A sharp centerpiece

I tend to be a very anti clutter person. I like surface areas clean of stuff or decoration (much to the horror of my mother in law who would like to put a doily and vase of fake flowers on every available surface).

That said, I even violate my own rules sometimes. The shore's eat in area just called for a little pretty. Enter this easy, peasy, sharp and breezy centerpiece. And when I say sharp, I mean I haven't touched this thing once without saying 'ouch'.

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One cactus/succulent garden + random shells + one large bowl. Voila! A centerpiece that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. (We purchased this cactus & succulent garden ready made from a big box store several years ago. Despite serious neglect, this thing is still alive!)

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You could use any kind of easy to care for plant along with any kind of random debris in the bowl - sea glass, rocks, moss, jellybeans (tm kelly bensimon). By no means an original idea, its such a simple project that has stood the test of time, I had to mention it.

Whats your take on clean surface area vs. well placed object? Whats on your kitchen table?

26 comments:

  1. I need to try a cactus. I can't seem to keep any other type of plant alive!! Very nice arrangement!

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  2. Looks great......love the edge of that bowl! I have a colorful square plate with my S&P on it. I can't handle when pepper "leaks out" of the mill onto the table so the plate helps with that.

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  3. oh this is so cute! and totally easy :)

    on my table i have my white ceramic monkey :) holding some 'flowers.' I think it's totally cute.

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  4. we have too much clutter. but, I try to be better. On our kitchen table, I have a cloche on top of a vintage ironstone cake stand that I change up... right now it has a sea fan, an old bottle and a small black and white photo.

    I love your arrangement!

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  5. very nice, and clean looking. I'm a clutter person, trying to reform. On my table is a glass jar with a crown like top, the jar is filled with dominoes. For no other reason than my grandkids took all of the dominoes and dropped them in a big water jug we use for pennies and I had to fish them out. That is right next to a cupboard that is filled..... Oh I'm going to work on that clutter problem starting tomorrow.

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  6. It does look a little ouchy, but I like the arrangement!

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  7. Mel Ginding9:58 AM

    I so agree!! Don't you have great designers that clutter every surface up with STUFF?! (cough, cough Candice Olson)

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  8. I am the same way...clutter makes me crazy. Thanks for the inspiration! We're in the middle of a move out-of-state and needless to say our house plants are taking a serious beating...

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  9. Darlene10:11 AM

    I realy like your idea..... and I hear ya on the non clutter. Sometimes I see pictures of rooms that are filled with very interesting things. Lots of things to look at and I love it. But it's not for me, it would drive me a little crazier than I already am. : )

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  10. It looks cute but I can't seem to deal with a centerpiece on the kitchen table. I like it empty. I sometimes will move the previous night's candles or floral arrangements left over from a party over to the breakfast room, but that's it.

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  11. Super cute! Makes me want to collect some shells this weekend :)

    Melissa
    http://www.houseography.net

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  12. There's nothing on our kitchen table... but that's because we don't have one yet! After we get our flooring installed, it'll be easier to commit to new furniture.

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  13. I TRY to have fresh flowers on the table all the time because I love them.

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  14. Pretty! There's a whole lot of crafting crap on my kitchen table as I wrap up nursery projects. I will be so happy when everything's put away and the space is clean again!

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  15. Love this idea! A perfect hint of green and beach. I'm an anti-clutter person too, though need to do a serious purge as I look around...!

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  16. I don't mind a well placed piece, however, it has to be the right piece or else I leave it bare. Right now I have hydrangeas on my kitchen table, but usually there is nothing.

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  17. That looks great S! I'm definitely with you on clean spaces, but a nice placed piece doesn't bother me at all. Flowers always work wonders for me!

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  18. Oh the jelly bean comment was too funny. Isn't she absolutely CRAZY?

    I think the plant looks nice and the shells are okay because you are at the beach:)

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  19. That's my kind of plant too. I tend to kill plants so any greenery that will stay alive despite my "help" is a good thing ...

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  20. A low maintenance plant is a great idea.

    A seasonal decoration of seashells is always a pretty setting. I'll have to bring my Sanibel shells out for display, thanks for the reminder.

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  21. That's just the type of little garden I need!

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  22. That is probably the only type of garden I could keep alive! Love it!

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  23. I like that and bonus it needs very little water so works great for a weekend home.

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  24. I love that bowl! I have nothing on our dining table currently - clutter drives me nuts! When we are having a party or having guests over I always try to pick up some fresh flowers and put them in a vase on the table.

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  25. It's a dish garden. I love to make dish garden before, they are so beautiful to put on top of the tables and also in the garden.
    Jane Taylor
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  26. I love the simplicity of the white bowl, very pretty.

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