Dress (Your Table) To Impress

Dress (Your Table) To Impress

Four Fabulous Looks for a Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends, enjoying a succulent feast, and sharing gratitude for all the wonderful things in life. This is a time to not only show off your cooking skills, but also your decorating skills! Creating a stunning tablescape isn’t difficult with the right accessories and a touch of creative flair. We will share four different gorgeous looks that fit any hostess’ personality – whether your style is traditional, avant-garde, or something in between.

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Gorgeous Garlands

When we think of autumn, we think of Thanksgiving. This holiday is the hallmark of the fall season. The Garland Placemat is autumn encapsulated in a single table setting accessory. A delicately hand-beaded design of interlacing multidimensional leaves borders a jute backdrop, creating a quintessential fall motif. For an unmistakable seasonal decor, these placemats are a perfect addition to your tablescape. Add some metallic embellishments, like the gold Constellation Napkin Rings, to really emphasize the warmth of your table decor.

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Noble Knots

For a more subdued look that still maintains the warm color palette, the Knot Placemat in bronze & gold is the ideal piece. This intricately decorative placemat has a unique shape and the woven pattern is reminiscent of an intriguing optical illusion. A great way to upscale the sophistication of your Thanksgiving decor is to pair these extraordinary placemats with the Ray Napkin Rings. The warm-toned look created by this combination inspires that cozy autumn feeling, while the elegance of the bold modern shapes of these two table accessories will make your table truly majestic.

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Classy Coco

Thanksgiving table decor doesn’t necessarily need to have any traditional fall elements. You can set an ultra chic Thanksgiving table for a sophisticated dinner experience with the chic and refined Coco Placemats. These fashionable placemats feature a striking bold border pattern that is offset by a charming and delicate pearl center. For a cool-toned theme, match these placemats with the dazzling Sparkle Napkin Rings in white. If your tablescape is more warm-toned, then the brilliant Constellation Napkin Rings will be a better addition.

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Delicate Dewdrop

An elegant yet subtle tablescape is another wonderful option for a Thanksgiving celebration. White pearl is a classic and chic accessory, but it is not limited to only jewelry. Dress up your table with the Dewdrop Placemat, featuring hand-woven petite glass beads, a unique shape, and a beautiful pearl border. The iridescent and achromatic color palette of these placemats makes them a versatile piece to add to any home decor. The 3 Ring Pearl Napkin Rings perfectly complement this graceful table setting, creating a gorgeous classy look that will delight your guests.

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Frighteningly Fabulous and Fun: A Modern Halloween Tablescape

Frighteningly Fabulous and Fun: A Modern Halloween Tablescape

Halloween is a holiday of spooky fun and tasty treats. Celebrated on October 31st, this occasion is loved by children and adults alike. While the kids are out trick-or-treating, adults gather for evening soirees that can include inventive cocktails and a themed dinner. Halloween decor often involves creepy skeletons, wacky witches, and goofy ghosts, just to name a few of the typical characters. This year, Von Gern Home is doing something a little different by putting a modern twist on the usual spooky fun that Halloween is known for.

With the right table accessories and some imagination, you can get creative with your Halloween tablescape in a way that remains true to the spirit of the holiday without sacrificing luxurious style. Here are three fabulous ways to dress up your table for Halloween this year that will delight your guests of any age.

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EXQUISITELY ELEGANT

Halloween table decor does not have to be all about ghosts, ghouls and goblins. You can create a gorgeous Halloween-inspired motif without having to add any frivolous scary characters to your decorations. You don’t even have to use the traditional bright orange! Simply adopt a neutral black, white, and gray color palette to get that Halloween look while still maintaining a chic elegance to your tablescape. The Zen Placemats and coordinating Zen Coasters paired with the Beaded Napkin Rings in black & white create the ideal look without the risk of being too campy. Scatter some neutral taupe pumpkins and gourds as a finishing touch to really emphasize the holiday theme in a classy and delicate way.

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SOPHISTICATED SPOOKY

While some prefer to have a completely neutral Halloween table, others strive to maintain a balance between whimsical and graceful by sprinkling a bit of traditional Halloween decorations amongst a refined table setting. With a little bit of creativity and the right versatile table accessories, you can design a tablescape that is both playfully spooky and fashionably sophisticated. Mix and match the Woven Fringe Placemats in black & white and white & black, along with the coordinating Woven Fringe Coasters, to set the perfect tablescape that is simultaneously modern and casual. Then, have fun adding black and white Halloween decorations, such as eerie spider webs and ghostly creatures. Don’t forget the quintessential pumpkins, although keep in mind that a taupe pumpkin will complement this tablescape much nicer than a jarring orange pumpkin.

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FESTIVE FUN

For those who just want to have a vivid and lively table setting for a festive Halloween celebration, there is no better color for a central theme than the classic bright pumpkin orange. This striking color allows for some extra flexibility in adding amusing Halloween decorations such as traditional orange pumpkins, prismatic flowers, and – of course – piles of colorful Halloween candy! The Woven Fringe Placemats in orange & white paired with the coordinating Woven Fringe Coasters effortlessly create this classic Halloween look. The eclectic fringe and frills of these cheerful placemats is great for a casual Halloween buffet, while the simple design allows for ultimate creativity in adding embellishments to get the right look.

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Transitioning from Summer to Fall Decor

Transitioning from Summer to Fall Decor

Tips from Suzanne Zingg on Styling Tablescapes

Suzanne Zingg is a master tablescape stylist. She owned a fabric store for 32 years and after deciding to hang up her savvy business woman hat, Suzanne wanted a way to express her creativity while staying connected through social media. She has always enjoyed home decor, as home is her happy place, where she strives to create a beautiful atmosphere for herself and her family. Tabletop styling seemed like the perfect avenue for Suzanne to share her love of dishes and design.

Suzanne has taught us some incredible styling lessons through her Instagram gallery @suzannezinggstyle. We have used her guidance to gather four great tips for how to transition summer table accessories into an autumn tablescape.

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RECOGNIZE VERSATILITY

A staple summer pieces is the Woven Rattan Placemat in black rattan. The rattan center creates a natural organic look, while the bold pop of fringe adds a striking blast of color in classic black. At first glance, it might seem that the earthy look of this placement is fitting solely for the summer season, but this piece is much more versatile than meets the eye! The neutral rattan also nicely complements autumn shades such as auburn, terracotta, and cornsilk. Take a page out of Suzanne’s book and style these adaptable and functional placemats with fall inspired accessories and decor.

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TOO MUCH IS NEVER TOO MUCH

The Kenya Placemat is another table accessory that can be mistaken as being appropriate only for the summer season. A crisp white center and intricate outline of exotic colors makes these hand beaded placemats a bright addition to any table. Just because something is bright, however, doesn’t mean that it’s only for summer. Suzanne’s designs teach us that the trick with using bright table accessories to create an autumn table setting is to get wildly inventive and eclectic. Suzanne reminds us that too much is never too much as long as you have fun and let the creative muse carry you away. The vividly colorful Kenya Placemat paired with the Twist Napkin Ring in red can easily transition to a fall tablescape when matched with pieces that have the same vivid colors but have a more seasonally befitting motif.

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SEE INSPIRATION IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

Suzanne is a lover of luscious flower bouquets as centerpieces and says that the seasonal flowers she gets for her home are often the inspiration for her tablescapes. Inspiration for a beautiful table doesn’t have to come only from other table designs, but rather can be taken from absolutely anywhere! A glittery silver and gold clutch mirrors the Graphic Sparkle Placemat in white & silver, and the whole look is perfectly tied together with a crisp white napkin with delicate gold embellishment.

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PLAY WITH DRAMATIC FLAIR

The Maasai Placemat and Beaded Napkin Ring in blue, red & yellow are a melange of lively hues and most people would probably pair these with more subdued accessories. Not Suzanne! She is a big believer in playing with dramatic flair. She channeled her inner Ralph Lauren and styled these eye-catching accessories with equally flamboyant pieces to create a stunning tablescape that Mr. Lauren himself would be proud of. The summer is a time for dramatic colors and that same flair can transition into the fall season when you dare to create something extraordinary.

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Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

Summer is all about fun in the sun with loved ones. This is the best season for entertaining, as everyone is in high spirits and the outdoors provide a wonderful venue for getting together. Summer entertaining has its own aesthetic that is bright, colorful, and natural. The best accessories for summer entertaining are both practical and visually pleasing.

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Inspired by the Adriatic

The Adriatic Sea encapsulates serenity, beauty, and exquisiteness. The colorful Charm Placemats and Aztec Placemats with coordinating Charm Coasters and Aztec Coasters reflect the majestic charm of this exotic seascape in multiple shades of blue. Bring the stunning allure of the Adriatic to your summer table with these unique hand-beaded table accessories.

These multicolored placemats and coasters are a perfect match for a variety of other table decor. Pair with the Quatro Napkin Rings in either navy or white to highlight different aspects of this brilliant color motif and emphasize the modern geometric look. Alternatively, dress up with the Cord Napkin Rings or Flow Napkin Rings in navy to accentuate the organic and airy features of these dynamic placemats and coasters. Finish with the Lacquer Tray in navy for a complimentary nautical flourish.

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Whimsical Wovens

One of the best ways to create a casual chic look for your tabletop is to opt for accessories that are made out of hand-woven natural materials. The Woven Rattan Placemat is a perfect accessory to inspire that natural vibe in your table decor. With an extra pop of striking color on the outer fringe, these natural placemats add a special vibrancy to the tablescape.

The Woven Rattan Placemats create an earthy natural base for the table motif while the colored fringe allows for some whimsical playfulness in matching other tabletop accessories. Pair the Woven Rattan Placemats in orange with the Cord Napkin Rings in orange and the Lacquer Tray in plum to create a luscious color spectrum that emanates that al fresco beachside feel for your summer entertaining. Or you can pair the Woven Rattan Placemat in yellow with either the Quatro, Flow, or Cord Napkin Rings in yellow for a sunny ambiance. With a large variety of different bright colors to choose from, there is so much fun to be had in creating vivacious combinations.

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The Bead Creed

Beaded table accessories are the crossroad between sophistication and delightfulness. Intricate hand-beaded patterns exude luxurious refinement that can be best described as playfully elegant. Beads combine the formal with the casual to form the most versatile table accessories that seamlessly fit into both modern and rustic home decor.

The bestselling Sprinkles Placemat, reminiscent of a delicious ice cream cone on a sunny day, adds instant fun to any table decor. The array of vivid colors interlaced into this enchanting design allows for unlimited creativity in matching with other table accessories. The Quatro Napkin Rings or the Flow Napkin Rings, available in an assortment of bold colors, pair beautifully with these exciting placemats. Be inventive and have fun with the seemingly endless color combinations that you can create with these extraordinary table accessories.

For a more subtle look that still possesses the allure of a beaded style, the Zen Placemat in taupe & white displays a delicate pattern with a neutral color palette. These graceful placemats bring to mind white sandy beaches, adding a fresh and summery feel to the tablescape. Pairing these elaborate yet gentle placemats with the Flow Napkin Rings in white completes that perfect summer neutrals look.

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Fabulous Fourth of July

Fabulous Fourth of July

Summer is in full swing and Fourth of July is approaching fast! Fourth of July is the third most celebrated holiday in the US and it is all about gathering around the table. Since the table is the centerpiece of this popular celebration, the table setting is the most important decor for this holiday.

The traditional color scheme for the Fourth of July is red, white and blue, but this bold color scheme can quickly turn gaudy and unflattering with the wrong decoration strategy. There is an easy way to create a very sophisticated yet whimsical look that will delight your guests. Start with a classic placemat on a neutral tablecloth for elegance, then add creative and lively embellishments for playfulness.

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The Patriotic Flair

The Splatter Placemats in red or blue are a perfect foundation for a chic table setting. Either mix and match the red and blue, or stick to one color variation. These stylish placemats can be repurposed all year round for other events or as staple pieces in your home decor.

Pair with the Wood & Stripes Napkin Rings to add the stripes reminiscent of the American flag to your decor. Just as with the Splatter Placemats, you have the flexibility to either mix and match red and blue, or stick to one color variation for a uniform look. For a more monochromatic look, you can accessorize with the Rope Napkin Rings in navy. These chic napkin rings can be used for any occasion.

Turtle and Starfish decorative objects are such an enchanting and amusing adornments to add to the table setting. These fun sea creatures add that modern bold pop of color and will surely put a smile on your guests’ faces. Use them as a casual home decoration throughout the summer once Fourth of July passes.

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Flip the Script

The Patent Reversible Placemats are a must-have table accessory. Available in a variety of color combinations, the turquoise & blue, orange & red, and yellow & white placemats are the ideal table decor for your Fourth of July party. These versatile placemats feature the quintessential patriotic shades of red, white, and blue on one side, and bright summery hues of orange, yellow, and turquoise on the other side. With a single flip, these placemats transform colors, giving you double the decoration capability in a single accessory. Mix and match the red, white, and blue placemats for an eclectic look, or pick a single color variation and use tabletop accessories in other colors to complete the patriotic color scheme.

The Turtle and Starfish decorative objects can either add a striking contrast or harmoniously compliment the vivid colors of the Patent Reversible Placemats.

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Nautical Charm

The Woven Fringe Placemats in blue & white are ideal for outdoor entertaining. These fun placemats are practical, charming, and adaptable to a variety of different tablescapes.

Use these fashionable contemporary placemats as a base for your Fourth of July table and add red accent to the table in different creative ways. You can have red foods such as berries available on the table as a delicious decorative snack. Alternatively, you can use our decorative Lacquer Tray in red to serve food or drinks, adding that pop of color.

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Classic Memorial Day Table Settings with a Modern Twist

Classic Memorial Day Table Settings with a Modern Twist

Memorial Day is a holiday which exudes duality. Originally, Memorial Day marked the day that honored the men and women, who have served in the United States military. Eventually, Memorial Day also became known as the unofficial first day of summer. The two faces of Memorial Day – one serious and the other jovial – has become the essence of this holiday.

In the late 1860s, people would visit national cemeteries on May 30th and decorate the individual graves with flowers and flags, giving rise to Memorial Day’s original name: Decoration Day. Officially becoming a federal holiday in 1971, Memorial Day was observed by hosting family gatherings and organizing commemorative parades. The patriotic roots of this holiday give rise to the red, white, and blue theme.

These commemorative gatherings soon evolved into a festive celebration that also serves as a kickstarter to summer fun. This day became dedicated to barbecues, pool parties, hanging out on boats, and the opening of beaches. The nautical theme that characterizes the other face of Memorial Day emerged from these marine-focused activities. So in one holiday, there is a juxtaposition of the formal and the lighthearted; the patriotic and the familial; the red, white, and blue, and the nautical.

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Stylish Reversible Placemats

Highlighting the decorative duality of what was originally known as Decoration Day, Von Gern Home introduces the Memorial Day Collection, featuring the perfect staple pieces to complement both the original motif and the modern twist associated with this day. Celebrate in style by dressing your table with versatile table setting that are seemingly tailor-made for Memorial Day but are also adaptable for the entire summer season.

The Patent Reversible Placemats in Red & Orange, Yellow & White, and Turquoise & Blue feature bold red, white, and blue hues on one side and beachy bright orange, yellow, and turquoise on the other side. These placemats are ideal for a classic patriotic Memorial Day theme and can be flipped to match a more mellow vibe for the rest of the summer season. These fashionable placemats are sophisticated and chic, yet at the same time create an artistically festive ambiance.

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Fun Napkin Rings

To complement the patriotic and nautical duality of Memorial Day, the Starfish Napkin Rings are a quintessential addition to the table decor. These fun napkin rings are a striking deep blue that both matches the original shade within the American flag and is, at the same time, reminiscent of the open sea. These unique napkin rings are both decadent and whimsical, perfect for casual table settings but also seamlessly fit to a more formal tablescape.

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Nautical Decor

An unexpected decoration to bring everything together and add that impeccable finishing touch is the Sea Creatures from the Decorative Objects collection. Medium Starfish in orange and white, Large Starfish in navy, red, and yellow, as well as the Sea Turtle in red are utterly delightful adornments that can add a fun embellishment to a Memorial Day table and be reused throughout the entire summer. The glossy resin finish gives these decorative objects a contemporary and refined look that transcends the merely casual.

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we are reflecting on what makes mothers so incredible. As it turns out, there is some science on this very topic! Two researchers at the University of Arizona conducted a study to see what makes the best mothers. This study shows that the best mothers are those who are well taken care of, emotionally speaking. More specifically, there are four factors that help mothers show up as their best selves for their children.

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Experiencing Unconditional Acceptance

Experiencing unconditional acceptance involves feeling loved, respected, and seen for the person that you are. We feel that it is not enough to feel accepted by others, but that self-acceptance is also crucial. Accepting yourself and your genuine desires often takes the form of allowing yourself to have nice things because you recognize that you deserve them. Mothers always want the best for their children, but sacrifice quality for themselves. However, the science reveals that giving children the best is achieved by mothers also giving themselves the best!

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Comfort

Mothers undoubtably feel stress on a daily basis. Each mother needs to have a personal safe haven that provides her with the comfort necessary to manage the tension caused by having to be a superhero for her family. Comfort can be provided by loving people, but it is also offered by a cozy, serene, and pleasant home. Creating a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary is the next step that science prescribes for mothers who want to be the best version of themselves for their children.

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Expressing Authentic Self

A mother often loses her sense of who she is as a person because her attention is always on her family. Hardly anyone sacrifices more of themselves than a mother – they are the modern day martyrs. A huge part of being a good mother is being true to one’s own personality, spirit, and values. A mother needs to treasure her individual personhood and allow her unique light to shine through. One of the best ways to assert and convey authenticity is through style, whether it is the way a mom dresses herself or the way she dresses her home. Focusing on home decor is the perfect strategy for a mother’s emotional thriving, as suggested by science, because it allows for both an expression of her authenticity and for creating comfort.

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Satisfaction With Friendships

Importantly, the study found that the frequency of engaging with friends is most important. Maintaining friendships is difficult for the modern day mother, as she is so busy with taking care of her family, her home, and often juggling a job alongside all these other important responsibilities. One fantastic approach to maintain frequent social interactions is to host friends in one’s home. For a mother who follows the science-based advice provided in this post, her home will reflect who she is as an individual and this will work to further reinforce personal relationships with anyone invited into her special sacred place.

A mother who cares about providing the best for her family absolutely must focus on providing the best for herself as well. Women often take great care in decorating their living room and bedroom, but they cannot neglect the dining area. Mealtimes are crucial for time spent with family and friends – breaking bread is one of the oldest and best ways to strengthen and sustain relationships. Create a dining area that reflects your own radical self-acceptance, provides beautiful comfort, expresses your authentic personality, and design a wonderful setting to share meals with the people who matter most.

 

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Easter Tablescape Ideas to Get You Excited for Spring

Easter Tablescape Ideas to Get You Excited for Spring

Spring is in the air, and that means that Easter is just around the corner. This year, gather family and friends around a festive table, set with bright colors and bold hues of yellows, greens, and pinks. Our placemats and table accessories are perfect for any Easter get-together, large or small, with a variety of textures and colors sure to guarantee everyone have an egg-cellent time.

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Navy and white lacquer stripe placemat

Striking Stripes

Approach your Easter celebration with a modernist take on traditional springy hues. Start with a raw linen tablecloth in a neutral color and layer our Lacquer Stripe Placemats in sunny yellow and warm gray. Reminiscent of the springtime sun and the freshness of the changing seasons, the curvilinear geometric stripes and striking lacquer offer a touch of minimalist glamour- a splendid juxtaposition with a natural linen tablecloth.

Add festive easter eggs strewn around the table or grouped in pretty decorative bowls. Dried floral moss arranged directly on the table offers a lovely hint of greenery. Double up on the festive sunny color with our coordinating Lacquer Stripe Coasters and adorable marshmallow Peeps.

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Spring Green

For many, Easter marks the start of spring and the new growth of the coming season. Explore the freshness of green with your Easter tablescape this year. Layer our Woven Fringe Placemats in eye-catching lime and white atop a neutral linen tablecloth. Crafted from “green” recycled plastic twine, these colorful placemats will surely delight and bring much-needed joy and freshness to your tabletop – perfectly synonymous with spring!

In lieu of traditional florals, scatter small silver or glass dishes filled with assorted candy treats in a variety of festive colors. Guests will be delighted by your fresh take on a centerpiece, and everyone will enjoy picking from the variety of sweet nibbles available. Add fun and practical Woven Fringe Coasters for an extra textural element. Effortlessly celebratory, this whimsical tablescape is sure to have everyone feeling the springtime spirit.

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Festive Fringe

Embrace bright colors this Easter with a festive marshmallow Peeps-inspired tablescape. Incorporate color and texture with our Woven Fringe Placemats and mix bold pops of bright pink, magenta, yellow, and white.

Create an illusion of a live tablescape by layering dried floral moss directly on your tabletop or tablecloth to create a natural runner in an organic shape. Tuck colored Easter eggs, candies or marshmallow Peeps into the green runner to delight your guests. Finish by cinching napkins with our bright Floral Napkin Rings for an extra touch of springtime feeling. This joyous whimsical tablescape is a feast for the eyes that is sure to delight and impress your Easter guests.

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Celebrate Ukraine

Weighing on our hearts this Easter is the conflict in Ukraine. This year, pay homage to the culture and traditions of the Ukrainian people and explore the heritage of this incredible Eastern European country.

The rich culture and centuries-old heritage of Ukraine serve up colorful inspiration for our Easter tablescape. Brightly-colored painted eggs, known as Pysanka, are strewn about the table. While traditionally decorated using natural dyes such as onion peel, for a rich mahogany hue, and beetroot for vibrant reds and pinks, feel free to honor this tradition at home and use store-bought food coloring. Invite the kids to join in and create festive accents together all while honoring global traditions.

Delight your guests with traditional Ukrainian Easter foods, such as Medovik (honey cake), Smetannik (sour cream cake), and Ukrainian crepes, known locally as Nalysnyky. Our beaded Sprinkles Placemats with a rainbow array of colors add a playful element and festive energy to this Easter table setting. Finish by cinching napkins with beaded Floral Napkin Rings.

Looking to change up your Easter desserts this year? Try this recipe for Medovik cake courtesy of Natasha’s Kitchen.

 

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Beat the Winter Blues with a Colorful Table Setting

Beat the Winter Blues with a Colorful Table Setting

The winter lull can often leave us drained and uninspired. Compound that with snowy days, chilly temperatures, and slushy sidewalks – who wouldn’t be feeling bogged down in the mundane? This year, conquer those feelings with a few of our tabletop favorites and invite color, pattern, and texture to your table! Allow your tablescape to transport you to your favorite destinations around the globe and bring warmth and color into your home!
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Escape to the Mediterranean

Evoke the essence of the French Riviera with the new lacquer Antibes Placemat and Coaster. Inspired by Aperol Spritzes, terracotta roof tiles, and sunsets over the gleaming waters of the Mediterranean, this bold injection of cream and orange will have you forgetting about the chilly temperatures and transported to summers on the water.

Complete your table setting with a fun napkin ring. Our Pearl Cluster Napkin Rings introduce a classic, textural element to the table. Horn Napkin Rings incorporate the timeless chic of horn, updated in an elegant and modern way with a bold pop of lacquer. The orange colorway is the perfect match for the Antibes Placemat, and the juxtaposition of natural horn and lacquer is sure to catch the attention of everyone at your table.

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Play with Texture

Incorporate texture into your tablescape with our wide range of beaded placemats and coordinating beaded coasters.

Elevate the everyday with a bold exotic placemat that provides a visual escape from the traditional tabletop elements. As intricate as the process used to make them, the Madagascar Placemats and Maasai Placemats combine graphic geometric patterning with vibrant color combinations inspired by African beaded jewelry. Create contrast, utilizing these coloful beaded placemats with a solid tablecloth, or add visual intrigue by layering the placemats against a patterned tablecloth.

Looking to add even more interest to your table setting? Our Beaded Napkin Rings perfectly coordinate with our African-inspired beaded placemats, with three interlocking beaded rings in vivid colors and bold stripes.

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Lacquer Stripe Placemats

Plum Perfection

Lift moods and elevate spirits with an injection of vibrant color.

Drawn to the modern, curvilinear stripes of the Lacquer Stripe Placemats? Consider the deep warmth and visual interest of the Lacquer Stripe Placemats in plum and white. A striking addition to the table, the high gloss lacquer brings a reflective quality to the tabletop, playing against candlelight or overhead mood lighting.

Immerse your tablescape in the plum hue with a coordinating Lacquer Tray, in three convenient sizes, and the Lacquer Stripe Coasters. Available in the matching plum and white, these lacquer coasters, with their half-oval shape, add an unexpectedly modern element to the table.

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Set the Perfect Table for Valentine’s Day Celebration at Home

Set the Perfect Table for Valentine’s Day Celebration at Home

This year, bring love into your Home with our selection of placemats, tableware and accessories.

Valentine’s Day looks a little different for everyone, but the one consistent element is love. Whether that be love for your children, closest friends, spouse, partner or even budding relationship, show them just how much you care with a thoughtfully-laid Valentine’s Day table, sure to set the mood for a festive time! This year, celebrate in the warmth, comfort and convenience of your home!

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Play With Patent

Show your children just how much you love them with a cheerful and fun meal together. Incorporate whimsy and color while keeping in mind that meals with children, like finger foods and Valentine’s Day chocolates can be a bit messy.

When planning a child-friendly meal, consider utilizing our Patent Reversible Placemats, adding bright color and festive elegance, convenient for easy clean-up. The Patent Reversible Placemats easily wipe off with a damp cloth. Add fun and whimsical touches to your child-friendly celebration and share the love with your children.

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Fun With Friends

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your closest friends? Incorporate fresh, festive metallics through the Trio Reversible Placemats, with an eye-catching geometric mix of fuchsia, pink, and silver hues all boldly set off through graphic color blocking.

Mix in our angular Capri Lacquer Coasters and Ombre Napkin Rings for an unexpectedly-layered pink color scheme. Allow the tablescape to transport you back to fun nights out on the town, shared laughter and past celebrations together.

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Lacquer Stripe Placemats

Lovely Lacquer

Setting the table for your spouse, partner or new flame? Why not pull out all the stops and utilize color and pattern boldly with our Circus Placemats or Lacquer Stripe Placemats. Bring the allure of geometry to the table and highlight the juxtaposition of red and white! High gloss lacquer adds an unexpected textural element to the table, and plays quite nicely with flickering candlelight.

Pair the placemats with coordinating lacquer coasters and red napkin rings for an elegant, put together feel. Alternatively, add an unstructured element of surprise to the table with red Horn Napkin Rings, Zinc & Leather Napkin Rings or Wood & Stripes Napkin Rings. Use color to hint at an evening of romance in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Ultimately, no matter who will be at your table this Valentine’s Day, bring the love, the festivity, and the romance home with placemats, coasters and table accessories from Von Gern Home. Celebrate love at home, gathered around a perfectly-set table with those you love the most!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Start the year on a high note with these fresh tabletop decor ideas!

 

Indulge your dramatic side with daring tablescapes as you celebrate friends new and old, the highs of the past year, and excitement for the year to come.

Rely on wintry colors—black counts too!—paired with a little shimmer and a lot of sparkle. For textures and materials, our favorite winter table settings take cues from our favorite party attire. Sleek shell pieces that look like jewelry, metallic wovens, and pebbled leathers will lift your table to new heights as you and your guests ring in the new year.

Cheers to a joyous 2022!

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Navy and white lacquer stripe placemat

Pearlescent

Craving a decadent New Year’s dinner by the glow of candlelight? Indulge in pearly place settings in cool, silvery hues.

Start with a solid linen tablecloth and layer our dazzling Pearl Placemats in a coordinating hue on top. Give your go-to glassware and cloth napkins a home with coordinating Pearl Coasters and Napkin Rings, opulent when dressed up with fine china or downplayed with simple, white plates.

Leather more your thing? These Split Reversible Placemats shimmer in combinations of pearl and silver or blue and silver—so pick your favorite side or mix both color combinations together for some added visual interest. Pair them with these silver Rope Napkin Rings or Pearl Cluster Napkin Rings to elevate your favorite fringed napkins while adding elegant textures to your table.

To top it all off, polish up your silver service and pile platters high with apples, figs, and olives. Dot the center of your table with simple vases of white dahlias or ranunculus, sprinkle in some pearly baubles leftover from your tree, and your tabletop design is party ready!

Navy rope napkin ring

Shimmer and Shine

Desiring a more dramatic party? Black feels especially apropos for a winter soiree. Ground your table with this rich color and enliven it with shimmery and sparkly accents. For a crisp foundation, we favor metallic tablecloths and go bold with our dinnerware. Black and gold-rimmed china, smoke glass coupes, and flatware in matte finishes up the ante atop our Sparkle Placemats in black and gold.

Want a truly kaleidoscopic table? Set out these Celestial Placemats and coasters made of iridescent crushed shells. With green, blue, black, and creamy shimmer, these unique pieces look perfect with almost any accent color!

Neatly wrap each napkin in Sparkle Napkin Rings—again, available in black and gold—or our jet black Rope Napkin Rings.
Deep purple foliage and fruits and a carafe of your favorite winter wine make a spectacularly moody centerpiece.

Red ombre round placemat
Red ombre round placemat

Rosy Future

Looking toward the year ahead with excitement? Bring those positive vibes to your holiday tablescape! Nothing creates a sense of optimism quite like pairings of pink and white, so build your table around this cheery color combination. Start with a tablecloth in a pinkish hue or simple white, and layer our Pearl Placemats (available in both rose and white) on top.

Go monochromatic with your placemats and linens for a chic, traditional look, or mix pink and white elements together for added flair. With these placemats as a colorful base, we love using decadent fine china, edged in gold and silver. For an even bolder look, consider pulling out your favorite geometric or floral china, preferably a pattern with pinks in the mix. Add your favorite flatware, set your glassware atop our Pearl Coasters, and turn your attention to the accessories.

Like jewelry for your table, our Pearl Napkin Rings and Pearl Cuff Napkin Rings add a glamorous finish to each place setting.

Set a practical centerpiece for your New Year’s affair. One of charcuterie staples, simple vases of tiger lilies, and spectacular serving pieces lining the table is sure to stand out!

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Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

Three color palettes for spreading Christmas cheer to your holiday tabletop design

Haul out the holly and, while trimming the tree and festooning your home, save some chic for a happy, holiday table! A mix of extra ornaments, garland, candy confections, and gingerbread, combined with winter’s best blooms—hello paperwhites and amaryllis—make deliciously chic centerpieces with endless color combinations!

Red and green décor is not the only option for a Christmas dinner! Experiment with table decorations and desserts alike, pulling out your favorite pieces and recipes for a party sure to delight. After all, we always advocate for using exactly what you have and having fun with the mix, and the holidays are no exception.

So, curate your favorite Christmas playlist and relax; we have holiday tabletop ideas for every kind of hostess.

Stripes and solids lacquer placemat white turquoise
Navy and white lacquer stripe placemat

Silver and Gold

For a sophisticated Christmas tabletop setting, try silver and gold décor. Start your table with a shimmering tablecloth in your metallic color of choice and layer our Graphic Sparkle Placemats (available in three styles!) or our Textured Metallic Reversible Placemats on top, for a dash of something dazzling. With these placemats as your base, select your favorite china—styles with metallic rims and motifs look extraordinary in the mix—and faceted glassware for place settings sure to shine. Even white dishes mixed with gleaming flatware pop against this metallic base, so work with what you have!

Napkins look stately cuffed in our Pearl Cluster Napkin Rings or Pearl Cuff Napkin Rings – a modern take on a style staple. Set out your centerpiece ahead of the holiday rush—surrounding vases of peonies and dusty miller, or scattered ranunculus and fir cuttings, with an assortment of your shiniest silver and gold baubles. Fill flutes with your favorite champagne and raise a toast to your loved ones.

Navy rope napkin ring

Warm and Wonderful

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Relaxed evenings with a crackling fire, mulled wine, and cozy conversations around the Christmas tree are distinct joys of the season. To up your party’s homey appeal—with elegance enough to satisfy—incorporate rich red and brown tones and ample texture all around your table.

Lay out a crisp, white tablecloth for a bright foundation. Pull out our Splatter Placemats in shades of bronze or Splatter Placemats in vibrant red, and top these with classic, white lettuce ware or decorative china for welcome texture. With a classic base set, use floral and embroidered napkins freely. Create charming centerpieces with lots of texture, using fir branches and colorful ornaments or red-hued floral arrangements of peonies, Japanese maple cuttings, and plumosa. The overall effect is equally cozy and polished.

Red ombre round placemat
Red ombre round placemat

Holly and Ivy

Red and green never disappoint for a Christmas party. Nothing says Christmas quite like bunches of china berries, stems of holly, and sweetly cascading ivy adorning stoops, begging guests come calling.

Start your fresh take on this classic color pairing with a gleaming mahogany tabletop or floral tablecloth as your base. Add shimmer to your table with Reversible Metallic Placemats or a dose of sumptuous, red lacquer with these Ombre Placemats for a perfectly modern look. With a base of complementary colors set, get creative with your china. Classic patterns adorned with fancy florals and sleek, chromatic dishes work seamlessly here. Your favorite glassware will stand out atop these Ombre Lacquer Coasters. (Bonus: they make great Christmas gifts!)

Tie cloth napkins with red Sparkle Napkin Rings or red Horn Napkin Rings and turn your attention to the centerpiece. Continue your color scheme, placing potted amaryllis and bright, brass candlesticks down the table for an easy, festive finish.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

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