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Design Lesson: Expert Table Settings With Julia Knight

During the holidays, we love bold, beautiful tables for entertaining.  Julia Knight’s designs, based on shapes and colors found in nature, are the perfect building blocks to create a memorable spread for any occasion. In her own words:

To me, entertaining is about enjoying friends and family, about making anytime perfectly fun or perfectly elegant.

Julia Knight’s serving pieces and dishes are designed to be layered like pieces of an essential wardrobe for your table. The colors and shapes are selected with the whole collection in mind, so you can mix and match away! It’s so easy to create a beautiful table that is uniquely yours.

Classic Serving Set in Toffee

Classic Serving Set in Toffee

Peony Plates in Buttercream

Peony Plates in Buttercream

Peony Bowls in Kiwi

Peony Bowls in Kiwi

Peony Tiered Server in Pomegranate

Peony Tiered Server in Pomegranate

Argento Oval Bowl in Amethyst

Argento Oval Bowl in Amethyst

Argento Stemware in Pomegranate

Argento Stemware in Pomegranate

Learn more about Julia’s inspiration and the artistry behind her pieces in this video:

To see the entire Julia Knight collection, click here.

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Featured: Seashell Napkin Rings

These charming seashell napkin rings are just perfect for a casual summer meal, but they would look just as nice on a formal table.
 

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Seashell Napkin Rings by Hans Turnwald

Crafted with intricate detail, Hans Turnwald’s napkin rings feature a heavy silverplate base and four large shells. Each set includes four assorted rings. They are just right for the beach house!

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Kim Seybert’s Colorful Tabletop for House Beautiful

Nobody does colorful, embroidered linens like designer Kim Seybert.  Her table accessories are like jewelry for the table – which is fitting, since Seybert was a evening wear designer before delving into home decor.

Her brilliant tabletop for the June issue of House Beautiful bears the trademark Kim Seybert color and vibrance:

Photo by Trevor Tondro for House Beautiful

To recreate this cheerful look at your own table, try these pieces from Kim Seybert’s tabletop collection:

Ombre Linen Napkins

Ombre Linen Napkins

Royal Gate Table Runner

Royal Gate Table Runner

Pink Capiz Shell Placemat

Pink Capiz Shell Placemat

Pop Rock Napkin Rings

Pop Rock Napkin Rings

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Tired of Red and Green? Ideas for a Rustic Holiday Table

We’ve been seeing a lot of nature-inspired holiday decor lately.  They’re great if you want a festive, but low-key, look.  Here are some great natural and rustic accessories for your own table:
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Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Tables: The Table Runner

Because home decorating and entertaining are fairly new to me, and because I have a new husband/family to impress, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade along the way that I think are worth sharing.  The most important lesson I’ve learned when it comes to entertaining is learning to fake it.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to have all the time in the world to press the linens, whip up a gourmet meal, and serve every dining victory on handcrafted china?  Sure it would – but I don’t always have the time to put together the five star look, though I do strive for a bit of pizzazz. Read more