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Objets d’Art for an Elevated Table

A curated collection of five-star linens, glassware, and beautiful embellishments.

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I WILL NOT lie and tell you that I’m an amazing cook. I do, however, delight in hosting. When it comes to staging my apartment for guests, few things bring me more pleasure than buying flowers, lighting candles, arranging the place settings, and staging glassware — even if the food and drinks are usually supplied by my visitors. For those looking to dress up their tabletops, these accouterments will make your next gourmet feast (or even your next takeout meal) feel like a five-star experience.

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Dior Embroidered Placemat

An oft-overlooked element of home dining, the lowly placemat can make even the plainest of china feel luxurious. Add a touch of meadowland whimsy to your next dinner party by adorning yours with a set of Dior’s New Lily of the Valley placemats, which combines lightly woven wicker with delicate green stitching. The companion wicker napkin rings, embellished with demure sprigs of finely-woven wicker flowers, complete the look. SHOP NOW

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Buccellati Sea Centerpiece

When it comes to centerpieces, sometimes you want something simple and unobtrusive, and sometimes you want something like Buccellati’s Sea Centerpiece. With its nautical drama, this silver showstopper is actually two serving dishes: each shaped like a shell, presided over by a friendly but commanding octopus. While it sounds garish, this cephalopod is an ornate wonder — and ideal for serving seafood. SHOP NOW

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Dolce & Gabbana Murano Glass Vase

If the occasion calls for something floral, Dolce & Gabbana’s Murano glass vase is an elegant addition to your table. Available in six different colors, this little orb holds a single bud or can be used as a light-catcher. Hand-blown using traditional Venetian glassmaking techniques, this prim bud vase adds an elevating accent to any table, dining or otherwise. SHOP NOW

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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti® Thumbprint Glasses

If minimalism is your thing, you don’t get chicer than a set of these Elsa Peretti Thumbprint glasses from Tiffany & Co. At 6 ounces, the demure lead crystal vessels look fabulous in any context, whether paired with crystal stemware in an elaborate place setting or, as is often the case with mine, used as a wine glass or placed on a nightstand. SHOP NOW


ADIV Pure Nature Napkins

Much like the placemat, cloth napkins are the unsung hero of the dinner table. In a world of expendable ease, the cloth napkin has loftier aspirations — particularly these table linens by Adiv Pure Nature, which are handmade with recycled fabrics and natural dyes. Beautiful and simple, they also get softer with every use. SHOP NOW


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T. Cole Rachel Editor-at-Large

T. Cole Rachel is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and teacher with over 20 years of experience working in print and digital media. He is currently an editor-at-large at Departures.

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