My tablescape this week uses coral instead of red to bring out the color of the Nandina berries I am using in the floral arrangements. I am a fan of using what you have in other colors than red and green to create a holiday look. My preference in a dream world is an all white table at the holidays, or maybe silver and white or gold and white. Since I just did those combinations a few weeks ago, I got out the Alberto Pinto for Raynaud pattern Cristobal in coral. They also make it in turquoise and chocolate which I don't have. But if I had those colors I would use them.
I made three floral towers for a breakfast at the office Friday, so am using two of them for this dinner and have the third one in the family room -- love it when you can get two uses from one arrangement. These stand about 40 inches tall.
I like to put my tablecloths on sideways so the 108" length will touch the floor on both sides. These are French quilted Boutis tablecloths from Williams-Sonoma which are machine washable. With one leaf in the table, I use two so I lap them over in the center.
In the towers, I used white Roses, white spray Roses, green and white Mums, green Hydrangeas, white Alstromeria, Eucalyptus leaves, all from Fresh Market and Holly leaves and red Nandina leaves and berries from my yard.
In the center of the table, I placed three white deer and two oyster shell cone trees. I try to use some restraint to not place too much stuff in the center of the table. The milk glass votive cups are from Pottery Barn.
Love these shell trees. Don't want to put them away after the holidays.
Here you can see the Swedish cabinet made around 1810 in a pale green paint that I brought back from Sweden in May.
I placed the deer in a bed of "ice" garland.
An angle view showing the cabinet along the wall.
These deer are very fragile. The leg of one broke just trying to get it home from the store.
I particularly love the colors of the shell wreath with the paint of this antique cabinet. I will probably leave it up after the holidays.
The oval back dining chairs I designed for Swede Collection. I am using my bench on the other side of the table.
The color is really coral, or red/orange, not a true red. Charger and rim soup is Alberto Pinto's Cristobal for French maker Raynaud. Hemstitch napkins from Pottery Barn and sterling from Tiffany in the St. James pattern made in 1898.
If you feel your table really needs green, I would suggest using what you have like these French fish plates that are not Christmasy. I like to stay away from novalty items only usable once a year and favor items you can use all year round.
Stemware, left to right is William Yeoward's Pearl pattern, ruby stem bubble glass from Pottery Barn, and white opaline by French maker Portieux Vallerysthal.
Another view of the table. The flower towers keep the decor high above people's heads to not block conversation.
You could easily switch out the plates on this table for a completely different second look if you had guests staying more than one day.
The coral china looks good for a beachy summertime dinner as well.
Ascot, the stray Tuxedo cat that adopted us this summer has placed his stocking on the foyer console so Santa won't miss it when he comes in the front door.
Ascot has been an incredible addition to our lives. We are so happy he chose to live with us. Cute little boy with a lot of personality.
This week I am linking to the blog parties at:
Tablescape Thursday: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/
Centerpiece Wednesdays: http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/
Show and Tell Friday: http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
Seasonal Sundays: http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/