Another summer season has passed, cooler weather has arrived, and a feeling of seasonal decorating is in the air.
Fall fairs, apple-picking and dining-by-design events put the bug in our creative minds to begin thinking of how we will decorate our holiday tables this year.
Visiting antique and vintage shops can provide inspiration by opening the mind to new tabletop design possibilities. I always gravitate toward the warmth, charm and unique flare of vintage style. My favorite is pretty vintage glassware.
Strolling last week through the Boston Design Center’s Market Stalls, I was drawn toward the beautiful and unique. Maybe it was the stylized displays of the glassware or the retro vibe of the space in which some of the pieces were displayed, but I really began to focus on how to incorporate some of this unique stemware into a table setting for the holidays.
Then I remembered I may not be hosting the holidays this year — traveling may be in the plans — but regardless, one must release the urge for creativity.
When looking for vintage glassware, one aspect of the older style is that they are petite in size, unlike today’s style of cocktail or large beverage glassware. Some favorites I spotted at the Market Stalls were small.
Create a style for your table using inspiration from the glassware. The classy and elegant table can begin with silver- and gold-etched glassware as a start. If you prefer retro, search for bright-colored glasses with a gradual umbra look. For a romantic theme, you can find taller drinking glasses with gold-leaf designs and rims.
One unique design of a wine-colored leaf had individual sayings etched into the leaf — “I Love You,” “Remember Me,” “A Present,” to mention a few. These sayings not only provide a theme for the table but also create conversation.
My favorite vintage collection was a blush-colored wine decanter and glasses embellished with gold and a gold circle design around the glasses. Using this collection as inspiration, you can create a soft, white, shabby-chic style with pinks, whites and grays.
Debbe Daley is owner and principal of Debbe Daley Designs with offices in Lowell, Boston and Portsmouth, N.H. Debbe can be reached at www.daleydesigns.com.