Old World elegance meets Halloween creepy with this decadent feast of a tablescape. Professional stylist Linda Bart show you how to recreate this lavish design for your next Halloween party.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: LINDA BURT
WRITTEN BY: STAFF WRITER
Like all good design, layering is essential to creating beautiful tablescapes. Linda begins with a crisp white tablecloth that is perfectly suited to her round table. On top, she layered a square black spiderweb tablecloth. The combination creates great contrast and allows the intricacy of the black netting to shine through.
Follow Linda’s example, and always remember to press your tableclothes before using them. You wouldn’t want to arrive at a party in a wrinkled dress. Don’t let your guests eat a wrinkled table.
Large-scale lanterns are wonderful, and often inexpensive, statement pieces for any decor. They work well in a variety of designs and can be used from Spring till Christmas. This ‘Monarch Grand Lantern’ is from Willow House.
Linda wired a black crow to perch atop the lantern. Inside, she placed a bed of Spanish moss and a glittered white skull. Sparkling black spiders crawl in and out of the lantern. This tablescape is a great example of how a special touch of glitter or sparkle can work beautifully in a sophisticated design. This centerpiece will glow in the evenings candlelight. The skull and black crow were purchased at Rendee & Company.
The lantern would be lovely on it’s own, but the key to Linda’s sophisticated and polished design is adding interest in layers. In this case, she has encircled the lantern with black owls at varying heights to allow the eye a seamless flow from the table, to the centerpiece, and back down.
Linda has allowed the varying shades of white to create depth to her classic, primarily, black and white color scheme. The deep red accent plates create pops of vibrant color that draw the eye around the circumference of the table.
A well styled design also relies on the contrast of textures, materials, color and even styles. Here, a delicate and traditional pearl white dinner plate is contrasted beautifully with the bold and earthy red accent plate. A black napkin is folded and sandwiched between the two, framing the accent plate, and also creating a subtle homage to bat wings. Both the white ‘Villa Stoneware’ dinner plate and the ‘Cinnabar Accent Plate’ are from Willow House.
Incorporating glass into a design can add a sophisticated sparkle that glows in the candlelight. It can also prevent a space from taking on a cluttered appearance. Here, a delicate glass cloche shows off a creepy bloodshot eyeball. It’s actually hand soap purchased at the Basket Loft, resting on a bed of Spanish moss to keep it steady. A large black wire spider rests on top, for an even bigger dose of Halloween creepy. The ‘Amelia Thimble Domes’ are also from Willow House.
This tablescape shines in its attention to detail. Even the wine bottle has been incorporated into the overall theme with a special spider wine label purchased from the Martha Stewart Collection. The metal filigree of the ice bucket lends itself to a Gothic inspiration and the polished cream color blends perfectly with overall the color scheme. The ‘Belle Meade Three-In-One Container’ is also from Willow House.
Faux mice, available at any craft or pet store, are stacked in jars around the table.
A black feather wreath surrounding the lantern, small faux painted skulls at each place setting, and stemmed glassware complete this elegantly creepy design.
Linda Burt is a professional stylist and expert in home staging. You can contact Linda at:
PHONE: (801) 699-8121
Photographs by: Linda Burt courtesy of www.lindaaburt.wordpress.com
To see more of Linda’s beautiful designs visit her blog.
Note: The Willow Tree items seen here are no longer sold by the company. However, many of the items can still be purchased on sites like Ebay.