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Yesterday we introduced you to Jonathan of Happy Mundane, and today we talking to another Modern Thanksgiving judge, Lindsay of MStetson Design. We adore her style, design savvy and smart editorial eye. Read on for Lindsay's awesome advice about holiday entertaining, styling the perfect tablescape and her obsession with texture...
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from the Pacific Northwest (the Seattle/Tacoma area).
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Eastside Costa Mesa, California.
What’s your decorating style?
I would describe my style as modern with odes to mid-century modern throughout. I love a graphic black and white palette accented with warm, organic wood and hits of bright colors (like DwellStudio citrine!).
Tell us about your Modern Thanksgiving board.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and be thankful for our blessings—a perfect opportunity to balance some more formal, traditional pieces with approachable, comfortable items. I want to include some earthenware items juxtaposed with splashes of gold and sparkle, raw wood paired with high-gloss shine.
Any go-to host gifts?
I am a big fan of plants; flowers die, but the plant can be kept for years. I love succulents specifically, as they require little watering and care. I’ll choose to personalize the gift to the recipient through selecting the right planter or adding a cute tag or garden marker.
Any tips for holiday entertaining?
I’m a planner; I like to have most of the items completed or delegated prior to the event, however, I try to remember to give myself grace during the event. I want to spend quality time with my guests, not be stressing over the preparation or presentation of the next dish.
What’s your favorite DwellStudio product? How does it fit into your décor plan?
I have been on the hunt for the right artwork for our apartment; I have framed pieces and some canvases and prints, but I’ve been oogling over the Folded Brass Wall Décor piece. I love it’s layered, graphic shapes in the sculptured brass.
How about styling the holiday table? Any good tricks?
A simple centerpiece. With all the dinnerware and decadent food for Thanksgiving, I like to keep the centerpieces low to avoid visual barriers between guests. A few small pieces down the center should do it—just mix a few votives with small, simple florals or pumpkins and voilà!.
What are the 3 things you cannot live without?
Being a graphic designer my iphone and mac are pretty high on that list, a great lip balm/lipstick, and my precious (and crazy) German Shorthaired Pointer, Hazel.
What’s inspiring you right now?
Textures. I’m so inspired by a mix of textures and how they interplay with one another both in visual and tactile qualities.