My little mind would always wonder off into the wonderful worlds of these books and dream about the many lands and adventures that I would go on when I got older. The popular book "Oh The Places You'll Go" inspired this classy Art Deco tablescape, that brings a childhood imagination to life into the setting of adulthood.
This tablescape was done up with a classy black, white, and gold color scheme. A very popular combination these days, but it has also always been a favorite of mine. I love that it has a timeless look about it, with its void of color. I wanted it to be a simple, classy, tablescape that has a whimsical feel about it, without being to chaotic with color.
The animals add that classy fanciful feel of childhood, that bring back memories of the circus, and travels to foreign lands. All the animals were purchased at Gatehouse No. 1. They will be used in a up-coming post, featuring a more literal version of the circus, and another favorite children's book.
The books stacked in the middle represent a flavor of some of my favorite childhood books. Each photo represented in the background was chosen to resemble a different childhood book from my life, and how these books were able to come to life through me in my travels. (Which I will expand upon a little later.)
The shadow puppets created a playful feel to these white goblets, but can be used in many different ways. These darling shadow puppets are from Anthropologie. They will be featured in a later post, with some other ideas that you can use them for.
Shutterfly. They did an exceptional job for this project, and I cant wait to have my favorites made into some colorful wall art for my bedroom and living room by them. I will post pictures when I get them done!
From the time I was little, I have been obsessed with hot air balloons. The vintage/French styled hot air balloons were shown in many books and paintings throughout my life. Someday if I get the chance, this will be a theme for my child's nursery, but until then... its my tablescape! I just had to have an excuse to create them!
My Mom and I made these balloons to create the illusion of travel and movement throughout the tablescape. I will be posting a tutorial on them soon!
THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS
I wasn't able to use all of the ones I printed in the background, but I choose a few of my favorites.
Snow White and The Red Rose By: Philomel
The Prince and The Mermaid
By Ian Deuchar
Rapunzel By:The Grimm Brothers
By: Ludwig Bemelmans
The Sleeping Beauty in The Woods
St. Petersburg, Russia
Book: It Could Always Be Worse
St. Petersburg, Russia
This reminded me on Pinocchio
Denmark-Hans Christian Anderson Statue of The Little Mermaid-
The Book the above one.
Doesn't this look like the perfect setting for a Christmas Book?
Stone Henge, England
By: San Souci/Henterly
The Barefoot Book of Goddesses
By: Kris Waldherr
The White Cat
By: San Souci/Spirin
Romeo and Juliet
*Not all books end happily
Alice In Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
*This is a all time favorite of mine. The book featured in my tablescape was given to me by my Grandmother, and has been a treasured item in my life. My grandma also took the opposite side of this picture, and hand painted it for me as a cherished painting in my home. This book alone, inspired this entire blog post.*
The Trouble with Trolls
By: Van Brett
*This book is set in Scotland, but since I have never been YET, this will have to do.
The Canary Prince
If you would like to learn more about each of the children's books, my sister has started a blog and is reviewing all of the following books on her blog. Click here for the link.
Here are all the original photos that were all taken by me, during some of my many travels throughout my life. Please do not use them without my permission. Cheers