To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we’ve invited some of our favorite artists, designers, shop owners and tastemakers to create Thanksgiving table settings with their favorite objects and styles. Last week, we featured tables styled by Matt Armendariz, Spartan, Sweet & Saucy, Jayson Home and Alder & Co. We’re kicking off this week’s Thanksgiving tables with a fabulously dark setting styled by shop owner and designer Michele Varian. — Max
For those of you familiar with my store, you know my sense of style is like the Bloomsbury Group (artists and intellectuals in England during the early 20th century) got some rock n’ roll edginess combined with some humor. Because of a little storm called Sandy, my husband and I have been feeling thankful every day. We spent a week without power and heat and pretty much no contact with the rest of the world (most of our downtown neighbors had fled to the comforts of uptown), and it took a day or so before there was even battery-operated radio reception. We had to do without all of the electric gadgets most of us have become pretty much addicted to. After a few days, we had pretty much recalibrated, and felt as though we were living about a century earlier, during the Industrial Age.
My idea of the perfect Thanksgiving this year is an intimate dinner surrounded by things that are dear to me. Brad and I spent a lot of time during the storm reading by candlelight (which did drive home the fact that I may be ready for reading glasses after using a magnifier) and playing the ukulele, cards and board games.
More images of Michele’s Thanksgiving table after the jump . . .
The vintage plates with the cheeky and seemingly inappropriate portraits of a gentleman wearing a gas mask and the other with a Road Warrior Chica are great reminders that we really didn’t have it so bad during the storm. The plates are by one of my favorites, Beat Up Creations.
We already had the skull candelabra at home, along with sexy dark glasses and plenty of books. The note in the dome reads, “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer. I’ve already forgotten that we were uncomfortable for a few days. The grim reality is that so many others will continue to deal with the aftermath of Sandy for quite some time.
Using the shelves as a “sideboard” is a great way to keep everything intimate and close to the heat of the candlelight. The little mechanical dog with ball [below] is a wind-up toy, needs no electricity and is genuinely entertaining. The furniture I picked is all very Victorian Industrial, harkening back to a simpler time.
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