Cranbrook Holiday Tables — ‘A Season of Splendor’ Revealed!

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It’s Day Three of the Cranbrook Holiday Tables event in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and I’m having a blast. Do stop by — the event runs through Sunday.

As you may recall in an earlier post, I was musing about various vignettes these past few weeks, but finally decided that a luxurious table setting would befit my space best in this Albert Kahn-designed home. I mixed peacock blues, elegant fabrics, faux furs and vintage adornments to create a table perfect for romance and merriment! And see that crane that holds fruit? He represents Cranbrook! Now I’m wondering if my husband and son would enjoy such a table at our home this holiday season. (I think I will plan to recreate it in some fashion, to be sure, in my dining room … stay tuned!)

The first day, I stood by my just-completed holiday-table-for-four (called “A Season of Splendor”) and enjoyed chatting with event attendees about my table’s inspiration. (I’m photographed here — photos by Jeff Garland Architectural Photography —  putting the finishing touches on the table.)

On following days, I was in and out and also relied on an excellent team of volunteers to host visitors. If you didn’t read my earlier posts, the event invites area interior designers and various businesses to set a themed table.

This year, I’ve seen tables with everything from rustic appeal to presidential finery to hunt-scene vignettes.

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As you can see in these photos by Jeff, a gorgeous wall tapestry that is already part of the Cranbrook House plays a key part in my color palette as well as my more-vintage theme.

Beyond taking in all the tabletop beauty, visitors get to see how the family at Cranbrook House once lived. Their china, dining tables and more are showcased as well. I love George Booth’s study, where a docent shares tales about where the man of the house would work. A table setting is also set up in that space. Don’t miss the gorgeous Pewabic tile that surrounds the fireplace in that room.

And don’t forget to do a little holiday shopping! The Thistle Shop at the back of the home is brimming with handmade soaps, candies, holiday adornments, greenery and more!

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to a few special events coming up at The House! Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, renowned photographer Laurie Tennent will use her unique style to showcase the gardens like never before. And On Feb. 12, 14 and 15, a special themed tour called “From There to Eternity” invites the curious to see treasures and get exclusive peeks. Stay tuned!

Did you attend Cranbrook Holiday Tables this year? What did you think? Do you create a gorgeous table at home for the holidays? Tell us about it!

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