Cozy with Organic Flair
Chelsey Neuhaus, C Studio Interiors & Design, Tequesta
“I grew up in Chicago, where the winters can be brutal, so to me Christmas is about cozying up next to a roaring fireplace,” says Chelsey Neuhaus of C Studio Interiors & Design. “It’s also the one time of year I don’t want to feel like I’m on the beach.” To transform her clients’ formal dining room into a warm and cozy space to gather with friends and family for the holidays, Neuhaus set the trestle table with a runner made from layers of taupe linens and sheer sage-colored fabric finished with satin and velvet ribbons at either end.
A centerpiece crafted from a faux eucalyptus garland from Stalk Market boasts clusters of artificial berries, allium globe flowers, and traditional pine stems for an organic touch. The designer chose warm brass elements like polished cutlery, trimmed glass chargers, and both new and antique candlesticks. Decorative beaded napkin rings with brass berry details add a festive touch. Next to the quintessential Christmas fir, Neuhaus set up a buffet table decorated with garland to match the dining table, fresh pomegranates and pine cones, mercury glass trees, and a three-tiered dessert stand loaded up with tasty treats.
Traditional and Classic
Jennifer Arteaga, Jennifer Lynn Interior Design, Jupiter
“Our formal dining room is a blend of contemporary and antique treasures that my boyfriend and I have purchased over the years,” says Jennifer Arteaga of Jennifer Lynn Interior Design. “It drove the design of our table, which has a kind of tartan meets Ralph Lauren feel, so I can’t really put anything beachy or modern with it.” After covering the dining room table with a simple white tablecloth and blue chargers from Tide & Table, Arteaga layered on her own antique salad and dinner plates (takeaways from an antique market in Chicago) with plaid napkins and Christmas ornaments tied with blue and green ribbons. A mixed pine garland from Palm Beach Wholesale runs the length of the table and oscillates between crystal glassware from Ralph Lauren, nutcracker dolls, loose ornaments, pine cones, and candles displayed in varying heights and set on gold, navy, and pewter stands.
The designer also created the breathtaking floral arrangements with Asiatic lilies, astilbe, Dutch hydrangeas, podocarpus, ranunculus, and red and white roses, as well as the antique sideboard nearby. “I adore fresh flowers, lovely dinnerware, and shimmering candlelight,” she says. “Together, they make the perfect holiday table.”
Baylee Knipe, Baylee Deyon Design, Palm City
“I wanted to create a setting that felt like Florida but with a bohemian vibe that didn’t feel beachy,” says designer Baylee Knipe of Baylee Deyon Design. On the backyard patio overlooking a preserve teeming with wildlife like birds, raccoons, squirrels, and the occasional bobcat, Knipe hung golden, arabesque-shaped ornaments in glittery mesh from the pergola above the outdoor dining table. She dressed the table with an ivory faux fur runner from Home Goods and accented it with a mélange of glass and ceramic trees, deer-shaped tea lights, bunches of pampas grass, and glass pillars filled with loose gold and silver bells and twinkling LED lights.
White plates with “Merry Christmas” motifs are topped with silver and gold-starred napkins tied with eucalyptus rings; gold flatware rests upon dried, bleached palm fronds. Guests can ease back into chairs with accent pillows textured with pom-poms and spirited embroidery like “falalala.” As a finishing touch, Knipe tied a pine wreath lettered with the word “Joy” to the back door of her home: “Every time I think of the holidays, that’s the word that always comes to my mind,” she says.