Countdown to Cranbrook Holiday Tables

As you may know from an earlier post, I’m getting ready to showcase my decorated holiday table at Cranbrook’s annual Holiday Tables event in Bloomfield Hills, MI. It runs Thurs.-Sun this week! I’m one of several metro Detroit-based interior designers and businesses setting a festive table at this always-popular event.

This is my first time invited to participate and I’m thrilled with the entire process, right down to the Charles Dickens-like ambiance!

In an earlier post, I shared with you that I was thinking white-forest enchantment for my table’s theme. But once I saw where my table would be, near a fantastic wall tapestry that’s original to Cranbrook House, I made the decision to go with a luxurious and stunning look, where holiday merriment turns quietly romantic at my table-for-four! I wanted to ring in the season with faux furs, antique golds and pretty peacock blues.


Yesterday, I was on a mad dash around town, picking up various table items and dropping them off at Cranbrook House. What an atmosphere over there! The hustle-bustle of table designers, people hanging greenery, trees and lights going up … so splendid! The house was especially charming, like a scene from A Christmas Carol (Remember the tale’s pretty scenes? When Scrooge shows up at his nephew Fred’s home on Christmas Day, it all looks so warm and enchanting in the dining room.)  I’m already in the holiday spirit, and it’s not even Thanksgiving!

If you stop by the event to see all the exquisite vignettes, please come see me. I’d love to show you the tablecloth I created. It’s peacock blue, embellished with a luxurious, malachite-hued velvet material. I ordered the F. Schumacher & Co. fabric through the Michigan Design Center in Troy.

Faux fur adornments also come into play. They’re from Romo in England (a nod to Dickens!). You’ll also see some of my own antique gold and copper plates and flatware from Turkey. In addition, look for my tiered crane sculpture that I just couldn’t resist! I found it at Anthropologie.

I worked with FleurDetroit in Bloomfield Hills to create gorgeous greenery.

See you tableside!

Did you stop at the  Cranbrook Holiday Tables event? What did you think of all the pretty settings? Please share!



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