Mix This With That: Table Settings

By Kate Riley November 11, 2015

Midweek greetings friends! Today in the States we honor our veterans and thank them for their service to our country, thank you men and women of our armed forces!

The family is still traveling, tomorrow we’re off to the South Island of New Zealand, our route has us landing in Christchurch then traveling to Queenstown over the next six days with plenty of exciting stops on the way.

‘Tis the season for setting a pretty table and between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve we have so many opportunities to gather. I love a table where pieces are mixed, and the best way to accomplish it is to use the basic pieces you already have and add a few new layers to spice it up for the season, perhaps a new tablecloth or salad plate to change the scene.

holiday table bunny williams

how to decorate

I invited several bloggers known for their great taste to pull together a chic table setting in their signature style, take a look at the combinations they’ve come up with. I find all of them inspiring and love the mixture of texture and color, paired with a simple seasonal centerpiece, they are all wonderful.

We all know Eddie Ross, author of the book Modern Mix and master of pulling together an inspired setting. Eddie’s medley of modern and vintage is always a delight!

eddie mix this with that

“Country meets shibori in a surprising mix of handmade modern elements that will take guests into the woods and beyond. A classic gaming pattern from Spode soars to stylish heights paired with an indigo dyed cloth and Suite One’s bread plates in a vivid turquoise. Folk art napkins pick up colors in the plates, lending a Navajo vibe. I paired casual cobalt tumblers from CB2 with modernist stemware from Crate + Barrel.”

~ Eddie


Dana from House Tweaking has such a pretty modern home, no doubt she can set a beautiful table! I just love her laid back style, she’s pulled together a setting that would look boho chic any time of year!

 dana mix this with that

“I love the idea of using a patterned kantha quilt as a tablecloth, plus double function as a throw!  You can’t go wrong with classic white dinner plates as a base for any table setting. Shake things up with a contrasting crackle gray salad plate, I love the organic texture and imperfections. Mason jars that are wrapped in leather sleeves are practical and special at the same time, they keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot!”

~ Dana


Michael from Inspired by Charm has amazing taste! When he’s not tantalizing us with one of his recipes, he’s inspiring us with his fabulous decorating and DIY projects.

michael mix this with that

“When it comes to decorating I love mixing styles and patterns. If you’ve seen my home, you’ll know this to be true. For this particular tablescape I began with a red buffalo check runner which is both classic and trendy. Natural woods look great with buffalo check so the acacia dinner plates were a perfect choice. To incorporate a touch of bling, I added a gold gilded dessert plate and glassware with an ornate stem. A perfect holiday mix.”

~ Michael


Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is a long time friend and always an inspiration! Rhoda’s blog is a wonderful read and I adore the southern flair she brings to each space she decorates!

 rhoda mix this with that

“Setting a beautiful table is so special, so for those holiday meals I enjoy my everyday Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes, mixed with the etched iced beverage Mikasa glasses to set the tone.  Choosing a complimentary salad plate like the Pier One Asheville with its bright Fall leaves adds a happy accent to the mix and the beautiful striped table runner brings in the colors of Fall so well for a subdued background to the entire table.”

~ Rhoda


Known for her impeccable taste and love of pink, we all know Ms. Making It Lovely, Nicole Balch. Today’s she’s pulled together a table setting for any season combining pale pink and indigo, one of my most favorite color combinations too.

 nicole mix this with that

“I was in need of new, everyday dishes a while back, and I went with pink. Best decision ever! In spring and summer, I like to pair the dishes with lighter, brighter colors, but for fall and winter, pale pink mixes with deeper shades like the aubergine of these glasses, and it looks great against darker colors like the navy of this tablecloth.”

~ Nicole

Aren’t they all fabulous? I just love each beautiful combination. Thank you so much Eddie, Dana, Michael, Rhoda, and Nicole for “setting” such beautiful holiday tables!

I’ll be featuring another round of ‘Mix This With That’ next week with more of your favorite bloggers, stay tuned!

Christmas Tree Giveaway

By Kate Riley November 9, 2015

This week the family is in Fiji, enjoying the food, climate, and wonderful people! Today we’re off to a boat trip to a remote island where we will be snorkeling and soaking up the sun. In two days we depart for New Zealand (South Island) and I’ll be posting our adventures on Instagram, follow along!

Before we left the States I did a little Christmas decorating in the living room to greet us on our return. I love white trees and this year Christmas Tree Market sent me a prelit 7′ Shimmering White Tree, so pretty!

linen chair white christmas tree

I strung sparkling jeweled garland on the mantel (an easy DIY I’ll share soon) and decorated the tree with just a few ornaments. I purchased a mate for my linen wingback chair earlier this year so I now have a set (I moved the club chairs up to the studio.)

white christmas tree mantel piano

There’s a new faceted mirror above the mantel, I bought it from Lamps Plus on clearance but sadly it’s not available anymore, it’s a less expensive version of the Serena & Lily mirror. I love the mix of white and gold, modern and traditional so I paired it with twin gold leaf sconces from Wisteria.

white mirror gold leaf sconce

The tree skirt is so simple – it’s two yards of teal velvet, no sewing, just draped casually around the base.

teal velvet tree skirt

I’m back to my favorite palette of mixed blues and gold this year. The white tree looks lovely when lit, I’m excited to enjoy the beauty of it when we return from our trip !

white christmas tree lit

The team at Christmas Tree Market graciously agreed to giveaway a 7.5′ (or smaller) tree to one of you! One of you will win a tree to decorate plus $150 gift card to decorate it. The winner can choose the 7′ (or smaller) or two other options.

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by picking one of these three trees, choose the 1) Shimmering White tree (shown in my living room); the 2) Sophia Springs Spruce tree (7.5′ or smaller); or the 3) Kennedy Fir tree (7.5′ or smaller). The winner will also receive a $150 gift card to decorate it too!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway