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New Year, New Table Looks!

January is here. After all the holiday hoopla, this is the month when school swings into super-drive, work revs up wildly, and the weather wreaks havoc on our plans – and our hair. But at Von Gern Home, we’ve got some fresh table setting ideas to take your January from meh to magical. We teamed up with the super talented Monica Ramirez de Hernandez of @latavolacolorata, who created stunning tablescapes to inspire you. Here are three table decor looks to beat the blahs!

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

Take A Trip – On Your Table!

Dreading the next few months of winter? Leave it! It’s time to put the escape back into tablescape. Monica created this table setting that is all about getting away. She used bright patterns and bold textures to evoke the exotic locale you’ve been longing for.

Monica was inpired by our Aztec Placemats that are perfect for a gorgeous getaway in the comfort of your own home. Their intricate azure and white beading is the epitome of chic, while their unique totemic pattern is utterly edgy. These hand-beaded placemats create a look that’s both luxurious and sexy – a welcome escape from the chilly winter winds!

Style them with our matching Aztec Coasters – but don’t stop there. Add bursts of vibrant colors in the form of glassware, vases, and plates.

Missing the Mediterranean? Meet our Charm Placemats. Their blue and white beading lets us lose ourselves on the sumptuous shores of our favorite island. Pair with matching Charm Coasters – or mix and match with Aztec pieces for a stunning study in seaside glam the way Monica styled the table here. Oh, and add some jewel-toned flowers – fuchsia particularly pops against these tones– and you’ll feel like you’ve just landed on your favorite beach. Now just relax, and toast your favorite coast – and the fact that you spent zero frequent flyer miles to get there!

Navy rope napkin ring

The Royal Family!

Do you find yourself looking around your empty dining room – or worse, the dreaded kitchen table? That’s a dinner downer. January’s a drag. There are no occasions to celebrate. Why should that stop you? Make your own!

May we suggest feting your family or favorite friends with a festive tablescape just because? Why not give them the royal treatment? After all, they’re the ones who rule your heart!

We turned to Monica of @latavolacolorata to create this look that is about taking your tablescape from regular to regal in mere minutes. Monica used our Textured Reversible Placemats in Gold & Silver as the perfect starting point. Their metallic surface is the base on which the rest of this luxurious tablescape is built. In this tablescape, Monica used deep purples that scream monarchy and majesty. Then she upped the aristocratic ante with gold-toned flatware and gold accents on glasses. You can use silver tones instead, for a more subdued version.

Next, explore simple, lush greenery. Wreaths make a great centerpiece for this look, and you’ve probably got a couple left over from the holidays. Why not re-purpose them the way Monica did? Remove the yuletide motifs, add some gold or silver pinecones, and add some votive candles in purple! Suddenly the same-old feels like a festive feast. Even if it’s a meatloaf you re-heated when the kids got out of practice.  Life is short. So survey your stunning celebration of today and say, “Yes, Queen!”

Navy rope napkin ring

Reverse Those Winter Woes!


Post-holiday burnout? We get it. We’ve also got a fabulous fix to elevate your mood – and your tablescape.

It’s time to turn things around. Literally! Our faux leather Reversible Placemats in Cream & Blush are a great place to start. Alternate shades between place settings, for a gorgeous Winter Wonderland feel. Keep it richly neutral with an ecru tablecloth. Add white plates with off-white candles and simple fresh greenery. Pine is particularly evocative here – it smells like the snowy splendor of the scene you’re creating! Quiet elegance is served!

Now how about something a touch….richer? Like when you low-key opt for delectable half-and-half instead of almond milk in your morning coffee. It’s all about the texture, here. We’re thinking smooth, creamy crocodile. Our Croco Reversible Placemats in Light Brown (the flip side is a sumptuous cocoa Dark Brown) are a great place to start. They provide the same monochromatic base as the leather pieces, but with an added depth. Keep your tablescape cozy chic with the same neutral accents as before. Perfect for everyday use, these placemats are easy to care for; simply wipe them down before storing them. See? We told you we’d turn your winter frown upside down!