It’s Thanksgiving week and the team here at Laura U is thankful for so many things! Our annual office potluck was an enormous success, and we made sure to go around the table to express our gratitude for all the wonderful things in our lives. From family to great food, from fabulous projects to new beginnings, from good friends to work successes, we all felt so grateful for what brings us joy day in and day out. And of course, for what brings us all together in the office: luxuriously livable design.

Creating a unique and totally impressive experience in every room relies on a little secret: focusing on all the senses. What you see, what you feel, what you smell…all of this affects how you feel, which is why make it a point to think about sensory delight in design. This is an approach we also apply to holiday gatherings. By applying a unique combination of styled elements you can create custom, enjoyable and memorable moments for you and all of your guests. If you’re in need of last-minute inspiration to help elevate your dining experience this holiday season, check out these ideas.

Setting the Table

It’s a common saying that we eat with our eyes first.  Assembling a beautiful holiday table is a great opportunity to highlight your personality and style, while also creating a visually stunning dining experience for all of your guests. Go for a more traditional look by considering classic dinnerware with neutral colors. Or, ramp up the sophistication and glam with luxurious metallics. For color and contrast, think of bold prints or geometric patterns.


Elevating the Atmosphere

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to bring together extraordinary, professional women as I hosted an elegant fall fete at my home. The result was a sensory experience like none other. Each element ignited the senses and worked together cohesively. It was a gorgeous sight! The layers of linen and variety of textures were delightful to the touch. Decadent finger foods graced our palettes as we were surrounded by the scent of beautiful florals. There is something about scents that really enhance an experience.

Aside from festive gatherings, I select signature scents for each one of my clients, they are a great way to make someone feel at home! Fragrance aside, the goal was to craft a chic, sophisticated event and this fall fete did not disappoint. The setup was phenomenal.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Tablescapes

I’m sure you’ll have the sense of “taste” covered with amazing holiday dishes and family recipes. And your sense of sound will probably be focused on chatting with guests or listening to holiday music… So here are some beautiful Thanksgiving tablescapes centered around creating an experience that engages sight, touch, and smell. Hopefully, you’ll find these as inspiration to help transform your holiday gathering into a sensory experience to be remembered for years to come.

Charming Sights

This Thanksgiving tablescape created by Borrowed Blu featuring their Russel Wright Collection in Sage is visually pleasing and simply charming. Taking on-trend green hues and turning them into a classic statement, everything here is complimentary and shows the magic that happens when you mix trend and tradition. The gold brushed Goa flatware warms the color scheme while bringing a touch of charm to the table.

Unexpected Textures

Tablescapes crafted by Casa de Perrin never seem to disappoint. This gorgeous layout featuring their luxurious dinnerware is naturalist, minimalist, and pretty in pink. As much as I love the balancing act of colors, it’s the contrast of textures that makes this table one that is truly amazing. While gorgeous pavé glass chargers topped with concrete dinnerware are a contrast that won’t soon be forgotten, tasteful light pink tablecloths with gold ribbon soften the setting. The place settings work together to beautifully frame the small gourds, circus, and candles in the center of the table. The flatware is wood that has been brushed in 24k gold and provides an elegant invitation into the unexpected for your Turkey day guests.

Breath of Fresh Air

Natural light and fresh air surround this beautiful table. Colors from the scenery exquisitely correlate with the table’s lovely floral arrangement, tiny gourds, and candlesticks of differing hues and height. Featured on Elle Decor for its elevated look, this design by Style Me Pretty offers a sophisticated outdoor experience.

Fragrant Magnolia

Fragrant magnolia leaves and citrus fruits are placed on this eclectic tablescape by Apartment 34 founder, Erin Hiemstra, igniting the sense of smell. The table is also a vibrant mix of dinnerware, glassware, and seating with classic white candles placed amongst the magnolia. Each design element adds personality and vibrance to this simple and approachable setup.

The Laura U Team and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and, until next time, get your extra dose of interior design inspiration by heading over to my Pinterest and Instagram.

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