The art of the table

The holidays are once again upon us.  As we begin to think about entertaining friends and family our thoughts, or at least my thoughts, turn to the all important question, “How will I decorate the table?”  I always advocate a low stress, high drama tablescape.  How do you achieve that you ask?  Here are some tips for a festive table any time of year. 

Blend old and new ~ we all have family heirlooms that are underused and under appreciated.  Pull out that silver ice bucket and put flowers in it, polish the candelabra, etc., and marry it with simple pieces or clean lines.  The beauty is in the mix of old and new, simple and ornate. Grab those big cloth napkins.  They always raise the bar on having the table feel luxurious.

Include something unexpected; a decoration or small gift for guests to discover.  It’s a good conversation starter.  Go crazy for candles.  More is better, but make sure they are unscented!  I always like to add natural elements, gourds, fruit, moss.  You want the look of the table to enhance the food and mood.  It’a all about composition. Think of food like a painting,your plate the canvas.  Each plays a part to create a balanced relationship one to another. 

A great table design engages guests, brings out the ability to create an element of surprise, imparts ambience, and becomes the backdrop to a beautiful evening spent at home with family and friends.  Isn’t that what it’s all about?



About Carrie Leskowitz For more than 12 years, Carrie Leskowitz has been creating some of the most stylish rooms in the Philadelphia region. Once a fashion and prop stylist, Carrie is now a renowned interior designer, and owner of a successful interior design business, Carrie Leskowitz Interiors. Leskowitz has created a style all her own, centered around luxe, organic, natural design with a dash of glamour. With a great eye for fashion, Carrie consults on residential and commercial projects in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and DC areas. For more information about Leskowitz visit or her blog, Carrie’s Design Musings