After the holiday plates, platters and placemats are stored away, add a new element of greenery through fresh flowers and topiaries. The lemon cypress topiaries and Star of Bethlehem in urns provide a touch of green, whether on a table or on a mantle, says Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C.
To update a wreath for the winter, use white paint and fake snowflakes, like New York City interior designer Eduardo Rodriguez of The Designer Pad did for this wintery tablescape. He upcycled pinecones, which are dipped in white paint for a shimmery effect, and arranged them in terracotta pots that he painted white and gray. The rest of the pots hold colorful candies and cookies for a casual Scandinavian-inspired winter get-together.
Fill vases with a shiny finish, such as mercury glass, with iced branches and flowers to give your holiday centerpiece a sophisticated winter refresh. Add a few snowflake votives (these are Allen + Roth brand from Lowe’s) to transition into your new year look. Then while packing up ornaments, keep out shapes such as pinecones or finials, that can finish off the transformation.
Decorated solely in shades of white, event designer Camille Styles uses the tone-on-tone style in this dining room to create a holiday soiree which blends timeless elegance with a wintry aesthetic. The key to creating an all-white tablescape that's not flat or sterile is to layer different shades along with a mix of textures and metallic accents.
Designate a food and beverage station using foldout tables covered in basic linen tablecloths to keep the main table clutter-free and allow guests to move about the picnic area. Old rugs also function well as table covers. Style with feathery wreaths, reclaimed wood pieces, favors and fresh flowers.
To create drama, think of each decorative element in reference to its visual weight and shape. This table for four is lacking in a table cloth or runner; instead, different textures and sheens of varied materials, from the seagrass and cork chargers to the antique brass place setting and the coarse texture of the thistle centerpiece, anchor the tablescape.
Keep it sophisticated when choosing decorative objects for your dark and moody tablescape. For a simple nod to Christmastime, a trio of mod cones made of wood veneer sheeting were created DIY style. After cutting each piece to size, a slit was made up the center to fit two triangles together, and then the pieces were dipped into black paint for a clean, crisp hint of contrast.