We asked interior stylist and DIY expert SARAH GUNN for a simple, fresh tablescape to celebrate the season.
Here’s how to get the look.
The centre of Gunn’s farmhouse table is lined with a French-style striped runner and white candles, plus she’s added layers of faux greenery garlands and berries, giving it a lush look. “Opting to use faux rather than real means you can keep greens on display all season,” she says. “When the party wraps up, the garland can stay displayed on the table or it can be moved to a mantle or console table.” Tip: Carry the theme through the room by hanging green wreathes in unexpected places—Gunn placed one on an oversized mirror near the table.
Matchy-matchy isn’t a must. Gunn opted to pair floral plates with a striped runner and napkins. She also pulled out gold flatware and decorative glassware to add some sparkle.
UP YOUR PLACE-CARD GAME
Since traditional paper cards can be humdrum, Gunn decided to go for something fun (and consequently, delicious) instead. She adorned each place setting with beautifully decorated gingerbread houses. And no, this look isn’t reserved exclusively for master bakers—Gunn did a quick sketch of what she had in mind and ordered the wee monogrammed houses at a local bakery. “The best part? Friends and family can take them home as gifts.”
Napkins, Wayfair, wayfair.ca. Table, Structube, structube.com. Greenery, Michaels, michaels.com. Bar cart and flatware, Target, target.com. Dinner plates and wine glasses, HomeSense, homesense.ca. Gingerbread houses and macarons, MollyCake, mollycake.ca. Mirror, salad plates and water glasses, Anthropologie, anthroplogie.com.
PICTURES TARA WEST
WORDS LISA VAN DE GEYN