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Think pine trees glistening with snow, while snuggling next to cozy fires under a deep navy night sky. These colors translate perfectly into my favorite holiday memories and look great together for any fall or winter dinner party.
That is right, you are seeing these again. We love when color schemes translate to more than one event. That (hint hint) is how you keep styling on a budget. Scroll down for more insight.
Have you seen those pottery shows? Oh, I could watch them all day. It amazes me how these potters use their artistry and skill to throw a bowl and apply glaze to make some of the coolest reactions and unique patterns. In another life I would be at that potters wheel right now.
The beauty found in glazed stoneware is making waves in the interior world. From crackling, to dripping, to cool reactive glazes, these functional pieces of art are being appreciated by more and more people. Not only do they make dynamic dinnerware, you can find beautiful vases for your flowers or multi-piece wall art installations showcasing these techniques.
Tip 1: Repeat and Repurpose
If you checked out our Thanksgiving table design you may have noticed what pieces we repurposed for Christmas.
1. Silverware - I have a set that I inherited from my grandma that we use for holidays. No need to buy new when heirloom pieces are great to use.
2. Cranberry Drinking Glasses - yup those are the same ones we used for Thanksgiving. In fact, they are so fun to use they may be our new daily use glasses. I just love the color, texture, and price. (Scroll to the bottom for links to buy them yourself).
3. Centerpiece Greenery - this piece of simple 5' greenery I bought years ago at Target and it has been repurposed so many times. For this table, I added some different accents like white faux berries, frosted cranberries, and dried fruit.
First: add lots of different types of texture. Look for both visual and actual texture. See the great glazing technique on the plate. That is visual texture. The nubby surface design on the cranberry drinking cup represents actual texture. Soft fabrics and shiny metals are more great textures.
Second: Layer, Layer, & Layer. This is one of my favorite design techniques. Gradate size with chargers and plates so that you can appreciate all the different textures. Add 2 drinking glasses, not just for guest preference, but also to show off multiple textures and colors.
Are you looking for a fun, inexpensive activity to do with your kids? Consider making your own dried fruit. These dried orange slices are an easy DIY activity that allows your kids to help with the table decor while adding a natural element to the table. There are a myriad of recipes online but here is one blogger with great advice. Barley and Sage
*As an additional note, if you are planning to string the orange slices consider cutting a hole in one of the segments before drying them. That way it is easy to slide wire or ribbon through them.
Oh how we love color! Deep, bold tones are becoming more common not just in accessories but in all-over painted rooms. This color palette creates moody environments that encourage cozy snuggles and thoughtful contemplation. They are easy to add to warm and cool neutral homes. We highly suggest adding all the colors together to make a more exciting tablescape, but if that seems too bold, at least choose two, to really get the vibe of this colorful trend.
One of the best ways to play with color is in colored glass. There are so many ways to add tonal sparkle to your table: stemware, candle holders, light fixtures, beading, stained glass, and translucent accessories. If you are a little nervous to put so much glass around your children or klutzy friends, consider the easy alternative—colorful translucent plastics. The possibilities are endless!
Before you go out and buy all new plates and glasses, take inventory of your current supplies.
- What dishes, linens, and decor already works with this color scheme? Having a set of neutral dishes makes it easy to use them for multiple color schemes.
- Not enough place settings? Can you mix and match to make a full set? We love layering plates and using mixed sets.
- Do you have any holiday decor that could be reassigned to the table? Grab a couple pumpkins off the mantle to fill in gaps in the middle.
- Do you already have greenery that just needs a few added fall touches? One basic greenery strand can be repurposed for almost any holiday or season.
As much as we love the the new luxury products out there, you can never go wrong when you bargain hunt. Check out your local thrift stores and estate sales for unique vintage finds—especially glassware and candleholders.
Another of our favorite haunts is the Target dollar section. Can we get an amen?! That's where we found the little glass pumpkins to put on the plate, for just a couple bucks. They always have fun, seasonal items that don't break the bank.
The more layers the better it looks. Stacking different textures or patterns helps create depth and interest. Not everything has to match, in fact, matching sets can be boring. As long as you stay within the general color scheme, it will look amazing. The main rule is— have fun with it! We don't set our tables like this very often, so throw Emily Post's book out the door. If it puts a smile on your face then you are doing it right.
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