A Party-Ready, Scandinavian Inspired Holiday Table / by charity buchika


Teaselwood's values of LIVE | NOURISH | CELEBRATE came together in this holiday party space's design

I pulled inspiration from my Scandinavian roots, fusing their cozy-yet-minimalistic style with a  classic farmhouse look and feel.

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It all looks so inviting - and even a bit magical. Can't you imagine it tucked away in a snowy Nordic forest?!

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The rich red and green accents are perfect against the warm whites throughout the room - so Scandinavian!

Since the table is the focus of this space, I wanted it to be extra special.

We started with the farmhouse table and bench, which - in addition to the built-ins you see here - were all made by  Andy, my talented husband and the other half of the Teaselwood design duo. Did you know we handcraft custom cabinetry and furniture (and not just for our local Skaneateles friends and clients - we ship!).

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My photographer, Whitney and I did all of the flowers. We ordered amazing cottage  roses from California from Rose Story Farm which  is a family owned Rose Farm (where it's still warm enough for roses to be blooming!) that produces some of the most fragrant and unusual varieties of roses.  We mixed the roses with greenery found right here on our property and ee added a few blooms that we found at Trader Joe's and Wegmans.  We also carried the florals onto the round candle 'chandelier' from Terrain. that creates a magical effect. 

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Pairing the fancy gold-rimmed vintage plates I picked up from She Rents Vintage based right here in Skaneatles with our farmhouse pottery plates created a little 'yin and yang' in the table setting.

The napkins got a simple treatment with twine and sprigs of boxwood.

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I'm completely head over heels for the 'Pearl' flatware (and everything else!) from Liberty Tabletop. It's all too often a forgotten detail these days, but beautifully made flatware that is a local secreat because it is made right here  in central NY. The combination of the heirloom stain finish with the little pearl detail feels right at home on our holiday table.

Seriously, good flatware is one of the details that elevates simple 'farmhouse' style and makes life at home feel a little more luxurious.

Also check out our other favorite patterns  these, these, and these from Liberty. Beautiful!

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You guys, this cake! Isn't it fabulous?! It's by my absolute favorite baker, @skancakelady. Now we love the look of a naked cake it tend to be our go too, but when there is apple spice cake with caramel and a light maple buttercream what more can you ask for it is pure deliciousness that is not to sweet .

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Be on the lookout for posts here on the blog and on my Instagram about all of the fabulous food and drinks you see here so you can copy them for your holiday celebrations (and no, those are not the Cranberry and Brie Bites I posted about - they're another of my simple party food go-to's). 

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The vintage  school chart  showing  rounds out the whole scene with a little color and (non-modern) graphic art.  

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The faux sheepskins add visual and actual warmth - and incidentally, the Scandinavians prefer them over carpeting in their own homes.

The scroll pattern on the chair backs is the perfect contrast to the more casual and minimalistic elements throughout the room. 

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Simple teaselwood wooden boxes + striped ribbon = festive holiday farmhouse decor.

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God Jul (which means 'Merry Christmas!' in Swedish)