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Kitchen Table Centerpiece Ideas

As a follow-up from my recent video on setting the table, I thought I’d share a few photos of simple centerpieces for your kitchen or dining room table!

Are you ever stumped at what you could put on your kitchen table as a centerpiece?  It doesn’t have to be an FTB bouquet to be pretty!  Sometimes we just need a few photos to inspire us to pull out what we already own and make a pretty embellishment.  Here are a few examples…

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The only thing purchased for this grouping was the fruit!  Included in my silver holder is a blue Mason jar with a battery operated candle, a glass gourd, copper strainer to hold the fruit, a glass acorn dish with a lid and some fall leaves.  Add a variety of heights for a good visual effect.


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These flowers were part of a $5.99 bouquet that I made into three separate bouquets!  A short, square glass  holder with a glass frog to keep the stems in place is holding the bouquet.  A charger under the bouquet adds another dimension to the centerpiece,


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Another part of the $5.99 centerpiece was placed into a mirrored holder, giving it a dressier and taller look.  I put a fabric runner under the arrangement to add softness to the table.
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A tiered stand makes a great centerpiece.  I layered different textured pumpkins, some fruit and silk fall leaves, then placed the stand on a fall fabric runner.


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This rustic bouquet was all gathered on my morning walk and put in a mason jar glass with a burlap ribbon tied at the top.  It’s perfect for the patio table.  When I edited the picture, I added some mini pumpkins to show what else you could add to make it even cuter!

Look around your house for items to use for the table.  Consider:

  • Taper candles
  • A basket
  • Cloth napkins or a charger for under the centerpiece
  • Trays – Wooden, silver, black
  • Fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Stems of  tree branches
  • Silk leaves
  • Fabric pumpkins or real ones that are miniature
  • Tea pots, pretty jars or pitcher to hold the flowers or stems

I hope this inspires you to gather some of the things you already own and refresh your kitchen table!  Even if it takes days for your family to notice, you’ll see it and it just might bring a smile to your face!

Refresh your heart by being in a Gospel preaching church this Sunday.  Christ loves the church and gave Himself for it!  Ephesians 5:25  Since He loves it that much, we should, too!

Which centerpiece was your favorite?


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Kitchen Pantry Tour


My pantry is a corner closet in my kitchen.  It holds all my cooking items, so that would mean ~


  • Canned Goods
  • Baking ingredients
  • Dry Goods
    • Pastas
    • Rice
    • Flours
    • Grits
    • Oatmeal
    • Sugars
    • Dried Fruits
    • Nuts
  • Teas
  • Pudding/Jell-O
  • Cereal
  • Jams, Jellies, Honey

It also holds some paper products

  • Paper plates
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic silverware
  • Straws
  • Holiday napkins and plates
  • Holiday bags
  • Extra Ziploc Bags

Some seldom used items are stored there.

  • Pressure Cooker
  • Pasta Pot
  • Thermos
  • Small Insulated cooler

So, as you can see, that pantry has lots in it AND I go in and out of there all day long. I tell you all that so you’ll understand why this “Before” picture looks so messy!  It had just gotten out of hand, even though I had a “system” I thought was working.


I took a day and half last week and got it under control!

Let me give you a tour of the “After.”  It still has LOTS in it, but it’s labeled better and spread out in a way that doesn’t overwhelm me when I walk inside.


I’ll show you each shelf:

Up above ~

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I added a little decor inside the pantry.  I hung my “Denise’s Kitchen” sign and my Rooster picture above the shelves.

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I hung my two dust pans on a wall in here.  The small one is only for sweeping crumbs off the tablecloth.  The large one is for the floor.  I was constantly going to the coat closet down the hall to sweep around the trash can and counters.  This makes life easier!


All the holiday paper napkins are in Ziploc bags and labeled.


A little vignette on the floor!

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While my pantry might not be the most beautiful with glass jars and empty shelves, it works for me and I enjoy stepping inside now.  My items are accessible and it makes me smile to open the door!  Mission accomplished!

If you didn’t see this post, you can see how I used vinyl chalkboard to cover the door of my pantry!

Do you have an area in your house that makes you grimace?  I hope this inspires you to do something to that space so you’ll smile instead!

Refresh those spaces!

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After-Christmas Refreshment in the Kitchen

Let me be really honest – this can be a kind of blah time of the year for me.  All the festivities are over and the celebrations are completed.  The decorations come down and the world is wintery and gray.  The house can look really plain after the undecorating is completed, can’t it?

So for me, when Christmas is done and I walk into my house – particularly my kitchen, I want to smile at what I see.  I like to refresh things in my menu and my decor so it won’t be bleak looking once all the tinsel and garlands have been removed from walls and windows.

Since food is essential, I’ll start with refreshng the menu.  All the rich foods and decadent desserts are great, but now we’re always ready for something a lot more simple. If fixing dinner this week is stumping you, why not just silmplify?  Need some suggestions?

  • Baked potatoes with toppings –
    • Bacon bits
    • Chives
    • Sour Cream
    • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Waffles or Pancakes for Dinner
  • Quiche or Vegetable Fritatta & Tossed Salad
  • Soup Beans and Corn Bread
  • Homemade soup, made from the ham bone or chicken stock you enjoyed at Christmas.

After Christmas is over and the decorations come down is also a good time to freshen up the kitchen decor.  Your bowls and baking supplies have had lots of use and may have gotten displaced.  While putting things back into order, consider changing things around a bit.  Display pretty bowls or canisters on your counter, as seen in the pictures above (from Cottage Jounal Magazine).


Did you  get new dishes for Christmas?  Don’t hide them!  Find a pretty way to display them in your cabinets or a way to make them really shine when you set the table.  Placemats can be changed out for pretty chargers.  They’ll add texture and color to your table.


I love the plate display on the wall above, minus the wine bottle on the table :/ .    Pretty platters and special dishes would be beautiful hung on plate hangers and displayed in the kitchen or dining area.


One other area of your kitchen that needs to be remembered in your attempt to refresh is your table.  With the Christmas candles gone, don’t just shirk your shoulders and sigh – find a winter candle arrangement like the one pictured above to warm up that space and invite your family and guests to gather ’round.

Another touch that I love in the above picture is the chandelier.  This is another picture from The Cottage Journal Magazine.  They added a string of beads to embellish the lighting with sparkle.  I love this touch and hope to copy it!  What the evergreen garland and white lights did at Christmas time,  the beads will do in January!

Keep your kitchen and your menu from getting the blah’s at this time of year by refreshing both with these simple ideas!

Refresh your kitchen and you’ll refresh your home!

Toodles Friends,

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Christmas Kitchen

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If ever the kitchen was the heart of the home, it’s at Christmas!  Baking up yummy treats, candies and cookies makes the house smell so inviting, so why not make it look inviting, too?

I like to add just a few touches that make everything Christmas-y, and also help keep things easy to use.  Making my cookie cutters a part of the centerpiece of my counter just helps them to be handy, and puts their pretty shapes and shiny surfaces at center stage.

Here are some other little touches I added to my kitchen:



Do you decorate your kitchen?  I’d love to hear how you bring the season into the gathering place of your house!

With love from my country (Christmas-y) kitchen,


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Freshen Up Friday

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What’s the biggest difference between the way your house looks and one of those lovely rooms in your favorite decor magazine?  It’s really not the size of the house, its value or the finishes of the walls and floor; it’s really about the details you use to decorate.

What is currently sitting on your kitchen counter?  How about the coffee table?  The side table in your bedroom?  Those are the details that can take a room from ordinary to lovely!

In the kitchen:   I had recently been given a few (delicious) cupcakes from a friend and they were so pretty!  Rather than leave them in the covered container in which they were delivered, I set them on a cake plate, then covered them with a glass dome and displayed them on the counter.  They became a lovely focal point of the kitchen (until dessert time, of course)!

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The February Susan Branch calendar picture that I’d saved from last year is the new backdrop for my magnetic board.  It also adds some height to that long island.

20150131_163604_resized (1)cThe runner underneath adds another layer and brings warmth to the kitchen area – a place full of hard surfaces.  I also love adding bowls of fresh fruit or vegetables out in the kitchen, too.  Using pretty food as decor in the kitchen just makes sense, doesn’t it?  It makes your kitchen inviting to those that would enter.

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My kitchen table …


Here are some other kitchens that I love…

Notice the lazy Susan in the middle of the table below.  Love that!

Love the red check seat cushions, the greenery, and the lantern.
kitchens should be lived in. Love the open plan with kitchen island! So inviting!

From Country Living…

Notice the use of cookbooks as decor and the lovely lamps alongside the windows…

A French Provence Kitchen with a Franke farmhouse sink and two Fisher and Paykel dishwashers drawers. Limestone Versai patterned tile finished with vintage wall mounted sconces create an inviting kitchen.

The slipcovers on the chairs in this kitchen at a softness; also the napkins over the top of the chair.

Cherry Hill Cottage

I hope you’ve been inspired to refresh your kitchen with some little touches over the weekend!
Which of these kitchens do you love?

Be sure to refresh your heart by being in a Bible preaching church Sunday!


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