Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Simple Christmas Table Setting



Hello Everyone!
I hope you are all having a great week!
I am sorry I wasn't able to post on Sunday night.
I first wanted to thank Shannon, a writer for HGTV.COM for featuring my bedroom on their site.
You can read the article by clicking here....
Be sure and check out Donna's headboards she created while you are over there too, Donna is so creative and talented!
On another note.....
I wanted to share a few pictures of our Christmas table setting.
I actually had planned to do something else, but it didn't work.
I first tried to put magnolia branches down the center of the table.
Well it looked awful....


Since that didn't work, I basically just used what I had around the house....
I lined up five french canning jars down the middle of the table.
I added pomegranates to the top of two of the jars... 
I haven't ever been a fan of baby's breath until I started reading Dusty Lu's Blog....
This is a very sparse bouquet... but it was all I had.


I only had a little bit of baby's breath and two different types of hydrangea blooms.






I tied twine around the napkins and added a sprig of boxwood and a paper white bloom.
I did this a couple of years ago for our Christmas Dinner.


I got out my favorite antique red and white dishes from France.



I used my  red striped grain sack runner, that my mom made.


I recently found two french canning jars with the porcelain tops.
I love them.


As you can see I didn't do a lot to the table....

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We have been fortunate enough to be able to spend some time with our families this week.
I hope you are all enjoying your week!

Take Care,
Maria


70 comments:

Salma said...

hello :)

i LOVE your dinner decoration! it's gorgeous, i love the simple style and the bottles and jars...

have a nice day (or evening? here in austria it's 10 a.m. right now ;-))

salma

Irene b said...

dear Maria also my table was very simple and pure but ...But the simplicity is the essence of the true magnitude!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Simplistically beautiful, just like everything you do. The glow from the aqua jars is so lovely with all your daylight streaming in. Lovely photo shoot!

Donna

Vintage Style Downunder said...

Oh Maria..how gorgeous! Loved the pomegranates against the blue of the jars...and the hydrangea with the babys breath..so sweetly simple..AND the table runner (now that's inspired me to sew!)..beautiful!
I DID IT! I distressed my coffee table/chest! today! have put pics on my blog...nothing like all your fabulous furniture (as we just don't get all that gorgeous old stuff here! sadly we just don't ahve the history...our country is not old enough! lol)...ANYWAY...I'm really happy with the way it turned out and i've started on thenext piece! Thanks to you!! Your blog inspired me so! I bought that chest about 15 years ago..to distress to white...and stopped after stripping off the very ugly dark brown paint effects finish...left it looking like bare wood. UNTIL NOW! Love to know what you think :)
bye for now
jessie x..p.s. should go to bed now but off to see cushion covers first!! :)

The Little Red Shop said...

Very pretty! (It was fun seeing you in a lovely magazine today too! Congratulations!)

Almost Happy New Year, Maria

: )

Julie M.

Biżuteria z filcu said...

Beautifull decoration :)
I wish You a happy New Year :)
Hugs from Poland
Agata

Almalu's Place said...

so cute, simple and natural!

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Hello Maria...
I love your blog sooooooooooo much..
your pictures are a dream ;O))
I love it...
Kisses Susi

Anna said...

Carissima Maria, è mio desiderio ringraziarti per questi mesi ricchi di immagini e parole meravigliose.Possa essere il nuovo anno ricco di amore e serenità per te e la tua dolcissima famiglia!!!
Grazie, Anna.

Beth Cregan said...

Simple but really beautiful. Love it!

martinealison said...

Il est toujours bon de jouer la carte de la simplicité... Le résultat fut réussi n'est-ce pas?
Moi j'ai bien aimé en observant vos photos...
Bisous

Betty said...

Dear Maria,

I love your tablestyling!
And I envie you for your lightness in your home. Since days theres no sun on our sky, all is grey and dark.

nice regards
from Vienna
by Betty

P.S. I take your link with me;-)

Herzenssache said...

Just found your blog and I love it....your pics are beautiful and your decoration too...will have a look very often...

best regards and a good start into 2011..

Kristin

traci said...

i hope you are enjoying your holidays. your table setting looks beautiful. love the skinny little mason jars. so different. i will need to keep my eye open for those. have a great day maria.

freckled laundry said...

Simple and elegant, Maria. Those French canning jars are lovely! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family.

xoxo,
Jami

michelle said...

So simple and elegant. A pretty place to visit with family. Your photos are really beautiful!

Happy New Year!

Deb said...

Absolutely, stunningly beautiful.

The French Bear said...

I agree, it is stunning! So simple yet sooo beautiful!!
Love the touches of red dishes from France, lovely!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

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Hana said...

A very lovely tablescape! Hope u are doing well and have a great New Year!

xo
Hana
MomTog Diaries

Petie said...

Not a fan of baby's breath either. So old school. Love the canning jars, dishes and the wrapped napkins with boxwood. The pomegranites were the perfect red for your table. You are such a genuis when it comes to design. Can't wait till your online store opens up. Happy New Years to you and your family.

red.neck chic said...

Oh my goodness - your table is GORGEOUS!!! Have a Happy New Year and enjoy your time with friends and family! (If you see me sitting in one of your chairs and just gazing - don't think anything about it... haha)

;-D robelyn

M a d a m e M o r e l l said...

Just found you!!!! I'm in love!!!
Happy new year!
****************
Jessika

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Oh, Maria...Like everything you do, it's stunning! :) Happy New Year! xoxo Beth

Floss said...

It looks wonderful, and I particularly like the way you admit that your first plan didn't work, and you ended up gleaning things from round the house to such lovely effect! My life works a lot like that too...

Emil und die großen Schwestern said...

Beautiful table decoration! Happy New Year, Éva

Kristen said...

That baby's breath is beautiful!!! reminds me of snow.

papoila said...

So beautiful!
Have a wonderful new year.
Your decorations are always so nice!!

ellie said...

Maria, your home is simple elegance..love your style..such an inspiration...I love your french canning jars...mmmm ..yummy. I am a big fan of baby's breath and I used to put it on my christmas tree, I forgot to do that this year...thanks for the reminder.

chandelier magic said...

Beautiful!
So funny - I tried branches down the center of the table - coudn't get it right so I jammed them in a blue jar and added some baby's breath in white Oil & Vinegar bottles.
Was not a fan of baby's breath before, but they are white, natural, wild and free - I love that.
Happy New Year!
Marsha

Yvonne said...

Dear Maria, your table setting is so beautiful! I love every detail! Especially the white flowers!
I love your photos too!!!
Wish you a happy new year!
Big hugs,
Yvonne

Elyse said...

hi maria,

understated perfection - your specialty!

i am soooo buying some blue canning jars for when i finally paint my armoire.

happiest new year, sweetie!

xo
elyse

Love of the Sea said...

Simple but beautiful. Love it.

Blondie's Journal said...

Simple and pretty. Boxwood and baby's breath...just perfect!

XO,
Jane

Karen said...

SO So beautiful, love those canning jars with the porcelain tops.

Rachel Noelle said...

~**~Simply beautiful!~*~*Hugs,Rachel~*~*

*French Farmhouse 425*

Leah - The Inside Story said...

Your simple styling is just perfection. Love your red and white plates. Beautiful!!

Loppisliv said...

Hi, Ohhh so lovely pics, I just love the simple style you create. The red and white plates together with the green bottles and jars are just so beautiful!! Best Regards // Paula from Sweden :-)

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

so beautiful, Maria!

What a blessing to your family.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you!

xoxo

White and Rust said...

Love it. The jars, the dishes, the pomegranates, the runner. Simply beautiful!

City.Cottage Shop said...

beautiful as usual!
xo

Ashley said...

So, so GORGEOUS Maria...thank you for the continued inspiration! Xoxoxo

kerrie said...

It is all so fresh and pretty. I like the simplicity of the jars and flowers. It looks like summer rather than winter...so cheerful. ox`kerrie

DustyLu said...

So pretty, I can't get on the site for HGTV when I click on it. I have baby brain or something. Love the setting and all you do, have a wonderful New Year! Hugs, lulu

NanaDiana said...

It is just beautiful..simple, spare, gorgeous. Hugs- Diana

Gracefully Vintage said...

Just Beautiful, Can absalutely see why and how your amzing design was featured..
Love IT all. Just Beautiful..
Karryann

Ambiance & Cocon said...

Vraiment jolie, pure et blanche comme on en rêve.....

{ L } said...

Wow! Stunning and gorgeous!

Dawn said...

I'll be right back..........going to home depot for white paint!!! Dawn Suitcase Vignettes..drop in sometime!! Love your style!!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sweet Maria,
Love your simple table and I'm with you on the canning jars w/porcelain lids, they're an item of beauty for sure. Have fun w/your family, that's pretty much what we're doing here too this week.

Hope to see you at the flea once weather gets a bit better here. Enjoy, sweetie!
xo~Tracie

Peggy said...

How beautiful! Love it all. Very elegant and simple.

ruby said...

love the table setting so simple so beautiful.

Alicia@eco friendly homemaking said...

I think the table looks so pretty. I really like the table runner.

Olivia said...

Fabulous and simple! I love it!
Hugs,
Olivia

Miles Of Style said...

gorgeous! i would love to have this waiting for me on Mondays when i get back from work!

just stumbled upon your blog and i have to say i LOVE it. do drop by mine to when you get a chance. perhaps we can follow each other.

xo,
Persis.
http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Everything looks so fresh and pretty. I noticed that many mentioned the simple beauty of it...and I love *simple* ;-)
Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!
Blessings,
Marcia

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my gosh Maria... I just noticed you mentioned the headboard thing above your post! Thanks so much for the shoutout! So thrilling to see us BOTH in there!! EEEK! :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

A Cottage Muse said...

Hello Maria ~ what a lovely table you set! My bedroom tree has been put away so my lovely table runner is making it's way to my kitchen table!

Wishing you much happiness in 2011!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love the table setting and LOVE the french canning jars!! Where do you find all those treasures!!! Have a Blessed New Year!!! Elma

abby jenkins said...

How lovely, so clean and fresh...great way to welcome in the New Year. I covet the porcelain topped jars, they would look great atop my grainsack runner too! Divine!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

WOW, Love that, so simple, yet so pretty!

j'adore said...

Deine Bilder sind ganz ganz bezauberd,)ZUM TRäUMEN.))

ich wünsche dir und deinen Lieben auch einen gesunden und glücklichen Rutsch ins neue Jahr.))
GGLG Tanja

leanne said...

Gorgeous table setting!!

Pétales de fées said...

A very happy new year for you and all your family !
Kiss from France !

FEDERICA said...

Maria your table looks amazing as usual!

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Rusty Hinge said...

Hi Maria! I know this is an old post, but I love these napkins rolled on your table! And I have to ask, did you make them? Are they grainsack? I would love to find some like this! Thanks so very much again! You are such an inspiration!
Maria