In addition to well-coordinated dinnerware, chargers, linens, runners and flowers, consider adding ambient light to your tabletop with polished pewter, brass or silver candlesticks. Once placed among the all-white elements, the shape and finish of the candlesticks will add depth while also bringing a warm glow.
Floral elements are often the most expensive part of tabletop decor; however, supermarket flowers can look chic with the proper editing. To create a white-on-white floral centerpiece that's elegant and cost-effective, choose different species of white flowers ranging in a mix of shapes and textures, then edit out any filler such as baby's breath or leaves. Bunch the different species together in a well-balanced range of heights, then place in a mix of different vessels.
Navy walls provide a beautiful contrast to the bright white of the long desk and and cabinet. A metal "Chicago" sign is highlighted as the only wall decor. Metal tabletop details compliment the sign, and vases of flowers create a smart mix of styles. Black chairs create a sleek office look and tie in the black on the leopard print rug.
Designer Alice Cramer includes a soft and cuddly fur throw at the foot of the bed in this muted, grey-toned bedroom. As Cramer attests, the holidays don't have to be complicated. Use things you already have and just add the bling with seasonal touches. "Nothing prettier to a tabletop," says Cramer, "than simple glass containers of different sizes filled with cranberries, red berries, greenery and floating votive candles. Mix it in with silver service pieces filled with white flowers and various candlesticks." It's a look that works for a beautiful tabletop, or in accent tables in a guest room.