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Spring Table


I know among bloggers and avid Instagram users there seems to be a consensus that Fall is the best season of the year. Boots, and sweaters, and pumpkin spice, oh my!  What's not to love?! But for me, Spring is where it's at! Warmer temps are finally making their debut. Things are starting to turn green and all of my favorite flowers are starting to bloom! Allergies aside, I adore spring! 

While I'm sure it's connected to the "rebirth" messages that are intrinsically linked to the season, I always start to think a great deal about memories, occasions and celebrations and the way we seem to want to box them off. Reserve them for something we deem deserving of the festivities. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that our everyday lives are worthy of celebrating too! So even if you're just grabbing a pizza on your way home from work, why not break out your fancy dishes and treat yourself?! 


oh my heart and home{easy spring tablescape}


it's may and that means it's peony season(insert screaming oprah gif}! i love being able to go out into our yard and cut a bunch of my favorite flowers. 

i put together a quick and easy spring tablescape inspired by one of the season's prettiest blooms.


it's no secret that i dig a good pattern mix! these dishes from target are a few years old but the bright and cheerful florals mixed with whimsical polka dots are timeless.

i bought this gold flatware at a yard sale five or six years ago. i believe it's an eight- piece setting and the only time we really use it is during the holidays because mixed metallics are my jam! i decided to have a little fun. i used an aqua spray paint left over from rowan's party and sprayed the base. i left the knife gold because i always need a little touch of shiny.

i'm a scrapbook paper hoarder. i dug into my stash and found these journaling cards. it would fun to put one at each place setting and have your guests jot down something that is making them happy right now. to be perfectly honest, we could all use a little bit of happy these days!  

this was my first attempt at dip dying. it's not perfect but i love the color washed effect. i used some leftover easter egg dye. i have a feeling that actual fabric dye will give me more the look i wanted but sometimes you need to use what's available.


i created the arrangement in a cut glass footed compote that was another yard sale find. it's made mostly of greens leftover from another project and of course, those gorgeous peonies from our yard!

setting the table for a breakfast with a few friends or dinner with you and your significant other doesn't have to expensive or fancy. it only requires a little bit of out of the box thinking.

simple tablescape{our holiday home}


setting a table isn't a requirement for holiday decorating but it's something that i feel compelled to do every year. it's also the direct influence of my mom. she's a jedi master at setting a proper table!

because our living and dining rooms are a connected space i wanted to keep things fairly neutral and relatively simple. the only thing that i purchased were the dessert plates. i knew they would work really well with our wedding china. they had the whole mixed metallic thing working for them and the best part was they were under $3 per plate!  

the greens were extra branches clipped off of our tree. rowan is responsible for the addition of the christmas ornaments which he pulled off the tree and the ribbon that he unearthed from a bin in the garage as i searched for tapers for the candlestick holders. 

the crystal candlesticks were used in our wedding as were the mercury glass votives. sorting through some other stuff i found these fabulous black glass candlesticks that i purchased at the world's longest yard sale a few years ago! this moment of serendipity is brought to you by hoarding.   

tablescapes that are a collection of treasures are always my favorite.