Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Woodland Style Tablescape for January

January seems the perfect month for a "woodland style" tablescape.
I've been thinking about this table setting for a long time now, so it was really fun to finally create it.

The inspiration for this tablescape is from the book, Woodland Style by Marlene Hurley Marshall. It is a wonderful book full of ideas for bringing nature into your home, using foraged and found objects from outside.
Right up my alley!

I gathered my bird's nests, moss and tree slices to create the centerpiece.

The wedding hydrangeas look perfect in faux bois pots.

Deer horn candle holders add to the theme.

Also left over from the wedding are these log slices that are serving as chargers for the table setting.

Two majolica leaf plates sit on top.

The salad plate is the latest Ebay find that I wrote about yesterday.

Real wood napkin rings were an Etsy find.
The Ralph Lauren floral napkins pull together all the woodsy colors of the majolica plates.

A birch candle casts a warm glow on the tiny precious hummingbird nest that my Mother found.
A small wood slice is the foundation.

Real beeswax candles with faux bees tie in with the white hydrangeas.

Looking down the table at the centerpiece...

...and the place settings.

I envisioned a meal of foraged wild edibles, like risotto topped with sautéed morel mushrooms.
Or ramp bread pudding--all recipes found in the book!

My daughter suggested braised lamb shanks, quinoa risotto and wild mushroom ravioli.
For this tablescape in January, any kind of comfort food would work!

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

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42 comments:

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Oh Deloris you have hit a home run with this one. I love every single detail. This could possibly be one of your prettier tablescapes.

I am having a Wild About Mother Nature party on Feb 7th, would love for you to join. That is right up your alley. :)

Blessings, Barb

A Toile Tale said...

The most beautiful post in forever!

Alycia Nichols said...

Holy macaroli, woman! This is gorgeous!!!!!!! You did an absolutely spot on job of capturing the woodland feel! You left no stone unturned...literally! :-) I have long been looking for the wood slice chargers. Found them at Z Gallerie, but at the cost of a small country! I think I may have to go over to the local mill and see if smiling pretty still works! :-) I have GOT to have those! GREAT find on the napkin rings, too! They are the perfect companion. The faux bois vase looked real!!! You did an outstanding job here! Bravo!

RobinfromCA said...

Everything looks so cozy and welcoming - perfect for the storm headed our way this weekend! The bees on the candles are so intriguing to me. Are they glass?

Another beautiful post - thanks!
Robin

Marian said...

Very pretty! Years ago, I yelled "HOT PADS" whenever I passed trees being cut - much to my husband's dismay. I have found tree cutters rather accommodating about cutting a slice or two for me. I do think I need some antler candlesticks though. Are they metal? Do you know a source? Please share!

Marlis said...

Delores, this is an amazing table! Very enchanting. Love your new plates! They are a wonderful addition to your table decorating arsenal! I keep thinking I need some log slices soon.. Just wonderful. Especially with the hydrangeas to soften things.. just perfect! xo marlis

vignette design said...

Hi Marian,
The antler candle sticks are from Nell Hills.

Sarah said...

Delores, I like to use natural elements in our home, too. Thanks for telling us about this book. I'm going to get a copy. Your table is wonderful as usual. It's such fun to see how you pull together different elements to set a gorgeous table. Love the new plates! ~ Sarah

Wyatt said...

Right up our alley...or should I say, right up our neck of the woods. Thanks for the great ideas :D

Wyatt

Tricia Rose said...

Venison and chanterelles ~

once in a blue moon said...

So beautiful, all the elements I love~

Marian said...

Thanks so much, Delores. Love your blog!

Tardevil said...

Honestly, you and Susan need to join together and do a tablescape book. Love every element. And if you prepare that meal you mentioned, please call me. I'm a couple thousand miles away, but I'd love to join you! ;o) BTW, those napkin rings are awesome!

Diann said...

Love it! The rustic beauty is so stunning~!

sweet violets said...

Love, love, love, every single itsy bitsy wonderful detail here!! This is a winner!!! The glasses are awesome.....hugs...cleo

Entertaining Women said...

I love every moment of this! The wood chargers are spectacular. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

The enchanted home said...

A total "swoonworthy" table!! Fabulously done......I am waiting on your book. I will be the first in line to buy it from the "queen of tablescapes"!

On Crooked Creek said...

Delores,
This is stunning! Each element is a vision of intrique in this nature themed tablescape! Those new salad plates are marvelous with your collection! Thank you for this lovely post!
Fondly,
Pat

Victoria said...

The tablescape is lovely, Delores. Your new leaf dishes look perfect with the tree slices and your other majolica.
All the best...Victoria

anne kelly said...

this is my first time commenting. love....love....love your blog and design expertise. had to tell you that i have the same dishes.....both sets!! moss...nests and antlers make me swoon. i don't understand people who don't get it. and....if your silver is "modern baroque" by oneida community...have that also.
soul sisters??

fanci

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

So creative and beautiful.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is really an amazing tablescape. It is very different than any I have ever done (but I may have to try it now) but I just love every part of it. The tree slices are perfect chargers and the entire setting feels like their should be fairies flitting around and watching dinner. Love it!

Marsha said...

Love, love, love this. Another winner. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.
Marsha

Katelyn said...

Love this! I feel like I'm in a cozy cabin!

La Dolfina said...

I recognize those candlesticks from Target a few Christmas's ago.... Very pretty and just in time for rain?

Loretta said...

Very Nice Setting!
xoxoxo

Tricia said...

This is amazing! I love all the natural elements you've collected to set a stunning table! The slices of wood as chargers -- inspired! The fluffy hydrangeas look terrific with all the woodsy touches. Thanks -- I really enjoyed seeing this!

Marigene said...

Magical table!

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

Well Delores, once again I am inspired to escape the january blues and take a table in the woodland room at the shop and create a table to embrace the winter as you did here. Just lovely. You may have to market the log slice chargers! ~Jen

Debbie said...

This is fantastic! I just love all the natural wood elements. I can't believe you even found napkin rings made like that. I love the little touch of the bee on the beeswax candle, too.

This is truly one of the most creative tables I've seen in a while I love it, and now I'm curious about this wedding of which you speak.

Tanya@takesix said...

Oh goodness...whawt a beautiful table. I love your sliced log chargers...need to show hubby these ;0)

Just Spiff It said...

Another beautiful table!!! I showed your log chargers to my husband and asked if he would make some for us. I won't tell you what he said - I guess I will just covet yours!! They're awesome!

Tess said...

This is such a pretty table...like a walk in the woods! I love leaf plates of all kinds and these are beautiful!

The Tablescaper said...

Love those log slices! They are an excellent touch! Did you have someone cut them for you or did you purchase them that way?

- The Tablescaper

Lola said...

I've never heard of ramp bread pudding. Have you ever tried it?
I've pickled ramp before. It is good.

CJ said...

This is definitely in my top five tables this week. I already told you I love the plates, but how you used them with the wood chargers and green glasses, et.al. stuns me. Really inspirational. ~CJ

classic • casual • home said...

My mouth is watering! I am up in Mammoth and we just had a lot of snow. This would be a fun dinner party to recreate by the fire. Great rustic beauty!!!

A Perfect Gray said...

absolutely beautiful. I have been so wanting some of those tree slices...donna

Bring Pretty Back said...

JAW DROPPING! WOW! Great job!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Teresa Quesada said...

Hi, I´m portuguese and my name is Teresa. I live in Portugal, near the spanish border. I came across your blog and it´s truly inspirational. Thank you so much for liking Bordallo Pinheiro. I remember this majolica since ever, my grandmother had a lot of pieces in our farm and used them every day. But you just have this amazing ideias, I love everything and I also use this pieces a lot. I´m crazy about the tomato souptureen, the pumpkins, the strawberries, the chickens, the pinneapple, cabbage leaf,and the swallows-to bring you luck and fortune! Everything! It´s not all about food - is how you presented it, and surprise your guests. Also we have a store and we sell Bordallo Pinheiro here, it is a success. So if you need a special piece and you can not find it, maybe I can help, because I buy directly from Bordallo Pinheiro factory. Everytime I go there (about 2,30 h driving from here, I spent there the whole morning trying to decide what to buy.So many beautifull things) Congrats once again and thank you for inspiring us all.
Of course I intend to continue to folllow you and your incredible ideias!
My email is : teresaquesada@gmail.com

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Oh my heavens, Delores!!!
I was working on a post for this coming week and was trying to Google images to determine who the maker is or was on a faux bois vase I was going to use.... and found your gorgeous post!!!

How did I miss this?

FANTASTIC!
Love what you pulled together. Simply divine!

You are living in my dream world. Truly.

xoxox
Alison
(Your biggest fan)

Marjolein Hoekendijk said...

Hi there! I am really in love with you pictures! Could you tell me what brand the plates are?
Greetings from the netherlands

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