Land Awakening

“Springtime is the land awakening.

The March winds are the morning yawn.”

~ Lewis Grizzard

I took my cue from the transition of the seasons and set a casual garden themed table this week.

Browns are gradually giving way to green again. . .

 Bulbs are emerging and starting to bloom.

 I moved a few architectural items from inside to the table on the porch. A pair of weathered corbels, as well as a trio of spindles, repurposed as candle holders, sits along side this cloche topped urn.


My tastes are eclectic~ you may have noticed :-)  but for lake living, this most reflects our style. We move at a slower pace and are more relaxed & casual when we are here.

I layered my table with burlap and topped it with a jute runner~ much like our natural areas that are covered with a fresh blanket of mulch to warm the tender little plants just waking up.

Our tree, reflected in this cloche, is covered in tiny buds~

  I’m looking forward to watching the bees buzzing around the blossoms next to the porch . . .

My bunny pair has a distressed finish, giving them an aged appearance. . .

 Please don’t eat the ivy :-)


An abandoned Robin’s nest from last Spring is now home to blown quail eggs~

 I love the character & patina that history and age lend. I like to imagine what house or porch my pair of corbels may have come from.

“Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
Today the glint of green is there.”

~L.H. Bailey

White Plates: Oneida Westerly Basket

Jute Runner & Napkins: Pottery Barn

Chargers: World Market

Flatware:  Napoleon Bee, Horchow

Wishing you the Glint of Green & Promise of Spring~

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  40 comments for “Land Awakening

  1. March 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Love it Mary! Makes me feel happy! You are so creative. Feels soft and free light and spring like.

  2. Jackie
    March 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

  3. March 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Mary, your table is truly a gracious nod to springtime with such appropriate quotes and the details of brown and fresh green. It’s so warm here these days that many of my bulbs are already in bloom ~ hyacinths, irises, & daffodils. Even the bluebonnets are beginning to bloom. I think they are a bit confused, since they don’t normally bloom until April or May.
    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous table. Enjoy spring! ~ Sarah

  4. March 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Mary, Everything is so beautiful! You always have the most gorgeous vignettes and tablescapes. I hope you will share these at my Open House party starting on 3/17. I would also love to feature your home as part of the weekly Open House party. Check out my blog for details.

  5. March 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    serene and beautiful… i adore the natural look of the garden. mulch… how poetic, i love how you think~ the ivy, the bunnies, all so soothing~

  6. March 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Gorgeous spring tablescape. So cool and refreshing. I love ivy, so this post was right up my alley. ~~Sherry~~

  7. March 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Unfortunately spring forgot about Toronto. We are struggling with snow and rain… that’s why your lovely green post is desperately needed to bring back my hope for a bright colorful spring …
    Thank you !

  8. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    What a gorgeous table! I can’t get over how pretty your napkins are, they just kept drawing my eye in:@)

  9. March 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Such a sweet, springy, Eastery looking table, Mary! Love the combination of the jute with the white and green. :)

    xoxo laurie

  10. March 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    What a lovely, springy table! The napkins are gorgeous and I like how you incorporated outside items and bulbs into your decor.
    Blessings, Beth

  11. March 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    What a fun season table. I love your whimsical elements it makes me anxious for spring to come. Thanks for sharing.

  12. March 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Hi! First, thanks for stopping in yesterday! Glad you liked the cake server. It was left over from my wedding shop days, but it seemed to fit the theme! I LOVE the freshness of your tablescape this week! It just makes me want to jump right into spring!!! The distressed pieces are so wonderful, and your comparison of the burlap to mulch…very vivid! Lake living really agrees with you! Have a joyous week!!!

  13. March 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    The perfect March table scape! I love the architectural elements and the burlap. And, of course, the bunnies are adorable. You have such a wonderful talent for table scaping, book reviewing… everything! A very talented lady!

  14. March 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    My tastes are eclectic like yours since we also do lake living. Love this post! I would like to find a cloche top for my urn – can you provide me with a source?

  15. March 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    a most lovely table indeed. I love the bird nests and the napkins.. oh I can’t say enough about them. It’s been a feast for the eyes.

  16. March 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    So where to begin with such a beauty? The burlap and jute are perfect for your table. The rough-natural elements are charming and the simplicity of the dishes make for a lovely table.
    How lucky you are to have a lake home getaway. Getaways do seem to slow life down, don’t they? Time to relax and enjoy and get away from our everyday city lives is refreshing.
    Your blog has so many lovely creations in it. I am a regular visitor.


  17. March 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    This is one of the nicest tables I have seen…love the greens and browns against the starkness of the white.

  18. Alexandrea
    March 10, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!! The whole setting makes me have Spring Fever even WORSE now!! ;)

  19. March 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for everyone’s comments! My urn came with the cloche top, I’ve had it for many years & am surprised the top has survived this long :-)

  20. March 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Very nice! Love the Urn with forced bulbs and dome!

  21. March 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Once again, wonderful. One of the reasons I enjoy your tables so much is because of your eclectic taste, so much more interesting than everything being the same. Happy day!

  22. March 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

    This tablesetting is just wonderful. I have been thinking along these same lines myself, but you did such a fantastic job, with the burlap–and all the garden items–love it!! The green and white napkins set it off, and the ivy in your stems really worked well, especially in the photographs. I would have to give you an A+ for this job! Well done!!

  23. March 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    So, charming, so inviting! I could truly feel the spirit of hope and renewal that spring brings. Your artistry shines in every post. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and inspiring me.

    As a novice tablescaper, I study your pictures very carefully. They are amazing!

  24. March 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful table! The napkins and chargers are just lovely!

  25. March 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I love the textures and weathered feel of this table! Using sprouting bulbs for a centerpiece is something I have never thought about, but will now! Great table. Thanks for sharing

    Miss Mindy @ The Howell Blessings

  26. March 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Love it what more need I say, the colours are so cheerful.

  27. March 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Your table is so beautiful. Everything about it is so inviting and interesting! You are truly an artist!

  28. tess
    March 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Looks like spring at your house! This is so beautiful, especially your print napkins!

  29. March 11, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Hopping over from French Country Cottage and joining your blog.. Your tablescape is beautiful.. I love the burlap look w/ the white and green. Love your blog

  30. Pondside
    March 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I look at the table and believe that spring will really arrive.
    I imagine it would be lovely to sit at the table, with windows open, eating something fresh and delicious and listening to the birds coming back from the south.

  31. March 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Your table is just beautiful. I love the combination of colors and the textures you used.

  32. March 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Gorgeous tablescape! Perfect for St. Paddy’s!

    I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you’ll stop by.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  33. March 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Those napkins are gorgeous! Your photos are really lovely. My parents live on their boat and they love it. My dad was recently the commadore of their club-he had the time of his life. I’d love it if you paid me a visit over at Brambly-it would be great to hear from you. Take care.


  34. March 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I love your tablescape this week. The bare bulbs…the sprigs of ivy carrying your design subtley the length of your table….wonderful. Thank you for sharing your neat transitional design. Cherry Kay

  35. March 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

    This is a delightful post!! I love so much about your table setting~ it is absolutely dreamy!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  36. March 13, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Beautiful table! This is a perfect transitional tablescape. Love it.

  37. March 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

    This table does remind me of spring at a lake! The greens on the napkins are so pretty and the bulbs under glass make a wonderful centerpiece. Linda

  38. March 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

    This is a lovely table. I love how you layered the chargers on the burlap for the look of the brown and then topped it with the green. A wonderful interpretation of spring emerging! Dianne

  39. March 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    This is so beautiful. The cloche over the urn with the bulbs about to burst forth is so refreshing. The little tendrils of varigated ivy twist and turn lovingly through the tablescape. It was wonderful to have your tablescape be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  40. March 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    This is so beautiful. Green and spring. Lovely!

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