There are definitely some perks of living with my parents! My dad is home during the day with our dogs, my mom has a cleaning lady, my dad makes fires, my mom and I watch Jeopardy every night… but there are some downsides of course. One is not having a space to decorate and renovate… or my stuff to do it with! So when At Home challenged me to decorate for the upcoming holidays, I thought it would be a great time to takeover my mom’s table! This table is huge… we call it the Harry Potter table it is so big!
I started with the shopping- woot woot! I had never been to an At Home store- holy moly there was so much to choose from! You could decorate every room in your house and your neighbor’s house & still have stuff to choose from- and their everyday prices were really low as well. There were also a lot of Christmas trees to choose from- ranging from itty bitty to giant. Another nice feature- the decorations are laid out in 15 different themes- so instead of having an ornament aisle and a table decoration aisle, they have aisles dedicated to different themes. It made picking things out easier- but of course you can still mix and match!
So to decorate our giant table, first I added a burlap runner.
Then I got out all of my decorations and threw them on the table. The burlap and the gold were a little similar in color so I knew I needed to put the gold accessories in something.
Previously, my mom had some candles in big glass candle holders on the table- I took the candles out and threw in the disco balls, geometric ornaments and topped it with the gold twine balls. I love how much height it added! Once those guys were set, I added the reindeer (that I adore) into the middle and filled in the center with some flowers.
I am by no means a tablescape expert, but here are some rules that helped me!
- Know your color scheme. I knew I wanted mixed metallics, so I searched for those in the store / in the house when I needed a flower vase. This helped me stay focused. I really wanted to add some natural wood elements but settled on the burlap.
- Use things unexpectedly! I used candle holders for ornaments & cups for vases. I find it is helpful to pile everything that you want to use on the table- then you can see what looks good together, if everything is the same height or if you need to search for something else.
- Vary height & use the rule of three. In design, they say that things look better in threes. If you are grouping items together stick to three- or at least an odd number. If you vary the height of the items on the table it gives more visual interest- and doesn’t block everyone’s view!
Anyone can have a great table! Head to At Home & pick out some decorations- then just have fun and play around with it! Listening to Christmas music definitely helps!