A White Barn Farm Easter

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We are welcoming Easter this weekend with hearts made new. What a glorious day to celebrate. Our home is a reflection of such joy. After all, our Savior is Risen! He has Risen indeed. As I am doing my best to simplify our life (more to come on that another day) I still have found it rewarding to decorate our home for the joy of the season. The kids love it, and I do too. Here is how our home is all ‘dressed-up’ for Easter…

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Vintage garden tools make for a rustic and homey means to decorate while bringing the freshness of the gardening season indoors.

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A few burlap and lace wrapped Easter eggs hang from our dining chandelier. It’s the little things.

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An oatmeal colored linen table cloth runs the length of our table. I love the consistency of color and the farmhouse design it brings.

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A galvanized lantern with some faux greens to bring a splash of color as well as height to our center piece. The rustic box is another fabulous way to gain height and set apart your decor.

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I had fun using garden stakes for name settings this year. I love these chalkboard ones so I can reuse over and over. The herb stakes at each napkin setting are a cute way to add some spring fling to the table as well.

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This multi-color felt garland makes for a perfectly cheerful splash of color to our table. I casually set it across the table and raised center piece. Don’t over think it. Mix and match textures and layers. I guarantee you’ll be happily surprised at all the beauty you can create in your home. Give it a try!

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We don’t have the ‘traditional’ Easter baskets, rather these adorable floppy eared bunny bags. Cute, I know right! I’ve enjoyed having them ‘hang-out’, no pun intended, all month for us to enjoy and anticipate the upcoming holiday.

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That’s all folks… Tomorrow is Easter Morning!!!

Farmhouse Friday

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Hi y’all! Thanks for coming by. Isn’t this egg too adorable for words?! The mint green farm fresh egg in a pink and gold polka dot egg cup. I mean, really. Nuff said. Am I right?! Today is quite a day. Not because it’s Farmhouse Friday here at The White Barn Farm, but because it is also Good Friday. There is much to reflect on today as we remember the road Christ walked for us to calvary. I am broken and humbled by it each year that this day comes around. I hope you find time to rest and reflect on the goodness of Christ’s sacrifice all those years ago, and yet how it radically affects us still to this today. Rich blessings to you and your home as we remember and celebrate the joy of The Risen Savior. Today was dark, but Sunday is comin’. Amen for that!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Tablescape

For how much I love all our Christmas decorations, once they are put away it is so refreshing to have a clean, white, wintery decorated home. I love the simplicity of all our whites and creams that come out again. I was able to keep it simple with this winter table setting.

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The six of us have our own Rae-dunn mug to sip out of each evening. A glass of milk in a large mug just seems to taste better for some reason. Wouldn’t you agree?

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I recycled our greens from our Christmas flower arrangement by taking out the white flowers and red berries and then simply kept the greenery. This makes for a perfect splash of winter beauty for our simple white setting. If you missed our Christmas tablescape you can find it here.

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Keeping it simple. Keeping it winter white. I’m loving it. What are some of your thoughts for a farmhouse winter table setting? I’d love to hear and see your ideas too!

 

 

Festively Farmhouse Table Setting

Budget friendly, simple, and festively farmhouse.  How could you not love that?!  Here is how we are welcoming guests here at our home this Christmas season.  I took some snippets here and there from our Christmas tree to add some true farmhouse beauty to the table this year.  And for those of us who have a surplus of mason jars on our pantry shelves (happily guilty), simply place fresh greens in them and it will give an immediate farmhouse welcome.

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Adding a piece of greenery at each place setting is a warm way to greet your guest and a subtle way of saying “Merry Christmas, welcome to our table.”

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Whenever the outside comes in there is that much more of a rustic ‘homey’ feel.  I love that.

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As shown above, I also found these darling name/place holders and I can’t wait to write the names of each of our guests here.

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Adding a bouquet of white flowers, berries, and fresh greens is another gorgeous means of making a table scape complete this Christmas.  Although not a must by any means. I realize it’s not always financially an option to get fresh bouquets.  If the budget does allow, fresh flowers are a beautiful addition. Check your local market for any seasonal fresh cut flowers, and like I did above make your own arrangement (I’m no professional, obviously. Just find a vase, snip the ends, and add some water). Someday I do hope to have my own fresh cut flower garden so I can enjoy them more often. I absolutely love having fresh flowers at the table, or anywhere around my home for that matter! Doesn’t everyone?!

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Lastly, the soft glow of a candle or two is another beautiful way to welcome the warmth of conversation to the table. I found these candle sticks at a local antique shop in town and they have quickly become a favorite addition to our table each evening. I am thankful for this simple, yet lovely way to bring ‘home’ to the table each evening. Tip: Don’t be shy to light a candle every night for your family. Too often we think of it only for our special guests, but I like to bring this beauty to the table each night as our family sits down together. After all, these are truly the most special people in our lives, right?!

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I hope this inspires you that it is possible to be light on the budget, simple, and lovely at your table settings this year.  The main importance to remember is the joy in opening up your home to friends and family this season by making memories when sharing a meal around the table.  So from our table to yours… Merry Christmas to you!