Touches of Tortoise

Uncategorized November 25th, 2012


Usually found on glassware, the tortoise motif has become especially popular in the last few years. It’s no surprise—tortoise is graphic and sophisticated.  The multi-tonality lends it a certain visual softness. Photo from House Beautiful – Designed by Miles Redd.

Whether your dining set is patterned or plain, tortoise makes a sleek addition. Fine white china looks especially crisp when offset by tortoise steak knives. With a highball glass nearby, even the most playfully patterned plate becomes a bit more refined. When it comes to gift giving, tortoise is flattering for all skin tones, so go with House of Lavande’s Gold Tortoise necklace, or spring for a pair of bespoke tortoise sunglasses.

1. BERTI Convivio Steak Knives – Tortoise Lucite – Set 6, $540; 2. Ultimate Bespoke Glasses, $1,595; 3. Napier Gold and Brown Tortoise Necklace, $428; 4. Tortoise Glass, $19; 5. Tortoise Wine Glass, $22.50; 6. Vintage chairs with faux tortoise shell finish, $2,740





About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

One Comment to “Touches of Tortoise”

  1. casey says:

    love it love it love it

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