April 9, 2013

my spring table

For the past two years, I’ve designed a tablescape for our Alliance‘s competition at the Southern Ideal Home Show. Here are recaps from 2011 and 2012. I really enjoy the challenge of putting together the table and combining the interiors + events aspects of my business. This year, I decided to make it even more challenging for myself and not spend any money. I normally special-order flowers from my local wholesaler and search for the perfect fabrics + accessories for weeks leading up to the show. Surprisingly, I had (almost) everything I needed right in my own house. After about 10 minutes, I had the beginnings of a Fourth of July celebration.

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Here are the final results at the show:

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I used a wood game table made by my Grandaddy Beck with my Grandma Beck’s tablecloth. I like to think it’s not the first time they were used together, but I have no idea. The chairs are a dumpster find from a year ago, which have been in storage waiting for a purpose. Some paint and fabric I already had (plus new foam and batting… eww!) transformed them into cute little accent chairs that we can use when we entertain.

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The birdcage was used for our wedding, so I just added some votive holders and sheet moss (also from the wedding).

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Everything on the table was gathered from our house, which only validates my need to “hoard” random items in case I ever need them! I did buy the flowers (red alstromeria and blue hydrangea) from Trader Joe’s for $9 total… and I’m still enjoying them at our house now. Those and the candy (which I’m also now enjoying) were my only purchases for the entire table.

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The Nehi grape bottles are a nod to my Grandpa Jones’ affection for the soda. I always save cool glass bottles for times just like this, much to Chad’s dismay.

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On Saturday afternoon, we had HGTV personalities (and The Bachelorette/ The Bachelor alums) Chris + Peyton Lambton come by to judge the tables. They couldn’t have been a sweeter couple and awarded my table “Best in Show!” Living on Cape Cod, they said that the Fourth of July was their favorite holiday… plus I think my Cheerwine bottle caught Chris’ attention.

I’m really looking forward to watching the second season of their show, Going Yardwhich starts back in a couple of weeks. We actually have a yard now, and I think their combined landscape and interior design backgrounds complement each other well. It certainly looked like it from watching their yard presentation at the home show!

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So that’s my almost-totally-free Fourth of July picnic in the country!

Comments

  • Kathy Jones

    I love the vintage and festive theme of your table! Congratulations on the honor of being chosen the best in show!! I need to check out their show for myself, so it is set to record…

    04-09-13 » 7:36 pm »

  • Kathryn

    Another beautiful and creative table, Mere! And no surprise about the ‘Best in Show’ honor. If you keep doing these you might end up with a whole fan club of HGTV personalities, John Gidding and the Lambtons are first in line. :)

    04-10-13 » 10:26 am »

  • katie

    How beautiful!! And exciting to see them! You totally deserve it and I’m utterly impressed that you created that from things you already had! I remember seeing pictures of your table from two years ago, so I was glad to get to go back and catch up. So lovely!

    04-24-13 » 6:36 pm »

  • Meredith

    Thank you all! I really loved the challenge… the award was just the icing on the cake!

    05-09-13 » 3:55 pm »

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