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Easter Table: Look what's hatching!

by Marion Blount | April 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Easter is one of my favorite holidays! Apart from Christmas, my family had so many traditions that surrounded the Easter holiday. On Saturday, we would decorate eggs (a lot of eggs), followed by a competition for best decorated eggs. On Sunday, we would hunt for eggs, play egg boxing, and cook a big Easter brunch. It's no surprise that I still get excited about the holiday. Now that I am older, I am a little more focused on meal time. So it was really fun planning out this Easter table. You can shop the entire look here

Sweet, Salty and Savory: Watermelon, Bocconcini & Prosciutto Salad

by Marion Blount | March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week in Charleston has been HOT HOT HOT...But I'm not complaining. Did we just have the first day of spring or summer? I cant tell. Hopefully you have been able to get out and soak up some much needed Vitamin D. It's officially strawberry season here and I saw some yummy watermelons at the store the other day. With seasonal fruits, comes new recipes. We were so excited to receive this fresh recipe from Ashton Keefe, from her cookbook Lemon & Salt. Ashton Keefe is a Manhattan-based chef, culinary instructor and recipe developer specializing in seasonal, vibrant and simple food. 

We love this recipe because it is so versatile. This would work fabulously as an appetizer, side dish, or a salty-sweet healthy snack. Try it and let us know what you think!

Watermelon, Bocconcini & Prosciutto Salad

Serves 6


4 cups balled seedless watermelon

4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto

8 oz. bocconcini or mozzarella 

Fine sea salt

Extra virgin olive oil 

1 bunch mint, leaves removed

Arrange watermelon and prosciutto on a large platter. Tear mozzarella and scatter. Season the salad by sprinkling with sea salt, drizzling with olive oil and scattering mint leaves. Try mixing it up and ball other melons such as cantaloupe or honeydew.


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Tagged: Ashton Keefe, Bocconcini & Prosciutto Salad, chef, recipe, spring recipe, summer salad, tabletop, Watermelon

Spring Table: Lemons and Stripes

by Marion Blount | March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Spring is here and so is outdoor entertaining! It's time to start planning your first spring get together. Need a little inspiration? Check out our "Lemons and Stripes" table. We used a few of our favorite Hester & Cook paper products to add some color and fun to this table. You can shop the entire look here.

Tagged: black and white stripes, dinnerware, monstera leaves, Set the table, Spring table, Table of the month, tabletop

Meet the Maker: Nicholas Newcomb

by Marion Blount | March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are kicking off a new series on the blog, the Maker Series. At the shop we have carefully selected brands that blend quality and style and it is time we tell you more about the amazing makers behind these brands. We are kicking it off with a feature on Nicholas Newcomb.


All of Nicholas' ceramic pieces are handmade in Brooklyn, NY.  Each piece is unique and highlights the natural idiosyncrasies of handmade ceramics. His Hudson Valley collection is inspired by simple pleasures - easy summer mornings and chilly autumn afternoons. 



You have probably seen his plates online or at the shop. He creates simple tableware and home accessories with an emphasis on craft and hand-made. Nicholas uses bold colors to accent his simple off-white plates. Each plate has a simple, thin colorful edge or a hand painted colorful pattern centered on the plate. It is really fun to mix and match the simple with the bold!


Tagged: dinnerware, maker series, meet the maker