I know, I know ... it's been ALL about the tabletop here lately! I thought I'd re-post these two little tidbits from the past though, just in case you're still looking for a little holiday table setting inspiration. Both of these projects are super easy, and great looking additions to a festive tablescape!
I wanted to give you a little preview of the tabletop decor I'm pulling together for our Christmas dinner. You've probably figured out from all my table postings over time that I love styling tablescapes! It's one of my favorite parts of any holiday ... it's just mah thang!
*The black and white ikat fabric is by Premier Prints and I got it here for under $7/yard. My usual modus operandi is to drape my large oval shaped table with a floor length plain white tablecloth, and then layer 3-4 yards of a patterned fabric on top of it. I generally don't even sew or hem the edges since a 54" wide bolt of fabric has finished edges and the cut ends just tuck under the table.
*The emerald green hemstitched linen napkins are an incredible buy from this ebay source that I told you about during my "cobalt & gold chinoiserie" tablescape series. A dozen hemstitched napkins available in a rainbow array of colors for under $25 is a hot hot tip, my friends!
*The gold lacquer chargers are available everywhere including Pier 1, but keep in mind that you can also pick up a set very inexpensively on ebay.
*The malachite-rimmed dinner plates were a vintage thrift store find and I love them very much. The pattern is Gabbay Malachite.
*The gold tone bamboo flatware is a vintage ebay find that I went on and on about in this post.
*For my glitzier holiday tabletops I usually use the set of vintage cut glass goblets I found thrifting, which remind me of my Grandmother's cut glass collection.
*I do own the original tiny cut glass salt cellars from my Grandmother's set, and I love them.
*You can be sure I will be rocking the extra tall tapers from Creative Candles that I wrote about in my last post. I have a collection of antique brass candlesticks that will be perfect for them.
*For special place card holders I'm working on a DIY version of this malachite egg on a gold stand ...
*I'm seeing lots of emerald green ferns in my centerpiece ... something like this, perhaps? For sure I'll be making my annual Christmas Eve pilgrimage to the downtown LA wholesale flower market!
I hope you're enjoying this time of year wherever you are and whatever you're up to!
One of my all-time favorite tablescape designers is Eddie Ross. I have never seen a tabletop styled by that man that I didn't love ... everything he touches turns to gold! His florals are to die, and his use of color and pattern is brilliant. The level of detail that goes into his table tops, from creatively re-purposing all sorts of vessels as flower vases or tiny little salt cellars, to the sculptural elements he often adds to his tables, just takes it all to another level. And he's a big time "thrifter" too ... he knows that's usually where the best little treasures can be found! :)
One of the tricks that I see Eddie using again and again is extra tall taper candles, usually in a saturated color rather than plain white. This is something I would not necessarily have done on my own ... I'd always thought colored candles to be kind of gauche and assumed that elegant white was the only way to go. Not so, apparently. Observe these gorgeous tables, all by Eddie Ross ...
Eddie's favorite candle source (and now mine too) is www.creativecandles.com, where they come in sizes up to 24" tall. I ordered the 18" candles for my Christmas table ... gonna rock the tall tapers this year too!
I don't know where you're all at with this whirlwind holiday season, but it is SLOW going around here getting my tree and house decorated with my busy 1.5 year old "helper!" It's coming together though and I can't wait to show you what I've got going. I just dreamed up my holiday tablescape, and ordered the fabric that I'll drape the table with ... more on that soon I promise!
diy felt stocking tutorial:
Last year was baby's first Christmas so I was adding a stocking to the mantle and I thought I might switch it up for everyone. I was inspired by these simple yet beautiful ivory felt christmas stockings from West Elm ...
I tend to switch Christmas color schemes from year to year, so I love that these neutral ivory stockings sort of go with anything and everything.
This year it's a black+white+green theme that I shared inspiration for in my last post, and I'll make sure you see plenty of pics just as soon as I'm finished decking it all out!
SO ... the stockings were pretty easy to make once I tracked down all the materials ...
what you'll need:
-die-cut felt snowflakes
-die cut felt letters
-sewing machine or needle and thread
felt:I thought about making the stockings from the polyester felt that you can buy inexpensively by the yard at any fabric store (the small sheets of felt from arts and crafts stores probably won't be large enough to make a stocking that would hold all the requisite goodies) BUT I decided instead on wool felt because it felt to much nicer and thicker and I thought it would wear much better over time. (And obviously natural fabrics are always so much more luxe than synthetics.) This ebay seller has a large variety of colors at one of the best prices I found. OnlineFabricStore also has a good selection, and what I love about them is that they will send you samples of ANY fabric for $1 apiece, shipping always free.
snowflakes & letters:
Etsy turned out to be a fabulous source for affordable hand-made die-cut snowflakes and letters ... obviously you can find just about any other cute little felt shape as well including lots of Christmas-y ones. The snowflakes are from here and here, and the small felt letters can be had here and here (the exact ones I purchased were from this seller who doesn't appear to be active on Etsy right now, but you can always contact and ask for a custom listing ... I LOVE that about Etsy!!)
(And how sweet is that stitched border detail?
Would be so easy to replicate with embroidery thread.)
-Determine the shape and size stockings you want and make a cardboard template, then cut out two identical pieces of felt per stocking and sew them together by stitching all the way around about 1/4" in from the edges (obviously leave the top unsewn.)
-If you don't have a sewing machine you could also sew by hand using embroidery thread and a simple whip stitch.
-Cut a 2-3" fat strip of felt for the top cuff that will reach around the circumference of the top opening, sew the ends together to create a continuous loop, and then sew that around the top of the stocking. All edges are raw scissor-cut edges ... no hemming necessary.
-Cut a 5-6" long 1/2" wide strip of felt for the hanging loop, and sew it inside the top corner of your stocking.
-Adorn stockings with die-cut shapes and letters attached with fabric glue (it wouldn't be a bad idea to add a few stitches for good measure in the longterm, but I haven't done that yet and the fabric glue has held so far. But since these will surely be heirlooms, I'll may still throw a few stitches on those snowflakes just for good measure :)
I layered small ivory felt snowflakes on top of the larger white
felt snowflakes for a bit of added detail and depth.
The stockings were a big hit last year and we will love them for years to come, I know. It's really sweet knowing that as my son gets older year by year he will come to treasure and anticipate all these little traditions we're starting together now, when he's such a wee little one.
Here's my little Benicio in front of last year's tree ... and of course it's just incredible to me how this year he suddenly has a full head of hair, all of his teeth, and is walking, talking, "singing" Christmas songs, and (lovingly) breaking ornaments!