Longing for that summertime feel during the winter months? Bring the beach right to your table. This sea-inspired centerpiece is easy to make and can be used all year round. "A rustic wooden tray provides the base for the rectangular glass vase filled with sand, candles and a variety of seashells," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. Add vibrant shells and starfish for an extra boost of summer hues.
Designer Sandra Espinet brings your family vacation home for the holidays. For this project you will need: shells, sand, a candleholder, a pillar candle and potpourri. First, collect about 30 shells from the beach and gather sand in a pail. Buy a large candleholder and a pillar candle or refurbish something you already own. Pour the sand into the candleholder. Place the candle in the middle of the sand. Place the shells inside the candleholder to surround the candle. Finally, for a fresh scent, add potpourri around the shells.
Create interest and texture with a collection of everyday and vintage bathroom items. This Victorian Gothic wall cabinet is filled with vintage cosmetic jars, ivory grooming implements, shells, sponges, towels and soaps. “If you have glass-fronted shelves, use it as an opportunity not just for storage but for display of interesting objects,” says Susan Sully, author of the book “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” in which this home was featured. Sully also recommends painting the back of a cabinet a dark color to make light objects really stand out.
Carry the centerpiece onto the plates with edible garnishes. An artichoke can make a great holder for a place card. Grapes and figs provide a little appetizer or even a healthy dessert. Tip: Keep a nutcracker and a bowl for shells on the table, so guests can sample the variety of nuts scattered on the table.
As winter approaches and your potted plants start to migrate indoors, consider adorning them with these adorable pine cone snails. To create the body you will need to cut the snail shape out of the fabric of your choice. Think of the shape as an "s"with a short top curve and an extra long bottom curve to create your snail's head and tail. Cut two pieces, sew them together and stuff them. Stitch a pine cone to your snail's back to create the shell and thread a bit of string through the head to create antennae.
With the appearance of hand-scraped hardwood that is unique from any other decking, this timeless style will adapt to any decor from rustic and relaxed to elegant and modern. Capped with a protective polymer shell, TimberTech's Earthwoods Evolutions Legacy Collection is inspired by nature, improved by science and backed by an additional 25 Year Fade and Stain Warranty for total peace of mind.
An outdoor display does not have to be complicated. My go-to trick for table decor is selecting my favorite plates and placing party essentials on them instead of floral arrangements. I love using items such as oyster shuckers, wine openers, and oyster shells to make a unique display with minimal effort. When selecting plates, be sure to find patterns and colors that compliment each other. This type of tablescape is perfect if you have a small table or porch area, so your party essentials also serve as table arrangements.