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18 January, 2015

A Simple Farmhouse Valentine Centerpiece

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Farmhouse Valentine CenterpieceIt’s less than a month to Valentine’s Day so I am beginning to add a little bit of Valentine décor to my home. I try to make it relatively subtle and have it fit into my Country French style…not always an easy task! This year I challenged myself to reuse elements from previous years and yet come up with something different…and I think I accomplished that goal!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Farmhouse Valentine Centerpiece I started with a little Norfolk pine, nestled in burlap and sitting in one of my favorite tureens. I had used it in my Christmas décor and I love it so much that I wanted to keep it as the heart of the centerpiece. I just added a few sweater hearts…bargain after-Christmas finds at Hancock Fabrics from last year…to give it a Valentine-y touch.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Farmhouse Valentine Centerpiece Next, I added a few pieces from my favorite Wedgwood Queensware pattern…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Farmhouse Valentine Centerpiece …and topped them off with some handmade ticking and toile hearts tied with jute twine to add some texture and a rustic look.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Farmhouse Valentine Centerpiece One of my favorite bits of Valentine décor is my no-sew faux cross-stitch Valentine tea towel…made with a 79 cent IKEA tea towel and an iron-on transfer. I love the way it looks like cross-stitch but is so much easier! You will find the tutorial, including the free graphic, by clicking here. I also added some of my favorite grape-y vintage silverplate forks tied with twine for even more farmhouse style. It’s all corralled in a little basket tray…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Farmhouse Valentine Centerpiece …except for a few more handmade hearts, placed beside the basket on the burlap table square.

Baby KittyBaby Kitty says that the hearts are his favorite part since he helped to make them! What would I do without my helpful co-host?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Farmhouse Valentine Centerpiece And there you have it…not too fussy and the burlap, creamware and fabric hearts just add that farmhouse feel!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Rustic Valentine Centerpiece And here’s a peek at past Valentine centerpieces so that you can see how many of these same elements were previously used.
I corralled transferware, vintage silverplate flatware and those same handmade fabric hearts in my favorite chippy box for my rustic Valentine centerpiece. And as a bonus, I was unknowingly photographing during the Blue Hour for a spectacular effect in the window in the background!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Ironstone and Tulips Valentine CenterpieceI used my favorite vintage Red Cliff ironstone along with some pretty pink tulips to create my early spring almost-too-late-for Valentine’s Day centerpiece. You can see the same vintage flatware and plain IKEA tea towels in this one.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage Ironstone and Sweater Hearts Valentine CenterpieceAnd here’s my Red Cliff tea pot again, filled with red tulips, along with vintage Wedgwood and sweater hearts. This time they are hanging from my bargain French bottle drying rack…a find at under $15 at World Market. You can get a closer look at it here. 
How about you? Is Valentine décor starting to appear in your home?

Thanks for stopping by! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
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  1. So beautiful! I love those round flat baskets.

  2. I love all of these Debbie, very cool how you reworked things you already have. That blue light looks especially beautiful with your Quimper in the background! Love the tulips with Red Cliff and roosters too.

  3. Your décor for Valentine's is perfect. Not too overdone. It's such a hard holiday to decorate for.

  4. I don't usually decorate for Valentine's Day, but you've inspired me to do it this year! Thank you for sharing your hearts.

  5. Not yet, but soon....I alway decorate for Valentine's day! The hearts on the tree is precious!

  6. It's lovely, Debbie. I'm ready to add some valentine touches here. Bought red tulips today. Now to get a little vignette arranged. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Just beautiful, and I enjoyed seeing your centerpieces from previous years! Every time I see your tea towels, I want to make some!

  8. Your post hit my inbox at the perfect moment, since I had just been surfing the net for Valentine's inspiration. You are so right that this is a hard holiday for decorating. It's so easy for the decorations to turn cheesy! I love your toile heart! I want one! Your heart tree is perfect! My mantle is currently bare, since I needed a visual break after Christmas, but now you have given me the inspiration I needed to do something!

  9. Darling ideas! Your home is so beautiful. Jo

  10. That, my dear, is perfect. Not too fussy but just right for a warm inviting feeling.

  11. Love your little hearts,you made it simple and perfect at the same time.Love your blue dishes,thanks.

  12. I don't do a lot of Valentine decor either, and I try to keep mine very simple. Adore those little sweater hearts, and your little tree.

  13. Debbie,
    I love the red toile hearts, but then I love toile in any color. There is very little valentine decorating here, but sometimes I do a little bit. Maybe this will be the year to do more.


  14. Debbie,
    Oh, my goodness, dear friend. . .I L O V E them all!!!
    I thought I could pick a favorite, but then each time I scrolled down. . .
    I thought no, this is my favorite!!! I do love the red transfer ware!!!
    Ah~h~h. . .handsome Baby Kitty always there to lend a helping paw!
    Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  15. I love your hearts! And the tea towel is so cute. I love it all! Linda

  16. Debbie, thanks for sharing your pretty centerpieces past and present-- I can never resist red and white, toile, and red transferware!

  17. I love the white ironstone and the pink tulips! gorgeous!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie