I'm Dressing Up My Dining Table to Make Meals Feel Special—These Are My Faves


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Like almost anyone breathing, I miss going to restaurants. I miss the days of sporadic lunch dates with friends and getting to catch up with family over large plates of jerk chicken on Sunday. And of course, there's the added convenience of not having to dirty your own dishes and deal with cleaning them later. While most of us are getting reacquainted with our own kitchens now that dining in has replaced dining out, that doesn't mean you still can't have a restaurant ambiance.

Since making most of my meals at home, I've tried to spice things up with my collection of plates, flatware, and drinking glasses to recreate the dining out experience right at my dinner table. And so far, it's been working out pretty well. The cooking part still requires some getting used to (takeout entices my lazy side way too often), but I can say that I firmly enjoy the process of sitting at a beautifully decorated table to eat my meal–even if it happens to be only a slice of bread. The key to setting up your tablescape is to make it a reflection of you. Find unique items that you love; trust me, it will make daily meals feel all the more special and experiential. From pretty tablecloths to quirky vases that will zhoosh up where ever you eat, you'll find it all here. Keep scrolling below to see what I have in my online shopping cart right now. 


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Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.