Center of Attention: Dining Table Centerpieces

wI finally got around to cleaning up my dining room which had become a dumping ground for a lot of stuff that didn't have a home or needed to be returned to a store (an unfortunate hobby of mine).  Making the table the true focus of the room became a top priority, and a great centerpiece is a great way to do that.  I was inspired by my friend Amie's fun beach-inspired centerpiece with shells and sand (I'm working on getting a picture!).

A few months back, I mentioned a few Crate & Barrel deals in a post that I was about to pounce on.  Here's a refresher on those pieces. This great shell-inspired platter -

And this fun table runner -

I like the platter a lot, but the runner was a little more colorful than what I was picturing for the table.  It ended up working well on the buffet though.  So, now I was off to continue looking for a more neutral runner in a natural fabric (no shiny faux satin damask).  I stopped into...  Crate & Barrel... just to see and bingo - I found this lovely runner which this pictures does no justice for -

It's perfect!  Natural, neutral, but still elegant enough for my crystal chandelier dining room.  So, here's the result!

The addition of the woven charger adds another natural element and creates a dark division between the runner and the centerpiece - allowing the centerpiece to stand out a bit more.

The Simon Pearce candle holders were a wedding gift from our friend Nicole and I scored the candles for a $1 at a yard sale (Crate & Barrel no less).  It's a bit hard to tell but there is a Pottery Barn ceramic conch shell (on clearance) in the mix of assorted orbs from Marshall's.  The bird was a random find on the clearance shelf at Target from their Smith & Hawken line but I think he's kind of a cute and helps the dining room not take itself too seriously since it's main purpose is a racetrack for various toy cars that run better on the floor than on rugs!  Unfortunately for them (but fortunately for me), I'll be slowing the racetrack down with a much needed rug in there very soon.  Stay tuned!