To me, minimal design is primarily about editing and being able to have the bare basics in a way that doesn’t feel empty or bare like this tablescape with a high & low plant and candles or a desk with just the lamp and a view.
I have been beating myself up because I haven’t been as productive as I should. Nice weather kind of trumps getting anything done but this week I am not going to allow myself time for leisure until I cross off some main things from my task list. One thing that has slacked is my blogging. I will get it back together one of these days. I still have to share the sweet sixteen party I styled a few weeks ago. Anyhoo, cheers to a productive week!
All images with the exception of the quote came from the tumblr page of Neiman Marcus showcasing their products.
Hen House Linens has some great Spring designs perfect for upcoming wedding & bridal showers, garden and tea parties and Mother’s Day brunches. In case you missed it, I used their linen before in my Valentine’s post. This time I opted for the bargello citron pattern which is their take on the quatrefoil pattern I love. It’s a boldly modern with a retro vibe that is sure to make some tablescapes festive and fun. I opted for a black and white with turquoise color scheme.
I wanted to create an affordable tablescape using things around the home and mix matching real linen with paper products for a cost effective way to jazz up a place setting. Using a graphic black and white wrapping paper, I created a runner to contrast between the lime green color of the place mat. I used turquoise to add another pop of color that would work really well for anything Spring related.
The vase was a previously owned item that happened to match perfectly so I put my Ikea sticks from another vase into that one and used napkins to create bows tied and secured with bag ties. The elephant book ends were also something I owned and I used them to hold smaller plates. I figured if this were a real place setting, lightweight foods like bread or mini cupcakes could stay at the table. Always use things you have like candle holders, bowls or drinking glasses turned upside down to hold platters. Whenever you can elevate platters of food at different heights, you create visual interest.
You know how that voice in your head sometimes makes you feel inadequate? It may tell you you’re not good enough, smart enough, cannot and will not get that done. “That” thing you want to get done may be a short term, long term or life changing goal or accomplishment. Sometimes it’s not the people around you that makes us feel insecure. It may very well be ourselves.
We can be our biggest hater (I hate that overused word), our biggest blocker. Often times we believe our own hype. All hype aint good hype though. Don’t allow yourself to feel as if you will lose before you even get started. We have nothing but time and all we can do is try. You’d rather try than be old and wrinkly rocking away in someone’s chair mad at the things you didn’t do or attempt, right? So do them. Set those goals. Do something daily to achieve them.
It’s almost that time. If you are a last minute decorator, head to your nearest dollar store now. With tissue paper, carboard, metallic sharpies, craft paper, scissors and glue, you can jazz up for a party relatively quickly. For starters, you get some washi tape and tape them around basic glasses. If you need more stemware, seriously….a dollar store will come in handy. Sharpies are great for writing your own slogans on black balloons. Pipe cleaners are excellent to bend and make crowns or jazz up drink stirrers. Cut tissue paper in fringe style for backdrops or DIY tassled banners. Tissue paper can also be used to make confetti.
You know those faux silver plated dollar store platters? Buy some. Nobody cares if it’s not real silver. People are too busy trying to get tipsy. They are disposable so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them up. They even have faux disposable china and utensils that elevates the look versus your typical paper products. Even if you mix and mingle with white serving platters, it will still flow. Notice how they used the square Dollar Tree candle holders to give that platter some height? Buy some of those. If you entertain even a little bit, those square candle holders come in handy for so many things without breaking the bank. Get some. Dollar Tree also has their Christmas stuff 50% off. (yeah I know, I didn’t realize they had sales). Get some of the gold and silver oranments and stars to float and scatter around. They are cheap so if they break, who cares! I love this backdrop. You van easily hang black foam core boards or craft paper behind a table. Use the sharpies to freehand different fonts…