Published Nov 30th, 2011

by Kim Collins-Lauber; styled by Kim Collins-Lauber and Susan Meingast

Holiday Table Setting

We help a young couple, Jennifer and Paul Chaput, prepare to host a holiday dinner by styling their table setting

The Inspiration: The muse for this setting was a black Murano glass chandelier the couple bought from Italy. We carried the black Murano glass theme through with dinner plates and bowls, and tweaked the traditional holiday colours by opting for cranberry red and deep plum purple with silver, white and green accents.

The Setting: Layering the dinnerware gives depth and texture and an overall luxurious look. The purple napkin, red ribbon and silver decorations keep it from feeling too formal, while a handwritten name  tag gives it a personal touch.


The Art: This acrylic painting is by Cheryl Anhel, a ceramics artist and abstract painter who works through the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. The centre operates a studio program that allows more than 150 adults with developmental disabilities to explore their creative potentials and become practising artists. In addition to operating the Stollery public art gallery, it offers artists studio space, materials, exhibition opportunities, mentorships and community arts programs.


The Source:
Dining room table from Dwell Modern
(10549 124 St., 780-488-6464,
Tonin Casa acrylic dining chairs from 29 Armstrong
(10129 104 St., 780-758-4940,
Upholstered dining chairs from F2 Furnishings
(2950 Calgary Tr., 780-450-0897,
Black Murano glass chandelier from Italy

(Southgate Centre, 780-436-1454,
Inga glass charger plate ($24.95)
Murano black glass dinner plate ($15.95)
Lustre plum napkin ($5.95)
Tinge nine-inch red plate ($7.95)
Murano black glass bowl ($13.95)
Aero flatware ($69.95 for five-piece place setting)
Camille 23-ounce wine glass ($9.95)
Charcoal or silver starburst ornament ($1.95)
Other ornaments ($2.95 each)
Cubic 72-inch bronze table runner ($32.95)
Bryce metal pillar candleholder (small, $11.95;
medium, $13.95; large, $15.95)
Pillar candles ($7.95 each)
Tea light holders ($1.95 each)

(10502 105 Ave., 780-428-8181,
Crystal spray blossoms on wall ($17.98)
Silver script heart ornament ($5)
Ceramic dove ($24.98)
Silver mercury candleholders ($27.98 each)
Silver mercury vase ($28.98 each) s


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