Merry Merry

My Christmas eve table

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you all a very merry merry! This year for my table, I had a vision of a woodland scene, like a mini indoor forest with flowers and greens dancing down the table in a natural array. I called Karen Legan of Lemon Dahlia who a friend had used this fall to send me a lovely arrangement. Karen and I met at the house and once I explained my concept and showed her my linens and china, she immediately grasped the theme with enthusiasm.

My Christmas eve tableYesterday Karen arrived armed with gorgeous blooms and several boxes of greens and accoutrements and within a short time, had assembled my woodland dream.

Christmas tableSaturated colors pop from bits of bark, greens and small moss-enveloped bouquets.

Christmas table detailHere and there a hint of subtle sheen as charming ornaments shine through, such as the festooned gold bird above.

Christmas tablesetting via QuintessenceIn fact that’s what I like best about the table. There is a sense of discovery – everywhere you look a little surprise that you didn’t notice on first glance. The tiny green luster of a chestnut ornament peeking out from under a branch, below,

Quintessence tablesetting

or another bird hiding under the protective canopy of greens.

Christmas table setting

Thank you Karen – this was such a fun creative collaboration! And Merry Merry to all you readers – wishing you the most wonderful holiday!

Christmas nature inspired table

Christmas table vignette


Merry Merryall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

19 thoughts on “Merry Merry

  1. Brilliant concept , and looks terrific with your beautiful china. I will def look into sending arrangements through Lemin Dahlia. Happy Holidays.

    • Thank you Tania! They are Si Kiang by Raynaud. They were part of my wedding registry at Tiffany’s who then had them as exclusive. You can now find them many places.

  2. Dear Stacey,
    Recovering from an “I did too much Christmas.” I got back on my computer to find your
    beautiful post. My spirits soared. Thank you so much for sharing. I can imagine your
    beautiful family gathered at the gorgeous table. What a dream!!
    Looking forward to following you into the New Year.

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