While there are so many styles in decor that I love, I would describe my own personal style as “Eclectic Boho Glam”. A strange combo perhaps but I love mixing things up, using lots of textural elements and a casual vibe juxtaposed against the sophisticated styling of elegant glamour with bits of gold, glass and sparkle.
Seeing this image of a beautifully presented Christmas table in Lonny’s November/December 2011 image, I decided that I wanted to see if I could recreate this elegant boho glam look on a much more realistic budget.
The items that Michelle Adams used to style the table in our inspiration images were almost exclusively from high end designer Ralph Lauren Home and while it looks expensive (and actually is once you see their budget!), we can replicate it fairly easily using High Street and Internet retailers pieces. This is decorating for those of us with champagne tastes on a sparkling wine budget!
Here’s our inspiration…
Their budget: Edith Metallic Tweed Fabric (for tablecloth) $240 per metre / Bamoun Striped Fabric (for napkins) $240/yard / Hurricane Lamps $450 – $550 each / 24 Karat gold flatware $1500 per place setting / Leopard print charger $195 each / Art Deco Dessert Plate $95 each / Wine glasses, $45 – $115 each
Now, I would venture to guess that most of us don’t have over $16,000 (or around £10,000) to spend on setting the table this Christmas (and that’s before the food!), so we’re going to look at doing this for a mere fraction of the price starting with the place settings.
Our budget: LSA Black Side Plates, Set of 4 £25 / Black and Gold Side Plates from Debenhams, £11 each / Bubbles Gold Dinner Plates from Zara Home, £10 each / Gold Cutlery from Zara Home £25 per table setting / Leopard Print Plates from Zara Home £7.99 each
For the tablecloth, use a simple tightly woven hessian fabric as the tablecloth – a couple of meters adds a gorgeously natural backdrop with a subtle texture. You can find hessian in rolls at your local DIY center or online for only a few pounds per metre.
Zara Home has an amazing selection of glamorous tableware so it’s no surprise I was able to find much of our table setting items there. From animal print plates to gold cutlery, you’ll be hard pressed to find better bargains for a more elegant Christmas table.
Of course, it’s not just plates, glasses and cutlery that make a table. The finishing touches add ambiance and elegance that don’t need to break the bank.
Our budget:Bronze Beige Tweed Fabric £22/metre / Striped Fabric from Designers’ Guild / Ruby Winter Amaryllis Faux Flower Centerpiece £59 / Hurricane Glass Lamp from Lower Lodge Candles £20 each / Glass Tealight Holder from The White Company £8 each
While our inspiration table uses real flowers in deep raspberries and purples for it’s centerpiece, I’ve found this gorgeous faux centerpiece from Bloom UK. It’s a stunning faux arrangement that can be used throughout the holiday season and beyond. It’s amazing how far faux flowers have come to provide a truly realistic look – these aren’t your Nan’s plastic flowers!
Adding a couple of these gorgeous gold rimmed hurricane lamps for a mere £20 each (including the candle) placed to either side of the arrangement along with some simple glass tealights will be all you’ll need to set the mood without spending a fortune. And for added luxe, you wouldn’t need more than a metre of this gorgeous striped fabric from Designer’s Guild to create napkins that perfectly emulate the gorgeous designer fabric in the inspiration images.
So for around a tenth of the price of the ‘designer’ table, you can create something just as elegantly “boho glam” to wow your guests during the holiday period. And of course, don’t forget looking at eBay or second hand shops for things like vintage glasses and crockery, tealights and other pieces at rock bottom prices to save even more!
Inspiration images from Lonny.