Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rustic and Simple Tablescape

So, we decided to take our Tabletop display and turn it into a tablescape for Centsationalgirl's Homegood's Holiday Tablescape Challenge. We wanted to do this without buying anything new and since we are such casual people. (Like-paper plates at Thanksgiving casual-it was quite the challenge after all!)

So, here she is in all her glory. We went white, rustic and natural. And even though we usually are pretty into color for the Holidays, we really love this tablescape.

Because we don't have any formal napkins, these "vintage" style tea towels are perfect when casually tied with alternating twine and jute rope and bundled with our everyday silverware!

The centerpiece is a combination of white pitchers planted with a small evergreen, a tiny rosemary and a mystery desert fern (ok, I guess we did buy these, but for the whole holiday season, not just for the tablescape) and our old candles and candlesticks. The spindly candlesticks were spray painted Heirloom white, they used to be brown and "tuscan" in a previous life. We also incorporated the twine and jute to loosely wrap some of the candles and pitchers.

A close up of our perfectly simple place setting. And below you can see that we styled the bowls with the mugs and offsetting them from each place setting. Our guests will be either drinking hot chocolate or eggnogg. (Confession: we have no stemware.... Perhaps if we win that gift certificate......)

All in all we had fun styling and pretending that we're rustically fancy!

Hope you liked it!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. I love what you have done here. Love the simple twine wrapped candles and the tea towels as napkins with the twine bow. Everything is a gorgeous winter white.
    Eileen @ cottage beach house

  2. Simple and gorgeous. Good work setting a truly lovely table and being resourceful at the same time! :-)

  3. I like this table all in white except for the green and natural colours. Love the idea of the white waffle tea towels for napkins. It all looks very sweet. Blessings, Pamela

  4. over from the lettered cottage....your home is beautiful~

  5. Your tablescape is lovely. I adore rustic and white and creating on a tight budget. Just goes to show you can have pretty and not break the bank.

  6. So I was inspired by this and made a spring version: old glass vases, and glass jars, even some small glass spice jars with twine tied around them and I put in budded branches and rosemary branches from around the yard. I put them in an arrangement on a round silver tray and voila a beautiful fragrant centerpiece. Thanks for the inspiration. Your home is beautiful. Keep posting because I am reading

    1. You need to photograph. You're very good at describing, but I'd like to see!