Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kitchen Table Centerpieces

As I get ready to sign the lease on my first single apartment (without roommates!), I've begun to switch gears from looking at interior design blogs with the "Oh, that's nice!" mindset and have started to really start bookmarking ideas or spaces I really like and feel are doable for my first, small, college-budgeted apartment. Recently, I've been looking at kitchen table centerpieces. I feel like tables (kitchen or coffee) are so bare without a nice decorative piece on them. 

My finds, though, have been less than unique and inspiring. It seems that the go-to centerpiece idea for most designers is a nice bouquet of fresh, colorful flowers. That, or a bowl of fruit. While I would love to be able to afford to buy fresh flowers every week, I just don't think I have it in my budget to have something alive and not really sustainable as my centerpiece. If there are wildflowers around my apartment, that could be an option, though.

Here are a few ideas I've found...

I like the neat patterns on the ceramic bowls here.

Are these purple stems real or fake? This could definitely be an option... Simple and easy to maintain.

Love the tall glasses here. Even empty they look neat, but they could also be filled with something to add a bit of color.

Several of these little glass votives could be nice...

Or, you know, I could always just stencil the table... This one made me laugh- love the directness of it. (P.S. Check out the tutorial for this table at the link below.)
What do you guys think? What's the centerpiece on your kitchen table?


  1. no way i can do fresh flowers on a regular basis. our table is very family orientated- read, messy. so a centrepiece would get lost anyways. but when i do tidy it fully, i use a few pretty bowls with one filled with fruit.

    you're on pinterest right????

  2. Monica- just signed up for pinterest today! Still figuring my way around it, but I'm loving the inspiration on there. It looks like it'll be a fantastic resource. Here's my account:

    Also, if you have a tumblr, I'm here:

  3. love the vintage glass votives! i've sworn to myself once i settle (at least semi-permanently) i'm going to start some collections, vintage mirror glass being one of them! thanks for the inspiration and for your lovely comment on my blog :)

    january, x

  4. i love it all! So pretty. I really love the EAT too!