When lifestyle & entertaining expert Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly and interior designer Dee Murphy of Murphy Deesign first met, both style mavens and bloggers bonded over their mutual love of fashion, interiors and entertaining. Later they would find out, often via each other’s blog and Instagram posts (ah, modern friendship), that their closets and homes featured many of the same items. However, the way in which each styled the items was completely different. “I am always inspired by Dee’s cool-girl, eclectic approach, says Lee. “And I love Kelly’s ladylike, vintage-glamour,” says Murphy.
So it was only natural that the two would team up to create a dazzling holiday tabletop…two ways! Set in the beautiful Rolling Greens Nursery and featuring some of the same items (placemats, flatware, faux fur runners), their interpretations are vastly different, yet still cohesive, both featuring an inviting mix of high and low. We love both!
Check out their take on holiday entertaining, from Lee’s girly-glam tabletop to Murphy’s woodland-glam tabletop, to get inspired for merrymaking of your own…
First, find fabric for placemats, runners and linens. Out of thousands of fabrics at Thomas Lavin showroom in Los Angeles, both Lee and Murphy were instantly drawn to a black-and-white woven fabric by Romo called Xilia. Both chose it as their starting point and made placemats from it. “Black and white goes with everything,” says Murphy. “And is classic and modern at the same time,” adds Lee.
Both Lee and Murphy also fantasized about incorporating faux fur. “We realize it’s not exactly practical for everyday, but Christmas only comes once a year, so why not go for it,” says Lee. While she chose Zinc’s arctic fox for her table runner to evoke a snowy feel, Dee opted for Zinc’s faux raccoon fur. “Faux-fur and animal prints of any pattern are a MUST for winter décor,” says Dee. “Thrown on a table with some LED votives or flameless candles, and you’ve created a luxe, yet cozy environment (sans candle-wax mess)!”
Shop Rue: KELLY’S TABLE: 1. Runner and Chair Throw // 2. Placemats // 3. Napkins // 4. Plates // 5. Chargers // 6. Spike Napkin Rings // 7. Gold Flatware // 8. Emerald Stemware // 9. Stemless Gold-Rimmed Glasses // 10. Gold Ice Gems // 11. Macaron Tower // 12. Cast-bronze Driftwood // 13. Brass Top Hat Candleholder // 14. Bejeweled Wine Stopper // 15. LED Tealights // 16. Gold Lantern Vase // 17. Gold Nova Ornaments // 18. Gold Scorpio Sphere // 19. Gold Taper Candles // 20. Brass Undulating Candleholder // 21. Gold Woodland Deer // 22. Randa Antique Gold Mirrored Tray
DEE’S TABLE: 1. Runner and Chair Throw // 2. Placemats // 3. Napkins // 4. Dinner Plates // 5. ‘Welcome Home’ Salad Plates // 6. Spike Napkin Rings // 7. Gold Flatware // 8. Emerald Stemware // 9. Gold Tumblers // 10. Gold Spheres // 11. Gold Ornaments // 12. Beast’s Feast Bowl // 13. Pitcher // 14. Gold Ice Gems // 15. Salt & Pepper Shakers // 16. Cast-bronze Driftwood // 17. Bird Tray // 18. Vintage Bust // 19. Berry Branches & Green Wreath // 20. Antlers