I just wanted to take a moment to share this year’s Thanksgiving table setting! This year, the color scheme for the table is cobalt blue and white. I added lots of metallic silver with small touches of gold. Velvet pumpkins line the center of the table, mixed with hydrangeas in various shades of blue. My china in a mix of various vintage pieces and some newer pieces, all blue and white. I added silver mercury glass and cobalt blue glassware, and of course lots of sparkle. After Thanksgiving, a few changes will transform this table to coordinate with the Christmas decor in this room this year.
Explore the blog for some tips on decorating your holiday table, and check back for some Christmas decorating tips.
Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
I am so thankful to my family, friends, my crew, my wonderful team of contractors and craftsmen, and of course our many clients!
Happy Thanksgiving from Designs By Gia
This dining room design was part of one of our recent kitchen renovation projects. While the former dining room was incorporated into the new kitchen space, it was evident that this adjacent and seldom used formal living room space was the perfect space for the new dining room area. As we reframed and opened up the doorway entering from the new kitchen space, this new dining room extends the feeling of the entire renovated space. The original brick lined fireplace was tiled with a black and white marble tile, which reflected the original architecture of this beautiful older home. By carrying colors and textures from the kitchen design, and adding furnishings, and fabrics that invite the eye to travel into the new functional and beautiful dining room, this room becomes a natural place for gathering for a family meal.
In this kitchen renovation project, I designed this side of the kitchen to function as an entertaining area. I included a wine refrigerator, wine storage, storage for glassware, serving platters and china, Deep drawers for silverware and bowls, and additional trash storage
In this area we also added a large television which can be viewed from the entire kitchen. The long extended countertop creates additional areas for serving and workspace. Custom window treatments frame the new windows, but allow the light to flow through the space. Additional seating allows for this side of the kitchen to be used as a great entertaining area for friends and family to gather, while not in the middle of the central cooking area.
In this post, you will see a before and after photo from the entry to this kitchen space, looking through the kitchen to the sunroom space. You can see we opened up the dated arched entry to the sun room and installed new taller windows to be more proportioned with the height of this beautiful older home. The kitchen itself, as you can see in the before photo, was long and narrow. In my new design, we opened up the wall to the adjacent room and created a large, functional space for cooking and entertaining.
If you look at the after photo, you will get a glimpse of the sink wall in the wall mirror on the right. A photo of that wall was featured on my blog yesterday.
I just received the final photos of one of our recently completed projects. Here is a quick BEFORE and AFTER.
Complete design and renovation project
Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!!
Tip #1-Select Your China
When decorating a holiday table, I suggest always select the china first, before deciding on all the other table elements. This is similar in concept to designing an entire room, choose the large elements first, and this will give you much more room for expanding the design with the smaller design details. Consider mixing and matching china, I love using a mix old and new china. Vintage items, mixed with contemporary pieces will give your table a unique and personal look. Look for items with similar colors and patterns with similar scale. Try shopping at flea markets, antiques stores, or even garage sales for vintage china and unique serving pieces, this will add personality and pattern to your table. This is the time to pull out any items that were passed down from previous generations. Reproduction china will give you that vintage look, without having to hunt for each individual piece. New, inexpensive plates, and china, will modernize the entire look when pattern and scale are mixed properly. Find all of the serving pieces that you will use and be sure you have enough for each table setting.
Tip # 2- Choose your color scheme
After choosing your china for your holiday table, now you can begin to create a color scheme.Try using complementary color, a monochromatic color scheme or just a pop of color. Work off the colors of your china and don’t be afraid to be daring with color selections. This cobalt blue, pink, and gold color scheme is one that I really enjoyed creating for my own home. This selection of colors allowed me to showcase by beautiful blue and white china collection.
Tip # 3 – Designing your centerpiece
Designing your centerpiece! Here is where you can really have some fun! Play with various items, check to see if size and proportion of your centerpiece or arrangement works for the size of your table. Use groupings of items, this looks great especially on a long rectangular table. If your table is round, a grouping of items of varying heights or one center vase of flowers will look beautiful!
Pull in the colors from your table color scheme. Use fresh flowers or even a bowl of ornaments to coordinate with your decor, will look great. I hope you have fun creating your centerpiece!
Tip #4- Add something from nature
Add something from nature- So many natural elements can be used as part of the decoration of your holiday table. A touch of nature adds an organic element to your decor. I have used everything from pinecones, fruit, vegetables, branches, tree bark, and every nut, berry, and greenery variety that I could find in my area to enhance my table. Some of these elements add fragrance as well. Fruit combined with greenery can make a great centerpiece. Small arrangements of flowers or greenery at each place setting can add a touch of nature to your table. Add paint, ribbon, candles, be creative, just remember to clean everything thoroughly before bringing it in from the yard. I little goes a long way with natural elements, stick with one or two items in multiples.
Tip # 5- Add the glow of candlelight
Add the glow of Candlelight, this is a great way to illuminate your holiday table. Candlelight bouncing off glassware and china will create a soft glow and add sparkle to the holiday table. Vary heights and sizes for a more interesting table. Several candles of the same height will give a more contemporary look. Carefully place candles as not to interfere with chandelier decor and table greens. Anchor your candles by securing them to the base, a dab of hot glue will allow you to do this easily. This will prevent taper candles from tipping. Also, buy quality candles as the wax will melt a little more evenly.
Tip # 6- Make place cards
Use place cards. This is a great way to make your guests feel welcomed at your holiday table. When my children were little, I always involved them in creating place cards for everyone. A simple fall leaf can be transformed into an elegant place card with a marker. Have fun and get creative, everyone with be trilled to see their name at their place setting.
Tip #7- Creative Table Linens
Table linens include table clothes, napkins, runners and placemats. Mixed together properly, table linens can pull together the entire look of your holiday table. When choosing these items, it is important to size them properly to your table. Measure your table top and be sure you find a table cloth that is bigger than your table. I like quite a bit of overhang on a tablecloth, be sure the overhang is even on all sides of your table. If you use a runner, be sure it is long enough for your table, these should overhang as well. Mix patterns and fabrics together but be sure to keep your china as the focal point. Use unexpected fabrics for your table, beautiful wool blanket, a scarf, some crisp casual dish towels, if the colors coordinate,these items can make a beautiful unique choice for table covers, placemats, or napkins.
Tip #8 -Add decorative details
Add personality to your table by adding decorative details. Heirloom salt and pepper shakers, ornaments, unique items that pull together the entire look of your table. I have a large selection of napkin rings and display pieces in my collection that often show up on a holiday table in different ways depending on the overall plan. It can be fun to incorporate meaningful items from family members, like great grandma’s crystal bowl, filled with candy, flowers, or ornaments. Just be sure it all ties in together in theme, color and proportion. Too many different things together will look cluttered and messy. Layer your table carefully, and just like putting on jewelry, if you are not sure, remove a piece. A little decorative detail goes a long way when mixed with the other elements of your table.
Tip # 9- Use a mix of glassware
When talking about a beautiful holiday table design, we can’t forget about the glassware. I believe that glassware one of the most important details of your whole table design. Whether you are doing a simple table setting for a casual gathering with just one piece of glassware per table setting, or a formal dinner with numerous pieces, this adds sparkle and dimension to your table design. If numerous pieces of glassware are being used, I like to vary the heights as much as possible,but keep all glassware pieces proportioned to each other, this creates movement and balance across your table. Choose clear glassware or a color that complements your table, I like to mix colors to create a nice balanced yet interesting look. Glassware doesn’t have to be expensive, there are so many options to choose from when purchasing, think about your china colors coordinate your selections with items tat you already own. Sometimes I use different items at each place setting, don’t be afraid to mix and match. You might only have 3 glasses of one style and 3 of another but if you alternate each place setting, it will look cohesive. Have fun creating a beautiful holiday table!
Tip # 10- Decorate The Chandelier
If you have a chandelier over your dining table, consider decorating it as part of your holiday table decor. By hanging just a few ornaments, greenery , or flowers you can give the chandelier a very festive look and tie it in to the overall look of your table. Just use some wire to attach your greenery and some ornament hooks for a few ornaments. Be sure to place the centerpiece first, if you are using one, then you will determine just how much space you have between your finished tablescape and your chandelier.
Have fun decorating your table!