Tips on Using the Good Stuff and Creating Bold Tablescapes from Jill McKenzie of steve mckenzie’s in West Midtown
I had a revelation last week while working with Erikka and Tiffany of South Fulton Lifestyle magazine. As we got a head start on the holidays, styling a fetching fall/Thanksgiving table and a chic holiday/New Year’s Eve buffet for the magazine, I realized that every day is a special occasion.
At steve mckenzie’s furniture store in Atlanta, we believe in setting a pretty table, even if it’s just for one, using cloth napkins (eco-friendly and softer on your skin), and setting the table for family meals (no phones at the table) and teaching children how to properly set and clear a table. Playing a role in table setting is part of being a team player on your Team Family.
That being said, using your good china—you know, the pretty pieces you registered for and have put away until a later, special occasion—on a regular basis is a great idea.
Why save the good stuff for later? As we don’t know what “later” will look like, why not pull out your china for a Sunday dinner or use your fancy wine glasses on Tuesday night?
Try this: Take inventory of your pieces and make room for some nice table settings in an easy-to-reach cabinet. If you have five people in your family, make room for five dinner plates that you can easily access and use once a week. Maybe you have a lovely soup tureen or serving bowl—use and enjoy them!
Another tip is to mix your special pieces with your everyday dishes. Adding seasonal salad plates to your dependable everyday white Dansk dishes certainly livens up the dinner table.
Need some inspiration? Visit our showroom or website, SteveMckenzies.com, to see some great ideas for beautiful and tasteful table settings. You can easily keep up with our latest finds on Instagram and our blog too. Bon appetit!