Thanksgiving Tables: Matt Armendariz & Jennifer Hagler


“Less is more” certainly seems to be the dictum guiding many of this year’s Thanksgiving Table features—and our final two tables in the series are no exception. Armed with simple dinnerware donated by West Elm, photographer Matt Armendariz and blogger Jennifer Hagler have designed beautiful, minimalist Thanksgiving tables that fall on opposite sides of the “monochrome” spectrum. Matt has taken the muted tone of the dinnerware and created an etherial assemblage in shades of white. Jennifer, on the other hand, utilized a moody black linen to highlight her white dinnerware and gold cutlery. Both settings are stunning in their own right and firmly modern interpretations of the classic Thanksgiving table. Whether you decide to go for an autumnal explosion of color like Connor Lesniak’s macaron-laden table, a rustic sheet-music-adorned space like Susan Brinson’sor a low-key affair like Matt or Jennifer’s, here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving tables are beautiful this year!

Check out all of the photos of Matt and Jennifer’s tables plus source notes after the jump! Cheers! —Max

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Matt Armendariz: “As a photographer I work with color every day,” Matt says. “It’s a constant source of inspiration for me, and allows me to create moods and tell stories through assorted palettes. Even in my home, bright happy colors punctuated with deeper tones reign supreme. And my holiday table usually reflects this. But this year I thought about something a bit different for me as I opened the box of white dinnerware. I loved the simplicity and scale and thought about exploring the tones and shades of a single hue. In this case it’s white, anchored by white plates and accented with my all-time favorite linen napkins from Matteo, with some painted white branches and pumpkins thrown in for good measure. I can’t wait to see what a beautiful turkey and all the sides will look like showcased against the monochromatic theme. I’m already getting hungry!”

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Jennifer Hagler: Jennifer’s blog, A Merry Mishap, is one of the team’s go-to sources for striking and simple Scandinavian-infused style. Her Thanksgiving table, a mixture of lights, darks, and warm metallics, showcases her trademark minimal aesthetic. Jennifer dressed up her table with a piece of dark linen from a local fabric store, dark beer glasses from IKEA, a black candle holder from HAY, vases from J. Levau, and gold flatware from West Elm.

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  1. Lou says:

    Mmm mmm mmm I love that gold flatware! Yeeeah buddy!

  2. Georgia says:

    Beautiful! Where is the carafe from?

  3. Beautiful, a nice break from the over the top tables some people do.

  4. White plates are a fantastic go-to piece for a great table design. The monochromatic theme can let the colours and visual impact of the food really stand out. You can also achieve so many layers of colour even from one hue. I like how both Matt and Jennifer’s tables focussed on white monochromatic plating but both table settings achieved a ton of dimension through layering and complimentary colours like grey and soft gold. Great inspiration.

  5. I’m in love with the texture and the shadings of the beautiful grey tablecloth. It almost seems to flutter against the black curved chairs and the white walls. What an inspired choice.

  6. Tagati says:


    Luving the white. Matt, where did you get those wine glasses?


  7. gorgeous, jennifer & matt!

  8. Sandra says:

    I love the non-tradition of this table.

  9. Andrea says:

    I love the look of white dinnerware and especially love the gold flatware! Very chic.


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