Creating a Comfortable Home

May 16, 2012 in
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As the founding editor of Kinfolk, a quarterly print and tablet entertaining magazine, Nathan Williams works with over 50 contributing artists to share stories promoting community and meaningful time spent with family and friends. The Kinfolk team also hosts a traveling dinner series in a different city every month.

To celebrate the launch of Etsy’s Registry, we invited a few of our favorite tastemakers to share items they would choose for their own registry. Today, we are pleased to welcome Nathan Williams, founding editor of Kinfolk.

Our focus at¬†Kinfolk often leads us to look back on traditions, holidays and other memories, when good food and company were the only priorities. With those ideas in mind, I’ve put together a collection of older kitchen and home goods which are practical and functional, with a clean, minimal design to reflect the simple aesthetic of the good old days.

There are textures and colors that match a morning meal when the light is still soft and warm. I’d fill the table with white enamelware, cotton linens without patterns, thick glass bottles for milk, juice, or water and a wooden tabletop.

It makes sense to prepare food that feels appropriate for the time of day (light, fresh, energizing) and set a table that looks similar, with pale tones, fresh herbs, and white dishware.

Lunches are usually enjoyed midday during the peak of daylight and activity. It makes sense to prepare food that feels appropriate for the time of day (light, fresh, energizing) and a table that looks similar, with pale tones, fresh herbs, and white dishware. My wife and I have a collection of aprons that we keep on hand for when friends are around to help.

We don’t have a tableware collection with every color scheme under the sun, but I recommend following the lighting of the day (warm morning sun, bright white midday, dark and shadowy afternoon). Darken the colors you use for an evening meal with wooden serveware, candles, and colored linens.

For more information on Kinfolk’s traveling dinner series, visit Kinfolk.

Most of the desserts we make around our place are baked, and I’d recommend saving some of the finishing touches (whipped cream, sliced fruit, sauces) as something to do with your friends, instead of timing everything to come out of the oven the minute you finish dinner. It’s nice to have something to do while you talk. Work up another appetite, as well as your sweet tooth.