Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holiday Table settings

House Beautiful sent the white PB place setting seen in all of the images to 15 different taste makers. Above you can find my favorite settings. I love the versatility of white china, I use my set from Crate and Barrel everyday including during the holidays. Do you have a favorite set of china? Which is your favorite setting?


Fashion designer, Los Angeles

"I like to mix masculine materials with feminine silhouettes, high- and low-priced pieces. It seems an odd combination, but I like the brown place mat with the busy plaid. Instead of matching brown napkins, I found embroidered white linens that make the setting feel fresh. The napkin rings are just garden twine. I filled my horn-handled silver mugs with hydrangeas from my garden, and one of my daughter's Tiffany silver baby cups with hard candy. Silver creates a pleasing contrast to the white ceramic. The leaf charger is actually a serving platter. I would serve a winter soup in the teacup."


Interior designer, San Francisco

"I have an all-female office, so we're very into girly, pretty things. Our table started with scraps of de Gournay wallpaper left over from a showhouse project. I used them to cover a classic Parsons table, topped with Plexiglas to protect the surface. The green is seasonless, and it doesn't fall into the trap of old-hat red and green. Vermeil flatware seems fresh and different. I lived in France for a few years, so I tend to set a table in the European style, with the flatware face-down. The napkin folded neatly on the plate is the darkest aubergine imaginable — a background for the individual menu."


Art gallery owner, Los Angeles

"I would say my style is steampunk-ian. I am a retro-futurist with a love of old libraries and cabinets of wonder. I wanted to do a centerpiece of bubbles to set off the white china, so I found a battery-operated bubble machine and an iron basket in which to insert it. I covered the basket with silk flowers in lilac, fuchsia, and tile green. I have an art gallery, so I set my table in front of one of Owen Schmit's abstract paintings. Ultimately the painting and basket worked, but the bubbles didn't photograph. The little gold slipper serves as a place card — the guest's name is inside."


Home furnishings designer, Dallas

"I seldom choose color or floral arrangements. Instead I select artifacts my children or I have collected. These pieces have a richness of spirit, a softness of age, and a story. I mix pieces from my home collection with sterling and crystal. Here, engraved goblets are perfect for wine or hot chocolate — with etched tequila shooters being essential. My Ballin embossed chargers reflect my family's north Mexican heritage — artillery belts are as common a motif as Saint Nicholas. As night fades into morning, to the ring of holiday bells, the Guardian Angel and Santa are given as a gift, or recuerdito, to each guest."


Writer, Palm Beach

"The idea here is to keep the colors calming and soft. I love using two colors on a table. It has a bigger impact and creates a stronger story. I've mixed white with gray, silver, and crystal to create this glimmering holiday lunch. All whites — and all off-whites, for that matter — go together, regardless of provenance, style, or age. And I like mixing ivory, china, and pottery together with crisp linen napkins. It always looks fresh and new. Simple white and green flowers add a touch of freshness and height to the center of the table."


Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

This ways such a fun idea. To be given a white plate and what each designer did with it. Loved the blue and white in the last image.

The Style Sister said...

I too love white plates! They are so versatile. I am doing a giveaway on my blog today...set of 12 berry wreath napkin rings in either white or red. Come take a peek.


Developing Designs said...

These are all fabulous, I can't pick a favorite for they all inspire something in me, each in a different wonderful way. Love seeing how creative setting a table can be.