Hello & happy April! (How in the world is it April already?!) Michaela here– I’m happy to be back today sharing a few simple tablescape and styling tips with you all! A few weeks ago, Melissa’s book, Love the Home You Have, arrived at my door step and I have been enjoying reading it ever since. There are so many practical tips in her book about how to truly fall in love with your abode, no matter how small or big, new or old it may be. The book inspired this post, as it encourages to love the home we have by merely setting a simple table. It’s amazing what small gestures and some quick styling can do for your home’s love tank :) Are you ready for some table styling tips?! Here we go!
This is a tablescape and dessert bar I styled for The Bloom Workshop, a creative workshop I co-founded last year. The deep purple hues and warm palette makes me swoon all over again! I am so excited we will have Melissa and the rest of The Inspired Room team at our Seattle workshop, called Bloom Bash, in October (tickets open in May!) They will be sharing all their styling tips at the 2-day workshop. Come on, October! :)
Tablescape Styling Tips:
1. Create a vision.
Come up with a solid palette or theme first. Look for unique decor, vases, and dishes to bring this vision to life.
2. Make it unique.
If the idea you have for your tablescape has been done before, find a few elements you can incorporate to breathe new life into the look.
3. Choose a statement piece.
Whether it be the blooms (always a great statement!) or a different type of centerpiece, make something your special focus.
4. Personalize those place settings!
There’s nothing sweeter than for guests to arrive for a meal and find their own name tag and thoughtful place setting. This shows extra thought went into your design. As they say, design is all in the details!
5. Incorporate texture.
This can be done with flowers, branches, the vase or vessel you use for the centerpiece, the charger under the plates, the etching on the glassware, or the napkins. To maintain visual interest, texture is key.
6. Use varying heights.
This is a great general styling tip! Whether you’re decorating a vignette in a corner of your home, you’re styling a tablescape or a dessert bar like the one below, using different heights in your design makes it more visually appealing and creates a focus. As you can see below, we made the three main cakes the focus by putting them in the middle, arranged in a “V” shape. Next, we added other elements to fill in the dessert bar. A tiered cake stand stacked on books anchors the left side of the bar, while the brass candlesticks also offer even more varied heights to the set up. Filled in with lots of flowers, this dessert bar was absolutely stunning.
7. Group smaller items on trays.
The mini creme brulee dishes grouped on a low profile tray fills that gap in the front, while maintaining the antique vibe of the dessert bar. Grouping these items on one tray, as opposed to just leaving them all to sit directly on the bar, creates unity and visual harmony.
ARTISTS | Photography: Ashley Slater Photography / Vintage Rentals (china, chandelier, upholstered chairs, etc.): Southern Vintage / Flowers: Lindsay Coletta / Venue: Vinewood Plantation / Cake & Desserts: Blooming Flour Bakery / Cake Table Styling: LeeAnn Hurd of Southern Flair Events / Design & Styling: Michaela Noelle Designs
Now, don’t get me wrong here– my every day dining table looks nothing like this pretty set up! However, I do use these same styling tips to style my little dining table on a smaller scale. Hopefully you found something new to try in your home. You’ll be surprised how setting a table really does make you love your home more, being content with the space you have.
What are your go-to tablescape styling ideas?
Have a wonderful day!