Monday, May 8, 2023

Cottage Review: Garden Wheelbarrow Tablescape

Hi Friends, with Mother's Day coming up next weekend, I know many of you will be hosting a Mother's Day brunch or luncheon. I was looking through some older magazines and came upon my inspiration for this post and thought how fun this would be to create the magazine inspiration below and surprise all the moms at your table. 

This original post was from about 10 years and two houses ago. It's just as much fun today and if you don't have a wheelbarrow, no problem. A basket, crate or doughbowl would be just as perfect for a garden display tablescape.

"Anything "Vintage Garden" gets my attention, so when I recently purchased a new magazine called "Southern Tables" by Hoffman Publications, I immediately fell in love with a featured tablescape that brought all the goodness and bounty of Spring and Summer's first harvest, indoors."

My tablescape is more casual and I started with a burlap tablerunner, which helped create a "garden" feel. I'm not using crystal just casual Libby stemed glassware. Since this was just for fun I only set two settings.

"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
Lately the wheelbarrow hangs out on the front porch.

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

Thanks so much for coming by this weekend. You can see more 
Garden Themed Tablescapes on my Pinterest Page.

Here's my Seed Packet Garden Wreath using the same French Seed labels.

joining in here:

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. Oh gosh, Debra, this is absolutely wonderful! I love those bowls you found! I used to collect black and brown transferware, and haven't seen anything like those. A perfect garden table, and the pots with flatware are great, as is the wheelbarrow. I'll have to look for that publication next time I'm out. I know I'll love it. Hoffman's the best.

    1. thanks Rita, that was so fun to put together. Have a wonderful Sunday!!

  2. Love the pots with your flatware. Also love that sweet wheel barrel. Your whole table scape is just adorable and perfect for summer. Happy New Week. Hugs. Kris

  3. I absolutely love this Debra! The white wheelbarrow is so pretty full of colorful vegetables and that sweet bunny! So creative to put the flatware in little whitewashed flower pots, so cute!

  4. Wow! Awesome job. When I see a magazine photo mine turns out looking way different and sucky! Love this. Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday. Featuring it this week! pinned

  5. Debra, your rendition of the magazine tablescape is spot on! I love your wheelbarrow, the bunny tureen you made and all the soft greens. I'm glad you found your green transferware again to go with the "new" black transferware bowls!! Nice addition to your collection. :)

    Happy to have featured your post at this week's Share Your Style #389 for you,
    Big hugs,
    Barb :)

  6. This is so darling Debra! I love your bunny in the wheelbarrow, and your transferware is lovely! I'm glad I'm not the only one who forgets these things! Thanks for the inspiration, and hope you have a lovely week!


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