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Turning the Tables

11/30/2008 04:00PM, Published by Super Admin, Categories: In Print




Holiday gatherings with friends and family often center around your dining room table, decorated in all its festive glory. In the spirit of the season, we asked three local interior designers to describe the inspiration behind their favorite holiday tablescapes.
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Classic Elegance
Nancy Murphy of NT Interior Design & Home Staging in Diamond Springs, says designing eye-catching tabletops is a vital part of her business.

Murphy’s favorite setting for the holidays is a classic combination of whites, soft blues and silvers in what appears to be a magical, winter wonderland.

To start, Murphy fills long silver trays or glass vases with ornaments of different shapes and sizes. She sprinkles white plastic snow and adds large white feathers and other sparkly seasonal elements. “The result is a beautiful, low arrangement that lets people visit,” she says. “Then in the middle, I’ll use crystal candlesticks to create height.”

Murphy also has fun incorporating bows into her holiday themes. “I’ll tie little bows of blue ribbon on chandeliers,” she says. “And on chairs, I’ll wrap gauze material into a bow in back. It adds such elegance.”

When planning your table, Murphy recommends keeping perspective. “People watch design shows on television, then try something new and usually go overboard,” she says. “They should bring in what feels right for them, not go with a certain popular style.” ...

For more of Table Design ideas be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116


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