Holiday Gift Guide: For the Foodie

If you’re stuck on what to give for someone on your list, they’re sure to love food…right?  We thought so.  For our favorite foodie-friendly picks this holiday season, look no further!

 

For those who are always cooking up something delicious, they probably go through kitchen towels pretty quickly.  And what foodie doesn’t love some good culinary wordplay?

Anthropologie

 

We LOVE these limited edition spatulas from Williams Sonoma.  Not just because they are unique and personalized by your favorite celebrities, but because every purchase benefits Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry”.  Gifts that give back are always the best, don’t you think? 

Williams Sonoma

 

A pretty set of cheese knives is perfect for the foodie who loves to entertain.  These ones from Anthropologie are so fun, that we think they may even get more compliments than the food!

Anthropologie

 

When you love to cook and taste new things, you can really never have enough spices.  We partnered with RawSpiceBar again this year to test out a few of their new flavors, and they are more delicious than ever!  We even used their poultry seasoning on our Thanksgiving turkey, and it was fantastic!  RawSpiceBar makes the perfect gift because you can use them to create your own tasty meals, or follow their recipes online for some more inspiration.

RawSpiceBar

 

If you prefer to make your own homemade spices, try gifting them in a beautiful olive wood box for a thoughtful (and yummy) surprise.

Williams Sonoma

 

In an Italian house like ours, we can never seem to have enough basil.  If your climate doesn’t allow for an herb garden year-round, don’t skip on the fresh herbs just because it’s winter!  Now you can have your own herbs grown right inside your house, and it couldn’t be any easier. 

Available at Amazon

 

I always love seeing the fun designs that Draper James comes up with in their home and clothing lines, and these Southern-inspired mugs would sweeten up anyone’s early morning.

Draper James

 

Is it just me, or can you never have enough stoneware during the holidays?  Between hosting dinners and bringing dishes as a guest, my collection of Le Creuset stoneware gets worked overtime.  I love this festive plaid pattern because it can go right from your oven to the table in perfect style.

Le Creuset, Available at Williams Sonoma

 

For the foodie who loves to be up on the latest trends, check out Chrissy Teigen’s brand new line of home goods at Target.  Bonus: you can’t beat that price point!

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Available at Target

 

One of our favorite cookbooks this year has tons of healthy, unique, and insanely delicious recipes that your foodie will adore.  Our favorite so far is the Coconut Banana Ice Cream with Three-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce- yum!!

“Eat Better Not Less”, Available at Amazon

 

Any other foodie favorites to add to our list?  Let us know in the comments!  Happy holidays, everyone!

 

Bringing The Bistro to You!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

This week is me and my husband’s first wedding anniversary, and I wanted to surprise him with a new bistro set for our patio to enjoy our Sunday “wine & cheese night” rituals outside.  As I was searching for the perfect one for our home, I found so many fun, vibrant bistro sets, that it was hard to choose only one!

For my home, I chose a classic, vintage, Parisian style set that I found at a local antique shop here in San Diego.  While browsing through my favorite brands online, as well as the beautiful antiques down the street, I was loving all of the different styles, colors, and materials that are out there.  Bistro sets are really just the perfect pieces to have to go a little out of your comfort zone, and add some real pop and pizazz to your patio!  I hope some of these favorites will inspire you just like they did for me!

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Horchow

Horchow

 

 

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

 

How would you decorate your bistro set once you found one you loved?  Would you leave it bare, add some cushions, or maybe a vase on the table?

Back to the Table

Of all of the rooms in the house, none has seen such a drastic change in style over time as has the dining room.  The formal dining rooms that were only used on special occasions and holidays are virtually extinct in today’s lifestyle.  The den became the great room, and the kitchen became an open floor plan with many functions.  Kitchen tables were replaced by large islands.  Some of the changes were good, others not so much.

I never really understood the giant kitchen islands replacing the table.  As an Italian woman, there is nothing more important to me than family and food.  Somehow sitting all in a line facing the sink just seems so impersonal!  It’s not just about eating food, it’s about the entire dining experience.  Happily, the dining experience is back!  I’m getting more and more requests to redesign the eating area.  The very casual space is becoming a little more special.  We’re spending more time at home with friends, and the kitchen is now the “hub”, but we still want dining to be special.

Whether it be a table for 4, or one that can seat 12, an option exists for everyone.  Dining chairs can be matched, mismatched, upholstered, wood, metal or a combination of everything.  Here are some of our dining room inspirations to get you thinking about your dining space!

 

A bench seat and a table have so many possibilities!  Lots of room for diners, or a cozy place to curl up with a book!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

A little distressed paint can add so much interest and lots of warmth to a dining table.  Paired with an upholstered chair, it becomes a warm and comfy dining space.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

Not everything has to match.  In fact, mixing it up adds visual interest.  The open back of these chairs draws you right to the table.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Palecek

Palecek

 

Table for 2?  No more metal bistro table!

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Cane backs give an airy feel to a heavy wood table to lighten the look.

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Casual and minimalist don’t have to be stark.  A little mid-century modern can be the perfect compromise.

West Elm

West Elm

 

Dramatic?  The white upholstered chairs lighten the dramatic feel of this heavy table.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

At first glance, this looks like a small dining table – but the benches just increase the space!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Here’s a great example of pairing several styles of furniture that works.  I love the lucite table.  And the shelving unit just helps to “pretty”  it up!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

What is your favorite dining inspiration?  We love the idea to mix up your seating with some benches- would you try it?