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On the Table- Sprinkle a little romance for Valentine's Day

When we bought this house we had to overlook a lot of not so amazing features.
Things like ceilings that were open to the attic, light bulbs hanging from wires
and that fabulous 1980's faux wood ceiling fan in the kitchen...

Flowers on a romantic inspired table setting outdoors with ambiance

with a beer bottle at the end of the pull string. 
I believe it was a Budweiser. 
Not a beer drinker- so not sure if that at least makes it better... and that was just the beginning.

But there was one area that we didn't have to overlook at all.

The property.

This run down, forgotten cottage was set on the most magical of acreage.
A rolling meadow lined with a 'fence' of trees that divided the property.
And just beyond that line of trees, 
a small fruit orchard filled with a dozen or so old growth apple trees.

Romantic outdoor table setting for Valentine's Day or Wedding

There was something about it that spoke to me the first time I pulled into that overgrown driveway
and that magical feeling of the property made me feel like it was home.

Table centerpiece with blush roses in glass bottles

Over the years, as we tackled renovations
patched things that needed to be fixed but weren't on the short list
and dreamed up bigger ideas for that forgotten cottage-
we also carved patio areas 
and garden spots and thought of ways we could soak up 
and sprinkle that magic and ambiance over our entertaining areas.

Romantic Valentine's or wedding table setting with blue, white, gold and pink

And so... the pea gravel patio in the backyard was born.
And the reclaimed farmhouse table we built found a home on it.
And that small apple orchard in the back?

Outdoor romantic table setting with flowers and twinkly lights

It was dotted with twinkly lights and a copper fire pit area 
and yes, even a Christmas tree
that you can see twinkling away in the background.

And those outdoor entertaining areas, 
they definitely get a lot of use for pretty table settings
and evening get togethers.

Romantic inspired table setting with candle light and lanterns

And today's  On the Table post
it is all about that romantic day that is coming up next week.
It involves blush and pink and a touch of almost red
and even a little bit of blue and white.

Romantic bouquet of roses on Valentine's table

Blue and white mingling with gold and color infused Valentine colors?
They are pretty much a perfect match.

Romantic table setting with pink flowers and roses

I know you know me well... so I don't have to tell you how much I am obsessed 
with those gorgeous garden roses but...
I am equally as obsessed with these
 gorgeous dishes with those roses.

Table setting with blue and white dishes and pink flowers

Serious. Love.
The hand painted details on these is simply stunning in person and 
no two are the same since they are individually painted.

Blue and white hand painted dishes on carved chargers table setting

Which makes each one unique.
They go perfectly with etched blue wine glasses

Blue etched wine stem in romantic inspired table setting

and a simple naked cake topped with just a few blooms.

Romantic table setting with naked cake topped with fresh flowers and berries

All together,  they create a romantic inspired table setting that is perfect for fun couples night with friends
or enjoying with your family.

The Details

The centerpiece on this table is super simple.
It is just 3 arrangements of garden roses with eucalyptus 
2 vintage glass bottles, and one large glass jar.
For a romantic touch- sprinkle some of those naturally falling rose petals
around the table.
And if you have drippy candles- all the better for adding ambiance.

Table setting with blue and white and blush roses for Valentine's day

Of course,
 I know it is February and outdoor entertaining is not happening in some areas
of the country... unless there is a polar bear entertaining club that you are a part of? 
But this table setting idea will absolutely work indoors as well.
And you can always swap those roses for any beautiful florals you have on hand at your local market
and skip the roses.
You might remember my post about 

(This post was styled a couple weeks ago when roses were a regular price.)

Blue and white place settings, gold flatware and flowers for Valentine's Day table

And for an extra sprinkling of ambiance like those twinkly lights in the trees outdoors-
simply string some of your Christmas lights here and there indoors.
On the mantel, on the wall, or even down the center of the table.

Twinkling lights in the trees and a romantic Valentine's Day table setting

Where ever you set your table- indoors or outdoors- gather up that ambiance and charm and 
celebrate romance.
 And enjoy a special evening with your sweetheart, family or friends
which is the most important part.

I partnered with Arte Italica to bring this table inspiration to you today 
and you can shop the look at these links (affiliates)
Gold flatware- mix of vintage and new

Coming your way... 
details on making a 'naked cake' 
and stay tuned for a tour of a favorite romantic date spot
 in the wine country coming your way.

Happy Monday everyone!


  1. Just beautiful! The roses with those dishes have a vintage heirloom feel. Love it!

    1. Thanks so much DeAnna- they definitely do have an heirloom feeling. Appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Your property is magical. I feel the magic each time you share photos. We live in the center of our big city, but fortunately we back to a greenbelt and creek. It gives us the privacy and feeling of living on more land than we have. I don't know that I could go back to living on a typical lot with neighbors behind us. I'm spoiled to living with the privacy and green space of a wooded area. Now I need to install twinkle lights!

  3. That your now renovated country haven spoke to you is fate, as the TLC & hard work invested to transform the structures & landscaping is no accident. You came HOME. Thank you for sharing your stories and exquisite tips and photos. Love everything you pick to enhance your gorgeous and inviting abode. Miss the large exterior photos used to post on Facebook. If you are posting them anywhere now a days, please let me know. Deb E.

  4. Love this so much!

    Alma from

  5. This is just gorgeous!! I love the setting! So wonderful for you to make something so beautiful in a lost forgotten spot. It was calling out to you!