Our Guide to the Best Decor Inspiration to Make Your Holiday Gathering Shine

By Lauren Finney & Ashton Pike | November 8, 2019 | Food & Drink

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For this tablescape, Stacy Borocz pulled inspiration from Thanksgiving, setting the scene with fall hues, recycled wood and glass accents, and more. // Photo by The Willets

ELEVATED ENTERTAINING

When it comes to entertaining at home, no detail is too small for thoughtful consideration, at least according to Stacy Borocz, owner of Atlanta-based sustainable kitchen and lifestyle brand etúHOME (etuhome.‌com). “It’s the simple touches: I like to mix found objects like vintage silverware with a modern board,” she says. From the handcrafted 19th century reclaimed pine wood table to the European trimmings that top it (vintage Champagne glasses sourced from France, farm-table planks made from European reclaimed wood taking the place of a formal plate and cloches made from recycled glass—to name a few), “everything has a story,” says Borocz of the fall-inspired tablescape’s etúHOME accoutrements, all of which are on offer to Atlanta’s hosts and hostesses inside the newly opened flagship at Shops Around Lenox. “Our pieces had a story, had a life, had a family they were attached to years ago, and we’re recreating that and bringing that story to life here,” says the Manhattan-born, Georgia-raised entrepreneur. As for Borocz’s philosophy when helming her own dinner party: “The most important thing when entertaining at home is that your guests feel like your home is their home,” she says. “They need to feel the warmth and the experience.”

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Emily Jackson’s dining room is holiday-ready—and so is her pup, Wally. // Photo by Jeremy Harwell

UNFUSSY ELEGANCE

What’s in a name? For lifestyle blogger Emily Jackson of Stuffy Muffy (stuffymuffy.‌com), it’s more of what’s not there. That is to say, her interiors-, design- and arts-focused musings are as playful as they are elegant, without a hint of stuffiness. For this tablescape at home, Jackson took inspiration from Colonial Williamsburg. Orange pomanders, magnolia and beloved hydrangeas (“They’re signatures of my entertaining; they’re beautifully unfussy,” says Jackson.) are harmonious among a Matouk tablecloth and custom embroidered napkins from Gramercy; calligraphed place cards by Love Louise Designs; and the showstoppers, Herend china in Chinese Bouquet, including petite soup terrines. Jackson’s philosophy is “a fun twist on formal.” Traditional place settings of silver and crystal can be made fun with a more relaxing atmosphere. Says Jackson, “I like to delight guests’ senses as soon as they walk in the door with a good cocktail, a bossa nova playlist and decadent hors d’oeuvres.”

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Brian Worley infused classic holiday flora like pine needles with nontraditional materials like dried hollowed-out cacti skeletons for texture. // Photo by The Willetts

DRAMA FOR DAYS

For Brian Worley, creative director and owner of B. Worley Productions (brianworley.com), one of the top event production and design companies in the nation, it’s important to have a starting point. For him, it was holiday. “I wanted to do something that was holiday-inspired, but didn’t read red and green,” he says. With a foundation of pine, Worley incorporated wooden trees, white pine-cone-esque vases, ornaments and seasonal flowers, plus a surprise element of the inside of dried cacti for texture, as depth and dimension are very important to him. “I love hills and valleys, where you can have height, and when you’re standing, you see something pretty and interesting; and when you are sitting, you see something pretty and interesting. Visual eye candy at all levels is important.” Just as important to Worley is versatility: He advises that the first place to start shopping is your own home. “You’d be surprised what you already have,” he says. To that point, he says, “if you take away certain elements, you could use this setup year-round.”



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