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Turning the Tables

Nov 30, 2008 04:00PM ● By Super Admin

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.

Rustic and Natural
Barbara Riera, owner of Riera Design Interiors in El Dorado Hills, considers herself a spontaneous designer. “I don’t have a signature style,” she admits. “My goal is to create an atmosphere, and it’s different every time.”
With holiday table settings, Riera prefers a rich, rustic theme that incorporates what someone might find in their yard. “That makes it convenient and economical, and you can include the entire family,” says Riera. “From kids to grandparents, everyone can be part of creating the holiday table.”  
“Typically, I pick the things that are either blooming, have great foliage, or offer great color.” And when it comes to more elaborate floral centerpieces, Riera says she collaborates with Jennifer Kessler of The Proper Poppy. “She’s one of those hidden treasures…she’s absolutely fabulous.”
Additionally, Riera likes to integrate whimsical elements into her designs. “For instance, Smith & Hawken has little battery-operated white lights that can be entwined into garland to create a twinkle or sparkle.” 

Riera recommends creating favors for guests as an extra touch. “A small bouquet of bunched roses and berries, tied with twine and burlap is elegant,” she says. “One year I took little silver and gold picture frames, inserted with family photos, and used those as place cards. Or ornaments wrapped as napkin rings are beautiful too.”  ...

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