Immediately following my dream come true trip to Haven, my husband & I hopped into the car and started driving.
We crossed the sea and pointed our GPS to my home state of Montana.
Two days later, we arrived at my sister’s house. (The same sister that I helped with her kitchen last year…)
Of course, the highlight of our trip is seeing family and catching up. Another highlight for me – personally – is (dare I say it??) – shopping!
You Americans have stores down there that us Canadians can’t just hop to whenever we want.
I discovered the joy of my sister’s Hobby Lobby just last year. (Please come to Canada, Hobby Lobby…)
I walk through those double doors and want to gasp when I see the selection.
SO MANY CHOICES!!
In my heart, I want to run through the store and grab things like wild woman on a timed shopping show.
But, reality hits and practical me remembers we have a house we’d like to pay off before we’re 100.
So, I calm myself down, take deep breaths, and look for things that I really could use or need.
This time, I rounded a corner near the back of the store and nearly squealed out loud when I read this sign: “Home Decor Items ~ 80% off”.
My heart started racing a mile a minute.
Beautiful signs, trays, and a lovely cathedral window frame with 3 pots for plants made their way into my shopping cart.
The most expensive thing was – wait for it – $3.00!!
But, I’ve learned over the years to not be an impulse shopper.
So,10 minutes later~
I put it all back on the shelf and left with nothing.
I reasoned that our house was small and I wasn’t exactly sure where I’d hang those pretty signs…
2 hours later, I completely changed my mind. (What’s a mind if you can’t change it??)
I headed back down to the store…
only to discover it was closed for the night.
We were leaving the next morning, and the chance to hang that pretty cathedral window was gone forever. (sad face)
So, I went across the road to Home Goods and bought a pretty farmhouse table runner and place mats as my cheer up consolation prize.
And ~ bless my husband’s heart, he stopped at 3 different Hobby Lobbys on the way back home. We didn’t ever find that window again, but I did find all the vases and the tray I put together with this table setting.
And- bonus – some of them were 90% off!!;)
Recipe for a Simple Farmhouse Table Setting
Mix patterns and texture
Stripes, florals, and checked fabrics look great in farmhouse style. Mix patterns and textures that are small, medium, and large.
I love the small checked chunky texture of the runner mixed with the linen look of the placemat.
Add vessels of varying heights down the center of the table
Using my bargain metal tray as the main centerpiece, I set the other pitchers and vases along the runner.
For a relaxed farmhouse look, don’t worry about being too “matchy matchy”. I threw in a mint vase and blue pitcher, and loved how it came together.
Layer the place settings
Round wicker chargers under the plates add interest & depth. If you’d like, a colorful mix of salad plates on top of the dinner plates would look nice, too.
Add pretty glasses with coasters
These Fostoria glasses were my mom’s. I just love how they sparkle!
Pop in some color with flowers and greenery
I was thrilled to discover our happy little yellow daisies started blooming while we were gone. So, I went out to our little garden this morning (in my bathrobe!! tee hee…) and picked them and the white stock for the table.
Faux greenery (like the grass in the small pots) also is a nice alternative to fresh flowers.
And there you have it! A Sweet & Simple Farmhouse Table…
~ brought to you with much thanks to my husband and all the Hobby Lobbys between Vancouver Island and Montana.;)
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