Metallic Place Setting

Why we love this idea:  Because the place settings glow with color, shimmer, and texture: blue and green salad plates with gold accents, gold dinner plates with a textural scale motif, and shimmery textures that include corduroy-like placemats on top of a basket-weave tablecloth.

Event Planner: Rachel Hollis
Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographers: Peter Krumhardt and Colleen Duffley

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Luxurious Linens

Why we love this idea: Because end-of-year celebrations call for over-the-top accoutrements. The tablecloth and napkin fabrics are by Duralee, and the trim and tassels are by Samuel & Sons.

Event Planner: Rachel Hollis
Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographers: Peter Krumhardt and Colleen Duffley

Get more event-planning ideas from Rachel Hollis.

Crystal and Cones

Why we love this idea: Because putting paper cones filled with mixed nuts in in etched “Maharani” stemware from Moser creates a beautiful study in contrasts. A tiny sprig of rosemary makes this appetizer especially festive.
Event Planner: Rachel Hollis
Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographers: Peter Krumhardt and Colleen Duffley

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Glamorous Gathering

Why we love this room: Because this coral-colored dining room boasts so many glamorous surfaces, including a lustrous silk table-topper, sparkling glassware, and dessert plates in silver and gold. “Christmas is a time to express love and joy, and we especially love to do that at the table,” says homeowner Capucine Gooding. She and her husband, David, founded luxury tabletop brand Juliska. See more details on the next four slides.

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

See more images from this gorgeous holiday home.

Metallic Mix

Why we love this idea: Because we’re drawn in by the gleaming metallic finishes. Capucine chose the silver-and-gold “Firenze Medici” salad plate and the “Quotidien” dinner plate she developed for her company, Juliska. The two plates are anchored by pewter “Scribed Rim” chargers from Match (match1995.com). The flatware is vintage Puiforcat.

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

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Holiday Shine

Why we love this idea: Because it reminds us that stemware lends itself to mixing styles. With this place setting, the textured, mouth-blown “Isabella” goblet from Juliska offers a brilliant sparkle when teamed with a silver water goblet.

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

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Lovely Table Linens

Why we love this idea: Because it’s so simple, yet so elegant. Capucine paired linen napkins from Matouk.com (embroidered with the Goodings’ monogram) with gray satin ribbon with a crisscross design and knotted edges. The colors of the ribbon play off the mix of metals seen in the place setting.

 

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

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Conversation Starters

Why we love this idea: Because these place cards help people mingle. Guests’ names are written on one side of the card. On the other side are holiday-related questions to prompt table conversation. All calligraphy is by Pier Gustafson (piergustafson.com).

 

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

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Hushed Holiday Palette

Why we love this room: Because New England designer Tanya Capello breaks the red-and-green Christmas rule with a hushed palette of soft colors. “I’m not a big fan of red at Christmas,” she says. My decorations tend more toward green, white, and silver, with natural elements that include eucalyptus, cedar, and other greens…” Her dining-room set-up includes silver mercury-glass Christmas trees and candlesticks, which heighten the shimmer of an antique French chandelier. See additional ideas on the next two slides.

Interior Designer: Tanya Capello
Photographer: Eric Roth

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Stylish Place Setting

Why we love this idea: Because partnering Pottery Barn chargers with vintage Wedgwood china marries casual and formal. The placemats and napkins are simple ivory-color hemstitch linen.

Interior Designer: Tanya Capello
Photographer: Eric Roth

Check out the rest of this holiday home in Massachusetts.

Ornamental Place-Card Holders

Why we love this idea: Because the mercury-glass place card holders look so much like Christmas tree ornaments. And that makes them extra charming!

 

Interior Designer: Tanya Capello
Photographer: Eric Roth

Check out the rest of this holiday home in Massachusetts.

Enchanting Kids’ Table

Why we love this idea: Because the tablescape -- and the vintage red sled that provides seating – are so imaginative and stylish. Not only is it close to the Christmas tree, this holiday table is built around a forest theme – with silver and ceramic creatures mingling among rustic textures. See next three slides for additional details from this table.

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

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Playful but Polished

Why we love this idea: Because a ticking-stripe cloth and birch placemats set a charming, rustic foundation for “Berry & Thread” dinner plates and “Country Estate Winter Frolic” salad plates, both from Juliska (juliska.com). Napkins embroidered by designer Capucine Gooding’s grandmother add a nostalgic touch.

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

See our best Christmas tree-decorating ideas.

 

Place Card Holder

Why we love this idea: Because Capucine complemented the table’s forest theme with place cards tucked into bunches of rustic colored pencils. Whimsical calligraphy makes the cards fun to read.

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

Check out our 2013 holiday gift guide for kids.

 

Kids’ Table Details

Why we love this idea: Because colorful small gifts draw kids to the holiday table faster than a dinner bell ever could. And sheepskin softens the sled where the little ones sit.

Interior Designer: Capucine Gooding
Photographer: John Bessler

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Old-Fashioned Celebration

Why we love this idea: Because the holiday table setting looks right at home in a dining room decorated to go with vintage botanical prints. The table gets its heirloom attitude from antique crystal, silver, and ironstone, and its festive flair from mercury glass salt cellars and Christmas trees from Vintage Living/Lisa Luby Ryan. The chandeliers and bakery cupboard in the dining room are 19th-century French. See the next two slides for additional details.

Interior Designer: Lisa Luby Ryan
Floral Designers: Adam and Alicia Rico
Photographer: Werner Straube

See more images from this holiday home.

 

Beautiful Variety

Why we love this idea: Because holidays offer the perfect time to use all of the special dishes. Homeowner Katie Reynolds mixed Spode china in “Fleur de Lys” with Gorham crystal and antique Waterford goblets inherited from her grandmother. The Swedish-style dining table is from Vintage Living/Lisa Luby Ryan.

Interior Designer: Lisa Luby Ryan
Floral Designers: Adam and Alicia Rico
Photographer: Werner Straube

See more images from this holiday home.

 

Festive Flowers

Why we love this idea: Because eucalyptus pods and evergreen sprigs boost the holiday flair of a lavish bouquet of king protea, peonies, hydrangeas, and Green Tricks dianthus.  The unique place-card holders are made from gold-leaf 18th-century Italian fragments mounted on fossils and rock crystal.

Interior Designer: Lisa Luby Ryan
Floral Designers: Adam and Alicia Rico
Photographer: Werner Straube

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Classic Holiday Dinner

Why we love this idea: Because Traditional Home editor Krissa Rossbund tossed trends in favor of reinventing a holiday gathering with classic details. “We’re all so busy that a sit-down dinner with all of its formal niceties is a lovely treat,” she says. “Here we dialed into an atmosphere of elegance rather than glitziness. See next four slides for additional details from this table.

Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographer: Peter Krumhardt

Browse additional images from this classic holiday table.

 

Classic Holiday Dinner

Why we love this idea: Because it’s so simple; the runner was made from wide velvet damask ribbon embellished with a tassel for a finished look. Placemats are from Kravet’s “Geller” silk dupioni fabric. The “place cards” are actually pears spray-painted gold and inscribed with a marker. They echo the look of the table’s pear-shape salt and pepper shakers by Michael Aram.

Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographer: Peter Krumhardt

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Coordinating Dishes

Why we love this idea: Because Krissa chose black accents to lend sophistication to the tablescape, but she didn’t let the overall effect get weighted down. “That’s why the black-and-white salad plates have a toile pattern, and the chargers are patterned in black lace,” she says. Festively patterned “Derby Panel” dinner plates in red and “Black Aves” salad plates from Royal Crown Derby blend beautifully with Mottahedeh’s “Black Lace” chargers.

Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographer: Peter Krumhardt

Browse additional images from this classic holiday table.

 

Fabulous Menu

Why we love this idea: Because instead of individual cards, the menu is displayed in a Swarovski–bejeweled and hand-enameled frame

Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographer: Peter Krumhardt

Browse additional images from this classic holiday table.

 

Silver and Gold

Why we love this idea: Because gold-painted pinecones provide a sparkling holiday touch along with linen napkins trimmed with metallic thread and pearls.

Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographer: Peter Krumhardt

Get more Christmas decorating ideas here.

 

Green, Gold, and Glass

Why we love this idea: Because designer Timothy Corrigan mixed and matched selections from his inventory of luxurious tableware. Atop white linen placemats, Corrigan placed green Limoges dinner plates with gold embellishments, lion’s-head soup bowls, and cut-crystal stemware. Votive candles -- randomly placed throughout the centerpiece of greenery, oranges, pomegranates, and silver Jordan almonds -- provide elegant light.

Interior Designer: Timothy Corrigan
Photographers: Eric Plasecki and Peter Krumhardt

See more images from this formal holiday gathering.

Get more Christmas decorating ideas here.

 

Elegant Place Setting

Why we love this idea: Because the green-and-gold rimmed Limoges dinner plates are sitting on placemats embroidered with pomegranates, which represent good fortune. The Bernadotte” crystal stemware is from Villeroy & Boch.

Interior Designer: Timothy Corrigan
Photographers: Eric Plasecki and Peter Krumhardt

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Beautiful Bounty

Why we love this idea: Because the centerpiece reflects the abundance guests have in their lives by including pomegranates, oranges, artichokes, and silver almonds in addition to greenery. “Being grateful shouldn’t be reserved only for Thanksgiving time,” Timothy says.

Interior Designer: Timothy Corrigan
Photographers: Eric Plasecki and Peter Krumhardt

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Homemade Holidays

Why we love this room: Because homeowner Jennifer Abramczyk festooned her chandelier with yellow satin ribbons. “I call it the Christmas Maypole,” she says.  The atypical holiday color scheme of marine blue and yellow adds to the festive spirit enlivening the rooms.
 
Interior Designers:  Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt
Photographer: Gordon Beall

See more images from this holiday home.

 

Faux Citrus Tree

Why we love this idea: Because the yellow ribbons carry the color scheme to the table, where miniature citrus trees magically appear. The trees are created from lemons and greenery combined in pyramid forms.

 

Interior Designers: Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt
Photographer: Gordon Beall

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Simple Elegance

Why we love this room: Because the opulent Murano glass chandelier points the way to a tablescape sparkling with metallic finishes.  See a tablescape detail on the next slide.

 

Interior Designer: Catherine Bailly Dunne
Photographer: Joe Schmelzer

See more images from this elegant Mediterranean home.

 

Fashionably Francophile

Why we love this idea: Because diminutive Eiffel Towers, glittering pinecones, and gleaming gold place settings create a glamorous holiday tabletop.

Interior Designer: Catherine Bailly Dunne
Photographer: Joe Schmelzer

See more views of this elegant Mediterranean home.

 

Colonial Christmas

Why we love this idea:  Because the dining room’s period-perfect deep red walls provide such a seasonally appropriate backdrop to Chippendale chairs, a Federalist mahogany sideboard with inlay, and a crystal chandelier. See a tablescape detail on the next slide.

Photographer: Aimee Herring

See more holiday decorating ideas in another Colonial setting.

 

Holiday Table Setting

Why we love this idea: Because the white-on-white place setting is so simple, yet so pretty -- especially when its napkin bears a sprig of cedar wrapped in ribbon.

Photographer: Aimee Herring

See more holiday decorating ideas in a Colonial setting.

 

Formally Festive

Why we love this room: Because its formal white woodwork and robin’s egg blue walls are dressed down with linen chair covers and a sisal-style rug -- perfect for light-hearted holiday meals. In this household, the adults sit down for Christmas dinner in the dining room and the kids eat at tables temporarily set in the foyer. See the next slide for a detail of the tabletop.

Interior Designer: Suzanne Kasler
Photographer: Tria Giovan

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Silver Centerpiece

Why we love this idea: Because the mercury-glass candlesticks and silver punchbowl filled with greenery create a gleaming focal point on the dining-room table.

Interior Designer: Suzanne Kasler
Photographer: Tria Giovan

See more views from this holiday home.

 

Blair House Holidays

Why we love this room: Because designer Barry Dixon used his own Limoges dinner plates in robin’s egg blue to add a color to otherwise subdued dinnerware on the Chippendale-style dining table. Why was that significant? This isn’t just any old room; it’s the dining room in Blair House, the president’s official guesthouse for foreign heads of state visiting Washington, D. C. "It's not the expected holiday formality," Dixon says. "But it's still rich. You simply have to look around your house and find inspiration for your own Christmas scheme." See the next slide for another detail from this table.

Interior Designer: Barry Dixon
Decorations: Barbara Hamilton
Photographer: Gordon Beall

See more images from the Blair House’s holiday decorating scheme.

 

A Capital Christmas

Why we love this idea: Because Dixon filled a large bowl with art glass ornaments nestled in magnolia leaves instead using a floral centerpiece.

Interior Designer: Barry Dixon
Decorations: Barbara Hamilton
Photographer: Gordon Beall

See more holiday decorating ideas from the Blair House.

 

Red, Green and White

Why we love this room: Because homeowner and designer Gregory Van Boven used a red paisley tablecloth as a rich backdrop for the white-and-gold Haviland dinnerware and William Yeoward crystal stemware. Chairs covered in white fabric offer strong contrast to the tablecloth. See another detail on the next slide.

Interior Designer: Gregory Van Boven
Photographer: Eric Roth

Browse more images from this holiday home in Boston.

 

Pretty Table Setting

Why we love this idea: Arrangements of roses and other red flowers add glorious color amidst pretty crystal stemware and white-and-gold dishes.

Interior Designer: Gregory Van Boven
Photographer: Eric Roth

Tour a beautifully decorated holiday home in Connecticut.

 

White Christmas

Why we love this room: Because the designer mixed traditional style with modern touches to honor the 1930s farmhouse and usher in the family’s new holiday traditions. The mahogany table and Swedish-style chairs are from Tone-on-Tone Antiques and Accessories. See next slide for another detail.

Interior Designer: Frank Babb Randolph
Photographer: Werner Straube

Check out more images from this lovely Virginia home.

 

Christmas Colors

Why we love this idea: Because of the classic Christmas color scheme. Green linen napkins, small red tulip arrangements, and antique lettuce-leaf plates add holiday color to the setting of white vintage reticulated plates from Mottahedeh. See another detail on the next slide.

Interior Designer: Frank Babb Randolph
Photographer: Werner Straube

See more holiday images from this lovely Virginia home.

 

Dining Table Details

Why we love this idea: Because the antique candlestick holder with its glass hurricane shade brings a touch of colonial tradition to the table.

Interior Designer: Frank Babb Randolph
Photographer: Werner Straube

See more holiday images from this lovely Virginia home.

 

Dog-Friendly Table

Why we love this room: Because all it takes is red sleigh bells and simple vases of flowers to give the English pine table its holiday flair. The dog statue commemorates a prize-winning Lab in England, an ancestor of homeowner Nancy Arbuckle’s dogs.

Photographer: Kim Cornelison

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Produced by Debra Steilen

Why we love this idea: Because event planner Rachel Hollis created a gorgeous tablescape that dazzles with festive jewel tones and gold. Elegantly etched crystal and table linens adorned with opulent trims do their part to enhance the luxurious scheme. See next 3 slides for additional details.

Event Planner: Rachel Hollis
Produced by: Krissa Rossbund
Photographers: Peter Krumhardt and Colleen Duffley

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