"Tablescaping" ~ The art of designing a table, is truly one of my biggest passions. Unfortunately the idea of setting a table often evokes a negative or "stuffy" mind set. Especially since a properly set table typically goes hand in hand with all the rigid rules and regulations of sitting at a table. However, in this day and age a tablescape does not need to be an uncomfortable arrangement nor should it always set a formal tone,(although it can if need be). I like to have fun with my tablescapes, they're not all formal nor are they all set with expensive China. My tables can usually be replicated rather inexpensively. One of the core components of building my tablescapes is to incorporate things you already own and try using them in a different context. For example wooden bowls and platters can be used to create pedestals for height or used as vessels for centerpieces. Some of the best additions to a tablescape is anything inspired by nature and many of these items can be gathered from your own backyards. Here are some of my favorite tablescapes by season and holidays. I hope they provide inspirations and ideas for your tablescapes.