There is more to setting the Christmas table than putting out dishes — at least if one is also looking to set a festive mood. In addition to working wonders in the kitchen, make sure the main meal takes place in a dining room that wows the guests. It may not be as difficult or time-consuming as appears, as these well-appointed place settings demonstrate.
St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles gave three local design shops the heady task of putting together tabletops that shout “Merry Christmas” from the snow-topped roofs. We set the designers loose in the dining room of a gorgeous home in Frontenac custom built by Stylecraft Homes.
By The White Hare
The White Hare’s use of negative space makes for a very positive space for holiday guests. A slightly understated table features a charming centerpiece overflowing with evergreens, cotton branches and gold twigs. More rustic cotton rings the wine glasses in the center of the table settings, while green and gold foliage adorns the chandelier. The brown in the dining room doors is reflected in the napkins and tablecloth for a cohesive color scheme.
By Rusted Chandelier
Bold cobalt-blue-and-white Oriental vases inspired this teeming tabletop design by the crew at the Rusted Chandelier. The color scheme is carried into the setting elsewhere — in the blue-and-white china, towering urns, blue velvet ribbons, stemware and various table ornaments. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without generous quantities of holly berries and evergreens, and the introduction of gleaming gold with the candleholders, flatware and centerpiece.
By The White Rabbit
Who says neutrals can’t make a statement? The White Rabbit’s holiday table is dominated by off-gold, twinkling trees strung with lights and adorable mini pine cones. Smaller brush trees sit in the undergrowth along with tiny reindeer and even tinier village homes, both glittering under candlelight. The table settings are simple and elegant, topped with metallic ornaments to make this table merry and bright.