Inspired by the French provencial countryside, this week we are giving you a little tablescape inspiration created entirely with neutrals. This tablescape was designed with the idea of bringing together things you already have in the house, keeping it budget-friendly! One of our favorite design tips--you can't overdo neutrals! So long as you keep the color palette neutral, the tones and shades and textures get richer and richer with layering. So this neutral palette is perfect for the budget-friendly host! Grab what you have and layer it together. Keep it simple, and you'll have the perfect, cozy, French provencial countryside vibes on your table. Take a look for yourselves...
As we mentioned above, the key here is layering nuetrals. In this case, we opted for a beige linen tablecloth with a striped blue linen runner. Each napkin was a different color, but still linen, to give it that antique, rustic vibe, and all within the beige to blue spectrum. We love the way the mis-matched napkins give the table depth, dimension, and also a cohesive color story.
White dinner and appetizer plates, paired with recycled water glasses gave it the fresh and neutral slate to allow the colors and textures of the rest of the materials to come together beautifully.
We love these antique-style, gold name plates! They add such a richness and bring out the vintage, provencial quality of the rest of the tablescape. And the best part? These are perfect for our budget-friendly host, as they are from Joanna Gaines' Hearth & Home collection for Target and only $3.99 each! You'll definitely want to snag these! They lay flat or stand up tent-style, and you can insert any paper inside them, making them the best reusable nameplates. Of course, we added our Willow & Wine hand-lettered calligraphy to the plates to give it that refined, old-world feel.
To continue to give the table that antique vibe, we opted for vintage-style individual brass taper candle holders (like, these). Get them in various sizes to add height and dimension to the table. We have collected these over the years from various second hand shops--and let us tell you, every time we go into a thrift/antique store we always see these! Easy to find and insanely affordable. But, if you haven't seen them around your second hand shops, check out etsy! Other than those taper candles, we chose simple glass tea light candles to bring extra warmth on the "floor" level of the table and balance out the height. Again, so affordable and easy to find, you probably already have a few in your house!
Lastly, we opted for gold flatware to continue that metal color throughout. We also added a single twig of rosemary to each plate, which again gives it that provencial, fresh-picked-from-the-garden, vibe. We love how easy it is to snip a twig from your garden and throw it on the plate, and yet, it gives it such a polished look. A free addition that makes such an impact is the best feeling! Do this with anything you have in your neighborhood/garden! If you don't have rosemary specifically, choose a little snip of the eucalyptus tree or a little wax flower or honestly anything you have! We finished with a single vase of neutral flowers (in this case, dahlias). Then, we used some of that foraged rosemary to fill two teeny, espresso cup sized vases to sit on the same level visually as the tea-light candles and give it a little more greenery to round out the organic and natural feel of the table.
There you have it! A rather inexpensive, provencial, French-inspired, neutral tablescape! Easy, easy, easy! What you'll need to recreate this look is all pictured together below and we've even gathered a list of similar options for you...
- white dinner plates, white appetizer plates
- neutral linen tablecloth
- neutral linen runner
- neutral mismatched linen napkins
- vintage brass taper candle holders
- white/ cream taper candles
- glass tealight candle holders + tea lights
- gold flatware
- vintage inspired name cards
- foraged rosemary or greenery
- recycled water glasses
- wine glasses filled with red wine!
What do you think? Already group-texting the friends for a dinner party? We know we are! If you host a party inspired by this table, don't forget to tag us and use the hashtag #WandWDinners! We love being able to see your own creative spins and how YOU would design your tablescape. So don't forget to share it with us!
Until next week...