Styling by Meg Miller | Art Direction by Ivy Pierce
Putting her own spin on a traditional table, interior designer Ivy Pierce has coupled Christmas collectibles with sweet and unexpected surprises. Candy pinks and icy blues become the stars of the familiar Spode dishware pattern when set with Anna Weatherley chargers and Shiny Brite glass ornaments. Bauble Stockings, tied with velvet blue bows, welcome guests to their seats. The same ribbon repeats on the mantel, threaded through the Pierces’ growing collection of Reed and Barton bells. (They are given one every year, a family tradition.)
The crushed velvet tablecloth and seasonal branches add green hues and textures, while the India and Ivy napkins reinforce the colorway in a novel pattern. If you don’t have handed-down tableware or collectibles, you can create a similar aesthetic with estate sale finds, like the napkin rings Pierce procured — sterling silver with sweet little bows.
Speaking of sweets, holiday treats can be as pleasing to the eye as to the palate. Sparkling brut rose is a festive pour, with more pinks showcased in a dessert display. Raspberries pop atop a coconut cream cake, while crushed peppermints make a candy cane bundt extra enticing. Little candy dishes can be strategically scattered, too. We found much inspiration at the Pinkitzel candy store, where we snagged gumdrops, peppermint chews and other holiday delights. Incorporate some English Crackers for another small surprise. The pastels, the treats, the old and the new … this holiday scene is ready for company.