Familiar faces in the design industry, you may know Ronnie and Georgia Caceres (@ronnieandgeorgia) from their appearance on The Block back in 2017 when they came third following a gruelling townhouse renovation in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick. Known for their minimal renovation style and humour, we sat down with Georgia who gave our team an inside look to what Christmas looks like for their family and shared her tips of building a gorgeous tablescape.
Creating a chic and simple Christmas table
Being a creative and a lover of beautiful things, it will come as no surprise that Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. I’m a minimalist at heart and our festive decorations always reflect this aesthetic. While traditional red and green is a classic holiday staple, I much prefer to change things up and go a little modern with my festive décor.
So with this in mind, I thought I’d share with you some of my simple styling tips on how to create a modern, minimalist tablescape this Christmas.
When planning your tablescape, consider a minimalist colour pallet - I suggest starting with a neutral foundation. Here, my colour palette consists primarily of white, black and the natural brown.
My table base is white, if you’re working with a table of another colour, I’d suggest using a white tablecloth as your base. For my table runner, I used a roll of brown kraft wrapping paper. To be fair, I have rolls of this lying around my house, it’s my go to gift-wrap of choice, however it also works as a great table runner. Not only is it cost effective ($3 a roll), it’s also the ideal base colour for any minimalist tablescape.
With the right application, green can also serve as an appropriate accent colour. Here I’ve used an artificial pine garland although any foliage would work. Consider what you have in your very own garden. Native gum or olive foliage is always a beautiful option. Simply layer your greenery down the middle of your table, on top of the craft paper runner.
When it comes to sleek, textured tableware, my go to is salt&pepper’s Brae Collection. Of course, being black, this set is the perfect fit for my minimalistic tablescape. The Brae 12 Piece Dinner Set – Black is crafted from gorgeous stoneware and features refined matte glazing and striking ribbed textures throughout. I’ve stacked the plates for each individual setting on top of the gorgeous Piper Placemat 38cm - Black, and used the striking coloured Osten Tea Towel in Ink between plate layers to create a perception of depth.
In the spirit of Christmas, I’ve brought out my ‘special’ glassware (you know the ones that are quite simply too pretty for everyday use!). I love the delicately etched pattern of salt&pepper’s Winston Wine Glasses and how they introduce just the right amount of festive sparkle to my tablescape. It also compliments serveware I’ve used from salt&pepper’s Ogin Collection, perfect for little chocolates and sweets!
To create interest, don’t focus the table setting in one place. I like the eye to travel around, this can be achieved through adding height to your tablescape. I’ve used a couple of gorgeous Ceramic Vases from salt&pepper. The Century Vase in Ink takes a modern approach to a classic design and pairs perfectly with the Industry Vase. I’ve used these vases as vessels for my candles. I believe candlelight is essential to any gathering, especially at this special time of the year.
I hope, with a few of these simple styling tips, you’re feeling inspired to create a modern minimalist table of your very own this Christmas.
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