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Publication Date: 2014-11-24


Catherine Kwong Sets the Thanksgiving Table

Most creative designers translate their taste beyond fabrics, wallcoverings, floor stains and finishes, to every aspect of life. And around the holidays, we love to see how our favorite designers bring their talents to the holiday table. One of San Francisco's most notable designers, Catherine Kwong, gives us an exclusive look at her plans for Turkey Day adornments.


Catherine Kwong Design specializes in high-end residential projects, with an emphasis on modern architecture and custom detailing. The firm brings a fresh approach to elegant, tailored interiors - mixing modern with vintage; high art with personal treasures - to create moments of unexpected beauty.

Photo: Good Eggs

"I love decorating with garlands and wreaths for the holidays. The fresh leaves smell amazing, and it’s a simple way to make things look instantly festive. This olive wreath is from Oakland’s FloraCultural Society, but you can learn how to make your own with Studio Choo’s latest book, The Wreath Recipe Book."

Photo: Serena & Lily

"This Serena & Lily table runner features a beautiful embroidered detail, and there are tiny mirrored details, perfect for reflecting dinnertime candlelight."

Photo: MARCH

"MARCH is the ultimate destination when it comes to elegantly understated pieces for the table. The gorgeous, airy store in San Francisco houses beautifully handmade pieces and gift-worthy pantry essentials you didn’t even know you needed. For Thanksgiving, I would pair these Brickett Davda plates with this pair of John Pawson bronze candlesticks."

Photo: MARCH
Highball Glasses: Cavalier by Jay Jeffers

"These Marc Blackwell highball glasses are the perfect mix of formal and casual. Cavalier Goods is one of my favorite places to shop for accessories and hostess gifts. These jewel-toned glasses are perfect for my current favorite holiday cocktail concocted by chef and blogger behind 'We Golden', giving the Old Fashion a California twist.

Photo: Design Love Fest

"Autumn is a time to reconnect with nature. I love using fruit, such as persimmons or pomegranates, to create simple tablescapes that bring the colors and textures in from the outdoors"

"This geometric trivet from Anthropologie is almost too pretty to cover up!"

Photo: Instagram by @hudsongracesf

"Hudson Grace is known for keeping our cupboards stocked with simply elegant and versatile dishes and glassware. But at their stores in San Francisco, Larkspur, and Santa Barbara, you'll also find vintage treasures discovered by proprietors Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton on their buying trips, where they scour markets all over Europe for gems like these monogrammed linen napkins and French wood serving boards."

Photo: Instagram by @hudsongracesf
Photo: Good Eggs

"Better at setting the table than you are at cooking? Yeah, me too. My secret weapon is Good Eggs which is an amazing delivery service that delivers the best in local produce and food vendors right to your front door. You can order all of the Thanksgiving staples, including turkeys from BN Ranch, cranberry sauce from Batter Bakery, and even freshly-baked pies from Three Babes Bakeshop!"

Article by Lindsey Shook


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