From the Desk of Clearissa’s Command Center – Decorating
Valentine’s Day Table For Two + Life
We are one step away from Valentine’s Day. The day of love. And because I generally do not decorate for Valentine’s Day, I decided to put together a simple and hopefully inviting tablescape as my contribution to the blogger’s world of Valentine’s Day celebrations and ideas.
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As I looked at this little round glass table; however, I thought to myself, you have a dining room table and yet the majority of your tablescapes are at this little round glass top table and I wondered why. My life coach once told me that if the voice inside of you asks a question, it is because the answer is important to your emotional survival. With that in mind, I decided to do some internal research on this little round glass table that was all decked out for a Valentine’s Day for two.
Because I always try to be truly transparent with you all, I thought I would give you a little history of this very informal, Spanish in style, table. This table generally has a pretty centerpiece on it but this table is rarely used for any type of formal dining. This table is actually where life happens for our family.
This table is where hubs and I first shared our personal secrets while dating. This table is where we would sit, and share and learn about each other while trying to decide if together was where we should be. This table is where we had our first fight and where we sat later and discussed the issue like two adult and loving people. This little round glass table is where we plan our life together, discuss our issues and successes. This is where we solve the problems of the world. This little table has seen tears fall from both our eyes and many days and nights of laughing until our stomachs hurt. This table is such a part of our lives until now whenever something needs to be discussed one of us will ask, “do we need to take this to the table?” Funny huh?
This little round glass table has watched both my grandchildren go from high chairs to first days of school, to discussing prom makeup and dresses, to tears of joy and tears of sadness. This table is watching one of my grandchildren plan and prepare for college this year while the other muddles through life as a kindergartener. Oh, the childhood messes this table has seen. 😉
This table is where I wept when my daughter was diagnosed with MS and this table is where I was sitting when I gathered myself and decided that MS did not have us, we had it! This is where I decided we would get through this.
This table is where I was sitting when I received the call that my mother was hospitalized because of a life-threatening car accident a few years ago and where I sat, once again a few months ago, when I received the news that my mother was hospitalized again and this time she would probably never returned home. This table caught my tears when I was going through a devastating breakup and reflected my smiles when I was falling in love for the last time in my life.
This table is also where my girlfriends, my sista-girls and I gather on occasion for girl talks, sisterhood, and sharing a marguarita or two. Ahhh, this table has been at the center of our lives for the past 18 + years and has witnessed it all, generally with only a vinegar wipe down and a simple centerpiece. It is nestled in a bay window in my kitchen and can be the best place to watch children play on sunny days, to relax on rainy days and to watch a gentle and quiet snowfall while enjoying a hot cup of cocoa. This spot is perfect for a life’s journey.
So this Valentine’s Day, I want you to know that although the little round table is set for two, it is set for you. The red and white dishware, the candles, the wine glasses, it’s all for you. Because hubs and I will celebrate Valentine’s Day at a restaurant this year. How is that for a table for two?
I will tell you that candles are from Ollies, the napkins are from Pier 1, the glasses and the red plates are from The Dollar Tree. So it is a collaboration of lots of my favorite shops (not sponsored).
Do you have a special place in your home where your life is truly lived? Is there a comfy place where your family and friends gather? I would love to hear about your special place in the comments.
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