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displaying art :: formal tableware fine china :: tea at the St-James

This is my daily collection of noteworthy stuff that I saw online.

+ AT San Francisco taught us unusual ways of displaying art by looking at how Maya and Michael of Visualingual did it in their home. Their way makes all the difference. If you wish to know more about their home décor, Rearrange Design featured a house tour of their 2000 square feet apartment. Via Apartment Therapy San Francisco

+ This table featured the best in fine china from Legle Limoges to Bernardaud, Haviland and Royal Crown Derby. Again it demonstrates the added value of mixing and matching. Image from an undisclosed issue of Martha Stewart magazine. Via Toast and Tables.

+ The girl behind QlinArt is the second friend who told me that the English Tea at XO restaurant of Hotel Le Saint-James is second to none in Montreal. The impressive tea menu is served in superb tableware. Le Thé St-James comprises a sherry or a white Port glass. I always plan a visit but I never seem to find the time. Jerome, my husband, is a tea drinker so I have no excuses to avoid this unforgettable indulgence.

+ Seven Spoons tested drive two chocolate cake recipes. Look at the impressive multi-layer chocolate cake she did by combining Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes and Beatty’s Chocolate Cake from Ina Garten.

  • Nathalie Rivard
    August 19, 2008 at 22:18


    Being the second person who talked to you about the St-James Afternoon tea, I wonder if you know the model of China they used the serve tea.

    Indulge, indulge, indulge! That’s all I can say. Wear you best cocktail dress and enjoy a proper tea service, the way it should be. Jerome will thank you for it.

    I just had an idea for an informal afternoor tea: Invite friends for a tea tasting party where we get to taste an assortment of high quality teas from different countries, along with fancy sandwiches, scones + clotted cream and berries. Each guest must bring a rare/premium tea and explain its story and origin to the group. He would also be responsible to prepare little bags to give to all guests, with enough tea to make one brewing in each bag, along with the info he provided the group.

    That way each guest would leave the party with an assortment of teas and their origins.

    What a fun way to discover new teas. Don’t you agree?

  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    August 19, 2008 at 23:36

    Nathalie: I love your tea party idea.

    For the china, I will investigate. It may be a custom tableware – Trois femmes et un coussin does it in Montreal.

    With a huge budget, look at Raynaud Limoges. They creates a more traditional model with the same pattern called Cristobal.