11 Apr

DIY: A Fresh & Modern Spring Table

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

So… true story. I was in Target a couple weeks ago, once again stopping in the gift wrap section {unnecessarily} to stare at a particularly lovely collection of bright, modern gift wrap they have that features happy shades of green, fuschia and red – and once again thinking how I really, really would love to design a spring party completely around these papers… and then a couple days later, what should appear in my inbox, but a fabulous spring centerpiece design {from fine artist/floral designer Kim Foren of Geranium Lake Flowers} – starring the exact same collection of papers!

Wouldn’t this look be great for everything from Easter & Mother’s Day to spring and summer baby/bridal showers? Thanks, Kim!

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

Covering vases in decorative paper (typically gift wrap or scrapbook papers), has always been one of my favorite decorating elements – both for it’s high-impact effect and the budget-friendly aspect… and Kim really demonstrates the versatility & effectiveness of this idea here by grouping several vases together and showing off a fun mix of {coordinating} patterns

Read on for more colorful images (including gorgeous pink Ranunculus!) + all the DIY details

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color


DIY DETAILS, as told by Kim

Mixing patterns, fresh bright colors, polka dots and stripes all for a fresh new look! Start by making a fun recycled runner for your table. We used bright, polka dotted, striped and plain white terry cloth washcloths that we sewn together and added hot pink ball trim edging that we picked up at a craft store. You can also use burlap rice bags, 40’s vintage tablecloths, fun patterned napkins or kitchen tea towels. Use a glue gun if you want to avoid sewing.

Make simple, easy centerpieces out of cylinders, glasses or ball jars covered with fun wrapping paper. We chose different floral and prints and then banded the tops with simple colored satin and grosgrain ribbon. Chose mismatched bright patterns for the ultimate spring look. We filled some containers with fresh moss, wheat grass and flowers. For flowers try using Ranunculus, daffodils and tulips for your mismatched vases.

For a guest gift we used mismatched polka dotted cups & saucers, simple ribbon, pieces of handmade paper and colored glassware to help finish our whimsical look.”


– Kim Foren from Geranium Lake
– Photography: Erica Ann Photography


Owner Kim Foren is trained as a fine art painter and showed her whimsical oil paintings for sixteen years at Quartersaw Gallery in Portland. Desiring a change in her corporate life, she started selling flowers in 1993 out of her VW van in front of Grand Central Bakery in Portland.

Today, Geranium Lake Flowers has received Best of Portland awards from Portland Monthly magazine, Portland Bride and Groom, Oregon Bride Magazine and Willamette Weekly. Kim has been touted as “Martha Stewart with an edge” by The Oregonian, Jonathan Nicholas and the Willamette Weekly claims she “puts a fresh face on floral.”

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Ellen {Whimsical Mod Parties} SAYS:

Beautful! Love all the fresh, bright colors!

April 11, 2011 at 5:10 am

Rowaida Fl SAYS:

Gorgoeus, colorful and so beautiful love love

April 11, 2011 at 5:19 am

Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New SAYS:

I love these! So pretty.

April 11, 2011 at 5:24 am

Jane SAYS:

This is the perfect idea for my upcoming easter diner I am throwing for all of my family- thanks!

April 11, 2011 at 5:29 am

Fifthroom Living SAYS:

I am absolutely in love with these! So, simple, inexpensive and striking. Great for a garden party! Thank you so much for sharing!

April 11, 2011 at 6:02 am

Niki SAYS:

Love this!! Been looking for a way to add more color to my Mother In Law’s 80th Birthday party. Thanks for the idea!!!!

April 11, 2011 at 6:05 am

Sweet Tea with Cindy SAYS:

This is fabulous! Love, love, love it! Excellent job. :)

April 11, 2011 at 6:10 am

Maureen Anders SAYS:

I LOVE wrapping paper, too, Jenn!
This is great! LOVELY!

April 11, 2011 at 6:19 am

Crescendo Event Design - Myrtle Beach Weddings SAYS:

I love this idea! I am going to use this idea for my own personal Easter table this year. Thanks for sharing!

April 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

Mabel Coleman SAYS:

I LOVE your designs -so many good ideas, going looking for pretty shower curtains for backdrops today!

April 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

Iris Metel SAYS:

These pieces are beautiful! It’s amazing to see how little touches of color can make a huge difference. Thanks for the inspiration!

April 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

Amber-Lee SAYS:

How beautiful! I would like to just decorate my table with them for no real reason :)

April 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

Mandy of Kini Style SAYS:

I love when patterns are successfully mixed! Also loving the assortment of flowers on the table! Fabulous!

April 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

grace @ wedding favors SAYS:

Covering vases with amazingly designed gift wraps or decorative papers is such a great idea! :) The tall one with the tulips can be a perfect wedding centerpiece ;)

April 12, 2011 at 6:59 am

Christine {BestWeddingSites} SAYS:

What an inspiring spring display – I especially love the bright color palate!

April 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Marcie @ The Simple Things SAYS:

April 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Sandi SAYS:

Pretty, pretty!

April 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Amanda SAYS:

LOVE those napkins … any chance you can share the source?

April 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Maria SAYS:

I love the bright colors & flowers. This would make a great Spring baby shower theme!

April 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Laurie SAYS:

I LOVE everything!! Where did you purchase the polka dot washcloths for the table runner?

April 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm
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