March 9, 2016

Trying A Different Style...Farmhouse

We had a great spring day yesterday and I feel as if spring is really here. (fingers crossed the cold is behind us) 

Sunny warm days inspire me to get creative. I decided to try a different sort of table arrangement this week. It's different from my normal design style on the blog. I hope you like it. 

Ironstone and Linen lend a country vibe to this tabletop.

I gathered some casual elements to create this simple farmhouse table vignette. I like to think of my tablescape as French farmhouse...because I remember similar styles when I lived in the south of France. But in reality, an English farmhouse table would be similar. 

I began with an old linen tablerunner to set the mood on the top of my old farmhouse table. Not an antique table...just a 25+ year old table we have used here and there. 

Crackle candlesticks and linen + charcoal candles.

I added three crackle finish ivory candlesticks, and topped them with charcoal colored candles that I picked up at Home Goods. I had never seen charcoal gray candles before and I thought they would work in my kitchen.  

This linen table runner adds texture.

The old tablerunner is very rustic with it's natural linen fabric, including the wrinkle factor. 

The addition of faux greenery balls adds color to this otherwise neutral tabletop.

I love the scalloped edges of this ironstone platter that I added. It makes me think of old dishes on my great grandmothers' dining tables. Each of them lived in large old farmhouses, with working farms surrounding them. 

An overhead view gives a different perspective of the elements used.

I felt that my neutral tabletop needed a little bit of color, so I added a wicker ball along with some faux greenery. 

The scalloped edge on this ironstone platter makes it unique.

The candlesticks and ironstone are shiny and slick but the texture from the fabric, wicker, and greenery balance the look. You just always need texture in my humble opinion.

Gray candles work well with the other black touches in the kitchen.

When we eat at the table...just the two of us...I can add a couple of washed black placemats and cotton dinner napkins. My Italian Countryside dishes will complement the ironstone and pottery candlesticks.

A closeup of some supporting details. 

I see this neutral style in other's homes...and I do believe I like it in my kitchen. 

I am always worrying about mixing my "city slicker" black pearl granite with more rustic or country things. 

I believe that my white cabinets topped with baskets give the room  enough of a country nod for me to pull off some farmhouse flavor in my kitchen. 

White cabinets, baskets, and pine table are elements of a farmhouse look.

Thanks for visiting. Trying a new style... incorporating some country/farmhouse French into my home...along with my traditional pieces. Don't worry, I am still a traditional decorating blog, but I love experimenting with new looks.  

It's fun to play with accessories you already own...and to use them in different ways. No shopping required. Yay!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Looks great! Those candles give a real cozy feel to the room!

  2. This is beautiful and I love those charcoal candles!

  3. Your home decor is just beautiful! I co-host a blog party on Monday's called Cooking and Crafting with J & J at Julie's Lifestyle. I would love to have you share this with us. Thanks.

  4. I so like how you are experimenting with different vignettes and blending elements.
    Often times I become stuck with a certain look-I think that you may just help me break loose!
    Happy Spring!
    Thank you for sharing at #TOHOT

  5. Lovely setting with the charcoal candles, I love the mix with the fun accessories.
    Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.....Happy Easter!

  6. Your vignette feels so fresh. I adore the runner.
    Thank you for linking up this wonderful post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday. May you have a glorious Easter!

  7. I think your new pieces worked very well. It looks lovely!

  8. So simple and so perfect for Spring! Happy Easter and thank you for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party.

  9. I love this! The texture combination is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Hope you had a great Easter!

  10. This is a really beautiful look. The candles and the linens are my favorite. These all have a timeless appeal to them, and would probably work favorably in any setting. Lovely!


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