Refined Thanksgiving Table
Put a twist on tradition by pairing antiques with natural curiosities.
Hostess Christy Ford shares her secrets for setting a stylish and festive holiday table. She gets her table inspiration from old-master still life vignettes.
Landscape painting: by Dean Dass, Charlottesville, VA; available through Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery; lesyeuxdumonde.com
Balance a whitewashed table with graphic hits of black and navy, such as black candles and leather chairs, slate-gray woven place mats, and navy-rimmed dinner plates.
Goblets: Flavia by William Yeoward Crystal; available through andgeorge.com
Instead of arranged flowers, dress your table with a trio of black plinths topped with orchids in silver compotes and natural items that you've collected.
Place cards are tucked in an array of silver saltcellars filled with moss, turquoise stones, and butterflies for personalized, individual versions of the centerpiece.