An everyday beautifully set table is wonderful, but what happens when you need to do homework, eat some fast food or just pile some backpacks there? (That’s what tables are for—right? Right?) Someone last week asked for some everyday centerpiece ideas, so here’s what’s currently on our table. I’m using a big, pretty bowl that I found at a thrift store, some colorful green apples and a big bunch of magnolia branches from a friend’s tree. Simple and easy to move out of the way as needed—which is really the name of the game when it comes to everyday centerpieces.
These lanterns come in three sizes but I’d use a pair of the larger ones for a longer table and just one in the center for a smaller round table. Easy to fill with a set of candles, a succulent or some seasonal greenery. (I’ve seen these in person and they’re gorgeous!)
Another no-brainer. A large glass demijohn or wine balon works for any table and is big enough to make statement. Pop in a branch of greenery and you’re done. Whether you buy new or vintage, these oversized vessels can be a little pricey but, in my opinion, are a good investment since they literally work all year round.
I think you know there’s few places where I don’t love a good grouping of blue and white jars. But a simple grouping of three in varying heights would also work in the middle of a rectangular or round table. (Like a more neutral look? I think these ceramic pottery pieces are also pretty.)
This wooden chain is a new piece at PB, and I don’t think the picture does it justice. It’s bigger than it looks here (47” long!) and would be a beautiful way to add texture to the length of your dining (or coffee or console) table.
I have a smaller version but have long loved the look of the bigger antique dough bowls. Again, a great way to add texture to your table (especially if yours is painted). I think these are lovely on their own but also like them filled with fruit, magnolia branches or greenery, depending on the season. You can find them here or try your luck on a site like Etsy. (These also pop up at flea markets and antique/consignment stores if you’re willing to hunt.)
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