If you’re like me with limited storage space, it’s really not possible to create the gorgeous and elaborate holiday displays we love to see on Pinterest or Instagram. My limited storage is reserved for Christmas and my healthy obsession of vintage finds. Having said that, I do have decorations for each holiday and manage to sprinkle seasonal cheer throughout the house. Below I will walk you through the steps I followed to pull together a simple centerpiece to welcome the new season!
HERE’S WHAT I DID
This centerpiece is comprised of items I already own with the exception of the gather beaded garland I purchased in-store at Hobby Lobby and the beautiful linen table runner from HomeGoods.
The star is this gorgeous 2-tiered metal stand I bought at Hallmark five years ago. I love its beautiful metal finish and overall great size. In my Hey Santa! Christmas Tree post, I used it to set up a hot cocoa bar when I decorated the Fun Room (aka converted garage). This one has been discontinued, but you can easily find one like it at HomeGoods, Target or any online store. I love this wood and metal stand from World Market.
The next step is to gather your items such as candles, dried florals, ceramic decor, potpourri or any items you would love to display such as a garland or fairy lights.
Leave the BOTTOM TIER for smaller items or items that can spill over onto the table, such as the gather beaded garland. In addition to the two candles, I added a small dimpled vase with dry wheat sprigs and a plaid napkin for a pop of color. The napkin also helps fill the space and create a layered look. Simply fold the napkin and allow a few corners to peek out.
The TOP TIER is reserved for taller items or items you want to prominently display, like this MCM owl candle holder I purchased at a thrift store many years ago. Hobby Lobby carries it, so I don’t think it is an actual MCM vintage find, but he’s so cute! I paired him with three multi-colored candles I purchased last year and can be easily sourced in many stores.
Note: Balance and visual interest are important elements in decor. They can be achieved by grouping items in odd numbers, symmetry and scale among other design rules. Since I’m working with two tiers, I added visual interest by grouping the candles in odd and even numbers on the different tiers and balanced them by offsetting their placement on the tier.
ADDING HEIGHT adds visual interest. On the top tier I used candle lids to add height to the multi-colored candles, creating a varying height illusion. On the bottom tier I used two mini 2-inch books that I covered with potpourri.
FILL THE GAPS with dried flowers, fall leaves in assorted colors and potpourri. My fall leaves are from a gorgeous natural preserved oak leaf bunch I purchased last year from FromTheGarden LLC on Etsy. The bunch is still as vibrant as the day I received them. Check out their store on Etsy – they have over 17K sales and close to 3K positive reviews. I’m not paid to endorse them, I’m just sharing a reliable vendor I would easily use again.
I love how simple it was to arrange and how I was able to repurpose items. Not only did I save money, but I get to enjoy pieces I love year over year. I hope you find this inspirational. I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below and let me know how you add touches of seasonal decor in your home.