Hi sweet friends! I’ve missed ya’ll. Last week we experienced our first real Florida hurricane as hurricane Matthew breezed through the southeast. While it was eventful and frightening, we made it through completely unscathed and feel very blessed about that. Unfortunately, we did lose our beautiful maple tree in our front yard. As the storm was moving through Matt and I were watching our tree carefully as it sits pretty close to our house. As the winds were blowing you could see one of the major branches on the tree splitting away from the trunk so we knew at least that branch wouldn’t make it through. As the night went on the rest of the rest started to split down the middle. Yikes. While we only lost the major branch of the tree (it fell and miraculously didn’t damage a thing) we had to cut down the remainder of our tree this week. We are already missing it since it provided so much great shade. How did you other east coasters fare through the storm?
Since we didn’t lose power, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest trying to figure some decorating strategy for my dining table. Ha!
You know that one thing in your house that you can never seem to get right?
The thing that you leave undecorated because it’s easier than figuring out how to decorate it?
Mine is my dining table. It’s so hard!
Honestly, if I had one decorating nemesis, it would be the tablescape. I’m not sure if it’s my small, round table or if it’s just me but I can have this amazing, elaborate tablescape in my mind yet it never translates to the table. Well, the past week I decided to take the time to finally tackle tablescapes and figure out what exactly works best for this little table of mine.
With Thanksgiving around the corner (yes, it will be here before you know it) I thought now would be the appropriate time to try to master the art of tablescaping and tackle the budget friendly tablescape. I started out by doing tons of research.
I googled tablescapes like it was my job. I took note of different elements and paid particular attention to tables that were small and round. I noticed that I was particularly drawn to tables that had layers, was balanced, and included natural elements.
Next, I went shopping. always has the best seasonal stuff, I knew I would find what I was looking for there. I went for the harvest/fall decor but quickly realized that they had everything I could possibly need to create the perfect tablescape. They literally have every department you can imagine: seasonal decor, kitchen and dining, wall decor and other accessories. I found this beautiful houndstooth runner at At Home for just $9.99. It’s so versatile and I’ll be able to use it for any occasion! Layering it over a plaid blanket creates the perfect base for my table.
At Home always has the latest high end looks at reasonable prices plus their selection is amazing! They literally have every department you can imagine: seasonal decor, kitchen and dining, wall decor and other accessories. I went for the harvest/fall decor but quickly realized that I would find everything needed to create a perfect tablescape. This beautiful houndstooth runner from At Home was just $9.99. It’s so versatile and I’ll be able to use it for any occasion! Layering it over a plaid blanket creates the perfect base for my table.
Next, I wanted to layer pretty dishes. The plaid plates are also from At Home and I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found them. They will transition so well into Christmas too!
When I was brainstorming ideas for this tablescape I envisioned having colorful layers and this table setting is exactly that. The napkins from At Home compliment the dishes perfectly. The colors just work so well.
I used pinecones as little place card holders. They are also from At Home and not only do they just smell like fall, they, along with the maple branches bring a natural element to the table that feels very fall to me.
Before we lost our maple tree in the front, I had imagined using this decorative bird cage from At Home as my centerpiece. I stuffed it with pumpkins and surrounded it with candles.
While it looked cute, it was missing some greenery. So when my maple fell, it made perfect sense to bring in some of its branches. I put them in a pitcher and used them the centerpiece with my vintage brass candlestick holders on either side.
I couldn’t part with the bird cage though so I created this little vignette on the storage bench and I just love it.
I can’t say that I’m a tablescape master quite yet but this whole deal is a far cry from the totally bare table I had before AND this looks high end while being a totally budget friendly tablescape. I’m calling it a win! What do you think?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of At Home. The opinions and text are all mine.