Hello Friends! Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of our monthly blog hop. If you’re coming over from my beautiful friend LizBeth from Home and Fabulous welcome! Don’t you love her elegant California style with pops of pink?

Special Valentine’s Day dinner

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we don’t really make a big deal around here decor wise. I take out my red pillows and hang a few wooden red hearts on the front door and call it a day.  As most of the world takes this day to get intimate with their loved one we do just the opposite. We cater to the masses. I have mentioned before that my family owns a floral shop Wisteria Flowers and Gifts.  Valentine’s Day and the days leading up are THE busiest of the year. We all help- taking orders, wrapping the arrangement and even delivering flowers and Mother Nature always seem to play a part and snow! With that being said we all look forward to the end of the day.

MY VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT They say “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” and I couldn’t agree more! So this year I thought that I would plan ahead and treat my family to a home cooked Valentine’s Day meal for all their hard work.

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SETTING THE TABLE

As a self proclaimed dinnerware junkie I have more than enough plates, glasses and serviceware. I love to set a beautiful table, use what I have and mix in new and creative  items. This year I found in the check out aisle at Michael’s adorable black and gold foiled pocket folders in an assortment of graphic patterns. These would be my inspiration for my Valentine’s tablescape. Simple white dinner plates topped with gold swirl salad plates form Pier One create the backdrop for the graphic envelops and inspirational notes.

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Finding a tablecloth for a 10 foot farmhouse table is not easy but I found the perfect black and white striped cotton linen tablecloth that matches the window treatments in my kitchen.  I love the classic black and white that can be used for so many different occasions. This year I have  been getting out all my black and white home decor accessories.  For serviceware I used my green handled set from C Wonder. For similar silverware click here. It’s the perfect touch considering that Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year. So I ran with it!

using vintage dinnerware and plates and mixing then with new for a gorgeous dinner table setting

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MAKING THE CENTERPIECE

I have had this large white vase for years now and it seemed to be the perfect container for a silk floral arrangement. Nope, these are not real. Wisteria purchases the highest quality silk flowers. Sometimes I need to touch them to make sure they aren’t real!  I headed to the shop and picked an array of floral and green stems with a black, white, pink and red whimsical theme in mind. I simply gathered the stems and wrapped them with floral wire and placed in the white handled porcelain vase. To create the height I placed a bowl upside down inside the vase. This height allows the stems to drape over the rim for an organic arrangement.

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The pink peonies are my favorite. These huge blooms are a delicious watermelon color. I added red and white poppies, white tulips, a flowering artichoke, light green hydrangea and assorted grasses.

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Moss, grass and seeded orbs are placed on the table adding more greenery.

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The Sweet Stuff: Valentine’s Candy

I scattered pink and white candy hearts randomly on the table.

a flat lay view of a beautiful peony and poppy flower arrangement

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MIXING OLD AND NEW

Red tapers were added to candlesticks that we received for a wedding gift.  When setting the table I also used one of my parent’s wedding gifts! A gold embossed glass picher and glasses. The adults get large oversized wine goblets and the kids get the red and gold moroccan designed glasses from World Market.

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I also grabbed from Wisteria a pair of gold heart vases. I topped them with preserved boxwood orbs and placed them on both sides of the large centerpiece.  A broken poppy gets its own vase. A set of pink and gold dessert plates also make the table with an assortment of catchy “sweet” quotes.

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PATTERN PLAY

Over each of the X back farmhouse chairs I folded striped french bistro linen napkins from West Elm. Layering pattern on pattern and continuing with my mix and match approach to design.

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I love the way the light floods in the dining area and reflects agains the gold accents creating a warm and inviting gathering place.

a large farmhouse farm table is set for a special dinner

TIME TO EAT

The table’s all set and ready for my tired family to gather, eat and recap all of the days crazy events.  Although the day seems like they all ran a marathon we count our blessings that we can spend time together.

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ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS and tell the people around you how much you love them. I never take that for granted anymore.

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a gorgeous valentines day pink floral arrangement from Wisteria Flowers and Gifts is the centerpiece of the table

TIME TO CELEBRATE

Now let’s toast a successful day spreading the love and look forward to a good nights sleep! How do you plan to spend Valentine’s Day this year?

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Happy Valentines Day and thanks for stopping by our Simple Entertaining Valentines Edition Blog Hop. I’d love for you to head on over to see what the fabulous mother/daughter team  Kim and Lacey Styled with Lace have styled up!  This mother/daughter duo has loads of style and a knack for creating glamorous cozy spaces!

BLOGGER HOME TOUR

Follow along with my friends and see how they have spread LOVE throughout their homes. Here’s the list and don’t miss anyone!

Joan 2 Ladies and A Chair

Gloribell I Don’t Know How She Does It

Sheila Maison De Cinq

Amy Crazy Chic Design

Kathleen Lindsay Hill Interiors

Janine Happy Happy Nester

Liz Home And Fabulous

Kim and Lacey Styled With Lace

and Summer SummerAdams Designs

 

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Here’s a short video that I made with my new camera! Hope you get a kick out of it. xoxo Amie

MY VALENTINE TO YOU

Most nights I like to paint or draw to relax and wind down. I painted this 10″ by 13″ chalkboard inspired Valentine’s art and would love to give it away to one of you! Simply leave a comment LOVE IS _______________________  and on Monday February 13th at 9AM EST I will announce the winner. Good luck! This giveaway has ENDED> 

chalkboard art by AA Milne

Easy Valentine's day entertaining with a pretty farmhouse tablescape in black and white

47 Comments

  1. Reply

    Marie McNa

    February 10, 2017

    Love is Simple

  2. Reply

    Judy McCarthy

    February 10, 2017

    Love is all you need. The Beatles

  3. Reply

    kim dwyer

    February 10, 2017

    Love is…….. that cute little cartoon strip that I collected when I was a teenager. Hoping one day to find exactly what they were referring to. <3

  4. Reply

    Val Castronova

    February 10, 2017

    Love the color palette and the inspirational notes.

    Love is unconditional,but always evolving.

  5. Reply

    Karen bidinost

    February 10, 2017

    Love is boundless!

  6. Reply

    Kim Dolci

    February 10, 2017

    Love is meant to be shared

  7. Reply

    Colleen

    February 10, 2017

    Love is being married to your very best friend! 🙂

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    Tamara

    February 10, 2017

    first I wanted to start off my saying your tablescape is amazing ..the black and white stripe, the flowers and the touch of green.. yes please!
    also LOVE IS being happy with yourself in order to pass it onto others.

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      memehillstudio

      February 10, 2017

      So thankful for you taking the time to stop by and leave a comment! xo

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    Kim Hazel

    February 10, 2017

    Love is caring and sharing.

    What a stunning tablescape!! love the Peonies ,my favorite!!

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Mine too Kim! Looks like you had a wonderful day too. xo

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    Amy

    February 10, 2017

    Amie!!! This is gorgeous! I love the black and white striped table, love the little envelopes, and those flowers!!!! Gorgeous!

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Thanks Amy! Look like you had a wonderful day too!

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    Summer Adams

    February 11, 2017

    Holy smokes, Amie!!! My jaw is on the floor right now! I cannot believe those are silk flowers, such a stunning arrangement! Every detail is so shocking and perfect and I love it so much!

    • Reply

      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      You are always so supportive Summer! love you girlie!

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    Alicia

    February 11, 2017

    Beautiful tablescape Amie… simply stunning.

    Love is the answer

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      memehillstudio

      February 11, 2017

      Alicia! That’s is perfect . Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Congratulations Alicia You were chosen randomly to win the original art! Have a great day! xo

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    Joan

    February 12, 2017

    Amie your table is beautiful! I would never guess those flower weren’t real. I am taking notes…love the napkins on the chair back and love the green orbs(I have some somewhere I’m going to look for them)Beautiful friend!

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Thank you so much Joan! xo

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    lori angelone chaba

    February 12, 2017

    love is….a many splendored thing…

    • Reply

      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Yes it is Lori! Hope that you are doing well!

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    Sara Canzano

    February 12, 2017

    Love is……never having to explain yourself to your family and closest friends, and they just “know” and love you for it all. For me, love is truly your family, your chosen family, and spreading joy and kindness to everyone. Xoxo happy Valentine’s Day to you Amie, one of the loveliest I know. ❤

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      YOU ARE MY TRIBE! love you to the moon.

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    Beth Catalana a

    February 12, 2017

    Love is learning to live in the quiet (especially the house in Valentine’s Day) but being so proud of the humans my children have become!!

    Also love the tablescape, beautiful as ever!! ❤

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Thanks Beth! Jen and the girls are still recovering! Hope you had a great day. Miss you!

  17. Reply

    Deborah

    February 13, 2017

    Love is everything.

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Yes it is!

  18. Reply

    Sara

    February 13, 2017

    Love is never ending. You are amazing scrapper 1!!

    • Reply

      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Love you too Scrapper! xo

  19. Reply

    Moe Williams

    February 13, 2017

    a LOVE is a choice! I choose Love

    • Reply

      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Good choice Moe!

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    Kathleen

    February 13, 2017

    Love is the answer to all this world’s problems!

    Amie – your Valentine’s Day table is so, so gorgeous! I love every little detail because it shows your heart! And I would never in a million years have guessed that that centerpiece isn’t made with real flowers. It’s stunning!

    Also, I love, love, love your chalkboard art – so perfect!! I want to be you when I grow up!

    Love you!!

    xox

    Kathleen

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Kackey! Thank you so much. You are the best and I REALLY MEAN IT! xo

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    Janine

    February 13, 2017

    Amie,
    Such a great post and all your table decor is fantastic. I thought the flowers were real, you arranged them so organically! I hope you have a nice Valentine’s dinner despite the flower business shenanigans!

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Thank you so much Janine! Have wonderful day coming up to that fuzzy pillow! xo

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    Lizbeth C

    February 14, 2017

    Amie, Everything is so beautiful and every little detail so well thought out! You’re table setting its GORGEOUS-FABULOUS Love doing this hop with you!!

    Love you!

    xox Lizbeth

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Well thank you LizBeth and you know how I love your home all decked out for Valentine’s Day! Have a great day!

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    Sheila Irwin

    February 15, 2017

    Amie,

    I love this tablescape so much – and I had no idea the flowers were faux!! Great job my dear! I especially love the black and white with pops of green – so fresh and unexpected!

    Happy valentine’s Day sweet friend!

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      memehillstudio

      February 15, 2017

      Thank you Sheila! Yours too. You didi a great job setting the Valentine’s table!

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    Jen O’Donnell

    January 29, 2018

    Love is an amazing journey that never ends.

    • Reply

      memehillstudio

      January 29, 2018

      You are so right Jen! Thanks for stopping over. xo

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"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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