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Festive place settings

Four ways to set the atmosphere when you set the table, featuring tips from Atlantic Canadian designers.

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Capture classic

Simple shapes, layered textures and little colour variation give this setting by Attica Furnishings an elemental, modern look. The playful snow globe place card from Attica can also hold a photo. Dinnerware by Vera Wang, linen from Danica, cutlery from Alessi, glasses from Attica, placemats by Chilewich, photo balls from Umbra and gold ornament orb by Dwell Studio. Attica Furnishings www.attica.ca

Tip

Repeat the same basic shape throughout your table setting for continuity—oval place cards, circular dishware and round ornaments.

Retro night

Photo by Andrew Chow, Art Direction by Sarah Jones

Photo by Andrew Chow, Art Direction by Sarah Jones

Michele Muir, owner of Hue Design Studio in Halifax, turned to her own stash of vintage dishes and glassware, passed down from her grandmother, for this playful retro setting. She updates the usual green and red combo with pink and light-green shades. Votives from Party Lite, linens from Fabricville, green plate from Walmart, balls and bell decorations from Michael’s. All other items from Muir’s own collection. Hue Design Studio www.huedesignstudio.ca

Tip

Comb through your cupboards and cabinets, mixing and matching unique pieces that catch your eye with your current dishes.

Photo by Andrew Chow, Art Direction by Sarah Jones

Photo by Andrew Chow, Art Direction by Sarah Jones

Into the wild

A playful mix of textures and patterns brings charm to this nature-inspired setting by Eileen Crowley Couse, owner of Emerald Interiors. A squirrel ornament acts as a whimsical place holder. A standout marble tile from Cape Breton Marble serves as the placemat, lending a rich earthy texture. Squirrel ornament, napkins, napkin rings, faux pine cones, lace runner and dishware from Bowring. Stone candle from Bogside Gallery. Wine glass and silverware from Crowley Couse’s own collection. Emerald Interiors www.emeraldinteriordesigns.com

Tip

Create a natural centrepiece using holly, branches, acorns or moss. Don’t limit yourself to just neutral colours for your table linens. Subdued, warmer colours can add warmth without being boring.

Photo by Andrew Chow, Art Direction by Sarah Jones

Photo by Andrew Chow, Art Direction by Sarah Jones

Razzle dazzle

Elegant polished silver and sparkly accents punctuate this formal setting by Thornbloom. Colourful hand-blown ornaments and a cascading glittery sprig enliven the table with texture and dimension. Stemware by Eisch, flatware from WMF, Cashmere dinnerware by Maxwell & Williams; decorative sprig, ornaments, vase place card holder and linen runner all from Thornbloom. Thornbloom www.thornbloom.com

Tip

Share your style with a customized floral arrangement place card for each guest.

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