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Holiday Gatherings

The holiday season brings countless opportunities to celebrate together. Here, five designers walk us through memorable dining room projects — and share their tips for elevating entertaining spaces to welcome our nearest and dearest this holiday. 

A Dream For All Seasons

DESIGN MIND

Courtnay Tartt Elias of Creative Tonic

ROOM REVIEW

"Our idea was to combine the feminine and the masculine for a young and very casual family in Houston. The warmth and iridescence of the deGournay paper makes it almost a masculine version of feminine wallpaper, while the flowers, natural quartz Halcyon Chandelier by Kelly Wearstler and brass Camille Large Tail Sconces by Suzanne Kasler feel more overtly feminine. The blue lacquer ceiling and green polished cotton drapes round out the room and bring the outdoors in.”

EXPERT TIP

“For the holiday season, I’d add greenery to sconces and do a boxwood garland down the middle of the table.”

Pictured here: Courtnay Tartt Elias of Creative Tonic | Photography by Julie Soefer


Sanger Large Chandelier by AERIN | Interior Design by Ginger Ross Design | Photography by Rikki Snyder

Interior Design by Emilie Monroe | Photography by Stephen Karlisch

Festive and Family-Friendly

DESIGN MIND

Ginny O'Donohue of Ginger Ross + Co.

ROOM REVIEW

“For this full-facelift renovation in Darien, we needed to create cozy areas in a grand space, since the dining and living areas are one great room with French doors to a covered porch. We added the Kayce Hughes piece over the fireplace and brought in a ton of texture with the pale blue Phillip Jeffries grasscloth, velvet sofa and pear-green wool on the chairs. Our clients love formal touches like the brass fixtures, sateen drapery and the crystal Sanger Chandelier by AERIN, but they have three kids, so everything is comfortable, too.”

EXPERT TIP

“This table extends to accommodate big family meals during the holidays, and all it takes is a few magnolia leaves, a live garland, some Simon Pierce glass trees and a glass of champagne to give the whole space a festive mood."

Pictured here: Ginny O’Donohue of Ginger Ross Design | Photography by Julia D’Agostino


Gabriel Medium Chandelier by Chapman & Myers | Interior Design by Maggie Griffin Design | Photography by Brian Bieder

Light, Bright and Inviting 

DESIGN MIND

Maggie Griffin of Maggie Griffin Design

ROOM REVIEW

“This breakfast area in a recent Gainesville, GA renovation came to life when we lightened the walls (with White Dove by Benjamin Moore) and installed white oak flooring. The elegant lines of the furniture and the Gabriel Chandelier by Chapman & Myers belie the practicality of this space — this family has two young kids, so the brass chairs are upholstered in faux leather that can be wiped clean, and we used a performance velvet on the banquette.”

EXPERT TIP

“This light-filled nook is the perfect spot for a festive holiday brunch — just add mimosas and waffles, pretty linens, whimsical china and fresh flowers.”

Pictured here: Maggie Griffin of Maggie Griffin Design | Photography by Kaylan Bradley of Happy Everything Co


Gramercy Large Chandelier by Chapman & Myers | Interior Design by Kipling House Interiors | Photography by Aimee Mazzenga

Dressed Up and Ready 

DESIGN MIND

Krysta Gibbons of Kipling House Interiors

ROOM REVIEW

“Our clients are empty nesters who wanted an elevated city living experience, and they found it on the two floors of a historic mansion in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. In the dining room, we added molding and wainscoting, uncovered a fireplace behind the wall and embraced classic touches like the Gramercy Chandelier by Chapman & Myers. The warm ochre ground of the Gracie wallpaper is tempered by the cool note of the drapery — since this room opens to the formal living area, balance was key.”

EXPERT TIP

“When the wallpaper has so much movement, seasonal decorations can lean more modern and architectural — think single-stem, single-color florals.”

Pictured here: Marita Simmons and Krysta Gibbons of Kipling House Interiors | Photography by Jessie Preza


Darlana Small Lantern by Chapman & Myers | Interior Design by Morgan Harrison Home | Photography by Jane Beiles Photography

A Serene Scene 

DESIGN MIND

Michelle Morgan Harrison of Morgan Harrison Design

ROOM REVIEW

“This Rye, NY Colonial is so refined, and the covered porch really functions as an extension of the interior living spaces. To let the lush landscaping do the talking, we intentionally kept the covered porch elements quieter: neutral upholstered pieces, our favorite Darlana Lantern by Chapman & Myers and a table ready to welcome groups of any size.”

EXPERT TIP

“With a fire going in the outdoor fireplace and a few cozy throws in the mix, I can see this space becoming the perfect overflow area for guests at a holiday party.”

Pictured here: Michelle Morgan Harrison of Morgan Harrison Home | Photography by Rana Faure

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Holiday Gatherings

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, bringing countless opportunities to celebrate together. Here, five designers walk us through memorable dining room projects — and share their tips for elevating entertaining spaces to welcome our nearest and dearest this holiday. 

A Dream For All Seasons

ROOM REVIEW

"Our idea was to combine the feminine and the masculine for a young and very casual family in Houston. The warmth and iridescence of the deGournay paper makes it almost a masculine version of feminine wallpaper, while the flowers, natural quartz Halcyon Chandelier by Kelly Wearstler and brass Camille Large Tail Sconces by Suzanne Kasler feel more overtly feminine. The blue lacquer ceiling and green polished cotton drapes round out the room and bring the outdoors in.”

EXPERT TIP

“For the holiday season, I’d add greenery to sconces and do a boxwood garland down the middle of the table.”

Pictured here: Courtnay Tartt Elias of Creative Tonic | Photography by Julie Soefer

Preserved Boxwood Garland, Terrain


Sanger Large Chandelier by AERIN | Interior Design by Ginger Ross Design | Photography by Rikki Snyder

Interior Design by Emilie Monroe | Photography by Stephen Karlisch

Festive and Family-Friendly

ROOM REVIEW

“For this full-facelift renovation in Darien, we needed to create cozy areas in a grand space, since the dining and living areas are one great room with French doors to a covered porch. We added the Kayce Hughes piece over the fireplace and brought in a ton of texture with the pale blue Phillip Jeffries grasscloth, velvet sofa and pear-green wool on the chairs. Our clients love formal touches like the brass fixtures, sateen drapery and the crystal Sanger Chandelier by AERIN, but they have three kids, so everything is comfortable, too.”

EXPERT TIP

“This table extends to accommodate big family meals during the holidays, and all it takes is a few magnolia leaves, a live garland, some Simon Pierce glass trees and a glass of champagne to give the whole space a festive mood."

Pictured here: Ginny O’Donohue of Ginger Ross Design | Photography by Julia D’Agostino

Glass Trees by Simon Pierce


Gabriel Medium Chandelier by Chapman & Myers | Interior Design by Maggie Griffin Design | Photography by Brian Bieder

Light, Bright and Inviting 

ROOM REVIEW

“This breakfast area in a recent Gainesville, GA renovation came to life when we lightened the walls (with White Dove by Benjamin Moore) and installed white oak flooring. The elegant lines of the furniture and the Gabriel Chandelier by Chapman & Myers belie the practicality of this space — this family has two young kids, so the brass chairs are upholstered in faux leather that can be wiped clean, and we used a performance velvet on the banquette.”

EXPERT TIP

“This light-filled nook is the perfect spot for a festive holiday brunch — just add mimosas and waffles, pretty linens, whimsical china and fresh flowers.”

Pictured here: Maggie Griffin of Maggie Griffin Design | Photography by Kaylan Bradley of Happy Everything Co

Citrus Garden Tablecloth by Schumacher


Gramercy Large Chandelier by Chapman & Myers | Interior Design by Kipling House Interiors | Photography by Aimee Mazzenga

Dressed Up and Ready 

ROOM REVIEW

“Our clients are empty nesters who wanted an elevated city living experience, and they found it on the two floors of a historic mansion in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. In the dining room, we added molding and wainscoting, uncovered a fireplace behind the wall and embraced classic touches like the Gramercy Chandelier by Chapman & Myers. The warm ochre ground of the Gracie wallpaper is tempered by the cool note of the drapery — since this room opens to the formal living area, balance was key.”

EXPERT TIP

“When the wallpaper has so much movement, seasonal decorations can lean more modern and architectural — think single-stem, single-color florals.”

Pictured here: Marita Simmons and Krysta Gibbons of Kipling House Interiors | Photography by Jessie Preza

Double The Paxton (10 Single Stems of Parrot Tulips) by Urban Stems


Darlana Small Lantern by Chapman & Myers | Interior Design by Morgan Harrison Home | Photography by Jane Beiles Photography

A Serene Scene 

ROOM REVIEW

“This Rye, NY Colonial is so refined, and the covered porch really functions as an extension of the interior living spaces. To let the lush landscaping do the talking, we intentionally kept the covered porch elements quieter: neutral upholstered pieces, our favorite Darlana Lantern by Chapman & Myers and a table ready to welcome groups of any size.”

EXPERT TIP

“With a fire going in the outdoor fireplace and a few cozy throws in the mix, I can see this space becoming the perfect overflow area for guests at a holiday party.”

Pictured here: Michelle Morgan Harrison Morgan Harrison Home | Photography by Rana Faure

Celine Throw by SFERRA

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