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Thanksgiving is over, so now what?  Oh yeah, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years!  Well, in my last installment, Setting the Table: Holiday Part I, I talked about some of my obsessions and elements for the perfect fall/Thanksgiving table.  Now onto Christmas!  At first sight, you might think I have spring on the brain…maybe a little, with majolica, porcelain by artist Vladimir Kanevsky, surrealist plaster pieces depicting animals, gems, and a palette of dusty purple, greens, and blues, but I believe this combination would make for a lovely and enchanting holiday spread!  Add in a touch of my favorite faux bois, this time in chalky white, and you’re done!  I’ll let the images speak more for themselves, and don’t worry, I have your holiday outfit covered too!!

a pretty setting

a table by Howard Slatkin

Majolica at Tory Burch's

Majolica at Tory Burch’s

Vladimir Kanevsky

Vladimir Kanevsky

Aerin Lauder's home

Aerin Lauder’s home

I love this palette of soft purple-pink walls, and plenty of blue and white.

an inspiring arrangement

perfect blooms by Amy Merrick

vases from Anthropologie

vases from Anthropologie

Potter's Workshop dinnerware from West Elm

Potter’s Workshop dinnerware from West Elm

Claire Basler's dining room

Claire Basler’s dining room

A dream setting for my holiday party!

dining table from Oly

dining table from Oly

vases from Anthropologie

vases from Anthropologie

These vases filled with various flowers lining a table would be stunning!  Lavender roses, Dusty Miller, winter berries, and more would be perfect!

Farm to Table collection at ABC Carpet & Home

Farm to Table collection at ABC Carpet & Home

stump stools

stump stools

How about some fun stools for the kid’s table that can become side tables after the party is over?!

faux bois

faux bois at Martha Stewart’s

bold flowers

bold flowers

Playing up the fantasy element of my holiday table, I love this thorn vase.

geode ornaments from West Elm

geode ornaments from West Elm

Using actual ‘elements’ like geodes and metal would be a nice addition too, especially to trim the tree.  I loved Phillip Lim’s nod to metal and stones in his spring 2014 collection (below).

3.1 Phillip Lim spring 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim spring 2014

Jonathan Saunders spring 2014

embroidery at Jonathan Saunders spring 2014

Christian Dior spring 2014

Christian Dior spring 2014

Hemmerle

Hemmerle

The copper trimming these blue and green stones is so unexpected and gorgeous!

Erdem pre-fall 2013

Erdem pre-fall 2013

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

Ana Khouri

Ana Khouri amethyst and rhodonite earrings

Valentino

Valentino sweater

I adored the dress version of this sweater from the fall 2013 collection, but this would be great with jeans for a more relaxed occasion.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

For a more simple outfit, this bag, or the Louboutins (above) would add a great pop!

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