Garden Style at the Table

I’m enjoying a little Garden Style,

dining at a table for two~

  Garden Style tabletop inspiration blossomed from a pair of salad plates, picked fresh from the aisles of HomeGoods recently~

And Annabelle Hydrangea blossomed from my Mother-in-Law’s garden~ along with Lacecap Hydrangea, past its peak, and a little shabby~ providing a pop of color and soft, lacy texture.

 My Garden Style leans toward “cottage”. . . a style is that relaxed, colorful, fun, and also leans towards shabby~

With less regard for rules and more about what you love~

 My preferred method of tablescaping!

At the table, flowers, dragonflies,

birds & bees are as welcome

as they are in the garden~

My starting point or foundation for a table

usually begins with a quilt. . .

 . . . a multi-tasker for me~ that works on a bed, is perfect for a picnic, can be thrown in the washer, and best of all. . .

no ironing required :)

An urn accented with birds and a vase that is a perennial favorite, is lined with plastic and filled with wet floral foam~ last used at the table with Grape Expectations.

Dining with butterflies goes hand in hand with

my Garden Style~

And like the birds, my Nesting Instincts

are fine-tuned~

 Privet House Toile acrylic glasses from Target fluttered into my cart recently. . .

. . .in hopes of sipping nectar from flowers at the table.

“In one’s garden a person may be one’s own artist
without apology or explanation.  Here is one spot
where each may experience the romance of possibility.”

~Louise Beebe Wilder

“At one’s table, a person may be one’s own artist

without apology or explanation.”

~ Me :)

Garden Style Table Details:

Woven chargers/ World Market


Quilt & Napkins/Kohl’s

Acrylic Toile Glasses/ Privet House- Target

Flatware/ Napoleon Bee- Horchow

Bird Urn/from retail days

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday~

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home~

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  50 comments for “Garden Style at the Table

  1. June 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This one might be one of my favorites. I love the quilt, and I love the arrangement and shabby chic accessories. I love anything shabby cottage….I have yet to tire of that look. Such a sweet table, Mary. I do think that the brown chargers make the other earth tones pop. Stunning!!! :D

  2. June 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I might sit down at this table and never leave!! I love it all so much! You have the magic touch of putting things together and creating a lovely setting. Hugs, Linda

  3. June 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Mary, love the quote by “me”! I totally agree! This table is wonderfully earthy with its brown undertones, and that quilt perfect to set the stage. The new plates are charming with their built in flatware. I’ve not allowed myself to visit HG, TJ, or Marshall recently. Those guys get me into dish trouble. LOL I definitely would have been tempted to bring these salad plates home. The hydrangea arrangement is gorgeous. I love it when ones flowers go from garden to table.
    Have a good week. ~ sarah

  4. arianna
    June 4, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Belle foto specialmente con le casette per gli uccellini!!

  5. June 4, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Well, the quilt that launched this table is just beautiful! Love the embroidered details. This table certainly feels earthy to me, and with your straight from nature elements, I’m not surprised. My favorite photos are the ones with a glimpse of lake in the background–so relaxing. Very pretty, Mary, and I like your NO RULES style!

  6. June 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Oh, Mary, Mary, Mary….what can I say I haven’t said before…? Each table is unique. Breathtaking. Awe inspiring. You have a unique talent for bringing so many different elements together and making them into a pleasing cohesive whole…

  7. a beach diary
    June 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    i see there is a fatal flaw for living at the beach, i have missed these darling dishes at homegoods… this is my kind of table, simple garden pleasures… in abundance :-) lovely
    and jealous…

  8. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    June 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Lovin’ the soft colors in your pretty quilt Mary! You mean to tell me there are ‘rules’ for tablesetting??? Huh. Hope you’re having a great June, it’s actually rather chilly here today:@)

  9. June 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Your table setting is wonderful, beautiful flowers. And the setting couldn’t be more perfect.
    Mary Alice

  10. June 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I adore your no rules approach and you know I do it this way two evey odd Tuesday on a Blue Moon. The urn of flowers is splendid and the plate s were an inspiring find.

  11. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    June 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    As I have said many times…I never tire of seeing that beautiful lake in the background with the most gorgeous table in the forefront….Such a romantic and serene table for two…I love the plates …they just look terrific with the magnificent display of hydrangeas….I can just imagine sitting at the table watching the sun set over the water…! Life is good!

  12. June 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I spend more time ironing table linens than I care to think about! Maybe I should invest in a lot more quilts!!!!! Those Home Goods salad plates are really terrific! I need to get there more often to see the new items that come in before they disappear from the shelves. That 25-minute drive is certainly worth the bargains and the beauty!!! This is a beautiful table, and I love your quote at the end. Indeed!!!

  13. June 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Oh how I love this post Mary! Gorgeous, sweet, cottage wonderful!

  14. June 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Alas, I passed up those plates at my HG as there were too few. You did a fabulous job with just two!

    – The Tablescaper

  15. June 5, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Hi Mary,
    What a gorgeous table, well truthfully you completely “had me” at that fabulous big bouquet! It is a stunner. I love the butterflies flitting about too, just darling!
    I went and visited your doggie holiday celebration, the girls are delightful! and brave! mine little pack are all scared of the water! haha!

  16. June 5, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Beautiful quilt for the base, then each added element is perfect for the setting.

  17. June 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Stunning is all I can say. Love the quilt, birdhouses and all the fabulous accessories and dishes. Your floral arrangement is exquisite. Such a lovely setting and beautiful tablescape. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  18. June 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Beautiful! Those flowers are gorgeous! What a wonderful mix! I’m always drawn to birdhouses as accents; yours are lovely, Mary. Another beautiful setting! ~Zuni

  19. June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    One of the things that I love about your tables is that they always tell a little story. I love the way you used the dishes with the added touches like the bird houses, nests, and watering can. I also just plain love it when you use the quilt as the tablecloth. That’s sort of your signature in my mind, and it is just so pretty.

  20. June 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I will remember your quote and I like and agree with what you said. Your style is always refreshing, delightful and makes me smile and warms my heart at the same time. We have many things in common and I just know we would be great friends if distance wasn’t an issue.

    Thanks for the suggestion about joining Kathleen’s party. I will try but will be traveling so it may not work out.

  21. June 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Love your garden theme, Mary! The birdhouse, the quilt , those darling dishes all go perfectly in your outdoor setting. I’ve been in love with the Napoleon flatware for quite some time now.

  22. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    June 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Mary, your quote will be my favorite foodie quote of the week! “At one’s table, a person may be one’s own artist without apology or explanation.” Love your garden theme this week!

  23. June 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Mary, Your idea of using quilts instead of tablecloths is genius! I’m wishing I hadn’t gotten rid of the old quilts my mom had…but they were “everyday” quilts and not all that pretty. Yours are gorgeous! I really like your garden theme, especially the bird houses and twig place mats.

  24. June 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I don’t know why but I like to look at a table and see which element is the difference maker. As pretty and interesting as everything on this table is, I think it’s the quilt that pulls it all together. Your lakeside setting is always a perfect backdrop too. I love your quotes too!

    Robin Flies South

  25. June 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Mary, there is nothing about this table I don’t love. But I think best of all, my favorite, is your quote! Your birdhouses and the dishes are perfect companions! Of course the flowers and the flowers, quilt, napkins, glasses are all just the perfect pieces! have a great week, xo marlis

  26. June 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Mary, I love your setting and the idea of using quilts outdoors. The glasses from Privet House are so pretty. Privet House is in the next town to me, and I have never been–can you believe it? Now that they have the line at Target I am more interested! All the bird and flower accents are perfect together. You are an artist! I am coming back to visit your recent posts that I have missed due to overwhelming family obligations and general hoopla around here! Linda

  27. June 7, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Beautiful photography, ethereal design. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  28. June 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Mary, your garden tablescape is just gorgeous!!! Your bird houses are stunning. I was surprised to see those beautiful glasses are from Target. Love them!!!

  29. June 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

    OK, I will shamefully admit it: I am coveting these plates!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t seen them and they are fabulous!!! The whole table is gorgeous, every detail perfect. Love your watering can and the napkins are great. XO, Pinky PS, I wonder how many quilts you own!!!!!!!!!!:):)

  30. June 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Also, where are the scalloped plates from and did you actually paint the flower onto the handle of the birdhouse to match the quilt???? Your attention to detail is amazing.

  31. June 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Don’t you just love it when things hop into your cart? I just adore your garden plates. That one with the chair is just incredible. Wouldn’t you love to be able to find a whole set of those. Your quilt is so pretty and such a perfect backdrop. Of course, it is all set off so perfectly with the flowers – absolutely spectacular!

  32. June 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Just got to love that “Home Goods” store!!
    Love, love every single thing about the table.
    I specially love the nature; birds, butterflies and such.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  33. June 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    My goodness, I go away for a couple of days and I feel like I’ve missed an extraordinary post by you! Everything is beautiful. I love the earthy tones and and the gathering of flowers from your garden. Your table is perfect and I love and agree with your “me” quote. The table speaks of nature and relaxation and enjoyment. Beautiful!

  34. June 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Darling plates! The quilt is lovely, and yeah for the no ironing!
    You put everything together beautifully!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let’s Dish!

  35. June 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

    As usual- stunning table. Thoughtfully put together with great finess! Love the bouquet.

  36. June 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I collect birdhouses so you had me when I saw two on your table. I hope you were able to get more than two of those plates. They are terrific. About quilts…I have about a dozen from my grandmother. Some are very old and I’ve learned that washing them is not a good idea because they are quite fragile.

    • June 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Linda~ I have two old family quilts that are lovingly hand stitched and fragile that I don’t dare launder! My new machine stitched ones wash great :)

  37. June 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Your table is so pretty, I just love everything about it – from the dishes, to the linens, to the flowers, to the decor!

  38. June 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I just love how you use these beautiful quilts. Your flowers are just so dainty and I love the peek of the lake in the background. What a lovely setting. Dianne

  39. June 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Absolutely gorgeous – and what a view, you have done a wonderful job with this awesome tablescape!!

  40. June 10, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Beautiful tablescape!

    Susan and Bentley

  41. June 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Mary, that table is beautiful with the touches of copper added. Happy week.

  42. June 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Beautiful display, quilt is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for July 4th.

  43. June 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  44. June 11, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Lovely eye candy! Beautiful tablescape :)
    Greetings from Australia♥

  45. June 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful table…the hydrangeas are gorgeous!

  46. June 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Stunning! All your finds come together for a perfect garden theme – absolutely loving this! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  47. June 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Hello Mary, I wanted to let you know that your post will be featured in this evening’s Home and Garden Thursday post – I do appreciate you sharing,

  48. June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    It is all very pretty! Love the glasses! They would flutter into my cart too. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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