Turkey Day Tablescapes with Silk & Willow Owner, Shellie Pomeroy
Silk & Willow owner, Shellie Pomeroy, knows a things or two about creating gasp worthy tablescapes. At her studio in New Paltz, she dyes silks and other linens strictly with things found in nature: onion skins, avocado pits, and pomegranate skins. Her textiles take on hues ranging from soft, muted colors, to deeper tones, depending on the dyeing method. With her background in graphic design and current experience working alongside the design and wedding industries, Pomeroy shells out a few tips to bring subtle style to your table this holiday season.
“Our fall landscape is bountiful with foliage and fading blooms that are full of character. Don't be afraid to go into your backyard and gather for your tablescape decor,” says Pomeroy, recommending relaxed linens in colorful plant dyed hues to add softness and texture.
She notes hydrangeas, fading clematis vine, Russian sage, beauty berry shrub, goldenrod, and various ornamental grasses are great to forage locally this time of year. In terms of matching with linens and dining ware, she suggests looking to the foraged vegetation and other fall produce for inspiration.
“We typically think of bringing in the colors of the fall foliage to our Thanksgiving table, which is wonderful. But don't be afraid to mix it up! Look at the palette below the trees, the creams and yellows of grasses, the purples and reds in berries, or the whites, blues, and grays of pumpkins,” says Pomeroy.
Looking for a DIY project? Pomeroy suggests adding a little bloom or sprig to each place setting, like a dried hydrangea tied with a ribbon, a few dried herbs tied together, or a small pumpkin or gourd.