Spring Awakening around the Table

Good company, yummy food and the Spring season are three of my favorite things. After spending 3-4 months indoors over the Minnesota winter, people are ready to get out of their house to come together and enjoy the fresh surroundings. Join me as I prepare the table for such a time as this…

Whenever someone asks me what my style is, I find myself inventing crosses between standard decor types since I love parts of them all. By staging different rooms in a house, I can transport myself to different locales. How lovely is the idea of a farmhouse table in rural Texas, where the beginning and end of the day are celebrated as a time of rest from chores? Or how about a sleek and fresh meal prepared by urban gardeners that harvested their own vegetables from their roof? I’m a huge fan of using all that you have well, rather than letting anything sit in a cupboard, so I don’t wait for a fancy holiday to pull out the Japanese fine china.

Farmhouse Breakfast

Antiqued white, wire baskets, chipped ceramic…fresh milk and eggs from the barn…fruit and flowers from the backyard… warm croissants from the oven with local honey and jam. To me, the Farmhouse style is all of the simple pleasures worth paying attention to. Fresh flowers, produce and pastel egg cups put a spring in your step.

Get this style: Crate and Barrel Marin White collection and olive wood serving dishes from Homegoods – the other accessories come from a local vendor, but I would recommend Hobby Lobby for similar pieces

Modern Luncheon

Clean lines, solid wood, texture, minimal accessories on full display…by clearing the clutter you open your mind to the complexities that life requires your attention for. Plants, fresh fruit, nature-inspired napkin rings and serving spoons are in tune for the season.

Get this style: Plates and plant from IKEA – Lenox glasses, napkin rings and Michael Aram serving spoons from Macy’s – Candles and serving dishes from Crate and Barrel

Oriental Tea

Delicate, porcelain, orchids, tiny spoons, tea bags and strainers… what’s better than gathering your best friends and family around to share a cup of something warm together. The sheer freshness of the porcelain is enough to chase away winter blues, but the orchid and various plants against a backdrop of light helps too!

Get this look:┬áNoritake Simplicity in Blue collection can now only be found through Replacement sites and eBay – the orchid is from Costco – the small spoons come from World Market -sugar jar, throw pillows and placemats are all from Homegoods

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