Contributing editor Nathan Turner opts out of the expected
floral bouquet with simple, seasonally appropriate arrangements
of feathers, fruits and veggies.
Crab-apple branches and gnarled driftwood entwine for minimalist, sculptural splendor in this organic-looking scene. Though the fruit is too tart to eat, the ripe reds and greens liven up the blond wood; together they exude a folksy warmth that is matched by the dishware. To complete the vignette, a snipped twig at each setting is a homey touch.
Portuguese Handmade Spongeware Dinner PlateCanvas
This contemporary take on the classic cornucopia uses just three harvest elements, laid directly on the table, for a casual, bountiful vibe: golden leaves gathered from the backyard or a nearby park, wheat sheaves from a local farm stand, and pumpkins.
BTW: Since white pumpkins aren’t found as easily as the orange variety, we incorporated faux ones in this mix. They look just as good and last forever.
Platter Round 14” - Vera Wang Naturals GraphiteVera Wang
Rich-brown pheasant feathers (naturally
shed, of course!) lend graphic drama to an elegant table’s mostly white palette. The trompe-l’oeil resin vases recall the bird’s forested terrain.
Polka-dotted guinea-hen feathers in low cups soften the starkness and play with scale, as does a lineup of mini white gourds.