When friends and family gather around a table set with linens and dishware in shades of pink, red, green … and neutral hues of ivory and beige, the atmosphere is almost guaranteed to be sweet. This cottage tablescape is perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any other sweet occasion you might imagine.
Hutches and other wood cabinets are made in a limitless variety of shapes and sizes these days. Our green hutch is one of my most favorite pieces of furniture – being designed by me, built by my brother, and finished, stained and painted by my husband. While it is a classic choice for storing dishes and glassware, I also use it as a display piece for the various holidays and a wide assortment of collections.
Our long farmhouse table next to the hutch is a true icon of a past life. The boards on the top of the table were repurposed from an old wooden floor. Covered with a embroideried quilt, it now looks to be a place where people can comfortably sit and mingle – and possibly exchange a few recipes between friends.
I used a combination of various glass patterns – such as American Whitehall, Fostoria American, Buffalo China, Avon Cape Cod, and others – for setting the table. The finished result consisted of a sophisticated cottage look. The mismatched pieces were loosely coordinated by color, theme and shape – and therein lays the charm of it all.
My sister gave my husband a red cow bell for Christmas this past year. Having not installed it yet, I confiscated it for my Valentines Tablescape. I perched it on my hutch, and just fell in love with it. It was a wonderful addition, full or rustic charm and beautiful color. If I should ring this adorning bell for dinner, I absolutely know that everybody in the house (and neighborhood) will hear me!
The heart-shaped plates were purchased at Michaels. One of each color, they looked adorable in the hutch. Each sweet sentiment was the perfect backdrop, easily seen by anyone standing or sitting in the room.
From our home to yours, we wish you a very sweet Valentine’s Day. ♥♥♥