504 Main by Holly Lefevre: tablescape
Showing posts with label tablescape. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tablescape. Show all posts


A Table Inspired by Painted Poppies (and a Giveaway)

Creating beautiful tables is really one of my favorite things to do and one of the things I miss most about my wedding planning days. I generally try to set a pretty table for holidays and special occasions, but admit that I have been terribly lazy about it as of late.
Recently I received some beautiful dishes and a gorgeous glass platter from Pfaltzgraff's  Painted Poppies collection. I was so inspired to invite a few girlfriends over and have a lunch and coffee on my newly refinished deck!
Painted Poppies Dinnerware Tablescape from Kohl's by 504 Main


DIY Football Field Tray! PLUS $200 e-Card GIVEAWAY PLUS Quarterback Sweepstakes

My husband loves his football, and this year I was given the opportunity from coupons.com to create a DIY tabletop perfect for that "Big Game" coming up. I am sure he would be happy with a couple bowls of chips...but {gasp!} what do that when you can easily create a fun football themed tabletop complete with a
DIY Football Field Tray!
(keep on going..there is a tutorial for the tray PLUS an AWESOME giveaway for you!)
Football Field Tray by 504Main/Holly Lefevre


Burlap Table Runner for a Turkey Tablescape

A few weeks ago, I was visiting my parents in Southern California,
 and jumped at the opportunity to go shopping at the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store 
by their house for the supplies for this project.
My head was spinning...I had so many ideas.
I saw burlap...
I saw yarn...
I saw gorgeous papers...
I saw ribbon...
I saw, well everything!
I had a vision (sort of)...and now  I had the supplies.
It all eventually came together with a
Burlap Table Runner
 for a Turkey Tablescape. (#turkeytablescape)


Celebrating "My Kind of Holiday" & How to Make a No-Sew Table Runner

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are 100% my own. Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.
 Our holidays are pretty simple.
I once dreamed of big fancy affairs and elegant tables,
but that does not quite fit into my life at the moment.
However, that does not mean we lack tradition
or that our holiday tables are any less charming,
in fact I think in our house we have created our own unique kinds of holidays
My Kind of Holiday by 504 Main for Target

One of our favorite family traditions is letting the kids decide on and decorate the Thanksgiving table. I help a little bit, no seriously just a teeny-tiny bit. They take a huge amount of pride in this task and it makes them feel good.


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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Beach Picnic for Two: A Little Rustic, A Little Glam, A Little Romantic

Creating beautiful table decor and planning parties is one of my passions.
I thrive on designing all the little and big details, but especially the personal details.
A great table and a great meal at the right location,
at the right time creates magic and memories,
and can really help a couple connect and reconnect.

It is the "Season of Love," but everyday can be a special occasion.
 There are different ways to create a seductive table and bring a little romance into your daily routine. You do not need to plan a whole production - what is most important is that you do what feels right for you - what fits into your life, your budget, and marries well with your personality.
For some that may be a rooftop picnic with champagne and strawberries,
for others a five-course meal on an intricately set table,
and still for others hot dog and a soda at a ball park.
There is no wrong answer when it comes to creating couple time, just create the time.


Santa Fe Inspired Tablescape

I fell in love with Santa Fe 10 years ago.
I was there working on a wedding and spent over a week in Santa Fe
working and enjoying the pleasures of this area.
Even though it was hard (really hard) work planning this destination wedding,
we did get to explore a bit and I only have fond memories of Santa Fe
and look forward to spending time there again (hopefully one day soon).

When I had the opportunity to create a Santa Fe Inspired tablescape
for World Market and Pollinate Media Group I was thrilled.
It brought back so many memories and feelings of this amazing place.
(Be sure to head to the end of this post in a minute to see how
you can enter the Gourmet Giveaway Sweepstakes.)

I immediately made lists of what I remember of Santa Fe
and headed to the library to check out
"Santa Fe Style" by Christine Mather and Sharon Woods.

...My list of inspiration...
Tranquil, serene, spiritual, romantic,
elegant but rugged, pure, simplicity,
Adobe, white washed walls, bright turquoise blues,
sunsets, , silver, turquoise jewelry, Georgia 'Keefe,
Saltillo tiles, Farolitos (luminarias), rustic woods,
and a welcoming spirit....

When I headed to my local World Market, I knew the basic look I wanted and my inspiration words in mind. I was so excited to see what I could find to create the look. Here is a peek at my shopping experience and all the amazing things I found. I wish my budget was open ended - I would have invited you all over for dinner! 
Amongst their "world" items were so many ways to combine accessories and necessities to create a table reminiscent of just about anywhere (how many more themed dinners can I throw!). I left World Market H-A-P-P-Y with bags full of amazing items to create a fun Santa Fe Inspired evening.
  • (Amazing) White bud vases...LOVE!
  • Buffet napkins, 6 pack, Bay (blue)
  • Stamped Silver tray with wood handles
  • 2 sets of bangle from the Bangle Bar
  • Buffet Dishes (12 pc. stacking)
  • Cocktail forks
  • Bay leaves
  • I also reused the gorgeous plates I used from the Kingdom Animalia Collection and Exotic Tablescape I did last month. 

Even though we are going into Fall, I still decided to use white as a base - if you can wear white after Labor day, you can do a tablescape with it too! Really the inspiration was the pure and simple design aesthetic and I remember many of the homes I went into having white washed walls.
 OK, I will stop and get on to the table...
I cold go on and on...and on and on...

I love Farolitos...just love them.
We used them in the Santa Fe Wedding and a house down the street from us displays them around their property at Christmas, and I think they look amazing.
I lined my deck railing with them to create a true outdoor space.
(more info on Farolitos coming up in another post)
I just  had to show you what farolitos look like at night!

I set a table layered with simple white linens
(you can pick those up at World Market too!),
and then stopped at a Home Improvement store to pick up some Saltillo Tiles
(1.20 each at home improvement store) to use as chargers.
I also added on in the center as the anchor for the centerpiece.

I seriously adore these white vases
(I felt a little Georgia O'Keefe inspiration there).
I saw them at World Market on a previous visit...
they may even be the real reason I decided to go with a white base for this table.
I had to have them!
I placed them on the center tile and added some geranium greenery
from my own garden.

My whole point was to not go overboard and keep the table simple, clean,
and serene to reflect my memories of Santa Fe.

I added some votives that I DIYed with my little girlie for contrast. I love contrast in all of my designs - either in color or texture...I feel it adds a lot of interest in the final look.
I tucked a few of the bay leaves around the centerpiece too...I just felt it needed it.

I thought the paper bag votives tied in the Farolitos (paper bag luminarias)
which I considered a must when designing this space.
Set on this simply elegant white canvas,
I added the terra cotta and bronze tones with the tile
and the Kingdom Animalia plates.
I love the rich but subtle contrast between the two.

The Bay (blue) cloth napkins were dressed with a bundle of bracelets.
I chose to mix the silver and turquoise with the copper because I felt in brought all the different colors into play and tied the table together.

I tucked in a full bay leaf that I bought in the spice section of World Market and a small geranium leaf to tie the centerpiece in.

We brought out the dining room chairs, lit the candles,
and enjoyed a Santa Fe inspired meal!

 Our meal included roasted tomato salsa, chicken tortilla soup
and then I concocted a Santa Fe Inspired pizza.
Of course there were some roasted veggies!
And maybe, just maybe, a margarita was involved.
Isn't this tray gorgeous!

And to finish off the meal s'mores - Santa Fe style
with World Market Chipotle chocolate and Chile Lime Chocolate!

Creating this tabelscape brought back some very fond memories and really inspired me. Maybe you need to head to Santa Fe and be inspired too?

Head over to World Market and
enter to win the Gourmet Giveaway!
  • A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
  • Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook
  • Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
  • A $1,000 World Market gift card
** There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card! 
**The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012. 
**If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
OK, just one more peek...I loved this project!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

DISCLOSURE: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions, photos, and ideas are my own. I am lucky to be able to participate in amazing campaigns like this that I hope also benefit the readers of 504 Main

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An Exotic and "Wild" Tabletop Design

I love to shop.
I love to entertain.
I love to set a gorgeous (or fun) table!
So, I jumped at the opportunity to head to World Market to see their Kingdom Animalia Collection and then set a FAB table for a WILD Girls Night in!
(Psst...at the bottom of this post is some scoop on their very cool African Safari Sweepstakes!)

I was feeling very inspired to design a WILD night in. I had just returned from visiting a friend whose husband is from South Africa...and their homes is decorated with many exotic items. 

Heading to World Market (all by myself!) was so fun!

Look at this very cool Kingdom Animalia display right in the front of the store.
Makes me want to buy it all and have the same set up at home!

We actually shop at World Market a lot.
Back in the day - before kids - hubby and I would go to World Market just to cruise the aisles and see all of the cool merchandise. We still like to do that, we are usually just not alone any more. World Market's selection of unique food and beverages is so enticing...but you know I love their accessories, jewelry and other goodies!

Here is a quick peek at some of the pieces in the Kingdom Animalia Collection

I was working with a budget for this project, but I would have LOVED to pickup the Clyde Steamer Trunk Bar and a rug..maybe next time! Once I selected all my goods, I headed home to get ready for our WILD time!

I decided to set up a table outside under the trees. I pulled a few pieces out of my bag of tricks - lanterns, candles, tablecloths, and an outdoor rug.  Just so ya know, I own a lot of decor items from my days as a wedding planner, but you can easily find lanterns, rugs, and candles so very similar at World Market.

Then I broke into the really good stuff - the World Market Kingdom Animalia decor.
Every time I think about exotic locales, I think of rich colors and fabrics, layers of texture, and sitting on the floor atop fluffy pillows.
So I set out an outdoor rug under some trees and then decided to set a low table. I used a card table balanced on top of 2 crates (2 is important so it does not tip over!).

Here are the details of my table!
A Maru Round Paper Lantern was hung from a tree branch using twine. I added a string of beads from a necklace I bought. Metal lanterns contrasted the paper lantern nicely.
Layers of fabric, linens, and table cloths create the base for the table. I used many colors and textures, but all in harmonious tones. I could not resist the Kingdom Animalia scarf, and used it as a table topper, laying it diagonally, and just knotting the ends for some interesting.

I picked up 4 Persimmon Organic Reactive Glaze Dinner Plates. I thought the punch of persimmon would look great with the browns and blacks. As well, it complimented the colors in the scarf.
I was thinking about a zebra theme...but I saw these giraffe napkins and had to have them. LOVE! I also grabbed a very cool necklace that was on clearance. It had about 10 different strands of beads. I carefully took them apart (because I will probably put the necklace back together and wear it!) and wrapped the coral and turquoise around the napkins. I love the pop of color and the contrast.
I purchased 3 of these small globes and one larger one (I cannot resist a globe!) to place around the table. The basket was a steal at about $5...I just put a jar of water inside and added some fresh lilies. The small wood pieces were from the clearance section at a craft store, but add to the exotic look quite nicely.
An overhead view of the table.
I had to have this falafel mix and Tahini dressing. I love falafels, but have never made them myself. I cannot wait to try this. I picked up the Moroccan rub to try on veggies and chicken for the kiddos.

I tried this Mango Margarita tea at World Market a few weeks ago and finally bought some.
I had a wonderful time creating a unique and exotic space for
the girls and I to relax and have a WILD night in.
World Market made it to easy to realize my vision for this table design.

Look at this amazing World Market African Safari Sweepstakes!
or head over to the World Market Website
If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

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