Designer and producer extraordinaire Kim Freeman stuck her lovely head into Home and Living‘s office to leave behind some terrific ideas and beautiful photographs for Thanksgiving tablescapes, and tips for the holiday decorating do-it-yourselfer. Some details for the tables are noted below but make sure to drop by the slideshow to see the stunning photographs for yourself.
DRESSING YOUR TABLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
When she entertains, Kim likes to make her tables as personal and welcoming as the rooms she designs, especially during the holidays. Kim recommends using placecards to encourage guests to discover new friends. She dresses her holiday tables by:
∗ Mixing and matching old and new, textures, colors and patterns to visually enliven table dressings
∗ Using elements from nature including fresh flowers, branches, leaves, berries, pine cones, feathers, and fruit
∗ Personalizing table decorations with cherished personal objects like photo frames and mementos from her travels
A perfect example of using natural elements and fall colors:
Kim uses pheasant feathers in a lime green glass vase to provide an unusual centerpiece. Layered individual linen place mats sit on a Le Jacquard Francais table cloth. Plates are set on burnt orange chargers that echo the color of the napkins, which are held by beaded bittersweet and curly willow napkin rings. Miniature frames hold handwritten place cards for her guests. (See photo in slideshow.)
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A room setting can inspire tea and contemplation:
For afternoon tea, Kim entertains next to the fireplace in a cozy corner of the living room. A square embroidered organza cloth tops a rectangular batiste tablecloth with a pleated border. A cream-colored vase holds fragrant white roses. The cloths, both white and airy, though with different shapes and patterns, compliment one another.
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Kim recommends using placecards to encourage guests to discover new friends.
An antique shawl is meant to be used as backdrop for a still-life setting:
For another setting Kim uses lush cinnamon, warm peach, and deep orange tones, reminiscent of India. An antique Kashmir traveling shawl is used as the top cloth over a Le Jacquard Francais tablecloth. Fruit artistically arranged in a footed glass compote is inspired by Italian still life paintings.
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A forced holiday flower like the Amaryllis gets special treatment when combined with fruit:
Another festive holiday table sports a fully opened candy-striped Amaryllis in a glass vase with arranged Seckel pears, grapes, eucalyptus leaves and berries, including fresh cranberries in a golden-colored, translucent footed dish. More color and holiday cheer comes from raspberries floated in white wine.
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Who knew breadsticks could add such height juxtaposed against other natural elements?
Pine cones and cinnamon sticks with the fruits of the season—crab apples, Seckel pears and persimmons adorn a holiday table along with candles in vintage green glass candlesticks and an eye catching spray of Italian bread sticks in a Champagne flute. All are placed on a red and white damask cloth from Le Jacquard Francais highlighted by mustard colored linen napkins.
All Photographs featured in the slideshow are by Phil Mansfield for Westchester Magazine, and Produced by Kim Freeman
Trained in Paris where she was an editor at La Maison de Marie Claire, Kim Freeman has styled the pages of many of America’s premier decorating magazines. She now brings her design expertise to private residences where she translates each client’s vision into highly individual and inviting interiors. Kim’s eye continues to be refined by her experiences as a passionate traveler. Look for articles about Cozy Decorating and Kim’s Fabulous Finds to follow at Home and Living.