Monday, July 24, 2017

White Roses & Black Lanterns Tablescape

I had fun designing this tablescape with my daughter and her fiance's recent visit in mind. With the new-ness of their engagement and wedding planning in full swing, I wanted to create a dining environment that captured the mood.  White roses and black lanterns with a touch of blue and burlap made for a romantic yet rustic vibe.




It can sometimes be difficult to create decor that combines a masculine and feminine feel such as for this dinner or if you are hosting an engagement party or couple-type wedding shower.

Which is why I chose to use black lanterns for the centerpiece. They add a more masculine element to the table.

Some of the lanterns were placed on birch pieces which also gave a manly look.

A burlap table runner sets a rustic tone.

As do these mini burlap bags that hold the flatware.




White roses tucked in among the lanterns add the feminine touch to the table.

 Battery-operated lights and greenery were woven in between the lanterns as well.

For a natural touch, a garland of greenery runs the length of the table and...  

...encircles each place setting.

Placecard holders incorporated the white roses setting a romantic tone.

Along with the white rose, a small glass bowl was filled with some blue & white acrylic beads...


and a name card was attached to a sprig of greenery with a mini clothes pin.



Stemware also coordinated with the table.


Blue cloth napkins were layered between the white plates.

Each place setting had an individual blue tealight candle placed beside the flatware.

Originally, I was going to transport this tablescape outdoors but as it turned out, we had a severe wind storm that evening and we ended up eating right here in the dining room.


The power was out and we appreciated the candles and mini-lights that created a wonderful ambiance to the meal Mr Delight cooked on the grill and brought indoors.

The evening was lovely and we were counting our blessings for many things including the fact that our property was spared as the wind wreaked a lot of havoc in our city.

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
A Bouquet of Talent  at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Brag About It Tuesday at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer Nights

We have had some beautiful summer nights lately where we've gotten to enjoy our backyard to its full potential.  With the many wild/forest fires raging in our province and thousands being evacuated from their homes (some already having lost them), being able to enjoy the comforts of home is definitely something we are not taking for granted.  We are so thankful there are no fires in our immediate vicinity and are praying for those affected.


The addition of outdoor lighting a couple years back created an inviting atmosphere in our backyard and has made us want to spend more time out here.

We have a covered cabana area for dining and an open patio seating area for gathering around the fire bowl.

Although there is a campfire ban in place, we are still able to use our propane fire bowl.

While it is not quite the same as a crackling real wood fire, it does create a lovely ambiance.  

It would be so nice if you could pop by, have a seat in one of these chairs and experience it with us.

Here are some different views of the backyard space that you'd see.





I have a combination of faux and real candles in various lanterns as well as solar lights in the plants for additional mood lighting.

Below, you see the round wooden cover (Mr Delight made) that we have on the fire bowl when it's not in use so that it becomes a table.   When the fire bowl is on, it gets moved onto this table that covers the propane gas tank.

I'm glad we have spent the last week enjoying this area as it seems the smoke from the fires is moving in today.  
We are concerned for our fellow B.C.'ers and pray for their safety and well being at this tragic time.

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
A Bouquet of Talent  at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Brag About It Tuesday at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lemon Yellow and Woodsy Brown Tablescape

Summer goes by so quickly, it is best to savour every moment you can.  Even if you aren't away on vacation, you can still make the season seem more special by celebrating your time at home. I find that setting a pretty tablescape even for non-occasion meals adds to the enjoyment of summer.  


And if that table is outdoors for an al fresco meal, that's all the better!

For this tablescape, I combined the colours yellow and brown.

And added some green in the form of hosta leaves...

...and some cute little frogs like this guy.

The colour yellow speaks of sunshine and lemons...

The day was a gorgeous sunny one.
 Faux lemons were added to the tablescape in various locations.

Some were placed inside the hosta leaf centerpieces... 

...and some were used as placecard holders.

Just for fun, some ended up inside the water glasses.

Lemon-yellow coloured dishes and napkins add to the look.

A floral napkin ring gives a summer-time vibe.


The colour brown speaks of woodsy and natural elements.

With that in mind, I added a rustic brown lantern and birch log pieces.

And what could be more natural-looking than this cute froggie under a hosta leaf!

The tablecloth, placemats and chargers were also done in brown tones.

 If you'd like to create the feel of a mini-vacation in your own backyard this summer, start by adding some special touches to the table for your next meal.

You'll be surprised at how much it makes you feel like you're on a holiday without ever leaving home.

Thanks for visiting!

I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
A Bouquet of Talent  at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Brag About It Tuesday at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage