Every season—and what I call the “In-Between seasons”—brings inspiration to my life. The change in colors and weather lights my creative fire. The last season of the year is special, because it includes multiple festive holidays and allows me to share even more. This time of year also reminds me of one of the greatest things in life: spending time together with friends and family around a table.

As much as I love the holiday season, I also understand that the majority of us all end up pressed for time. Simplifying our decor—without sacrificing beauty—is not out of reach and will save time. So, this season I am creating a table setting that will last. A decorative approach that you can enjoy, not just for one holiday, but all of them. This dining room decor approach will take you from Thanksgiving to New Years, and beyond!

BEFORE:

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

Step 1: Anchor. Start by deciding what you will anchor the space with. An anchor is a central element that serves as a foundation for your decor theme. This is typically realized through your tablecloth and chairs as they are the most prominent features in the room. For this look, I used a linen tablecloth and a macrame runner.

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

Step 2: Choose your decor. Decor elements are the items that sit on or near your anchor items. These will be your cups, plates, serving dishes, napkins, cutlery and more. Consider it the 2nd layer of your “decor cake.” Always have a base throughout the middle. Either material or greenery works beautifully.

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

Lay out all these objects or pieces. Take it in. Your should start to see your vision come together. When you step back, you may also see things you want to change. Remember, all the elements work together to create a unique look and feel. Edit your vision as you see fit.

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

Focus on your centerpiece—it’s crucial to tying it all in. It’s all about layers and textures. What warm or clean tones and elements do I want to bring together? What colors will add sparkle, glimmer, and glow?

Step 3: Add the “icing.” Decide what will finish the room and tie everything in. These are your final touches that ensure the Glimmer & Glow is true to your vision. Gold, silver, and/or neutral items will be the final touches. From throws on the back of chairs to items added to blank spaces on the table or even jewelry for your wine or champagne glasses. Have fun here!

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

west elm - Decorating Your Table For All Holidays This Season

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