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Turning the Tables

11/30/2008 04:00PM ● Published by Super Admin

Holiday gatherings with friends and family often center around your dining room table, decorated in all its festive glory. In the spirit of the season, we asked three local interior designers to describe the inspiration behind their favorite holiday tablescapes.
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As a Construction and Interior Design Consultant with Julie Smith & Associates in Granite Bay, Lisa Smith is known for breathtaking interiors and stunning outdoor living spaces.

However, she still loves designing tabletops. “Tables for me are very easy and relaxing.” But before you mistake “relaxing” to mean “casual,” she adds, “I think you should make the table that you sit at look like you did it for a magazine.”

Smith’s style plays on a dramatic mixture of new and old elements. “I like to use things that look like you got them out of an old church.” For holiday tables, she enjoys using antique angels and crystals, and mixes seasonal colors such as amber and bright green apple into a home’s existing decor.

As to settings, Smith feels strongly that plates should enhance food, not distract from it. “The chargers can be really cool,” she says. “But if a plate has a scene, when you put food on it, it just looks messy.” 

In fact, combining her background of catering and design, Smith recently wrote Cooking by Design with Lisa Smith to celebrate the notion that well-presented food can be as much of an artistic element as the table itself.


For more of Table Design ideas be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

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