My inbox has been flooded with emails from various publicists touting "modern and elegant" Thanksgiving table settings....but I was neither inspired or impressed with any of them. So I enlisted help from interior designer and friend Kyle Schuneman to create a beautiful and fresh Thanksgiving table setting. Yup, this uber-talented designer (who just so happened to be dubbed one of the "Next Wave of Top 20 Designers" in House Beautiful) created a custom design for Triple Max Tons readers....enjoy, get inspired, and I would love to see pics if you recreate this spectacular look!
Tips from Kyle on how to create your own intimate and stylish tableau:
I think that Thanksgiving should be a table full of natural elements that feel casual and elegant. I love doing a lot of chunky wood blocks at different heights with cream candles to create a really special table.
An arrangement of dried orange proteas in the center would create a focal point without blocking the conversation flow and natural linen and burlap runners and napkins would be a great textured touch.
I like combining napkin rings and place card holders in one to keep it from feeling too formal and I love the idea of using cut twigs with everyone's handwritten names on them as the name card - I think these easy personalized touches make your guests feel welcome.
For the dishware, the handmade feel is a big trend now so I love using these shaped plates and bowls in whites, creams and naturals. Having worked with multiple chefs on shows and photo shoots I have learned that food looks best on whites and creams so let the food be the star!
Aren't these tips fab? I am loving the Protea suggestion, and the dishes he selected are just perfect. I am sure the glow when all the candles are lit would make for an intimate and unforgettable setting. Genius. For more inspiration, go check out Kyle's website....lots of interior goodness over there, and follow him on Twitter for the latest steals and deals!
A big thanks to Kyle for putting together this gorgeous inspiration for a Thanksgiving table setting!