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Last holiday season I broke down my tabletop ideas into a series of three called Turning the Table.  This year I thought I would share my overall inspirations, instead of a detailed picture of my dream table, so we can all imagine our own versions of holiday tables for Thanksgiving through New Year’s.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

bright linens

Transforming a table for autumn dinners can be as simple as adding a hem-stitched tablecloth in a color of the season, like a shade of persimmon or ochre.  Set the rest of the table much like the rest of the year with a seasonal flower arrangement perhaps.

pumpkins and flowers

I love white pumpkins more than the usual orange ones, and with the addition of autumnal-hued blooms, I love them even more.  This is a classic idea from the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings that has been forever ingrained in my mind!

fruit or flowers?

Decorating the table can be super simple and inexpensive.  Grab all the bowls in the cupboard and fill them with oranges, apples, or pears.  Greenery is also a nice touch, but not necessary.  The nice thing about this idea is that it is edible.  The geode slices below the bowls here are also so amazing!

large Agate plate

Get the look from above with these agate plates by RabLabs through Vivre.

more citrus!

Stacks of bowls filled with oranges have a modern feel.

Eric Schmitt vase

I’ve been in love with the work of Eric Schmitt for a while now, from his furniture to the pretty vases above.  I’m not very traditional when it comes to holiday decor, but I feel that gem-like colors give a sense of luxury and festivity.  Through Ralph Pucci.

Eric Schmitt vases

Attraction by Raynaud

I’m in love with the striped porcelain Limoges by Raynaud in all the different color ways, from the neutral above, to blue, and violet.

tabletop pieces from Anthropologie

glassware from Anthropologie

The dinnerware and glassware I imagine for the holidays involves a little whimsy and a lot of classic touches.  Gold-trimmed porcelain pairs so nicely with tongue-and-cheek dinnerware and hand-blown glasses from Anthropologie.

corn husk votives

Another idea from the pages of Martha Stewart Living, corn husks transform simple glass votives (one of the cheapest things you can buy for the table).  I love the lavender roses here because A. they are a favorite shade of mine, and B. they are not as traditional for the season.  I think this idea works better for the Thanksgiving table than the Christmas table due to the corn husks being more autumnal.

dining room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

An all-time favorite dining room by designer Jeffrey Bilhuber has been decorated here for spring, but there are plenty of ideas to steal.  The room, of course, is ideal year-round, and the tulips, hyacinths, and roses in shades of lavender would work, but more seasonal blooms could be substituted,  Paperwhites and white Amaryllis would be lovely in this space, and definitely keep the amethyst votives!

amethyst votives

I own an amethyst and crystal quartz votive holder from Anthropologie, which I love all the time, but in mass they are perfect for the holidays with their sparkle.

Attraction by Raynaud

Another color palette of the aforementioned Raynaud porcelain.  I can’t decide which I like more!

perfect pieces

As seen in the November issue of Elle Decor, a gorgeous mix of dinnerware is in a similar palette.  Twist tumbler by Nouvel Studio, glass plates from ABC Carpet & Home, Attraction dessert plate by Raynaud, Soleil Levant dinner plate by Bernardaud, Avington charger by William Yeoward, and Chevron Blockprint napkin by Madeline Weinrib.

autumn at the beach

The holidays happen everywhere, even at the beach.  Leave the white coral and barnacles out for the holidays, and mix in a lot of candlelight, and perhaps some greens like magnolia leaves.  I can see bowls filled with antique silvered-glass ornaments also added to the mix.

Reflections by Bernardaud

This subtle blue crackled dinnerware adds the frosty touch I like so much to the winter table.

a Federal-style fete

The dining room in this federal-style home is much bigger than the average one, but having more than one table would be fantastic if possible.  I know my family could use that space!  We’re having around 30 people for Thanksgiving!!  The exposed beam ceiling and stone walls, aubergine painted paneled fireplace, and round tables make for exciting possibilities with the decor.  The vases of blue-toned thistles shown here would be a great start.

horn serveware

wood and brass flatware

I love the idea of the fancy gold flatware of the past being brought into the modern-age with more simple shapes as seen at Calvin Klein home, or here by Roost, mixed with wood.  The two-toned ivory serving pieces would also be amazing on a holiday table.  These Roost items are available at a local Seattle shop called Velocity Art and Design.

fruit and flowers

This is one of the prettiest arrangements I’ve ever seen!  It seems straight out of a still-life with the pewter vessel holding a mix of fruit and flowers (a no no in the floral world for longevity).  Purple grapes, plums, and blackberries support hydrangea, tulips, hellebore, and calla lilies.

holiday brunch

A perfect setting for a small holiday gathering or Christmas breakfast.  A round table has an unexpected centerpiece of a lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller,, and dinnerware, glassware and candlesticks by Calvin Klein Home.  Two table runners have been criss-crossed for a simple tablecloth substitute.

Calvin Klein dinnerware

I love the tabletop offerings from Calvin Klein.  These simple white pieces have imperfect gold edges, which keeps them from being overly formal or stuffy.

dining room by David Kleinberg

Another space ideal for my dream holiday gathering is this dining room by David Kleinberg.  Blue walls, a Chinese pewter-leaf ceiling with a chandelier by Herve van der Straeten, and modern/classic furniture would need very little added to it.  I would have white and silver dinnerware and a simple white flower arrangement with white winter berries and roses, for example.

Maria Pergay table

A glass and metal table by artist Maria Pergay would be a super chic setting for the holidays!

Salvatore Ferragamo resort 2012

What to wear?  Last year it was Stella McCartney, but this year I envision the blue, silver and champagne tones of Salvatore Ferragamo from resort 2012.

Givenchy shoe

Sequins are especially big this season, but are always appropriate for the holidays.  I am a huge fan of Givenchy, and the sparkly simplicity of these shoes.

Salvatore Ferragamo resort 2012

Salvatore Ferragamo resort 2012

This last dress on Karolina Kurkova says New Year’s like no other!


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