A Valentine’s Sideboard


Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope your weekend was fabulous.  Ours was–spent again at the theatre all weekend, still working on my Shakespeare audition piece, and was able to share it with my acting class and get some great feedback on it.  I’m looking forward to the audition, but I still have to do and print up a new headshot this week, so another busy week in store.


I’ve got our little sideboard that we have behind out couch for your today, all decked out in Valentine’s finery.



I decided to keep it super-simple, and use items I found while out thrifting or inexpensive supplies from Dollar Tree.  The ivory fabric is actually a table runner from Dollar Tree, and the floral fabric I’ve had forever in my stash.  I used part of it to cover the old bulletin board in my office, and I just love it.  The white plate, cake stand and cloche all came from Goodwill over the course of last year’s shopping expeditions.



I decided to fill the cloche up with big, fat ribbon spirals.  The red rose ribbon came from Dollar Tree, and the center red and rose tapestry-looking ribbon was a Christmas gift from my Mom.  To me, it looked perfect for either Christmas or Valentine’s Day, so into the cloche it went!



The pretty white container holding the red silk Dollar Tree roses came from our local antique store, and I paid around $7 for it. The pink rippled plate under it is part of a set that includes a pretty pink glass bowl, and it came from Goodwill from several years ago–I’m sure I didn’t pay more than $4 or $5 for the pair.  I’ve been on the lookout for more containers the shape of the white one–sort of low, squatty and oval, because I like to use them for flower arrangements all year long, but especially when I’ve got fresh flowers from my garden.


Did you do some quick decorating projects for Valentine’s Day?  Tell me all about it down in the comments!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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7 Responses to A Valentine’s Sideboard

  1. olthings says:

    Dear Athena , your sideboard very pretty .So clever to use the ribbons in your cloche !
    I liked the white container so much !The result is perfect for the Valentine’s Day !
    Have a nice month !

  2. Love what you did with that cloche! Very pretty! I was supposed to decorate for Valentine this weekend… But it didn’t fit in the schedule! How’s Shakespeare doing?

  3. nicole says:

    I am so liking your sideboard and I really like how you placed the ribbon under glass…What an excellent idea!! Good luck at the theatre!

  4. Good morning, Miss Athena! So good to hear about the good feedback from your acting class on your Shakespeare piece! I didn’t expect anything less! :-) What a fun idea to use the ribbon curls beneath the dome! I wasn’t sure what it was at first. I just knew it was colorful and looked pretty. It almost looked like cake rolls! Upon closer examination, though, I could see that it was the product of your very creative mind! Have a warm & wonderful day!

  5. Betsy says:

    It’s all so pretty. I love your beautiful bargains especially the cloche with the rose ribbon spirals. Very creative.

  6. Hi Athena,

    Your sideboard is lovely. I hadn’t even thought of decorating this year for some reason. Will, of course, get some flowers.

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  7. nicole says:

    Hey lady! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for a Liebster Award…come on over and check it out!!!