Modern Thanksgiving Essentials

Essentials for Your Modern Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a great time to begin new traditions. Keep the best elements of the season alive — togetherness, family, friends — but with your own modern spin. The holidays are a perfect time to revamp your table, and we’ve selected items that embody the idea of modern + timeless — beautifully made and designed products you can have confidence in.

Modular White Vases for the Holidays

The Modular White Vase gives your table the beauty of a floral arrangement without overwhelming it. Reflective clear and white glass in a modern rectangular form that’s substantial enough to handle a knock from a passing plate, but not in danger of leaving no room for entrées.

medaillon porcelain plates + dinnerware, and thanksgiving tablecloth

You have to feel it to believe it. Medaillon dinnerware is gleaming, German-crafted porcelain that is not only dishwasher and microwave safe (for easy cleanup and reheating of leftovers), but also scratch and wear-resistant.

A tablecloth not only protects your table from scratches and stains, but also lends elegance to your presentation and can tie it all together. The Garland Wine Tablecloth is made from Portuguese cotton sateen and features a striking digitally printed take on a floral pattern, designed by Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn. Stain-resistant and machine washable, it’s a beautiful and practical addition to your holiday table.

We’ve paired these elements with a Burgundy Linen Napkin (have some fun with textiles via the contrasting cotton sateen of the tablecloth and strong linen weave of the napkins), a modern Chrome Silver Napkin Ring, and Eve Chrome Flatware, for the perfect combination of traditional and modern.

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White Windsor Table + Chairs

Take the opportunity this year to create your own traditions. Whether it’s finding a table setting to start creating memories with, or even a poem you like to read ever year — traditions are one of the things we value most. It’s never too late to start one that will be valued for years to come.

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Our Favorite #PetsInUnison

We love when our customers share how they style our products in their homes, especially when there’s a cute pet to go along with it. That’s why we felt it made sense to add our own unique hashtag for the occasion #PetsInUnison. In this post we’ll highlight some of our favorite furry friends living with Unison.

Thanks to all our great customers + their pets! Keep the posts comin’!

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This pup blends right in to our classic Stitch Black + White Bedding. photo @samteich

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This cutie is all snuggled up in Grid Black Bedding, and couldn’t be more comfy! photo @taylorntobin

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This fluffy guy is Kevin, owned by one of favorite artists + Unison collaborators, Stephen Eichhorn. It’s fitting that he’s laying on Stephen’s design, our Orchid Blue Duvet. Check out more of Stephen’s designs here. photo @stepheneichhorn

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Last but certainly not least, is the beloved Jazz owned by former Unison Production Assistant Kim Morski. Jazz is fun-loving + a fan of all things Unison! Jazz is looking especially great next to the Shapes Royal Tote. photo @kimmorski

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Dorm Essentials: Bedding + Bath

We’re back with more dorm essentials to get your space geared up and ready for the upcoming semester! This time, we’ve got our picks for Bed + Bath Essentials. Read on to see our faves and outfit your space in style!

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Stitch Black + White Towels, $6-$38

We’ve turned one of customer favorites, Stitch into towels! They’re thick, plush and super luxurious, yet adapt well to any design scheme. Black on one side and white on the other, they’ll infuse your space with a modern look. Get the complete look with our Stitch Black + White Bedding + Stitch Shower Curtain.

 

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Grid Black Bedding, $32-$160.

Bring a little order to dreamland and keep your bedroom in line with a look that brings clean-chic style to any sleeping space. Another customer favorite + Unison classic, this large-scale, monochromatic grid pattern makes for a look that’s hip and bold for any and every bedroom.

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Stitch Black + White Bedding, $32-$148

What’s black, white and dashed all over? Our modern bedding, which elevates a classic contrast to a new level of comfort. The cotton duvet cover is reversible, so you can flip from white to black and back again.

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Linen Bedding, $48-$220

Add some luxe and lightness to your space with our Line Colorblock Bedding. One side of the duvet has bands of powder blue, navy, and indigo with a flip side of flat navy. Crafted from fine Portugal cotton with button closures, it’s also the definition of comfort.

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Milano Gray Towels, $6-$38 + Sailor Pewter Shower Curtain, $58

Get a so fresh + so clean look with Milano + Sailor bath essentials. Nautical goes neutral. Plush cotton striped towels add dimension to your bath. The Milano towels are reversible and asymmetrical with a hanging loop.

Shop more bedding + bath.

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Back To School Office + Storage Ideas

As summer starts to come to a close, it’s time to shift focus towards the upcoming school year. How do you make your space stand out in the sea of dorm accessories? It’s all about clean lines, simplicity and great functionality–especially when space is limited. We especially love a good stackable basket!

We’ve put together a selection of our favorite storage solutions and office accessories to outfit your dorm or apartment + start the year off right. Read on to see our faves, and stay tuned for our next post, Dorm Essentials: Bed + Bath.

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Tower Black Storage Bins, $35 + Milano Gray Bath Towels, $38

Modern metal storage bins by Yamazaki will make you forget wooden crates ever existed. Yep, this is organization for the modern age, with points for durability and style.

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Moller White Letter Tray, $40

Straight-and-clean powder coated metal curves into open corners for a fresh, edgy desktop look. In bright white, it’s simple style delivered.

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Poppin White Desk Accessories, $6-$14

Poppin’s motto is “work happy” and how can you not with these super modern desk accessories?! Available in white, black + graphite you might just want to stay and work at your desk a little longer.

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Black Band Waste Basket, $30

This gorgeous handmade wastebasket is made in Mexico from braided palm leaves. A beautiful neutral to go with any setting, any time. Plus, it can double as a planter to add some green to your space!

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Tower Black Laundry Hamper, $60

Nothing says un-stylish like a messy pile of dirty laundry. This clean, simple tower basket is a workhorse hamper that absorbs messes – and looks good doing it. Fresh and clean. This hamper folds flat for easy storage, and the handles can be used to carry your load easily to the nearby laundromat.

Get more storage solutions here.

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We’re Lovin’ Linen

What’s lightweight, luxurious, cool + casual all at once? You guessed it, one of our new favorite fabrics, linen! Linen is an all natural material, made through an extensive manufacturing process using the fibers of the flax plant.

We’ve expanded our linen collection to include throw pillows, bedding and most recently lovely table linens. What do we love about linen? Made in Portugal, our high quality linen is not only super durable, but gets softer with every wash.

It’s a super versatile fabric that you can dress up or down, whether you’re setting the table for a no fuss dinner al fresco, or styling a dramatic master bedroom. We especially love styling linen with metallic and more hard edged accessories to get a great pairing of organic + geometric elements.

Read on to see our favorite linen picks!

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Sashi Geo Indigo Throw Pillow, $70

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Linen Colorblock Duvet Cover, $190-$220 + Brushed Black Vase, $50 + Tri Black Side Table, $70

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Linen Powder Blue Shams, $48-$52 + Linen Navy Shams, $48-$52

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Linen Graphite Tablecloth, $112 + Grace Dinnerware, $36 + Galvin Copper Serve Set, $150

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Linen Aqua Napkins, $8

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Put Pastels In Play This Wedding Season

Prime wedding season is in full swing! Whether you’re the guest with gifts to get or putting together your own registry for the big day, we’ve got some great options.

This summer we’ve been all about pairing pastel prints with our Unison classics to create a look that’s not only fresh, but super elegant. Our Squiggles Table Linens get a facelift with the addition of classic Heller White Dinnerware  and  Eve Chrome Flatware that works with almost anyone’s style.

Add some blooms and your table is set! The Gather Frosted + Clear Vasesare a great looking and affordable option for a wedding or gift registry.  Or, spread the pastel love throughout their space with the Squiggles Colorblock Throw Pillow

Look for more registry ideas or create your own here.

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Heller White Dinnerware, $9-$36 + Squiggles Colorblock Tablecloth$85 + Napkins, $7.50

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Eve Chrome Flatware, $25-$90

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Corelle White Dinnerware, $3.75-$12 + Fino Tumblers, $13.50-$15.50

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Gather Vases, available in Clear + Frosted, $20-$30

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Squiggles Throw Pillow, $44

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7 Overnight Guest Essentials with Cedar & Rush Blog

It’s summertime! Bring on all the vacays and visits to friends + family. Does your guest room need a little sprucing up? It’s amazing how adding little touches can turn your space into mini oasis.

We partnered with blogger Nicole Regan of Cedar & Rush on her recent post, 7 Overnight Guest EssentialsIt’s full of great tips and tricks to turn your guest room into a luxury hotel experience.

Read on below to see all the Unison products she used to transform her space:

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Swedish Dream Sea Salt Hand Creme, $13.50 + Swedish Dream Sea Aster Soap, $7.50

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Tosca White Basket, $50

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Schale Glass Cases, $18-$22

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Milano Gray Bath Towels, $6-$38 + Nido Natural Basket, $110

Thanks Nicole! Look for more great things at Cedar & Rush and read her full post here.

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Summer Pie with Rustic Tart

We’ve been big fans of Rustic Tart‘s amazing desserts for quite some time now, and when the chance to work with owner Stephanie Lock on a beautiful blueberry tart for summer, we jumped at the chance. Read along to learn more about Rustic Tart’s signature Ready-To-Roll Dough + how easy it is to make your own Blueberry Tart, perfect for all those summer parties.

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Just a handful of top-quality ingredients make up Rustic Tart’s Ready-to-Roll Dough, with European-style butter (never shortening) taking center stage. Owner Stephanie Lock puts not only her masterful skill, but also her Midwestern sense into the handcrafted disks, making great pies happen. (Shop Falcon Plates + Eve Chrome Flatware)

BLUEBERRY TART RECIPE:

Rustic Blueberry Tart

Here’s Rustic Tart’s favorite blueberry tart recipe developed just for your Ready-to-Roll™ dough. 

Happy rolling—Stephanie 

DOUGH:

1 package Rustic Tart Ready-to-Roll™dough, thawed overnight in refrigerator 

For finishing dough (optional):

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon coarse sugar (such as turbinado sugar)

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FILLING:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel (or more to taste, up to two teaspoons)

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch salt

5 cups fresh blueberries (or 5 cups frozen, unsweetened blueberries)

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces

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  1. Prepare crust following thawing and rolling instructions (steps 1 through 5) on Ready-to-Roll™dough package. (Shop the Baker’s Stripe Apron)

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2. Combine sugar with grated lemon peel in a small bowl; rub together with fingertips to release the lemon oil. Add flour, cinnamon and salt to sugar mixture and combine.  (Shop the Falcon Prep Set)

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3.Gently toss blueberries with lemon juice in a large bowl; add sugar mixture and combine. 

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4. Assemble and bake following steps 6 through 8 on Ready-to-Roll™dough package. In step 6, dot filling with butter pieces before folding dough over the filling. 

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Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Thanks for the recipe Stephanie! Check out more recipes + get your own Ready-To-Roll Dough here.

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Summer Alfresco Entertaining

The summer season has officially started here in Chicago, and the urge to spend every moment outside is hard to resist. We love the idea of bringing the same modern simplicity in your home and taking it outside, whether it’s a picnic in the park or throwing your own backyard summer soirée.

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We’ve put together some great pieces for the occasion that are not only stylish, but super durable too. Even better, we’ve partnered with our favorite neighborhood distillery, Rhine Hall to serve up a great cocktail with all the best flavors of summer including mango, orange + lime. Read on to see our product picks + the full cocktail recipe.

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Bistro Ivory 5 Pc Placesetting, $70 + Cubic Placemats, $7

Inspired by the clean-smart style of classic Parisian bistros, this French designed set is sharp, strong, and crisply modern. In warm ivory, it’s an inviting and versatile addition to your outdoor tablescape. Add the Cubic Placemats for a geometric accent that looks great and because it’s made of Textaline, it’s easy to clean and stands up to the elements with ease.

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Gallery White Large Tray, $30.99 + Gallery White Small Tray, $15.99

With high walls to prevent spills and integrated handles that are sleek and easy to hold, this glossy tray is ready for entertaining prime time. With a modular design and notched bottom edge, this tray easily stacks without sliding. And its generous size allows smaller Gallery Trays to nest inside. So when you mix and match the perfect collection to fit your serving needs, you’ll know they’ll all play together nicely.

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Opal Stemless Acrylic Wine Glass, $7.99 + Cabana Coasters Set of 4, $16.50

Crafted of Tritan, the Opal Stemeless Wine Glasses are virtually impossible to shatter, making them the perfect addition to any backyard-beverage scene. Although, once you’ve enjoyed your first sip from this elegantly shaped and weighted “glass,” you’re sure to find yourself reaching for it everyday, in any season. Cheers!

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Now after all that work putting together your summer party plans, you deserve a drink! Mix up some summer refreshment with Rhine Hall’s “Drama in the Bahamas” cocktail, and you’re sure to be the talk of the party.

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Pizza On The Grill With Last Ingredient Blog

We’ve got another great recipe from Paige Adams at Last Ingredient Blog and this one is perfect for summer, pizza on the grill! Here’s Paige with recipes for the pizza crust, yummy pesto + topping ideas:

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Pizza is on regular rotation at my house, and it’s not because of my three-year-old. I’m the one who would be happy devouring a slice at every meal. Sheet pans, baking stones—you name it, I’ve made a pizza on it. The closest I’ve gotten to restaurant-worthy pizza is by putting the dough straight on the grates and grilling it. Thanks to the high heat of the grill, you get the kind of chewy crust with slightly charred edges you thought only was possible in a wood fired oven.

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The process is very simple. You roll out the dough, grill it for a few minutes on each side and take it off the grates to assemble the toppings. You then return the pizza to the grill to quickly melt the cheese. My preference is to go light on cheese rather than cover up that perfect crust. I focus on sauces like tomato and pesto along with flavorful toppings that don’t require much, if any, prep before they are added to the pizza.

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I like to make my dough and sauces from scratch, but store-bought, readymade ingredients will work, too. The olive bar at the grocery is the best spot for toppings. I stock up on roasted tomatoes, artichokes, peppers and of course, olives in all varieties and colors—just make sure they’re pitted. Charcuterie and delicate greens like arugula are also fair game, but they should be added after the pizza has finished grilling.

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These are a few of my favorite combinations:

  • Pesto + roasted tomatoes + shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Tomato sauce + pesto + roasted tomatoes + olives + artichokes + shredded mozzarella
  • Tomato sauce + peaches + arugula + prosciutto + fresh mozzarella

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Grilled Pizza

Makes 1-12-inch pizza
(You also can roll it out in individual smaller pizzas.)

2/3 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bowl
1 cup bread flour plus more for work surface
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

In a small bowl, combine the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the bread flour, whole-wheat flour and salt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Once a shaggy dough has formed, turn it out on a floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.* Place it in an oiled bowl, cover and let it rise until it has doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

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Preheat a gas or charcoal grill on high heat. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough. (Shop Falcon Prep Set + Stoneware Containers)

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Place the dough directly on the grates and grill for 2-3 minutes with the lid closed until it has grill marks and has puffed up. Turn the crust over and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes.

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Take the pizza off the grill and add your desired sauce and toppings. Return the pizza to the grill for a minute or so to melt the cheese.

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*Note: The dough can be kneaded in a stand mixer fitted with the dough attachment or using a food processor.

Homemade Pesto
Makes about a half cup

2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup walnuts plus more for garnish
1/2 ounce Parmesan, grated, plus more for garnish
1 generous handful basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

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Pulse the garlic cloves in the bowl of a food processor until they are minced. Add the walnuts, Parmesan, basil, salt and pepper. Puree the mixture and while the motor is running, drizzle the olive oil through the feeder tube until the pesto is fully combined.

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Thanks Paige! Find more recipes at Last Ingredient Blog