When West Elm asks you to design your dream holiday get-together inspired by one of their new collections… well, you don’t really think twice. A few weeks ago, we gathered items from their sparkly “Snow Drift” collection to design a dinner party that proves that shades of white can still be warm & cozy. Blame it on the fact that I’m a Southern girl who’s lucky if she catches a glimpse of snow flurries during winter months, but in my wildest fantasies, there’s nothing more romantic than the idea of being snowed-in for the holidays. Especially if my home happens to be filled with comforting food cooking in the oven, ample amounts of wine and all the people I love. Such was the inspiration behind this “Snowed-in Dinner Party” in shades of snowfall: sparkly silver, warm metallics and frosty white. Click through for all the magic captured beautifully by Wynn Myers, and if you’re in Austin, be sure to stop by the DIY workshop I’ll be hosting at West Elm this Thursday evening. RSVP here!


I pulled a low lounge-y table in front of the fire and surrounded it with cozy floor pillows for seating.

metallic faux knit pattern pillow cover; metallic texture pillow cover in silver


“In my wildest fantasies, there’s nothing more romantic than the idea of being snowed-in for the holidays. Such was the inspiration behind the ‘Snowed-in Dinner Party’ I hosted for a few friends in shades of snowfall: sparkly silver, warm metallics and frosty white.” – Camille

The scene was illuminated with handmade wax paper lanterns stamped with snowflakes… stop by West Elm in Austin this Thursday evening to learn how to make your own!

These gold cheese knives were the perfect metallic pop against a raw wood cheese board.

Pop! Clink! Fizz! Nothin’ like bubbly to get the party started.

gold rimmed stemless glassware 


A vibrant salad looked gorgeous served in an organically-shaped ceramic serving bowl.

pine cone salt and pepper shakers; ombre faux fur throw in gray

“It’s all about the unexpected contrasts: polished silver next to handmade objects, rose gold flatware against raw wood, treasured holiday rituals that leave room for new traditions to be created.” – Camille

A self-serve cocktail bar always looks festive and is a holiday entertaining must.

organic shaped dinnerware set

It’s all about the unexpected contrasts: polished silver next to handmade objects, rose gold flatware against raw wood, treasured holiday rituals that leave room for new traditions to be created.

Coco’s always the life of the party, and in this case, went perfectly with the decor!

A cozy meal with great friends… always a success!

25 comments
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    supal {chevrons & éclairs} | November 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

    First off, obsessed with Camille’s hair. Second, I love how earthy this is! I’m a big fan of holiday decor that’s not “too much”. It’s subtle with the lights and the pretty ornaments and you let the dish and serving ware do the topic. Beautiful work, team! x

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    • Camille Styles | November 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Thanks for all the sweet words Supal (especially about my hair, ha!)

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    Tracey | November 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I love the contrasts here. The gold utensils with the rough hewn wood really make a statement. I love it.

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} | November 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

    such a gorgeous spread! i remember we were hit with a huge blizzard on christmas eve about ten years ago and got snowed in…it was absolute magic.

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    • Camille Styles | November 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

      That sounds amazing… wish there was even a SLIGHT chance of that happening here in Austin! 😉

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | November 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Gorgeous as always!! Love everything about this!

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    kelsey | November 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

    love this set-up. so pretty.

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    Chanel Dror | November 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Slide 12 is positively stunning!

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    Allie | November 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This is so pretty…I can’t wait for it to get chilly and for it to really feel like winter! And I LOVE Camille’s sweater – it looks so cozy! Where can I get my own??

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    Delia | November 12, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Love this idea 🙂 Is there a recipe for the cake in slide 11??

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    Emily Wignall Design | November 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

    so pretty. love the subtle contrasts between shiny and rough that you carried throughout the design.

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    Classiq | November 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

    It all looks so lovely and wonderfully festive, Camille.
    Ada

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    Vicky Barone | November 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Everything is so beautiful! It aaaaalmost makes us wish for snow 😉

    http://blog.vickybarone.com/

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    Amanda | November 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    So pretty, festive and cozy. Where did you get your sweater?

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    Karina | November 13, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Coco is adorable! It’s really good that she’s not afraid of people. My cat used to hide under the bed whenever there were more than two people in the room, but now she got used to it and even grew to like it. Now she comes to greet to every guest and asks for a stroke or pat.

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    Tawnya - Le Grand Courtage | November 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

    As always, love the whole setting and ambiance! What a lovely backdrop for drinking some bubbles… thanks for including our bottle in the shoot!

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