Last year my Mom did a stark, modern take on Holiday decor for her home. Growing up our house looked more like this during December but my mom is the QUEEN of mixing it up. I love that about her. For her Christmas “tree” she wrapped a garden sculpture made by my brother Wyatt in white LED lights that glow an eerie blue shade of the future.
Gifts took on a preppy uniformity by using 2 complimentary wrapping papers (plaid and stripes) and an assortment of bows and ribbons.
Wyatt had just made this metal fireplace front for her home.
Across the room the fire was captured by a trio of Thai crystal mirrors. Those stools are from my Grandparent’s house in the 70’s, such a timeless style.
Only one pup is willing to wear the Santa costume, sad.
Happy California Christmas! Next week I’ll have snaps from my mother-in-law’s traditional Southern Holiday house, not to be missed.
Remember our Halloween table? We’re using the same elements for our Thanksgiving decor. Run a similar arrangement down the center of your Turkey Day table or along your mantle for a natural, elegant and understated display.
We started with our faithful workhorses: the burlap strips. Then, inspired by the darling mini pumpkins, we clustered orb-like clear and white bud vases and filled them with Chinese mums. The repetition of almost round, squash-like shapes is what makes this look work. Lydia had the great idea to toss in some cipolline onions I had in the kitchen- it’s a cucurbita and allium table for those taxonomes out there!
Off-white pillar candles stand ready to bring the glow. My Juliska gourd carafe does double duty as an elegant vase, adding height to a side table or mantle.
For a dinner table centerpiece, you want something low enough to see over. So we removed the tall flower arrangement and swapped in a medium-sized white spray-painted pumpkin, adding in a few silver for sparkle.
All we need is food and family!
Burlap- Michael’s or any other craft store
Vases- Jonathan Adler and Heath Ceramics
Remember our sneak peek from Friday? Here’s a behind the scenes look at our Halloween table for The Daily Meal.
Mini pumpkins and one medium-sized pumpkin for spray painting, plus some white mini pumpkins for keeping natural.
Spray paint. We went with an enamel finish in black and gold to add some gloss.
Painter’s tape (for covering the pumpkin stems)
Burlap (available at Michael’s or other craft stores)
Black spiders or spider rings (available at the drug store or craft store)
Candles and candlesticks
White place settings
Note: spray paint the day before your party so your pumpkins have time to dry.
Wrap your pumpkin stems in blue painter’s tape to keep the stems natural.
Shake your enamel can and start spraying. Keep the spray can a good 6 inches away from the pumpkin. Otherwise the force of the spray will wipe off your first coat. This photo was taken before I learned that lesson.
1-2 coats only. Repeat as necessary to paint all your pumpkins.
In case any of the enamel was still sticky, we put parchment paper under each pumpkin to protect our plates.
Gold pumpkin, white plates, pewter flatware, and black and white tenugui cloth napkins.
Now the centerpiece. Arrange your burlap strips so they have some height.
Ground your display with one medium-sized pumpkin. A leopard print sweater really adds something!
Layer in the rest of the pumpkins.
Add in your candlesticks and votives. We only had silver votives so we wrapped them in thick black ribbon and secured with double-sided tape. Work with what you have!
Creepy and elegant.
Happy Friday, loves.
Our latest contribution to The Daily Meal went live yesterday and features our ideal Easter brunch which includes tangerine mimosas, strawberry morning muffins with SQIRL jam and a deconstructed salade Niçoise with poached salmon. We’ll have more details on the menu and recipes for you next week, but here’s how we thought out the space.
The picture above is of the buffet table on which we set out all of the elements of the salad separately so our friends could build their own plates.
We kept the look clean, light and interesting by mixing serving dishes in our favorite materials- glass, wood and white or gently-hued ceramics- in different shapes, sizes and heights. Building up on a buffet table makes the spread more abundant by allowing you to squeeze in more food and the layering effect adds enough visual interest to banish the buffet blahs. You can’t help but want to investigate the unexpected mix of materials and heights.
Don’t you love the truffled deviled eggs lined up in two straight rows? Lydia modeled them after Madeline and her friends!
I still love finding Easter eggs, so we made it easy on our pals by using eggs as place cards. We found these speckled shells in varying shades of brown and yellow at a local craft store, but you can also hardboil some pretty eggs from the market and mark them accordingly. Linen napkins and ramekins in robin’s egg blue complete the look.
For the center of the table, we re-potted store-bought wheat grass into narrow glass containers to reveal the layers of soil and sprouts. We then “planted” ranunculus in Easter shades for a fresh Pop art look.
Jordan almonds in blue, white, pink and yellow added color to the natural linen table runner.
Vintage French flatware and glass coupes for fresh tangerine and prosecco mimosas finish our Easter table.
Are you hosting an Easter event? How will you decorate?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Image: Born & Bread
For your table
Plaid table linens from Commune Community Shop
DWR Midas Glassware
I’m envisioning this table for brunch the morning after a wonderful Christmas party —bed-headed friends yawning, coffee brewing, cozy flannel linens lightly rumpled and a touch of gold making everyone glow.
Thanks to the fashionistas of Born & Bread for their inspiring, casual glam holiday look.
For your table
"Dark Side" mercury glass votives
Bat place cards
Right eye plate
Am I alone in thinking that eating off an eye is creepier than eating off a snake? Gives me the willies.
P.S. What Halloween character are you? I’m Dracula : )
For your table
J. Crew look and Martha Stewart glitter nuts which are easy to make at home. Earthy yet chic holiday decor and a skirt to wear to all the parties.