I had such a great time doing the Pear Tree Cottage Design Seminar this weekend! Above is me with an arrangement I did for one of the demonstrations using sedum & some unknown bush cutting from my yard in a vintage milk glass urn. Here are the lovely ladies of Pear Tree Cottage:
It started off perfectly with some champagne and boy did I wish I could have a glass! (I was definitely a bit nervous before it started but everyone was so sweet & there were lots of smiling faces as I began.) One reader even came with a broken foot!!!! (see below) Thank you so much for making it!!!! 🙂
Here’s a good step-by-step breakdown…
How to Arrange Tabletops:
1. Create a focal point- (The mirror)
2. Create balance with a pair of objects – (the lamps)
3. Add a “spontaneous” item to overlap the focal point a bit to one side – (the candle holders)
4. Add layers of interest for a personal feeling, using items of varying height & sizes (magazines)
5. Include a tray or low horizontal item such as a book or plate – (the magnifying glass/ opener)
6. Finish with fresh flowers or greenery (my branch in the drink mixer)
…… And then I added a tray of “stuff” for some reality 😉
Next I arranged an empty bookshelf. (Above, Baby #2 is almost 6 months along & you can really tell from the side!!)
I explained how starting out with your favorite objects in the most prominent spaces is a good way to start. I brought in a bunch of paperbacks & showed how if you flip them around so the page sides are showing, you can really get a beatiful look & pair them with other pretty books.
I set up the books first and then filled in with larger objects. (Small objects don’t usually work very well in b ookshelves because they end up looking cluttered & knick-knacky)… I used some books on the horizontal and others vertically to add interest. I layered a print in the background for interest & filled in all the holes with pretty things. (Below is the arrangment missing some things, (bottom right) because they SOLD before I could get a picture afterwards!! haha)
And here’s another breakdown…
How to Arrange Bookshelves:
1. Decide how you want your shelves to feel: formal, perfectly placed or casual & “undesigned.”
2. Start at the most prominent spot and work your way up and down or out, keeping things balanced as you go
3. Take a digital photo and review the finished shelf, then go back and fix any trouble areas
4. Switch it up & have fun whenever the mood strikes you!!! This is what keeps our homes fresh & beautiful.
And finally, I showed how to arrange a mantle. I started out with an empty one (above)– do you recognize it? It’s ours from our house! (Dave was installing the hardwood floors & it was off the wall so we brought it in for the demonstration) I first showed how just adding a focal point (the mirror- oh the silverleaf driftwood mirror! WOW) and 2 objects for balance (the sconces) and a beautiful centerpiece, you could be finished and have a beautiful, simple arrangement (try to ignore the cords).. it would be created using “formal” balance because everything used has an identical pair except for the central items.
Then I created a layered, collected look and explained how by adding in “spontaneous” objects, you could get a more casual, relaxewd, “off” arrangement. (I used a mix of metal, wood, green & white & made sure it was carried throughout the display.) Here’s the finished mantle, below:
Here’s the breakdown again:
How to Arrange a Mantel
1. Create a focal point (mirror)
2. Create balance with objects (sconces)
3. Decide how much you want going on… if more- add layers of interest (print, wooden mushrooms, white urn)and a tray or low horizontal item (little row of white -figs- (I think??)
4. Finish with fresh flowers or greenery (the urn with flowers)
It was such a great time & I had so much fun meeting everyone!! I would love to think of a way to meet more readers, so I’ll be brainstorming. Here’s Michele & I:
And here I am with the lovely (so sweet & happy) Frances, owner of The Pear Tree Cottage:
Thank you SO much to Frances & everyone who attended. I had the best time and you all made me feel so comfortable!!!!
ps- I have some more details on ideas for accessory display so I’ll be posting them later this week.