The Softer Side of Spring

While visiting my brother and sister in law, I always head over to Dawsonville, Georgia to the outlet mall

there…It is a one of my favorites as it has a Pottery Barn Outlet there…My all time favorite though

is the one in San Antonio, Texas..truly awesome…

…..While strolling the aisles at Pottery Barn, I came across these adorable bird plates..thus, my

inspiration for my next table setting…

I remembered that I had an old brass bird cage somewhere…so I scoured the closet..took out the Annie Sloan

Chalk Paint and went to town…Yes, it paints over metal…how great is that?


…so far so good


…after two coats


…I placed the bird cage in an arrangement that I had



…The cute litte ceramic bird came from Carolina Pottery..I should have bought a was $2


…The bird plate (Pottery Barn)..the brown edged plate underneath is Noritake..and then Lenox Butler’s Pantry

……Tablecloth is Ralph Lauren, napkin is Williams Sonoma, goblet American Fostoria





…The arrangement is in a painted decorative tin container, purchased over 10 years ago




…The bird plate had no contrasting color on the rim, so I borrowed my daughter-in-law’s Noritake stoneware
……that had a brown edging and thought it worked out perfect



…We are all looking forward to Spring!!

Love hearing from you and enjoying your comments!!

Joining the following parties:

A Delightsome Life Home and Garden Thursday
A Stroll Thru Life Tabletop Tuesday
Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday
Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Debbie-Doos Blogging and Blabbing Newbie Party
Ivy and Elephants What’s It Wednesday
Katherine’s Corner Favorite Things Blog Hop
Mrs Hines Class All Things Home
No Minimalist Here Open House Party
Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday
Serendipity and Spice Manic Monday
Southern Lovely Show and Share
The Style Sisters Centerpiece Wednesdays
The Tablescaper Seasonal Sundays
Under the Table and Dreaming Sunday Showcase Party

Serendipity and Spice Manic Monday

Sunday Showcase Party

Thursday Favorites Blog Hop

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  1. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says

    Your table is such an inspiration to the brighter days of spring!

  2. My friend, this may be one of your prettiest tables yet. I am absolutely in love with that tablecloth and those plates. I love anything paisley. This table just came together perfectly. I can’t believe you pulled it together so quickly in one afternoon. ttys

  3. How beautiful! I just love that tablecloth! The cage came out great!
    I go to the PB?WS Outlet often, was there Thursday, but there wasn’t anything I liked on sale. It has to be a really good sale for me, I wait them out!
    Have a wonderful Sunday! Hope you will join me on the 13th, details in my Seasonal Sunday post.

  4. Beautiful table setting. Love the plates. That is the PB outlet I shop. Maybe we can meet there some time.

  5. Oh my goodness, you did a fabulous job on the bird cage!! I love your Spring arrangement on your table…everything looks so perfectly wonderfully together.

  6. I LOVE this table setting, Shirley. How clever you are. The bird cage turned out beautifully and I love the way you placed the different birds. The bird plates with brown chargers and that Ralph Lauren tablecloth, with pineapple embroidered napkins just melt together perfectly. It reallly does give a feeling that spring is right around the corner. Absolutely exquisite. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  7. Love those bird plates and they reminded me that I ahve some pretty bird plates and cups. You have inspired my next table! The birdcage turned out beautifully. XO, Pinky

  8. So beautiful Shirley. I am painting as we speak with some Annie Sloan. Makes a world of difference on everything!

  9. The bird cage looks wonderful in white, Shirley! Great idea to paint it! It makes for a great addition to your arrangement and I love the little birds hanging about. I love all your dishes and that tablecloth is such a pretty pattern.

  10. I love your tablescape more than words can say.

    Oh my gosh it is absolutely perfect!!!!!!!!

    WELL DONE!!!!!!!

  11. Shirley, I love all the details of your table setting! Your plates look gorgeous with that tablecloth, and I love how you used the birdcage in your arrangement. All your little birdies are go adorable. Your table puts me in the mood for spring.

  12. Very pretty! Birds have certainly become a popular motif, in decorating, haven’t they?

  13. The white bird in the white birdcage is stark and sophisticated, while the soft shape of each is warm.
    This will be a very versatile anchor for all seasonal arrangements. I do love the pineapple napkins.

  14. Wish we had a PB Outlet near us! Great plates, project, and tablescape!

  15. Shirley, your table looks amazing! I love how the birdcage turned out! That was a great idea!! Everything about this table says, “Spring”! I love it all!

  16. Looks great! I wish I had a Pottery Barn outlet near us. I’d go in a heartbeat.

  17. This is gorgeous! Birds and nests are my two of favorite things! Your bird cage looks wonderful in white and I love your new Pottery Barn dishes! It makes me ready for Spring! I’m now following on Linky Follower. Thank you for your kindness in stopping by my blog today! Have a great week!

  18. Beautiful tablescape. I love the birdcage centerpiece as well as your dishes and linens. Nicely done.

  19. Lovely! And the tablecloth is PERFECT for your ‘scape! Here from Tablescaper’s Seasonal Sunday.

  20. Your tablescape is beautiful. I love the bird cage, birds, and bird plates. What color are your walls? It looks similar to mine.

    • shirley@housepitalitydesigns says

      The paint color is SW Blonde…it appears a little more “yellow” in the photos..thanks for stopping by!!

  21. Stunning! Shirlye, you have quiet the talent for tablescapes. Love the birdcage in the arrangment and the litte ceramic bird is so cute. The plates are beautiful and I like the pineapple on the napkins. My favorite element is the litte bird bath statue.

  22. Sorry about the type on your name…

  23. Anna Starner says

    Love your plates. I have a tablecloth very similar to the one you used in this tablescape. I use it in the fall (will have to rethink that). Paint is a decorators best friend. Birdcage is so much softer painted white and soooo springy.

  24. Shirley this looks so great!! You have such good taste! The bird cage is so cute.

  25. Linda Miller says

    I love the softness of this tablescape…so pretty. The paint really transformed that bird cage. Good job. I can’t wait for spring to finally arrive in Colorado/

  26. So cute!

  27. Love love thoses plates. Great tablescape , Feels like spring already.

  28. Came over from Debbiedoo’s and am your newest follower. : )

  29. Gorgeous setting. Thanks for sharing. You have given me some great ideas.

  30. What a beautiful surprise!

  31. Love the table setting. Birds and bird cages make me happy. The bird plates are wonderful.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  32. Shirley, this is my favorite tablescape yet! I not usually love birds, but for some reason I adore the ones on those plates! What a fantastic job

  33. This is simply gorgeous. Love everything about it…I want that tablecloth! Your centerpiece is stunning.
    Marianne 🙂

  34. Oh how gorgeous! Love it all. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  35. Fabulous. Your entire tablescape is stunning. I love it. The cage and the birds are beautiful in your arrangement and your other bird accessories are lovely. Your tablesetting and linens are such lovely choices. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  36. I love going up to the outlets in Dawsonville! It’s a whole day affair and just so much fun… we try to go every couple of months. The Pottery Barn outlet, Restoration Hardware, and Coach outlet are my favorites! This turned out so cute! Thanks for linking up!

  37. The perfect way to welcome Spring. Great plates! It’s wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays!

    – The Tablescaper

  38. Beautiful table…love the bird plates.

  39. Beautiful! i love your table! Love the plates! Thanks for sharing Joann

  40. Beautiful! Love the plates

  41. Absolutely love the plates with those fantastic birds on them! Such a pretty spring table- I wish the weather would turn in our neck of the woods and we’d hear real birds chirping up in the leafy trees! Visiting from the Style Sisters party. 🙂 Sue

  42. Hello sweet Shirley,

    That tablescape is the very best! I am pinning it. Everytime you inspire me.

    Happy Spring.

  43. This is beautiful! Isn’t it so delightful when the spring birds come back again. Your table is so charming.

  44. Such a pretty table! I love your bird plates and the cage. Great makeover!….Christine

  45. How lovely all these elements together are! I especially love the little bird feeder against the beautiful tablecloth. I would love to sit down and dine at this wonderful table!

  46. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous Spring table setting at the All Things Home link party. I think when we get to do something we love, it gives us such a sense of accomplishment…and makes us happy. And we know it is very important to keep mama happy!

    So glad you linked up!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  47. We don’t even have a pottery barn, let alone an outlet.. sigh. love those plates. the RL tablecloth is perfect with it. love the mix of plates and I’m in total love with the centerpiece.. xo marlis

  48. I want a Pottery Barn Outlet!!! Love the plates and your centerpiece is fabulous!
    XO Cindy

  49. I have this EXACT birdcage and mine is also painted white. What really caught my eye is how you put it together with the greenery and base. So pretty as is your table vignette.

  50. Today is my first visit, and I love your settings, I love how you redid the birdcage.I came from Katherine’s Corner to give you a wink. I’ve enjoyed your blog and now, will continue to do the link hop!! Now that we met come follow me, on my….. GFC….

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  51. Just gorgeous!! I love the napkin too. xo P.S. where is your blog button?

  52. Gorgeous centerpiece and I love the table cloth!

  53. Everything looks so lovely! You did a wonderful job on your bird cage and the arrangement. I love your bird theme…gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Blessings,


  54. OH I LOVE it!! The birdcage looks fabulous!! And I am dying over that bird platter!! One of my closest friends currently lives in San Antonio…I need to let her know about the outlet just in case she’s not aware of it:D

  55. Hello! Anne Sloan paint is fantastic! I love the transformation – you did a marvelous job with your centerpiece – the birds are fabulous. I especially love the soft-serene dishes – Thank you so much for sharing this with Home and Garden Thursday,

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