For the January Table: A Rustic Winter Tablescape

Setting the Table

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The holidays are gone and winter is here to stay, at least for a while, until spring blooms appear in a few months. So, why not embrace this peaceful season and its hues? This beautiful, rustic table setting really captures the feeling of the season, and it's also laid-back and relaxed enough to not feel fussy.

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What I love most about this tablescape is its warmth. Winter's palette can be quite bleak if not warmed up and softened with natural bark tones. Here the raffia and burlap do the job quite well! And their brown tones vary enough that they can be layered for even more warmth.

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Adding a touch of silver, in the form of spray-painted branches, balances the natural tones that would otherwise dominate this tablescape and introduces a shimmery element that speaks to sun reflecting off a blanket of snow. The silver branches take this tablescape's palette from late fall to winter.

If you're looking for a way to set the table for a relaxed yet special occasion — a birthday dinner, an evening with friends — I think that this is a lovely set of materials and colors for this month of the year.

See more pictures of this tablescape: How to Create a Rustic Winter Tablescape at Taste from Williams-Sonoma

(Image credits: Heather Libbey via Williams-Sonoma)

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.