I was blessed to marry a wonderful man with women in his family who are just as creative as he is, all in varying ways. My mother-in-law, Kay, and I share the love of decor and I am blessed to be able to share her thoughts on tablescapes today. Kay truly has an eye for style. She continually inspires me and I hope this post inspires you!
Don’t let that dining room table sit empty, use the space to build a decorating “vignette” to enjoy even when you’re not having company. Decorating begins with an inspiration and then evolves from there. It’s a lot of fun to change your tablescape to go with a season, or let a particular item or group of items set the stage to be your inspiration.
Last fall my daughter-in-law went on a trip to Africa and brought back some wonderful wooden napkin rings and salad serving tools for me. They are carved giraffes and zebras, as you can see in the picture. I love being creative, so this began a quest for me to use my imagination and use these gifts to create a tablescape, with a safari theme. I really didn’t have anything else that fit with that idea; so the adventure began.
The first thing I did was to peruse my stash of decorating “stuff” in the basement. We all have collected things over the years and since I can’t have everything out all at the same time, I store all of my “extras” on a shelf unit and save them for the right occasion. These are not things I really want to part with, because they are items that I like, but I just don’t use them at the moment. We all have that closet of “goodies”, don’t we? I decided that the animals inspired a color scheme of black, white & brown. So in my stash I found a black rectangular metal pot, that I had picked up from the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby at one time. (When I see something on a clearance rack that has good artistic lines or interest, I can’t pass it up). So that pot was the beginning. After finding some artificial ferns and big tropical leaves from the “goodies” shelf to use in my centerpiece, I pulled out a bamboo runner and had a good beginning.
I made a trip to TJ Maxx and found some inexpensive animal print salad plates; and black microfiber towels, to use as napkins. The next stop was Pier One to pick up some bamboo sticks. And you can see how it all came together. Start with an inspiration, pick a color scheme, and then have fun pulling in things that will complement your theme. Sometimes the inspiration might come from a pile of old Christmas ornaments, a group of mismatched candlesticks or a pile of rocks that you collected while on vacation. Let your creative mind run and you will have fun putting together beautiful tablescapes, to make your table the “centerpiece” of your home.
How do you decorate your kitchen or dining room table?
Do you have some thing special or meaningful that has or is inspiring you to change your tablescape?Submit a picture of your tablescape and what inspired the space today, May 3rd, through Tuesday May 17th and we will share your ideas on FLT on Tuesday, May 24th.
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