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Chic wedding gift ideas from an interior designer.

Interior designers make their living choosing stylish products for people’s homes. So it stands to reason that a designer might have an interesting take on what makes a great gift for a couple setting up home together. We asked Katie Denham, owner of Sacramento’s Katie Denham Interiors, for her top wedding-gift picks.

By Marybeth Bizjak

A STYLISH LAMP—“One of the best wedding presents I got was a lamp. I kept it for years, then gave it to my daughter when she went off to college.” Look for it at: Lumens Light & Living, 2028 K St. (lumens.com)

A STYLISH LAMP—“One of the best wedding presents I got was a lamp. I kept it for years, then gave it to my daughter when she went off to college.” Look for it at: Lumens Light & Living, 2028 K St.

VINTAGE IRONSTONE PLATTERDenham likes white ironstone platters because they’re long-wearing and go with everything. “It’s nice to serve your Thanksgiving turkey on a big ironstone platter.” Look for it at: Sacramento Antique Faire (sacantiquefaire.com)

MARKET LIGHTS—You know those strings of lights illuminating the patios at hip bistros? Denham says they make a great gift for a couple who like to entertain outdoors. “Several strings will turn a backyard into something special.” Look for it at: Target (target.com)

TURKISH TOWELS—Denham adores these thin, absorbent towels, which come in two sizes and a multitude of colors. “Use the small ones in the bathroom as tip towels, the big ones as beach towels. They get better with washing.” Look for it at: Etsy (etsy.com)

STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE—If you want to give a gift that the couple will use often, opt for goodquality flatware—“not silver, but the everyday stuff you can put through the dishwasher.” They—and the kids they’re going to have—will use it forever. Look for it at: Williams Sonoma (williams-sonoma.com)

MOROCCAN WEDDING BLANKET—This bohochic textile marries Old-World tradition with modern style. “It’s made by hand and woven with different textures, usually in a striped pattern,” says Denham. “Often, it will have silver sequins, too.” Use it as a throw, bed covering or wall hanging. Look for it at: Kechmara Designs, 1104 R St. (kechmaradesigns.com)

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