Sep 30, 2011

Heather Christo's Tips for Entertaining with Style

Copyright John Granen

By now, we hope you've seen Heather Christo's amazing fall tablescape in the preview issue of GRAY. (If not, ch-ch-check it out at!)

Copyright Heather Christo, via
Heather is a classically trained chef who entertains with elegance, style, and enviable taste. For GRAY's preview issue, she imagined a rich tablescape full of deep purples and bright turquoises with a bounty of fall fruit, hints of gold, and fine glassware.

Where, you may ask, does Heather shop? Well, she's been kind enough to share her favorite must-stop stores and why she loves them so you can create your own gorgeous table and make all your friends jealous.

Watson Kennedy
Francophile heaven! They have amazing dishtowels (that I use as napkins), sets of colorful glasses, and lovely ribbon and odds and ends.

Pacific Galleries
This is a treasure trove for vintage glassware and dishes, as well as unique one-of-a-kind objects.

Nancy’s Sewing Basket
This is where I get the majority of my fabric that I turn into tablecloths, runners, and napkins.

Great Jones Home
Bowls, pitchers, glasses, cake plates—they always have the chicest selection of modern and pretty items. They also have incredible tabletop items that range from turquoise stoneware platters to rock-crystal bowls.

Rhinestone Rosie
They have the most wonderful selection of sparkly costume jewelry I have ever seen. I love to use vintage pieces as embellishment on my tables or pinned to ribbons on napkins.

This family-run store is a delight. They have a wonderful selection of serving ware—everything from platters to cake plates and vases to linens. They also always have wonderful seasonal items.

Goodwill (antiques section)
If you are in the mood for a treasure hunt, then head to the antiques section at Goodwill. I have found everything from pressed glass and milk-glass cake plates, to old Limoges teacups.

They have a wonderful and always-revolving selection of charming plates, glasses, and flatware. Not to mention the great linens, candleholders, pitchers, and teapots!

Crate and Barrel
Affordable and basic, but always in style. They have great staples, and I use their white dishes and platters constantly. They are also my go-to source for wine and water glasses that don’t cost a fortune.

Sur La Table
For wonderful stoneware pieces and the best napkins, this store is cozy and always has something new.

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