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G'day lovelies. How you all going?
Well it finally stopped raining here at the Beach Cottage which is a good and a bad thing for me. Why bad you wonder? Don't most people prefer the rain to stop?
I get lots of enquiries for ideas on how to dress a table – believe me I am no expert, I think one of the best places to visit to learn is Susan's blogBetween Naps on the Porch, she is a tablescaping master, and where I was first inspired to take on this tablescaping sport, I mean hobby.
Sooooo, for me simple works. When I try and do too much, and I often do try this, inspired by tables groaning with glorious tablescaping, it doesn't work. I think as a beginner you have to keep it simple and you begin to learn what goes and what doesn't. I haven't got past the novice level yet, I'm hoping to move through to intermediate soon where I can load it on and have it balanced looking…
Here's how it looked before I started
It works for me to have a loose theme at the start – decide on the look you wanna end up with, usually for me this is white on white, or white with nautical bits, or vintage beachy or possibly burlap queen…for this one I wanted to use my newly found shabby old aqua vintage chair & nautical stripe tablecloth, to contrast with the white for a watery sea theme.
Then I just layer, choose a few bits to stick in the centre relating to the theme, more often than not some flowers and then add some candles….and I think one thing not to do is to add too many themey bits, I think just a suggestion works better, for me anyway.
I'm Sarah, stylist, photographer & editor at abeachcottage.com. I live in an old white cottage, near the sea in Australia with a battered old deck & a big old fig tree out the back, stripped wooden floors, old sash windows & a jumble of vintage furniture. Read Moreâ€¦