Do You Ever Feel Like Bringing The Outdoors In?
Maybe it’s because I recently reupholstered my dining chairs, but this year I felt like going in a different direction with my Thanksgiving table setting.
I was already craving the soothing colors of nature, and I always want to blur the line between indoors and outdoors – without sacrificing comfort, of course.
But I also started thinking about how a contrast of different textures – rough natural textures with polished manmade materials – is so interesting and brings balance to any design.
I got a plain, inexpensive jute table runner – just the natural texture and color that I was looking for.
The tablecloth is discounted fabric yardage that I hemmed. You can’t tell from the photos, but the fabric is very smooth and has just a touch of shimmer. So now I have my polish.
For the napkins, I scored some 99-cent bandanas in chartreuse green – a pop of color to wake up the soothing earth-toned palette, but still itself a color found in nature.
Old School Elegance
My dining table is a bit small, so for dinner parties I have to be sure not to over-clutter it with decorations. Instead I have to make every piece count.
So I am using our antique china, crystal, and silverware to lend some elegance to the setting. The antique plates are also slightly smaller than modern-day plates, so the spacing between place settings doesn’t look crowded.
Then I set a small vase inside the fishbowl, hidden by the moss. The vase will hold the flowers.
Then to continue contrasting natural texture to polished materials, I used long-stemmed roses, always so buttoned-up and formal-looking, as the main flower. I used millet seed heads and wild iris seed pods from the garden as the rough natural contrast.
A Relaxing Feast
The result is an uncluttered, elegant Thanksgiving table setting.
Be sure to check out my companion post about formal table settings, where we will hear from an expert who worked in “domestic service” at a manor house in England. She has some very entertaining stories!
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