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Plain and Simple

When designing a tablescape, inspiration can come from anywhere. Often it starts with the dinnerware, centerpiece, color palette and most of all the season. As with my appetite the calendar doesn’t always define my decisions. Of course you guys would think I’d lost all of my marbles if I posted a Halloween tablescape right now. Trust me I’m not that far over the edge!

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The inspiration for this table came from this napkin that I found at a thrift store. It’s from a collection at Target and I’ve found several other patterns that I’ll share with you in the coming months. Grey and yellow (ish) is one of my favorite combos and I am planning to use more of it throughout the house.

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After laying out several different settings my Home Fashion Advisors the Mr. and Gabrielle thought this combination was the best. I agreed whole heartedly. The yellow in the napkin is more like grainy mustard rather than lemons, but as you can see lemons are taking center stage in the centerpiece. The beautiful bowl that I’m using for the centerpiece is a gift from my neighbor Pat, who is my decorating muse. Yes, those are faux grapes in the bowl, I needed some filler.

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I swiped these votive holders from the family room to keep the centerpiece company.

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This silver tablecloth is indispensable! Pick a season, any season and it can be used. Also irreplaceable are these silver chargers which are the base of my stack. Love the swirls around the edges! The dinner plates are Windsor Platinum from Noritake. On the way home from work I stopped to pick up rolls for dinner and thought they’d be a nice addition to the table. So here they sit on the dessert plates.

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One of my latest purchases is this Cambridge flatware. I think the shape of the spoons is gorgeous! They were on clearance at Sears and after I used my rewards points they were only $22.00. You can’t beat that with a hammer!!

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Dinner tonight was spaghetti with meat sauce so enter the red wine goblets. We might even have a little Moscato after dinner so I added the flutes. Gabbi asked were we going to eat at the fancy table in the dining room or chill out and be relaxed in the kitchen. Soon she’ll realize that we can be all fancy or relaxed no matter where we eat. One more thing check out how Alicia from Thrifty & Chic used the same napkin. Very clever!

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32 thoughts on “Plain and Simple

  1. Dawn @ We Call It

    It’s so nice to meet you today! Your simple table is so pretty and refreshing. Isn’t it cool how just a napkin can inspire a whole table. I love that centerpiece – again simple, but really pretty. I’m going to have to be a copy cat and do a yellow and white table one of these days! -Dawn @ We Call It
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    1. Sandra Post author

      Hey Dawn so nice to see you over here! Those tables you shared were so pretty and the one with the orange decor is still on my mind. I’ll be sure and check out your link party. Thanks again for visiting!

    1. Sandra Post author

      This week I’m in a mood for something simple. Next week I could pull out a little bit of everything and try to make it work. Doubtful but you never know. I’ve been in love with yellow and grey for quite a while and don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. Thanks so much for visiting!

    1. Sandra Post author

      Too late for me I’m already there! Thank you so much for coming back for a visit and for posting that yummy Berry Fool!

  2. Alycia Nichols

    You found those napkins at a thrift store? Seriously? Good grief…I have GOT to start getting more diligent about checking these thrift stores!!! And you found even MORE there??? Girl, I’m going to get myself dressed and get out of here at least twice a week to get to the thrift stores from now on!!!

    This is one of my favorites of yours. It’s simple, pretty, inspired, achievable. I think readers appreciate it when we post tablescapes that are beautiful and still within their reach if they are a novice.

    I’ll head over to Alicia’s to check out how she used the napkins. Cool. Have a great evening!!!

    1. Sandra Post author

      I have cut way back on my thrifty outings. There was a time when I made the rounds to at least 3 stores each week. Those trips resulted in my hoarders bin. Space is at a premium so I’m trying to behave myself. Something simple and achievable is exactly what I was after. I love me some big over the top tables but sometimes less is more. Thanks so much for always being so supportive and take care of that shoulder.

    1. Sandra Post author

      How are you Nami? You are so busy and I love your videos. I really wanted this table to be pretty without being fussy. Glad you liked it!

  3. Candy S

    I love the yellows and the cool greys of your elegant table. The flatware for $22.00 is a fabulous buy, I love the way it replicates a basket weave pattern. The simple centerpiece and the napkins are simply lovely. I am a thrifter too, I don’t buy at retail unless it is a really great buy for something I really want (like your new flatware). Like you I am going to have to cut back on my thrifting or start selling some of my thrifty buys.

    1. Sandra Post author

      It’s so hard not to go to my favorite thrift stores. I seem to be on autopilot and I’m there before I know it! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again.

  4. Christine

    Such a sweet table….love it! I got those napkins from target when they went on clearance. I have to admit I haven’t even used them yet….

    Love your table!

    1. Sandra Post author

      Thank you Christine. I’ve found four sets of Target napkins at one of the thrift stores I frequent. They are all gorgeous!

    1. Sandra Post author

      Hi, thanks for visiting me over here. I really had fun with this table and I’m already thinking of a different setting for these napkins.

  5. BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living

    It’s amazing what you can find at a thrift store! The yellow accents with a hint of gray ~ so pleasing to the eye and senses…. when should we come to lunch? Wished we lived closer….

    Thanks so much for sharing this on your gallery at #simplybebetsy
    Sharon and Denise

  6. Liz

    The perfect springtime table! I love the lemons in your centerpiece…I’m going to pick up a few extras for my kitchen!

  7. JanetFCTC

    I swear, NOBODY can decorate a table like you can, Sandra. I’m lucky to have a tablecloth on mine that hasn’t been shredded by cats. This is beautiful!


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