Table Style GIVEAWAY + Vintage Bottles & DIY Tablescaping

Wed 28th, Apr, 2010

0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 0 Flares ×



How are you all doing?  Wow what a weekend (it was a long one for us in Australia), I spent a lot of it it digging in the garden and boy every single part of my body ached at one point…good ache though, you know?

So anyway here’s my tablescaping from the weekend…a plethora of vintage bottles, white and flowers from the garden

It all started with a new coffee table eye candy book I had been waiting to to come through the post recently and when the other morning they both landed on the doorstep from the delivery guy I couldn’t wait to savour them.

Oh and for my book buying habit, I use The Book Depository – an online book shop that has great prices and delivers FREE WORLDWIDE (and if you are in Australia this place is like pure heaven if you are a bit of a bookworm…most of the books work out to be at least half the price of the Aussie book stores)

I do have rather a few that is true but I still find myself adding to the growing piles of them around the cottage, I just love to sit with a cup of tea and dip in to them every now and then.

And with Table Style this is exactly what I did, I waited until I knew I had a spare hour, took myself up under the old fig tree in the shade at the back of the garden and sat and read.


So this weekend, totally inspired by the front cover picture, with some friends coming over for a drink and having run out of time to do much else I decided on an impromptu Do It Yourself  Table Style table and gathered some old bottles, jam jars and the like and went into the garden in search of pretty things…


As I was popping the flowers in the bottles some of the petals fell to the table and I thought how pretty that looked…


Of course, the best thing about this is it cost me absolutely zilch (in fact the whole area is very much Thrifty Vintage Beach Chic…flea market furniture, garage sale bottles, op shop vase) and with a budget of zero it was actually quite funny that it sure got some sighs from the guests when we went out onto the deck


I love how this setting is kinda casual but still special…you know..but most of all I love how simply it is all about making the most of what I already had…


And now for the best part, the GIVEAWAY, if you fancy getting your hands on a copy of Table Style, just leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my table full of flowers and vintage things…and I’d love too if you can pass onto me your thrifty ideas for dressing up a table 


Catch ya later kiddos





blogged for DIY Day and Thrifty Treasures & Transformation Thursday

0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 0 Flares ×

194 Responses to “Table Style GIVEAWAY + Vintage Bottles & DIY Tablescaping”

  1. i love a table full of fresh flowers, your home looks fantastic.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I’m SO hooked on it! I’ve learned so much about style from you!! Your tablescapes are incredible and you have the cutest ever beach cottage.
    :) Lara

  3. Bev says:

    I wish I had those flowers in my garden….. so pretty

  4. Denise says:

    Sarah your tablescape is lovely. The fallen petals add a natural relaxed look to your table. Love it!

  5. Vicki K says:

    Depending on the occasion, I like to use little hardcover a bit tattered-looking books in stacks on the table. It helps vary the height of tealights or small vases of flowers.

  6. Anne-Marie says:

    A lovely setting Sarah and this book looks like the inspiration I need to have constantly on hand.
    My darling Mum used to take much pride in setting a stunning table for dinner guests. In fact it was the first task she did in the morning even before she thought about receipes and cooking.
    I did soak up this knowledge but unfortunately over the years I’ve become a little casual and somewhat slack.
    Must rectify this…pronto :)

  7. susan says:

    this is so sweet & simple! love the variety of bottles! i can’t wait to my peonies bloom so i can fill on my blue glass jars & bottles i’ve been collecting!! have a great week! susan

  8. Victoria says:

    Gorgeous table setting! I love using vintage bottles or milk glass vases on a tray in the middle of my table.

  9. Robyn says:

    Love the tablescape with beautiful fallen petals.

  10. chrissy says:

    I love how u pair the unexpected.. Always unique… I like to decorate w/anything from the garden – especially nice, petite long branches.. Lay that in the middle of a table and add flowers or shells, small votives highlighting different areas of the branch…

  11. I was just relooking through the summer issue of Romantic Country and read about Table Style again. I would love to have a copy. I enjoy tablescaping and need to feed my habit and stretch my ideas.

  12. Donna says:

    It looks so beautiful! I can’t believe though you neeed any help. You could write your own book. It looks like it came strait off a beautiful glossy page.The price is the best part. Right now some sort of Japenese Maple is blooming like there’s no tomorrow here and the house is full of xtra large branches of it. It makes me smile every time I pass one.I love all the different size bottles you used. I can’t wait for Mothers Day to set a special table for MoM. I’m going to steal your idea,falling petals and all if my ocd lets me. Ha.Enter me please! <3 Donna

  13. Jean says:

    having that book sounds great to me. I think I find myself bringing the inside in most of the time to decorate the table. flowers, pinecones, sticks…..so yeah, bring in whatever is outdoors at the time. or fruit, but not just in a boring bowl. scatter on a platter….I’ve been enjoying your blog for a few months now and have been on my on personal feathering of my nest campaign! I’m not sure it will ever end with all the constant inspiration I have found online…

  14. Brigid says:

    Love the tablescaping! Like you, I like to fill my old canning jars and milk bottles with fresh blooms-pretty but casual. BTW, covet your blue glass bottles! I have a couple but they do not crop up as much as the clears.

  15. Ruby Wand says:

    the tablescape looks beautiful! love all those vintage bottles!

  16. bobbie howder says:

    Your table is beautiful ~ I would LOVE to own a copy of this book!!!

  17. Sandi says:

    Oh to be so lucky again! Your photos are wonderful yet sweet and simple. Thanks!!

  18. Becky Toler says:

    I love your table setting. You are such a inspiration. I love reading your blog. Would love to enter your giveaway.

  19. Bonnie says:

    Are you kidding? That’s beautiful! I only wish I had the same flowers in my own yard. Well.. that and a white table…

  20. Kathleen H in Indiana says:

    Lovely table Sarah! Can’t wait for my flowers to bloom so I can try my hand at vintage bottles and such. You are so creative and an inspiration to us all.

  21. Bonnie says:

    Posted you on my Facebook. Fingers crossed….

  22. desiree says:

    Love it! So simple and beautiful. My friend and I did a brunch table for another friend’s birthday. We wanted to copy another table scape but on a budget. I’ll send you the link if you want to see it. I think you have to look at things differently and not use for their original purpose–it will surprise you!

  23. Brenda says:

    What a coincidence! Today I bought 3 old blue bottles which I plan to use exactly as you did, with blossoms from the garden. I may have to go back to the shop and purchase more.

  24. Rosemary says:

    Okay Sarah girl, you have gone and done it again.
    Simple glass bottles, beautiful blooms and your exceptional style.
    If having an evening soiree, a mirror under your tablescaping and candles, would be magical. With you as a host, your great witt, delicious food, what more could anyone ask for.

    The book must be good for you to want a copy.

  25. Debbie says:

    Great table scape Sarah!!! just beautiful!

  26. cassie says:

    sarah- i LOVE your table! i love everything you do- the colors, the softness, and the casual feeling. i could sit at that table and sip my coffee (or wine!)

  27. Kerri says:

    Imperfect perfection as usual Sarah. You are living proof that you can have a beautiful home, without spending pots of money on the latest and best. And you can never go past an informal posy of flowers in my book! K xx

  28. Kelly M. says:

    Very cute table. Love the bottles and mix/match chairs… in white, of course! :) I like to put potpourri (if you don’t have a garden) in different glass vases and scatter some votive candles around the center of the table to complete the look.
    Thank you for all your helpful tips on tablescaping. I will keep these ideas in mind as I continue re-decorating my apartment in “beach chic”.

  29. Alicia says:

    Really simple and beautiful

  30. Stacy says:

    That tablescape is so dreamy and beautiful!! I’m going to try it next time I have people over…or next time my hubby and I have dinner out on the patio. : )

  31. Angie says:

    I love this table setting. The pretiness of the flowers and glass bottles are just devine. I like to use what ever I can find in the garden as well. I love to use sticks, wood, bark and most of all flowers. I find that all these things go well together and I love the contrast of smooth glass to go with them as well.
    I also have a growing collection of coffee table books and would love this one to become part of my collection!

  32. sue says:

    Since I started reading your blog, my local hardware store has had to ramp up their white paint inventory! Love the white paint! The table looks gorgeous! Thanks for the blog

  33. Paula says:

    I’ve just found your blog and I love it! We’ve been collecting bottles for a few years now, and I love their versatility!

  34. Gaelle says:

    Beautifull Sarah! Love your bottles, unfortunalty I’m not so lucky to find any of those in garage sales here….

    The website you shared with us about books is awesome! Thanks so much! The book Interior Design Drawing is $26 on Book Depository and $32 on Amazon without shipping, what a huge difference!

    Count me in for the giveaway!


  35. KIM says:

    I am absolutely in love with that tablescape so soft and the bottles are the perfect touch… my thrifty table scapes consist of may elements i pick up thriftin, curbing or garage sailing
    old candle sticks
    table runners
    candles (lots and lots of these)
    vintage apothecary bottles
    apothecary jars
    cherubs (big around this cottage)
    chubby birds i paint white of course!
    old quilts i have been known to pop one of these on the outside dining table
    the list goes on and on!
    please enter me in the table scape give away!

  36. Chrissy says:

    So beautiful! I love what you do with vintage bottles and flowers. Now I’ve just got to wait for stuff to start blooming around here since you’ve inspired me.

  37. Jseitzin says:

    Love your bottles. I found a great one at Goodwill for my future decor theme as soon as I get some kids moved into new rooms and a new paint job. I can’t wait to start my plan.

    Wish you could send your ladder my way. I have a great plan for one with tea lights, shells, netting as soon as I find one.

    Please enter me:)

  38. Julie-Ann says:

    You make it look so simple Sarah. Your arrangement is beautiful:)

  39. fairmaiden says:

    I’ve had my eye on that book…but I rarely spend money on books especially these days in this economy. Your simple floral table fare looks like it belongs in the book! I absolutely lOvE it…I am mesmerized by light shimmering through vintage glass bottles…it’s so much like water…like the sea.

    For a quick table set up I always use shells, white pitchers with roses, and white candles…tea lights or shabby chippy white pillars…with mix matched white, sand, hammered glass or black dishware…and paper cocktail napkins with a vintage pattern from my stash…I collect them like stationary. ox~ Fairmaiden

  40. Beautiful!
    I’ve just picked the last of our white jasmine, displayed it in three vintage jars, it looks quite lovely, I’m setting the table, in between working, for our family dinner and have the jars running down the middle

  41. Beth West says:

    Very pretty. The flowers look ethereal against the white background.

    Hmmm. Maybe if I studied Tablescapes I would be inspired as well?

  42. Michele says:

    Sarah, your style is beautiful! I love the simplicity of it, and the fact that it was a free design makes it even better, LOL! I really like the cover of the book, and if the cover is any indication of how the inside pages will be, I’d LOVE to enter your giveaway! :-)

    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)
    Luvkittysgiveaways at Gmail dot com
    Butterfly Whispers

  43. Michele says:

    I blogged about your giveaway here:


    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)
    Luvkittysgiveaways at Gmail dot com
    Butterfly Whispers

  44. debandnel@hotmail.com says:

    So inspirational! I am loving my roses Autumn blooms at the moment, they look lovely on any table.

  45. Michele says:

    Tweeted about your giveaway. Here’s the link:


    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)
    Luvkittysgiveaways at Gmail dot com

  46. Ginger says:

    Looks quite lovely. I love how simple yet beautiful it is. The petals add to the casual look. I am a bit envious that you found those beauties in your own yard. That is one area that is in desperate need of some TLC, our yard. Some flowers would be a nice addition. By the way, that book looks like it would be a real treat.

  47. Michele says:

    Wrote about your giveaway on my Facebook page. Here’s the link:


    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)
    Luvkittysgiveaways at Gmail dot com

  48. Erika Sarabando says:

    Loved your Table with Pink flowers…. Everytime that I visit your blog I feel that I need to do some innovation in my house! Beautiful blog!!

  49. Nancy H. says:

    Your table is so beautiful. You have given me some inspiration to try to create a beautiful table. I have a few antique bottles…lets see if I can make my table look as good as yours.

  50. Rachel says:

    LOVE, LOVE you vintage bottles! How lovely they look with the flowers. :) I’ve been on the hunt for vintage bottles for a while now…I have an old milk carrier that is need of some. :)


  51. Tiff says:

    I love how you can find those beautiful blooms in your garden . . . mine is devoid of flowers because I am devoid of a green thumb!
    Thanks for the generous giveaways you offer to your readers Sarah.
    I hope you enjoyed the drinks with your friends : )

  52. gretchen says:

    your table looks just lovely. i think the key here is that they are glass bottles – and with all the plastic around, maybe we just don’t see pretty glass bottles as often. There is an antique bottle show, here in Oregon, marked on the calandar that my wonderful man pointed out we will be going to in the near future – so this is even more inspiration!

  53. cheryl says:

    sooo gorgeous!! i think they’re some of your best pics yet! love your look lately.. also the photo on dreamy whites interview with old suitcases and cowboy hat is stunning!
    i’ve been looking for some aqua bottles and jars, will have to check out some garage sales..

  54. Lark says:

    One of my favorite “work with what I have” tablescapes was inspired by you and your white decor. For New Year’s Eve I gathered a bunch of white candles and glass jars and some shells I had hiding away in a closet that I had never used and put it all together. With the candles all lit and the white shells displayed in glass my buffet table was all dressed up for a small gathering of good friends. Thanks for all the tips!!!

  55. m says:

    Oooooh, la la…in a totally beach cottage way! ;}

    m ^..^

  56. Your table looks beautiful! I have a ton of old bottles and I desperately need to change my tablescape, so I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  57. Jeni says:

    Wow! I love the tablescape. It justs looks so…..whimsical and inviting.

  58. Kirsty Girl says:

    I love your table! My favourite are the chairs and how they do/don’t match! They’re rustic and completely charm me! I too can not get enough of vintage glassware like that! The old bottles are so much nicer than most expensive vases I swear!
    Even though I have never attempted it myself one of my favourite table decorating ideas is the centerpiece made yourself with an old juice carton by freezing water inside with petals! Looks stunning or for a variation you can put a bottle of wine in there too for decoration and its useful!

  59. Gosia says:

    Gorgeous as always. It’s almost impossible to offer any tablescaping suggestions to the tablescaping queen.
    My other little trick is to add tealights to the mis-matched vintage wine glasses and set them up on the window sill for the glowing background and shimmering light reflections.

  60. Victoria says:

    It’s so beautiful! I have some small vases that I like, and I bring in whatever I find from the garden. Right now it’s my wonderful antique roses, sometimes it’s other flowers or herbs and recently we let the mustard greens bloom and used their flowers. I am also a candle lover. I’ve even been known to fill a white bowl with my homegrown brown eggs. Now, if I just had me some beautiful blue bottles…lol!

  61. Alison Gibbs says:

    Love the table setting, especially the dropped flower petals. When I bring flowers in if they haven’t dropped a couple of petals by the next day then I pull some off to scatter
    Count me in for your giveaway

  62. love the bottles very nice BUT what is even NICER are my bathroom tiles coming along beautifully with White Knight tile paint…

    thank you so much for sharing that advice, you will be forever in my thoughts!!!!

  63. steph anne says:

    I absolutely love your table setting! This makes me want to go out and buy flowers and do something like this. I know my mom has a lot of old vases — maybe I should go steal some from her. :)

  64. thanks for the book shop tip, I just went over and bought a couple of books, seaside style and thrifty chic, free post thats so great and its in aud perfect and easy to shop, I’m a fan

  65. LouBoo says:

    Hi Sarah – I like nothing better than vintage bottles and jamjars with posies. Makes me think of my mum! I have these little pale blue and green milky glass pots, really squat ones and I use them for table decoration, with helibores floating in them. As helibores normally have their heads down…I have them head ‘up’! Its quirky I know… LB x

  66. Hi Sarah, what a fantastic pictures, I love it all together!! And I am sure to ‘copy’ the idea soon.
    You know what, I would so much love to see some pictures of your garden with the pretty pink flowers in it. Would you please?
    That book, wow, I am glad I finished reading your blog first, because I was about to go to the Dep. Book Store immediately, gnagna, maybe I better wait till after 2 May.
    Have fun today; I’m sure I will: we’ll have a garden birthday party with 8 girls this afternoon (our Myla is finally having her party because of her birthday on 8 March – she’s 7 now).

  67. zaira says:

    I love those vintage bottles with flowers, they look so nice on the table. A great look!! thanks for the giveaway, the book seems really a must-have!!! Hugs xxx

  68. Samantha says:

    Hi Sarah, have been hooked on your blog for some time now but as a lurker, thankyou, I enjoy it every day! All I can say that since reading I have been sizing up furniture to paint, spending too much time on ebay buying bottles and jars and making little scapes with flowers from my garden! Oh and dreaming of being able to move to Oz and have a life by the sea. Keep it up girlfriend!

  69. beq says:

    Hi Sarah
    I think your table setting looked so elegant. I love the fact that this beautiful table arrangement was a couture setting with a thrift store budget. Love Love Love the white with the touch of pinks and purples!!! Stunning.


  70. Msongbird says:

    Looks more than just lovely! Looks gorgeous. Can’t wait for the summer flowers to kick in in my garden. And yes I know that will bring that special pain too :-)

  71. Mrs Susan Page says:

    Been following your blog for months now. You are a truly beautiful person Sarah with a God given ability to not only decorate your house so beautifully but also to make us feel so much a part of everything you do. Thank you Sarah I have learnt so much from you. Susan

  72. Patti says:

    I agree with what everyone else said!! haha You have such a natual, warm and welcoming style…just lovely. I love your cottage!! Tablescapes? I’ve never done one in my life! So, I need help…I need that book!! You are teaching me so many things about decorating and making a house a home! Thanks so much!!

  73. Alicia says:

    Well as you can see by my own latest bloggy post I too am loving bottles at the moment! Love the petals falling on the table, lovely!!
    alicia :0)

  74. barbara says:

    I love your decorating ideas. The table looks fabulous. I do a similar thing using yellow daffodils in blue bottles, adding tea lights for an evening table.

  75. Kathy says:

    So pretty! It never seems to look like that for me, though. You certainly have the touch!

  76. Rianne says:

    I really love your bottles, and I think it’s a nice idea for our gardentable. Thank you for this great idea and the change of winning this nice book………..

  77. Jo says:

    I like to use milk jugs and tea pots too. You don’t even necessarily have to use flowers in them either – I often use foliage. I also use tin cans.

  78. Tomas & Jones says:

    You set up such lovely vignettes, & apparently so effortlessly, such a beautiful talent you have.

    Inspired by all the old book paper art around the blog-o-sphere we’ll be folding some up to decorate our next dinner party! I love pages with the menu or place name typed on them, or folded to make exquisite flowers.

    Thanks for your constant source of inspiration!!

  79. Irene says:

    Hello Sarah,
    What I like most about your post is the way you read something, liked it and implemented it. Most of us stick the image in our files, but you gave it real life. Bravo!

  80. Tomas & Jones says:

    Just tweeted your giveaway too: https://twitter.com/tomasandjones/status/13000820074

    Thank you :)

  81. Whitney says:

    this is gorgeous! I am so excited to start my own garden next spring… I wonder if any of those beautiful aussie flowers would grow in the middle of the US??? hahaha… it might be worth a try!!! =)

  82. miss sew & so says:

    am totally in looove with the whole ‘what you have in the garden’ idea- & popping it stem by stem into all shapes of glassware- i think it draws your eye to the garden from the table- as everything seems to tie in….i too would leave the petals on the table as your use of white highlights the beauty of nature- such extremes… you have had a lovely time setting this up before your drinks began- that is obvious- & i also think your guests would have enjoyed that effort- many people would just stick a store bought bunch in a reg vase- this takes not a great deal more effort- but alot more thought- and i often think thats what your decorating style is about….
    i have a stash of old white linen- can’t help myself- that i keep in my sewing drawers- i sew square vintage white lace handkerchiefs together regularly to make table runners and bunting for outside tables- they are all ‘roughly’ the same size and it takes no time at all- try it- an old vintage runner under those bottles would look gorgeous!
    melissa x

  83. Michelle says:

    I love the vintage bottles and your flowers. I’m trying to get some prettier things growing in the garden so I might be able to use them similarly. However, I have to admit that tablescaping is definitely not my strong point and I’m going to be doing some practice following your post the other day. Sadly I can’t pass on any tips on that front – in our house it’s usually a case of quick, clear off all the junk, post, semi-completed artworks and felt tips because people will be arriving any minute!

  84. picklefork3 says:

    very pretty – I’m sure the guest appreciated them too.

  85. Anita says:

    Absolutely lovely! I wish I had something blooming in the garden other than azaleas right now. I just planted two more hydrangeas! Can’t wait. I got my blog going. Only a few posts but stop by when you get a chance :)

  86. Katie says:

    I’m loving that table. I finally got Hubby to agree that changing things is fun so in order to do that thrift stores are the way to go. Hey, I have to be in this house everday for most of the day, so I need things to change up right? LOL I just might go see what I can scrounge up and redecorate my own table.

  87. chandelier magic - beach house says:

    Hi Sarah -
    Love all the bottles with pretty flowers!

    Right now, my tables are covered with everything wedding – vases, twine, rhinestones, shells, ribbon, candles, vintage jewelry, and last weeks farmers market flowers to experiment with – spider mums…

    I’d love to win that book – I need it.


  88. Dream Mom says:

    The book cover looks like a tablescape you would do! The tablescape looks pretty with the petals on the table.

  89. Tovah says:

    It looks so casual but still special. Love it! I wish I had flowers growing in my yard. All I have are clover (which are too small to pick) and buttercups–which are very sweet but tend to fall apart the day after they are picked. I still put a little bunch of them on my table though, they just brighten things up!

  90. Anita says:

    Sarah, I LOVE your style. I’m so jealous (as I try to rediscover mine!!!! argggghhhh!) If you ever find yourself on the west coast of this beautiful country called Oz – let me know. I need your help. You are one super talented lady:-) Oh and please can you somehow wangle a HUGE batch of that divine beadboard wallpaper so us poor deprived aussies can get out our sweaty little mits on that gorgeous stuff;-)

  91. tc says:

    Hello Sarah, what I’ve always admired about your decorating style is the use of fresh flowers in every room. Often envying your “fresh from the market” bouquets. Working full time it’s a challenge for me to get to the local farmer’s market to fetch them home. I do now and then pinch a few from my garden. I’m completely inspired to do that much more often now. The color of the petals against the fresh white table looks so welcoming. Each time I’m visiting your blog, I tell myself think of ways to add more fresh blooms to the house. It feels good when things are “alive” , and that is what fresh flowers do, bring a breath of fresh air to a room. Nicely done, (high street cottage)

  92. mary beth says:

    Sarah this looks so fresh and inviting! I think the simple approach is best and you don’t have to be rich to pull it together! thanks for sharing your ideas and the book looks fabulous!

  93. Drtomlin15 says:

    You have totally inspired me to start collecting bottles. This weekend I found one with a silver rim that was beautiful!!!

    By the way I just wanted to point out that the date posted as an end date for the contest has already expired, 2/5/10.

  94. Susan says:

    I love the tablescape. I love the simplicity of the white table top and the light colors of the glass with the bright flowers. I think it is lovely.

  95. Linda Jacobs says:

    We got 6 inches of snow this morning and all our baby leaves and spring flowers are covered. So, visiting your pretty, summery page lifted my spirits as it always does! Thank You!

  96. Bethany says:

    I love your little arrangement! I’ve started a scavenger hunt in my own house to try and replicate:)

  97. tina howard says:

    hi sarah, i must admit i’m hooked myself! i have to check each day to see if you have left us any eye candy and the like, anyway, i have to tell you that my niece who is getting married in june of this year and i have already sent her some of your pics for tablescapes as she is all for vintage finds and jam jars so has found them very inspirational already so i shall send her your latest blogs on these lovely tablescapes, thanks so much.
    keep em coming please,

  98. Kim Klippel says:

    You’re decorating style is inspiring. I’m rounding up my old bottles after posting this!

  99. DesignTies says:

    Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as flowers from your garden and glass bottles & jars can become something so pretty and elegant :-) Your table looks beautiful — the dropped flower petals add a nice touch :-)


  100. Suellen Musewicz says:

    Your table is beautiful. I love the simplicity of just one flower – I always jam in too many. I am inspired!

  101. Alisa says:

    Gorgeous, as always!! I just picked up some vintage blue bottle for a gift for my sister last weekend. I was so tempted to keep them for myself. Seeing your beautiful table is tempting me even more! :) Great job!!

  102. Oh my how beautiful!! I have this infatuation with old bottles and jars…so this one is right up my alley! I love that milk white one you have!!

  103. Sharon Forward says:

    Looks absolutely wonderful. Might have to go into the garden and fill up some of those ol bottles my hubby digs up for me x

  104. Simple, Chic, Casual, and just plain lovely… as always!! I love your bottle collection as well!! That book likes it would be a perfect addition to my inspiration stack of reads ;)

  105. Simple, Chic, and just plain lovely as always. I adore you vintage bottle collection. And I think that book would be a perfect addition to my inspiration reads! Thanks Sarah!

  106. I also reposted your giveaway on L Kae Interiors Facebook page! Enjoy your day and Thanks again!


  107. Erika says:

    Sarah, your table looks stunning decorated with those pretty pink flowers…So pure…

  108. Wow, this looks amazing! I LOVE that it cost you nothing. I was in an antique shop earlier and I saw some lovely old milk bottles but they were so expensive! I’ve started keeping interestingly shaped bottles and jam jars so hopefully I can create something that looks as pretty as this!

  109. Nickki says:

    I only have lilacs blooming right now, but I clearly need more bottles for when more is blooming this coming summer!

  110. The Lady says:

    Hi deary! Wishing you lots of happy gardening days to come and what a awesome book to have for playing hostess… I know you’ve been told this before but You totally should write a book on that – it seems like you have just that special touch to make your guests feel… like they’ve been thought of… and that is the best feeling ever.

  111. Fawn Dixon says:

    Have never seen this book…but I love it already and LOVE what you did to your table!! Now I am inspired to start!! Thank you!! Would love to get a copy of the book :)

  112. Marta says:

    I am very inspired by your lovely table and your garden and the idea of having friends over for a drink. Life gets so hectic, I forget to do that. I think I need to start a cutting garden this spring. I love your vignettes!

  113. Rachel Lynn says:

    I can’t wait to have fresh flowers to put in all the pretty bottles I’ve saved.

  114. Lois Gibbs says:

    Your tablescapes are pure and simple. I love them!

  115. This is so beautiful , love it very much!

  116. Cathy B says:

    I Sarah…love your tablescape… it is so delicate and definitely transports one to the beach. You asked for other ideas. for a bit more “chic”, you might try a runner of flax colored linen and work with that. With that one runner , you can actually tack on colorful trims for your occassional use, that you can change! ..or just leave it plain, and put various bowls, vases, and glasses or sand or seashells!

  117. Kim says:

    LOVE the vintage bottles. I have been on lookout for some and think looking in wrong places

  118. mary e says:

    i love fresh flowers on the table. What a fun arrangement of bottles etc you used and to leave the petals. . . brilliant!

  119. Rose says:

    The pink and purple contrast perfectly with the white and clear bottles. Simply beautiful!

  120. The Moerks says:

    I love your table scape. Being a bit of a klutz I would be a little concerned that after a couple of wines I may accidentally rearrange them with my elbow. Very pretty though.

  121. Lyn says:

    Hi Sarah love your table setting, it looks so fresh & simple. We had friends over last night & I also pulled out my old glass jars put pink & white flowers from my garden in them & placed a pink fragrant candle in a large glass holder in the centre. As it was a warm night here the smell from the flowers & the candle was lovely.

    have a great day

    Lyn xxx

  122. Roberta says:

    Oh my…I just saw this “similar” tablescape on houzz this morning and had to share it with you:

    Did you know that you can spray paint glass bottles…oh yeah…I did just that for my niece’s wedding family get-together and we had a Halloween Theme so I painted the bottle black and added black tapers for the fireplace mantle. I poured sand inside the bottles to keep them steady once the candles were lit. Then the guests took them home for party favors.

    You also might like these cute “cutlery bags” that I made for this party as well:

  123. Karen says:

    It’s amazing how you can constantly come up with new ways to make something become so beautiful. I wish I was that creative! Thanks for taking the time to respond to my email. I took your advice and my dresser looks great!

  124. Sally says:

    Love…love….heart…your table setting Sarah!! I too love to decorate with vintage bottles. You have always given me so much inspiration and joy through your blog. Thank you for offering such a fab-u-lous giveways. Fingers are crossed! :)

  125. LibraryGirl62 says:

    I have really been loving the pops of color in your coastal beachy thing~so cool!

  126. sissie says:

    Lovely table setting. Very simple and elegant.


  127. Anna See says:

    Lovely! I adore using bottles in this way. The book looks inspiring.

  128. Kathy says:

    Very lovely! Deb Treloar is a great photographer, isn’t she? I often look at her photography for inspiration for housey things.

  129. Penny says:

    This looks so beautiful. I’ve recently painted the inside of several bottles that I’ve grouped together – I can’t put water in them but for dry cuttings it’s very pretty.

  130. Amy R. says:

    Love the blue bottles! I am collecting those too. Great for summer! I would love that book too.

  131. alison says:

    Got to grow me some more flowers in my garden so I can do this sort of thing…fantastic Sarah, well done again!

  132. Kel says:

    Oh to have a table scape! We are moving this weekend so I have been spending this morning boxing up all my beautifuls and pretties – newspapre print absolutely covering my fingers! Next week hopefully there will be some sunshine and I can do this all over…

  133. elizabeth says:

    Love, love, love the beautiful simplicity of this tablescape…would love the book!

  134. Kim says:

    Beautiful table you created with the vintage bottles and flowers. Looks so fresh. I just started collecting some vintage pieces to mix with my other things. Would love to get that book.

  135. Sarah, I have been in the flower business for over 20 years. As a flower purveyor I learned early on that flowers always look magnificent when displayed in simple containers, especially when done in groupings. You have a real talent with flowers. Your table setting is perfect.
    I love it.

  136. Melinda says:

    lovely tablescape – especially fond of the “something out of nothing” approach. I love foliage, all the different greens bringing freshness inside. I currently have some brackeny ferns in a big vase/urn ( ok so I was a bit desperate but Im less fussy when they are free) – they certainly give good impact and obviously were zero cost – so win win for this this weeks pop of colour.

  137. Sometimes it is the simplest things that leaves the lasting memories….i also love books and can’t get enough of them they transport you into another world where dreams do come true and inspire us to give it a go!!!

  138. Dianne says:

    I love the simplicity and those vintage bottles. You always have lovely table settings.


  139. Kat says:

    Your table looks beautiful and I love how you used items you already had on hand! I would also love to win a copy of that fab book! As for thrifty tablescape ideas…hmm I would have to say driftwood, seashells, and lots of candles!

    Kat :)

  140. flick says:

    The table looks absolutely stunning, the fallen petals make it perfect..
    Gotta love a good coffee table book, full of inspiration and new ideas! I just posted about my favourite one (for this week!)
    :) Flick

  141. Di Nash says:

    Clever you as usual. The vintage bottles are gorgeous and how good did it work out with an all pink theme for the flowers!!!
    I like to go into the garden (or someone else’s hehe) and pick a large green leaf, maybe a banana leaf – a long one. Use that for a table runner. Woolies had some great hot pink and green tropical style paper napkins recently, so add those too. Then, add your vintage bottles and the hot pink flowers. Viola!! Cheap and gorgeous.
    Di xx

  142. Jan J. says:

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! There is nothing like bringing the outdoors in to make a house a home. My 12-year-old delights me by making woodscapes on her dresser. She brings in bark covered in lichen, fallen flowers. She has filled a glass jar with vivid green moss and added a pretty rock, a little fern and other things from the woods. The book looks wonderful!

  143. Simplicity at its best Sarah!!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  144. ilovemyhouse says:

    Oh, this is very nice indeed! I did something like this with only white flowers ( you can see it on my blog) but you gave me new inspiration. thnks. xx

  145. Christine says:

    as always lovely table setting with flowers and petals…love the book…would be happy to own a table like on the cover!

  146. *Alex* says:

    You know I love it! Vintage bottles, pretty flowers, perfection. The only thing that would up the ante for me is if it was blue or green glass bottles. Just thinking about it makes me sigh…

  147. Paddy says:


  148. Andrea Saunders says:

    Love all the soft colours, flowers included. I have no garden at all at the moment as we are renovating :( Luv my garden and cried when hubby removed it all with a bobcat. All in the name of progress. Thanx for the ongoing inspiration.

  149. marilyn says:

    I have a lovely old bottle collection.. just can’t pass them by if they have lovely shapes and heights… your settings are an inspiration for me.

  150. Nicole Kruse says:

    i know look at things with a different perspective. You have inspired me. I bought the book!!!! thanks for tip. Cant believe how great the prices are I actually bought a few books!!!! Cant wait for the weekend to create little table scapes thoughout my home.

  151. Susan says:

    Yard work itself is the pits, but the results are well worth all of the achey muscles, right?? Watching all of the colors blooming is just so refreshing and putting them in vases and bottles just adds to the charm and the main reason we don’t mind sweating in the garden…..sure hope I have a chance at the win, would love the book….hugs from across the ocean….Susan

  152. Tracy says:

    I have been enjoying your blog for a few months now….great ideas and inspiration and this book looks wonderful.

  153. I think that you arrangement makes for the most pleasant of get together. Relaxed and lovely. Well done. My fingers are crossed.

  154. So beautiful- one of my favorite ways to decorate.

  155. Cindy says:

    Life and house isn’t complete without flowers! I love your arrangement!! Those soft blues of the bottles and the cute flower petals are just lovely…so fresh and sereen!

  156. Lani says:

    Oh, I adore this. I’ve always been so put off by fussy centerpieces, but I hate the look of an empty table. This is absolutely perfect.

  157. AtOneWithHim says:

    I love the colors of your table scape. A perfect place to visit with friends and enjoy a drink. It’s beautiful without being “busy” and distracting.
    Thanks for sharing and also for the chance to win!

  158. AtOneWithHim says:

    I re tweeted this giveaway! @atonewithhim

    Thanks again.. oh I forgot to tell you that I love the chair in the water pictures.. good eye lady.

  159. So simple! So beautiful! Greetings from Norway!

  160. Morning T says:

    Your table is lovely as usual Sarah and yes, the fallen petals against the white make for a gorgeous picture! Please throw my name in the hat for your giveaway, I would love to read that book.

  161. Elsina says:

    Love your table setting with the bottles. I can’t get any vintage bottles here where I live, but some plain new bottles would do and those I can get here, so defenitely will try this out!! Thanks for sharing!

  162. Cindy S says:

    Sarah, Your tablescape looks fabulous and the best thing about it is the thriftiness of it. How much better can it get?! I am not great at tablescapes. Maybe that’s why I need this book, or one lik eit. I would love, love, love to win that book. So now I will facebook you.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  163. Pearl Maple says:

    Looks like a fab book full of inspiration.

    Always fun to see what inspiration you have found to share with us on the blog space.

  164. Lisa says:

    Love your table! Simple, but elegant. I currently have two lonely jam jars with tea lights (only there because we lost power). Need some inspiration and would LOVE the book!!

  165. Isabel Z says:

    Something so simple yet breathtaking. Thank you for sharing the beauty.

  166. Fleur says:

    Just beautiful, now that I am a mum, i’ve really learnt that it is the simple things in life that make all the differences.
    Fleur :)

  167. Jacqui says:

    Perfect – so simple but so stylish. I think I might have to hit the op shops this weekend in search of some vintage bottles! Love your photos as always, especially the chair in the sea (in your next post) – what a great combination!

  168. Lisa says:

    Simply beautiful, Sarah! I think I like your version even more than the one on the cover! It is simply elegant and the best part, free! Can’t beat that. Nice job, and thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Have a great week!

  169. Arielle says:

    This is gorgeous! There is really so much beauty in simplicity. I just posted about a bunch of milk glass vitamin jars that I got for 10 cents each. I think they would look so pretty all lined up on a table with a flower (peony, maybe?) in each. Thanks for sharing such inspiring photos!

  170. Regina says:

    Love that table. So simple and fresh. Those bottles would look good anywhere. What a great find and what a great tablescape. Tweeted too.

  171. sue schubert says:

    I’m going out to the recycle bin, to retrieve some bottles, I usually use old milk jugs for flowers, love your blog, love the beachy feel, shame I live a few hundred kilometers away from the nearest salt water.

  172. Marta says:

    Love your tablescapes and vignettes. Need to have friends over for drinks, too. Sounds lovely. Thanks for the giveaway!

  173. Cindy says:

    The bright flowers were set so beautifully against the blue gray of the ocean. The combo made the photos surreal. Great job! Love that you feature my baby girl, Lindsey of the pleated poppy on your blog.

  174. Theresa Collins says:

    Hi Sarah, Heres a tip for you I was desperate for something to put on my table, last moment as usual for me . I had a roll of wrapping paper right colour it actually looked pretty good and I recieved some very favourable comments. No washing up after just threw it in the bin.
    Kind regards little South Aussie,
    ps. would luv the book & thanks for the book depository tip I now get alot of fitnes related books for work very cheap.

  175. Linda says:

    I could definitely use some table decorating ideas! Love your blog.

  176. Beth Miller says:

    Love it! so simple yet so beautiful! Makes me happy.

  177. Jan says:

    So soothing. You must have an endless source of sunbleached aqua bottles. I never met an aqua bottle or a seashell I didn’t like either.

  178. Janice says:

    Beautiful tablescape! I love how simple and uncluttered it is. Having a white backdrop makes all the difference I think. My favourite way to tablescape on a budget is also to use a variety of bottles/vases to hold a small number of flowers, the impact is so much greater. I also love using mirrors and candles, especially at night. I’m not sure if this giveaway is open to Canadian residents too but I would love to win!
    Have a great weekend

  179. Krista says:

    Your table makes me feel like I’m on vacation. :-) I catch myself taking deep, peaceful breaths and have to fight down the urge to leave work, run home and put on a sundress immediately. :-) Today I’m going to see what I can do to cheer up my nook with what I have. :-)

  180. Beverly Palmer says:

    Absolutely beautiful arrangement! I just started my collection of glassware so this book would be perfect.

  181. RJ says:

    So simple and pretty!

    My thrifty table scapes generally consist of a handful of tea lights in a low dish, and if the season is right some pretty stems in a few of my white bud vases.

  182. Jackie Holt says:

    oh I love, love, the chair on the beach! So simple yet elegant!! I would so love having the book!

  183. i went to our major rummage sale last night and couldn’t find a darned thing! how come you have all the luck?

    nevertheless i am photographing my tablescapes per your inspiration. wow, we couldn’t be more different in style, but: i agree with you on this: whatever makes your heart sign when you walk past it with an armful of folded laundry IS good design! that’s my aim too :-)

  184. Jerri says:

    I love the look of your table with the glass bottles and fresh flowers!

    I’d love to win your giveaway book – it looks so interesting.

  185. Jennifer S. says:

    Your table is beautiful. I can’t keep flowers on my table (or anywhere in the house) because my cat chews on them.

  186. Clearly you bring out the best in everything. Well done, this is clean, stylish simplicity. You’ve set me thinking- since Autumn has arrived down here in Victoria, perhaps this would look good with flowers and/or leaves…


  187. Rita says:

    What a lovely book….just like your blog.


  188. Rachel says:

    Your table looks beautiful! I recently inherited some old colored glass bottles from my grandmother and have enjoyed clipping roses from my yard for them. They sparkle beautifully in a window! This book looks amazing!

  189. Wendy Wainwright says:

    Hi Sarah
    Wow, what an inviting table setting! The soft pastel flowers, amidst serene white vintage bottles, petals scattered randomly but purposefully on the welcoming white table … what’s for lunch? Will be over shortly!!
    Yes, I love the Book Depository, absolute fan of it …. yes, very addictive as well.
    Love you blogg …. I am off now planning my table setting for next Sunday’s Mother’s day ..
    Regards, Wendy

  190. Lovely, what a great book! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  191. Michelle says:

    Oh my Sarah…I really need to win this giveaway!!! I have so many roses in the backyard that need a home inside!!!!

    I love love love your blog!!!

  192. Linda says:

    What a cute simple easy idea, love it

  193. Sandi says:

    Beautiful table setting!! You have inspired me to do the same…or at least try to. :) Please enter me in your lovely giveaway!

  194. Charis says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing your superb site.