Home Decor, Functional Centerpieces

Yesterday I posted about a fabulous dinnerware giveaway, and when it came to putting away my Villa della Luna , I just couldn’t do it! It was too pretty to stash away in a cupboard~


I often create vignettes on the kitchen island with dishware and produce, especially at the beach where storage is at a premium


I often have a big bowl of potatoes, onions and garlic~

functional centerpiece thepaintedapron.com

It’s kind of nice to have things so handy!

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Garlic is a great thing to tuck about,  it’s quirky shape will really pop out against darker colors~

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It’s fun to find things that can stay out of the fridge, such as coconut and sweet potatoes


You can keep a stalk of brussels sprouts on display for several days


Red apples and bright tomatoes happily shared seats on the “flag ship” during last summer’s holidays


I just used a simple little trick for this centerpiece


I got this gorgeous bromeliad at the grocery store, but I didn’t have anything decorative to cover the black plastic pot


Find a pretty napkin or guest towel and cover the ugly plastic pot with saran so it doesn’t get the cloth dirty


Bring napkin up around the pot and secure it with a ribbon,string, or rubber band and poof it out, fluff and tuck…


I put the plant into a glass compote bowl for height


And a large round basket tray for a base keeps everything contained


Added interest comes with tucking in fruits and vegetables~vibrantly colored oranges, pears, cherry tomatoes


all there for the picking when needed


So grab a cup and have some coffee


 It’s okay to play with your food!


I will be sharing with these fabulous parties and blogs:

The Dedicated House

Between Naps on the Porch

Uncommon Designs

Rustic and Refined

Project Inspire

Work it Wednesday

Katherine’s Corner





13 Responses to “Home Decor, Functional Centerpieces”
  1. Mary says:

    Love all your creative and functional centerpieces Jenna! The vivid color in your bromeliad with your tomatoes and peppers looks so cheery and bright with the colors in the Villa della Luna, brilliant to disguise the pot in a napkin too! Playing with my food is one of my favorite pastimes 🙂

  2. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Fun and festive, I love the bright colors! So glad to hear it’s ok to play with our food… My fingers seem to be sticky most of the time:@)

  3. Sylvie Junge says:

    Cool and decorative idea!Thanks for this and have a nice and happy day,
    hugs Sylvie

  4. Wonderful ideas, Jenna! I love the Bromeliad arrangement!

  5. This is a great idea, Jenna. I know that there are many times I either don’t have the appropriate size/color/texture pot I want/need, and using a napkin or fabric to camouflage the ugly plastic pot makes sense. I also like the way you’ve incorporated everyday items into your decor. That’s another thing that just makes sense! If you have to have it and use it anyway, why not do something decorative with it?!

  6. The old rule, form follows function makes sense. Not only do I like seeing fresh produce and flowers but you have cleverly made your pantry items a work of art, saved storage space and highlighted your pretty dishes.

  7. Your posts always make me giggle! I live at the beach, where every sq inch has to work double time. Sometimes people ask “How can you live in a such a small place?” And I think “Well, there’s the beach” Everything is on display, can’t wait to hear what my husband says when I come home from Trader Joe’s with a stalk of brussel sprouts (which I love) and put them in a vase. Thanks for the bromeliad tip, I could have used it in my “Goal Brazil” post from last week. Anyway I think my favorite is the Black Rooster standing guard over the summer bounty! Again thanks for all your great tips and making me smile!

    • Thanks Wanda, it makes me so happy that I can brighten your day! Oh how I wish I had a Trader Joe’s nearby, you are so lucky! I did the brussels sprouts tree last year during the holidays and really enjoyed it, but the weather was cool, so watch it carefully at the beach, it might not last as long in your climate~

  8. Kim says:

    Beautiful! I don’t blame you for wanting to enjoy your china a little longer. The bloom is gorgeous with everything combined – pulls it all together perfectly. 🙂

  9. So pretty and I love your idea about covering up those plastic pots…Everything looks so great!

  10. Jenna, I used your idea of covering the bromeliad pot in my new tablescape. I gave you a shout out and placed your permalink in my commentary. Just seemed like the right thing to do.

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