The spacious drawers to the right of the range offer easy-access storage for various kitchen essentials, like a supply of tea, candles, folded linen napkins and a hammered stainless-steel salad serving set for entertaining at home.
If you have a collection of pewter serving sets that never get used, why not give them new purpose as floral vessels? Add potting soil inside of a gravy boat or goblet, then carefully pot a flower or plant inside of it. For an extra layer of decoration, cover the soil with dianthus cut to size and held in place with floral pins.
Once all condiments, pairings and cheeses have been removed from their packaging and properly prepared for presentation, arrange them all together on an elevated vessel above the crackers, bread and condiments. This will allow the variety of cheeses to stand out as a culinary feature and provide easy access for guests.
Set out a separate knife for each type of cheese.
Label each cheese with suggested accompaniments.
Keep more pungent cheeses on a separate plate so they don't overpower the other cheeses.
Take cheeses out of the refrigerator at least one hour before serving; they'll be more flavorful and easier to slice.
This contemporary kitchen features tumbled travertine backsplash with glass tile inset. Large light fixtures help to really set the room off. The antique silver of the lighting ties to pewter serving pieces found in the space.
White walls and floors set the perfect stage for playing with color in small amounts. Select a large abstract art piece as the starting point to set a welcoming table. Then, use a few of its colors for dishes, serving pieces, placemats, napkins, flowers and even paint on a chair or two.
Instead of running out and buying decorative objects to intersperse with your serving ware, use heirloom silver and pewter sets for graphic shape, antique metallic finishes and a warm sense of history.