Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Camper Tablescape

Calling all campers!






I always liked going camping as a kid, didn't you? As a teenager on into my adulthood I could be found camping from any where from Williamsburg, Virginia to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Hatteras Island. Those were the days, and even though those days have past, I still love the idea of a bonfire and lawn chairs even if it's only in the backyard.

I was inspired to create a "campesque" table scape when I found a vintage camp blanket earlier this summer. I snatched it up, knowing that it would be perfect for this time of year. The yellows reds and oranges are a perfect a September pallet. I really love the festive colors and fun pattern.
My place setting consist of wicker chargers, yellow plates, and red and orange salad plates.
For every ones names, I used river rocks that I painted with Chalkboard paint, just like Pottery Barns version, much less expensive though. They really are fun, and Logan really loves them.



For the centerpiece , I did a couple of different things. Just to show you how to change things up with the same pieces. Here is a great looking hurricane with pottery base. Or is it?

The hurricane is actually a glass cloche that I flipped over. I flipped the pedestal bowl over too, it was a lucky fit . This is a Pottery Barn bowl I recently found thrifting, it was a lucky find. :)

I used gourds, pumpkins, pine cones, and berries to fill the cloche. You will see a third version further down.


So are you wondering about my napkins? I made them, yep, you heard me right, I sewed. My grandmother (she was a seamstress) must have been helping me from above because I actually didn't mess them up and my machine didn't freak out. I can't believe I made them , and they are reversible. Holy cow!
I used the floral fabric on all four and the polka dots and plaid on the backs.
I really love the floral print and it coordinates really well with the camp blanket, so I used it for the front of all the napkins.and it also led the way to introduce red poppies and sunflowers, two of my faves!

I put the sunflowers in red spray painted tin cans (from the 4Th of July) How campy is that? :)


and I used tin cans spray painted orange for the flatware (they will eventually be jack-o-lanterns :)


Here is the third version of the flipped cloche, filled with a little bit of sand for weight and a candle and berries. I really love it like this. Also, I almost forgot, I took the ugly rubber guard off of the cloche and it left a gummy residue that I couldn't get off, so I glued some grograin ribbon around the glass to hide it. I like how the black looks with the striped ribbon too.

I also made the napkin rings with mini grapevine wreaths and a flower, they really tie in with the wicker chargers
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed dinner at the campground! :)

I hope you're inspired!
Joining:
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors
Jen @ Tatertots and Jello











60 comments:

  1. Wow, you out did yourself on this one! I want to come camp with you! You did an awesome job on the napkins, I would of never known you weren't a seamstress. You Grandma I know is proud. I just love your style, you have such a knack for pulling things together.

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  2. Gorgeous! and I really love those napkins!

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  3. Michelle, this is a fun fall tablescape. Your blanket was a great find and perfect inspiration for this table. I'm so impressed with your napkins. How clever of you! I like your fabric choices. Totally charming in every detail! ~ Sarah

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  4. Very nice! Boy I love all those colors and how you put everything together. It looks amazing. I like your dining room too and all that you have going on!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  5. Oh my gosh Michelle! This is GORGEOUS!!! I want it all. The chalkboard paint rocks are fab! I'm making me some of those! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I'm featuring your Camping Tablescape tomorrow at Dragonfly Designs! Come stop by and pick up your I was featured button!

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  7. OMG Michelle. I love everything about this! Its my favorite colors and I love sunflowers too. I have to point out something we have in common in our crafty minds..lol The spray painted cans....I did that in my dining room for Halloween decor. I needed black ones and didnt want to go out and spend $ so I spray painted a bunch of Goya Bean cans and used them as candleholders. Check it out on my blog, so funny. Thanks for sharing....wonderful table!

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  8. How beautiful for fall! I gotta get in gear!

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  9. Breathtaking!!! Love the colour combo - so striking and looks gorgeous altogether! If this is a "camping tablescape", I want to camp with YOU! Everything from the orange tin can-holders for the cutlery to the terrific napkins you made, fantastic and very creative! Great trick with the cloche/bowl! Love the photography too!

    DD

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  10. Wowie, zowie! You are amazing!!! All those colors are just yummy and I love the natural elements. Just fabulous!

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  11. The table is beautiful. Soo many good ideas from one post. I'm going to copy many of them :)

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  12. Fabulous tablescape!!! I had to come back for a 2nd look & leave you a comment. I love,love,love everything about it. And I normally don't like fall colors.

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  13. Michelle, your photos should be in a magazine! Simply gorgeous, and you've given us SO many great tips! I especially love your pretty napkins. I keep saying I'm going to make some myself, and yours are definitely inspirational!

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  14. What a beautiful table! I love all of the great colors and fun ideas, your napkins are really neat!

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  15. love this tablescape not sure i seen 1 i love as much, just love the fall colors

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  16. I love it! The colors are so beautiful. I love all the different versions of the cloche. Very pretty!

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  17. So so beautiful...I can only hope that when I host Thanksgiving for the first time ever this year, my table looks half as good :)

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  18. Very lovely! Such bright, vivid colors. You must have a great camera...the photography is really great!

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  19. This is amazing! I am in love with those napkins!!!

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  20. Hi Michelle! Your table is so pretty and I love all the little touches - those little rocks are precious! You've really set a beautiful fallness of table! Now we need some chili and cornbread! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  21. I absolutely love everything about your tablescape. Your dishes and all of your linens are just fabulous. You are so clever with your cloche and bowl. To turn it over and make a hurricane is so creative. Everyone of our displays are stunning. What a fun and great post. Thanks so much for linking to the party. Hugs, Marty

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  22. This is so warm and inviting! I love the use of the camp blanket. You did such a great job with each and every detail. I could spend hours around this table. I'll bring some soup! :)

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  23. Beautiful autumn table...that vintage camp blanket is just gorgeous, makes a great tablecloth. This is one of the prettiest fall tables I have seen...thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

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  24. I know I've said this before but I think this is my favorite tablescape! I absolutely love the camp blanket- it's gorgeous. And I love all the gourds and pinecones. The napkins rings are a great idea that I might have to steal :)

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  25. So beautiful! I love all of your arrangements and use of color. Happy weekend to you.

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  26. Your blanket really is perfect! And your cloche is filled with beautiful stuff! I love this! So woodsy!

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  27. How smart you were to jump on this camp blanket this summer. It was a perfect springboard for this beautiful table. It was just perfect. All of your details came together just right.
    Linda

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  28. Michelle, Thanks so very much for stopping by. Your comment led me to this gorgeous blog of yours. You have implemented such great ideas! I love the blanket as an starting point for your table, love the upside-down colorful cloche, and your napkins are adorable. Just so fun. I haven't camped since I was in Girl Scouts many, many years ago. We always had bears coming into the campground for visits!! One of them even ate our cake, and it was hanging up in a tree. LOL
    Off to visit more...
    ~ Sue

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  29. It has taken me a while to get to all the tablescapes this week,and I almost missed this one. I'm so glad that I didn't!! It is without a doubt one of my favorites this week if not THE favorite.

    I LOVE it!!

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  30. Michelle, I just became your 1000th follower!
    ~ Sue

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  31. I am very inspired. But then you always inspire me. Actually, you "turn me upside down" with all your great ideas. I've been wanting to paint some tin cans, but it's still so hot here I've been putting it off. This all looks fantastic!
    Brenda

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  32. I love the blanket that was your inspiration for your table. Everything looks so well together -your napkins are too pretty -you should put them in your shop -you have such a knack for pulling everything together.

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  33. AMAZING!!!!!! This looks like it's straight out of a magazine!!! I am definitely feeling inspired. :)

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  34. This is an incredibly well conceived tablescape. You have done a beautiful job. You're so right...the blanket is the perfect anchor. I love the unexpected touch of the black/white stripe ribbon. So well done! Thank you for sharing your outstanding design. Cherry Kay

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  35. What a clever twist to all things dishes. I love the touches of nature specially. Beautifully done!

    Donna

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  36. I SOOOOOOOOOOO don't like to camp, but I LOVE that blanket & your tablescape...especially the glass filled w/ pinecones, squash, etc. Why would anyone get rid of that PB bowl? Sometimes I just want to conk donaters on the head for giving the good stuff up & at the same time hug them for doing it. ;o) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Beautiful!! Love your centerpieces, the colors, your napkins..everything is so so pretty!!!

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  38. Fall is my favorite season and you are showing us all such rich, vibrant colors. I am in love with your table. Thank you so much. I love the black and white too, Char

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  39. Wow! That is one stunning table!!!

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  40. Hi Michelle..thank YOU for the fireplace inspiration couldn't have done it with out you lol....It's not had a final coat of paint yet but loving what we've done so far
    Adore these burnt orange colours wish we could get our hands on the gourds etc as easily as you can...butternut squash was all l could buy yesterday in the supermarket...UK for ya!
    Hugs Suz x

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  41. Everything is so perfect, down to the last detail! I especially like the chalkboard rocks--quite clever!

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  42. I love the idea of the two sided napkins. This is a beautiful table. I love how it all came together and you made it look so effortless.

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  43. Great idea with the napkins and love the color combination...I love the camp blanket. Great table.

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  44. That tablescape is absolutely gorgeous! Anyone would be so blessed to sit there.

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  45. I love this post and pictures - beautiful!

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  46. Love Love Love it!!! Absolutely Adorable!! Great creating:)

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  47. I love, love, love the flower fabic you used on the napkins....where do I go to get some for myself?? You are amazing at putting things together and seeing how things might work differently than expected! Very Beautiful job!!! Never posted on a blog before, so I havent set up an account, but had to comment on yours! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing : ) Brooke

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  48. Hi Brooke, thank you. All the fabric fat quarters are from the Creative Cuts line that Walmart carries. I looked online, but they only seem to sell 'Creative Cuts' thru WM.

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  49. This is gorgeous! I'd be thrilled if you'd link up to A Crafty Soiree every Thursday www.yesterdatontuesday.com
    Malia

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  50. Michelle,this whole post was eye candy. Just gorgeous. I gave you a shout out today!
    http://johnhoodfamily.blogspot.com/2010/09/some-favorites-of-week.html

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  51. What a beautifully, inspiring tablescape -
    camping theme- who would have thunk it?!! Wow, love the chalk rocks too! Such an eyeful-thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! Claire

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  52. This harvest theme for camping season is so great! It really makes me feel like fall is here at last. I came across your post this afternoon while browsing interior design blogs and your take on interior décor is exquisite. Are there any window coverings that would go well with this fall theme? It is true that you must dress your windows appropriately to bring out their true beauty. Thank you for writing and as a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.

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  53. Michelle, this is fabulous, and very upscale camping I might add! I love everything, the colors, the centerpiece, and the napkins are just great! Sorry I late seeing this, but I can tell you I enjoyed it tremendously!

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  54. Your blanket was such a wonderful inspiration for your colorful autumnal tablescape. Pretty nifty uses with the cloche and pottery, love that. Recycling and dual purpose ~ you are really crafty and I look forward to seeing your lanterns from the cans. Oh my, those napkins are lovely.

    All the Best,

    Requi

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  55. I just now saw this and I"m loving your post. How adorable are all your ideas. I love the plaid, floral and polka dots! Great tables cape!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  56. Hi
    Very lovely table! Can I ask where you got your glasses? I have been looking for glasses like that.
    Thanks,
    Roxie

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  57. I just saw this on Pinterest and am so glad I didn't miss this. Your cloche idea is brilliant! Love that and will be copying. The napkins turned out beautifully and I LOVE the camp blanket!

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