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Styling the Perfect Pallet Table

Little Life in Lexington, HOW TOKayla Nord2 Comments

Happy Hump Day! I am beyond thrilled to FINALLY share our Springhouse Blogger Brunch pictures and to include a little styling guide on how to achieve a Pinterest Perfect Pallet Table! Say that five times fast-- haha! And if you're spell checking me, palette is what google told me is what an artist uses and 'pallet' is the wooden thing you stack stuff on... I was shocked too! ;)  

As you may know, my family owns The Barn at Springhouse and we coordinate events and weddings there! It all started as a Garden Center (Springhouse Gardens) 22 years ago, and just recently (2 years ago) after my wedding became an event venue also! 

We host all kinds of parties and events, but one of my favorites (duh) was a couple weeks ago when we hosted the Lexington Bloggers! 

I wanted everything to be very chic & bohemian, so I went to Pinterest for some inspiration! I had seen pallets used as tables before, so I started searching, "pallet picnic" and found some great ideas. From here, I scavenged my own house and my mom's house (Thanks Mom!) and came up with the basic layout and style for the table. 

I have come up with a list of necessities to help you style your own pallet table, or even your dining room or outdoor picnic table!


  • Candlesticks (gold vintage ones are my favorite) 
  • Greenery (we cut from our Katsura tree- but Eucalyptus is ideal)
  • Votives 
  • Mason or Ball Jars
  • Flowers (wild or bought- Trader Joe's has great cheap ones)
  • 2 Candelabras
  • Lace Doilies 
  • Tiny vintage plates & extras
  • Place settings - (placemats, plates, gold silverware, napkins) 
  • Neutral Pillows and blankets (Thanks Miss Molly Vintage)

Styling the Perfect "Pinterest" Pallet Table:

To make the table high enough, but still Moroccan style, we stacked (who I am kidding-- John and my Dad stacked) 3 pallets on top of each other and in a row to make one long table. We used 15 pallets. I made sure to put the prettiest and best quality pallets on top, aka I annoyed John until he put the correct one where I wanted it. LOL.

From here I began arranging the placemats in a random order around the table. Since there were 21 of us, I had to mix and match neutral placemats from my Mom's collection and my own, but it worked due to the bohemian feel of the table. 

Next, was the greenery that my Dad cut from the Katsura tree. We laid it sparsely across the table in both directions to act as the runner.

In the meantime, my Dad was also cutting random flowers from the garden and my Mom was arranging these flowers in our Ball Mason Jars! Trader Joe's flowers would also work if you don't have an abundance of gardens around and a really cool Dad & Mom who are basically florists! LOL! 

We put the candelabras and candlesticks on next, placing them evenly throughout the length of the table, and then scattered the doilies around these, to add a little extra texture. As my Mom finished each flower arrangement, we put these on the table in between the candlesticks. 

The finishing touches for the table were the votives and extra tiny vintage dishes that we placed around randomly. The key is to balance everything, but not to overthink it, especially because we were going for the bohemian look. 

Once the table was complete, I began putting the place settings together. We brought white plates and gold silverware. Half the silverware was John's Grandmother's and the other half was from Miss Molly Vintage! 

Finding 21 cloth napkins was a struggle, so we mixed and matched some neutral and patterned ones. As an extra touch for the place settings, I painted a picture of The Barn a week before and had prints made to go on top of the plates. This was part of each person's place setting which I set on top of the napkin and then placed their name card on top of that. 


The final touch was the name place cards that I made the night before. I grabbed a pack of these white tags here from Michael's and used this beginners calligraphy pen here (also from Michael's). I had all the names written out (I just wrote in cursive with that pen- nothing fancy) and found some thin lace ribbon from Michael's, similar here.  

I cut lavender, sage, and rosemary out of my garden (about 25 sprigs of each). When I got to The Barn, I began cutting the lace ribbon into about 8inch long strips. I used the lace to tie a sprig of lavender, sage, and rosemary onto each name card. I placed one of each of these on top of my barn print, on top of a folded napkin, on top of the plate to create our place settings!

I hope this post helps you create your perfect Pinterest table! Feel free to leave a comment or a question about where I got something or anything you want to know! I find mostly everything from flea markets or are hand-me-downs from my Mom! It definitely helps to have a Martha Stewart Mom who has the best style and keeps all kinds of decorative things around! It also, helps to have an incredible venue and gorgeous gardens around to cut flowers from! Thanks again Mom & Dad (Debbie and Richard Weber), for all your hard work to make this blogger brunch happen! You all are the REAL MVPS!!!! Also BIG shout out to my husband, John, for being the muscle behind the operation! :)

For a brunch -- I mean -- bunch more (LOL)  on our #SpringhouseBloggerBrunch check out this list of AMAZING Blogger's that attended and their individual posts about our brunch! 

Taylor Camacho | The Stylish Tales of Tay

Kelsey Bauer | KabKitchen

Emily Ho | Authentically Emmie

Sarah Caton | Space, Place & Southern Grace

Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings

Tif Fannin | Bright on a Budget

Katie Mullen & Anna Towle | Hartley Social

Francis Lee Baker | Lee's Lookbook

Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette

Ella Rutledge | Girl Meets Lex

Bronwyn Butler | Basically Bronwyn

Stephanie Hargis | This Lexington Life

Leela Foley | Lex Eats

Emily Riddle | Miss Molly Vintage

Lisa Coe | Candor and Rose

Amanda Zopp | Salt & Life Blog

Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our special goodie bags: Shop Local KY, Miss Molly VintageAJ ApothecaryShop TwentyMorton JamesSpringhouse GardensWhole Foods Lexington, and Kentucky Yarnbirds. Our brunch was held at The Barn at Springhouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky. All photos taken by Kirstie Dunston Photography unless noted otherwise.



Keeneland is a Breeze on Sunday

Little Life in LexingtonKayla Nord

Hello everyone! 

Hope you all had a fantastic week.... we've almost made it to the weekend! I don't know about you, but I have had a pretty rough week due to my hectic weekend. Between the Market 301, the UK football game and spending a day at Keeneland with our out of town friends, we didn't stop once! I absolutely love weekends like these, but always feel like I need another weekend to catch up from the weekend. Do you all feel crazy if you don't have a calm, relaxing Sunday to get all of your ducks in a row? I have looked and felt RIDICULOUS all week... I think I am starting to get sick too. YIKES. And my house is a disaster. 

Anyways, if you all aren't from Lexington, or have never made a trip to Keeneland then you are missing out! I love the Fall meet the most because the weather is usually perfect and the scenery is beautiful. Who doesn't love getting dressed up and enjoying a lovely Kentucky day?! We usually go on a Sunday because John hates crowds-- actually he hates Keeneland in general, but thats a WHOLLEE other blog post!

Sundays are great because they are calm and you can actually walk through the paddock without having to link arms and create a chain to keep your group in tact. You can also get some great views of the horses and jockeys that are about to race. 

I have never been good at betting... I usually just pick the horse that has the prettiest color and the number that stands out to me. Needless to say, winning doesn't happen often for me.

My favorite part of Keeneland is walking around and people watching. I love seeing everyone's adorable outfits; even the guys put on their best! 

The guys cleaned up well...

And they're off!

Checking our tickets to see if we won! 

The slow realization that yet again, you have lost all of your money... Luckily we stick with the $2 bets, so we can still afford our house payment this month. 

Thankfully, you can always bet on the Keeneland breeze's to be refreshing and delicious! 

A day at Keeneland is always a good day! We had such a great time enjoying the beautiful weather with good friends! Thanks for reading and I hope you all can make it to a Kentucky Keeneland meet at some point!




My Little Life in Lexington

Little Life in LexingtonKayla NordComment

Hello everyone! So this website and blog has been a LONG time coming. I have finally figured out exactly how to juggle my time between teaching, painting, being a part-time wedding and event coordinator, spending time with family and friends, and now this whole business side of being an artist! I am so excited to be able to share some of my ideas, tips and tricks, travel adventures, and my creative process with all of you. This post will be short and sweet, but I wanted to first introduce myself to anyone who has never met me!


My name is Kayla Weber Nord, and I live in Lexington, Kentucky. Ever since I was a little girl my mom gave me crayons and a coloring book and I have never stopped creating! I took art classes all throughout middle school and high school, developing a love for painting. Going into college I knew I wanted to be an elementary teacher and began my journey at Transylvania in the education department. My junior year of college, I realized (with the help of a very smart advisor) that I should switch to Art Education, rather than just elementary education. By doing this, I was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy, and further developed my art skills. Traveling had always been a big part of my life, due to my extended family's reunion trips all over the country (thanks Gramma Joan!!), but my travel bug was solidified after my four months living in Italy. 

A shot I took overlooking Florence my junior year of college!

A shot I took overlooking Florence my junior year of college!

After graduating from Transy, I got a job that summer at Southern Elementary as the Art Teacher. Not long after, I started dating the P.E. teacher who taught across the hall from me! After about a year and a half of dating, we set off on a summer European backpacking adventure through Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and Italy! It was an amazing trip and to top it all off, John proposed in Florence, overlooking the city. I was on top of the world (literally!).

Right after John proposed at Piazza le Michaelangelo (my favorite spot in Florence!). Ignore the purple teeth... we had some red wine!

Right after John proposed at Piazza le Michaelangelo (my favorite spot in Florence!). Ignore the purple teeth... we had some red wine!

Coming back, I started planning for the wedding and trying to find a venue. My parents own a garden center and landscape business on an old tobacco farm. On the property there is a 1930 white tobacco barn, which I have always loved. Ever since we bought the property when I was 6 years old, I always knew I wanted to get married there. Now that I was actually engaged, I brought up the idea to my parents, who quickly shut my idea down. I kept working on them both and eventually convinced them to start cleaning up the barn, add a floor and some chandeliers and get it ready to host my wedding reception. 

The old tobacco barn before updates!

The old tobacco barn before updates!

I come from a perfectionist family, and with that being said, we all put 110% into making the barn the perfect venue. After 6 months of hard work, lots of antique shopping, and bouncing ideas off of each other,  we turned it into an incredible event venue. We planned every detail of the wedding and reception (I went completely overboard on all of the minor details and artsy pieces), but had an absolute blast leading up to it. John and I were married on July 18th, 2015 and it was a perfect day (minus the 97 degree heat!).

The tent for our 250 guests! The clear tent allowed for beautiful lighting, being able to watch the sunset and didn't block the barn!

The tent for our 250 guests! The clear tent allowed for beautiful lighting, being able to watch the sunset and didn't block the barn!

Our bride and groom pictures on the farm! Thank you Rachael McCall!!

Our bride and groom pictures on the farm! Thank you Rachael McCall!!

The inside of the barn! Could it be any prettier?

The inside of the barn! Could it be any prettier?

Everything turned out perfectly and the day couldn't have gone better! It has been such an amazing journey and now my family and I are sharing this venue with other brides. As soon as John and I got back from our honeymoon we had so many inquiries for future weddings, and we jumped right into being an event venue. I absolutely loved planning, styling, and doing the details of mine, so now this is another business venture that we have set out on! So far, we have had 7 big events at the barn and they have been amazing!

Side view of the barn with the lights over the dance floor!

Side view of the barn with the lights over the dance floor!

If I'm not teaching, painting, traveling or coordinating events, you can find me hanging out in my little Cape Cod style house with our golden retriever, Bulleit! John and I have been blessed with amazing neighbors, family, and friends that are always ready for a backyard barbecue or for watching football on the weekends. We host a lot of small get-togethers and truly enjoy just kicking back with good friends! 

God has blessed us so much and we are thankful for this chapter of our life together. Stay tuned for more updates about our little life in Lexington and for more inspiration, adventures, and art!! Thank you all for reading!!


                                Kayla :)