Setting A Fabulous Farmhouse Table

April 18, 2017



Set A Fabulous Farmhouse Table With A Few Key Elements

We're old movie buffs around here. Black and white, the 30's and 40's, film noir and campy musicals, we watch them all. While they may be new to my kids, I have seen most of these movies many, many times ~ enough times, in fact, to have memorized the scripts and quote them often, whenever I feel that a line pertains to our life. 

My kids are being raised on a steady diet of old movie quotes. 

I guess it's not so different than the way I was brought up. My mom was always dolling out life advice in the form of old sayings. I used to laugh and tell her that those ancient words no longer applied. Look around mom, it's a new world.

However, the older I get, the more I realize how true those pithy one liners are, they have stood the test of time. 

One of my favorites is the devil is in the details. My mom used to mutter this one while choosing jewelry for a night out on the town. Rhinestones or pearls? Silver or gold?

Accessory choices make a huge difference in design, the details are what ultimately defines the style. While the black dress and the farmhouse table set the stage, without the proper accent pieces, the design will fall flat. 

This weekend, my husband and I had the chance to enjoy a little brunch on our own. That's rare, so I wanted to make it special and set a fabulous farmhouse table, but I was missing a few of those devilish details. Thankfully, that was solved in a jiffy, with a little visit to Amara and their gorgeous website. 

Farmhouse Kitchen Style
I partnered with Amara for this post. As always, all opinions are my very own. 

First, I needed a some natural elements. After all, we're on the farm, remember?

Just like a barn, the wood of the table itself is what sets the stage, it's the foundation. However, layering rattan or woven placemats or chargers on top of it takes the design up a notch. A wooden trough filled with fruit builds in a little rustic charm and some true farmhouse flair.

My pigs don't hurt either. 

Amara Tin Bread Bin

Next, I added large white dinner plates, a staple of any design, and a white pitcher filled with tulips, of course, because flowers are another farmhouse table must. 

Whether they are in a vase or on the table, they add life and invoke a feeling of harvest, you know, straight from the field to the kitchen. They also provide a pop of color. I absolutely fell in love with these floral side plates. The table would definitely be missing something without them.  

Pip Studio Pink Floral Plate For Elegant Table Setting

Of course, it goes without saying that every farmhouse table needs something old...or at least old looking. In keeping with the traditional feel, it should have clean lines and a simple design. Items like mason jars and old tins work well. I popped online and picked out a gorgeous vintage style bread bin. It looks just like one my grandmother used to have and it's actually functional which is must in this tiny cottage. 

Perfect. 

Ideas For Farmhouse Style Table Settings

The table was topped off with a few mismatched linens, to soften the setting up a bit and two crystal water goblets for a little sparkle and elegance. Plus, it's always fun to place something a little unexpected in a room. 

How To Add Farmhouse Style To Your Dinner Party Table

A fabulous farmhouse table setting, all ready for food. 

Which was provided by my husband. 

He is the master of culinary details. 

The only thing I'm serving up is old movie quotes and old sayings.

And nobody wants to eat those.

How To Set A Fabulous Farmhouse Table

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72 comments:

  1. I really like the floral plates... Are they metal? I guess farmhouse is an idea or the new American country, because most most don't live in farmhouses. But it is fun to grasp the nostalgia and bring it home. I love your table because the setting is in- between cottage and farm and unique. xoxo Su

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    1. Hi Su! The plates are actually porcelain with a gold details. They are even prettier in person than they are in photos. I may have to add to my collection! ;) I certainly do not live in a farmhouse, I live in a beach cottage, but there is something that draws me to the simple, rustic style, reminiscent of days gone by. I think your description of in-between farmhouse and cottage is spot on and one that feels like home. Thanks for the visit!

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  2. Your table is beautiful, Kim. I love every piece. I'm off to check out that site. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Be prepared to spend some time there, Nancy. I was completely taken with so many of their items. And thank you for the kind words. It was a fun table to set! ; )

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  3. Love old movie quotes even those from the 80's and 90's ring a happy note of fun. The table looks fantastic - love the simplicity and the bread box is perfection because I'm a huge nut over anything that resembles enamelware. This was fun!

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    1. Thanks Carole! That bread box was a must. Once I saw it, I had to have it. :)

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  4. My grandmother had a 4-BR farmhouse, and her table and kitchen never looked like yours; but, I'll never forget the fresh-killed fried chicken, homemade biscuits, brown gravy and fresh vegetables from her garden that she served for midday meals. She had two stoves: one was electric and the other burned wood. The wood stove had a "reservoir" where she kept hot water for "scalding" the dishes after they were washed. There was a summerhouse where she washed our clothes in rainwater during our visits in the summer months when we visited and a hammock and glider/swing which hung between the huge trees where you could fall asleep with no trouble on a lazy summer afternoon. The evening meal was set up outside on wooden horses with planks over them, cloths on top and chairs brought out from the house. We sat between the old oak trees and ate our meal in the early evening. I could go on forever with memories. My grandmother died when I was 21, and I do have a few of her things one being what was left of her Willow Ware china which started me on my lifelong search for pieces and using them for everyday dining in my own home. Ah, to be young again.

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    1. KimApril 18, 2017 at 4:29 PM
      Your memories sound like a lovely dream. You have painted such a vivid picture with your words. I bet you had a ton of fun at that house. Breezy naps on a hammock, eating outside under those oak trees...I have similar memories of adventures at my own grandmother's house. Ah, to be young again is right! ;) Thank you for sharing your fabulous memories with us...and good luck on that china hunt! That's so wonderful that you still have that set to treasure. :)

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  5. Love the bread box. It is exactly what I was looking for and the price isn't bad. I just can't decide on a color! Your table setting is so "country"!

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    1. Isn't it just darling? And yes, the colors! I went back and forth myself for a while and then went with the white. Let us know what you choose! :) And thanks so much!

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  6. Such a beautiful tablescape! I love the little pink plates.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! Aren't they so charming? I just had to have them. :)

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  7. You had me at those floral side plates! :) Beautiful table setting!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, and I know! I am ready to purchase the entire set. I am in love. :)

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  8. I love farmhouse! Your tulips in the vase and the bread box on the wood table definitely says Farmhouse. So what was for brunch?!

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    1. The menu was slightly less dainty that the table setting…we had steak and eggs and with grilled vegetables and cheesecake. I did make that! ;)

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  9. How lovely,Kim. The floral plates are gorgeous and I love the bread box!

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    1. I was totally taken with them, Cecilia! I needed to have them both... ;)

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  10. Kim your table is beautiful! I just love the pink tulips and those pink flowered plates, I am a huge fan of vintage plates. We actually used our china this year for Easter. It just sits in the china cabinet...I mean what's the use if you don't get to enjoy them? Beautiful table!

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    1. Thank you, Susanne! It was a fun table to set and a beautiful one to be seated at. I am so glad to hear that you used your china for Easter. I agree, you should use them whenever possible and enjoy them! Thanks for the kind comment and visit! :)

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    1. No farm should be without a trough, Karen! At least that’s what I’ve heard. ;)

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  12. So pretty and romantic for your brunch. The floral plates are very pretty and I love that white breadbox. Very farmhouse.
    I love the farmhouse style too. Happy Tuesday.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! I love those floral plates too, and you're right, they really do add a little romance to the table. Perfect! :)

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  13. What a fun table. I think that the dough bowl is my favorite. I never see them when I am out thrifting. Your dishes are cute. I like that they both have a little dot border and that the floral has a vintage look. The size of your new plates was a wise choice. I can see them used as appetizer plates, dessert plates, salad plates, bread plates. They will look cute displayed too. And you baked. Nice.

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    1. Lorri, you live on a farm, isn't this how you set your table each day? ;) I love that dough bowl, too. I never see them either, so when I saw this one, I grabbed it. The price was right, they wrapped it up pretty and delivered it to my home in a flash. It's on my table right now, filled with fruit and it looks great. I find myself staring at it. I love the plates, too. They are a perfect size and even though they look like they should be reserved for special occasions, I have been treating myself and using them. It feels decadent. And yes!! I baked! Can you believe it? I also ate that silly cheesecake...which was also decadent...and fattening!! ;)

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  14. I adore this. Great job girl!!!!!

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  15. I love your table setting and your thoughts on old movies, Kim. I love them (movies) too, and it's nice to pull inspiration from them for decorating. Your vignettes are wonderful as well. Applause for another great post!

    Love ya!

    Jane x

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    1. Thanks Jane! I am so grateful that my mom exposed me to so many great flicks…and true old sayings! ;)

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  16. I'm a fan of farmhouse style too. Love your pretty table setting. Those plates...that dough bowl...perfect!

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    1. Why thank you! I have to say I am smitten with the whole look, too. I have the items peppered around my kitchen right now, on the countertops and the pine sever, because they are all way too sweet to put away and not be seen. ;)

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  17. Stop the presses! You baked?! Well, slap me down with a dough bowl!

    Now about that setting...how lucky are you to have gotten all these gorgeous pieces comped! That aforementioned bowl, those pretty floral plates, the bread box, the whole shebang is lovely and you're one lucky ducky :).

    xxx

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    1. I baked!! Can you believe it?? And it was good. Really good. Too good. I will never fit into the dress I am supposed to wear to a wedding this week. Glad you liked my picks. I really do love everything I chose and yes, lucky! ;)

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  18. What a lovely table! I am sure your hubby was quite pleased you put this together for you both to enjoy. I love the pop of lemons and the rustic charm of the farm! Have a wonderful week my friend.

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    1. Thanks Lynn! I love lemons, because they are cheap and serve double duty. In my climate I can leave them out on display and they stay fresh for use. Fabulous! ;)

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  19. I think you did an excellent job of evoking farmhouse style and I believe it's perfect for your darling cottage, my friend. And yes, I know you eat just like this every morning. So do I ;)

    Those plates are darling! Love the pigs too.

    I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

    Love to you,
    rue

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    1. Don’t we all eat like that every day? ;) Honestly, this was the first time in years that I purchased and used pretty dishes that weren’t plastic or kid safe in one form or another. It felt good to sit at a big girl table. When the kids came home I told them to not even look at the pink plates! ;) They can play with the pigs! ;)

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  20. The table looks lovely! Love your picks!
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks Brenda. It was so hard to choose. Honestly, their website is filled with gorgeous items. I could get into real trouble over there! ;)

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  21. Hi Kim, your farmhouse table is perfection. I love it all and yes, I am a fan of the farmhouse look and style too. And, we also love the old movies!! Have a great week my talented friend.xo

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    1. Old movies and farmhouse picks...a great combo! And thank you for your kind words, Celestina Marie. :)

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  22. You are so right, the devil really is in the details! And you have pulled off a beautiful table setting with just the right touches Kim. Love that little bread box!

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    1. Thanks Mary! And you are apparently in very good company. Everyone loves that bread tin!! It's a hit! ;)

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  23. Super cute table, Kim - I love that breadbox and the white pitcher, which is, of course, perfect for tulips!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I am in love with that bread tin. It's functional and pretty. Can you imagine how it would look with tulips in it? ;)

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  24. I am a huge fan of tulips and the white pitcher!!! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! Tulips and white pitchers are my weakness. ;)

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  25. I love your cozy table! I've also been looking for a bread tin like this for ages.

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    1. Sandra Lee, I felt the same way about that bread tin and I just had to have it!! It's as gorgeous in person as it is in the picture and the price was right, too. If you grab one, enjoy it! :)

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  26. Hi Kim, what a pretty table setting and I love the pink plates! I hope you both had fun enjoyed your brunch. Thanks for the idea of a pretty table setting.
    Have a wonderful week and weekend.
    Julie

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    1. We did enjoy our brunch, thank you, Julie! We are not often alone, so it was a treat to set a special table for two.

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  27. Hi Kim, I sure am!!! It took me awhile to talk "farmhouse" because I didn't really know if my cottage fit the bill, but then I decided it did and that's that!!! Your table looks so pretty and I love all the little changes from fancy to just plain fine. I love picking up the salad plates from HomeGoods and changing them up with my solid white plates. I find it fun to change the settings even if we never eat a meal off of them! It's too easy just sitting in front of the TV. Bad girl!! Have a wonderful week..Judy

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    1. Judy, I totally get it. I wasn't sure that my little beach house could take on a farmhouse style either, but then I realized that all decorating is an interpretation. Plus, what is farmhouse style anyway? Did old farmhouses really look this way back when? I don't think so! So like you, I blend my cottage style and my farmhouse style and come with an Exquisitely Unremarkable style that I love. ;)

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  28. Very pretty! I particularly love the pink floral plates. Old movies are so much fun...haven't watched one in awhile though.

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    1. Thanks Melanie and I highly recommend Turner Classic Movies if you get the channel. So many great oldies to choose from! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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  29. Dear Kim ... your table is so very charming. The colors are so pretty. I love that bread box. Thank you for sharing. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you, Teri! That bread bin makes me smile every time I peek at it! ;)

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  30. Hello Kim, I just love the look of your table and would thoroughly enjoy being seated there!
    The colours you've used just compliment perfectly.

    All the best Jan

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    1. And I bet you would whip up something amazing to put on those pretty plates, Jan! ;) Thank you.

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  31. Very pretty Kim. Loving the pretty pink. Farmhouse tables are so lovely. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I have to say the plates are even prettier in person. :)

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  32. Lots and lots of adorable eye candy, here, Kim! You did a fabulous job of perfectly complementing all your new crockery with pretty accessories! How wonderful that you were comped all these kitchen cuties! Enjoy, my friend!

    Poppy:)

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    1. Thank you, Poppy! I absolutely love what I received. The items were shipped overseas lickity split and were wrapped up in the prettiest paper. It was like Christmas morning. ;)

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  33. I loved vintage plates. You just set the table beautifully. Great work done by you I must say.

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    1. Thank you so much! Those plates are very sweet. I am smitten. :)

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  34. Wow! You set an amazing table! Down to the devil in the details, it all looks amazing! I agree with you, those old sayings seem to come back and roost just when you need them :) How fun to partner with Amara, love their designs. And how wonderful is it that you didn't have to cook! :)

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    1. Not cooking was the best part of the day, Marilyn. I really do enjoy most aspects of homemaking, even cleaning, but cooking is just not my thing. ;) And thank you for the sweet table comments, Amara really does have lovely items.

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  35. Those floral side plates are just gorgeous. I went to the site and they also have it in blue which is also beautiful! Your table is marvelous! Love the tulips!!

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    1. I am very smitten with blue lately, Angela. I saw those plates and really thought about adding a few to my table. Maybe next time… ;)

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