Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Thanksgiving Table

I'm wild for a vintage tartan throw and I happen to have one.  You can get a similar one for 12 smackers here.  It is warm enough outside in Atlanta to imagine a Thanksgiving outdoors and I like the rustic glam feel.
White dinnerware is easy, most people have it or have someone they can borrow some from.  This antique, gold rimmed setting makes my heart go pitter patter and gold+tartan look so chic.  Meanwhile, these gold plated and brass candlesticks work together to create a mismatched melody all the way down the table.  Creative Candles are a glossy favorite for tapers and I keep the black ones as a constant on my coffee table.

Be it the utensils, glassware, chairs or plates, I don't worry if elements don't match.  Instead, I pick a color palette and am shrewd about sticking to it. Items that share the same traits work together to create a much richer visual unity than those that just 'match'.  Buff the brass?  Honey, please, we have other things to do.  The result is a look that is rustic, relaxed and approachable. The crystals at each place setting are unexpected and give the tartan a fresh coat of funk.

I've said it once and I'll say it again, it doesn't matter where I get my glamor: the aisles of Target or my grandmother's Waterford (The Dollar Store works, too), all that matters is that I got it.  In this case, I got it in the yard by creating simple bouquets from cutting on site plants.  Sure, complicated arrangements have their place, but I am willing to wager a bet that the quickest way to creating a surefire arrangement is to stick with one flower per vestibule, even if that means...carnations.  Yep, carnations, the bastard flowers of supermarket florists everywhere look dy-na-mite when they are grouped together en masse.  Or hell, just check out what your neighbor is growing...wine+chocolate are effective bribes.  Speaking of, I spotted some divine bittersweet on a fence near Adam's house.  BRB.
what the heck is this black stuff...

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12 comments:

niki.mac said...

wow! love this tablescape Claire - I'm so not prepared for the holidays though - eek!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i love this setting! classy enough to wow them for dinner and chic enough to make them want to stay the night. matter of fact, i think i'd like to come too . . . what time are we carving the turkey??? :)

Kathysue said...

Very pretty and plaid is huge in clothes this year so I am sure you are making a wonderful design statement!!! that is so IN right now. So pretty and the best part is it is original!!

Julie Holloway said...

This is so gorgeous!! I love this--so creative. Anything plaid is so good.

Brianna! said...

I LOVE thanksgiving DEcor!
LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE!!!!


yours is LOVELY

casey at loft and cottage said...

Beautiful table! The tartan's so casual and country but there's great sparkle and shine too.

Amy said...

Our Camellia's are blooming now too, perfect timing for the holidays! Glad to see you putting them to good use! Beautiful setting! *Amy

Karena said...

Fabulous Claire, envious that you can dine outdoors in Novemeber!! I adore camellias.

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Hamptontoes said...

That outdoor setting looks like something from the pages of a Ralph Lauren advertisement! So fabulous.

Hamptontoes said...

That outdoor setting looks like something from the pages of a Ralph Lauren advertisement! So fabulous.

Amy said...

Our Camellia's are blooming now too, perfect timing for the holidays! Glad to see you putting them to good use! Beautiful setting! *Amy

Julie Holloway said...

This is so gorgeous!! I love this--so creative. Anything plaid is so good.

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