ReFresh and ReNew Tablescape 101

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Today we will look at how I’ve re-used a dying flower arrangement in order to salvage the greenery into something lovely again. A reFreshed and reNewed tablescape just for you! Someone recently commented on our Instagram @thewhitebarnfarm, “I am so intimidated by putting together a tablescape. I just have no idea where to start.” I am so glad she said that because now I can hopefully help ease any of your uneasiness! There are just a few basics you need to make for a simple, lovely table setting.

1.Fresh or faux flowers/greens. Eek, take a look at this “used to be beautiful arrangement”…

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You can see the flowers have lived their last, but the greenery still looks fresh. Lesson: Don’t throw out the entire arrangement when you see wilting flowers. There is still a lot more life to enjoy in the days ahead! The greenery fillers will most always out-live the flowers.

Here is the greenery I salvaged… Doesn’t it look so lovely once set apart from the dead?!

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2. Center Pieces: Gather a few items to be at the center of your table. Add greenery to those items as shown here…

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Old books are fabulous household decor. Whenever I am at a yard sale, thrift shop, or antiquing I like to keep my eyes peeled for books to use as decor. They add such beautiful layers to any space. Wrap a couple with twine and then add the greenery on top. Also, a simple vase looks perfect with an added splash of greenery.

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3. Cloth Napkins and Napkin rings. We love the simple classic look of white with a polished nickel ring. Cloth napkins give a subtle ‘fancy’ feel to the table without much effort at all. You can find all sorts of napkin patterns to suit your preferences. I have two sets that I rotate through while one is in the wash. Here are ours…

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4. Chargers under the plates. I have a few sets of chargers to use at our table depending on the mood I am in for the specific season of the year we are in. Or mood for the week for that matter! Confession, I tend to change them out quite often. I found these metal cream, delicate scalloped edged chargers for sale at a bakery, of all places, while on vacation before we owned a home. Who would think, right!? As soon as I saw them, I knew I would love setting a table with their sweet little selves. And now that we have a home of our own, I sure do love them. Aren’t they adorable?…

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5. Table runner or table cloth. For our table, I like to see the contrast in the color of our dark stained wood table and white farmhouse style. Therefore, I love to use light toned table runners. In fact, this one is a matching set with our napkins. Both are from Pier1 imports…

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6. Candles. Okay, you guys, this is a must. The warm flickering of a candle will welcome the guests beautifully. Now, as I say ‘guests’ I am meaning all those who eat at your table. Indeed, even family. And remember, we are family if six. So four kids eat by candlelight. And they LOVE it! Every night we gather around this table, light our candles, and enjoy a meal and conversation together. It’s simple. It’s special. It’s beautiful.

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Tall candle sticks are at our table now, but I have also use candles in a jar at times. It’s the warm glow that makes all the difference. So you can use anything. Even a few tea-lights will suffice! I promise you and your family will grow to love it.

7. Drinkware. Our main drink-ware are wide mouth mason jars. They are sturdy, inexpensive, and great to have with kids. For our ‘special’ occasions we use stemmed glassware. As shown below, they are adorable and very pretty, but they are not used everyday. It’s fun to have a special set of glasses to use when there is something or someone special to celebrate. We have a couple birthdays this week so out they came…

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That’s all my friends. You can see it doesn’t take a whole lot to reFresh and reNew in order to put together a lovely tablescape. With a few basics on hand you too can make a beautiful place to share meals together. Let me know if you have more questions about anything I’ve said today or if you think of anything else you’d like to hear about.

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It’s always a pleasure to come along side of you as we all seek to flourish in the heart and home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmhouse Friday

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Hi all y’all! Aren’t these flowers so refreshing to see this time of year? Awe, I love them. The pink and white get me in the mood for the holiday next week! #bemine. We usually don’t do a whole lot for Valentines Day, but I do add a few things here or there around the house to engage the kids and remind them how much I love them and their daddy. They always like seeing the new scattered ‘colors’ of the approaching holiday around our normally white/neutral home. Here are some of the features you see today on our Farmhouse Friday at The White Barn Farm: the Olive Bucket is a farmhouse find from Hobby Lobby. Our Coffee Table is a DIY by my talented husband using pallets and an old apple crate. The blankets are draped on a vintage ladder and simply leaned against our wall. As always, thanks for coming by today and have a wonderful weekend!