The Details: Everything You Need for a Seaside Escape at Home

We hear you … it takes effort to cook meal after meal while quarantining, so why not take the whole family outdoors and do a seaside escape?

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Rachel Zoe’s Dinner Party Must-Have: Christofle Vertigo Serving Tray

If there’s one thing Rachel Zoe knows, it’s style. The designer, author, and distinguished fashion icon is recognized for her glamorous aesthetic and high-profile clientele. When she’s not busy running the Zoe empire, the self-described perfectionist enjoys hosting dinner parties at her chic California abode. In an interview with Domaine Home, Zoe shares which entertaining essentials make an at-home meal feel like an A-list affair.

Fashion designer, celebrity stylist, and author Rachel Zoe. Image via Domaine Home.

At the top of her list? The Vertigo collection from luxury silverware company ChristofleLike Chanel and Christian Dior, Christofle is a symbol of elegance and prestige.  And Vertigo, designed by renowned French interior and product designer Andree Putman, is Rachel’s favorite.  Its unique element – a slightly twisted ring –  brings life and even a sense of humor to the otherwise immaculate silver objets. For her picture-perfect party, she relies on exquisite pieces like the Christofle Vertigo Three-Part Serving Tray for flawless food presentation.

Christofle Vertigo Three-Part Serving Tray, $1,150.00. Available at Gracious Style.

Made of glass with silver-plated handles, the Vertigo rectangular tray is sectioned into three parts, so guests can sample a variety of hors d’oeuvres. Just as jewelry completes an outfit, Zoe knows that beautiful dinnerware puts the finishing touches on a well-dressed dining table. She advises, “Take the time to fill glass pitchers with sparkling and flat water, put condiments in charming crystal jars, and place food that comes to the table on chic serving trays.” Follow Zoe’s lead, and your friends will be itching for invites to your next soiree.

Vertigo Champagne Cooler, $940.00

Vertigo Cheese Tray, $500.00

Vertigo Menu Holders, $460.00

Vertigo Cruet Set, $860.00

Vertigo Pastry Stand, $1,150.00

Vertigo Individual Butter Dish, $360.00

To see the complete collection of Christofle at Gracious Style, please click here.

Design Lesson: Expert Table Settings With Julia Knight

During the holidays, we love bold, beautiful tables for entertaining.  Julia Knight’s designs, based on shapes and colors found in nature, are the perfect building blocks to create a memorable spread for any occasion. In her own words:

To me, entertaining is about enjoying friends and family, about making anytime perfectly fun or perfectly elegant.

Julia Knight’s serving pieces and dishes are designed to be layered like pieces of an essential wardrobe for your table. The colors and shapes are selected with the whole collection in mind, so you can mix and match away! It’s so easy to create a beautiful table that is uniquely yours.

Classic Serving Set in Toffee

Classic Serving Set in Toffee

Peony Plates in Buttercream

Peony Plates in Buttercream

Peony Bowls in Kiwi

Peony Bowls in Kiwi

Peony Tiered Server in Pomegranate

Peony Tiered Server in Pomegranate

Argento Oval Bowl in Amethyst

Argento Oval Bowl in Amethyst

Argento Stemware in Pomegranate

Argento Stemware in Pomegranate

Learn more about Julia’s inspiration and the artistry behind her pieces in this video:

To see the entire Julia Knight collection, click here.

Set a Spook-tacular Halloween Table

These table accessories are so perfect for a Halloween party, it’s downright spooky!

The Black Widow Candle by L’Objet looks scary, but the Vetiver D’Orient fragrance will welcome your guests.

Hans Turnwald’s skull napkin rings are guaranteed to make everyone smile. Or at least, to smile at everyone.

Kim Seybert’s faux snakeskin placemats will add a pop of color.

Alternate the skulls with some slithery snake napkin rings for a ghoulishly great table.

Vietri’s Platinum Safari glassware mixes well with these accessories, and can be used all year long.


Pair the napkin rings with some ruffly orange napkins and a black tablecloth for a fun, festive look!   We love the Festival collection by Sferra – available in 101 haunting hues including black, orange, green and white.

Little Luxuries: Blue Fluted Dinnerware in Veranda Magazine

The key to setting something ordinary apart is the details. Everyday things, be they simple, affordable, or sublime, take just a little time and attention to make luxurious. – Carolyne Roehm

In the August issue of Veranda magazine, contributing editor Carolyne Roehm shared some thoughts about what makes the little things luxurious. It’s an inspiring read and the lovely photos are just as inspiring, including the setting of Royal Copenhagen’s Blue Fluted Full Lace.