This year I’ve somehow proven to myself that functionality, style and holiday cheer is obtainable with four children in the house. Who knew? I’ve also determined that ones portrayal of traditional cheer comes in many forms and colors, but one thing remains the same no matter where you are or what you style may be – and that is when the entire family gathers around the holiday table.
Instead of the same ol’ red and green or blue and silver, this year I used our personal style to create the perfect holiday style for us – and one that will carry us through the New Year. Which equates to one less thing for me to worry about and clean up.
In going with our new craftsman-inspired style and décor, I’ve pulled together items that not only fit my personal taste, but ones that are functional, too! (As most of the items can be re-used throughout the year). You’ll also notice that my tall glass hurricanes – that pair so well with festive, glitter clad fillers – mercury glass trees and real candles have disappeared from the mix and have since been replaced with kid-friendly holiday décor that hopefully doesn’t need to be replaced with each passing year.
1. Glass tablescapes are a thing of the past with four boys running wild in the house. Wooden or woven serving trays and baskets, like the Pottery Barn Jacquelyne Wood Handled Basket, create a safer tablescape amongst children and look amazing with shatter-proof ornaments, pinecones or colorful/decorative felt balls.
2. It is possible to create a child-friendly tree without all the characters ornaments and hazardous glass. The Tweet Life Ornaments from The Land of Nod are innocent and safe for kids (should they get their little paws on them). These also look amazing hanging on twigs and branches used for a tablescape.
3. Wood and metallics are two of my favorite things – and not just during the holidays. With the Golden Age Stockings, also from The Land of Nod, I can accent my craftsman style with some modern flair. For those that don’t have a chimney to hang stockings, I love the idea of a large bow around the back of the dining room chair with the stockings hung off the side of the chair. (This also works to keep kiddos away from the fireplace).
4. Baby’s First Holiday Dinner is kind of a big deal. I’ve been searching and searching for something unique and stylish and finally landed on the Bunny knit baby sweater and hat from Red Envelope. Baby Quinn will look adorable at dinner, don’t you agree?
5. Whether strewn across the windows and shutters behind the table or draped as part of the tablescape, this Starry Garland from The Land of Nod is a perfect addition for the holidays – and beyond.
6. No table is truly complete without the main attraction. Yes, the table itself is a key player and the tablescape is a good supporting role, but the area rug really makes or breaks the entire room. For our new décor, I’ve chosen the Mohawk Home American Craftsmen Style rug in Serenity Oak Creek Bison. The mixture of browns, creams and tans with the pop of blues and gorgeous garden, floral, ikat and medallion design is just my style.
7. I have four boys. I also have Flameless Wax Candles from Pottery Barn at the center of our table. Enough said.
8. In going with my new Craftsman-style décor, I love the look of crisp white with wood – wood anything. Like these Wood Charger Plates from Red Envelope. Simply dress them up according to the holiday (different napkin rings are a perfect and simple way to change the look or feel to match your style or holiday décor) and enjoy them year round.
9. There are lots of family dinners to be had, which means my wee ones spend a lot of time gathering around the family table. We eat, play games, talk… And just enjoy each others company as it’s few and far between the rest of the year. All my kids sit in or on a Stokke Tripp Trapp. The ergonomic design allows for natural movement of their antsy bums and the footrest provides just the right amount of support to keep them comfortable while enjoying family time. The new Aqua Blue Tripp Trapp is quite a beautiful sight, too.
10. I stocked up on these Target shatter-proof ornaments this year. With a baby in the house, it was either that or mommy’s anxiety would rise to dangerous levels. These babies live in my tablescape baskets and on the tree.
11. Give me a pretty green wreath and I’m happy. I found this Boxwood Square Wreath at West Elm and said, yes please. Can you picture this hanging with a wide piece of burlap? I can. On the wall, next to the table.
How are you going to set your table for the holidays this year? If you would like a fresh start or just want to spruce up your family gathering area, I suggest you check out the Mohawk Home Pin To Win – Set The Table with American Rug Craftsmen on Pinterest. Enter to win an American Rug Craftsmen rug of your choice with up to a $1,000 retail value.
Disclosure: Mohawk Home sponsored this post and sent us a new rug to complete our ‘set the table’ look for the holidays. All opinions are my own.