This post was originally published 5 years ago! That was in our last house, a 100 year old house we renovated and then sold. This centerpiece was so pretty, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I felt it was applicable to re-post it. I did add in online shopping links for you to duplicate fairly closely a centerpiece like this one.
All the Christmas decorations have been put away for a few weeks, and now I’m ready to get a little Valentine’s Day decor out. However, I’m really not in the mood for a bunch of hearts and ‘busy stuff’ this year. I decided instead to do a romantic centerpiece, that certainly works for Valentine’s day decor, but also will just look lovely on the table for the next month regardless of the upcoming holiday. (And a trip through HomeGoods helped with the inspiration. After 3 times around the store, I started to visualize a lovely centerpiece) These items are no longer available at HomeGoods, so I’ve found very similar ones for online to be able to pull off a very similar centerpiece!a
To kick off, I found an unbelievable realistic set of topiaries… one is a double and one is a single. (HERE is an online shopping link for a double topiary.)
Even close up, the leaves are so full, they look real.
Then I found this lovely white bust. HERE is a shopping online link for one very similar!
And when I saw this gorgeous platter with dark a silver pattern, I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate it, but decided it was so beautiful, I would figure out a way. I couldn’t find one exactly like this for you shopping online, but HERE is one that is maybe even prettier, I love the color in it!!
I knew it need a little softness in the texture, so this table runner was lovely. (I could see the topiaries and bust sitting on it in the center of the table) Oooh… I was loving how the pieces were coming together. (Again, I couldn’t find the exact runner for you, but HERE is a very pretty similar one)
Now I wanted a little color addition, and again could not believe how realistic these peonies looked. I love real flowers, but also love the convenience of faux flowers lasting from year to year, so mixing real with artificial is my happy compromise. (HERE is a lovely bunch of peonies for your shopping online)
And this ruby red pressed glass vase with it’s wonderful rustic finish would be the other color addition. (HERE is a beautiful frosted glass vase that is about the same size and shape for you online)
Once all the ‘ingredients’ were gathered, I decided that it might look a little too formal, so I felt I needed to add a bit more rustic texture to it, so on I went searching for some sort of a tray.
I knew this basket tray was ‘it’ as soon as I spied it. I loved how large it is, I love the grayish tone on the tan rattan… (Couldn’t find same basket type tray, but did find THIS ONE in galvanized metal! So CUTE!)
the sturdy metal handle detail was great too.
Then once I started to place the pieces all together, I realized a few things.
1. The runner looked terrible on the table under the basket tray, compared to the extra wide width of the tray. It looked so skinny… a bit like it was getting smooshed by the extra wide tray. I wanted the softness of the fabric textile though, so I laid it inside the basket tray.
2. The topiaries needed a little more height, so to accomplish that…
I used some antique books to gain the needed height. They were great for this since they are so lovely I wouldn’t mind them being such a visible part of the arrangement.
There was a spot for one last addition. I had considered doing a verse from a famous poet, but on second thought, decided that a Bible verse would be the most meaningful to me, and after playing with powerpoint, and using a lovely heart graphic from Graphics Fairy, came up with this little paper addition for the centerpiece.
Now, the tablescape gives a slight nod, to the appearance of preparing to serve up a romantic picnic in the 18th century.
The centerpiece has a nice mix of texture and pattern without feeling too busy. It ties in with the rest of the room as well. I actually think it could stay out anytime of the year, but certainly fits in well for Valentine’s Day.
Everyone has their own style though, how would you change it up to suit your style?
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