Friday, February 18, 2011

Natural Elements Tablescape

The was posted earlier this month as a guest post for Remodelaholic. 
Almost everything I used for this tablescape was something that I already had - there were only a few new things I purchased.  Don't you love when you come up with something new out of things you already have?  I first decided on a theme - green, silver, and natural elements, and then started pulling things together.
The first thing I started with was a burlap table runner.  I won this runner from the lovely Rene of Cottage and Vine - lucky me!  If you would like to make your own, take a look at Rene's tutorial.  Or, if you are lucky, she might have one for you in her Etsy shop.  I think burlap is just the perfect base for so many looks - it looks great with everything and was a perfect start for the natural elements I wanted to incorporate.
Glass hurricanes are a versatile accent piece to have on hand.  They are inexpensive, come in many sizes, and will work with any decor.  I use mine all the time for so many different things.  You can usually find these at Marshall's or TJ Maxx between $6 - $12.
To fill the vases, I used a bag of moss from the craft store, mini grapevine wreaths, and candles.  I soaked the grapevine wreaths in water overnight.  The next day I was able to pull them apart and shape them how I wanted to fit in the vases.
Decorating with succulent plants is easy and inexpensive.  Succulents are low maintenance and will be around long after you are finished with your tablescape.  I put these in little metal containers and filled the top with moss.
I really like how this tablescape would work in any season.
Adding votive candles around your centerpieces will add a little sparkle to your entire table.  Everyone likes a little candle light at a dinner party, right?
A photo from my tablescape is featured on!  It is included in a gallery called "15 Easy Centerpieces For Any Dinner Party".  You can see it right here.  Thank you!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  My sister is coming into town and we are heading up to East Lansing on Saturday to see our Spartans take on Illinois.  GO GREEN!  We are also having a belated birthday celebration - I turned 34 last Friday.  Not sure how I feel about 34....It doesn't quite have the same ring as 33.  And it sounds so much older somehow!
I'm sharing this post at:
Finding Fabulous
A Stroll Thru Life
Funky Junk Interiors


-Kasey said...

I really like all of these elements. It doesn't scream 'SUMMER', yet it doesn't symbolize just winter. It reminds me of the transitions. The winter almost ending and the coming of Spring.

Happy Friday! :)

Rene said...

You have inspired us all with this beautiful table scape Alissa. Happy weekend!


Brandi said...

Beautiful Alissa! Congratulations on your feature! Happy Birthday and enjoy your weekend with your sister!

Colleen said...

I love this! didn't know that about the grapevine wreaths.

Sherri said...

Alissa, I really enjoyed seeing your lovely tablescape!! It is just wonderful! I'm going to check out the etsy site and blog you mentioned too! Woohoo on your being on's site! You deserve it!! Have a great weekend!

Cincy said...

Happy Birthday Alissa!

MrsJenB said...

Lovely, natural, simple. Very nice!

Happy birthday, too!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

This is one of the most gorgeous tablescapes I have ever seen! I love the green with the natural elements. So wonderful!

Brenda Kula said...

I saw this, and it's absolute perfection!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Everything is beautiful!! How exciting about being featured on!! Wow!

Happy belated bday! Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned!

KellyH said...

I turn 34 this year. I know what you mean about sounding older somehow.
Happy Birthday!
Beautiful Tablescape!

Amy Grace said...

Congrats on HGTV Ali! That is so cool!

Meg said...

Oooh, I love it! Using natural elements is my favorite thing--maybe because it's so cheap and easy to come by ! I love how you used the silver and glass. Great outcome!

Lindsay said...

Looks fantastic!! Loving that burlap runner!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This looks oh so pretty. I love being able to use things I already have on hand and I really like all of the natural elements you used.

Kelly at I Dream of Decor said...

This is so beautiful! I really love the pops of green against the burlap, I may have to try and make one of my own!

Jane@Little House of Projects said...

HGTV! How cool is that?! I love the succulents. I've been thinking of getting some, hopefully I'll have better luck with these than I usually do with plants. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs.Grinder said...

this is BEAUTIFUL!

Jen said...

Looks beautiful and inviting!
Happy Birthday!

LindyLouMac said...

Although I do not post about tablescapes myself, I find yours are a great source of inspiration and have used your ideas in my own home displays, thankyou. Belated Happy Birthday xx

Diana said...

It is so beautiful! Congrats on the HGTV feature, that's BIG!

Mary said...

This is so beautiful! I would like to invite you to share this post on my link party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. I hope you can join in! Have a nice week, Mary :O)

Lena said...

What a stunning display, love it!!! Great vision, congrats on the HGTV feature :)

Kristine said...

Love your table arrangements - Congrats on all your accomplishments - I also have a photography blog @ - I would love for you to visit - I am asking what your Spring plans are today ...

Honey at 2805 said...

So smart of HGTV to feature you! Really love the use of natural elements. Your table is just beautiful!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I love natural table settings. This one is really special. Congrats on being on!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. The mixture of the succulents with all the wicker and moss is stunning. Beautiful centerpiece. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Val said...

Pottery Barn Catalogs better watch out!!! This is amazing!!! You rock.

Bqueen said...

so amazing. it is my first time to see this plant. beautiful


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