Monday, October 22, 2012

Woodland Table

In an area at the back of our property
there are towering old cedar trees with low twiggy branches
 that all line up in a row


Just beyond that row of trees
 sits an open meadow with an old apple orchard and big old oak trees.
It's a spot that has always had somewhat of a magical feel to me
It's peaceful and calm and like something out a fairytale.
 I would love to set a gazebo or sitting area somewhere up here
and enjoy this enchanted spot in the forest.


But for now
 I decided to work on something that I have been thinking about doing
 in this area for awhile.






Setting a table that is natural and rustic
but elegant at the same time.


Perfect for dinner beneath the stars.
with a shabby table made from recycled boards


The tabletop is covered with gathered pinecones, a few white pumpkins 
and those gorgeous Debi Lilly spray roses I have been loving from Safeway


Of course, I had to have a little bling too.
 ;)

I hauled all those elements up to the back of our property
and this simple Autumn table appeared.


Set with my grandmothers china


 green stemware from Dollar Tree


 vintage flea find silverware


and a touch of rustic with
 the chargers.


They are simply thick slices from a cedar log


 Most of the napkins are vintage linen and were
just .50 each at the thrift store. Love it.


It's simple, rustic
and elegant at the same time.
A perfect mix.


Something to consider if you decide to set a table under pine or cedar trees~
don't trim any branches ahead of time.
My husband trimmed some of the really low hanging branches a few weeks ago
and it left lots of drips of sap on the ground that I found I was stepping in as I was photographing.
Oh that was fun.
Though I am going with the idea that the added 5 pounds of sap on each of my boots
 probably gave me good leg workout and burned some calories-
so it's all good.
 ;)

We have pouring rain this morning and cooler weather moving into our area this week
Fall has finally arrived here in Northern California~ it's time to start warming toes by the fire!

Happy Monday!!

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59 comments:

  1. Courtney you are so blessed in many ways!!!!


    Solange

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  2. Beautiful setting! No words for that chandy in the trees. :)

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  3. Oh wow...what an amazing styling...Love it!!!!

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  4. Beautiful! Love the chandi in the trees - how did you hang it and wire it - does it have a plug on the end to use with an extension cord? I might have to look for one of those to use outdoors!

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  5. Wow!!
    Love it!!
    Hug, Tine
    Norway

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  6. Truly stunning Courtney! It all looks so whimsical and like something out of a fairy tale. You must have had one seriously long extension cord or some other clever way to get that chandy to light up and it is gorgeous! :-)
    Vanessa

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  7. Oh wow--that looks amazing! So unexpected--enchanting is the perfect word!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful, Courtney! It definitely is magical and I love your tablescape. It looks like a setting you might come upon in a fairy story!

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  9. Oh my Courtney, this is just amazing! You are so talented my friend, so when can I come over :)
    XO
    Kristin

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  10. Very nicely done. Love the chandelier in the woods!

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  11. Courtney,

    This is wonderful! Really! I need to do this in our back pasture! Seriously.

    Thanks so much for inspiring me today!
    karianne

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  12. Stunning! I'm in love with the stump chargers... oh my I love that!!

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  13. This is Beautiful! What a fantasy, Courtney. I just love it.

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  14. Beautiful. Dreamy. Peaceful. What a gorgeous setting, Courtney. I'd love to be there right now.

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  15. Beautiful, Courtney! It looks like an enchanted forest! The roses are gorgeous, you must have 5 dozen there! And the chandy is stunning in the woodland setting!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. It's like a fairy tale ! Did you invite Sleeping Beauty to that enchanted party ?
    Xoxo from PARIS
    Joëlle

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  17. Simply enchanting! You actually got the chandy to light up! That's so cool, i love the idea of a lit chandelier outside... It's all so pretty and magical...

    Cindy

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  18. Really beautiful. I liked the hanging chandelier. Now thats class in the garden for sure!!! N.

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  19. What a gorgeous post! So romantic.......that chandelier is perfect!


    Holly

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  20. Such a perfect setting for this time of year. So beautiful!
    Nancy

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  21. So stunning. I kept looking for any trace of an orange cord! But none to be found. Your table is charming especially with the elegant china. Love love love this.. xo marlis

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  22. So beautiful, love that chandy!

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  23. So, so beautiful. It is just magical!

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  24. Courtney, this is so pretty. It is so fun that you can hang a chandy out there with electricity. So pretty.

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  25. Your photos are gorgeous! I could look at them all day long. :)
    Blessings~

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  26. I agree with all the comments - the chandelier, the roses, the linens, all so soft and romantic - juxtaposed with the rustic and natural, like the sliced tree chargers, the pumpkins, the tree canopy - that's unexpected awesomeness! And please do tell how you got the chandelier to light up out there in the woods!

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  27. Hi Courtney!!

    How beautiful you make the season look!! The elegance of the china with the vintage cutlery, mixed with the bling and of course the roses(which are gorgeous!!!!) and finally surrounded by nature is just so peaceful and beautiful. I love the idea of the slices of cedar log.

    A Fall Oasis!!!

    Have a great week!!

    Pam
    xox

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  28. Courtney, visiting your beautiful blog always makes me smile. Thank you for sharing your amazing photography and creativity. xo

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  29. Beautiful.. stunning. But the chandelier in the trees, now that is breathtakingly beautiful!!!
    Simple, rustic elegance with the Courtney touch.
    Just luvly...
    Cheers, Gee

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  30. Oh Courtney.....you simply amaze me with your gorgeous vignettes. Your photography delights my eyes and makes my heart sing, and your talent is incredible! How in the WORLD did you get electricity out there for that stunning chandy...???

    Amazing...... ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  31. Gorgeous setting...the chandelier is so spectacular lit in the evening sky....perfection!!!

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  32. So beautiful! You out did yourself this time Courtney! Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. Very romantic. I would love to see large/wide photos of your property and home...

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  34. Gorgeous! I have to admit that I kept wondering where is the electrical source for the chandelier? A plug hidden at the base of the tree...the world's longest extension cord, light compliments of Photoshop? Regardless, a perfect setting. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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    1. The chandelier has a plug on the end- so I just ran a very long extension cord to the area where the table is and plugged it in. The cord runs alongside the tree and branches.

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  35. MAGICAL and so ROMANTIC!!!!
    Love from Italy
    A.Marica

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  36. Oh Courtney...What a gorgeous setting! SO ROMANTIC and Elegant. I just LOVE it! What keeps me coming back again and again to your blog is that you create gorgeous livable spaces for people with everyday means.... You inspire the "everyday" person to live surrounded by beauty. Thank you. ~Sarah~

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  37. Oh wow!! You have serious talent!! It looks like a Cinderella setting...love!!

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  38. You are so creative! I love the setting and your table is a real wow!!
    Trudy xx

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  39. What a magical setting. You certainly created a beautiful and romantic setting. The chandelier is truly genious.. I am picturing myself there right now...Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. I'm not seeing any responses from you about how you ran electricity for the chandelier. It made the scene!

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    1. Hi Teddee! I responded on FB- and thought I had over here as well. My apologies. I ran an extension cord (very long!) to the area where I set up the table. The chandelier has a plug on the end of the wires- so I just put the chandelier up in the tree and plugged it in. Hope that helps.

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  41. Next time, Please invite me for your simple autumn dinner! Stunning. Sharing on my weekly wow's on Saturday.

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous - what a beautiful space - thanks for making the effort, because it is great eye candy for us to savor and enjoy!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  44. Courtney,
    I have been trying to figure out a way to do this in my yard/on our farm, but the apple trees are not tall enough, and the other trees I have out front are too straight.....Aspen trees.....I have a candle chandelier that I have had for about 6 years and I have yet to figure out just where to put it.....I will keep trying.....We have recently put in some "V" trellises with new apple trees, and the wires are fairly high....maybe once the trees have grown it will be the perfect spot for the candle chandelier....time to get a perfect table and chairs I think!
    Lanette

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  45. Breathtaking, simply breathtaking...
    Blessings for gifting such an enchanting post,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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