Garden inspired decor pulled together in a bright, cheerful table setting for indoor/outdoor easygoing style! Find out how I was inspired by Mother Nature’s tapestry right outside my door, and where I borrowed ideas from different photos on my Pinterest board. This ‘thrift the look’ was mixed and matched by shopping my home and working with thrifted finds I already owned.
Thrift the Look Blog Hop
Today the admin team from Creative Vintage Darlings FB goup is back for our Spring “Thrift the Look” blog hop. Please join me in a big shout-out to Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods who is the creative mastermind behind our TTL challenge. Once again Sarah has come up with a fantastic theme for us, and this time it’s ‘Garden-Inspired Decor’ to watch for in our reveals.
Thrift the Look: A ‘Shop Your Home’ Shift
Before I dive in, I want to acknowledge the current global reality we are all living in. Our TTL challenge has taken on a slightly different shape as a result, and we want you to know that we did not shop the thrifts this time around. Instead we shopped our homes, dug into our stashes, and worked with a collection of thrifted and vintage pieces we already had on hand. In short, we did our best to pull our projects together without stepping out into the no-go zone. I will share the links to each of our projects at the end so you will be able to see how we did.
Hand Painted Vintage China Plates
My jump-off for this challenge was a set of three hand painted vintage china plates featuring pink cherry blossoms and accented with 22k gold trim. You can see the gold trim highlighting the scallop edge, although it’s faded in spots from wear over the years.
We use these plates all the time. They are a salad plate size, and perfect for our weekend appies and other munch-able things. Every time I pull them out, I smile. These plates were one of the first of many thrifted vintage pieces that I have added to our household collection over time.
I love the unassuming elegance of cherry blossom trees. They are so showy, bursting with colour and when the blossoms start to lose their petals, it’s like pink snow is falling on the streets.
My Pinterest Inspiration
Normally I would work from one inspiration photo to meet the challenge of our thrift the look, but right now while we’re in the midst of ‘not’ normal this was something that had to give. In the spirit of celebrating creative inspiration, I have collaged four images from my Pinterest board that fed my vision for this TTL instead. Please find individual links below.
These are the links to the blogs and the Pins that caught my eye and fed my inspiration for this challenge. If you click each blog link you will find even more inspiration awaits.
- Rusty Hinge Blog / link to Pin
- Shabby Art Boutique / link to Pin ~ featuring Vibeke Svenningsen of Vibeke Design
- Rosemary & Thyme Blog / link to Pin
- Inspiration Lane Tumblr Blog / link to Pin
Let’s walk through each inspiration image to see how it fed the look and feel behind my reveal…
1. Cherry Blossoms in a Bucket. I mentioned earlier that cherry blossoms were Mother Nature’s gift of inspiration to me. When I came across image no. 1 I was sold on the look and feel of the cherry blossom branches displayed in that amazing galvanized pail, and I knew gathering the branches would be easy.
2. Hooks and Gingham Tea Towel. The gingham tea towel on the hook in image no. 2 spoke to me. My mom used to wear a blue gingham apron, and my grandmother made a turquoise one for me when I was a little girl. I didn’t have a gingham tea towel (gingham will show up in another way), so I used this pretty tea towel instead.
It’s not thrifted or vintage, but it was a special gift to me from a friend. I thought the silkscreen ladyslipper flower fit right in with the garden decor theme. I’ve had the vintage accordion bamboo peg rack ever since our Thrift the Look: Boho Decor challenge. I didn’t use it then but knew it would be perfect for this setting.
3. Linen Napkin Tied in a Knot. I fell in love with the table setting in the blog post of image no. 3, but it was the knotted napkin that captured me. I liked the easygoing casual look and feel.
4. Vintage Silverware & Charger. If you pop over to my Audrey Would Etsy shop, then you will see that vintage silver speaks to me. I instantly saw a fit when I came across image no. 4, so for my table setting I used vintage cutlery gifted to me by my mother-in-law and a silver charger I picked up about a year ago at a thrift.
To pull the rest of the look together I added more thrifted, vintage and meaningful things…
I had the little bale of hay in my collection from another thrifting challenge, but I didn’t end up using it in the end. I bought it on sale at Michaels for 70% off and have had it stashed ever since.
The galvanized pail was my most recent thrifted find. It was brand new with the sticker still intact! The tall blue glass is hand blown and belongs to a multi-coloured vintage set of six, while the vintage silver coupe is from a set of two.
The doily is one that came from my mom, and it belonged to my grandmother. I’m not sure where my Gran got it from because she was not a crocheter. I added this piece in because of the pink flowers, and I thought it would work well to soften the shiny surface of the new pail.
The crystal candlestick is one of a pair, and I’ve had them for about 30 years. They were a gift to me from a family friend when I was just starting out, and they have been with me ever since.
The Parts and Pieces
All these parts and pieces including the branches I cut from the overhanging tree came together to create this easygoing garden-inspired look.
The table is set on a small tablecloth I originally thrifted for a vintage fair I was doing with Audrey Would. I don’t like things that are too frilly or fussy, but I really like the candlewicking embroidery of this piece. It’s got just enough detail to be unique, but not too much that it qualifies as fussy.
The turquoise dinner plate is one of eight. I thrifted four of these about six years ago to change things up for our every day. Then I came across another four, and in the last couple of years I spied eight bowls that matched so I also added them to the set.
I mentioned earlier the gingham apron my Gran made for me. Well, that’s what you see folded and draped between the charger and dinner plate. It actually works perfectly.
Thrift the Look: Garden-Inspired Reveal
You can see in the side-by-sides below how I created my garden-inspired look by pulling inspiration from each of these photos. There is an essence from each one, but not an exact repeat.
I think it’s important to remember there are different ways to achieve a ‘thrift the look’. In the end it’s about putting pieces together that give you a similar look and feel, and that is a reflection of your style. That’s really the crux of thrifting for any look!
Thrift the Look: Garden-Inspired Reveals
I’m one of ten bloggers sharing our ‘Thrift the Look: Garden-Inspired Decor’ reveals with you. Below are the links to each of the projects in this challenge, and I hope you will take the time to visit each one!
With our new global reality and spending so much time in our homes, more than ever it’s important to embrace this tiny piece of our universe. The little things make a difference and they matter. So why not set the table and trim it with the extras? It’s okay to pull out your treasures that are stashed away. What we have is today.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post.
Links to my previous ‘Thrift the Look’ posts:
- Thrift the Look: Vintage Lake House Chic
- Thrift the Look: Boho Basket Wall Decor
- Thrift the Look: Industrial Cottage Chic
- Thrift the Look: Cabin Decor in Plaid
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home unless otherwise indicated.