The last stop on our whirlwind anniversary road trip was in Richmond, Virginia. We met up with our friends, the Petersiks (who happen to have one kick butt superblog) and were able to let Will meet his betrothed bride – little Clara (who was born about a month after the Tinkler), visit one awesome park, eat totally great food and even create a little video for all of you guys.
But first let’s just oooh and aww over these two…
They were hilarious together. During our photoshoot, all Will wanted to do was grab Clara’s face…and we had to teach him that courting a girl does not include a gnarly claw to the eye. And WHAT PRETTY EYES SHE HAS! lordie lordie…we thought that Will could have blue eyes (because the boyfriend has baby blues) and when his eyes turned brownish, I was thrilled to have him look a little more like me while still wishing he had those light windows to the soul. So it goes without sayin that I love those sparkly blue pools on a baby…so cute.
And yes, they are holding hands 🙂
Now that you are buttered up with those darling babies, let’s talk about some of the bloggy goodness that Sherry and I whipped together…and it’s all about white tablesettings. That’s right. Again. (we’ve done it before here). This time, we wanted to show you how to take a standard simple table and turn it into something that looks anything but plain. Here’s what we started with:
The basic white table.
And then we grabbed five items around the house (honestly it was like shopping in a zgallerie/westelm/ikea in that Petersik house) and threw them together to create five different looks.
Now for the video:
So for all those non-videoers out there, I thought I would be nice and give ya the read-able version too.
The first tablesetting was Asian Inspired.
All we added was a manzanita branch, a bit of fabric for the runner, chopsticks, a lotus flower votive, and a red vase with fortune cookies. Ok ok…so technically that may be more than 5 items. But seriously…who’s counting individual chopsticks?!? Unless you are a chopstick seller. And then…welll…umm…carryon.
It all began with the fabric. It was simple & beautiful with touches of blue and gold. And when we found the chopsticks in her drawer, we knew that the accent color had to be red. Hence red vase. Notice we also made the napkins look a little more drapey…kinda like a waterfall off the table.
The flower was actually perfect because of it’s nod to asian gardens and if you look closely on the fabric…it’s petals are right there…I swear. And the branch? Well, visually it took up the right space…and it was neutral which is great when you are working with bold colors like gold and red and turquoise. Overall, this is a simple but elegant look, dontcha think?
The next tablesetting we threw together is totally Sherry-style in my book. It’s bold, it’s graphic, it’s punchy with neutrals all at once. We started again with the fabric (hey it’s a great jumping off point for rooms AND tables!). Then we grabbed a pashmina to tone it down.
It was grey by the way. And believe me when I tell you that grey is the new beige. or the old one. you know before beige became the old ice blue. you know what I mean.
Then we arranged the silverware to be a little more modern/easy/we-just-threw-this-together-but-we’re-totally-chic.
After that it was all about the centerpiece which happened to be oh-so-shiny while still simple.
I love the mini candles…they look like short fat pillars…perfect for this arrangement where a tapered candle would look out of place. And those little persimmion just kill me. Literally I am dead. call the coroner…I have no pulse.
Plus, those natural elements are like the Bob to the candlesticks Jillian. You know…they help calm things down a bit.
The last and final (single tear rollin down my cheek) tablesetting is this natural and neutral one that totally looks fall-inspired.
It began with the simple linen runner and a large hurricane filled with corks and a candle. Then we began searching for items that would be good accents. I loved the little woven basket – which could be ideal for holding the matches for that pillar candle. Plus, it looks like an acorn, doesn’t it? And every nut needs a squirrel. Yeah. I just made that up. And it makes no sense.
But it does look cute with the little curly tail, no? And we are back to cute. Full circle.
But before we move on, I wanna show you something that is so kid-friendly and it would be the perfect task for keeping the kids out from underfoot on those days you are trying to cook…it’s these napkin rings.
Basically just a bit of twine and a couple Cheerios. This is a great craft for the kiddies…and I think it could buy you thirty minutes if you asked them to string twenty on each side 🙂
Soooo fun. I can’t believe it’s over. It may seem weird but honestly I get such a kick outta setting tables. I guess that is why Sher and I are friends…because she does too. Just another reason why we are best bloggin’ buddies. As for Will, he misses his fiance terribly. He told me just the other day (in grunts) that he can’t wait for our next Petersik-Bower reunion.