Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Has Sprung In My Dining Room...

Hello, everyone!
Hello, Spring!

Welcome to my dining room!

I've been busy playing over here...

Playing with dishes...
robin's egg blue ones...

flax-colored linens...
golden Fleur-de-Lys tumblers...

vintage bottles that catch the light and show off their lovely pastel hues...

and glorious cherry blossoms galore...

I was dreaming up this Spring scene the other day...
and I was envisioning loads of cherry blossoms on the table in the corner...

 So I was in the midst of planning my shopping expedition to  
 spend an exorbitant amount on flowers that would be dead in a matter of days  
get me some...

when I happened to be a few blocks away from home and I couldn't believe my eyes...

a team of guys literally chopping down a cherry tree...
branch by beautiful, blooming branch...
about to put them into the chopper.


I raced home, grabbed my clippers, raced back...

and leapt out of the car yelling "No! Stop!!!"

or something ridiculous like that...

Whatever it was... it worked. 

I got to clip to my heart's content and came home with a trunk-load of branches.
Fuh-ree. Love that.

So I've been playing with my cherry blossoms...

and eggs that were on the Easter table at the thrift store...
attached to the ugliest puny brown grapevine garland there ever was...

so I clipped them right off of there and figured I'd do something Easter-y with them...
like make little nests in robins' egg blue bowls...

and a beautiful log of bark I found on a walk...

oh yes, and the tablecloth I got for a steal at Restoration Hardware...
just $120.00...

April Fools! You think I'd spend that on a tablecloth?
Not this shabby chick.

No no no, 
that pretty baby was $18. at the paint store...
yes, a RH drop cloth ;-)
with plenty of fabric for draping and pooling and looking luxurious.

So that's what Spring looks like...
in my dining room.

I hope you are getting some Spring on wherever you are...

yours in shabby Springy goodness,



  1. I am just LOVING your decor style/house/blog/everything! You have a new follower. :) The cherry blossoms are fabulous!

  2. Your dining room is so pretty. I love the cherry blossoms and love the story behind them. Your linens are gorgeous. The whole room is gorgeous!

  3. Love your home, what a great idea with the drop cloth, lucky you with the cherry blossoms♥

  4. Looks great! I love the tablecloth & of course, the Cherry Blossoms!!

    Audrey @

  5. Love this! I'm inviting you to link to my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party.

  6. Everything is so beautiful! What good fortune to get those cherry blossoms before they got turned into mulch. You almost had me with the RH tablecloth bit, I nearly swallowed my tongue LOL.

  7. So beautiful! It just looks so peaceful and serene too. Lovely:)

  8. Absolutely beautiful! Love the cherry blossoms!

  9. Hello...

    Ohhh...spring never looked sooo beautiful! My friend, your dining room is ravishing!!! It has everything that I just adore! Ohh my...can you believe your good fortune? All of those gorgeous cherry blossom branches for free! Yeeehaw! They look fabulous in your tall galvanized pitcher! That entire table vignette is just beautiful, my friend! Love those pretty white ironstone pitchers! And...your spring table is gorgeous as well! Oh my gosh...I would have never thought to use a painters cloth for the table...what a GRAND idea and it looks beautiful!!! I'm going to have to go and get one! I love the color and's perfect! Such pretty place settings and I love your vintage colored bottles with the pretty cherry blossoms too! It's all fabulous, my friend! Spring has definitely arrived "in style" at your place! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. BEAUTIFUL!! Rustic and refined, simple yet elegant. You have captured the essence of the pastel side of Spring!

  11. I LOVE your Spring dining room! The colors are beautiful. And I have to admit, you got me at the table cloth cover. I was thinking, wow, her version of a good deal is certainly much different from mine, she spent what?!?!

    Have a great weekend.

  12. sure wish we could come for dinner!!

  13. I love the idea of using a drop cloth for a tablecloth! And I'm being teased by a similarly available cherry tree - except that it is growing on a diagonal path from my fenceline over to my neighbor's house. Ack! Hmmm. Maybe there's a way I could clip a few branches with my extra long tree trimmers. Ya think? ;-)

  14. What a lovely piece, so springlike!

    Here in England, Anna,the law says that if your neighbour's tree branches extend over your property, you can cut off anything on your side. I wonder if it is the same for you? Also in England, if you don't like the branches you cut off, you are allowed to throw them back over! But I have never heard of anyone actually doing this, we are all far too law-abiding. Best luck!

  15. One word: GORGEOUS.

    Okay, I can't help myself. A few more words: love the April Fools joke. So much better than the giant fake tarantula I found on my chair at the breakfast table this morning.

  16. I was talking about your beautiful posting at the trainers today, we are all pea green about your good fortune with the cherry blossoms! So gorgeous on these endless dreary days!!

  17. Beautiful! That's the prettiest $120 tablecloth ever!! :)
    I love the wreath in your header picture too!

  18. I love love love your spring dining table and tablescape. You inspired me to start working on my spring decor.

    Happy Friday from Vintage Inspiration Friday!

  19. OK that was too funny!!!
    I was all "la te da" with you and your $120 table cloth!!!!!

    And chopping down a cherry tree........isn't that against the law!!?
    Didn't one of our founding fathers try that!?

    Beautiful table!!!!!!

  20. You had me with the tablecloth! Hehe-I wouldn't spend that on a tablecloth either because at our house it would be stained in a minute! I have some eggs just like yours. I've always loved them because they pretty realistic looking. They are hard to find though, at least I've had trouble finding them this year. Love your blog and I'm a new follower.

  21. Oh my ... it's all so lovely! Those cherry blossoms steal the show! Very cute April Fool's joke but in blogland, I've seen it all so it wouldn't surprise me to see someone spend that kind of money on a tablecloth.

  22. Very pretty spring table setting!

  23. So pretty and springy! What a lucky finds, those cherry blossoms!

  24. Absolutely stunning! Please stop by my blog and think about entering my Romantic Prairie Style photo challenge. You'd be great!


  25. Beautiful! I love the drop cloth turned table cloth. The cherry blossoms are so pretty but make me sneezy so I can only admire from afar and on the computer. :) I love the mix of glass and pottery you used.

  26. LOVING this post!! What gorgeousness!! Love yourRH dropcloth tablecloth too- soo fantastic!! :) Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  27. Thanks for all those lovely comments, girls! Glad you liked the bit about the tablecloth... I didn't even realize it was almost April 1st! That one fell into my lap :-) ~ osc

  28. Um absolutely fabulous! I love every. single. detail! The "tablecloth" is the best! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!


  29. Absolutely gorgeous! I love this tablescape and will be going to get my dropcloth tablecloth for our Easter table right away. Thank you for such great inspiration!

  30. I adore your tablescape!! The colors are so fresh. I love the natural elements you brought in. Beautiful!

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you’ll visit me at Serenity Now again soon! :)

  31. Wow! This is gorgeous!! You really lucked out by snatching those cherry blossoms! You go girl!

  32. I love all the pictures but the one on the side table with the french water pitcher is making me drool! Lovely!

  33. You did a really great job! Thank you for sharing this at Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

  34. Divine springtime table - especially love the flowers in the vintage bottles...dreamy!

    I'm a new follower stopping by from Masterpiece Monday...great to connect with you.

    Hope you can come visit sometime at :O)

  35. Ahhhh, I'm in heaven! This is such a lovely lovely home you have created here! Love your dishes with the robin's egg and your blue bottles... and everything else. All speak of romance and beauty... thanks for bringing me here by participating in our Show Off Your Cottage Monday! I shall be back again... and oh, I'm adding you to our blogroll! ;)


  36. Cherry blossoms and linen...a perfect combination! Happy Spring! ♥

  37. You gotta love drop cloths and yours looks great as a tablecloth. Love the blooms too.


  38. Love this look. And the dropcloth table cloth. What a great look...AND price!

  39. Beautiful spring display. I love the table with the galvanized pitcher with the branches and the ironstone with the burlap cloth. Wow. ~~Sherry~~

  40. Such a beautiful tablescape! And, love the cherry blossoms, drop cloth tablecloth and vintage bottles! Spring has definitely arrived at your home. *Becca* (your newest follower)

  41. Your entire table is beautiful. Clean, the vintage bottles and the fabric under suggests! Sunny109

  42. I love this table scape!

    And I just want to let you know that I featured your Easter table from Masterpiece Monday, on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" at Boogieboard Cottage. Thank you for sharing it, it's adorable! Have a nice weekend, Mary :O)

  43. Wow, what a beautifully serene table.

  44. Your spring table setting is so delightful! I love the vintage bottles, the drop cloth tablecloth and, of course, the amazing cherry branches covered in blossoms. It is all gorgeous!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog last week and for your kind comment about my chandelier. I am happy I finally got a chance to come visit yours. I love it and I am your newest follower :)


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