Tablescape-It's all about the LAYERS.

Today I'm sharing some tips on creating a simple inexpensive, but swoon worthy table scape for any occasion.  Let me start by saying I am not an interior designer. :)   I'm very untraditional and never do things by the book.  I do have a love for old, new, and pretty things and would love to share some of them with you.

Layers, Layers, Layers!

 Texture, and height.

*Start with your base layer.  Table cloth, table runner, placemats, or chargers.

I layered four thrifted lace tablecloths.  Two white and two ivory.  I placed them all going different ways.  I love how they look perfectly imperfect.

I layered four thrifted lace tablecloths.  Two white and two ivory.  I placed them all going different ways.  I love how they look perfectly imperfect.

*Think outside the boxUse what you have!  Look around your house for items or décor.  Use fabric, check the thrift store for linens, use paper as placemats. Like book pages or sheet music.

Our local Thrift Store always has random linens, napkins, vases, and dishes for a killer deal.

Our local Thrift Store always has random linens, napkins, vases, and dishes for a killer deal.

*Your base layer is the best way to add texture to your table.

I added the green silk linen I found from the thrift store, laying it vertically to add texture and  color.

I added the green silk linen I found from the thrift store, laying it vertically to add texture and  color.

*Centerpiece

Get creative.  It doesn't need to be expensive to be beautiful.

I started with an old porch post down the center of the table.

I started with an old porch post down the center of the table.

Use a variety of heights and textures.

I used books and a candle holder I found around the house.

I used books and a candle holder I found around the house.

Bring in outdoor elements from your yard like pinecones, twigs, candles, greenery, flowers.

I walked around my yard and cut anything that caught my eye.  Hey if I can make weeds look good so can you!

I walked around my yard and cut anything that caught my eye.  Hey if I can make weeds look good so can you!

*Dishes/Dinnerware

Stacking dishes gives your table dimension.  Dishes don't have to match.  My favorite thing to do is mismatch new and old.  This is a perfect way to add a pop of color. Try pairing your everyday dinner plates with something  vintage from the thrift store. 

 

*Add utensils and Napkins

Fabric napkins are classy and so worth it in the end because you can reuse them over and over.  Napkins and utensils are essential to a meal, and they also add texture.  Try folding the napkin in different ways.  Try wrapping utensils in napkin with  twine and tie something on that fits the occasion.  Like a cinnamon stick or pinecone.

I'm not that fancy and take  the easy route.

I'm not that fancy and take  the easy route.

For those who don't break the rules and who I made  crazy with my random utensil placement, here is the correct way.

 

*Make it special

Add extra touches and details.  Add place cards or a tag, quote, accessory, note, to each place setting or center piece.

I love to Mix and match colors, and patterns!
— Elkee
Keep it simple.

Keep it simple.

I sent my tips to my talented friend Jennifer and asked her to share.

Totally Swoooooooning over her Tablescapes!

If we have inspired you to now want to throw a dinner party, or a simple Sunday dinner with your family share your tablescape with us by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook.

Elkee