ISSUE 77  |  Summerhouse

Steal This Look: A Moody West Marin Table Setting

June 18, 2013 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Yesterday we posted on West Marin’s newish restaurant, Sir and Star, located in the old Olema Inn. The roadhouse-style restaurant inspired us to sleuth out the key ingredients of its stripped down, Shaker-like look (taxidermy included).  For more sources (like the exterior paint color and wall sconces) see our post: A Restaurant That Channels “The Birds,” West Marin Style.

Above: Black ceilings and ornithological taxidermy in the front dining room.

Above: A waiter’s dark gray vest strikes just the right note of formal informality.

Above: Butcher paper, traditional flatware, and dinnerware from the Bay Area’s go-to source, Heath Ceramics.

Above: The ideal chair for this Shaker-influenced setting would be George Nakashima’s Straight-Backed Chair, a reintroduction of the 1946 design made for Knoll. The chair is made from solid walnut with hickory spindles for $710 from Design Within Reach. For a more modern and more affordable option, West Elm’s simple Rustic Dining Chair made from solid acacia on a metal frame is $199.

Above: The 36-inch wide Kraft Paper Roll is $33.24 from Reliable Paper. See how other restaurants like San Francisco’s Bar Agricole have used Kraft paper for a similar purpose in Tabletop: Kraft Paper as Table Runner.

Above: Rough Linen’s 24-Inch Square Napkins are made from Orkney and smooth linen and available in white or natural (shown) for $24 each, directly from Rough Linen.

Above: Crate & Barrel’s simple Halsted Flatware is stainless steel with a mirrored finish for $39.95 for the 5-piece place setting.

Above: From Heath Ceramic’s original Couple line designed in the 1940s, the rimless Coupe Dinner Plate in Chocolate Brown is $34 each. For a similar shape to the plates at Sir and Star (but in a different glaze), Heath’s Rim Dinner Plate is available in a lighter Redwood glaze for $38 each.

Above: An antique Silver Pitcher is $15 from Vintage Finds by Klose on Etsy.

Above: Glasses from Portland, Oregon-based company Bottlehood who convert empty bottles destined for landfills into recycled glassware for the table. The Clear Glass Set of 2 is $19 for the small and $24 for the large from Heath Ceramics.

Above: When Julie recently made a pilgrimage out to Sir and Star, she found herself fixated on the waitstaff uniforms: the Filson Mackinaw Wool Vest is available in charcoal, black, gray, brown, navy, forest green, and in three plaids (green/black, gray/black, and red/black) for $120. Made in the US.

Above: Fog Linen’s Square Cross Natural Apron is available through Fog Linen’s online shop. For a similar style, also the style worn by Sir and Star owner Margaret Grade, Rough Linen’s Pinafore is $70 for the adult size.

Above: Source an array of taxidermy birds from studios such as Paxton Gate in San Francisco, Advanced Wildlife Taxidermy in the Pacific Northwest, and Artistic Compositions in Bridgeport, Alabama.

For more West Marin destinations, visit our San Francisco Bay Area City Guide as well as our post on Manka’s Inverness Lodge Boathouse, also from Sir and Star’s Margaret Grade.