2014 Festive And Beautiful Holiday Tablescapes

Posted on | December 22, 2014 | No Comments

It’s that time of year, when our day-to-day decor is set aside and our homes are transformed into beautiful reflections of the Christmas spirit. One of the best spots to decorate for the season is the dining table. This is, after all, the gathering place for friends and family, and we want it to be warm, inviting and beautiful. To find out what’s popular in holiday tablescapes this year, North Carolina Design once again turned to Debbie Huffman, owner of Dolce Dimora in Greensboro. Debbie lives and breathes fine linens, and knows exactly how to set the perfect Christmas table.

Images Courtesy of Dolce Dimora ©

Debbie tells us that the newest holiday table trends are all about the past. “Homeowners are simplifying their lives and going back to their roots,” she explains. “They want an artful, vintage look that pays homage to bygone eras, but still looks fresh and new.” To achieve this look, they are forgoing purchasing all-new table décor, and repurposing vintage items in a way that adds both a sense of character and a touch of novelty to their holiday table.

For more formal tables, this means finding clever ways to incorporate vintage silver. “People are using silver punch bowls as vases, old broaches as napkin rings, and vintage silver trays as a base for centerpieces.” Debbie explains. “A silver punch bowl filled with red roses adds a stunning classic look to a Christmas table.”

For the more casual holiday table, repurposing means bringing the outdoors in. “It’s all about nature,” Debbie notes. “People are bringing in leaves, pinecones, bark, and wood, and using them with candles. They’re stacking birch or pine wood on tables for added height, and using vintage lanterns for lighting. And they’re using less of the dressier linens, in favor of natural fabrics like burlap and flax linen.”

Vintage Santas, snowmen, and other decorative items are adding a little whimsy to tables this year, and dinnerware and stemware has taken on a more eclectic look. “People are mixing and matching plates to add some flair,” Debbie recounts. “They’re also using mix-and-match colored stemware with cut glass for a bit of vintage-inspired shine.”

The idea of a natural, homespun tablescape extends to flower arrangements as well. “Of course, people are using roses, cyclamens and amaryllis. But they are also using what they have ready available in the garden. Holly, berries, rosemary, evergreens and paperwhites can all make beautiful centerpieces.”

Not everything vintage is repurposed; companies are making reproductions inspired by vintage decor, which add great details that help to complete the look. “Juliska has a number of beautiful reproduction items, like placemats that have the look of old lace, and gold and silver die cut napkins with lace trim,” notes Debbie.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a traditional table. “Gold, silver, and platinum, mixed with traditional red and green, is still and always will be popular,” Debbie affirms. “New ideas may come and go, but you’re always going to have those – they’re classics”

North Carolina Design wishes all our readers the warmest and happiest of holidays!

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