Do you have one of those friends whose talent is just off the scale?
The kind of friend that possesses a skill as a sculptor or ice carver or something that blows you mind every time you see their work?
Well, I happen to have several of those friends but one in particular happens to have some mad woodworking skills. He is so good at crafting things from wood that every time I see him I find myself saying the words “that’s amazing” about 100 times.
Meet my friend Jeff.
Along with managing a woodworking store and building all types of amazing things for folks around Atlanta, Jeff is in the process of setting up an Etsy shop to sell some of the smaller decorative pieces that he makes.
Not too long ago Jeff and I were having lunch and he was telling me about these candle holder centerpieces he was making. He described them to me and based on his description alone, I knew I had to get my hands on one and use it as part of a fall tablescape.
Here’s the piece that Jeff created. It a chunky slab of wood that has multiple circular holes that can hold different styles of glass vases and candle holders. I love that the piece is large and substantial and the versatility of the holes makes it even that much cooler.
The piece is crafted of mahogany and has a dark stain finish.
And here’s the Fall tablescape I created inspired by this beautiful centerpiece, made by my friend Jeff, a master Woodworker!
Instead of a fabric tablecloth, I decided to use this faux bois gold and white gift wrap I picked up at HomeGoods. Isn’t it just awesome? The pattern plays beautifully with the handcrafted wood centerpiece and the width is perfect as a wide table runner.
The wood centerpiece was a great size for the center of my table and offers just enough height so that it won’t interfere with conversation across the table.
Again the really cool thing about this centerpiece is that it can hold different types of candle holders and small glass vases. The holes are about 2″ in dia. and about 3/4″ deep so any container in that size works. Lots of the candle cups available at Ikea are the perfect size.
My place settings also included wood. The square wood charger plates I found at a consignment store. I layered square white plates (purchased last year at HomeGoods) on top of the charger and then added floral napkins from Target. They were one of the clearance items I recently picked up (4 for $4.88). The gold-plated silverware was given to me by my mom and it coordinates great with the gold of the paper tablecloth.
Instead of using just candles in the centerpiece, I used a combination of candles, flowers and mini pumpkins.
Small glass votive cups hold bouquets of fresh flowers and I painted the mini pumpkins gold and white.
The taper candles are placed in flared glass candle cups that fit perfectly into the holes.
You all know I’m big on layering my décor and a table setting is no different. Layers are what give the tablescape depth and dimension and the mix of materials and finishes add visual impact.
My fall table was really quick to pull together and Jeff’s centerpiece was the perfect starting point for it all. I love the way the entire table turned out.
I know Jeff is working on lots of other items for his shop so I’ll be sure to share more of them soon and let you know when is shop is open for business.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re enjoying fall as much as I am.