Love and Balance

The Valentine’s Day tablescape I created this year was the inspiration behind this room! With a neutral backdrop, it only takes a few small pieces to change the look according to seasons or holidays. A pillow, throw, and fresh flowers can completely change the look and feel of a room.

Now, lets talk balance & symmetry. Other than the bookcases, nothing about this room is symmetrical. I tend to gravitate toward symmetry, but sometimes you need to change things up a bit so the room doesn’t get too formal looking. Did you notice the brass table pushed to the right side of the sofa? Although it is not centered, it is balanced in the room! You don’t have to have exact items on either side of each other, whether it be a piece of furniture or accessories, and you don’t have to have the same number of items. Offsetting this table gives balance to the “blank space” inside the art grouping, and it also visually fills in the space on the right where you would maybe want to put another chair. If the table was centered in front of the sofa, the room would look “heavy” toward the left side of the room because of the pink chair and artwork.

Do you see how there is only one pillow on the left side of the sofa? This balances the table on the right. Visually it’s balanced, but asymmetrical.

Even though the art collage is the focal point, do you see how changing one thing allows your eye to travel around the room?

If I had a coffee table centered in front of the sofa, the art above would still be okay, but I would probably make the smaller top right picture a little more rectangular to fill some of the negative space. Are you ready to experiment with an asymmetrical look?

What items are you bringing in your home for a feeling of LOVE this Valentine’s!?

See more of my projects on Olioboard, or follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration.


Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Are you looking for a way to make your Valentine feel special!? This year I wanted to create a sweet Valentine’s Day dinner for my husband and son. I typically push myself to think outside the traditional holiday colors, and since red is the obvious choice, pink was the next runner up. It’s safe to guess that my boys probably wouldn’t be down with a cutsie table wrapped in pink, so I added black and gray for a masculine touch!

So, here are all my secrets for the perfect Valentine’s Table:

** Find things to reuse from your existing stash **

Flatware: Kate Spade, Flatiron (wedding gift…I chose because of the knives, aren’t they swanky!)

Stemware: Kate Spade, Library Stripe

Tablecloth: Chevron print from Stacy Naquin Interiors’ fabric library (I didn’t get fancy, no sewing involved…I simply cut fabric to size)

Pink Linen Napkins: I cheated on that too, it’s not actually a napkin. I knew there was no way I would ever find the perfect soft pink in a fabric napkin, so I just bought a yard of fabric from Joann Fabrics, cut to the same size as my linen napkins, and folded it. (Note: In high school, I was taking Physics to attempt college while my friends were taking the easy way out learning to sew and bake cookies. I can’t sew, and I buy my own cookies. When all else fails: go to plan B.)

Black runners: Yep, Joann again.

Dinnerware, aka plates: Walmart. Surprised aren’t you!? So am I. See…mixing high and low!!! (I’m very, very sneaky sir!)

Flowers: Albertson’s

Place card holders: My favorite part of the whole table! I bought these little frames from Michael’s a few years ago. The chalkboard is really just a black poster! Whewwww….such a time saver.


For more inspiring Valentine’s Day ideas, follow me on Pinterest!

For an original gift for your significant other, & to get the most brownie points ever, email us at:

To receive new blog posts by email, enter your email address in the Subscribe via email box on the right.