At sundown on October 2nd, Jewish families and friends will gather around the table to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. They'll say special holiday blessings, light candles, pour wine, break bread, and wish each other "L'Shanah Tovah", meaning, a sweet New Year! Since Rosh Hashanah is such a beautiful and meaningful holiday and one of my personal favorites, you can imagine how excited I was when Lenox asked me to create a table for the High Holidays.

Rosh Hashanah, meaning "head of the year", is one of the Highest Holidays on the Jewish Calendar. To celebrate, we serve a traditional meal filled with sweet fall foods, such as apples and honey, in hope the new year will be sweet, and we set the table fit for a celebration. There's good smells of brisket, chicken soup, matzoh balls, seasonal roasted vegetables and fruits, apple pies and honey cake coming from the kitchen. It's our annual Jewish fall feast!


This Rosh Hashanah, my table has a few new things. My daughter, Allie traveled to Italy this summer and brought me back the most beautiful hand-embroidered tablecloth and napkins from Florence. So, when Lenox asked me to create this table, I immediately thought of my new linens from Italy and the Marchesa Shades White Dinnerware that I've had my eye on, forever. The blush and pink embroidered flowers, and details of the leaves, are such a sweet pairing with the soft scalloped, gold finished edges of this pretty dinnerware collection. The best part? This gold edged collection is made of ironstone, has the feel of bone china and is dishwasher and microwave safe!


For this setting I layered the scalloped edge dinner plate, the ruffled edge accent plate and ruffled edge party plate, which can also double as a butter dish, although I have big holiday party plans for these pretty little plates. The pasta bowl is perfect for soup, because it's deep enough to keep a matzoh ball warm and after all, what's more important for Rosh Hashanah? Symbolic of the holiday, I added an apple to each placesetting and a silver honey pot (isn't it sweet?), to the table. I paired the gold edged dinnerware with Lenox Eternal Gold Stemware, lovely gold hammered Marchesa Imperial Caviar Flatware, my Reed & Barton silver candlesticks, white taper candles and added some of my favorite gold stemless glassware for splash of celebrating a holiday.

I usually set the table with fall florals this time of year, but since the embroidered flowers on the tablecloth are some of my favorite shades of pink, and these gorgeous roses were still in bloom, there was no choice. I had to go with pinks! I created a runner of simple greenery down the table and cut these beautiful blooms from the garden, because in this case, less is more.


The oval serving platter from the Marchesa Shades Collection is perfect for serving challah and depending on if I'm serving from the kitchen or at the table, I would use a second platter for the brisket. For those who have noticed, yes, challah takes on a round shape for Rosh Hashanah to represent the cycle of life, but, hey, we live in California. We take what we can get!

I hope you love this table as much as I loved setting it. Whether you're setting a table for two or for twelve this year, make it special. Pull out your chargers, use your best china, crystal, and flatware, and enjoy it. When your table is set, take a moment and say a blessing.

To our extended Jewish family everywhere and from our home to yours, I wish you all "L'Shanah Tovah", and a year full of blessings.

xx, Deborah

Photography: Stefanie Schoen | The Style Safari

Thank you to our friends at Lenox for partnering with us on this post.

On the Fall Table: Wonki Ware by Lenox


Well friends, it’s official. Fall is here! While I am truly a summer girl, I have to admit I do love the change of the seasons, new beginnings and dreaming up fresh ideas to set the table. And, since we’ve been enjoying Indian Summer days here in the SF Bay Area, and what's left of the evening light, I’m not giving up on outdoor entertaining just yet!

Two things I love, slipping back into denim for fall and serving a little of this and a little of that. So, when our friends at Lenox reached out with the idea of setting a table to celebrate fall and their beautiful Wonki Ware Collection, the first thing that came to mind was, Tapas party! Denim linens and this mix-n-match collection of hand-crafted pottery with the spirit of South Africa is seriously the perfect combination of tableware for effortless entertaining, or an impromptu fall feté.

Wonki Ware is available in several colors, shapes and sizes. For this setting, I chose a palette of blue, green and smoke because I love how the color combination speaks to fall and what a natural the colors are with denim linens. (FYI, the black and red Wonki Ware colors are both genuinely amazing!). Along with the beautiful and intense colors, intricate patterns, and pottery feel, this collection is perfect for serving small savory Spanish style dishes or charcuterie with a side of your favorite cocktails, paired with a Rioja or a crisp, sparkling white wine.

While there's endless ways you can arrange Wonki Ware on the table to serve Tapas, I'm always about creating an atmosphere for good conversations and meeting new people at any get together, so I tend to set my tables with placesettings for a more intimate, up front and personal afternoon or evening. There's just some magic that happens sitting at a table and breaking bread together.

Recipe for a Tapas Table: Now that you have the theme down, all you need is a master plan, a list for your table, a signature cocktail recipe (check that off your list, we've included one here!), a few decor pieces, greenery from the garden, a power trip through Trader Joe's and Costco, your favorite guests, these tips, and your Tapas party will go off without a hitch.

1. Set the Mood & the Table: Make it easy, uncomplicated and most of all, authentic and fun! And, by that we mean, anything from using your picnic table and benches, cozy-ing up the outdoor seating area, to bringing your coffee table out on the lawn, throwing down some blankets, scattering pillows and throws to create a warm atmosphere, and lighting candles everywhere. In this case, we threw down my friend Stefanie's Moroccan Wedding blanket. It's the real deal, truly AH-mazing, I love it, and if there was any way I could snatch it, I would. Sorry, Stef. Next time, please buy two!

Here's how we did it:

First, fall entertaining alert! A Denim tablecloth, runner and napkins are must have's for the table this season. Hands down, denim is just plain fun and can be used year round. On top of the denim, we scattered French Chef Rattan Placements by Lenox, adding just the right amount of color and texture to show off the Wonki Ware. Next, we created layered casual placesettings, starting with a folded napkin, Wonki Ware Blue Ferris Accent Plates and Wonki Ware Smoke Starburst Accent Plates and topped them with alternating Wonki Ware Blue Ferris Ramekins and Wonki Ware Green Wheel Ramekins. A story for another day, but the ramekins are large enough for a small bowl of soup, which brings to mind a grilled cheese and tomato soup party. We'll file that idea under 'party's to have'.

To keep things simple, we paired the Wonki Ware collection with Lenox Continental Flatware, which created the casual look we were going for. I love the combo of the three assorted color Wonki Ware Dipping Bowls (also perfect for salt + pepper and mini bowls of ketchup, mustard and mayo) set in the Wonki Ware Medium Green Basket Weave Snack Plate. Blue dot stemless wine glasses (the latest addition to my collection) were set at each placesetting for those who prefer wine or sparkling water.

Now can we talk about "THE bowl", because I'm dying to. Handmade from start to finish, the Wonki Ware Blue Studio Salad Bowl is one of my favorite pieces of the collection. The hand-painted stripes are just the right contrast to the patterns of the other pieces, and this beauty just catches your eye on the table.

Shown here: Wonki Ware Blue Ferris Accent Plate, with a Wonki Ware Green Wheel Ramekin.

Shown here: Wonki Ware Blue Ferris Accent Plate, with a Wonki Ware Green Wheel Ramekin.

DIY Placecards: I usually like to include something a little clever or different on the table that my guests might not expect. For this setting, we added mini baguettes that doubled as placecards. The best part? It took about 30 minutes or less the night before, I sealed them in zip-bags and they were ready to go when we were. Perfect.

How did we do it? So easy. Slice your favorite crusty baguette into 4 pieces, wrap each one with a 1" to 1 1/2"w x 12l" strip (or so, depending on the size of the bread) of brown or white deli paper or craft color tissue paper. Leaving the bread showing at each end, wrap a 12" piece of twine around the tissue and loaf, bringing the ends to the front side. Feed one end of the twine through the punched hole of your hand-written name tag, wrap, knot and trim the ends if they're too long. Tuck a sprig of rosemary into the twine for a lovely accent, and wow, you're done!

Shown here: Wonki Ware Blue Ferris All Purpose Bowls, and my own Blue Dot Stemless Wine Glasses

2. The Fare: Create your own mini-feast. We're inspired by Heirloom LA (check them out) and while we're not the masters of cheese and fruit presentations, we're truly inspired by them. Using a Entertain 365 Cheeseboard & Dip Bowl by Lenox, we created our own epic charcuterie board with cheeses, cured meats, Marcona almonds, beet hummus with fresh corn salad, assorted olives, pickles, roasted red peppers, fresh berries, sliced ruby red grapefruit, peaches, and fresh figs (from our garden) with sea salt. Honestly, whatever you have on hand can usually work and remember, fruits, cut pita bread, sliced baguettes and basically any fresh veggie are great for filling in the gaps. The beauty of any charcuterie board is it can be your very own culinary masterpiece, just by starting from one end of the board, working your way to the other and filling it in where it needs in between. Promise! Add fresh flowers and it's ready to serve with bowls of cut pita, naan, assorted breads or whatever your fancy.

3. Decor: Go un-traditional. As with any party, once you decide on your theme and colors, be creative and first shop at home (or at Mom's) for vases, votives, candle holders, and accent pieces, which is what I did here with a vignette of my Capri Bottles. I love the vibe they bring to the table and how they accent Wonki Ware. Plus, blue and white is always a delight. We cut fresh greenery from the garden, and lemons and limes from the trees. One thing I know for sure, I'm sure going to miss the bounty from the yard come this winter.

4. A Signature Cocktail! We opted for Blueberry Moscow Mules, a recipe we love and have been dying to try by our friends at Sugar and Charm. We knew copper mugs were just what the table needed and, well, the recipe says the rest. We could make the blueberry syrup the night before, a batch just before guests arrive, add ice, pour and garnish with fruits. No last minute pressure and everyone has a drink in their hands upon arrival. #Goals

Blueberry Moscow Mule

1 cup ginger beer
1 shot ginger vodka
juice of one lime wedge
blueberry syrup

Blueberry Syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar

Bring the ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes, then let it simmer for another 10 minutes until it thickens. Strain over a glass bowl and let it cool.

Pour the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice in a copper cup and stir. Add in the ice and then pour a little blueberry syrup on the top. Give it another stir and garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.

PSA: You probably shouldn't plan on stopping at one.

5. Enjoy! When you're having a good time, so do your guests. They're just as busy as you are, but came to join in the fun. So, relax, be in the moment and remember, "these are the good ole days".

Oh, one more thing. One of Wonki Ware greatest missions, beyond making beautiful conversation pieces, is to create opportunities for disadvantaged people in its local South African community. We heart that.


  Photography: Stefanie Schoen | The Style Safari  

Thank you to our friends at Lenox for partnering with us on this post.




Two things I love, summer and a good themed party. Summer is my favorite season and you already know I'll never miss the chance to throw a party or get a gang together. With summer coming to an end and my love, er, obsession with pineapples and palms, I decided one of the last hurrahs at Casa de Shearer should be a tropical get-together around the patio and pool. So, when our pals at Lenox asked us to partner again (so excited!), I knew right away I'd be bringing British Colonial to the party table. Attention all brides, because if this pattern, Marchesa by Lenox Painted Camellia or Lenox French Perle is part of your bridal registry, here's some inspo on more ways to have fun with your china!

pinapple flower vase

I've been swooning over pineapple vases the whole summer, so I hit Instagram for some quick inspiration and Pinterest for a good DIY "recipe". A trip to the market, tour around our flower garden and a fruitfest in the kitchen later, I had four pineapple flower vases in hand that made the best tropical centerpieces ever and were the center of my table inspiration. Side note, they were so easy and fun to make!


To bring a festive and summertime vibe to the table and keep it simple, but pretty, I layered these BaliHai faux banana leaf runners down the table on a white tablecloth. I like the contrast between the stark white and dark green leaves. Since British Colonial is detailed with almost a brush stroke of palm leaves along the inside of the rim, the BaliHai coasters were a fun accent on the white center of the dinner plates. I played with napkin folds, but decided a traditional fold looked best. It showed off the crocheted lace trim and made the gold flatware pop.

On each placesetting I added a mini bud vase with a one to two white roses or buds, and to bring in the melon accent color I was going for, I added cantaloupe colored mini-honeycomb picks from Michaels to each vase. The dinner plates are trimmed in gold, so Marchesa Imperial Caviar gold flatware was a great accent. Those pineapple plates! I can't enough of them. In case you're wondering, they are sold separately and can be used as an accent or dessert plate.


The ice blue Lenox French Perle bowls were perfect for the fresh fruits scattered down the table and I went with bubble glass goblets to keep things on the casual side.


To get the party started, offer your guests a signature cocktail and that's what we did here. I like to set a bar cart or station so guests can help themselves. This keeps me free to greet all my guests as they arrive and also feeling comfortable that everyone has something in their hands to drink ASAP. On the drink menu? Pink lemonade mimosa's topped with a splash of St. Germain (my personal favorite!), served in gold sugar rimmed champagne flutes with pink and white chevron straws. For some extra pretty and pizazz, we lined the top of the bar cart with black and white stripes, using my Hester & Cook table runner. I love it because it's made of paper, comes on a roll so it can be cut to any size and always gives me that something extra I look for.

To pull in the theme to the bar cart, we set a pineapple flower vase on a cake pedestal for height, scattered Sugarfina gummy Sugar Lips for a sweet accent, and layered blush colored cotton flour sack napkins because my entertaining mantra is - 'if you have it, use it' and I do!

No matter what's on your table, the most fun about any get together with a gang of family and friends - is to create interesting conversations and a party that no one wants to leave.

Cheers to the last of your summer parties!


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Design & Styling: Deborah Shearer | Photography by Stefanie Schoen; The Style Safari


If you search “Boho Chic Tables” on Pinterest, we promise you’ll find variations you never knew existed. And, if tribal colors and hippie style maxi-dresses first come to mind, stop those thoughts. With a soft or bold color palette, fresh flowers, candles and your favorite dinnerware, you can create a gathering that makes al fresco dining with a Boho twist even more fun!

Summer's in full swing and I've been itching to throw a Boho-Chic dinner party since it started. So being the "I'll use any excuse to throw a party" person that I am, I whipped one up. For this table setting, I collaborated with Lenox to share this stunning Marchesa by Lenox Painted Camellia collection to create a chic, west coast style dinner party, brunch or shower tablescape. It was more fun than I ever expected and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you!

Our home is all about entertaining and we do our fair share most especially in the summer, so I'm always looking to be inspired with new and fresh ways to set my tables, both indoors and out. For this setting, I wanted to share how to create your own unforgettable gathering and take a semi-formal setting from the dining room to the great outdoors of where I live, in Sonoma County.

Boho Chic style is all about an effortless approach, layering, mixing and matching colors, which makes it even more fun because you really can't do anything wrong. To set this table, I knew the Painted Camellia by Lenox pattern and the coordinating pieces of it would do most of the work, so I wanted to keep the rest of the table simple and uncomplicated. The pattern is designed with vintage floral blooms in really soft aqua and pink coral hues and is Made in the USA. It’s crafted of fine bone china, trimmed in 24K gold and is as striking as a Marchesa gown on the runway. Underneath the 5-Piece placesetting, I used a Marchesa by Lenox coral charger plate. The charger is trimmed in silver and played off the gold rims just the way I hoped it would, giving the placesetting almost another dimension.

I'm all in when it comes to using stemware and crystal, so naturally there is Lenox gold rimmed stemware on the table. I like the Eternal Gold collection because it's timeless, and works with everything from whiteware to fine china. Stay tuned because you're going to see it with denim soon! The collection is made of lead crystal and accented with 24 karat gold around the rim, so it has weight and brilliance. I typically use an all-purpose glass and a goblet so that I'm covered for those who drink red or white wine, but I also like using an all-purpose glass for water.

To show the difference between using fine china in a more formal setting inside and a casual setting outside, I set my dining room table first and then took the look outdoors. I love the way the dinnerware looks against my black table and how the Marchesa by Lenox Imperial Caviar gold flatware accents it. I have a thing for hammered handles, so you'll be seeing a lot of this pattern for awhile. The finishing touch? Mini-boxes of Sugarfina Champagne Bears on the butter plate at each placesetting for guests to take home. If you haven't tried them, they're made with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne, which is obviously a perfect pairing choice for Marchesa and they taste...absolutely divine.

For my linens, I used a blush, hand-made and hand-dyed table runner made of flour sack material and coordinating napkins, made with love by a wonderful little company, MERC Textiles (coming soon!), in Evergreen, CO. The color coordinated perfectly with the soft pink hues of the Painted Camellia pattern and the fabric was a little rustic and frayed at the edges, just as I wanted. If you've never worked with this material before or one like it, don't under estimate it. Like gauze, it's effortless and does exactly what it's supposed to do for a fold, puddle, or knot. I changed up the placesetting here to show off the black salad plate, because it's clearly not to be missed.

About the napkins, they are actually the size of tea towels, which is my new favorite thing. I like to be able to fold, stack or knot them, depending on my table setting (or mood!) and this size or any oversized napkin gives you flexibility.


I almost freaked out at the flower market when they didn't have what I needed the day before the photo shoot, so needless to say...I won't be going back there anytime soon. BUT, I'm happy to report that I lucked out at Whole Foods. Perfect white hydrangeas, spider mums, and just the right shade of pink gerbera daisies were waiting just for me. And, a REALLY nice guy found the extra gerbera's I needed in the cooler. The rest of the flowers, including those gorgeous blush-colored Juliet roses (they're the ones that look like peonies) came from my garden. #luckygirl

I used all clear vases, containers and bud vases so the dinnerware, flatware, linens and flowers were the focus on the table. I like to mix and match vase styles and sizes to make it interesting and it's always fun to see what shakes out that you sometimes didn't plan. It's definitely THOSE moments that drive my passion for designing, curating and setting tables as much as I do.

Okay, it's time to take this party outside! From here, you can get a better view and feel for using fine china outdoors and enjoying it al fresco style. I love using my china outdoors and you should, too!

Brunch, lunch or dinner, the yard, garden or around the pool are my favorite places to host. Wood tables, benches, linens blowing in the breeze and that feeling that nothing has to be perfect, is what Boho-Chic entertaining is meant to be.

We moved everything outdoors including my silver candlesticks, because I love silver and firmly believe it should be used everywhere instead of living in a cabinet. I've had my candlesticks forever and they happen to be made by Reed & Barton, which is funny because Lenox now owns the company.


As I set the table outdoors, I loosened things up a bit to feel more casual, puddled the runner at each end of the table, re-arranged the flowers a bit, added olive branches down the table, tucked a few blooms into the weave of the branches to create a floral runner, and scattered a few single and double stems in bud vases. I like these particular vases from Design Ideas because they're simple and market like, come in a variety of sizes and since they're a little heavier than most bud vases, they don't tip over easily. For an evening event, I would add loads of votives and string lights to the runner and above the table.

When it came to using the gold flatware outdoors, I felt like a traditional setting might be a little formal for what I was looking for, so I "bundled" the fork, knife and teaspoon, tied it with a 3/8" pink double-faced satin ribbon and decided I liked it both ways. Twine, greenery or another color ribbon would also work nicely and don't be afraid to alternate napkin folds or way you set the flatware.

 Favors: Sugarfina Mini Champagne Bear Boxes

 Favors: Sugarfina Mini Champagne Bear Boxes


I used the same treatment on the napkins indoors and out, tucking them under the charger plates, adding color and dimension to the each side of the table. On the outdoor table I knotted the napkins at each end of the table, did the same with runner and swapped out the silver candlesticks for brass. The knots and brass were a nice twist.

Mixing casual, natural and modern elements such as the Painted Camellia pattern is a simple approach to creating a Boho-Chic and relaxed atmosphere for al fresco dining and casual fun. Once you have the atmosphere down, cultivate good conversation, pour in some really good drinks, add simple, but stunning food and enjoy!



                          Design + Styling: Deborah Shearer | Photography: Stefanie Schoen; The Style Safari

      Thank you to Lenox, USA for partnering with us on this post.