hunt & gather: a vegan-friendly thanksgiving table inspiration

being an animal lover, you’d never see a turkey on my table, however, i thought it would be fun to bring the spirit of this and other beautiful creatures to this year’s thanksgiving table. decorative touches of animal decor are found in many of our design projects so it seemed fitting to add them here at our holiday table for fun and conversation! many of the tips we share on our design philosophy translate into our entertaining concepts as well actually. for example, always remember to remix your table — mixing vintage and new, textured and smooth, high and low — then add pops of color throughout to make it come alive. as i’ve said before, this gives a table whimsy, dimension and keeps the eye dancing across a table for all to enjoy. plus, you’ll have more fun putting your table together this way! the holidays are the perfect time to be adventurous, go ahead, let your imagination run wild!

thankgiving table via kishani perera inc.

  1. solaris dinnerware via z gallerie
  2. recycled wine punt glassware via west elm
  3. gratitude print tablecloth via pier 1
  4. peacock sword feathers via save on crafts
  5. dapper animal plates via west elm
  6. vintage copper ice bucket with lion ring handles via rummage
  7. variegated taupe napkins via amazon
  8. brass candle holder via rummage
  9. aureate plumes pitcher via anthropologie
  10. zellena flatware via anthropologie
  11. antique french marquetry box via rummage
  12. strawberry street vatican red wine glass set via target

 

aesthetically speaking: new year’s eve tablescape

we love to ring in the new year surrounded by our favorite people, enjoying good food, a little bubbly and a lot of laughs! as we have mentioned in our thanksgiving tablescape post we especially love a good time on a budget.

if you’ve already hosted a holiday party this year, the first budget friendly tip is to re-use certain elements from a previous tablescape. we sure did here. next, we suggest gathering items from around your home that can be used such as beautiful boxes, trays, vases, candles, glassware, dishes, and of course, your serving and eating utensils. we always love to mix vintage pieces into our table set-ups for unique conversation starters, so be sure to really think outside the box when gathering items from around your home!

we always love gold, but it is especially appropriate for a new year’s eve celebration! this year we wanted to show you how to work gold into two different table set-ups. the first has a more traditional color palette that you come to expect with the holiday, while the second is more of a moody color palette that we personally loved when it all finally came together. it really stood out. whichever you prefer, we’ll be sharing our sources for both below!

the traditional palette

 

for our more traditional color palette above, we kept it mostly in a monochromatic white and gold theme with a few other accent colors to celebrate the upcoming year! we started our table with a silver and gold ikat runner to tie in our favorite gold flatware with our wine and champagne glasses. (similar found here and here)

we love to layer our tables. for new year’s eve, we layered our drinking glasses and added in our favorite cordial glasses. the bright, clean pop of white is carried through from our runner to our metallic rimmed plates, which have an organic shape that really keeps that casual, but chic vibe flowing. we added a fun pattern with the salad plates. placing a candle on top of each place setting gives it a personal touch that your guests can take home with them, so be sure they are scented! it will be a daily reminder for days to come of the wonderful memories made this night.

once we found these festive napkin rings, we thought we could easily repeat our thanksgiving mini lattice napkins once more for new year’s eve and no one would notice!

our centerpiece was a mixture of our favorite vintage pieces — front and center was our vintage copper champagne bucket, which could not be more appropriate for a celebration! we brought the eye back down thanks to a hexagon inlaid box, our antique salt & pepper shakers and individual buds in vintage spice jars. we love the warm glow of a candle in our centerpiece. finally, we accented our table with small splashes of red by using apples and tiny bud flowers to bring a small pop of color to the event!

the moody palette

while we love a clean and bright tablescape, we really love a dark and moody tablescape! the combination of matte black and pops of gold are really speaking to us this year, and we couldn’t wait to use some our favorite pieces for a new year’s party. i mean, how unexpected, yet beautiful, are these matte black plates and soup bowls? they work perfectly with our vintage smoked drinking glasses on the side. we used the same gold flatware that we can’t get enough of this year, and added in pattern by using black and gold greek key chargers. (you could also use this gold charger) we loved the brightness and pattern the global print napkins brought to the table, and how they pulled in our mid-century serving tray in the center of the table.

 

for our centerpiece here we were so excited to add a bit of whimsy to our moody setting, so, we used dried globe thistle in purple for a subtle pop of color to draw your eye to our vintage display dome. here, we really wanted to keep it playful and interesting, so we sat our favorite owl statue atop vintage books and put him front and center.

our animal theme continued to our vintage phoenix coffee set, to keep the caffeine flowing, and our guests up past midnight! we’ve also stashed away some sweeteners of choice in our vintage oval black and brass box for those guest who like it very sweet. remember, the center of your table can display both aesthetic and useful pieces. don’t be afraid to use vintage boxes to stash toothpicks or mints! guests will eye those beautiful boxes all night, and be even more excited they weren’t there just to envy!

new year’s eve is above all a time to celebrate, so we love to pour glasses of champagne or sparkling cider before guests sit down. this adds that bit of sparkle and elegance that welcomes them to sit down and enjoy themselves!

from all of us here at kpi, we want to wish you and yours a very happy new year’s celebration.

aesthetically speaking: thanksgiving tablescape

when creating beautiful tablescapes for the holidays, i love adding elements of color, whimsy and personal details to liven up a traditionally formal setting. no one feels comfortable in a stuffy environment. have fun mixing elements that create conversations between guests. much like my design philosophy, I believe that layering various textures, colors, patterns and off beat details creates not only a unique and interesting setting, but it also creates a celebratory atmosphere for your guests to enjoy. don’t be afraid to think outside the box and break the rules a bit. work with volume, finishes and height to give your tablescape a lift with lots of beautiful dimension. this keeps the eye dancing across the table.

this year we wanted to ensure that we stayed focused on food, laughter, and budget! a unique and beautiful table can certainly be set on a budget without appearing so in the least. first of all, your table should represent your own style while fitting the holiday theme, so you probably already have pieces in your home that can be used. think vases, boxes, trays, and candles that you have in various areas. we highly suggest gathering all possible accessories in your home before purchasing anything. second, decide on a color scheme appropriate for the holiday, or your own personal spin on a holiday color scheme. this year we are really loving the metallic pops and decided on an organic and neutral palette including amber, gold, orange, green, and purple. the easiest way to add color to your table when trying to keep within budget is beautiful flowers, fruits, vegetables, or gourds. we loved the addition of petite pears and artichokes to simple flower arrangements. also remember, you don’t want to block the view across the table with an oversize floral arrangement, and with small children it can be easy to do! so keep your floral arrangements simple, but with the right pop of color. see below for photos and more information about our thanksgiving tablescape, including links to purchase every piece!

as we said before, pick a color scheme that fits the holiday as well as your own sense of style. we personally love amber and gold so it fits perfectly into our thanksgiving color scheme! plus, have you ever realized how much warmth it really brings to the table? it is so important to create a table that feels warm, comfortable, and inviting. that was very important to us with this set up; to be very well thought out, but still casual and cozy. i mean, we are all about to eat too much so we should be comfortable, right? one way we like to achieve this atmosphere is by mixing vintage pieces and new pieces together. vintage pieces always add in unique character, and if you are hosting new guests they are great conversation pieces!

a great examples of mixing vintage pieces with new pieces is our vintage gold greek key tumblers paired with these new amber glasses. we love this antique persian inlaid box for the incredible details and the fact that it ties in our color scheme perfectly, decorative boxes are great for purely aesthetic purposes, or even for after dinner mints, matches, stirrers, or toothpicks even. we aimed to keep our tablescape at a generally low height with the exception of a pair of brass candle sticks and our brightest pop of color, our orange roses!

we’ve always had a love for gold flatware, so we were very excited to see that west elm was carrying modern, gold flatware this year! not to mention the coordinating chargers and napkin rings, that tied our gold detailed napkins in perfectly! we layered these gold pieces on a woven placemat, with a cocoa dinner plate, and these gorgeous scavo salad plates for neutral elements and casual textures.

always be sure to mix in organic and living elements to your tablescape. and instead of the typical centerpiece, we opted for a looser interpretation of one, by gathering several elements in a beautiful grouping.  we love this traditional pumpkin from pottery barn, and gourd from crate and barrel, as elements to be kept for years to come! the artichokes and succulents were sourced from a local market and add the gorgeous deep purple that compliments our warmer tones so well. we also used a vintage drip glaze bud vase that was similar in color and scale to the pumpkin and gourd for texture variation, and of course a place to hold our buds! the mercury votives were found at pottery barn and add that pop of metallic and amber we love! and we just cannot leave out our vintage brass peacock who adds so much character to our table.

my last minute tip? have champagne or wine already poured in glasses just before guests are ready to be seated at your holiday table. it adds an extra sparkle and elegance to welcome them as they sit down for a night of toasting and giving thanks.

project diaries: vintage remix favorites part 2

hello again everyone! to continue our celebration of the 1 year anniversary of vintage remix, we have another favorite project to highlight:

this project was so much fun to work on! a combination of bohemian and feminine accents gave this hollywood hills home such unique character. i loved mixing patterns and colors from the wallpaper to the pillows, and a fresh palette of black and whites with pops of color let the lush outdoor garden spaces shine. the mix of unique elements and flea market treasures resulted in a charming hideaway nestled into the hollywood hills.

remember, you can enter now through the 30th of the month to be eligible to win a signed copy of my book, vintage remix!  details here!

  via kishani perera inc.