I am always sad to see the holidays end. However tired, and I am, I will miss the smell of pine, the beautiful Christmas china patterns, and entertaining family and friends. So I must share one more post of holiday entertaining.
What could be a more perfect design project for an interior designer who loves to entertain than to design of an exciting new tabletop retail shop! And this fall, I had just that opportunity. My young friend and client, Kristen Anderson, just purchased Quintessentials in Raleigh, N.C, and desperately needed a larger space. And just in time for holiday entertaining, we completed her new shop in North Hills.
The design of the new shop included several antiques for displaying her unlimited number of patterns of china, crystal, flatware, among many lines of both traditional and contemporary pieces for stylish entertaining.
Our first display window was on an 18thcentury drapier table that sparkled with all white china, silver and glassware.
After a customer came in and purchased the entire tabletop, we were given another opportunity for holiday creativity.
From an all white, rather contemporary table, we transitioned to a fun “peppermint world” table.
Another antique table displayed an ivy topiary tree tied in a set of antique ivory handled flatware. Around the tree were four settings of different holiday china patterns, pared with chargers, crystal, cutlery, and linens.
These four very different holiday patterns included:
So many opportunities to mix both traditional and non-traditional patterns for festive holiday entertaining that speak of your own style.
The definition of the adjective quintessential is –representing the most perfect or typical example. And this new shop, Quintessentials, represents the most perfect examples of all the best that the tabletop industry has to offer. Not to mention a variety of tabletop antiques, such as these lovely thistle design candlesticks.