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Holiday decorating contest benefits Hopeline

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Lee Porter, interior designer with Sawyer's House of Furniture, decorates a table at The Shoppes at Kenyon Bailey on Tuesday for an Albemarle Hopeline benefit.

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By Cindy Beamon
Albemarle Life Editor

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Creating a festive table for Christmas is one of the season's decorating challenges that several businesses have undertaken for a good cause.

The Shoppes at Kenyon Bailey is hosting a Holiday Table Decorating Contest at its 407 McArthur Dr. location to raise money for Albemarle Hopeline.

Participating businesses have designed seven holiday tables with different looks -- from rustic-looking burlap, red ribbon and greenery to shimmery golden spreads with trendy holiday accents of aqua.

Customers may vote for their favorite table by purchasing $1 tickets that will benefit Albemarle Hopeline, a nonprofit servicing victims of domestic violence in the region. Voting started last week and continues through Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. when the results will be tallied and the winner announced.

The winner gets "bragging rights" and a custom holiday wreath from Albemarle Floral. All proceeds, including $25 entry fees, will go to Hopeline, organizers said.

Participants include Albemarle Floral, Sawyer's House of Furniture, Big Lots, Lowe's, The Nesting Cottage, One Penney by Joan Ellis and Valerie Price. The charity event was organized by Ellis and Kathy Davenport with Kenyon Bailey.

Three of the tables that were ready on Tuesday sported three different looks.

Lee Porter, interior designer for Sawyer's House of Furniture on Ehringhaus Street, chose to overlay his table with loosely woven, gold metallic ribbon and a centerpiece of pearly shelled Christmas trees and ornaments in shades of aquamarine, turquoise, gold and cream.

"These colors are not always used for Christmas, but it's beautiful," said Porter.

Place settings included an under plate in a soft turquoise with a gold and cream topper and antique stemware. The table was accented by cream and gold napkins tied with a sheer gold ribbon.

To complete the look and add texture, Porter used soft, furry gold and cream sashes to accent green cushioned chairs, fashioned in a modernized Queen Anne-style, that came from Sawyer's House of Furniture.

Albemarle Floral, located in Kenyon Bailey, created a more rustic look, using red flowers and burlap for a Christmas wedding reception theme. Cream-colored China sat atop slabs of wood with red silk flowers and balsam fir branches as accents. A tall glass cylinder was the centerpiece decorated with glittery white berries, burlap and holiday accents. White wooden folding chairs with burlap and red bows completed the look.

Cherylin Collins, co-owner of The Nesting Cottage in Camden, decorated her table with an "Old Southern Living" theme. She used men's ties that she collected from estate sales throughout the years to create a table covering. The centerpiece was a red basket filled with greenery and flowers that sat atop sheer, gold mesh. Place settings included a gold charger with Lennox holiday plates and majolica, a type of French pottery that looks like live plants, on top. Crystal stemware completed the look.

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