The Southern Table

I recently visited the wonderful and always inspiring shop, indie-pendent in Atlanta. I was struck by this one decorated table that was so enchanting in its thoughtful simplicity, I just had to share...

Owner, Beth Lord designed the table and found some help from employee, Karen Koprowski. Beth wanted a table that was soft, elegant, natural, sweet, simple and Southern. In this post, I'll share her ideas, which I must say, are so inspiring, I'm already thinking of creating a similar table for my own front porch.

#1: GREENERY. Karen shared with me how many times she sees people waste money on expensive flowers when so many trees and plants lie just outside our front door. Beth clipped some leaves from the Sweet Olive tree behind Indie-pendent while Karen added them to the top of each chair with a little bit of twine...

2. HEIGHT AND AWE. I love this original handcrafted piece Beth made with two bamboo sticks that are held up by two mason jars filled with beans. She used a branch from a Cherry tree to connect the two bamboo sticks...from which her and Karen hung garlands made of flattened cupcake liners. 

These garlands were also added to the back of each chair. Beth squashed blueberries, blackberries, coffee and such to naturally dye the cupcake liners different colors. She's so clever...

3. CENTERPIECE. This centerpiece is a grouping of collected vintage bottles in which clippings from the patio yard were added. It exudes Southern charm...

4. NAPKINS. These are just cut pieces of fabric. No hems needed, just pretty fabric and a pair of scissors. 

5. HOMEMADE GIFT. Each lucky person at this table will be getting their own jar of homemade blueberry jam. Each jar also has the guest's name handstitched on top a piece of scrap fabric. How fun is that? 

6. BURLAP RUNNER. This piece of burlap ties the look together as the lettering complements the purple theme of the table. Plus, the play of different textures works well, particularly with the shiny silver and sterling goblets. 

7. TABLECLOTH. Beth made this tablecloth by sewing two paint dropcloths together that she bought from Big Lots. Ingenious I tell ya... 

For your own spring or summer table, Beth advises to keep it simple, add various textures, be resourceful in your selection of goods and choose the colors that most inspire you. And happy creating...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach

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Reader Comments (3)

Such a pretty table- and so smart and fun!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabbi

This is quite an inspiring table. I like how resourceful these girls are.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterT. Reynolds

The cupcake liner idea is AWESOME!!!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Jane

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