It’s time for part two of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.
Seven talented bloggers, seven amazing holiday home tours!
If you’ve found your way here from Green With Decor, welcome! Wasn’t Meg’s home lovely?
Today I’m showing you my dining room and Christmas table settings, inspired by one of my favorite places in the world – Venice, Italy. If you missed part one of my home tour, take a look at my Christmas sun room.
I love to entertain and dishes are a weakness. I like to mix and match. I collect old, new, a bit of everything. So when I discovered that Amara offered dishes and glassware, you can guess in which direction I went!
I’ve already mentioned my Venice theme.
My dining room has a bit of a Venetian vibe year round.
Our most-prized travel souvenir is a chandelier we found at a glass-blowing studio near the Grand Canal…
…which compliments a favorite painting we found on the other side of the city.
(This artwork is actually painted on a piece of vintage Fortuny fabric, another icon of Venetian style. The artist, Alberto La Tassa, repaints the entire pattern onto the fabric as part of his process.)
So it seemed only natural that the inspiration for my Christmas table would be Venice.
Here’s my mood board.
When I visited Amara’s website and saw a set of beautiful colored-glass tumblers, I knew they were a natural fit.
I like the unique cutlines and colors of the glassware in this set – it makes the table feel as if everything has been collected over time. And most of it has!
I’m using the Amara tumblers as water glasses for this table setting, mixing them with delicate aqua-blue stemware I’ve had for years.
The tablecloth is Garnier-Thibeaut. The napkins are by SmithHönig. And yes, that’s an Amara Christmas ornament on the accent plate.
The dinner plate is Tunisian and the flatware is mid-century Thai brassware that I’ve been collecting for years. (Special thanks to my two sisters, who’ve given me many pieces.)
Venice was historically a trading port, where Asian, African and European treasures were freely intermingled. So I say the eclectic global mix works right into my theme!
The mural on the back wall is a work in progress…I pick up my paintbrushes and add to it whenever I’m inspired – and when I can find the time.
Here’s a detail from the mural, as well as a napkin made from SmithHönig’s fabric in “Vintage Gypsum“. Even the fabric pattern was inspired by the peeling plaster walls of Venice!
The Foo Dog is part of a pair, although his mate has lost a big chunk of his terra cotta leg. I love the way they look so I don’t care.
Here’s a closer look at the bar area, where a Bedouin camel tassel adorns a bottle of dessert wine.
So – that’s all of the holiday cheer I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed the tour.
I’ll check in again next week and we’ll recap and expand on our Christmas and Hanukkah plans. We celebrate both holidays at our house, which means with Thanksgiving and New Year’s added in, we’re celebrating most nights at this time of year!
In the meantime, be sure to stop in and tour these Merry and Bright holiday home tours from all of my new blogger friends…
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