ISSUE 14  |  Dutch Design

Easter in the Garden with Diane Keaton

April 06, 2012 10:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Forget the holiday hype and keep the Easter table simple, à la Diane Keaton.

For our annual spring table setting, we asked Keaton for her views on Easter: “The whole point of celebrating is to take it out of the tired traditions and make it new and fresh,” she says. “When I was growing up, we kept it simple; we dyed eggs (my mother, Dorothy, was a real crafts person) and we ran around the yard.”

In that spirit, we came up with a table setting featuring foraged greens from a friend’s garden in Napa, tableware from Keaton, local eggs dyed with hibiscus blooms, and Easter treats from Bay Area favorites Miette and Bell’occhio.

Photography by Nicole McIntosh Bruce for Remodelista.

Above: We stacked plates and bowls in grass and white from the K by Keaton line (a 12-piece Dinnerware Set is $59.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; also available in bark and wheat). The ribbon-wrapped crate of real eggs filled with chocolate is from Miette. The greenery comes from the gardens at Frog’s Leap winery and includes chives in bloom, camelias, apple blossom, fennel fronds, and a lettuce pulled from the ground.

Above: The purple blossom is Western Redbud, a California native, and the white pear blossom is Amire Joannet, a French heirloom; both are from the gardens at Frog’s Leap. We piled a vintage silver tray with pale blue and green eggs from Rela Gleason’s chickens, and eggs dyed with hibiscus flowers (we boiled white-shelled eggs in water infused with dried Hibiscus Flowers; $1.79 from Amazon).

Above: A bowl and plate in grass from K by Keaton; the silver-plated French flatware ($150 for a five-piece setting) and the natural-colored Matteo heavyweight Sanders linen napkin ($16) are from Summer House in Mill Valley. The Dosa Tumbler ($4.25 from OK in Los Angeles) is a favorite with Keaton.

Above: An array of well-proportioned K by Keaton dinnerware in grass and white.

Above: We like to mix up our table settings with different colored napkins; the watermelon pink Belgian linen Libeco napkins ($32 each) are from Summer House in Mill Valley.

Above: For a children’s table setting, we used the graphic YUM Plates by K for Keaton (she confesses to being “in love with words”); $4.99 each from Bed, Bath & Beyond (they are also available printed with the words Bite, Eat, and Good). The runner is a Moss Tablecloth ($32 for a 2-by-4-foot section from Bell’occhio. Succulent candles from Roost ($13 from Summer House) provide illumination. The vintage glasses are filled with pastel malt balls from Miette, the silver-plated spoons are from Summer House, and the colorful paper-wrapped Italian caffarels are from Miette. The Cosine Trug ($18 from Bellochio) holds an array of pale blue and green eggs.