Seattle Home & Lifestyle Magazine


Gather 'Round

THIS SEASON, SET A TABLE THAT REFLECTS YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE

WRITTEN BY RANDY ALTIG
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANK DREW

CREATING MEMORIES and sharing meals is part of what makes the holidays so special, and setting the perfect table to entertain your guests can be one of the most fun and rewarding ways to express yourself during this time of year. While the look for this holiday season is all about bringing together what you already have for the table and using it in a new and eclectic way, it can be a bit challenging if you don’t know where to begin.

To get started, mix things up and redefine your style by doing something different for your table covering. Sometimes I layer three or four tablecloths in shades of white and cream at different angles, mixing fabrics such as cotton, linen and lace. This creates an elegant yet relaxed foundation for my tablescape.

For this year’s holiday table, I’m using an early-20th-century Aubusson wall tapestry as my foundation. Its deep reds, rich blues and natural wheat with splashes of azure will support the colors I have chosen for this year’s theme. I’ll pick up those colors in mixed and matched place settings, along with goblets and glasses accented with mixed metals in gold, silver and bronze. Each object has a life and story to tell on its own, and when I mix and match them in place settings, I help the elements work together to create a beautiful new narrative. And accenting with these metallics gives the tabletop décor just the right amount of sparkle to work