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  • Match Pewter Month

    October is Match Pewter Month at Tabula Tua.

    Whether you’re starting your Christmas shopping early, or treating yourself to something special; indulge in purchasing pieces from one of our favorite lines, Match Pewter!

    Introducing Italian-made pewter to the United States in 1995, Match Pewter quickly became a prestigious and praised brand. All designs are rooted in classic European forms from the 14th through 19th centuries; many are cast from molds made from original antiques. Created with timeless designs, Match is able to effortlessly harmonize with either casual or formal, traditional or modern settings.

    Throughout the month we are offering special gifts with purchase in the following tiers:

    Tier 1:

    Spend $250 Receive a Free Match Pewter Round Bottle Coaster Match Pewter Round Bottle Coaster

    Tier 2:

    Spend $350 Receive a Free Match Pewter Glass Carafe 1/2 Litre

    Match Pewter Glass Carafe

    Tier 3:

    Spend $500 Receive a Free Match Pewter Oval Serving Platter Match Pewter Convivio Oval Serving Platter

    Join us October 14th at Tabula Tua in Lincoln Park for a Match Pewter Trunk Show featuring an exclusive look at new arrivals!

    *Gift with Purchase is limited to Match Pewter purchases only. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Valid the month of October 2017.

  • Top 10 Must Have Wedding Gifts

    Having a hard time choosing the perfect wedding gift? Our bridal experts have rounded up our Top 10 Must Have Wedding Gifts just for you!  

    1. Mud Australia Porcelain Top 10 Must Have Wedding Gifts

    Handmade in Australia, Mud products combine craft, a large variety of colors, cleanliness, palette and functionality. We love this line and its minimalistic, timeless style. Better yet, the pieces are all microwaveable, and oven and dishwasher safe!

    2. Mariposa Picture Frames Top 10 Must Have Wedding Gifts

    Picture frames are a beautiful way to display such a special time in newlywed lives. With a majority of their designs being created from 100% recycled materials, we love the Mariposa line not only for its beautiful handmade pieces, but for its impact on the environment.

    3. Astier de Villatte Ceramics Top 10 Must Have Wedding Gifts

    Entirely handmade in Paris, this French collection is one of our best sellers! Delicate in appearance, but yet extremely durable, these pieces are perfect for special occasions to everyday use.


    4. Match Pewter 6 Piece Flatware Top 10 Must Have Wedding GiftsThe luxurious tone of the pewter combined with the simple design makes this set of Match Pewter flatware ideal for any table setting, casual or fancy. Handmade in Italy and dishwasher safe.

    5. Braided Salad Bowl with Servers Top 10 Must Have Wedding GiftsThe dramatic wood grain of the Braid Salad Bowl w/ Servers is accentuated by the elemental shine of chrome on the handles and at the ends of the serving spoon. Generously sized for dinner parties with friends and the wide size of the bowl makes tossing the salad a breeze.

    6. Match Pewter Pitcher Top 10 Must Have Wedding Gifts

    Simply beautiful and straight from Italy, this pitcher is a unique but classic gift choice. Make the gift even more special by presenting it as a vase with a bouquet of fresh flowers to decorate the couple’s home!

    7. Antipasti Serving Set Top 10 Must Have Wedding GiftsImpress your guests with this professional looking Antipasti board complete with top quality stainless steel and a dishwasher safe cheese knife. This Acacia wood board contrasts nicely with the off-center slate insert, perfect for hosting a house warming party!

    8. Michael Aram Cake Serving Set Top 10 Must Have Wedding Gifts"Orchids naturally emit a sense of sensuality and seductiveness, but in white nickel they take on a completely different meaning – an element of brightness that I associate with new beginnings. When I think of white orchids, I imagine the purity and sweetness of a newborn child, or a newlywed couple at the beginning of their lifelong journey."

    9. Simon Pearce Champagne Gift Set Top 10 Must Have Wedding GiftsTime to pop open a bottle and celebrate a special occasion! The Simon Pearce Champagne Gift Set is handmade by trained glassblowers using centuries-old techniques.

    10. Tabula Tua Gift Card Top 10 Must Have Wedding GiftsCan’t make up your mind? Let the newlyweds have the fun of choosing their own gift from our Tabula Tua storefront or on our online store!

    Are you engaged or know someone who is? Create your Personalized Wedding Registry Now!

  • Spotlight Artist: Broken Rainbow Chicago

    Broken Rainbow Bling
    Inspired by nature and the beauty of raw minerals, Broken Rainbow Chicago artist, Sarah Snavely, has created a unique line of jewelry that we are just dying over. Broken Rainbow Chicago merges metaphysical magic with clean, unique silhouettes in a juxtaposition of the ethereal and the substantial. Each piece is conceptualized, designed and produced by Sarah in a small home studio in Chicago. With the use of a delicate, shimmering stone, paired with cold, raw metals, Sarah creates pieces that appeal to the city-living trendsetters and jewelry enthusiasts alike. Join us Saturday, June 24th, as we welcome Sarah and Broken Rainbow Chicago to Tabula Tua! Stop by the trunk show to browse our store and snag your own special accessory! Broken Rainbow Bling
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  • Top 7 Groomsmen Gifts They'll Love

    Perhaps you met at soccer camp, your college dorm, you're related, or the first day of preschool. No matter how  you met your groomsmen, they have somehow made such a big impact on your life that now you are asking them to stand next to you on the most important day of your life. Tabula Tua has rounded up the Top 7 Groomsmen Gifts They'll Love, to help you show them just how much they mean to you.  

    1. Steel Flask Steel Flask - Top Groomsmen Gifts They'll Love

    These flasks are perfect for a day on the green or a night on the town. We love their unique styles and fun prints that go along with any wedding party spunk.

    2. Money Clip Money Clip- Top Groomsmen Gifts They'll Love

    A great statement piece to hold all of their money in place. This makes for a great gift the day of the wedding, or is fit for a bachelor party involving a trip to the horse races or casino!

    3. Moscow Mule Mug Moscow Mule Mug- Top Groomsmen Gifts They'll LoveThese mugs would look great placed at the head table during the reception. A stylish gift to end the night.

    4. Shot Glass Set Shot Glass Set- Top Groomsmen Gifts They'll LoveMake a toast to your new life in style! These shot glass sets are perfect for quirky groomsmen gifts!

    5. Beard Comb Bottle Opener Comb Bottle Opener- Top Groomsmen Gifts They'll LoveMake sure your men are always prepared to look their best. This beard and mustache comb, that doubles as a bottle opener, can easily fit into wallets or hook onto key chains for easy, every day, access!

    6. Boston Maraka Shaker Set Shaker Set- Top Groomsmen Gifts They'll Love

    Shake up the party with this eye-catching bar piece! Bartenders and connoisseurs alike would appreciate this elegant gift!

    7. City-Inspired Dish Towels City Dish Towels- Top Groomsmen Gifts They'll LoveA unique way to commemorate the bachelor party location! Each city design highlights the famous landmarks and traits.

  • Celebrating Her: Your Mother's Day Gift Guide

    Mother's Day is right around the corner, and we are here to help you find those last minute gifts for that special woman in your life. Personally, my mother is my best friend. She is someone who is not only kind, humble and strong, but she is also inspiring. A woman like that is hard to shop for, since it is hard to find something worthy of someone who has shaped my life so much. This Tabula Tua gift guide was created for all of the mothers, like my own, who have spent endless nights, early mornings, and countless days caring for their children. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, we love you! Mother's Day Gift Guide- Juliska Heart Dishes The Juliska, Set of 4, Canape Dishes are delicate and remarkably versatile. They would be lovely for the mother who appreciates small details and the beautiful, heart-shaped design is a way to display your love for Mom.       Mother's Day Gift Guide- American State Skillet Our state-shaped skillets are fun, unique and a perfect gift for the woman who taught you how to cook. Available in a variety of states, this skillet is a way to support sports teams, her hometown, or your favorite family vacation spot.      
    Mother's Day Gift Guide- Lifetime Candle Lifetime Candles for the woman who has loved you for a lifetime. These candles are not only beautiful to display, but they never require you to replace the wick and last for years to come.   Mother's Day Gift Guide- Key to My Heart Frame Give your mom the key to your heart with this gorgeous, Michael Aram, picture frame. A special way to keep your treasured photos and memories.      

    See more ideas for Mother's Day gifts on our Pinterest board, made with Mom in mind.

  • What's New: Nambé

    Recognized for their award-winning designs, Nambé pieces have continued to set the bar high for dining and kitchen accessories for the past 60 years. Now introducing their Forte Collection, focused on mixed-media styles of alloy and concrete.Nambé Forte Personally, I have a hard time decorating my home and finding pieces that match my current decor, however- Nambé is so versatile and sleek that it fits just about any space. I love the unique use of the bowls as a way to display succulents, which compliments an older stone fireplace mantel nicely with a slightly modern touch. Nambé Forte Now I am excited to entertain guests with these sleek designs. My friends just couldn't get enough of the dip-filled condiment trio! This line is not only artistic, but functional with a smooth design that has thermal properties, allowing it to retain cold temperatures when chilled. Smart in style, these pieces will each serve a function in your day while bringing a modern touch to the home.
  • Astier de Villatte: The Perfect Fit

    Soon after I married I regretted not registering for a set of fine china. What was I thinking!?  I’m sorry to say it would have been smart to think of that when our wedding guests were making the purchase rather than later when we would be.  Hindsight isn’t much help at this point.  Like most brides I thought  in the ‘here and now’, that they will forever be in a one bedroom apartment, forgetting someday in the future they will have a home, with a dining room, and a beautiful table that simply deserves a lovely array of tableware rather than the tired and worn set we use for every day. This new table deserves the best, like the finishing touch of a perfect shade of lipstick that rounds out your outfit before heading out for a night on the town. All regrets aside, I began searching. I had a pretty big wish list (or rather criteria) of what the final pattern needed to meet. I longed for something that had the touch of handmade, extremely durable, but with a delicate touch to each and every piece. I wanted the elegant look of days gone by balanced with today’s more casual living style. So I began my search for vintage inspired designs that would look very comfortable in more modern tablescapes, with lots of interchangeable serving pieces. Oh, and it should be a perfectly balanced “white” that could transition from casual to formal throughout all the holidays with ease and pride. Yes, a lot to ask for in a single line of dinnerware. I was seeking the superman of dinnerware. Looking for tableware today is not for the faint of heart.  So many choices yet none were ‘quite right’. But then I found it. Thrilled, I checked off my wish list…handmade (in Paris, France), durable yet light to the touch, inspired by vintage 18th and 19th century designs, with a wide range of collections designed to work together and dress my table from drab to fab, and last but not least, with that perfectly balanced milky white finish that would stand the test of time. So transitional. Simply lovely.  Simply perfect. Astier de Villatte was exactly what I was looking for. Mixing the interesting shapes of scrolls, dots, and scallop designed dinnerware against the fresh spring greens and delicate shades of blush pink and golds in my wool crewel tablecloth was a breeze.  There are so many interchangeable pieces to pick from. astier_de_villatte_tabula-tua-11_7 Now I was ready to host a proper Sunday brunch for some close friends. A last minute bouquet of fresh lilacs finished the table, adding a nice height and welcoming fragrance. The menu set….. fresh citrus mimosas, whipped ricotta with local raw honey (fresh from our neighbor’s hives) and mixed fruits, mixed baby greens with strawberries, almonds and candied pecan salad, smoked salmon, baby coconut shrimp tacos, asparagus frittata, corn bread with tomato chutney and to finish things off a generous slice of cream cheese pound cake with lemon curd. And don’t forget the piping hot coffee and English breakfast tea. Memories of time spent sitting around the table catching up on our lives, with ‘devices’ checked at the door, with good food and friends is priceless.  It’s a good thing. f672a59495cfa91c2391785e49d30d32   Cream Cheese Pound Cake   3 sticks of butter, softened 3 cups granulated sugar 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 5 eggs, room temp and whisked 3 tsp Madagascar vanilla ¼ cup buttermilk 1 tsp salt 3 cups cake flour (or 6 T cornstarch + all-purpose flour to equal 3 cups) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside.  In a stand mixer with a paddle, cream softened butter, sugar and cream cheese until pale and fluffy. Slowly add in eggs one at a time, then milk and vanilla.  Batter may look curdled at this stage, but it will be fine.  Gradually mix in cake flour and salt, scraping bowl to be sure everything is blended.  Mix 2-3 minutes on medium until fluffy. Scrap equally into prepared pans, tap gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Bake 80-90 minutes until toothpick comes outs clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool 15 minutes, then invert onto a cutting board. Place on a large piece of foil and wrap thoroughly. Cool completely before cutting.  Cut into 1” slices. To serve, top with lemon curd or fresh fruit, and a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar.
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  • Spotlight Artist: Barbara Schippa

    Here at Tabula Tua we love showcasing local designers and artists. Barbara Schippa, of Barb’s Artwork, is a painter based out of Holland, Michigan. We can’t wait to show her beautiful and detailed paintings to our customers. Through the use of mixed media and intense color contrasted in her watercolors, Barb’s Artwork provides viewers with an oasis to rest their minds from our binary black and white world. Our store currently carries pieces that focus on fruits and florals. Artwork can change the look and feel of a room. It can add color, emotion, or character to any space. One of our favorite pieces of Barb's Artwork is the framed painting of a bright sunflower, that would look lovely in a kitchen or adoring a fireplace mantel paired with a vase of flowers or a pair of candlesticks. All pieces are originals and sold in-store. Supply is limited, so call us today for shipping information or stop by and see Barb’s Artwork for yourself!  Our store experts can help you pick the perfect painting that fits your home best!
  • A Very Christmas Table Settings

    Tabula_Tua_Juliska_Holiday_Tablesetting Juliska Christmas Dinnerware

    Celebrate the Holidays with a Christmas Themed Table Setting

    While the kids are peeking through the pile of presents, trying to find the ones with their names on it, the sweet aroma of a homemade bread is filling the air. It's dinnertime and all of your family and friends gather around the table to enjoy one of our favorite parts of the Holidays. Christmas Dinner! There is nothing more satisfying that seeing an array of platters, fresh from the kitchen for all to enjoy. The only thing that gets us more excited is a beautifully set Holiday table.


    This Christmas themed table setting features all of our favorite pieces from the Juliska Ruby Holiday collection! It's a truly beautiful line featuring hand painted winter motifs.


    A tradition winter scene adorned with images in ruby of snowy hillsides and winter cheer, frames your festive holiday meal. Juliska's Country Estates Baking Dish embodies winters charm and is a festive showpiece from which to serve bubbling lasagnas or potpies straight from the oven.


    With holiday images of playful woodland animals and cheerful skaters beckon you into our dreamy winter landscape. Perfect for serving a hearty coq au vin or a classic pasta bolognese, our serving bowl brings the cheer of winter to your table.

    Celebrating winters fun shouldn't end when the snow boots come off and you step inside so get your guests oohing and aahing this winter with Juliska's beautiful, festive, "Winter Holiday" dinnerware.

    Tabula Tua & Linly Designs wishes you all a very Merry Christmas!

    Thank you to all of our wonderful clients for helping make 2015 another fantastic year for Tabula Tua & Linly Designs. Your continued loyalty, kindness and business is truly appreciated.

    Holiday Hours Lincoln Park - Tabula Tua will be closed December 24th & 25th

    Oak Brook - Tabula Tua will be closed December 25th

    Clarendon Hills will be closed December 24th & 25th

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