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Holiday Table Settings

Some of best times spent during the holidays are gathered around a table sharing delicious food and memories with friends and family. A beautifully designed table, arranged with care and creativity, can set just the right look and feel you want to achieve.

No matter what that look is traditional elegance of reds and golds, shimmering silver contemporary or an alternative twist on Asian or earthy - we have some beautiful place settings to help spur on those creative ideas and make your table a feast for the eyes as well as the palette.

Distinctly Northwest invited design experts from around the Rogue Valley to create some festive settings for the season's celebration. We hope they inspire you to bring out your good silver and china, and maybe a little fun, too, and take a few design chances this season. Happy Holidays!

Kristine DeVries, graphic designer, and Lynda Olsrud, craft diva, created a stunning table of gold, glimmer and glamour.

In this traditional, formal setting, we wanted to say "this is a special occasion," says Kristine. The soft glimmer of the gold and the sparkle of crystal set the stage for food and friends, and tell guests they're special. The gold is accented by dark green pine and fir along with non-traditional items found throughout the house. A tea light candle is placed at each setting to highlight the guest. Red berries are sparingly used throughout the tabletop to bring in just a hint of that rich traditional red. "I love using the unusual in all things, especially table settings," says Peggy Herrick of Interiors by Decorating Den in Medford. This traditional setting of red and green is tweaked to give it a fun look for all ages. I used a feather tree complete with untraditional miniature tree ornaments and a red and green garden fairy for the center of the design. The tree is elevated by using a small version of an antique sled.

A red charger with gold and white plates and a present wrapped in red is dramatically visible on a white tablecloth. Stately silverware and stemware is used to keep it within the traditional boundary.

"When I want a more contemporary table setting, something other than the traditional red and green, I usually go to silver and white," says Peggy Herrick. Sometimes I'll incorporate an accent color, such as black, to give it a more contemporary feel. In this setting, I used lots of candles for light and glitz, giving it the feeling of a snow patch.

"I also used natural materials from my backyard. I spray-painted the leaves a shiny silver for a cool, metallic look." The lovely, silver charger is complemented with a black swirl on the plate and given a tied, shiny wrapped present for the guest to take home. Black napkins, silver eating utensils and shimmering stemware complete the package.

For this setting, Kristine and Lynda used a burgundy and silver theme to accent a winter wonderland. This arrangement is more "fun" than formal, using little gift packages at each plate for guests and a centerpiece of silver trees topped with a vase of burgundy roses and silver branches. The whole look is less traditional than the standard red and green displays and is nice if you're looking for something a little more sophisticated for your table this season. The bright, colorful table, above, of Krissy Millner, owner, Terra Firma Home in Medford, is called "Global Views." For my inspiration, I wanted to show holiday style from a world-beat, bright, color-filled point of view. For me, the holidays don't need to just say red and green, or silver and gold.

The key is lots of festive color and fun! Using silk-wrapped chopsticks is a fun way to serve hors d'oeuvres at any dinner party.

The über natural, Northwest setting by Terra Firma designer Nora LaBrocca is titled "Modern Organic".

My concept for this table was to demonstrate how one could put a contemporary, modern edge to very natural and organic materials. It is a wonderful demonstration of how a lovely walk in the woods can produce not only a fabulous holiday tablescape, but rejuvenate the spirit as well!

Holiday Table Settings