Modern Dacha Christmas
I fancy myself a storyteller...or maybe a filmmaker. My mind works like a motion picture and the ideas and designs I dream up play like a movie in my head. I'm often inspired by colors or objects, things I've seen or memories that vividly play in Technicolor. My design and still life work grows from these images and I am able to neatly file away inspirations and ideas for concepts in the future.
For my Christmas table setting this year I was first inspired by winter. The cool shades of gray and white against the black winter skies. I love nature and wood, and the bare branches of woodland trees illuminated by the moonlight and casting shadows over the endless fields of winter snow.
I love layers of texture and the warmth of tactile fabrics like faux fur and silk velvet. I am drawn to tone-on-tone design and shapely things that stack and create layers. From the winter influences I dreamed a rustic, remote, woodland dacha. Hand-hewn wooden siding washed in black set out in a winter wood surrounded by a stand of birch trees. I accessed early memories of a children's book illustrated with a fairytale place. Simple spare interiors with wooden surfaces, pewter dishes and natural touches like pine cones and logs. These thoughts all melded together to aide me in selecting pieces to bring my work to life.
Old washed wooden boards, pieces of simple black pottery. Stones, earthenware and a sprinkling of snow to complete the look. Some might say its not "Christmas" enough!!! Others might glean an authenticity to the mix of pieces I've collected. Each holiday, each gathering of friends and family conjures more then just a place to eat. I long to share experience, perspective, add something "magical" that might not come to be by just placing food on a plate and a plate on the table.
My goal is to transport and share the running film in my head. And maybe surprise or make readers see things in a way it might have never been seen before. Mix and match with new and vintage elements, consider textures and layers and use elements including items from nature that might not be traditional. Gather, stack, study and create and then make a table- scape that is personally your own.
|A photo from Pinterest brings the exterior of the country dacha to life|
|Stacking up the style can be the first step in mixing and matching all the elements you might want to include in your holiday centerpiece.|
|The theme of "winter" broadens the reach of this table setting and opens up the possibilities to using all mix and match elements from faux fur surfaces to vintage flatware and stemware.|
|Vintage silverware in shades of gray and black team with natural stone stenciled with the season. Use stickers and paint makers to create your own theme or place card holder.|
|Black stoneware plates are layered with vintage gray soup bowls. Adding a vertical element makes the table- scape more interesting and adds to the menu by providing a service option for stew or chowder.|
|A pulled back view of the table shows a quiet and simple arrangement that beckons guests to come sit and enjoy delicious food and friendship.|
|A wide weave napkin gets a simple tie with twine and twigs. Gather other elements like pine cones and pods from your own yard.|
|Vintage glasses in a smoky cast of gray become instant terrariums fitted with faux snow and miniature bottle brush trees.|
|Mismatched by similarly hued dining pieces like serving platters, cups and creamers have a casual but curated look and keep the thread of the entire story.|
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