A small touch of sparkle can be the perfect addition to a holiday table, and I love the effect of using Mercury glass in contrast to a natural setting like this one. It has a subtle shimmer that catches the light and compliments the earthy hues and raw materials. Mercury glass is currently trendy with major retailers as seen here and here and can also be created as a DiY craft project at home, following this tutorial. Here are some styling tips for creating a similar tablescape:
1. Gather weathered branches and paint white. For a more rustic look, use a flat white spray paint and a gentle 1-2 coats of spray. To achieve full coverage, you'll be better off painting the branches with a brush and white primer or semi-gloss paint (as the wood tends to suck up the spray paint rather quickly).
2. Set your holiday table. This table is an unfinished wood, and the green patterned runner incorporates a subtle silver, green and blue color palette. Silver chargers add a touch of sophistication.
3. Add your branches and intersperse with Mercury Glass candle holders (found here) and other items. This table uses natural pine cones, but glass ornaments would be perfect for the holidays.
4. A pop of contrasting color like these red pomegranates adds an element of fun and can be used as a placecard (as shown here).
photos + styling © cake. 2011