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Olivia Berg is a former former-career-woman-turned-country-girl…after ditching her corporate job in favor of a quiet life on the farm, she started The Wannabe Cowgirl blog, where she chronicles her adventures in rural living, DIY projects, and the process of building her family’s dream barn-house. In her spare time, she loves talking to her horses, hunting, running her graphic design company, and working outside with her hubby and lil’ cowgirl-in-training. 




Howdy! I’m Olivia from Silver Lining Blog + Design, and I’m so excited to be joining Cassidy Magazine to bring you some fabulous DIY projects and home decor inspiration! This issue’s theme inspired me to create a southwest tablescape for y'all and I'm excited to share some simple tips for creating a beautiful table; on a budget, of course! 

When I think southwest, I think of sunsets, sagebrush, and warm tones. This tablescape incorporates all of those elements without looking too overdone! Putting together a table setting is kind of like a puzzle.

You need to figure out which pieces fit together in order to complete the picture! 

To begin the puzzle, I like to start in the middle and work my way out. I chose to center my tablescape on this pretty blush-and-gold geometric candle holder and my decor staple: antlers!

Next, I wanted to add some chic greenery. Nothing is trendier right now than succulents! I didn’t want to make things look too balanced, so I chose to use matching glass vases, but mismatched plants. Next, I threw on some frosted-purple mercury glass votives too add some glow factor. I kept my glassware to muted tones of purple and bronze, and then wove them together with extra long, orange silk flowers. 





See how everything just works  together? 

My simplest tips to piecing together your own tablescape puzzle are:

1.Start in the center and work your way out

2.Think about symmetry, but occasionally stray away from “matchy-matchy” balance

3.Work with different heights and textures (shimmering glass contrasted against rustic antlers, for example)

4.Less is more. Choose one or two fabulous pieces with a little wow factor (like my geometric candle holder) rather than a lot of little trinkets!

I hope this helps de-mystify tablescape design a little! I could definitely see myself pulling up a chair and enjoying a margarita at this table! Oh, and the total cost of this southwest-themed beauty? $35! Thrift stores are a great spot to check for glassware and silk flowers…and I raided my personal collection for those pretty antlers!

For more from Olivia visit CLICK HERE



Olivia Berg 

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