Secret Garden Chair

Happy spring planting! It’s Mothers’ Day and time to plant in my neck of the woods.

Another beautiful photo from Facebook — I’ve done this chair planter trick before, but wanted to capture the gorgeous mix of flowers used in this piece of art. I’m thinking that’s a wire “pot” filled with soil that goes all the way to the ground, which makes a lot of sense. Now all I need is an old chair — tomorrow morning is garbage day and I may just have to go a-picking.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Elegant White and Gold Tablescape

After all the red hubbub of Valentine’s Day, my soul was crying out for some calmness and rest for my eyes.

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The elegant white and gold tablescape was born.

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The classic stoneware pieces are upgraded by lavish use of crystal and metallic accents — Grandma’s silver does its job again!

IMG_7234BThe key to an all white tablescape is texture and layering. Embossed detail creates interest on the dishes, golden embroidery on the placemats is mimicked on the wired ribbon accent, and the tablecloth, napkins, French scarf, and the bread warmer add lacy textures.

White Elegance CollageBUsing Grandma’s silver platter again, crystal jam pots and a covered butter dish are grouped together.

IMG_7244BGrocery store tulips send a sweet message and provide a shot of color.

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I’m linked up to French Country Cottage and Between Naps on the Porch this week. Visit these creative ladies to find more inspiration for your table!

One Last Look Before We Go On To Spring

I loved my red tablescape and I loved all of the beautiful tablescapes that I visited over the last month.

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But sometimes one has to move on.

So say goodbye to the red tablecloth and the red glittery plates for a while. It’s time for some Spring on my table.

I’m linked up today to Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage. Please stop by and visit these inspiring ladies!

Flower Arranging for Your Valentine’s Day Table

Your sweetheart may be coming home today with a Valentine’s Day present that looks like this arrangement of long-stemmed pink and red roses.

If that’s the case, leave it alone and enjoy its beauty. The millions of dollars spent is well worth it.

But, if you are like most of us, you are more likely to receive a bunch of flowers from the market or grocery or you may even choose to buy your own.

I bought mine at Trader Joe’s for a total of about eighteen dollars. (Just so we’re clear, Music Man would have brought home flowers but he had knee surgery and he hasn’t been out of the house for two days.)

IMG_7105BIf you get a lovely armful of cut flowers, the first thing you need to do is put them in water. Yeah, as soon as they walk in the door grab anything that will hold them up and keep them in water until you have time to arrange them.

Next you need to decide what you are going to put them in and here’s where it gets tricky.

Take a good luck at the flowers; are they fully open or in bud? In my case, the alstroemeria is not yet open but the roses are in pretty good shape. They will both open up with some household heat and time. The way the flowers will open in their maturity should drive the type of vase you use. For example, tulips look good in a vase with a smaller top opening that will allow them to drape as they open.

Because I like low mounded arrangements on my table, I’ve chosen a small white stoneware tureen. Its  bold angular shape will be a nice counterpoint to the rounded softness of the flowers. But, because it’s a very shallow bowl, the stems of all of those long-stemmed roses must be severely trimmed . Be brave; it will be worth it in the end. The first thing I do is trim the stems about halfway and strip off any leaves that will be in the water.

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Now that you’ve made the first cut, it will be easier to make the second one. Look at how many roses you have versus how many of the other types of flowers. You want to make about four smaller bunches. Gather your flowers together, rubber band the stems, and then measure them against the bowl or vase again. Still too long or just right?

Obviously, this won’t work with fragile stems such as tulips, but it’s perfect for roses and woody-stemmed flowers.

IMG_7116BNext, take the greenery that came with the flowers and make it work in your centerpiece. Cut the long pieces into shorter pieces to tuck into the arrangement.

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IMG_7119BFinally, look at the arrangement and fluff it.

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With any luck, you have the perfect low centerpiece for your table that looks professionally arranged and you did it yourself.

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For more flower arranging tips, check out Val at Eat Drink Garden and England’s famous Sarah Raven.

I’m linked up today with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to stop by to see the posts from many inspired bloggers.

Pink and Turquoise and Apple Green: A Match Made in Heaven?

Sometimes what your brain would tell you is wrong turns out to be gloriously right, and sometimes wrong is just plain wrong. That was my response to this photo from House Beautiful.

The Palatial Gardens dinnerware by Lenox would not seem to be a good pairing with the pink roses, even though turquoise and pink go beautifully together. The addition of the chocolate brown would, in my opinion, send my flowers toward another colorway. Yet the pink roses in this tablescape are stunning.

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And then there’s the pop of those green apples against the pink and turquoise and brown. Pink and green, yes. Turquoise and apple green, maybe. But whoever styled this photo decided to add a platter of green apples kind of smacked down in the middle of all that beautiful pink and blue. To me, the apples were too casual for the tablescape and were distracting to the composition of the photo.

I try to learn something new with every tablescape I create. I’m working on photography techniques and I’m challenging myself to go outside of my traditional comfort zone when putting pieces together.

I think that today I learned something about when one more thing is just too much. What do you think?