This is an updated post from 4 years ago! Since then, I have moved 3 times, built 3 homes and getting ready to finally move into that “DREAM” home. So much of my home decor has been in bins in a storage facility and pretty much unreachable. It has been really hard on this gal who loves to decorate. But as I updated this post, I got excited about what’s waiting for me once I do move and realized that what I am using that was accessible is right here!
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Layering a Table
I have learned for myself that to have a fresh eye at decorating my table, counters, etc. I need to start out with a blank slate. So I clear everything off and then do a quick cleaning and start layering.
I am going to go through my layering techniques that I have shared before in 7 Layers to a Fantastic Fall Tablescape.
I am starting with this glass table top as the base for my Spring Table. As you can see I love color and have so many options to play off of that are in these chairs. Aqua, Pink, Green, Orange to name a few.
Why am I not using a table cloth? Well typically I love my table surfaces, whether wood or glass. If I were actually entertaining on my wood surfaced tables, I would have them protected with cloth placemats or a table cloth. However, you really can’t hurt the glass and it it makes the table disappear and the room looks bigger and though it is a small table, because it is see through, the place settings will not look overly crowded.
Building Textures on Your Spring Table
These placemats I would not use for a real meal because of course they are not practical. However, I keep my tables set because it makes me happy and so since no one is eating here today, I want to use these as the first layer of my Spring Table Decor.
Natural Twigs with artificial greenery have been twisted together to create these stunning placemats! Don’t you love them? Then I also see that the green which will be mostly covered by my plates is really setting off that two toned green in my chair and the branches of the flowers stand out a little more.
The second layer of my Spring Table decor are these Cottage-styled wooden chargers. The contrast of the color, as well as the texture, brings the best out in both pieces. Visit Casual Chargers for Spring and Summer Tables to see why I love chargers so very much.
Simple and beautiful backdrops for your dinner plates, these chargers are lovely!
My 3rd layer of this Spring Table Decor are my scalloped gray plates.
There is not any gray in the chairs but the carpet in my home is gray, as well as the walls in the next room, so repeating that color in a room that has no gray helps to tie the rooms together. Again it is incredible to see the contrast in the textures. Natural twigs and greenery next to a finished wood, next to a ceramic, makes for a very intriquing place setting.
My Secret Weapon to a Beautiful Spring Table
(or any holiday table!)
If there wasn’t enough personality yet, we now add the next layer – our themed luncheon plates. It is now beginning to look very festive!
I use luncheon plates to create my seasonal decor for my table because it is an inexpensive way to have dishes that relate to the season while keeping your color scheme for your kitchen or dining room. They are my secret weapon for adding my Spring Decor to my Table.
You can find luncheon plates everywhere. These were purchased in a box of 4 and I love keeping that box for storage purposes.
These sweet bunny plates were purchased from Pier 1 and I miss that store so much. However, you can still find luncheon plates at Hobby Lobby, specialty boutiques and Amazon.
Show Stopper Centers Your Table
I fell in love with these tulips last year and the wooden bucket. The shop that I purchase most of my floral arrangements at makes them on site. So I had a little consultation with the floral designer as I handed over my tulips and bucket. In a couple of days, I returned to see this exquisite piece. She added the little moss on the rim of the bucket and of course one of her favorite, if not signature touches, the nest with eggs. I have a lot of those.
It is absolutely the best centerpiece for the layers that I have placed on the table so far. What do you think?
Soften the Hardscape
My last layer for this Spring Table and the fifth texture brought to the table are the pale pink napkins with lace.
They soften the hardscape and bring that “welcome, we want you to enjoy your meal” kind of feel.
Add Your Personality to Your Home
Next to my table is my green chest that I want to add a few touches to for the season. I found this cute bunny basket and filled it with speckled colored eggs that I can’t eat, thank goodness.
The mercury glass candle holders I have had for several years and I would imagine they were a find at TJMaxx or HomeGoods. The pink fragrant candles with the rose charms are from Pier One.
I mix my favorite things together in my home. Overall this home has a French Country feel, but I make it a little Transitional with my glass table (also a Pier One purchase, btw) and the upholstered chairs from World Market.
I love antiques too, so that little girl is a poster from the 1920s, I believe. She was an advertisement for soap. At Your Home is Your Happy Place break the rules or don’t, just do what makes you happy and that will be successful decorating!
The last spot we will visit today at my home is the great spot around my kitchen sink. I am going to miss this home so much when we move this Summer, because for at least a few years I will not have much space for my favorite decor to be displayed.
Here is my blank slate again. I cleared everything out so I could start getting fresh inspiration.
Learn To Play To Get The Best Finishing Touch
Tada! Done~ But let me be honest. Despite being a decorator there is no specific formula to decorate. There are ideas to follow to make a space look great, but you have to find the right things. Sometimes we can’t. I didn’t buy anything new this year which is another reason I wanted blank slates. If I didn’t clear everything I am afraid I may have just repeated last year’s set up and while that isn’t wrong, I would not like it for me.
So, this actually took me a little while. Try something, take it away, try something else….well, you get the idea. Even decorators have to work this way.
Grouping Creates Success
Again I grouped in threes. I love this ceramic dough basket so much. Last year I made muffins, lined it with a napkin and photographed it. I have also piled up napkins fluted through napkin rings and left it out as a fluff piece. Today I decided to pop out some small plates, a couple of beaded napkins and a vintage blue mason jar with utensils for grabbing something quick to eat. The folksy bunny makes his splash towering above with a leap and a bow and I finished the setting with a cottage pitcher I love.
Another vignette of three. I love mercury glass and this delicate Easter plate is part of a set I have currently displayed in my china cabinet in the dining room. A purchase years ago from Pottery Barn….another great place for specialty table ware.
Even my soap says “Spring”! I go to little specialty shops for this soap which is available in a variety of scents and seasons. I love to have a tray for my soap and sometimes a lotion, along with my dishcloth and this old metal tray is pretty rough, but as I said I like antiques and though this isn’t one, it brings that well-used feeling to it making it a favorite of mine.
Another of my favorite floral arrangements from my favorite boutique. Note the twisted twig handle on the basket. That relates to the twig placemats. The color and variety of flowers and greenery in this piece is so beautiful. I had a very long shelf to work on so I made two separate vignettes and then tied them together with a low and long piece that is centered between them. It bring balance to the space and the break between them allows the eye to stop and rest on each grouping.
That is all for my home this time. I hope you enjoyed it. This was an updated post from 4 years ago. Funny, I am still using many of the same things and always adding to them (though many remain in storage). You can now also join me on my new YOUTUBE Channel here Your Home Your Happy Place
I have just launched my Instagram at yourhomeyourhappyplace
I am also updating my Pinterest at Your Home Your Happy Place
Leave me a comment, let’s chat!
Bri Adams says
I LOVE this! Those twiggy place mats are to die for! And the wooden chargers!? It just kept getting better with each layer. What a warm and inviting table. So fun. I also like that you showed us other areas of your home. I always worry I have too many photos so I didn’t share my hutch. Perhaps I’ll add it in!
I didn’t show mine either, I’m saving it for another post. Thanks for loving on this post, Bri! Can’t wait to see yours.
I love your pretty chairs. The tablescape is so amazing. The twig chargers are fantastic and set the tone for the table. I also keep my table set. It makes me happy as I walk by and see the things I have collected.
Debra, I loved those chairs so much I kept buying them. I have four more in the next room around our game table and one in my office at my desk. The twigs aren’t very practical but they are eye catching. Thanks for your hard work and I will be stopping by your house tomorrow.
Absolutely IN LOVE with everything and I am so jealous of those gorgeous floral chairs! I can’t even begin to decide what I like best!
Well Carri, when summer hits and I am in your neck of the woods I can’t wait to hang out with you and your sister and see what you are doing in your shop! Thank you for visiting!
Oh my gosh I love those place mats!! And the chargers and those bunny plates! It looks wonderful, I should take a page from your book with the layering,
The more the merrier, Corrine! I love table decor soooo much. Thanks for stopping in. I’ll be visiting you tomorrow.
I’m trying to get better at setting a nice table since we’re so casual here. I did one for a holiday hop and may have to try one for Easter. Thanks for breaking down the layering steps.
Erlene, thank you for stopping by. Honestly, with just my husband and I we rarely sit at the table to eat, so this is to make us feel special only. But when I entertain, I totally go for it.
Debbie, I always learn something new from you! I never use chargers – I really need to start “playing” with them. The tutorial on layering is so helpful – I will refer back to this when I ready to try it! I love those bunny plates, and that bouquet is stunning! Have I said this before? I love your kitchen! I’m going to miss it too!! Your vignettes are beautiful, especially because they all have the same ‘feel’ to them, and all work together. The mark of professional! Thank you for heading up this blog hop and keeping us on track!
Thank you, Kristine. I love that you participate in our collaborations. Visiting you later today.
Shirley Wood says
Your table is so pretty. I love those twig place mats and those chargers are gorgeous! We are empty nesters but my hubby love it when I set a pretty table. That makes my heart smile. LOVE your Tulip centerpiece!
Thank you, Shirley. We too are empty nesters. Setting the table started once I became a home stager years ago and I saw the difference it made in showing a home with a table set with a little pizzazz. That was enough for me. It is one of the most simple and fun ways to make a home look put together. My daughter does it in her home now too.
Your table looks so festive. Only time I EVER think about dressing up our table is at Christmas and it’s nothing to write about. Great tips on adding texture, color, and how to soften the look. I think my favorite touch is the flowers…on the table and window sill. There is just something about them that says “Happy”.
Kelli, your comment about “happy” is the greatest complement to me. I have had children come in our home over the years and tell their parents…this is a happy house, can we make ours look like it? Obviously, with my name change to “your home your happy place” I desire to have everyone get that happiness in their own space. Thank you so much.
Michelle James says
What an absolutely beautiful tablescape Debbie! I love your tips for setting a table and the salad plates are just adorable. Thank you so much for hosting this bunny hop. I know it’s alot of work!
Michelle, thank you for your participation as well and for stopping by and being so kind. Can’t wait to see your home~
Jordan @ Jordan's Easy Entertaining says
This is so gorgeous Debbie! I’ve had my eye on similar place mats for the last month. And I completely agree with you that Pier One is a great spot for seasonal tablescape items. Your home seems so welcoming and inviting 🙂
Thank you, Jordan. Pier One has their hand on the pulse of some of the best tableware and accessories available and it is so fun to shop there. Coming to your home next!
Alyssa Winters says
Hello Debbie, the table is so pretty and I am in love with those floral chairs. I really liked your ideas that will make the spaces very beautiful with the right things. Thanks for sharing your blog, I will surely try these decor ideas for my home. Keep posting.
Alyssa, I appreciate that comment…”keep posting” it has been a tough few weeks and I actually haven’t. So that little mention has encouraged me. Appreciate your kind comments on the table.
Kyla Jocson says
I love it how you put all those things together! I like your style! This is the first time I’ve seen your blog and now I’m sure I’m gonna look forward to more of your posts 🙂 Keep it up! Cheers to you 🙂
Thank you Kyla!