The Season For Outdoor Dining!

I get sooooooooo excited when it turns time to eat outside. I just adore alfresco dining- be it at home or when out to eat. Seeing as we get out a lot less than we used to now that we have Henry, entertaining on our quaint back patio will be more frequent this summer for sure.

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Melamine table wear is essential for patio dining (and also an excellent choice for indoor dining too- especially with little ones).  And the advances in melamine style-wise has been crazy amazing in the past couple years. I spotted these marble patterned ones at Pier 1 and designed this whole tablescape around them– it’s elegant, rustic and all shatterproof!  I think I need to make this whole situation happen for my own house STAT!  Using real flatware and linen napkins makes an outdoor table feel substantial even when everything else is acrylic.

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An Affordable Blue & White Christmas Tablescape with Walmart!

You guys know by now that I have a serious blue and white problem. Like, I may need an intervention. I’m on a mission to turn my whole house from black and white to blue and white slowly but surely! You saw that I did blue for my tree this year, and now as I think ahead to tabletop schemes for Christmas, what better than (drumroll please…) BLUE AND WHITE! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the color scheme works great for any holiday celebrations! So it’s really win/win!
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A Bevy of Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas

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I may have a child and a good job, but I’m still not a real grown-up who hosts Thanksgiving dinner at my own house yet.  My mom still rocks that for us, and until we have a place big enough to hold lots of family it will probably stay that way.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t dream about having the time and ability to pull together a gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape!  For now it will need to remain virtual on the pages of this blog- so I had some fun doing a few for you. Starting with one inspired by the gorgeous, fun picture above!

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A Spring Table

I saw this gorgeously spring-y dining room by Nathan Turner in House Beautiful and thought it was just so cheery and lovely and something worth replicating.  However, scenic wallpaper like this is so expensive not many people can use it int heir own homes.  So instead I used this image as an influence for a spring table perfect for Easter celebrations or any springtime fete…

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I started with this china by Jasper Conran which is the perfect compliment to the green chinoiserie wallpaper! I would use woven seagrass chargers as an homage to the woven window treatments.  Centerpieces made of greenery and kumquat branches in footed milkglass urns are simple but stunning.  I am pretty obsessed with this gold bamboo flatware and may need to refresh my silverware drawer with it ASAP.  This splatter serving platter is such a fun compliment to the chinoiserie pattern as are the linen and blue monogrammed napkins and green wine glasses. So fun! Lots of white in the tablecloth and pitcher let the colored items really sing.

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