August 2018

Inspired Home | Style A Better Breakfast Table

Shop These Items That Make Breakfast And Brunch Look (And Taste) So Good.

We talked to Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo's Top Chef , food expert and author, about her dishes, tips, take on entertaining in the a.m.:  "For breakfast and brunch I always try to make sure there is a balance of sweet and savory items, with a tilt towards savory. It can often be a carb and sugar fest, but elegant little finger foods like deviled eggs are easy, inexpensive and nutritious". Putting effort into a well-styled table can go a long way, elevating dishes that are ultimately easy to make. A master of stylish entertaining, Lakshmi tells us: "pick a selection of items that can be made ahead. Often it's the dishes that need you at the stove-while everyone else is at the table-that will dampen the party". Discover our selection of 15 items that raise the bar on brunch.

 -Tamara Rappa

*click each item to shop

Anthropologie esme table runner
Anthropologie $68.00 DETAILS

Dress up your table with a table runner; lighter and less formal than a tablecloth. This sets the tone for a cozy spread that means lingering over breakfast for hours.

Anthropologie neith napkins  set of 4
Anthropologie $32.00 DETAILS

Linen napkins add an extra special touch, and these are easy to wash. No need to dry clean or press.

Beachcrest home jute woven napkin rings
Beachcrest Home $13.00 DETAILS

…especially when napkin rings keep them neat and contained.

Le creuset signature cast iron fry pan
Le Creuset $170.00 DETAILS

Create a delicious and easy frittata, discover our recipe HERE. This is an easy way to get a great breakfast together and easily serve a group. If serving one or two, simply portion and refrigerate or freeze the remaining pieces. Tip: bring this pan right to the table to serve.

All across africa hope kisumu trivet  blazing orange ivory
All Across Africa $26.00 DETAILS

 ...and set on top of a trivet for timesaving ease and rustic look.

Bodum 3 cup french press coffee maker
Bodum $12.98 DETAILS

Get coffee brewing with another time saver: an easy-to-use French press (which happens to make the best coffee).

Krups 12 cup glass carafe coffee maker
Krups $49.55 DETAILS

If you’re serving coffee to a group, we love this stainless steel style by Krups.

Smeg electric kettle 3d logo
Smeg $139.95 DETAILS

We’re big fans of all kinds of tea, from matcha to Sakara’s Detox Tea. And because a kettle tends to have a permanent resting place that's visible in the kitchen, we love this decorative style (which happens to be electric) by Smeg.

Hasting collectives large thermal coffee carafe
Hasting Collectives $34.99 DETAILS

A game changer: set your supply of coffee or tea on the table, keeping it hot for hours with a striking and handy insulated server.

Anthropologie georgi mug
Anthropologie $9.95 DETAILS

Set out coffee mugs that differ from the cups in which you'll serve tea. These are colorful and inviting.

Canvas tinware cup   saucer  blue
Canvas Home $12.50 DETAILS

Go for traditional cups and saucers with a modern twist. We love the vintage look of faux tinware.

Red barrel studio chartridge 8.25  salad plate
Red Barrel Studio $26.99 DETAILS

Add a stack of smaller plates (salad or dessert size) to your table. They're perfect for topping with an array of breakfast bites.

17 stories sharleen 3 tier galvanized server tiered stand
17 Stories $118.99 DETAILS

A tiered server adds a bountiful look to the table by adding height. Not just for breads, cookies and pastries:  use to display and serve fruit and cheese.

Anthropologie piet platter
Anthropologie $68.00 DETAILS

Go the extra distance by slicing and plating beautifully arranged fruit; serve bacon, sausage, or deviled eggs in style.

Ivy bronx mchaney glass 12 oz. stemless champagne flute
Ivy Bronx $39.99 DETAILS

If breakfast or brunch calls for a touch of bubbly, we advise going with a stemless style that looks elegant but fits the daytime setting. These have a bit of iridescent color to them, and work beautifully with the lively color scheme.