Archive for the ‘Upscale Place Settings’ Category

Design you Holiday Dinner Table with a Fabulous Set of Bowls and Platters

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your home this year?  If so what is on your menu?  If you are searching for a charming new set of servers and platters to brighten up your dining table, here are some of the spectacular collections by Julia Knight®.  Their collections combine sand-cast aluminum with hand-painted pearlized enamel, some with hand-cut, hand-inlaid Mother of Pearl. Their enamels are mixed with crushed Mother of Pearl giving each piece depth and beauty.

Inspired by the magic of a flower garden, her flora bowl collection showcases a rich assemblage of lush colors and unique shapes. From entrees to appetizers, imagine how all of your delicious holiday treats will look in these fabulous bowls and platters!

This is their Leaves collection called “Leaves for every season” where they display the Grape Leaf Bowls and Platter in a soft subtle palette for Spring and rich colors for Fall.

Last but not least, here is their Holiday collection called “Holly Sprig” in Mojito green and Snow white with red berries to entice your holiday appetite and put you in the holiday spirit!

Which are your favorite designs and patterns?  What are the colors that you are going to incorporate in your dinner table this Thanksgiving?  Please share with us on our Facebook page


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Take Your Celebration from Simple to Stunning

Monday, August 13th, 2012

As summer’s end approaches, you might be thinking about how to wrap up the season with a Labor Day celebration. Even though it is still a month away, planning a perfect party takes some forethought and an eye for detail.

Traditionally, Labor Day festivities include greasy food, paper plates, and a healthy dose of t-shirts and shorts. But what if your ideal social gathering is a little lighter and airier than a down-home barbeque and a game of horseshoes?

Consider upgrading that age-old American tradition to a tasteful afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, champagne, and of course, delicate summer teas. In order to prepare your home and outdoor space for this type of social gathering, you’ll need to create an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication, while maintaining a warm and inviting feel.

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Decorative vases and serveware are a great way to create a stylish, yet subdued canvas for the artful placement of your food and beverage selection.

Herend Royal Garden Tea & Coffee Collection - 24K Gold

How do you prepare for a summer social gathering? Share your thoughts on changing that Labor Day get-together from simple to stunning!

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Tablescapes for an Evening Dinner Party

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

One of the delights in hosting a dinner party is planning the tablescape. Along with setting the menu, choosing the cocktails and wine, designing the look and feel of the table is key to a successful and beautiful evening dinner party.

Deciding what kind of dinner party you are hosting is a must before designing the tablescape. Is this a formal evening with multiple courses or is it a friendly gathering over a one pot dish like coq au vin? Knowing what you are serving and whom you are serving are key to creating the perfect tablescape. Once you have these questions answered it’s time to set the table.

For formal meals, set the table with the traditional place setting and silverware appropriate for the meal. If you are uncertain where to place the dessert spoon, there are templates and guides online. Glassware for wine and water should also be set.  Centerpieces should be kept low so conversation can take place across the table. Make sure your flowers are not too strongly scented as to interfere with the flavors of the food.  If you use candles, make sure they are drip and scent free.

Less formal meals can have simpler settings with water glasses replacing goblets. White china is always a good choice for informal or formal meals, as are real napkins in either linen or cotton.  Pick a color theme that coordinates with your meal or go with classic white like a fine French restaurant. When looking for inspiration for a tablescape, look at your favorite restaurants for ideas.

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Displaying Fine China in the Dining Room

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Beautiful wedding china and heirloom china should be used and displayed. So many people keep their “good” china stored away out of sight, and out of mind in the cupboard. This is a shame. Displaying your china in the dining room can remind you to use it. Displaying the china can also be a beautiful addition to your room design.

There are several ways to display china in the dining room.  A china cabinet or hutch can be purchased and placed along the wall to display china and glass ware.  Glass doors are essential to see the china and glassware; no more hiding behind closed doors.  You can store your everyday plates and glasses in the cupboards with solid doors.

Another way to display china in the dining room can be the simple addition of molding or floating shelves on the walls. Plate molding is common above wainscoting or board and batten molding. This thin molding provides a lip to support plates and platters.  Adding shelves with a groove can also create a place to vertically display your china as well as the horizontal space for bowls and serving pieces.

If you have a collection of heirloom china that you do not want to use for serving, you can hang it on the wall for a colorful and patterned wall display.  You can do this with inherited china or finds from estate sales. Displaying china on the wall can look both modern and traditional depending on the china and the style of display.

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Haleh Design Hosts 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Party

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


Haleh Design hosted the 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Party November 3, 2011 in Potomac, Maryland. Beautifully-boxed, exquisite gifts were offered from brands such as Herend, Lalique, L’Object, Agraria, Julia Knight, Table Art, Magenta, Atticus, Global Views and many more. During the event hors d’oeuvres and beverages were served while attendees browsed perfect gifts for hostesses, teachers, family and friends.

Gifts were priced from $20 to $300 with 10% of each purchase going towards the charity of the customer’s choice: Victory Youth Centers or Susan G. Komen.

While the event is passed, gifts are still available at Haleh Boutique.

For additional information about the event please visit or email

Julia Knight



Global View

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Get Inspired with Fall Tablescapes

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Nothing says fall like a beautifully laid table of seasonal decorations. Dressing your table elegantly with a cornucopia of items such as pumpkins, gourds, fresh cut flowers and fine china brings a festive feel to your home. Following are some beautiful fall tablescapes to inspire you and spark decorating ideas of your own. Be sure to visit the Haleh Boutique for showstopping choices for your fall table.

Gold and ivory place settings give a warm glow to this gorgeous Thanksgiving table.  Roses, miniature pumpkins and squash add a touch of fall.

A strategically placed fall leaf at each place setting gives the perfect autumn feel to this elegant table.

A striking arrangement of squash and squash blossoms would give any table fanciful décor.

A candlelit table welcomes a festive occassion with family and friends. Touches of silver kick up the wow factor.

The creator of this Thanksgiving table didn’t skimp on beauty with a plethora of touches straight out of the garden.

We love the simplistic nature of this tablescape. Small buds, fronds and leaves cascading out of small silver containers give a colorful ambience to the room.

An urn filled with richly hued decorative balls would be lovely as a centerpiece on a luxuriously decorated table.

Purple in the linens and on the china plays beautifully with the rich orange of the gold glassware and flatware.

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Be Prepared for Gift Giving this Holiday Season

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

What is your favorite part of the holidays?

With the holidays fast approaching, it is the perfect time to start getting ideas on the best gifts to shower your loved ones.

Below, we gathered a few of our favorite ideas to help you get in the gift giving mood.


Herend China Frog Prince Green Fishnet – Trimmed in 24k gold – 3 3/4 inches high 2 3/4 inches long


Edgar Berebi Ribbon & Bow Box-2-3/8″ x 2-5/8″ x 1-7/8″; Garnet with Silk Swarovski Crystal; Museum Gold Plate; Made in the USA
Gifts Under $250
Wine Bottle Caddy-Nickel w/Rosewood Handle; 13.5″L x 7″W x 8.5″H
Lobjet Garland Napkin Rings, Dazzling garland design is embellished with hand-set, white Swarovski crystals. Also available in gold-plated metal with yellow crystals. Set of 4
Gifts Under $100
Agraria Golden Pomegranate Petite Crystal Cane Candle - Approximate burning time: 25 hours 3.4-oz
Julia Knight Serveware – Peony 7″ Butter Dish
For more gift-giving ideas visit Haleh Boutique online.
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