The colder it gets the more often I seem to feel the need to dress up the table. In the summer it feels like it just requires less-- a big handful of fresh picked flowers, and some cute dinnerware is all the dressing up the table needs. Winter feels different somehow (besides the obvious temperature change!) it's more brooding, it gets darker sooner and of course it's colder... it's sort of like Summer's emo cousin--festive but needy. So, whenever winter rolls around, I always feel the need to comfort myself with cozy colors, interesting color palettes and little details that help cushion the arrival darker days.
This past year has been a whirlwind adventure and after almost a year away from Montreal, Nick and I finally decided to come back home. Such a long absence means there are tons of friends to get back in touch in with and ultimately of course, have over for dinner >>read: excuse to buy new tableware<< This impromptu dinner party for friends, was centered around a multi-tonal purple scheme. I have to admit that purple isn't usually one of my favorite colors, but there was something about these rich, aubergine tassels that really caught my eye. To keep it interesting, I paired them with raw linen napkins, antique copper spoons, lilac and amethyst flecked candles and bright saffron foliage--- these colors really were both subdued in their tonality but really rich and contrasting against one another... it made for a very complex and dynamic color palette. Bonus points: the tassels were very affordable (at only $3.00 for 12) and gave the entire place-setting a refined look.
For the centerpiece I decided to keep it really simple and went with some fresh snipped branches and two lovely lilac beeswax candlesticks. The bottle of wine I found at the local SAQ (A Canadian wine store and guardian of all things alcoholic--- a rant for another day) and I just couldn't resist the bold purple stripes and bringing one more purple-hued element in.
When you've invited friends over for dinner at your place, it's easy to start thinking that a dinner party or get together has to either be a blow-out bash---complete with color co-ordinated plates and confetti spewing favors or a laid-back, take-out, Netflix sesh. I think creating a beautiful table is really about bringing in a few cohesive elements, a good dosage of wine and a little attention to detail. Besides the tassels, everything else that went on the table just came from my cupboards. If you're really wanting to create something lovely for your friends or a dinner date with the hubby, just pick a great color and go on a hunt around the house, you'll be surprised at what lovely items you can bring to the table... besides yourself of course!
Here at Autumn Wood Stylist HQ we're sipping hot-chocolate mixed with coffee and pretending it's a Mocha, enjoying the incredibly crisp days (That's Canadian speak for: pretty dang cold) and looking forward to celebrating American Thanksgiving this week. Stay tuned this week, for some inspiration for your Thanksgiving table and a styled photo-shoot featuring our take on a Thanksgiving/Holiday table-scape!
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