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Sacramento Interior Designer's Take on Holiday Decor Ideas

Sep 30, 2015 09:30AM ● Published by Kerrie Kelly

Gone are the days of displaying every piece of crystal and china you own and somehow tying it in with the wooden turkey figurines Grandma gave you; and no longer is a burnt orange and brown color palette necessary. This holiday season, we challenge you to try the minimalist harvest table—a design that incorporates cheeriness without the disorderly décor that’s been passed down through generations.


1/Wood for Wood

Wood is all around us during the holiday season—we’re building fires, stacking firewood, and now we’re putting it on our holiday table display. Incorporate soft but distressed elements like wooden plates, napkin rings, candleholders and chargers, to give off a hearth-like vibe. To tone down the timber and soften the overall look, mix in metals and feminine linens.

 2/Go for Gold

If you want to play up the luxe look this holiday season, try brushed gold. Silver is always used in place settings and flatware, especially if you’re going for the whole caught-in-a-frosty-blue-blizzard theme, but this year we’re adding warmth. Oversized gold leaf chargers and serving trays paired with lightly colored napkins and plates add a simple flare that won’t distract from your delightful dinner.


 3/Less is More

While most of us can remember our mother breaking out every holiday figurine from storage, we’re advising you to tuck away the trinkets in favor of a romantic and refined feast. Complement the elements of your dinner with simple settings like layered linens and flatware, or set out a large textured centerpiece, like driftwood or faux antlers, to play up the theme while playing down the clutter.


4/Light and Bright

Following the 2015 trends, minimalism can be transferred to the harvest dinner table by simply swapping out dense, dark dinnerware for crisp, clean cutlery. To set the mood, a marble slab or tray can serve as a spot for side dishes while the holiday ham rests atop a bright white trivet. Freshen table settings with sprigs of herbs to add some sunniness and—voila—you have a heavenly holiday feast.

Whether you’re looking to impress the in-laws or just need inspiration for your annual holiday dinner, these tips will steer you toward a table fit for a king (or just your family and friends).

Kerrie L. Kelly is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant. She has authored two books: ‘Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide,’ published by Oxmoor House, and ‘My Interior Design Kit,’ with Pearson Professional and Career Education. To contact her, visit or call 916-706-2089.
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