Every year, we ask our favorite style icons for their take on the holiday table; each setting is wholly different, and we love hearing each person’s philosophy of the dinner table.
This Thanksgiving, it’s Sam Hamilton’s turn. For Sam, proprietor of design-forward kitchen store March in San Francisco (and who, at least to us, has probably the best design eye of anyone in the city), Thanksgiving is a time for family and not a time for being anxious about the table. “At Thanksgiving, people typically reach for their finest—their wedding china, silver flatware, white tablecloths,” she says. “But I like to keep the table relaxed and less fussy; it’s a time for family, and you don’t want people to feel uptight.”
Sam’s main tips: Be comfortable with a little imperfection, like wrinkles on the tablecloth and natural-looking produce. Keep pitchers of both water and wine on the table within reach, so people can easily pour themselves another glass. And mix earthy and accessible wares with more refined pieces. Let’s see how she did it.
Sam’s Thanksgiving table, set in the March store in San Francisco, embraces a wholly moody tone: “I like going dark and bringing up the light with food and candlelight; putting things against a dark background spotlights them,” she says. Though March offers wares at the undeniably higher end of things, “Not everything is precious at the table,” says Sam. “My vintage cups from the 1970s are glass, not fine crystal; I like mixing them with things that are more refined.” For more Thanksgiving tablescapes, see: