A STYLISHLY MOODY Table: Shabby Country

This is the final post in the Tables With A Theme series.So far, we’ve covered:






Tables With A Theme:  Part 3 – The STYLISHLY MOODY Table



For today’s tablescape, I chose to attempt a table with a Shabby Country mood. Because there’s no particular color or color combination associated with that style, I’m taking as much color out of the mix as possible … and using sepia-tone pics instead. I’m hoping to convey a feel or mood that has nothing to do with whether or not you like a particular color. (Yes, I know brown is a color  — and that is gives a “vintage” feel … and so it’s a good place to start.)


In the center of the table I placed an old wooden box — and a vintage creamware pitcher …
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… filled with flowers. Frilly, stately stems of gladiolus from Renaissance Man’s garden.
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And tucked in beside the pitcher is an old ironstone bowl discovered while digging a flower bed at our 1907 house.

It’s holding vintage wooden spools of thread …

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Around the corner on one end of the wooden box is a rooster … and a large canning jar holding a tea light.
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Tucked inside the old box is another canning jar … and a vintage china plate … and a beautiful old hand-sewn hankie.
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Sitting atop the wooden box is a vintage creamware vase filled with Monarda blooms …
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a vintage hairpin lace doily …and a pair of vintage brooches … (The rhinestone flower belonged to Nannie – my maternal great-grandmother.)
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an antique pocket prayer book … and an original key to my old house.
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A china-face doll …
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The table is covered in a one-of-a-kind old coverlet …
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but the dishes …
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and flatware … are readily available today.
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The glassware, however, is vintage …
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I can already think of things I’d do differently if I were to do this table again, but do YOU think it has a Shabby Country feel?
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I’m linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


In case not knowing the colors in this tablescape is bugging some of you …
(The gladioli are red!)
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  1. So beautiful and elegant space! Stunning shots. Love the flowers. Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  2. Around ‘every corner’, you inspired me to pull out precious family treasures that I’ve just had sitting behind closed doors. I love that you dug the bowl out of the dirt. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  3. OK, it’s pretty amazing how the mood is completely set without regard to color. It looks beautiful with a homey feel to it. I got carried away enough that I forgot it was in black and white.

    But I did like the color!

  4. Wonderful and creative. Thanks for sharing with us all.

  5. visiting you now…what beautiful dishes…you doooo have a lot!