Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Tabletop Display

Only a fellow tablescaper knows the joy that comes from playing with dishes.  It is so fun to try out which items will work in a variety of table settings based on themes and colours.  And while creating tablescapes is my most favourite pastime, I also like to put together tabletop displays in much the same manner.


This is a summer display I created for my dining room tabletop.

I started with a small brown suitcase which I've had for years.

White dishes, faux grasses and other pretties were placed inside.



Seashell ball ornaments create a summery feel...

...as does this white starfish.

These two silver birdies add some shine to the display.

You can't go wrong with some candlelight and wine.

The white faux magnolia blossoms contrast nicely with the orange and green.

Glass candleholders filled with sand and tied with white rope make a nautical statement.

The only new items in the display are the orange and white placemats - Dollar Store for $2/ea.

Everything else, I've had for many years.



These white dishes by Pier 1 seem to be my "go-to" when creating this type of design.

Silver napkin rings coordinate with the silver birdies.



So it was just by playing around that I was able to create this...



Do you like to play with dishes?

You should give it a try!

And speaking of which, if you need inspiration for tablescape design, I hope you'll check out the...

I'll be joining in with 24 other bloggers who are heading outdoors to set some wonderful tables for this fun event hosted by Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate. Mark your calendar - you won't want to miss it!

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Saturday at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Sunday Showcase at An Alli Event
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Inspire Me Mondays at Sand & Sisal
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
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 Art & Sand
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Thoughts of Home Thursday at Décor to Adore
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters Friday at Life with Lorelai
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer Mantel 2016

Here's a look at how I've decorated my mantel and fireplace area for the summer season. 
With the many rainy days and the abundance of mosquitoes we've had around here lately, we've actually spent a lot of time in front of it.
Thus, I've tried to create a summer time feel with a cozy twist.



Yep, the fire is lit!

You'd expect the fireplace to look like this in the summer but the cool days lately have meant that when inside escaping the rain, we don't just leave the fire off.

Nothing makes you feel cozier than sitting by the fire on a rainy day. And these chairs we got a few years back from Pier 1 Imports make me feel happier about staying inside too.


But we must pretend we are outdoors enjoying summertime activities.

Like having a refreshing beverage.

Perhaps it was to remind us of what season we are supposed to be in... I made this S U M M E R banner with letters glued to starfish shapes.

I attached it to the curtain rod below the mantel with tape.

This curtain rod has come in so handy for adding seasonal décor and of course, hanging Christmas stockings.


Here's a summertime friend...

I scored two of these ducks years ago when a co-worker was cleaning house and wanted to get rid of a few things.

I placed them alongside a blue mason jar lantern that I filled with shells and glass beads.

White metal stars were tucked in here and there.

Beach grasses speak of summer...

...as do starfish



A burlap daisy was attached to the faux candle on each side of the mantel.

They mimic the design of the starburst mirror.

These twig-like lights add a bit more ambiance to the hearth area.



So the scene for summer is also set indoors and...

...unless the summer weather around here improves and the mosquitoes abate, you'll find me spending more time here.

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Saturday 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
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Inspire Me Mondays at Sand & Sisal
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
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 Art & Sand
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Thoughts of Home Thursday at Décor to Adore
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters Friday at Life with Lorelai
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage