Setting the Table in Sonoma Valley


Setting the table is an art form. The intention of setting the table for gathering with loved ones is just as meaningful to me as preparing the meal and choosing the wine. I love shopping for the table, it is always an inspiration to my soul. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite stores in Sonoma that inspire me to set the table.

1. SummerVine 

SummerVine is the table of — everything for the table. This is a local favorite for tableware. They offer a beautiful selection of serving pieces, cutlery, silverware, napkins, candles, vases, dishes, platters, tablecloths, and placemats. SummerVine inspires many ideas for setting the table and is located on the Square in downtown Sonoma.

This is currently on their website – “Our website is currently under construction. If you would like more information about SummerVine and our products, please email us at info@summervinesonoma.”

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2. Sign of the Bear 

Another local favorite, Sign of the Bear, provides fun, practical, unique, beautiful, inventive, and humorous cookware, tableware and gifts for your table and kitchen. What really captured my eye were these Tunisian olive wood serving pieces — gorgeous heirloom olive wood tools, bowls and boards from trees that are 800-2000 years old.

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3. Figone’s Olive Oil Company

Figone’s is world renowned for their locally made olive oil and vinegars. They also carry the beauty of the table from Italy – elegant bottles, handsome olive wood products, beautiful Italian ceramics and linens. Read my thoughts on Holiday Foodie Gift Ideas from Sonoma Valley 

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4. Chateau Sonoma 

Chateau Sonoma has that certain… how do you say… “Je ne sais quoi”. I love strolling through this charming and articulate store set in a historic building on the Square in downtown Sonoma. The owner, Sarah Anderson, creates an atmosphere that is interactive, one that transports you to another world which makes sense as Chateau Sonoma celebrates all things Sonoma yet with a French “joie de vivre”. Chateau Sonoma is the perfect place to buy a holiday gift for the person in your life who loves the French inspired way of life and appreciates the details of a nurtured table.

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5. Williams Sonoma

I had to list Williams Sonoma to honor the flagship store, located right here in Sonoma. Williams Sonoma story began in 1956, when our founder Chuck Williams established his very first specialty cookware shop in Sonoma, California. I love the uniqueness of this store. It is charming and quaint with a beautiful space for culinary events and kitchen for teaching cooking classes. Head next door to Chuck’s Sonoma home to see his original furnishings, beautifully integrated with modern pieces from Williams Sonoma Home.

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Top Tip

Gather inspiration by spending some time window shopping in person or online.

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