Monday, May 05, 2008

Tablescapes and My Video Experience

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Well, I got the word late Friday that I had to do a videotape this past weekend and Fed Ex it to HGTV today! (if you don't know what I'm talking about read last Wed. & Thurs. post if you haven't) So, needless to say, I didn't get much done on Lauren's dresser but I did start it!
I had to take a video tape of me walking around my apartment showing them different things. I decided to set the dining room table and make it look pretty. I found this beautiful vintage lace table square at the flea market on Saturday for only $10.
I found the old picture frame at the thrift store last week for only $2.99. I put it under my tiered dish and put shells all around. I even added starfish on top of the soup bowls (Lauren thought that part of it was a little weird.) I liked it though.
I love the look of the elegance of the crystal and lace mixed with the earthiness of the shells.
Here's a close up of the table cloth! I had purchased other things from this vendor in the past and always seek her out because she has such great prices.

I like the way the table turned out but I wasn't pleased with my video tape at all. I hated the way I looked on camera! Boy the camera adds like 50 lbs! Even my apartment didn't video tape well. It's probably good I wasn't thrilled with it...I won't be disappointed if they decide not to use me. I would back out of it if I could but when I give someone my word, my commitment...I stick to it!

59 comments:

Carousel222 said...

The table looks lovely, and I like the shells on the bowls. I will keep my fingers crossed that they will like your video tape, and decide to have your home on the show. At least you have it out of the way and can relax now. Good luck!

the feathered nest said...

The table looks just lovely and I bet the video tape is better than you think!

Manuela

Rue said...

Hi Cindy :)

I know how you feel sweetie. I had the same moment, but I'm sure it wasn't as bad as all that. How did you do on the question part? I never got to it because I drew a blank and couldn't think of anything to say LOL I'm sure you'll be picked :)

The table looks incredible! You did a great job on it and I love that touch with the frame. It really makes a wonderful statement :)

You can do it!
hugs,
rue

An Enchanted Cottage said...

The table looks beautiful, Cindy! I love the lace tablecloth you picked up and the starfish on the soup bowls is the perfect finishing touch - it all looks so elegant! I'm sure, like most of us, you are your own worst critic. I'll bet your apartment - and YOU - looked stunning on the videotape!..Donna

Kelli @ Vintage Vavoom said...

That tablecloth is so pretty. Don't you love it when you know certain people have great prices. There's a flea market about 2 hours away from me that I love to go to because the prices are awesome. I always find great stuff there.

thriftymrs said...

So gorgeous and elegant.

Anonymous said...

As always, your home is beautiful! I have no doubt they will choose you, so get over all your insecurity! I'll be looking for you on HGTV, and I can say "I knew her when" - sort of.
Debbie from homewithhospitality@yahoo

Anonymous said...

~Cindy the table looks amazing. I love the starfish on the bowls. Never would have thought of that myself!! :) So thanks for sharing. I am so sure you did a fantastic job on your video and I am sure you looked wonderful. I always remind myself, we are our own worst critics.
~We have a different HGTV up here in Canada so I doubt I will get to see it. :(

Joy said...

I love love love it... of course I live by the ocean... I can see myself sitting at that table having lunch.

Anonymous said...

Your table is really beautiful. Do you know what show this video would be on if they used it? I know that decorating cents used to do it. I hope they do that again where they feature homeowners creativity. Let us know so we can watch.

Lisa said...

This looks awesome. Angela over at Cottage Magpie did such a wonderful writeup on your site.

Everything looks just so beautiful!!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Anonymous: The video will only be seen by the Producer and one other person for a new HGTV TV show called Rate My Space. They will decide after seeing the video if my home(apt.) will be featured as an inspiration to makeover someone elses. My armoire is the inspiration piece they are interested in but other parts of my home may be shown as well.

kybella said...

I love you home and your blog! I found your blog from Rue's and recognized your home from RMS- I adored it there too! I am sure your video and the way you presented yourself is much much better than you think. I think we are all very critical of ourselves. I enjoy looking through your pictures and finding inspiration here. I live in an apartment too and have been trying to incorporate my cottage/vintage style into this "plain box" and make it work. You have shown me that it can be done- and expertly so! I still need a lot of help though!! Thanks!!

Glenda said...

Cindy,
Everything looks great on the table.
I would feel the same way about the hole thing.
But as you said you committed to it and you stick to your word. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to how we feel about something.
You can only be positive about it now. They have their way of seeing through all the things you were critical of. They know what their looking for and you just never know.
Good Luck

Glenda

Debbie Kay My Vintage Daydreams said...

Cindy:

I love the starfish, it is such an unexpected surprise. Your table looks lovely and I am sure your home is even lovelier (is that a word?) You know what I mean. Can't wait to see the show.

Debbie Kay

Adrienne said...

I think the shells on the bowls is a great touch. It would be good if a clam or seafood chowder were to be served in the bowls! You can try it out on me if you would like to. Just tell me when to be there. I like your home and tablescape no matter what HGTV might have to say. ~Adrienne~

Carla said...

Your tablescape is so pretty to look at. I think the starfish give a nice dimension to the display. Don't stop believing in yourself. You have a real talent for finding beautiful things inexpensively, fixing up old things beautifully and creating very inviting displays in your home. I bet that came through on your video. I think we women are always so hard on ourselves! Good luck with HGTV!

Shabby Addict said...

Oh I bet they will use you for sure! You have such an amazing house- I don't know who else they could possibly choose! I also LOVE your flickr collage below. What program did you use to make the collage? Adobe?

Mary said...

What a beautiful table! Love that table scarf, and the starfish are just pure genius. :)

You are probably being hard on yourself -- I'm sure you and your apartment looked wonderful on the video!
xoxo,
Mary

Kelli said...

Your table is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you used the frame and the starfish on the bowls is my favorite part!
~Kelli

row. said...

oh the table looks beautiful,I also love the ideas of the starfish on the bowels-I would of never thought of that! and i'm sure your place looked great. you are probally just a little nervous so that doubt starts in. you are very creative.

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Cindy , you don't need to be on HGTV to know how gorgeous your home is.We tell you all the time.
Love the way you used the mix of shells, crystal and lace.
Alison

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Cindy, I'm sure you and your apartment looked fine on the video. We women tend to be so overly critical of ourselves.

You are Beautiful. Repeat after me, "I am beautiful!!!" See, there ya go. You are beautiful to all of us too ;)

Blessings,

Sher

maryjane said...

Hi Cindy,
Just love how you see the possibilities in objects that others have no desire to keep. Your table is beautiful. HGTV will be impressed.

Marie said...

How can they NOT pick you? Your house looks like a magazine! That table is so pretty!!!

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

The table is BEAUTIFUL Cindy! I'd say that you were "so in"!!! HGTV would be crazy not to select you! You put everything together so pretty...you're great at staging! Keep us posted. xoxo ~ Joy

Ms Mick said...

You have absolutely nothing to worry about! Your table looks great and I'm sure you video is just fine! Good Luck!
Jackie

Becky H said...

it looks great. don`t be so hard on yourself.

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

You just have it.....I wish I did but I need your help. I am asking all my blog buddies to give me some ideas...I am having a hard time with my room. Well every room but this is my project right now. When you get a chance can you pop over to my blog and check it out.
I adore and respect your ideas :0)

cityfarmer said...

What time is supper?
Lovely, just lovely

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry your apartment didn't video tape, well. I'm hoping they will still be able to see what a fabulous job you've done with your decorating.

I love the table. ITA about the crystal, lace, and shells. I love the contrast. It's like wearing denim and lace.

~elaine~

Amy said...

Cindy,
Your table looks so beautiful. The starfish on the bowls was my favorite part. I know that you will do so well with the video tape. You have so many great ideas and talent that people would love to see! Best wishes...you'll be great! Amy

Cottage Way of Life said...

How exciting about the HGTV thing. I hope they pick your video. I love the table display you did, and shells are all the rage right now!! Looks fab!!! Good luck!

-Sarah

A Romantic Porch said...

I think HGTV will be able to see how wonderful your home is with out a top quality video. Can't wait to hear! xoRachel

Niesz Vintage Home said...

The table is beautiful. And I loved your feature on Angela's blog.

HGTV? How exciting for you!!
That's HUGE!
I'm sure your video is great. We're always more critical of ourselves.

Can't wait to see your TV debut.
Kimberly :)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

The starfish are just perfect...and the table cloth is fabulous!

M

Suzy said...

Your dining table looks fantastic Cindy. I believe that your tape is going to be perfect, because such a home just looks fantastic. I sincerely hope they will choose you (they will lose if not).

Enjoy. Suzy

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Your home looks amazing and you have a fabulous eye for details. As Manuela already said, I am sure the video is better than you think. We tend to be our own harshest critic, don't we? ;-)

Good luck!!

Sandy said...

What a fabulous tablescape ~ look out Sandra Lee. hehehe
Know what you mean about the camera adding lbs. I did an event this weekend and they wanted to tape me with my art and I just had to refuse (silly me) should have done it. Oh well.
Hope you have a fabulous day.
Blessings,
Sandy :)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Your table looks great! The starfish idea is so cute. What a decorating head you have on your shoulders!

Sharon said...

If your video is anything like the photos, you don't have anything to worry about. It's probably just that you are nervous anyway. Your apt looks great.
Sharon

diana said...

Great job Cindy... pat yourself on the back... most of us would not be confident enough to go on camera and talk. That was a lot of work and a major personal accomplishment. WAY TO GO !!!

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Cindy that is so exciting. I'm sure you did fine. I hope you get picked because you deserve it.

Hugs,
LeAnn :)

Blue Castle said...

Your table is lovely. I really like the starfish on the bowls. You have great ideas and I hope that HGTV does feature you.

Simply Me Art said...

Well First of all, your Apartment is Gorgeous and so are you. I totally understand the 50lbs comment, I absolutely hate to see myself on camera or in photos. Maybe that is why actors and tv people are always so thin. We are always most critcal of ourselves,believe me all they have to do is look at this blog and see what you do and your style. Your apartment is gorgeous! I really think you need your own HGTV show! Cant wait to hear what happens.. Jamie

Cathy said...

Oh Cindy,

Absolutely beautiful as always. I haven't blogged too much lately and today I decided to drop in and visit all my friends.

I absolutely love the decorating ideas on your blog. The table is stunning and oh so crisp and beautiful. I love it.

I hope all is going well with you.

Take care my friend,

Cathy
xoxo

Shabby Addict said...

I can't believe you found a nice settee on Craigslist! But you did give me an idea to expand my Craigslist search to the areas outside of the Northbay.. Thanks!!

Julie said...

I love the shells!!!~

Debbie from NJ said...

Cindy,

You did a fabulous job on the table setting. Love the lace tablecloth and the starfish on the bowls. I'm sure you did a great job on the video. We are our worst critic sometimes. Don't be so hard on yourself. How could they not pick your beautiful home?

Cindy's Red Door said...

Cindy Cindy, I am sure you are your worst critic. I can almost bet that your video looked fabulous and they will love it!!
All of us have confidence that your place look good. But thats right at least its out of the way and on to another project.
LOVE YA
XO Cindy

Diane said...

I think it looks fabulous. It should make a beautiful video.

donna5457 said...

Your tablescape is absolutely beautiful! I look forward to seeing you and your wonderful home on HGTV. Good luck and enjoy your home.

Donna Kay said...

Stunning!!! That's the first thing that came to my mind when I looked at your table. I can't wait to hear - I'm praying they use you - we never like our pictures or videos or voices, so I'm sure they will see something totally different that what you saw!!!

ACottageIndustry said...

Love . It. All.
Especially the starfish on the bowls!!!!! Oh, and I love the shape of the bowls themselves.....fabulous!
I'm keeping my fingerts crossed for you!!!
Tracey

Crossroads Cottage said...

Love your tablescape. And I agree with you, the earthiness and feminine lace touches are so different yet you blended them perfectly. And despite your daughter not liking the starfish on the soup bowls, I think it was a unexpected yet fun touch. :)

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

everything looks beautiful!
your so funny about the camera putting on extra pounds! I do agree! I recently just met an online pen pal in person, I told her now remember a person looks 30 pounds heavier in person than they look on computer so just remember im really 30 lbs thinner than I look. :P
smiles,
Sandy

daisy cottage said...

Oh your table is just gorgeous Cindy!!! I'm so excited for you and I'm sure that your video is wonderful... if it is meant to be - it will be.. you have every reason to be VERY proud of EVERYTHING about yourself.
xo,
Kim

A View from the Hills said...

Hi Cindy- I too was contacted by RMS and made a tape. It was off the cuff casual and not really well done at all. What will be will be. Didn't have a lot of time to fiddle with it! I'm listed on RMS as Ladyinthehills, but am in the process of starting a blog here. I have loved your rooms since I saw them on that site. You do have a remarkable talent. Nancy

Silver Bell Cottage said...

Everything looks so lovely. Congratulations on being selected. So many beautiful things to see that have been so lovingly and creatively done.
Alexandra