Woven & Wonderful

Woven & Wonderful

Get your summer table popping with color and texture to boot!

With so many hours of evening summer sun, we are taking advantage of the day’s last rays and moving our dinners outside. Lit by candles and bistro bulbs alike, these backyard fêtes are colorful affairs grounded by tablescapes as cheerful and colorful as the company.

Taking our color cues from far-flung color destinations like Amalfi, Mexico City, and Santorini, we are spicing up our summer soirees with beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and pink. So, get inspired and set a date. You have a party to plan!

Richly Romantic

If a trip to Positano is not on your roster this summer, bring the colorful magic of its bougainvillea bursting with pink buds atop walls of rich ochre to your home with a decadent summer dinner full of colors that delight.

Lay down a colorful tablecloth in a fun hue or cheery pattern—we’re loving Josef Hoffman prints for their playfulness and bold colors. Taking notes from the the hues on display, layer our Woven Fringe Placemats on top for a sustainable, statement-making base (Fun fact: These pieces are handmade of sustainably sourced recycled twine).

Top your placemats with delicate dishes in shades of blue and white (Royal Copenhagen anyone?) for an unexpected change in scale and color. Simple flatware set atop linen napkins with hems in a shocking pink keep things playful and make room for simple drinking glasses.

For a gorgeous, sustainable centerpiece, pile this season’s citrus and other ripe fruits in the center of the table and place a piece on every plate for a pop of color and a tasty after dinner treat.

Fiesta Fantastic

Needing a tablescape that feels fresh and fun day to night? Look no further than Mexico City for color and pattern inspiration a-plenty. Our high-impact setting works perfectly for a weekend brunch, al fresco luncheon, or sizzling evening soiree. Whip up a pitcher of sangria or margaritas, dishes of homemade salsa and guacamole, and let us show you the rest!

Starting with a colorful, checked tablecloth, set out our Woven Rattan Placemats—we chose pink to complement the tablecloth’s hues—and top them with zesty, glazed plates. Place a carnation or rose on each plate for a bit of drama or tie up colorful napkins with our beaded Floral Napkin Rings for sweet floral touches.

As a final, fun touch, serve ice-cold Topo Chico waters and margaritas atop our Woven Fringe Coasters. Salud!

Thank you @shoptheavenue for creating this beautiful table setting.

Colorfully Complementary

Like Santorini at sunset, this summery tablescape comes alive with fresh hues of orange and blue. It’s a perfect color pairing for breezy brunches and simple suppers. We combined a delicate, floral tablecloth with our orange Woven Rattan Placemats to create an eye-catching base for each place setting.

Topped with vividly colored, floral plates, white linen napkins, and bamboo-stemmed flatware, this tablescape balances petite prints and details with enough bold colors and textures to entertain the eye. Bud vases filled with loose bunches of orange blooms and bowls of fresh peaches continue the color story down the table while keeping things simple and chic.

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Christmas Table Setting Three Ways

Christmas Table Setting Three Ways

There’s a Christmas table setting style for everyone—no matter the size of your gathering. Here’s how to get three looks.

With Thanksgiving behind us, there’s less than a month until Christmas. That means we’re approaching our favorite part of the holiday season: Setting the table. Although this Christmas might be different than in seasons past (we’re all for virtual celebrations and intimate gatherings), there’s no reason to overlook your Christmas table setting. In fact, we’d argue now is a better time than ever to celebrate the simple things. Your Christmas table setting is a great place to start. While thoughts of Christmas decor might conjure images of red and green tartan or candy cane stripes, the truth is there’s no one way to decorate for the season. Like all decor, it’s all about what you like—meaning the best table settings are the most personal. Looking for some inspiration to get you started? We’ve laid out three different styles, and outlined the items you’ll need to get each look. Consider these your jumping-off points, whether you want to completely recreate the look, or combine elements from one (or all three!) with your own style. Remember, at Von Gern Home we believe there’s no wrong way to set the table. Happy holidays! Cancelled festivities and virtual holiday meals may be putting a damper on your creative table setting efforts. But we’d encourage you to reconsider. In fact, there may be no better time to indulge in a thoughtfully-laid table. Here’s why … 

Modern Metallic

Red and green who? There’s no kitschy decor in sight on this sophisticated table. This Christmas table setting is perfect for the elegant host who appreciates modern style with a touch of celebratory glam (tastefully done, of course). Start by setting your base with a subtly textural backdrop—either in the form of a metallic tablecloth like this or even a natural wood table. Then, set a row of pine down the middle of the table. Next step? Layer in lightness. Here, that comes in the form of metallic touches on the brass ornaments nestled in the pine and VGH shimmer placemats (Bonus: They’re reversible, so you get two tablescapes for the price of one!). For the dinnerware, keep it clean with simple whites and clear glassware. Then, add softness with a few flowers in muted tones. Don’t have time to hit the florist? Grocery store blooms work just fine. Dinner—and elegance–is served.

Natural Layers

Looking to get back to nature this Christmas? This Christmas table setting is for all those who’ve taken refuge in a house in the country this year—or are stuck home pining for one.

First, set your base with a natural motif. This can be a floral tablecloth, fabric with a leaf or flower pattern, or even wrapping paper printed with branches or flowers! Then, set the table with colorful place settings that pull out the colors in the backdrop.

We love these beaded sparkle placematswhich have just the right amount of shimmer, and coordinating napkin ringswhich dress up even the simplest linen napkin.

The final touch? The centerpiece, where the more the merrier. Set a base with pine branches (from your Christmas tree shop or foraged if you can!). Then, add in any and all colorful accents: berries (real or faux), ornaments, colorful leaves, flowers, or decorative birds.

Let the festivities begin.

Winter White

Because we know bold color isn’t for everyone, here’s our take on merry minimalism. For your base, find something textural, to add a bit of interest to the monochromatic look. A linen or woven tablecloth works, but kraft paper is another easy and budget-friendly option.

To up the elegance we love the Lacquer Shell Placemat, with Pearl Napkin Rings for additional texture. (Looking for a warmer palette? Try the Splatter Placemat in bronze, as seen here).

If you’ve got fine china, go for it, but with these glam accents, even the most basic white plates will look celebration ready. For your centerpiece, lay a base of winter branches (foraged or bought, fake or real—no judgment here!). Then, add in a handful of white flowers (remember, you can always buy an inexpensive bouquet at your grocery store!) and accent with clear glass ornaments.

Who said white was boring?

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