Calligraphy Inspired Holiday Tablescapes

For this holiday season, I wanted to see if I could take one ‘base’ runner or tablecloth and style it three different ways to get three different looks on a budget. Enter the amazingly talented Cecile Lau of Cecile Lau Calligraphy. We got scheming about how we could work together (really we just wanted an excuse!) and between us, hatched a beautiful idea. Using a basic black chalkboard-style runner, Cecile created a holiday inspired setting for our table. Using her work, I transformed my kitchen table into many different Calligraphy Inspired Holiday Tablescapes. The images really speak for themselves. One runner with five personalized gold place settings = my imagination ran wild (this was suppose to only be three styles!).

holiday table ideas Row House Nest

Taking simple greenery, forged items (red sticks, evergreen boughs and pinecones) along with some of my old decor favourites (including vintage brass candle sticks), I created 5-6 unique looks for the holidays. Taking Cecile’s beautiful sister-inspired place setting runner (notice the names? Two sets of sisters!), I layered different objects and plants to create different looks.

calligraphy tablescapes

Each one only took 5 minutes to create. What was nice was playing the minimalist game – add two things, take one away. Repeat. It is easy to go overboard and want to keep adding more and more things to your table. But remember, people need to sit there! The chalkboard-like runner created a stark background for the natural objects and gold to stand out on.

scandi christmas table setting

This was the classic, simple rustic Scandinavian look. That adorable mini tree? 8$ from a local bodega. Bought the roll of kraft paper for wrapping gifts for 1$.

calligraphy name settings

So a little secret? Cecile made the wreaths slightly larger than my 10″ plates! DIY that yourself at your next dinner party.

Toronto Calligraphy

So practical! And after dinner? You just roll it up and place it in the recycling. No laundry.

black and brass christmas decor

Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I just kept grabbing things I already owned and popped them onto the table. Mix and match to the max. This one is my vintage look table.

forged holiday table setting

These simple Ikea glass bottles hold these red branches I forged. This is the forged-keeping-it-uber-simple look.

black and gold holiday table

Amazing large gold stick sculpture with candles and greenery? The perfect complement to gold calligraphy. Call it the Golden Christmas look.

vintage holiday table

This table was the feature image. It was supposed to be my favourite, but I love each for a different reason. I call it my non-traditional black holiday table. That arrangement cost 30$ to create (with so many leftovers). Vintage items all cost less than 3$.

row house nest tablescape

Please take the time to go check out Cecile Lau’s stunning Calligraphy! She is a real gem.