Natural Christmas Tablescape

Natural Christmas Tablescape

This whole decorating with nature thing is blowing my mind.  It has challenged me to think outside the box, to use what I have, and to let the outdoors inspire my Christmas decor.  And when I say outdoors inspire my decor, I don't mean the the real stuff you have to buy at the grocery store.  I mean the real stuff that is free in your yard, park, and neighborhood.

I am pretty sure I saw a woman on a bike the other with a baby carrier behind her cutting off a branch on the side of the road and putting it in her carrier.  I don't condone cutting down things that don't belong to you (picking up off the ground or picking off something small is a different story) but it made me laugh and smile all at the same time.  A girl after my own heart.  Use the nature that is around you!

Natural Christmas Tablescape

For my Christmas tablescape this year I used pine tree clippings from our yard, pine cones I had collected for my Thanksgiving tablescape, and cut off stumps from Christmas trees my mom got for free from our local hardware store.  I collected all my supplies and filled vases, serving platters, and my candlesticks to create this little centerpiece.

Natural Christmas Tablescape

To continue with a natural color scheme, I put together old music sheet paper as place mats (I also did this with doilies for my birthday tablescape this year).


My new gold frames in the background got filled with music sheet paper to continue with the theme and temporarily fill in the empty frames.  It also ties in well with my music sheet trees on the hutch nearby.


Little bottle brush trees and red striped straws add a bit of playfulness and color.  I don't like anything too stuffy around here so it adds just the right amount of whimsy that I like.


Apparently when you buy a Christmas tree they cut off the bottom part of the stump.  While my mom was in the garden section of the hardware store she saw a bunch of these and picked them up for me as they reminded her of my previous natural themed tablescapes.  They make perfect little place settings and coasters.

Natural Christmas Tablescape

I saw this cute idea from For Chic Sake where she has the tradition of saving the stump from their own Christmas tree and writing their initials and the date on the bottom.  Though we didn't buy our own tree the initials on the tree seemed like a cute decor idea so I added it to our display.  I think I will try to make it into an ornament for our tree.


Linking up to Rhoda's Christmas vignette link up party.

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14 comments:

  1. Love the tree stump idea, they add such a beautiful rustic nature to it all! Amazing.

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  2. Love every single detail! Especially the little joy signs and the stumps, and the straws...ok see I told you I love EVERY detail :)

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  3. I LOVE this...I pinned it!
    The thing I like the most about it is that it's something most of us can pull off without too much trouble....
    love your style!

    I saw where you're in Northern CA....we have dear friends who lived in San Fran for 10 years, and we always loved visiting them!! Great state!

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    1. Yes! Something we can all pull off without too much trouble! You took the words right out of my mouth! I don't want to just show pretty things but encourage that anyone can do it as well!

      We love Northern California! We live near Sacramento and make day trips to San Francisco at least a couple of times a year!

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  4. Okay the little cross-section of tree stump on the plates is to die for! I love the whole table. I've been doing a more natural decor theme this year too but have been moving very slowly when it comes to decorating lately. Hopefully I'll get it all done soon enough to enjoy it :)

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  5. What a beautiful tablescape--I love the simple charm of the green branches mixed in with all your lovely white pieces, and the little bottle-brush trees and bright red and white straws! This is a sophisticated and also fun tablescape, and I love it!

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  6. Ashley, your table is just stunning!! Way to use the naturals and your pics are just beautiful. Merry Christmas to you.

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  7. Love this! Nature is one of my main decorating sources! Last year I painted pone cones. This year they're also scattered throughout the house. I wish you could visit my house. My husband works for a landscaping company and he's always bringing home random branches, rocks, etc. trimming a branch off a tree won't hurt it, especially if you trim in a good spot. It could even be good for it. Think of it as volunteer pruning ;)

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  8. Love this! Nature is one of my main decorating sources! Last year I painted pone cones. This year they're also scattered throughout the house. I wish you could visit my house. My husband works for a landscaping company and he's always bringing home random branches, rocks, etc. trimming a branch off a tree won't hurt it, especially if you trim in a good spot. It could even be good for it. Think of it as volunteer pruning ;)

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  9. Found you from Rhoda's site. Beautiful setting and classy!

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  10. This is beautiful!! Haha that woman with the baby cutting off a tree branch totally made me laugh :) I love using things outside. And pine trees and pine cones!! I miss those! We live in Arizona right now - I've got a cactus and palm tree in my front yard. As much as I love them, I'd love some regular old leaves again.

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  11. Naturally beautiful! Well done.

    May the peace, joy and beauty of the season be yours.

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