Table Decor From The Farmers Market

Welcome to Villa Candles blog!  I hope to inspire you with fresh ideas to accessorize your home inside and out. 

As the owner of a charming furniture and home decor store for 9 years, many of my customers would ask my advice on decorating which is something I have a passion for!  I love helping people create beautiful homes. The key is editing your accessories to create clean and stylish vignettes.  The fun part is finding and using things you love and including special items that have meaning to you. 

I will share the latest home décor trends, show how to use accessories in new ways and give tried and true decorating tips to help you achieve the look in your home that you've always wanted.  I want this blog to be a home accessory forum and invite you to share your great ideas as well as your home decor challenges. Together we will discover fresh new ways to spruce up our villas.

One of my favorite summer activities is to grab my market basket and head to our local farmers market.  If you are entertaining, take advantage of the abundance of beautiful seasonal produce to decorate your table. 

Create a fruit or vegetable topiary. Fill the bottom of an urn with a dishtowel or crumpled paper level with the top. Then, place a thin layer of green tissue paper or brown kraft paper so you are starting with a natural colored base. Use any lettuce, herb or vegetable foliage to tuck in the sides or simply stack the tomatoes to create a topiary. There are many round fruits and vegetables that you could also use such as peaches, plums, or lemon cucumbers to name a few.

Instead of just putting a vase of flowers in the center of your table try this unique idea for your next dinner party. Use vintage silver in a casual way or a big white glass pitcher.

This little detail at each place setting sets the tone for your menu and will make your dinner guests feel special.  You could also use multi colored baby carrots with a bit of their leafy tops, Italian purple garlic or a small bunch of herbs.  The possibilities are endless!

This fabulous rustic centerpiece is perfect for a party in any season and can be used on a kitchen island or long dining table inside or out.  You could also fill a favorite basket, wood bowl or galvanized tin container.


Tip: If you are including any leafy greens, keep them refrigerated until shortly before your party so they remain looking fresh.   Table centerpiece one day and dinner the next!  For more ideas go to

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Have fun shopping at the farmers market!