everything feel fresh.

Table linens feel too formal at times like these, opt for a lightweight cheesecloth runner that you can dispose of afterwards and raw linen napkins with frayed edges. These are sure to add a layer of warmth without the stuffiness of a table cloth.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Check back tomorrow for a roundup of some of my favorite vegan recipes and other vegan Thanksgiving options for those living in New York City.

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My dear friend Elizabeth stopped by the studio a few weeks ago to chat about DE SMET and snack on vegan cheese. We discussed the current state of the fashion industry and what lead me to create DE SMET. Head over to The Note Passer for the full story and more behind the scenes photos.


Design Inspiration I XV


The first month of the year is coming to a close and minimalism is at the forefront of my mind. Minimalism is all about deliberate and thoughtful design. I find endless design inspiration in the minimalist architectural aesthetic of John Pawson. My mood board includes pictures from Pawson’s Novy Dour Monastery and the Design Museum of London. The muted colors and architectural integrity of his work are a significant influence on my designs. Come back tomorrow to see my first garment of the year for Project de.


Weekend Reading: White by Kenya Hara


When I went to the La Garçonne store, I tried on nearly the entire collection of La Garçonne Moderne, added a few things to my basics wish list, but ended up buying the book White by Kenya Hara. This book has been on my reading list for a few years and I was happy to stumble upon it while shopping. In his book, Hara explores the depth of white as a color, a feeling and almost as a spiritual entity. Living in an overly colorful world, I’ve grown very fond of the absence of color, it feels refreshing and calming. I’m only a few pages into the book, but I intend to continue my philosophical exploration of white while upstate this weekend. Here are a few quotes from the book that resonate with me.


“There is no such thing as “white.” Rather, “white” exists solely in our perception. Therefore we must not attempt to search for “white.” Instead, we must search for a way to feel whiteness…. As we achieve this rapport with white, our world glows more brightly, and its shadows deepen.”


“White can be attained by blending all the colors of the spectrum together, or through the subtraction of ink and all other pigments. In short, it is “all colors” and “no color” at the same time. This identity as a color than can “escape color” makes white very special.”


  Weekend Reading is a series highlighting articles and books that I find impactful, meaningful or educational.


Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 2014

Black and white + minimal + interesting proportions + boxy silhouettes = my dream wardrobe, enough said.
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