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Transform your table into a dining destination by taking cues from these exotic locales.


Photography by James Carrière // Styled by Jesse Silver

1: Hand-carved wooden utensils and colorful glassware evoke the rustic yet playful latin flair of Merida.

From left to right: Turquoise drinking glasses, $8.50, and green recycled glass jug, $32, at Kitchen Table; Santa Maria terra-cotta pot, $82, at Crimson Horticultural Rarities; vintage rolling pin, $22, at Atomic Garden; soda-lime pitcher, $28, at Anthropologie; green recycled Coke glass, $12, at Nathan & Co.; altar shadow box, $88, at the Gardener; Dizzy Diamond Orrefors wine glass, $55, at David M. Brian; fish salad servers, $12, at Rockridge Home; Amavel dessert plate, $14, at Anthropologie; clay pot, $25, at Kitchen Table; Dirk Van Saene  Wilma cup, $60, at the Gardener; wooden spoon, knife, and fork, $7 each, at Maison d’Etre; Bitters shot glass, $10, at Atomic Garden; blue glass vase, $18, at Maison d’Etre; wooden books, $20, at Nathan & Co.; blue ceramic platters, from $9 to $20.50, metal candle lantern, $81, and glass votive holder and candle, $12.50, at Maison d’Etre. See store information at the bottom of this article.

Photography by James Carrière // Styled by Jesse Silver

2: Sleek, geometric pitchers and a white color palette re-create the nordic edge of Copenhagen

From left to right: White Contempo bowls, $8, at David M. Brian; Adesso carafe, $54.95, at Crate & Barrel; yellow carafe (medium), $165, and ceramic salt cellar, $20, at the Gardener; round platter, $100 (with serving utensils, not shown), at David M. Brian; vintage Dansk black handled silverware, $299, at Urban Home Consignment Furniture; wine decanter, $87, at Kitchen Table; white Fred Babushka salt and pepper shaker, $11, at Nathan & Co.; white jack object, $14, at Nathan & Co.; glass carafe with oak stopper, $44, and oil and vinegar vessel with oak top, $28, at Rockridge Home; vintage Orrefors martini pitcher, $79, at Urban Home Consignment Furniture; Revol Revolution yellow round casserole pot, $219.95, at Sur La Table; Baccarat Vega champagne flute, $135, at David M. Brian; silver wishbone ice tongs, $22, at the Gardener; Gladmark vintage roast board, $59, at Urban Home Consignment Furniture; wine decanter with handle, $105, at Kitchen Table; Gala fondue set, $39.95, at Crate & Barrel. See store information at the bottom of this article.

Photography by James Carrière // Styled by Jesse Silver

3: Dark stoneware and the exotic prints of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony inspire the Asian feel of Kyoto

From left to right: Yuko Sato handmade ceramic plates, $24 (small) and $48 (large), at Atomic Garden; hourglass, $30, at Kitchen Table; paper crane, $4, at Miki’s Paper; ribbed round vase, $9, at the Gardener; Kotobuki sake flask, $9.95, at Sur La Table; Iga-Yaki Donabe rice cooking pot, $220, at Atomic Garden; Coupe mug, $11.96 (set of four), at Cost Plus World Market; Noritake Colorwave pitcher, $90, at David M. Brian; cast-iron Japanese teapot, $145, at Kitchen Table; traditional Japanese patterned fabric, $14 per yard, at Thousand Cranes; cast-iron Korean barbecue plate, $19.99, at Cost Plus World Market; Miyabi Kaizen rocking chef’s knife, six-inch, $99.96, at Sur La Table; black ceramic pot with cork lid, $36, at the Gardener; Bitters Co. Barro Negro bowl, $42, and round head nails from Mexico, $4.50 (short) and $5 (tall), at Atomic Garden. See store information at the bottom of this article.


Where to buy the goods:

Anthropologie: 750 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, (510) 486-0705; 3380 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, (925) 648-4991; 1556 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-1170, anthropologie.com.

Atomic Garden: 5453 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 923-0543, atomicgardenoakland.com.

Cost Plus World Market: 1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord, (925) 827-1100; 101 Clay St., Oakland, (510) 834-4440; 5564 Springdale Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 460-0606; 1697 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 287-0610, worldmarket.com.

Crate & Barrel: 1115 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-3500, crateandbarrel.com.

Crimson Horticultural Rarities: 470-A 49th St., Oakland, (510) 992-3359, crimsonhort.com.

David M. Brian: 1129 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1991, davidmbrian.com.

The Gardener: 1836 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 548-4545, thegardener.com.

Kitchen Table: 1373 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 937-8888.

Maison d’Etre: 5640 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 658-2801, maisondetre.com.

Miki’s Paper: 1801 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 845-9530.

Nathan & Co.: 5636 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 601-1677; 4025 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, (510) 428-9638, nathanandco.com.

Rockridge Home: 5418 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 420-1928, rockridgehome.com.

Sur La Table: 1806 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 849-2252; 211 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 210-0103, surlatable.com.

Thousand Cranes: 1803 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 849-0501.

Urban Home Consignment Furniture: 1825 Eastshore Hwy., Berkeley, (510) 647-5042, urbanhomeberkeley.com.


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