A Creative Ironstone Centerpiece and Planter

Hope you all  had a wonderful week.

It has been a hectic one for me of activities and traveling.

However, how can I complain about that!!???

While traveling with my hubby, I was able to meet up with two of my great friends

who also happen to be bloggers: Mary Alice (Chateau Chic) and Yvonne (StoneGable).

AND I finally met the uber talented Loi (Tone on Tone). He was so much fun to be with

and I look forward to “Adventures with Loi”

My hubby and I  traveled back home late into the night

to make our granddaughter’s school program the next morning.

So well worth the lack of sleep!

Ironstone Bowl Centerpiece-Housepitality Designs

I did something that a reader/blogger/friend suggested when I presented a similar centerpiece

and placed the smaller bowl inside the larger one to create a tiered planter.

Janette wrote: Janette @ The 2 Seasons says:

“I am crazy about that pitcher. Another thing you could do is turn one of the bowls over

and let it be pedestal for the other.” Thanks Janette!

It looked like this:

Vintage Bowls-Housepitality Designs

Janette suggested that I invert the smaller bowl and use it as a pedestal

and placed the larger one on top. I invert items all the time and why did I not think of this!??!!

So I proceeded to do what she had suggested.

Column/pedestal Housepitalty Designs

I started with a column/pedestal that I purchased a couple years ago

at the High Point Market.

Then inverted the bowl.

Ironstone Bowl/Pedestal-Housepitality Designs

I placed Elmer’s Tack on the bottom of the bowl.

Ironstone Bowl planter-Housepitality Designs

Placed the larger ironstone bowl on the top of the inverted smaller ironstone bowl.

The Elmer’s tack really secures it in place.

Ironstone Bowls/Planter-Housepitalty Designs

Ironstone Bowl/Planter-Housepitality Designs

Ironstone Bowls/Planter-Housepitality Designs

I love placing ivy in a beautiful vintage container, especially ironstone.

Love how the beautiful green ivy pops against the pretty shades of white  ironstone.

Ironstone Bowls/Planter-Housepitality Designs

This arrangement of the small bowl inverted to act as a pedestal reminds me of a

vintage punch bowl.

Ironstone Bowls turned planter-Housepitality Designs

Now if I can only train this ivy into a great topiary like Loi so impeccably does,

however, I think I may need a greener thumb.

I love this look. . . . . and the “family” is happy too!

Have a great weekend! . . . I have some furniture moving on the agenda!

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  1. That is such a cool idea. I may need to copy that one, too. Love finding great ideas from other bloggers. Have a super weekend and don’t hurt anything moving furniture.
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  2. Ahhhhh… I remember your version and thought how creative it was [is]. This is a good idea too…gives some height and shows off that ivy.

    Happy moving this weekend.
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  3. Very cute Shirley! Love it!!
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  4. Both looks are beautiful, but the new one is such a great idea idea and looks perfect with the ivy and pedestal! Have a great weekend!
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  5. Shirley, this is lovely! I love to get ideas from other bloggers. I love your version! The column base is stunning mixed with the ironstone! I can’t wait to see what you’re up to next. Have a great weekend!
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  6. Very clever…..so pretty too!
    Have a great weekend!!
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  7. Beautiful! Kudos to Janette!
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  8. That was a great idea. I enjoy seeing what other bloggers create. I really love that column……it makes a statement. Greenery is always so refreshing and looks good with white ironstone.

  9. Donnamae says

    That looks great! And so simple! If you figure out how to make a topiary successfully…let us know. I tried once…epic failure! 😉

  10. I love it Shirley!! Have a great weekend!
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  11. Loi needs you!! so jealous that you met up with Yvonne. Is she going to Haven this year?
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  12. What a great idea to use bowls that are just sitting in the closet. The ivy look great in this arrangement.
    Can hardly wait to see what the furniture you are moving. Have a great weekend Shirley and I know that you and hubby enjoyed sweeties activity at school. They grown up so fast. I can hardly believe that Kelly will be 13 in October – where did my baby girl go to.
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  13. Thanks for using my suggestion, Shirley. It looks great!!!
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  14. Jeanette Price says

    That was a very clever idea! I love the deep green with that beautiful creamy white, Have a wonderful weekend Shirley!

  15. Looks lovely Shirley! How nice you were able to meet up with some blogging friends! Enjoy your weekend too. xo

  16. Shirley, that looks amazing! I liked it the other way too, but this is really pretty. Love ivy in any kind of container. Beautifully done!!
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  17. Love this idea, Shirley. It does look so pretty in the center of your table, especially on the wooden piece.
    Mary Alice
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  18. A whole new look! I love it, what a great idea. I just love the column piece, my favorite finds are bits of old detailed wooden architecture.

  19. I love that pedestal and LOVE this idea too! I have terrible luck with ivy, and no idea why! Yours looks gorgeous. I did, one year however, have success in training one for a topiary. I bent a wire hanger into a circle and straightened the hanger part to stick down into the dirt. Then started tying the long stems onto the wire circle. It did last for a few months and I was very happy about that!
    By the way, in my post tomorrow I mention that I got the idea from YOU:):)
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  20. Proof positive that the simplest ideas are the best. Everything about this centerpiece screams perfection, from the color of the ironstone, to the size in relation to your table, to the contrast of the ivy. Love it!
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  21. Oh I like both of those ideas, Janets & yours. That looks so pretty:) I certainly trust your opinion on the Elmer’s tack- but with my luck, it would break. Lol!
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  22. I like the unique look. What a great suggestion…

  23. Love your smaller bowl inverted as a pedestal Shirley! Your column pedestal is a thing of beauty. ♥
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  24. Looks great, Shirley, and I love that Elmer’s tack, too. It’s so handy!
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