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Thrift the Look: A Garden Inspired Table Setting

March 29, 2020

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.

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Mix and match vintage china and silver to create a garden inspired place setting.

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 Garden Inspired Decor blog hop reveals by the Admin Team of Creative Vintage Darlings.

BTW, if you love vintage and thrifting like we do and are interested in becoming part of #CreativeVintageDarlings, come on over. We’d love to have you join our Facebook group.

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.

  1. Rusty Hinge Blog / link to Pin
  2. Shabby Art Boutique / link to Pin ~ featuring Vibeke Svenningsen of Vibeke Design
  3. Rosemary & Thyme Blog / link to Pin
  4. 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!

Botanical Decor for Garden inspired Spring Decorating by the Creative Vintage Darlings

Sadie Seasongoods         |         Sweet Pea        

Vintage Garden and Botanical Home Decor by the Creative Vintage Darlings

Lora B. Create & Ponder         |         Home to Heather        

Natural Home Decor and Decor inspired by Vintage Garden by the Creative Vintage Darlings

One House, 2 Barns         |         Postcards from the Ridge

Spring Decor Ideas that are Inspired by a Vintage Garden by the Creative Vintage Darlings

Vin’yet, Etc.         |         Itsy Bits and Pieces

Floral Decor and Garden Home Decor by the Creative Vintage Darlings

Audrey Would         |         Little Vintage Cottage

Pinned & Shared at Audrey Would

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.

Audrey Would Vintage Home blog

Links to my previous ‘Thrift the Look’ posts:

Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Reply chinamom3078 March 31, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Loving the combination of spring colors vibrancy and the vintage silver. I have that charger platter….wedding gifts anyone?!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 31, 2020 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you! And how fun is that to have the charger platter? I love that it was a wedding gift 🙂 How do you use yours?

  • Reply Paula@SweetPea March 30, 2020 at 6:25 am

    I so much enjoyed reading about and admiring your pictures for this thrift the look challenge. I love your gorgeous plate and your idea for using a silver round platter as a charger. Once I can thrift again, I must start collecting silver things! Tying a napkin in a knot is another look that I need to remember because it looks so pretty. Your entire vignette is gorgeous!!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 31, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Paula, thank you so much. I really appreciate your feedback. It was fun to put some of these things together in this way, and so many ideas came out of this challenge that I can’t wait to try for myself as well!

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  • Reply Laura March 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Sheila this is so fresh and pretty- its so springy! I think you nailed the springtime garden look!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 31, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you Laura! I was definitely feeling the pull for something fun and cheerful for this challenge. 🙂

  • Reply Lora Bloomquist March 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Love the aqua and pink color cues in your pretty table setting, Sheila. Those plates are so pretty! Our state flower is the ladyslipper here in MN, so I love that you added that, too! Can’t wait for our Spring trees to bloom! Lucky you that yours did just in time!

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  • Reply Heather Eigler March 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I absolutely adore the colour scheme you put together for this Sheila! And the contrast of the crochet doily over the galvanized pail is a delight. So well done!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 29, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Heather! I was hoping the colours weren’t way too bright, but then I decided not to overthink it and just roll with it. My intention with the pail is to try and DIY a dulled, aged galvanized look, but I decided to wait on that until we can get our hands on supplies more easily once again!

  • Reply Laurie @ Vinyet Etc March 29, 2020 at 10:07 am

    That plate, oh my goodness, it’s so so pretty!!! The colours you’ve putt together are simply stunning! I love your whole post, it wonderful!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 29, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Awwww, I so appreciate your feedback, Laurie. Thank you! I really loved doing this TTL, and especially right now. It was refreshing to be creative with all of you. I have enjoyed every single post!

  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces March 29, 2020 at 6:55 am

    What a beautiful spring-inspired tablescape, Sheila! I love how you brought all the elements you loved in the photos and made it your own! The blossoms in the bucket are so spring…and I am in love with your bamboo rack and towel. Such a fun challenge!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 29, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Thank you Linda! I have been wanting to use the bamboo rack for ages, but when it wasn’t happening I was beginning to think I might have to rethrift it. I really love that piece, and now I’m happy it’s here to stay. 🙂

  • Reply littlevintagecottage March 29, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Oh, this turned out so beautiful Sheila! I love the little bale of hay added, I would have never thought to do that but it adds so much charm!


    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 29, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Thank you so much Tania! I was really happy to be able to incorporate the little bale of hay…I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it when I didn’t use it for the other challenge. I like it when things work out this way.

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