504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Harvest Table and Designing Ideas

11.06.2013

Harvest Table and Designing Ideas

When I hear the term "Tabletop", I get all dreamy eyed and my mind starts creating and dreaming up inventive ways to do things, and well, I get a little caught up trying to create something really special - my wedding planner mentality takes over - and I spend days fretting over what to do. Visions of lighting and draping and chandeliers, and custom linens...well, you get the picture.

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

I truly enjoy creating a beautiful tablescape or event space.
It is one of the things that makes me so happy and really inspires my creativity.
I love creating spaces outdoors, perhaps because I am from coastal California where the weather is pretty much the same year round.
I also love creating tables with texture, interest, unexpected surprise...and most of all tables that look rich and expensive...but are not!

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

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Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main
Fall is my favorite season and when I began planning this table, well, I had so much fun! My mind started going and going and I just had to stop - 
I have so many more ideas
(if only there was more time and unlimited funds...and a staff!)
or maybe another tabletop!?
Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

In the next week or so, I will share more about how I created certain elements of the table but for now, here are a few things I generally look for/try to achieve
when I design a tabletop.
Here is the wood burning tutorial for the napkin embellishment. 

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

1. I want it to be pretty but not fussy or complicated. 
It is a balancing act - to get the right mix and it is all person a and about your aesthetic. I (personally) don't want it to look like I spent days planning it (even if I did). In fact, I even left the pine needles on the deck...I felt it gave that "I just happen to be throwing a last minute FAB party on the deck." I would have imported fall leaves and covered the deck in them...if I could have.

I also do not want to have to move 99 tchotchkes just to be able to eat at the table. I want the table to be "ready to go."
 
Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

2. I LOVE mixing rustic and glam elements. 
My favorite look is the marriage of the unexpected. Like this brocade table cloth (that I got on clearance for $3.00 6 years ago and use ALL the time) that tops a canvas underskirt. Peeking out is a unique table skirt I made using strips of burlap and canvas, as well as varied widths of organza ribbon - I happen to LOVE it.

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main


Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

3. Use easy pieces to create drama.
Branches from the garden canopy the table when placed in tall vases already on hand. Tuck small plants - I prefer herbs (buy a 6-pack of plants from the nursery) into new containers...I used the personal turkey gravy boats for a planter. Inexpensive grocery store florals, when grouped together make a great impact for a small price and even produce in jars and vintage (thrift store) glasses. I plucked some produce out of the kitchen for color - a few pomegranates and pears and a touch of Fall color.

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

4. Layer and layers and more layers.
I don't just mean in terms of linens, but also in terms of dishes, florals and heights of the centerpieces. Stack the dishes and place a personalized napkin and custom made initial place card inside. It looks pretty but it not a lot to move when it is time to eat.

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main
Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

5. Candlelight is "king,"  I mean "queen."
Candles make the simplest of tabletops more intimate. They just create instant atmosphere all on there own. BUT I am a freak about being safe with them - always be cautious. All of these candles are inexpensive  votives - most purchased at floral supply stores or Smart and Final. There are a few mason jar lanterns hanging in the tree (re-purposed from a camping themed b'day party 4 years ago!)

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main
Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

6. I love to bring inside elements outdoors.
Grab your throws a couple of pillow, some containers that are normally inside and bring them outside for the event. My party cart is always on hand, throws are available for the guest should they catch a chill, and this centerpiece vessel which is always on display in my house - usually filled with my glittering french eggs - becomes a home for the perfect pumpkin atop a bed of kale. I even pulled my dining room chairs outside.

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main
Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main
 

7. Keep harsh scents (scented candles or overpowering florals) off the table. 
I use non-scented candles - I have found the best price to be from Smart and Final. Competing scents is not a good thing. I do sometimes use herbs (see #3) that have scents, but select ones that do not have strong scents or scents that compliment the meal. For example, if I am making rosemary potatoes, rosemary is a perfect choice. I used thyme on this table.

As well, certain elements like glitter are fine but not on items that come to near the utensils or plates/glasses. Do you want glittered potatoes? Also, burlap can have a strong smell and feel harsh. I did use a touch of it on the table skirt and wrapped it around the base of the cake stand, but, I hand washed it, and is not touching food.

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main



Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

A personal gravy boat is not something I would normally purchase...as I generally stay away from items that are too holiday specific, but I found these little turkeys and of course I used them as small planters (what else would you use a gravy boat for?)

Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main


Fall Tablescape by Holly Lefevre of 504 Main

Do you have any secrets for creating a special table for entertaining? 
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Glassware: mine, Mikasa Jamestown Gold
Napkins: Custom white cloth napkins - more info coming soon!
Linens: Layered off white canvas, silk large check, and gold brocade
Ribbon Table skirt: burlap, sheer ribbon, canvas - more info coming soon!
Vases: new and vintage - mix from around the house
Florals: Kale; general "cheap" flowers from the grocery store (3/$12); greens picked from yard; assorted herbs (thyme) from hardware store.
Place setting/cards - more info coming soon!



30 comments :

  1. GORGEOUS Holly!!! I love all of the details and great tips :) I will def share on my facebook page :)

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  2. It all looks wonderful! Love the table cloth with the ribbons.

    The night time shoots look great, you created a lovely table.

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  3. I love your table! I just stopped by their Facebook page!

    http://www.facebook.com/BHGLiveBetter/posts/266371123398476

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  4. Stunning, Holly! I love when you create these tablescapes. Its always so inspiring! Headed to visit BHG on FB...

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  5. really beautiful!

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  6. It looks like you hit a home run with your design Holly.

    BHG selected wisely in you.

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  7. This is gorgeous Holly!! I love everything about it. Especially that table skirt with the strips of fabric. Wow - that is so pretty!!

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  8. Love that "underskirt" made from strips of ribbon, burlap, and canvas!

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  9. I liked them and shared on facebook.. Have a great day, Tina

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  10. Gorgeous Holly! I thought I already liked them on FB but that's fixed now!

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  11. Also shared this on my FB page

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  12. I love the table skirt with strips of burlap and fabric--I'm filing that idea away (Oh yeah, I can pin it!)! Thanks for commenting on my berry pics!

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  13. Wow, Holly! The table is gorgeous. I especially love the ribbon fringed tablecloth!

    So, uh, when's dinner?

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  14. I visited their site, "liked", and left a comment telling them you sent me.

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  15. Love it! It's just gorgeous! :)
    Jen

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  16. Love it! The scraps and ribbons along with the table cloths are A-MAZING! You are sooo talented!

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  17. I love the rustic and glam too!!

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  18. Wow Holly! What a great post. Thaks for taking the time to explain the design principles!

    Saved By Love Creations

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  19. Holly - your table is so gorgeous. You are just amazing!

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  20. Your table setting is beautiful. Inlove the table skirt and all the layers. Gorgeous!!

    Ruth

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  21. Holly, your table is gorgeous, and I especially love how you brought your original idea for the tableskirt to life. In fact, it's one of this week's features on "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

    Jenn

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  22. Love the combination and layering of the table "cloth" Thanks for sharing

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  23. I really appreciate your inspiration settings in an open porch.

    I have an open porch so, for me, this is heaven. TY a mill for sharing.

    Greetings from Stockholm,
    /chie

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  24. That table skirt is amazing! Love it!! Thanks for linking up to the Burlap Week party at WhisperWood Cottage!

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  25. Hi, Holly! Aaahhhhhh...to have unlimited funds and a staff at my disposal. Wouldn't that be grand?!! I have all the time in the world, but my old body just won't let me do all the heavy lifting like I used to. As for the unlimited funds....fuhgit aboud it! That will NEVER happen here! Don't I wish, though? ;-) The table looks fantastic! Love all the layering of linens!!!!

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  26. Hi Holly,

    This is such a pretty and dramatic table. I do like the Harvest Collection dishes -- very seasonal. I love your centerpiece with the cakestand and apothecary jar, the mums and pumpkin. You've decorated your cart nicely too. I really love the effect of the votive candles along the deck railing.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. I'm sorry for being so slow to respond; I seem to be extra tired this week. I'm sure it must be the time change. Have a great week!

    Denise

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  27. Love your table setting, love the burlap strips, visiting the burlap party, I #61

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  28. Beautiful, romantic and richly hued. You have such fab style! xoxo

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