Friday, August 12, 2011

Centerpieces That Inspire Me

Style Me Pretty
Just as I'm always looking for tablescape inspiration from magazines, blogs and designers, I'm also on the look out for centerpieces.

Here are some ideas from my file, plus a few of my own favorite creations, starting with this simple bouquet in a mason jar tied with twine. Simple and sweet.

I like the country fresh style that jars lend, and how they don't dominate the table like an important arrangement in the center would.

Style Me Pretty
I've noticed they are becoming quite popular for wedding centerpieces. The trend is to march them down the center of the table. They're low enough, allowing for conversation.

Vignette Design
This is my version of the mason jar centerpiece. It's a huge jar wrapped in wicker and I love how it showcases the lilacs from my garden.

House Beautiful
Let's look at some traditional centerpieces from my favorite designers.
This elegant arrangement was created by Marshall Watson.

My favorite. Massed roses and crystal.
Of course, it is Ralph Lauren!

House Beautiful
Joe Nye used teacups for this centerpiece.
They could be placed at each setting, or lined up down the center of the table.
Great for a shower!

Beaux Mondes Designs
One of my favorite designers and tablescaper extraordinaire is Julio from Beaux Mondes Designs.
I love how the flowers pick up the colors in the tablecloth.

Vignette Design
I created a similar arrangement last year for our gourmet club table centerpiece, using this shell encrusted compote. I gathered flowers from the garden which also pick up the colors in the runner.

Here is an informal bouquet of white hydrangeas made formal with the use of a silver coffee pot container.
This would also be a great centerpiece for a shower or wedding.

Country Living
Here is another cute idea for a shower or wedding centerpiece.
Flower spheres on cake stands.

Vignette Design
One of my favorites, I created this arrangement of roses in a wine bucket for Mr. A's wine club dinner last year.

Vignette Design
For another all male affair, I created this simple arrangement using another wine bucket.

A completely different look!
If you have been reading this blog for a while, it's no secret that I love rustic elements.
This simple arrangement speaks to me because I can imagine so many possibilities for the plates and linens.
Perfect for an Autumn tablescape.

Another Fall centerpiece idea. I love this so much, and plan on creating a similar arrangement for the afternoon tea I'm hosting in October.

Vignette Design
Last Fall, I created this centerpiece, using real and faux fruit, including grapes from our garden.
I call it "Abundance."

I've had this idea in my file for a while, and can't wait to try it for a Holiday tablescape.
It says Winter to me!

Vignette Design
Another one of my creations! It doesn't need watering, so that's why it's perfect in Asti!
It can be gussied up with flowers tucked here and there if need be.

Vignette Design
Last, but not least is my favorite centerpiece at the moment.
A rustic metal flower box filled with succulents!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

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Anonymous said...

What wonderful inspiration, but I have to tell you - yours are my very favorites! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love all of your creations and the inspirations pics. Fabulous eye candy. Thanks also for the BD wishes. Hugs, Marty

Marlis said...

I'm with Shelia, yours are my favorites.. I think I've used yours as many jumping off points.. Thanks for sharing so much beautiful inspiration with us..
happy weekend, xo marlis

Unknown said...

These are all lovely! Flowers always make a room so cheerful! Expanding my cutting garden is a goal so that I have something for most of the year to put on my table.

The enchanted home said...

Think my invite for your afternoon tea got misplaced? LOL....OMG once again I LOVE LOVE LOVE yours more than "the pros". You are sooo talented and PLEASE tell me that backdrop in the picture of your table taken outdoors with the shell compote is fake! That is UNREAL. And if its real, I am rsvp'ing now for the tea in Oct! Fabulous!!!!

Michele Smith said...

Wonderful Inspiration photos! I love the fall inspired ones. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your afternoon tea.
Have a great weekend!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love the candles with vegges around them. Great idea. I also love your fall centerpiece.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Sure, I would LOVE to come to the tea, LOL!!!!!!! Oh, if only..... I love all of your inspiration photos and LOVE YOUR centerpieces! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

Kathysue said...

Hi D, Love all of these and yours are among my favorites. You always do such a lovely job on your tablescapes. Have a wonderful weekend, I am still plugging away on the wrought iron in the backyard!! Ho-hum Kathysue

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Some lovely ideas from begining to end. My favorite is the last the idea of using succulents this way.(-:

Babs said...

Delores, Thanks for sharing your inspirational centerpiece photos.They're all gorgeous, but I have to say, I like yours best. I've been a huge Ralph Lauren fan for years, and also decorate with Autumn colors, so your centerpieces really speak to me. Thanks for the inspiration.

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

I love centerpieces and you've shown these at a perfect time... I'm in charge of centerpieces for our Silent Auction at work, so these have been a big inspiration to me. Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

under spanish moss said...

We love fresh flowers and can not get enough of them! We just got some fresh ideas for weekend arrangements for our guest! These are over the top and "yes" our favorite is the last one (simple yet make a statement)!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Renee and Angela

Sarah said...

Each one is beautiful, Delores. Thanks for the inspiration.

Laura said...

Your Abundance centerpiece is to die for.

It looks like an abundant fall, but it also isn't stereotypically fall.


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Bunny Jean said...

They are all beautiful but I must say that I am always awestruck with the views you have there!

xoxo Bunny Jean
Bunny Jean's decor and More! (my main blog)

Victoria said...

I love them all, but especially yours with the shell compote and anything using artichokes. I wish I could grow some of the flowers used in SW Florida. I miss lilacs and peonies. This post is a keeper. Thanks.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I will come back to this post again and again for inspiration, Delores. Thank you!

On Crooked Creek said...

These centerpieces are all stunning! Your Ralph Lauren roses won over as a favorite!!! So romantic! However; I'll be hosting our Ladies Circle in November and your "Abundance" totally caught my eye. Thank you for sharing these lovely inspirations!

Lizabeth said...

They are all fabulous but that one you made last fall was spectacular! That's a wonderful idea using a tray to create such a rich and bountiful look! Love it!

quintessence said...

Love them all but have to agree with several others who commented that they liked yours best! I love your selections of both flowers and vessels - all so casually chic and creative!!

Pat said...

I am so flattered you used my photo of the silver pitcher and snowball blooms! As a small, beginning blogger, I could use the credit for my photos though.

Katy Noelle said...

Oh, I love that last centrepiece! It's comparable to the ones from House Beautiful. I remember some of those - especially that first white bouquet - I remember loving and studying that room. Also, how classic the blue teacup with the yellow flowers is - wow!

Inspiration abounding!!!

oh, btw, do you remember.... I think that it was last year, the Pottery Barn catalog had the most beautiful ideas for centerpieces - acorns in jars, etc. Beautiful!

Oh, and one other thing. the first time I saw flowers in a mason jar was at a serious - for real - country picnic. They don't read the magazines - they just are! (LOL!) They had simply gone out to the fields and filled the jars with queen anne's lace and echinacea and every pretty blue flower and ferns and put them on the picnic tables. I was enthralled! I was, also, impressed at their resourcefulness. Well, now, it's all the rage and I love it!!!=]

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