Well Dressed Tables For The 2013 Holiday Season

Posted on | November 27, 2013 | No Comments

It’s that time of year again . . . a time for wonderful gatherings of family and friends, centered around beautiful tablescapes that bring the season to life. It was a delight to recently connect with Debbie Huffman, both friend and fine linen expert, for her insight on what’s new in holiday table décor. As the owner of Dolce Dimora, located in Greensboro, Debbie has regularly provided Readers of North Carolina Design with up to date ideas for beautifully dressing tables and beds with fine linens from across the globe.

Images Courtesy of Dolce Dimora ©

Debbie notes that while classic table settings are always popular, there is a fresh new holiday look that even those who tend toward the traditional seem to be embracing. “We’re seeing a lot of glam this year,” she explains. “People are looking for a vintage Old Hollywood style, straight out of the recent Great Gatsby movie. A lot of subtle opulence, with gold and silver accents for just a bit of shine.”

Color is another fresh element in the mix this season. “People are favoring non-traditional colors like turquoise, teal, plums, and grays. These colors are very versatile and functional, as they transition well from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year’s.” Debbie feels that plums in particular are a beautiful complement to traditional Thanksgiving décor, as they work wonderfully to offset the browns, golds, yellows and oranges that grace many tables each year.

For Christmas and New Year’s, Debbie favors balancing pops of color with white, while adding some gold and silver touches for a refined touch of elegance. She notes that there are many options for adding metallic accents this season, from table linens trimmed in gold and silver to dinnerware marbleized with genuine gold, silver and pewter.

Debbie also suggests a fresh take on the classic centerpiece. “Amaryllis and cyclamens are the traditional choices,” she affirms. “But I find that orchids add an exotic touch that’s really eye-catching, and fits into the glamorous theme.”

While the newer options are certainly lovely, there’s something to be said for the classics. “I just love a traditional red, green and white Christmas table,” Debbie notes. “And there are some really wonderful traditional pieces available right now.”

Whether you choose a traditional table or try something new this year, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.

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