504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Santa Fe Inspired Tablescape
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Monday, September 10, 2012

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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  1. Such a cute idea Holly! I always love how your tablescapes look!!

  2. I love the colours! Beautiful tablescapes!

  3. Wow, Holly! Such a beautiful representation of Santa Fe! I especially love the way you used the tiles on the tabletop and all of the Farolitos setting the tranquil and romantic ambiance!

  4. Using those tiles for chargers is genius!!!

  5. Awesome tablescape. The tiles are genius! Georgia would be proud of your artful design!

  6. Lovely tablescape, Holly ~ I've never been to Santa Fe but you created a perfect picture of it with your descriptions. : )

  7. Those photos are AMAZING, and I'm heading to World Market today... was just going to window shop but now I NEED some of that chocolate.

  8. Those Saltillo Tiles are amazing as chargers. I would never have thought about using tiles as charger plates. I might have to swing through that section of Lowe's next time I'm in. Thanks for stopping in to my blog and leaving your sweet comment. :)

  9. this looks great Holly...all the details are just rignt...i love the lanterns and the cozy feel it gives it...thank you so much for taking the time to link up at our first HAPPY HOUR LINKY party...it means a great deal ! xo

  10. i love it! the bangles on the napkins are GENIUS! What a fun idea to do for a girls night and the bangles could be party favors! I will invite you, if you want to come to kansas! yeah right! :)

  11. Beautiful, Holly, as always!! I just love your style. :)

  12. I love your styling, I seriously would've hired you to do my wedding. Those bangles are brilliant and I love the paper bags. :)


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