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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Faux Bois in the Garden

Come for a walk with me to our cutting garden.  I have set the table here for Mr. Pressed Pants and me to have dinner.  The weather has cooled a bit and we are wanting to spend every moment outside.

The clematis and jasmine are a bit overgrown, but we can just get the gate open to go down the path to the sitting (or in tonight's case, dining) area.

I've set a table for two with faux bois and lime green.  It's not really a fall tablescape, but more of a woodland one. 

We are enjoying the more moderate weather, but I'm still fixing a light dinner.....gazpacho and chicken salad with fruit and croissants.

I started with a melamine plate with a faux bois design.  I like how it looks like a cross section of a tree.  These came from Target, I think.

Next, came a brown pottery bowl from Tuesday Morning.

Then I chose the wooden-handled flatware that I've posted before.  I use this a lot, especially this time of the year.  The tablecloth is  cream burlap from Ballard's, and the brown linen napkins are from Tenille and Company in Atlanta.  I stuck a fern frond in them to give them a little more color and interest.

These little leaf plates are from a floral wholesaler, and I used them here as bread and butter plates.

The water "glasses" are more faux bois melamine, and the green wine stems are some I've shown before.  I reported that the store I bought them from has closed, but I recently found out that Swoosie's has re-opened some of their stores.

The coasters are real wood.  They are from my favorite....Boxwoods in Atlanta.

I just love these wooden candlesticks with the metal
trim around the edge.  They are from an antique dealer at Scott's Antique Show, which takes place every month here in Atlanta.  Over 2,000 dealers show up every month and it is a "must-see" if you are here.  I use this woven wine coaster a lot and it is holding our new favorite pinot grigio by Voga.  It's easy to find at the wine shop because of it's unusual shape.

Here's another very simple and natural centerpiece.
It's just ferns with a few seed heads from the black
eyed daisies in the garden.  I added a few small remaining green hydrangeas.  This cute French wicker covered bottle is from a store that has closed, Christine's Creations in Woodstock.  I am really sorry to see it go, because it was a good place for charming little accessories.  She's still available for design work, but the little village of Woodstock misses her retail store and her cheerful welcome.

These green glass salt and pepper shakers are so old, they are from our wedding gifts.  I think they are from Imperial Glass.

Here's the whole table.  Do you see the potting shed in the background?

Here's a better look.

Here's a side view.  I'll do a post about it and show the inside another time.

This is set up on a platform we built to hold chairs and tables.  We spend many evenings out here with a glass of wine.

Here you can see another example of faux bois.  This planter is definitely ready to be replanted for fall.  You can see the fire pit in the background.

I'm linking up with the blog party Tablescape Thursday that Susan at Between Naps on the Porch hosts.  Be sure to go there to see lots of fabulous offerings.

Tablescape Inspiration, Click to View


  1. Oh what a gorgeous garden and the setting for your table is just stunning. YOur tablescape is beautiful. I would love to have dinner there. Fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  2. Your color scheme and woodsy setting are so appealing! I love the touches of green to go with all the wooden (and faux bois) pieces!

  3. cute table, but the gardener in me loves the shed!

  4. I can't even imagine having such a lovely garden in which to set up a table. I'd be dragging the husband out there on a regular basis.

    I really love everything about your table and agree that "woodsy" is a better description than fall. I think the bread plates and the coasters are my favorite part, but I really just think it all works together beautifully.

  5. What a beautiful garden you have. So lush and lovely. I love your little spot for dinner. Woodsy is a great look. I love it too.

  6. This is such a pretty spot to have a relaxing dinner. Your tablescape is wonderful and I love the wood coasters. That is the most adorable potting shed!
    xo, Sherry

  7. So cute... I am intruiging with your potting shed. Hmmm... secret §;-)

    Happy TS Day!

    Greetings from a chilly Stockholmer,

  8. Absolutely stunning!! You have such a gift!

    I have a Giveaway from the French Basketeer I think you will love!

    Art by Karena

  9. I love your table and the woodland setting! Bown and lime green are two of my favorite color combinations and it looks so pretty on your burlap tablecloth. I, too, would love a closer look at your potting shed and can't wait for that post. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful outdoor setting with us, I look forward to more.

  10. Hello fellow Atlantan, well almost. I live in Buford just 35 miles n.e. of Atl. So glad to have found you and your beautiful home. Brenda from Cozy Little House blog has mentioned you in her welcome wagon today and I am so glad she did. Also welcome to blogging. I have been at it since the end of January and love it. So many nice people in blog land. I have been looking at your posts and look forward to more. Hope you can drop by some time. I have shopped a lot at Tennile and Co. when it was here in Suwannee, but it closed a few months ago. I love the cow salt and pepper holder. I may have to check on line and see if she offers it there.


  11. I just popped in from Cozy Little House Welcome Wagon. Gorgeous table setting. I love the elegant but casual feel you have givn it. Have a nice day.

  12. You have a delightful blog. I came here from Welcome Wagon Friday. Very glad to meet you!

  13. The faux bois chargers make me think that I need to make a run to Target to see if they are still in stock. The colors that you chose are perfect for your garden spot. I want that potting shed! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  14. That looks so peaceful and relaxing. All the colors of nature!

  15. I'm visiting by way of Brenda at Cozy Little House. Absolutely love your garden shed--we should all be so lucky as to have a shed like that!

  16. Hi there! Your garden is beautiful! Love the table settings.

  17. Brenda sent me over to visit and to welcome you to our little corner of Blogland. Your tablescape is just perfect in your woodland setting and I adore that cute potting shed! I'm following you now so I will come back to visit you. Even though I am far away in Idaho, the wonder of the internet will bring you straight to my cottage. Don't be a stranger.

    Susan and Bentley

  18. Stunning! This is a beautiful table, and your outdoor space is equally as pretty. I really like the textures of your table setting, and the fern leaf in the napkin is a nice touch. ;-)

  19. Hi Linda...

    Ohhh my...I don't even know where to begin, my friend! What a gorgeous table and what a beautiful view!!! First of all your garden gate and pretty autumn wreath just sings of a "secret garden"! I love that!!! Your garden area is beautiful and ohhh my gosh...I just adore your potting shed! Love all the vining ivy that is growing on quaint...soooo very beautiful! Truly "eye candy" for a dining view!

    Love, love, LOVE the beautiful green and brown color theme of your table! The faux bois plates...the beautiful green leaf beautiful! I love your burlap tablecloth and the pretty brown napkins. One of my favorite details of your table is how you tucked the little fern leaf into the napkin...gorgeous! Well, I just love it all!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful gardens and table with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week..this was such a treat!

    Warmest wishes,


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