Fall Entertaining Series | Place Settings

Julie Jurden

In the second entry of our lifestyle series, we worked with a few ideas on place settings. We took the idea of incorporating nature and textures and mixed it with flatware adding some fun to the place card concept.

We loved the idea of weaving herbs and floral into the tablescape as a whole. As you can see from the first photo, we took a single sprig of rosemary and the simple yet beautiful Michelangelo flatware and tied them together with a rich velvet ribbon, setting them on top of a crisp, off-white linen napkin.

It’s easy and elegant and also provides your dinner guests with a wonderful scent of rosemary.

Place setting on wooden table with green ribbon

 As shown above and for the purposes of our photo shoot, we chose to keep the beauty of the wood table as the base instead of displaying a Biancheria ivory placemat in full. But as you build your own tablescape, the placemat provides an elegant backdrop to your favorite dinner pieces.

As you build out the rest of your place setting, use natural elements mixed with different pieces to layer your table. As you can see below, the table setting we chose includes a dahlia and some eucalyptus in a small glass votive. We then used the napkins from our Biancheria Green collection and layered them in a gentle roll mimicking the curved stems on our Villa d’Este amber glassware.

leaf plate with pumpkin and amber colored glassware

Again, the focus is on elegant yet simple beauty through the mixing and layering of natural textures and patterns.

Next - Appetizer Serving Displays

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Buone Feste! A Bold Twist On Your Holiday Table Setting

Julie Jurden
The holidays are a time for friends, family, and, of course, food! There are few things the team here at Modigliani enjoy more than gathering around a beautifully set table. 

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Pumpkin Soup - A Fall Favorite

Julie Jurden
Zucca Soup Tureen
Who doesn't adore fall! All around the Modigliani offices, we are energized by the cooler temps and the unpacking of gorgeous new autumn-inspired patterns. If you entertain during this season, or just enjoy adding a seasonal touch to your family dinner table, this pumpkin soup is for you. We recommend serving this soup in our Zucca Soup Tureen with some warm crusty bread.
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A simple, 7 ingredient pumpkin soup that's savory and made completely from scratch! Healthy, satisfying, and perfect for chillier weather.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 sugar pumpkins (~2 1/4 cups (450 g) pumpkin puree)
  • 2 shallots, diced (~1/4 cup or 40 g)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp or 9 g)
  • 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (240 ml) light coconut milk (or sub other non-dairy milk with varied results)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • 1 cup (67 g) roughly chopped kale
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp (18 g) raw sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut off the tops of two sugar pumpkins and then halve them. Use a sharp spoon to scrape out all of the seeds and strings (see notes for a link to roasting seeds).
  3. Brush the flesh with oil and place face down on the baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the skin. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then peel away skin and set pumpkin aside.
  4. To a large saucepan over medium heat add 1 Tbsp olive oil, shallot and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned and translucent. Turn down heat if cooking too quickly.
  5. Add remaining ingredients, including the pumpkin, and bring to a simmer.
  6. Transfer soup mixture to a blender or use an emulsion blender to puree the soup. If using a blender, place a towel over the top of the lid before mixing to avoid any accidents. Pour mixture back into pot.
  7. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes and taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve as is or with Kale-Sesame topping.
  8. For the Kale-Sesame topping: In a small skillet over medium heat, dry toast sesame seeds for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until slightly golden brown. Be careful as they can burn quickly. Remove from pan and set aside.
  9. To the still hot pan, add olive oil and garlic and sauté until golden brown - about 2 minutes. Add kale and toss, then add a pinch of salt and cover to steam. Cook for another few minutes until kale is wilted and then add sesame seeds back in. Toss to coat and set aside for topping soup.
  10. Recipe serves 3-4. Leftovers keep in the fridge for up to a few days, and in the freezer for up to a month or more.
*Nutrition information reflects 1 of 4 servings with kale-sesame topping.
* Pumpkin roasting instructions from Oh She Glows.
* If you’re feeling ambitious, here's how to roast your pumpkin seeds.

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A Celebration with Taormina

Julie Jurden
When designing a new pattern, the customer experience always comes to mind. We often imagine the product, placed around the table, surrounded by your friends and family, and experiencing La Grande Vita.

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Venice, We Adore You!

Julie Jurden

Nestled in Italy's northern region on Veneto, Venice is truly a city like no other! From famous canals of shimmering waters to it's rich history, Venice welcomes travelers to explore and fall in love. 

From gondolas to canals, and amazing restaurants with the most romantic ambiance, Venice is a must see city for anyone. The scenic architecture as you drift in front of palazzos, churches, and palaces along the Grand Canal, will make you feel as though you've stepped into a painting. 

Venice is located on the site of 117 small islands separated by canals and joined by bridges. While often seen in movies and on television. Viewing this city with your own eyes is more dreamlike than you could imagine. Built on mud, the city is a modern marvel of architecture. Within it's canals are some of the world's most spectacular works of art. 

Venice Favorites:

Torre dell'Orologio— This clock tower was originally constructed starting in 1493. It displays the time, the phase of the moon, and the dominant sign of the Zodiac. 
Ca 'Pesaro—Discover a variety of modern art paintings and sculptures at this museum.
Galleria dell' Accademia di Venezia—View art from pre-19th century in one of Venice's best museums.
Campamnile di San Marco— This bell tower was erected in 1912. The views from the top of this structure are fantastic and a must see on your travels. 
Rialto Market - Your senses will come alive at the bustling market!  Select moeche (soft-shell crab) from the Pescaria or grab locally grown seasonal vegetables at the neighboring stalls. 
Palazzo Ducale - A grand Gothic palace built in the 9th century, was once the palace of the Doge of Venice. In 1923 it became a museum beloved by Venetian visitors. 

Top Venice Travel Mistakes:

Overpaying for Transportation - To save money on transport costs. Plan out your sightseeing. While the tourist travel cards are great, you can get around the city like many of the locals do... on foot.
Don't Miss Out - Venice has a great variety of places to visit. Many travelers make Venice a stop over. To truly explore the city, allow for a week. 
Overpacking - Traveling through Venice can be crowded. Pack light and save yourself some stress. 

appetizer plates showing scenes of VeniceAre travels to Venice not in your future? Bring a touch of this picturesque city home with our Veneto collection. Sharing four scenes from the famous city of canals and Carnivale celebrations, our Veneto Collection comes in a set of four to be hung or used as appetizer plates.


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