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Local experts show you some creative ways to set your table for the holiday season.
When we pitched the idea of a setting a holiday themed table for COMO Living, Michele Towns immediately snatched up the New Year’s Eve theme. Why? She loves decorating in black, white, and gold. Michele connected the old and the new with her modern color scheme and tied it in with the classic clock and mask themes. Her approach to this table consisted of repurposing and DIY-ing some things, and many of her items were reused: tablecloths from Jana, at Studio J, used for her daughter’s wedding; antique plates found at estate sales; and embroidered napkins made by her sister, which Michele says she’s seeing from all the design bloggers she follows. “It’s fun to make things with what you have,” Michele says.
The McAdams’ team’s table is based on a combination of classic place settings and whimsical details, like the salad plates illustrated with winter scenes. They included Juliska, Reed and Barton, and Mariposa brands at the table, all of which can be found in the store. The centerpiece bowl full of ornaments is a fun play on the traditional ornament display, and it can be thrown together with just a few minutes’ notice. It makes sense that the McAdams’ table is a mix of traditional and trendy — it reflects the eclectic style of the store. And it shows that any regular table settings can be made to reflect the holidays with a few simple additions.
The popular holiday lines at Tallulahs recall memories of childhood Christmas mornings — the traditional snowmen and Santas found on Vietri’s Old St. Nick collection; the Vagabond House’s wooden cheese plate and salt and pepper shakers; and Belleza holiday plates bring a touch of fanciful fun to the Christmas season. Tallulahs owners Mary Stauffer and Melissa Alabach say Vietri is one of their most popular brands (their products are hand painted), and they start stocking Vietri in August. It’s a brand that families can add to as they grow — they release a new signature piece of the collection each year.