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Kathleen Varner's Local Holiday Table

A fresh take from a local prop stylist and floral designer

We tasked local prop stylist and floral designer Kathleen Varner to concoct a fresh take on a holiday tablescape. Here, she takes us behind the scenes, sharing her thought process and her favorite local sources.


Varner found the earthy brown tablecloth first and used it to set the tone for the entire table. "Brown is in this season. It seems to be the color of the year," she informs. Subtle cranberry and green tones give a wink and a nod to Christmas without screaming "holiday!"

To take the setting from feminine and floral to festive, Varner added crimson and gold accents and a sprinkle of collected ornaments. “Every year, Circa has great little ornaments that I love to use for gift wrapping and styling tables,” she notes.


Tablecloth, Shop Hammett,

Pink and white plate, Alkmy,

Charger and placemat, Bromberg’s,

Fish scale Herend saucer, Bromberg’s,

Pink wine glass, Bromberg’s,

Transferware, Henhouse Antiques,

Sage green napkin, Shop Hammett,

Flatware and green glass, Alkmy,

Red glass, Still Johnson,

Gold candle, Patina,

Ornaments, Circa,


Varner used the purple Amaranth as the starting point for her arrangement. “Davis Wholesale happened to have the Butterfly Ranunculus, and the Red Celosia just makes the arrangement read holiday.”