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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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