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July 16, 2016

Jazzing Up The Dining Table

On a recent venture to Pier 1 I found a pair of candlesticks on clearance and decided they'd go home with me.  I didn't have a plan but when I got home I took them out of the bag and quickly set them on the table.   Then I noticed they seemed to work with the big white handled bowl on the table.  I was concerned that they were more holiday looking so I wanted to play that down a bit.

I have so many candle holders in the nearby area I was a little apprehensive about putting candles on top.  I wasn't sure what I was going to use but then I spotted my pair of little bird figurines and decided to try them on top.  I liked the look but they needed a little more of something.

I put a couple of grapevine wreaths on top and liked it right away but the seemed a bit too bland so I decided to jazz them up with green.  I figured it would add an unexpected touch and color to the candle holders. 

I got a color that was pretty much a grass green but then it was too bright so I mixed in some of this metallic color I had on hand and it created a little more of a yellow tone which seemed to work better.  This is my hi-tech work area!
So here they are!  Simple but I think it gave it a fun look.  I think the green helped play down the shiny gold on the candlesticks and draws your eye to the bird a little more.

Well then I had to fill the handled bowl with some flowers right?  Thank goodness Michael's had these at a 40% discount.  I bought 6 stems of these Frangipani (Plumeria) and a bush made of Hosta leaves.   I ended up cutting apart the Hosta leaf bush and inserting the leaves randomly.  The Frangipani had super long stems so they had to be chopped off.

I took the elephant candle holder that was sitting just over there by the other candlesticks and added it to the vignette.  I hadn't imagined using it near the big handled bowl but it seems to be a good combo.

 All of these pieces were bought months apart with no plan of attack but somehow ended up working together!  Love it when that happens.  I've had the birds a long time and hadn't used them in a while so it's good to get them out again!

I'm spending so much time outdoors lately it's hard to focus on the inside.  I wanted to do something on the dining table but nothing was clicking.  Funny how one thing leads to another!



  1. Great find! You've brought some of the outdoors in. The vignette works perfectly and you will be able to use those pretty candlesticks other ways, too.

  2. I love your arrangement, Liz. The white and gold is very classy looking. The sweet little birds on their nests are adorable. I like to shop my house when decorating. All of your lovely cream items were meant to be together. Enjoy your weekend. ♥

  3. Liz,
    I "love it" when a plan comes together!
    What a creative way to use your pillar candle holders, dear friend!
    When employed at the local Antique / Gift Shoppe,
    I did something similar with our pillar candle holders.
    I placed small terra cotta pots containing silk flowers atop them.
    The customers "loved" having something, other than candles on their holder, in the Summer!
    I, also added figurines and small faux evergreen trees at Christmas!
    The vignette you've created is absolutely lovely!

  4. Pretty Liz, love what you did with the candle holders.


  5. Looks great, Liz! What a score for you!

  6. Liz, the candleholders worked out great for you! You created such a sweet vignette.

  7. Oh I love this and using the birds is genius. So pretty.

  8. Very, very pretty! The flowers look real. Great job!

  9. This is so lovely, Liz! You really are the most creative one! Love the little golden birds sitting on the green nests! This is a gorgeous view of your home. Thanks always for popping in to see me and I can just imagine you out in your garden spiffing all of the time.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Your table is indeed all jazzed up and looking beautiful. I have recently begun loving white decorating pieces...and they are so fresh looking.

  11. Great vignette with the florals and candle holders. It looks so elegant. Sorry, I am so behind on visiting. Just starting my 6th blog makeover. Hope your weekend is fabulous.

  12. Liz,
    Fabulous vignette, one of my favorites. I especially like the creative way you have placed those bird on top of the candlesticks. You always are such an inspiring decorator, truly you did jazz your dining room us so nicely!

  13. Hi Liz, you are being so creative and it is lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity with these candlesticks at DI&Di.

  14. This is so pretty Liz. I like all the white you pulled together. It's just perfect for summer.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday this week. We are happy to have you. Pinning.

  15. I LOVE the birds as a candle alternative. Very creative and elegant.

  16. Such a pretty vignette, Liz! Love the new candle holders and how you "jazzed them up"!! The bowl os beautiful. Frangipani was my FIL's favorite flower, he had several bushes of them in his gardens. Now my SIL has those plants in her yard. Memories...


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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