Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Inspirational Centerpiece Tutorial. . .

Did you ever see something in a home decor book
that you just couldn't get out of your mind???



This is my rendition of the Town and Country centerpiece 
found in Carolyn Westbrook's Through The French Door.

Dear Ones, I will honestly tell you 
that I went to bed night~after~night 
dreaming of how I could reproduce
a similar centerpiece for On Crooked Creektt's dining room table. 



"Mr. Ed" gifted me with this gorgeous book for Christmas 2013.
Once I figured out that I had the majority of accessories,
there was the matter of fitting a rectangular centerpiece
onto a small 40 " circular dining room table.

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Although the Town and Country featured table 
is done in dramatic charcoal~gray, remember,
I am using what I already have On Crooked Creektt.







I began with a square, white linen table cloth
to which I added a 22" X 14" ecru linen runner.

Next, 
I gathered all the needed  glass and crystal accessories.



A glass hurricane,



lidded glass apothecary jars. . .



my beloved maternal grandmother's etched crystal vase. . .



and varying heights of glass candle holders.


Now with all the key pieces assembled,




I began the task of placing each 
to mimic that of the Town and Country centerpiece.



Then,
came the uniqueness of this centerpiece. . .






vintage salt and pepper shakers!

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Tip ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
Here's a simple tip when dealing with cavities or hallow spaces
in hurricanes and vases. . .


Photo courtesy of "Mr. Ed".

 just add a glass candle jar lid 


Photo courtesy of  "Mr. Ed".

to the bottom to fill in the space 
and make a level surface for display!



Using tongs when placing items 


Photo courtesy of "Mr. Ed".
in the bottom of heightened containers 


Photo courtesy of "Mr. Ed".
will less likely result in breakage!


Photo courtesy of "Mr. Ed".
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Arrangement is the key 
to keeping this centerpiece streamlined and elegant.

Due to space constraints,
one apothecary jar needed to be eliminated.




Another challenge,
the vintage silver spoons wouldn't fit inside my apothecary jar.



So~o~o. . .
instead of the serving spoons,
I used vintage silver teaspoons.



To give balance,
I added creamy, ivory tapers to the glass candle holders.




The addition of seasonal florals,
such as creamy ivory dahlias and ivory lilacs,



combined with candlelight add a hint of romance in the air.


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 On Crooked Creektt's rendition 
using a monochromatic color palette in subtle soothing hues
is nearly the exact vision of that in my nightly dreams!








Coming soon is the completed
Inspirational Centerpiece Tablescape. . .
On Crooked Creektt.




Until next time. . .



On Crooked Creektt will be joining



And. . .




Be sure to visit both of these amazing hosts 
for you'll surely come away filled with inspirational ideas 
for your own home decor!

2 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a lovely unique and creative centerpiece. I love it. You should link this up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Miss Char said...

I'm floored as to how you took such simple items that most of us have around the house and turned them into such an elegant table Pat, this is an inspiration in simplicity. Thanks for sharing.