One person who left me completely inspired was Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design editor and producer. I've admired Eddie's taste and innate talent for creating the most stylish vignettes for years. With Canadian Thanksgiving coming up, I thought I'd share these table styling tips from Eddie that you can use for the holidays or to make your everyday entertaining a little more special.
1. Start with a colourful tablecloth
Colourful linens are an easy way to set the mood. From a vintage tablecloth to fabric remnants to an old handmade quilt, use linens to add vibrant colour and provide the foundation for your tablescape. If your fabric is short, layer it over a plain white tablecloth that reaches the floor for an elegant look.
2. Mix and match pieces
For a one-of-a-kind look, use treasured pieces that you've inherited alongside fabulous vintage finds and newer purchases. Here, Eddie mixes malachite dishes found on eBay with ornate bowls, and simple solid chargers. Cutlery needn't match either. Gold flatware and Mother of Pearl butter knives share a level of sophistication that work well together. Hot pink glasses from CB2 are paired with taller stemware of a similar shape. The look is eclectic but cohesive.
3. Simple changes can create a whole new look
Eddie showed us how to transform tables from formal and luxe to elegant and rustic with a simple switch of dish ware. Be aware of how to use colour and pattern to enliven a place setting or make it more serene. For example, the orange candlesticks bring a fall feel to the table while green candlesticks would recede and put the attention elsewhere.
4. Add something quirky
Eddie found this brass camel with cart on one of his antiquing trips. He had no idea what it was used for, but repurposed it to hold a salt cellar. Now it brings a touch of whimsy to the table setting and is a great conversation piece!
|Kate and I with our BHG swag bags|
Photos by me and (c) Avi Gerver Photography