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Kate’s Casual Fall Elegance

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Kate Riley of Centsational Girl created this beautiful Fall tablescape. Read on for her thoughts on Fall dining and more!

What was your goal for this look?

“This table setting is my everyday casual look where I use a lot of basic white and incorporate pretty linens. During the holidays or for special occasions, I add a lot more flair with pops of color and festive accents!”

Where were these photos taken?

“This is my dining room in our home — it dresses up for formal settings or dresses down for casual ones like this.”

Why did you choose these Pottery Barn dishes?

“I was shopping for a basic white plate several years ago and came across the Caterer’s Plates at my local Pottery Barn. I loved that I could buy them separate from cups or bowls, and I bought one set of the dinner plates and salad plates. We’ve eaten our meals on them every night for years!”

How would you describe your style?

“‘Casual elegance’ is the term coined for my personal style. I’m a busy mom with an active family so it’s best to keep things as relaxed as possible, plus that style is so inviting for when friends and family come into our home. However, I do believe that things can be pretty too, so I use simple palettes, layered neutrals and seasonal botanicals to up the style factor for everyday living. I’m also a big believer in bringing the outdoors in, hence the olive tree clippings from my yard and white fall pumpkins scattered about.”

Any tips for a gorgeous table?

“Thoughtful layering is the key to setting a gorgeous formal table. Start with a pretty tablecloth or runner, and then at each place setting introduce colors and texture. For example start with a pewter charger, layer in a white plate, add on top an accent salad plate and then an unexpected embellishment on top, such as a clever napkin ring, a seasonal swag of some kind or a pretty place card. You can’t go wrong with an assortment of fresh flowers in the middle coupled with candles for ambiance as a centerpiece. Keep arrangements low to encourage lingering conversation so guests are not encumbered by elaborate displays.”

Why do you shop at Pottery Barn?

“Pottery Barn’s style very much fits my own, it’s casual, elegant, modern, yet comforting, the best kind of style for the best style of home!”

 

Learn more about Kate’s style when you read Centsational Girl. Love the look? Here are some suggestions for capturing Kate’s gorgeous style!

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Source: Photos courtesy Kate Riley of of Centsational Girl

Outdoor Tablescape Inspiration: A Garden Party For Your Favorite Girlfriends

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The spring and summer seasons are perfect for celebrating the important people in your life, so why not throw a garden party for your favorite girlfriends? We also thought it would be a great time to try out Pottery Barn’s Caroline Dinnerware in a less formal setting.

We teamed up with Diva Pyari of Linea Carta and artist Karen Ondracek of General Taxonomy to throw a fun garden party, perfect for reuniting with friends over refreshing drinks and an English picnic-inspired menu. (Special thanks as well to Tom Tomkinson Weddings for photographing the entire affair.) We hope our outdoor tablescape inspires one of your own as well!

 


To try something similar, move your party to a lush lawn — it doesn’t have to be at your home, either. Try a regional nature preserve or a neighborhood park if you don’t have a lawn of your own. And while our folding chairs and teak table were sturdy and easily transportable, there’s no need to go to such measures. A picnic table in a grove can be just as good of a staging surface for your gathering.

 

To create an elegant yet relaxed and artful look to this table,  Pottery Barn’s new Caroline Dinnerware was the perfect choice. We love these dishes’ mix of vintage elegance and handmade appeal, thanks to the silver banding and organic, uneven rims. We layered the dishes over kraft paper runners, which were arranged horizontally over the PB Classic Linen Tablecloth.

 

 

Karen Ondracek created the place card holders using vintage clip-on earrings (we’ll have her DIY for them on the blog on Friday).

 

 

Diva Pyari’s Tiny Heart Linen Napkins added a pop of pattern to each setting, while heirloom silver set off the banding on the Caroline dishes nicely. Pyari also handpainted the garland around each dish in place of a charger.

For flowers, we chose a mix of hot pink spray roses, mixed with wax flowers and displayed in small vintage vases. We also took advantage of our California climate, sourcing additional florals and botanicals from our home gardens. Clustered together, these mini arrangements created a gorgeous focal point for the table.

 

 

Diva also created the hand-calligraphied table menu, displayed on one of Karen’s place card holders. If you’re inspired to try something similar, Diva offers starter calligraphy kits for sale in her shop.

 

 

Chances are good that you’ll need extra room for your drinks station, as we did. We hung tassel garland from The Flair Exchange above an antique wooden ironing board, which we decked out with a cake stand, silver tray, vintage glassware and bottles of  favorite cocktails. Bouquets of florals rounded out our drinks station. Diva made hand-lettered drinks tags for the bottles as well — this is a great way to add a special touch to your drinks station.

 


However you deck out your table, we hope that you choose to share your garden party with good friends. There’s nothing quite like a good meal, enjoyed in the outdoors and shared with some of your favorite people in the world.

All photos courtesy Tom Tomkinson Weddings

Special thanks to April, Magnolia, Diva and Dani for modeling!

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Sneak Peek: The Easter Bunny Makes an Early Appearance at Pottery Barn

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Pottery Barn just added a selection of Easter decor to the site, and we are crushing over all of the absolutely adorable bunnies. From table runners to egg cups, there are a variety of themed choices to create a woodland fairytale of a table this Easter.

 

Like many of you, we were curious as to how rabbits became associated with the Easter holiday. According to History.com, “The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called ‘Osterhase’ or ‘Oschter Haws.’”

Over time, this charming custom spread across the country, until the legend included the Easter Bunny’s delivery of candy and gifts to children. However this tradition evolved, we’re happy to add a variety of rabbits, in the form of cotton, ceramic, and metal to our table. See the slideshow below to shop for some of our favorites rabbits for your Easter table.

 

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An Elegant Winter Tablescape Perfect For the Holidays and Beyond

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Today we’re featuring a lovely holiday tablescape from Dawn at Inspired Living. We think this tablescape would also look gorgeous for any elegant winter dinner party.

What’s your decorating philosophy for holiday dinners and dinner parties?

“I don’t believe you have to go overboard decorating every last space to have a dramatic and eye catching home for the holidays.   A few simple, well thought out choices will go a long way to create a festive environment and to make your guests feel welcome and warm.  For example, the hurricanes and Pottery Barn candlesticks I used on our table were all of different heights and sizes, which keeps the display visually interesting.  All of the items were made from the same material, which unites the display.

Also, you can never go wrong with candlelight and greenery to add a little holiday warmth to the home. From there, you can layer in an additional element or two to add interest; on my tablescape, I stuck with mercury glass and silver. After all, keeping your decor simple will allow more time to focus on preparing for your guests and welcoming them to your home.”

 We know that you love to mix in vintage pieces — what’s your advice for making these pieces look beautiful and part of an overall decorating scheme?

“I like mixing new and old.  For this tablescape, I paired thrifted vintage low ball glasses with china we received as a wedding gift to create an elegant place setting.  For serving dishes, I might use my Pottery Barn Claro Cake Stand along with my grandmothers silver platter — another wedding gift — both of which spend most days displayed in our china cabinet.”

What’s your favorite aspect of decorating for the holidays?

“I love creating a warm and festive atmosphere that encourages our family and friends to gather around the fireplace to relax and enjoy company. I want people to come into my home and feel like they want to linger for awhile and stay.”

What do you appreciate about Pottery Barn’s pieces (like the Clarissa chandelier in your dining room)?

“Pottery Barn’s merchandise is eyecatching and beautiful; I’ve used my Pottery Barn purchases over and over again for years now. Furthermore, I feel that many of the items have a timeless quality. If you don’t have time to search out that perfect vintage find, chances are Pottery Barn will have something at the ready.  Numerous guests have asked me if my Pottery Barn Clarissa chandelier is an antique!”

 

Check out Dawn’s tips for creating a beautiful tablescape similar to hers!

  • Layer your linens. “For this tablescape, I used two tablecloths to create yet another layer of interest. One served as a traditional tablecloth while the other was folded to be used as a runner.”
  • Group like objects for an impactful display.  “In addition to the glass hurricane and candlestick display, I grouped several milk glass serving dishes and pedestals to create an interesting display to plan Paperwhite bulbs this year.”
  • Think outside of the box for the items you already have in your home.  “Next year, I might serve you a salad out of the very same milk glass dishes being used as planters this year.  Hope you don’t mind! Additionally, I plan to use the low ball glasses to serve a small appetizer on Christmas Eve. These same glasses currently serve as votives in other areas of our home while on other occasions they are used to serve a festive beverage.”
  • Go outside for more inspiration.  “My son loves bringing home acorns and pinecones.  I’ve used these to fill hurricanes and bowls around the house in the past.  This year we brought branches and greenery inside from around our yard.”

Source: Photos courtesy <Inspired Living

Thanksgiving Centerpieces Inspired by Nature

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For a tablescape that’s custom-built for Thanksgiving, we recommend heading outside. Check out three of our top ideas for creating unusual centerpieces this year.

Gather acorns to line the base of a hurricane, and then carefully nestle a candle around your nature finds. (Use one of our Flameless Wax Candles to avoid a fire hazard.) Stack crisp apples in a vertically oriented vase or hurricane, or try miniature pumpkins or gourds. Colorful fall foliage is also the perfect addition to a bouquet of flowers. Look for florals that complement the color of your leaves: amaranth for maroon leaves, or light-colored ranunculus for yellow leaves.

 

Still have some pumpkins around your home? Hollow them out and use them as an alternative vase. We used geraniums here. For a very autumnal centerpiece, choose scented geraniums such as cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger. (Yes! These types of geraniums  do exist. Find them at your neighborhood greenouse.) Place a small jar or highball glass inside the pumpkin for cut stems. As an alternative, place small pots of geraniums in the pumpkins if you want to plant the flowers after your gathering. Disguise the top of the container with moss.

If persimmons are local to your area, we also recommend layering a tall vase with persimmon branches that are laden with fruit. They create an unexpected sculptural element to a bouquet. These fruits could easily pair with flowers, though the addition of autumn leaves and green figs to this arrangement is certainly inspired.