Few decorating projects are more rushed than decorating your home for the holidays. (There’s a reason people are doing this earlier and earlier since the start of the pandemic.) And while you can instantly gain joy by decorating a tree or a facade, there is something really about it. magic in the party that is supposed to be shared. Example: a festive table.
At the heart of any gathering, a happy time on the table is crucial to setting the tone for a dinner party, but it can be difficult to find the perfect aesthetic. For some tips, we consulted designer Nicole Fisher. The New York native got her start in styling (she even styled Lady Gaga on tour) before turning to interiors and becoming chief designer for One King’s Lane. Today, she is the owner and lead designer of her own company, BNR Interiors.
From color palettes and scents to creating the perfect bar setup, Fisher lays the foundation for creating a comfortable and friendly vacation table that is all yours.
Photography by Helena Palazzi.
Create a color scheme
I like to choose a color and work with different shades. For the holidays, I went for the money. It sparkles in the candlelight and is a perfect neutral. Different shapes, textures and silver tones are visible all over the table with candle holders, glassware and vases.
Adorn with abandon
Take all your found objects, candles and vases and display them at random. It gives the impression that it is more natural. Different heights and textures are essential. No one should sit next to each other. The best part is that there is no formula here so it’s very easy to replicate! Pay attention to scents. Stick to one scent throughout dinner.
Keep it simple
For a comfortable dinner at home, keep the greenery to a minimum. It is important that your guests feel at home and welcomed in your beautiful space. Single button vases are great for a strand or two. Let the candles and your accessories do the talking. For an extra touch of greenery, place a small sprig of rosemary on each table.
Brighten up the bar
Love making a statement with the bar! Give the same amount of love at the bar as at the table. Here, I like to add a stunning floral moment, display all the formal wine and cocktail glasses, and prioritize the setup so everything is easy to reach. Remember to keep one of each alcohol outside so guests can choose their cocktails and keep the champagne chilled in an ice bucket. Additional candles here add a lovely ambiance.
Take out china
A perfect time to bring out that wedding porcelain you never use! Create each table to include a decorative feeder, dinner plate, and salad plate. A napkin folded on each table polishes it.