Design a Rustic Elegance Tablescape
In 5 Easy Steps
When we started designing tablescapes to be featured on the LinenTablecloth blog, we never would have guessed that members of the LinenTablecloth community would be so eager to request tablescape designs! Well, just a month and a half later, we launched our “request a tablescape” form, and this week we received a ton of requests for our first official “design a tablescape” by request. The tablescape we’re featuring this lovely Friday afternoon was requested by Gayle W.. She requested a tablescape for a wedding at a rustic lodge, and made sure to specify that the theme is rustic elegance and not country. Originally, our idea was to design a tablescape using tablecloths and other linens that adhered to what is widely regarded as the “rustic” canon, like burlap linens and wooden decor pieces; however, we really tried to focus more on the “elegance” component of the request, and less on the “rustic.” The result was a modern take on rustic, and the most notable material element ended up being wrought iron instead of wood. But enough chit-chat! Let’s begin the step-by-step, shall we?
1) Like usual, we start with a blank canvas. Gayle specifically requested a white or black tablecloth, but we felt that an off-white ivory tablecloth provides a tablescape with a more rustic feel. The requested floral arrangement was a bouquet of sunflowers and roses, and we thought that bright yellow sunflowers perfectly matched the ivory linen.
2) Next, we pulled a little trick with some table runners. Originally, the tablescape we designed featured a lonely gold table runner, but we then realized that a little pop of black would match perfectly with the wrought iron decor. We ended up using two black satin table runners underneath a gold table runner to complement both the wrought iron decor and gold shimmering filigree napkins seen in step 4.
3) Here, the table runner trick is actually implemented. Notice that the black table runners barely peek out from beneath the gold table runner. We found these great tan plates at our local GoodWill, and we love how they look when paired with a gold satin table runner!
4) Gayle made it very clear that wine glasses were not to be included with the design, so we made sure to only use water goblets. We folded the gold shimmering filigree napkins with a simple bishop’s hat napkin fold to add height to the place settings.
Here’s a close up of the place setting:
5) To complete the rustic elegance tablescape, we added wrought iron candle holders with white taper candles and a bouquet of roses, sunflowers, and baby’s breath in a simple mosaic glass vase.
Oh, and don’t forget the added bonus: a decorative wooden wolf statue! Sometimes little figurines or statues seamlessly integrate into a tablescape and add serious character to the tablescape. We thought the wolf was perfect for building on that rustic flavor, do you? Here is the final presentation photo of our rustic elegance tablescape:
We hope you liked the tablescape design, Gayle! How did we do on our rustic elegance tablescape? Love it? Hate it? Tell us what you think in the comment box below, and click here if you want to request a tablescape design for next week’s tablescape! And if you love tablescaping, check out Tablescape Thursdays at Between Naps on the Porch.