Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Weekend Cottage Review: A Garden Wheelbarrow Tablescape

Hi friends, with Mother's Day next weekend I thought I'd share a post that I put together about 10 years and two houses ago. I had recently found the magazine "Southern Tables" and was immersed in lovely tablescapes, many in an outdoor setting for Spring.

Many of you host a Mother's Day brunch or luncheon and I thought this would be such a fun theme to recreate. You wouldn't need a mini wheelbarrow; a basket or crate, even a doughbowl would do. When I saw that feature article I fell in love and since I had a mini wooden wheelbarrow about the same size, I used what I had and did a bit of "recreating" the setting.

This designer used real veggies and clearly put a lot of time and thinking into this tablescape, but it was a fun outlet for me using what I had on hand.

"I had a similar whitewashed small wheelbarrow made of reclaimed barnwood, 
so I filled it with a variety of faux  garden veggies.

(The wheelbarrow has made an appearance before on the deck

 But I felt like my rendition needed a little more personality, 
so a ceramic rabbit tureen that I made years ago hopped inside.

Gardens and rabbits just go together.

You know you have too much "stuff", when you completely forget about a set of green transferware china! Yes, I totally forgot that I had this great set of Enoch Wedgewood Kent china, that had been stored in the side door of my breakfront.

On one of our recent trips to St. Louis I found three of these wonderful consume/berry bowls and salad plates in "Crown Ducal, Florentine England". They are very old and have a black transfer rural cottage  scene on the bowls and plates that read "Little Comberton". A gold rim and raised green fruit design on the border of the plates/saucers had me smitten.


Green Glassware is Martha Stewart

Last week I found the cute little whitewashed Pottery Barn napkin rings that look like flowerpots. Had to have them...and next week I'll show you another fun way I've used them. Woven placemats were from TJ Maxx a couple of years ago, and the linen napkins are just a few of my vintage collection.

I like to set a fun and casual place setting, so small whitewashed garden pots with a faux lettuce leaf hold the silverware.

And vintage French Seed Packet Labels attached to a tag
can be used for place cards. 


and Chicoree Frisee

more coming up with the French Seed Packets...

A small ceramic cabbage covered veggie bowl / soup tureen.

...and a French Rabbit Tea Towel from my daughter from Easter.

Lapins de Jardin.

A French botanical print brings in the colors of Spring and Summer.

I'm so glad you came by for my little Garden Setting Luncheon.
You can find a few more Spring Garden Tablescapes on my Pinterest Page.

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  Home Imagined at the Antique Journey
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode, Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Home Matters at Southern SunflowersGrace at Home at Imparting Grace
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  Fabulous Friday at WM Design House 


  1. I'm right there with you Debra. I'm loving all the garden parties and tablescape ideas right now and this is perfection. Wonderful details! I'm pinning these.
    Leslie aka Gwen Moss

  2. How sweet!! Lovely ideas!!I hope you share your seed packets.

  3. Debra,
    Your table setting needs to be in a magazine. How pretty and inviting is your table. I love this. It looks so pretty.

  4. Oh Debra! I love those new [old] you recently picked up! I am such a sucker for dishes, vintage linens - anything for tablescaping! I'm a little embarrassed to say how many sets of vintage china I have (!), but I come from a big family and I host several holiday get-togethers, from Easter through Christmas, so there you have it!
    And yes, I would love to share in your wonderful setting and have some salad! I'll even do the dishes afterward, but you may want to guard them. ;)

  5. Sweetest centerpiece ever, love your barrow and bunny! Gorgeous dishes too, just love this tablescape!

  6. That wheelbarrow is adorable, Debra! Your table looks lovely. Loving the transferware dishes and the woven chargers.

  7. Debra, What an absolutely darling table. It exudes garden details. The little bunny in the your wheelbarrow is so cute!I think I'd have to keep that out all year! Your china consume bowls make me swoon. I haven't had any fun dish shopping trips lately... seeing those makes me want to go right now! As usual... everything you do is perfect to me!

  8. Debra,
    The wheelbarrow on the table is adorable!!!
    Gorgeous china!!! Love the berry bowls!!! Black, white and green is my favorite tablescape combination and this china has me swooning, dear friend!!!
    Love, love, love the Pottery Barn terra cotta pot napkin rings!!! Perfect for your table. Who would ever think that terra cotta pots would be such striking flatware holders??? Clever idea!!!
    Did I see my name on one of those vintage French Seed Packets???
    Hold my place, dear friend...I'm on my way for a salad luncheon. I'll even dry the dishes with that lovely new Lapins de Hardin towel!!!
    Thanks for sharing this Garden Wheelbarrow Tablescape...filled with inspiration, with us!!!

  9. That is seriously so darling!! You just never cease to inspire me creatively and I absolutely love this tablescape Debra! :-)

  10. Oooh Debra, I am in LOVE with your darling table setting!... yours is much prettier than the magazine... all of your special little touches, and of course one must have bunnies with lettuce and such... I am loving seeing all of the colorful accessories you are adding now... Summer beauty!... yes, I am ready for a salad now!... xoxo Julie Marie PS We picked our first lettuce from my little "petite potager" the other night... it was delish!...

  11. This is one of my favorite tablescapes this summer! So so cute and elegant at the same time. Lovely china, french seed packets, adorable napkin rings...what's not to love!


  12. You had me at garden pots and green transferware. This is beautiful-magazine beautiful. pinning...

  13. Beautiful, Debra! Love the wheelbarrow! Your place settings are so pretty too!

  14. Another tablescape artist?! Goodness, I don't know how you ladies do it, but your table sure looks lovely!

    Being a homeschool mom, our table is always "decorated" with books, or transitioning into another meal:D

    However, I am still very inspired just the same, and love all sorts of art forms!

    Perhaps I may try my hand at it in the evening sometime for a cheery "good morning!"

    Thank you for sharing, and for visiting my blog. I am adding your blog to my reader!

  15. This is such a great table Debra! I absolutely LOVE it. It is better than Southern Lady's! The cart is adorable and the napkin rings and potted silverware are such fun touches!

  16. Oh Debra, every last detail of your garden setting is beautiful, lovely, charming!! The little wheelbarrow makes the perfect focal point.
    Mary Alice

  17. The wheelbarrow is such a fun piece in your garden tablescape!

  18. Debra - you are amazing! I am not sure if I have ever seen a tablescape where there was so much attention to detail. I fell in love with something with each new pic. I loved the willow chargers, until I saw the cute seed packet tags. Oh my.

    I would love for you to post this at my Linky Party Home{work} Wednesday.Home{work}

    Thanks for sharing, Barb xxoo

  19. Debra everything looks so beautiful. I love your gorgeous china. Your dining room is gorgeous!!


  20. Hi Debra,
    Where do I start? Your table setting is so beautiful and there are so many things that I love. The transferware is stunning and I love those sweet napkin holders. I love it all.


  21. Hi Debra,

    I saw that magazine too and had to have it! There are so many great tables inside and I agree the wheelbarrow one is tremendous....I just adore your version, what super napkin rings and gorgeous dishes!

  22. I love the wheelbarrow filled with produce! So cute. You did a great job recreating the garden theme on your table.

  23. What is not to love Debra! The wheelbarrow and your toile dishes are just wonderful. Thanx so much for taking the time to party at my place!:)

  24. What is not to love Debra! The wheelbarrow and your toile dishes are just wonderful. Thanx so much for taking the time to party at my place!:)

  25. the wheelbarrow is so sweet, debra, and the claypot idea are so creative--love them:)

  26. In LOVE with your centerpiece! Yours needs to be in a magazine! I love your tablescape too. Gotta pin today! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  27. Looks like a magazine. I love your dishes and darling embellishments. Great woven mats for your theme and perfect cart fill of vegetables.

  28. Looks wonderful Debra ~ and the seed packet tags are such a sweet touch!

  29. All these elements add up to a beautiful tablescape. My favorites are the seed packets, the wheelbarrow, and the woven mats. And you can never have enough stuff!

  30. This is so pretty! It makes me want to eat a big salad! Love the little pot napkin rings! Everything is just so tranquil and inviting! Hugs, Leena

  31. The wheelbaroow is adorable. The table makes me long for summer, which just doesn't seem to settle in Brittany.

  32. your table inspires me to set a pretty table for myself this weekend
    I love the green plates and I have some green toile i'm going to use hope to do a post on it

    I always love coming over here

  33. Just gorgeous Debra - loving that tureen - and you made me laugh because I'm constantly forgetting about treasures I have - and it's such a thrill to discover them again lol
    Your dishes are beautiful!
    ( visiting via Common Ground LMHO )

  34. Be still my vintage gardening heart! I ADORE your wheelbarrow, seed packets, green transferware dishes! So much to love at this table!!

  35. So much to love about this! The flower pot napkin holders are SO cute and the white-washed pots to hold the silverware . . . well of course love the wheelbarrow!

  36. I'm just getting to this post. I love every darling detail, but those dishes are astonishingly beautiful! Such a wonderful combination. Bravo! xx

  37. Just gorgeous Debra...I love the are so very creative..and the placemats are the best!!..The perfect summer tablescape!!

  38. Debra,
    The tablescape is absolutely beautiful. It is too funny that you forgot you had those wonderful green transfer dishes. Your daughter has inherited your great sense of style...the lapin dish towel is proof.


  39. Great table scape. I am not familiar with the pattern but I do love the combination and touch of green. Martha's stemware is just the perfect color. I was given the linen towel this spring and you have given me a great idea to use in my tablescape. I am coming over from Stone Gable. Kathy

  40. Hi Debra, I love that wheelbarrow! So wonderful, what a great piece to decorate at any time of year. Love the napkin rings, and the garden theme...great look. You decorate beautifully!

  41. Absolutely stunning. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  42. This is darling! I love the dishes. The wheelbarrow and seed packets make it perfect. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  43. Outstanding! The Little Compton accent plate stole my heart away, and the wheelbarrow is a treasure. Thanks you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  44. Such a fresh and inspiring tablescape Debra. I love the rabbit Tureen too. Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday last week. I'll be featuring your gorgeous Garden wheelbarrow tablescape at tomorrow's party.

  45. Always love seeing what you are up to- this is gorgeous Debra!!! Love it!!

  46. Oh Debra, this is a beautiful table!! I love, LOVE the flower pot napkin rings, the seed packets the DISHES, everything! I haven't set a great table in awhile, we are so darn busy doing landscaping. It is hard starting over!!! Thanks for sharing. XO, pinky

  47. Love, LOVE these green dishes Debra! I know this tablescape is from awhile ago but it's timeless really. Beautiful! Happy Spring! XO_ MaryJo


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