Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Good day my friends.  Just finished up my dining table here in the depot.  This table is really not made for entertaining more than 4 guests because of it's narrow size.  With that said I only used one side for tableware just to give some of you folks an idea for your holiday table setting.

Since we are talking about realistic table settings....have you ever seen a beautiful table setting with so much height in the middle of the table?  Well keep in mind that when entertaining guests you want to have guests able to see other guests sitting across from them.
My dear friend Sandy made a constructive suggestion.  She sometimes struggles with balance and flow when creating vignettes in her beautiful home.  So I will do my best from now on to describe why I did what I did (huh?, does that sound stupid?).  Well I never claimed to be perfect in writing, but you get the point, right?.  Check out this fake candle called Luminara.  It's flame is almost just like the real flame, flickers and glow that you really have to look close to tell difference. They are quite expensive to say the least.  I would love to have many more but budget, budget, budget!  I will have to obtain one here and there so it's not a shocker on the wallet.

When I create a centerpiece for my table I always start with something that has height or I make the height with books, baskets, bowls, etc.  In this instance I started with a faux pine tree that was inside of this old white ironstone bowl filled with wonderfully scented pine cones and extra pine greenery and added plain ornaments for a pop of shimmer and color.

Next, is when I experiment with other different heights as I did here with candle stands and candle pillars.  I never have things the same height, just doesn't flow together at all.  Then I added other table fillers such as berries and pine on the table.  I love these 2 ceramic deer I purchased from Target.  They look great here with the white bowls and dishes on the table.  Angled them, added a few touches of more ornaments on the table and tada! 

The red paisley table runner, plaid napkins, red cheer tumblers and white chippy candle pillars are from Pottery Barn.  My favorite store!

I used a colorful paisley table runner as a base for my color scheme.  Added plaid napkins for different texture but in the same colors.  Since my preference was to have a smaller bowl or plate in a different color such as red or silver with a slight pattern to set on top of the white plate, I had to make do with this scenario.  I added one plaid napkin under red charger that hangs over the table a little ways.  Then for more color instead of starring at a white plate I put another plaid napkin.  For ambiance a small candle votive is a nice tough of elegance.

I do hope that you enjoyed my lil table setting for the holidays.  I just can't wait until my husband makes my harvest table for the mill.  I already gave him measurements of how big I want.  We measured at the mill where I want it to go so there will be enough room for it.  Well that's another story for another day.  Hope that you have a wonderful day.  There are some beautiful ideas for decorating floating around in blog land that It is so easy to gather inspiration for your home.  Have a wonderful week.  See you soon to show you my living room, so I'd better get crackin!

I also linked up with Sheri @nominamalisthere at her open house party.  Check it out!

Thursday open house blog party with Sheri With Brenda's Tweak it Tuesday


Lois@pineridgehills said...

Hi Theresa,
LOVE the table! what a great idea with the little tree! I'm going to copy that idea for my table....being we own an old Christmas Tree Farm I'm always trying to stay in "Tree Mode"! Love the deer....Stay well new friend!
PS - the mill is wonderful!

Diane said...

Love this tartan, rustic table setting. Beautifully done! Following you my friend.

Vel Criste said...

love how you 'dissected' the art of tablescape making Theresa and hence, you have a marvelous one before you! Following you back dear and enjoy blogging! have a wonderful Thanksgiving!