It is widely known and accepted that at the end of the day, the holiday season is all about the food. But with the advent of instagram the holidays are becoming more and more about the food-photography.

As the saying goes, we eat with our eyes first- which means that not only does your cooking have to taste good, but it has to look even better. While many of us may be blessed with culinary skills (or, you know, there’s always home delivery), it is understandable that perhaps not all of us may be blessed with gourmet-style presentation skills (uh, four artisan drops of sauce next to my meat? No, thank you).

Nonetheless, to save you the embarrassment of not making it on to your cousin’s #instafood post, here are four different looks inspired by the instagram accounts of interior designers to make sure your table setting is insta-ready! Think of it like an #ootd for your dining table.

Au Naturale 

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Photo: Instagram via @sibellacourt

Sibella Court is all about those earthy tones and textures. Look out for ceramics in taupes, browns, and muted greens. Terracotta, stone, and wood are some other materials you can consider if you want to go for a more Mother Nature-inspired vibe.

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Rexford flatware, USD 135, Kelly Wearstler; Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Dinner plate by Mud Australia, USD 55, Barneys New York; Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York
Dip-dye napkin in Sage-Midnight by Kim Seybert, USD 45, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

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Ceramic dessert plate by Simple Life, USD 58, Barneys New York; Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York
Covet candle holders in Pyrite, USD 695, Kelly Wearstler; Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Maurice 18k gold-trim ceramic catchall bowl by Aerin, USD 125, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue
Lady relief vase, USD 88, Jonathan Adler; Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler


Modern Monochrome

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Photo: Instagram via @jonathanadler

Jonathan Adler makes monochrome fun by creatively incorporating metallic hues and uniquely sculpting his pieces (that vase!). Consider off-beat shapes and prints, like the key-shaped flatware and gold-splattered dinner set, to give black-and-white a pop art feel.

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Coco placemat, USD 48, Jonathan Adler; Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler
1948 5-piece dinnerware set, Jonathan Adler; Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler

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Marseilles coasters, USD 68, Jonathan Adler; Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Giant Dora Maar vase, USD 550, Jonathan AdlerPhoto: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Keytlery 24-piece flatware set, USD 336, Jonathan Adler; Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler


Classic Blue

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Photo: Instagram via @abranca

The blue and white porcelain combination is an evergreen classic on the dinner table. Alessandra Branca shows how to keep it from looking too old-fashioned by combining blue china with woven placemats and trays. Fresh pink bougainvillea and shell ornaments complement the intricate designs on the dinnerware.

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Set of coasters by Madeline Weinrib, USD 195, Barneys New York; Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York
Hibiscus 5-piece dinnerware set, USD 149.99, Wedgwood; Photo: Courtesy of Wedgwood
Cutlery in Medusa, Versace home; Photo: Courtesy of Versace

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White porcelain serving bowl swan by L’objet, USD 205-595, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue
Salt and pepper shakers by Katy Briscoe Home, USD 240, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue
Sandstone shell statue by Andrianna Shamaris, USD 390, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue
Braided round placemat by Deborah Rhodes, USD 22, Barneys New York; Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York 


Colour Me Printed! 

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Photo: Instagram via @kellywearstler

Kelly Wearstler is not afraid of going all out with eccentric prints, sculptures, and bold colours – all at once! While this may seem intimidating, it is possible to go big at home without looking tacky. Consider playing with different prints in one colour scheme, like Wearstler does with pinks and purples in the bottom right image. You could even combine monochrome prints with a solid statement colour such as red or mustard. Just don’t be afraid to take risks!

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Melange marble candlesticks, USD 1595, Kelly Wearstler; Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Flatware by Mepra, USD 135, Barneys New York; Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York 
Marbleised earthenware charger plate by Oscar de la Renta, USD 135, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue 
Cristobal coral buffet plate by Raynaud, USD 196, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Bottom Row (L-R)
Head Trip Byron sculpture in Lapis, USD 9000, Kelly Wearstler; Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
Polka dot highball glasses by Kate Spade New York, USD 30, Saks Fifth Avenue; Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue
Narcissus tray, USD 1550, Kelly Wearstler; Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler 

 

Tableware? More like Tablewear, am I right?

By Tanvi Rajvanshi