“You Got Served” is a DXD Original Series and ongoing creative project where three individuals (bloggers, stylists and/or tastemakers) are picked to exemplify their own unique styles by sourcing and photographing a table setting using the same box of provided mystery props.
Sara Tso, Matchbox Kitchen, is one of those quiet creatives who thoughtfully takes in all the possible angles before deciding how to pounce in on the set-up. A baker who is even sweeter in person than the frosted delicacies she creates in the kitchen, Sara has a clean minimalist approach to not only her culinary masterpieces but also in her styling technique.
Flavorful, full of life and an instant celebration upon sight; We promise you’re going to come down with a serious case of a sweet tooth. And we’re not sorry.
You got served…by Matchbox Kitchen.
~Subject must choose and work with at least two items and one textile from the mystery box
~Location and surface area up to the discretion of the subject
~One additional textile, prop, and food/botanicals can be selected from the subject’s private collection
Do you have a routine or game plan when it comes to styling with props for your photos?
Usually whatever dish or plate I decide to use dictates what kind and how many props I use. Most of the time I only add a tea towel. I don’t have very many props, but instead keep the photos pretty minimal. I like whatever I use to add a little texture.
What’s your Serving Style? Brand new/on trend, unique vintage originals, particular colors?
I mostly stick to neutrals with a little bit of blue thrown in. My style is very clean and simple, partly because it’s my personal style and partly out of laziness! I would love to add a little vintage spoon and fork here and there, but haven’t searched for one (read: laziness).
Do you have a favorite piece in your collection? What’s the story behind it?
My favorite pieces are my Heath plates. I love their muted tones and matte finish. My mom used to live in San Francisco, and every time we visited we would stop by the Heath outlet in Sausalito. Since I don’t need a whole set, I usually get a few seconds/thirds for very reasonable prices! My other favorite (I couldn’t decide!) is my mini cake stand by Herriot Grace shown in these photos. It’s the perfect size for the miniature desserts I make and the design is perfectly clean and elegant.
If you could get a hold of any item for your kitchen or tabletop, what do you currently have your eye on?
I would really love some wooden, marble, and slate boards! I also have my eye on every single item by Ariele Alasko, especially her spalted maple bowls.
Thanks for showing us your serving style Sara – we are still in awe of your natural ability to stack cookies with precision and thoughtfully accessorize slices of cake with delicate ease!
Check out more of this gourmet gal on her blog Matchbox Kitchen as well as delicious daily notes on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. And if you’re looking to elevate your next special occasion with beautiful cakes or cookies, keep tabs on her online shop where she often has tasty treats up for grabs.
Looking for more You Got Served!? Check out the full on-going series over here!