Michael Smith, Michael S. Smith, Elements of Style.
And you certainly don't have to keep them on the down-low. Octagons work beautifully incorporated in mirrors...
Eric Cohler, featured in Inspired Styles.
and lighting.Stephen Sills and James Huniford, a midwestern home, Dwellings, Living with Great Style.
If the vintage Hicks carpet is not in your budget, these Barbara Barry octagonal vases would glam up the sideboard in a heart beat. (What say, Valentine?)
Barbara Barry featured in, Inspired Styles.
Rose Tarlow, The Private House.
I must say, Rose Tarlow tops the heap with this table. Rose herself says this table, originally from Kew Gardens, England, "is one of the most rare and facinating pieces of furniture" she has ever discovered. And, Rose, she knows.
While I can't commit to the dishes (do you think there is some pent-up memory of scrapping, loading and stacking?) this little Cowtan & Tout number (Beverly, Canary) never seems to make it out of my memo bag. It goes well with cocoa, too.