After an insanely fun media console styling session last month, Tasha from Tchotchkes Interior Design and I have teamed up again to bring a little nostalgic yuletide inspiration to Holiday gatherings this season. This time we’ve brought Retro Wanderlust (the shop in the Minneapolis area for all things vintage home) along for the ride and challenged ourselves to think beyond the quintessential red and green palette and instead focus on less ‘in-yo-face’ festive cues like greenery, Holiday motifs, cozy textures, and candlelight to bring home the warm, merry appeal. Below we’re talking through how we arrived at this look, so you can recreate for your own gathering!
The intent was to create visual interest by layering textures and materials.
Let’s take it from the top, shall we?
We started with a beautiful woven plaid fabric as the jumping off point for the entire scheme. The cognac, frosty blue, and black tones offered a non-traditional, yet nostalgic take on Holiday entertaining.
Once the color palette was nailed down, greenery was the next natural step. See what I did there? (wink. wink.) We separated bunches of spruce, pine and cedar into smaller branch clusters and intertwined them with one another. There’s no wire holding the sprigs together in here. Just straight up greens that we picked up at Home Depot with taper candles sprinkled in for a little sparkle magic.
From there, we turned our attention to the place settings and gathered pieces from Retro Wanderlust, Target & Tasha’s Chairish Shop. The intent was to create visual interest by layering textures and materials such as sea grass, stoneware, porcelain, and wood.
Drink stations are great for playing up the vintage vibe, but also useful for guests to fix a refill without you having to offer or them needing to ask.
And finally, what’s a nostalgic Holiday party without a drink station? Drink stations are great for playing up the vintage vibe, but also useful for guests to fix a refill without you having to offer or them needing to ask. It’s one less thing on your plate as the host. Our bar cart checklist included: 4 common spirits decanted and labeled with vintage bottle tags, ice, glassware and fun garnishes like citrus and herbs.
Digging this Setup? Recreate The Look at Your Place:
TABLE: Sea Grass Chargers | Black Stoneware Dinner Plates | White Scalloped Salad Plate | Wood Bowls | Napkins | Napkin Rings | Amber Goblets | Light Blue Tall Glasses | Silverware | Dining Chairs | Brass Pheasants | Holiday Wreath | Chandelier | Ollie Eksell Print