Ever since I discovered Dabito’s blog, Old Brand New, I’ve been an unwavering, obsessive fan of his work. A graphic designer by day and a photographer/thrifter/decorator/super hero by night, Dabito has a killer eye for composition and light that lends itself to stunning photos and interiors. Both sophisticated and playful, Dabito’s interiors pair modern simplicity with thrift store whimsy—a combination that makes them seem effortlessly and timelessly beautiful. Dabito’s Thanksgiving table in his Lower East Side apartment applies this same “effortless” design sensibility. With plain dinnerware and gold flatware from West Elm, Dabito mixed in a palette of darks and metallics for a look that is moody and elegant—but with a few smiley-faced autumn leaves, instantly playful. Check out the rest of the photos plus Dabito’s design notes and sources after the jump! —Max
“I recently moved to New York City from Los Angeles,” Dabito says, “so this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is 3,000 miles away from all my family and friends. My really good friend has been so generous for letting me stay at his apartment, so I’m gonna cook a fabulous and intimate meal for him has a huge thank you!
“Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards darker colors. Maybe it’s New York — all that concrete and grit. When it comes to styling a table, I like it pretty simple. Because, all the hard work and the star of the show comes from the kitchen!”
“I found this beautiful tribal cover from the flea market in Hell’s Kitchen which is a perfect way to add contrast to the beautiful organic shaped West Elm dinnerware. Green chevron napkins and glassware are from Anthropologie. Candleholder from CB2. Gold flatware from West Elm. I always like my flatware perfectly placed on the table instead of wrapped up in a napkin. A simple bouquet of nigellas from Accent on Flowers. I plucked a couple leaves outside my building and drew faces on them to add a bit of playfulness.”