If you need a creative boost when it comes to decorating your holiday table, just stop by The Houston Design Center for its Seventh Annual Deck The Tables & Holiday Tabletop Tour, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 12. It's where interior designers have artfully landscaped tabletops to inspire everyone in this friendly competition.
You'll find decor in every fashion, from traditional to art deco to, yes, even disco as you walk from showroom to showroom at the center, 7026 Old Katy Road. Register online here for individual or group tours.
Deck The Tables is open to the public at no charge, but HDC encourages visitors to bring a new toy to support the Memorial Assistances Ministries (MAM) Toy Drive.
Take a sneek peak by clicking through the slideshow for innovative ideas — and even some decorating tips from the pros.
A spirited artic storm swept through Thorntree Slate & Marble's Showroom 167, magically leaving snow-covered trees, bows of greenery overhead and glittering tree cones, some even with icycles.
You'll also find a few feathered friends joining the enchanting setting, as well as a darling centerpiece porcupine.
"We put this together in layers," says June Marie Gargotta of Thorntree Slate & Marble. "Of course, we used our natural stone and then built upon that.
"The goal was to achieve a very organic look, and after about four layers, it all came together."
Touches of fine Christofle silver add to the glistening wonderland. Designer Pamela O'Brien was in charge of the table and surrounding decorations.
Christmas on the Wild Side
What began as a Great Gatsby theme, with lots of black and gold, evolved into a walk on the wild side at Teri Pugh Studio, Showroom 156.
The glam table by Regina Gust and the firm includes a fun, fluffy table cloth with a gold runner placed horizontally, Z Gallery oversized gold-tone candle holders standing about and a centerpiece in a porcelain bowl with gold balls, gold sticks and more gold decorations.
The wild side?
"Then we found these plates," the friendly staff shared, almost in unison. "We loved them so much, we adjusted our theme to fit them."
Those plates, a fab find at West Elm, depict animals wearing sophisticated attire, as shown here with the owl version — top hat and monocle included.
The party's down in Showroom 273, where designers/owners Belinda and David Barrera of Dauphin Sales top their holiday table with a disco ball and wrap the entire package in glittery ribbons of fuschia, chartreuse and dark teal.
"Those are the colors Belinda wanted, and we think the table turned out very festive," David says, adding, "we even have a tape made playing Christmas disco music."
He says they incorporated extra glitz on the table to accent the mirrored balls — and reflect more light.
"By using all of these very reflective materials, we really didn't need to add any light," he says. "The chargers are mirrored, the plates are reflective, the Christmas balls are bright. Light is just bouncing off the walls."
Strands of pearlesque and golden beads extend beyond the chandelier to drape gracefully atop the table. Wide glitter ribbon wraps in and out of greenery and tall candlesticks.
A detail of the holiday table at Charlotte Nail Antiques.
Morning Glory Starlit Sky
That's the theme for the lovely table at Postmodern Traditions, Showroom 169, topped by a hanging canopy of fresh flowers with mirror underneath to capture reflections from candles. Trailing blue star lights gently touch the tabletop.
"This is our concept of 'Morning Glory Starlit Sky,'" says Lisa Smolen of LDKS Design, who along with Janet Lindley of Flourish created the garden-like display. "And we like to mix in some old, some new, to bring fullness to the table."
Details underneath the canopy at Postmodern Traditions.
Of course, a beautiful three-dimensional rug underneath (not shown) by award-winning designer Erbil Tezcan helps set the stage for the creation.
An animal-print wall covering background flanked by large white ceramic vases overflowing the holiday greenery frames the holiday table at Design House Inc. by Connie Le Fevre and team in Showroom 115.
The staff reports the table started taking shape with the hanging of the stars above in different sizes of silver leaf and wrought iron. The table is purposely bare to display the table settings and floral arrangements.
Ornaments with names designate guests' seating, and sprigs of holly wrap around the black napkins.
Citrus and Orange
"Everyone seems to do red and green for Christmas," says Corbin Young at Charles Ray & Associates Inc., Showroom 153. "I wanted to play off those colors in a different way."
The red-orange chopsticks tucked under the bows on the gifts were his inspiration in designing this table, so red became orange and the typical forest green became bright citrus. And the flower centerpieces are just lovely.
Designer Shazia Kirmani took rich reds and paired them with sparkling golds to create the holiday table at Leisure Collections, Showroom 154. Hints of Asia, particularly India, with velvets and dangling beads add to the global feel.
A detailed look at the Leisure Collections table, with embroidered table cloth and napkins, embellished holders for flowers and golden angels and birdcages.
A Casual Affair
It's Christmas morning, so grab a robe and pull up a stool in the kitchen at Osborne Cabinets & Millwork, Showroom 293, for a cheery country-style morning with burlap, wood-block chargers and cardinal-patterned plates.
This just begs the question: Want a piece of pie with your coffee?
The cardinal-inspired plates at Osborne Cabinets & Millwork as selected by designer Ashley Luberger.
Nutcrackers for All
The team at Manchester Carpet, Showroom 100, decided to help bring out the child, the wonder of the season, with a table tree filled with and surrounded by wooden nutcrackers in all shapes and sizes.
What says "Christmas" more than a nutcracker?