Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A pretty table for two. Or four. Or eight.

I took a weekend trip to Cleveland for a long overdue visit with my parents and some much needed relaxation. In between the wine guzzling and Final Four, we managed to squeeze in a craft project for my mom's kitchen table. After reading my terrarium post and seeing the one I made for myself, she fell in love with the idea of a tiny landscape in a glass container and needed one of her own. Instead of making just one, I came up with the idea of pairing three to create a natural yet perfectly polished centerpiece.

Since the project's completion, my head continues to be filled with dining room displays and arrangements. For those of you fortunate enough to have a dining table (I opted to use my space for a craft nook instead), switching up the display is one of the easiest ways to change the tone and style of a room. Aside from the obvious seasonal displays, there are many different directions you can go in. With little to no collateral damage done by changing displays (aside from your wallet), this is also the perfect place to experiment with patterns, styles, composition and color.

Use this space as a way to learn about what you like and dislike in an arrangement and apply your learnings throughout your home - from the way you arrange pillows to mantel display. Once complete, take a step back and try to find common themes. Are you formal or more casual? Do you like symmetry or prefer a more asymmetrical design? Are your accessories more functional or do they have a flair for the dramatic?

Then, compare with what you need in the space. Does the space crave simplicity or do you need a splash of color? Do you do heavy entertaining with tons of conversation there or do you entertain in a different space? Is this where you eat breakfast or is it for special occasions only?

Whatever your style, here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Multiple vase setting: The Lennox

Monochromatic: Country Living

Simple vase with stacked dinnerware: Shopping Candy

Vegetables (or fruit): furniture home design

Snack display: Trendir

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