Pinterest Challenge, Tablescapes

Creating a Garden Themed Tablescape to Usher in Summer

It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month and it’s Pinterest Challenge time, my friends!! This month Cindy of County Road 407 has chosen a beautiful tablescape decor from a dear friend whom we lost a couple of years ago now, Michelle from The Painted Hinge. I am honoring her memory, too, as we also honor our fellow servicemen and women this month on Memorial Day…

Entryway Ideas to Spring into Summer

If you are just coming over from Laura at Everyday Edits, welcome! I don’t really have an entryway as you are immediately into my family and living rooms upon entering our home, so…

I chose to focus on the sideboard idea with my tablescape for this month’s challenge.

I love this photograph of Michelle’s antique sideboard decorated with a garden theme. All the ceramic pots with fresh basil, cilantro and a bunch planted with violas and pansies! Adorable!!

Some pots are also filled just with sphagnum moss. So love the card file creating little planting pockets!

I also love the neutral color palette.

Entryway Ideas to Spring into Summer

Here is another closer look at her tablescape ~ so many things to catch your eye!!!


What I pulled for my decor interpretation

Well, let’s look at what I don’t have: no vintage scale, no wire strawberry baskets, nor a card catalog file (though it’d be a great addition, especially now that I work in a school library!).

I do have books and little things for risers. I chose some wood rounds and a small concrete pilaster for my tableau.

I also chose the one little drawer that I do have as a holder for seed packets. This drawer was accidentally left out of a small desk we sold and which used to be in my daughter’s bedroom. It fit perfectly between the two trundle beds she had in her room at the first house we owned in California.

We replaced that vintage desk with a larger more contemporary one as she grew into a teenager.

For my table, I began with a large tobacco basket, then began layering with all the things I’d see out in my garden.

I love a neutral color pallet, tooThe teacups are what I’d take out to the garden, lol! πŸ˜‰

My passion, my style

On the left side of this tablescape, I’ve set up my maiden statuette with a little French mask and those two teacups. She wears pearls because pearls are something I enjoy wearing.

Adding wood elements like the inspiration piece

When we were first married and lived aboard Camp Pendleton, California, I found this long coffee table at the base thriftshop where I worked. I sanded it all down and had new legs put on it turning it into a sofa table. It is a Danish maple piece from the 1940’s which had a horrible finish on it before, but now that it has this light stain on it and has been waxed much over the last 30+ years, it is a favorite piece of furniture of mine!

It’s so nice having this large wood piece already as it brings a lot to the table (forgive the pun!). πŸ˜‰

Having the small wood drawer plus the painted wood tobacco basket also add their own rustic wooden touches.

I planted up two pink begonias in the glazed pot so this becomes my greenery.

The tiny bits of blue in the flowers of the chintzware teacup add the final nod to the upcoming patriotic holiday. πŸ™‚

***Please forgive the mess in the background. I am still working on creating a slipcover for that green plaid wingchair. I changed my mind mid-project which is why it isn’t finished. An upcoming post! πŸ˜‰

And that is my small tablescape, friends! Simple, elegant, me… Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you will consider subscribing. I don’t pitch myself very often but I guess I should do that a little more. πŸ˜‰

Summer is almost here, friends!! Let’s take a look at the table Carol from Bluesky at Home has created for you! I know it’s going to be good. <3

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Big hugs from North Texas!!!


Barb πŸ™‚

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19 thoughts on “Creating a Garden Themed Tablescape to Usher in Summer”

  1. What a wonderful table to have, Barb. You’ve made it your own and it obviously has sweet memories. Your simple table decor with a summer vibe is a nice focal point for this time of year.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I will always have that table, I hope. πŸ™‚ I do tend to like simple vignettes best. I appreciate your sweet thoughts, thank you!! <3

  2. I appreciate that you didn’t waiver from your French country style when doing this post. It wouldn’t have worked but you ran with it and made it into something I hope you enjoy for a long while. I’ve always wanted to work in a library. Back when I wished it were true, we had card catalogs you flipped through but especially loved hearing the plastic covers on the books when we opened the back and stamped the card then placed it back inside the pocket. I’m sure it’s different these days but still quite enjoyable. Thanks for joining in. pinned

    1. I liked that sound, too, Cindy! Funny how we remember those sounds from childhood… Today it’s a small “beep” from the computer every time I check a book in or out! Glad you enjoyed my table. <3

    1. Thank you, Wendy! This was fun to put together. Hey, no SYS this evening and I will put up a post regarding. Taking the week off and next week, too, as I have my other eye surgery. I appreciate your sweet thoughts! <3

  3. Lovely spin on the challenge to make it your own style! The tea cup holding bird seed is such a cute idea and your begonias are such a pretty color!

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