Entertaining Style–Summer Solstice Tablescape

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

 I love creating pretty tablescapes so I’m excited to share my summer inspiration with you as part of the Summertime Tablescape Blog Hop.

The talented Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate pulled together a great group of bloggers for this fun blog hop.  Starting today through the end of the week, the group will be sharing table settings to get inspired for summer entertaining.  I’ve included a list of all the bloggers at the end of this post so make sure to check out the beautiful tables everyone has created.  Now let me show you my summer table…

SUMMER SOLSTICE TABLESCAPE

 I was brainstorming a concepts for my summer table and the idea of a summer solstice theme came to mind. Fire and Sun are two elements that represent summer solstice and they are what inspired the colors for my tablescape.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Orange and pink are two of my favorite colors and combined with blue and white equals perfection in my book.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

A secret weapon I have for an inexpensive table runner is to use wrapping paper instead of a cloth runner.  I found this plaid wrapping paper in the dollar section at Michaels and the colors were perfect for my summer solstice theme. And when I went looking for dinnerware to work with the paper colors, I was thrilled that I had just what I needed in my kitchen.

The Fiesta dinnerware was a wedding gift from my mom 25 years ago. I still love it as much today as I did back then and know I’ll have it for years to come.  I purchased the blue melamine plates are from Hobby Lobby last year and the floral bread plates (no longer available) and bowl (below) are from World Market.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Orange Placemats (similar here) // Fiesta Dinnerware // Blue Melamine Plates (similar here) // Floral Plates (similar here)

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Nomad Flower Bowl  (pattern also available in mugs and dinner plates)

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…layering is one of the most important elements of any tablescape.  I always layer my dinnerware starting with a placemat or charger.  These round placemats from HomeGoods added texture to my table and the color was spot on with the paper runner.

entertaining tip:  combine solid colors with plaid and floral patterns to give your tablescape loads of visual interest 

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

My favorite faux bamboo flatware added more texture and the dark handles popped again the colorful dinnerware.  p.s. If you haven’t picked up a set or two of this flatware you should because you can’t beat the price.   

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I purchased the napkins at Pier 1 a few months ago and can’t believe how great they work with my table theme.

entertaining tip:  If you come across pretty napkins at a great price, buy them.  You can use them as a placemat or down the center of a table as a runner.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I used a pair of vintage brass candlesticks to add height and a shiny accent to the table.  The light green taper candles were in my stash and are the same color as the hydrangea. #connectingthedots

I used a grouping of three vintage blue and white jars to complete the centerpiece.

entertaining tip:  here’s an easy way to remember which side your flatware goes on:  Fork has 4 letters and so it goes on the left which has 4 letters AND spoon and knife have 5 letters so they go on the right which also has 5 letters.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Collenette Dinner Candles (one of my favorite taper candles) // Glasses from HomeGoods

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my Summertime Tablescape and feel inspired to do some entertaining of your own.

And be sure to stop by the other bloggers on the tour for more entertaining inspiration.

Tuesday, 7/11

ConfettiStyle | Celebrate & Decorate | Everyday Living

Wednesday, 7/12

Charleston Crafted | Hunt & Host | Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday, 7/13

PMQ for Two | Rosemary & Thyme | A Casa Di Bianca

Friday, 7/14

Supper Table Talk | Panoply

 

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Favorites Of The Week Vol. 58–Inspiration

 

Happy Saturday friends!  I hope your week was good.  I had a crazy week which actually felt more like a month.  I’m hoping to enjoy a little downtime with weekend, do a little purging around the house and binge watch the new season of Orange Is The New Black.  Enjoy this weeks favorites from around the web and have an amazing weekend.

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FAVORITE POSTS:  DESIGN INSPIRATION

KariAnn’s home is especially beautiful during the spring and summer and I loved her summer decorating tips.

p.s  I’m part of the book launch team for KariAnn’s new book, So Close to Amazing and all I can say is…it’s amazing.  The book will be available Sept. 5th but don’t miss out and pre-order yours today.

via thistlewood farms

My brother-in-law has a pop up camper and after seeing this transformation, I want to buy it from him and fix is up.

via zevy joy

Holy cow, this kitchen is simply stunning, right down to the quirky piece hanging over the island!

via Style At Home

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FAVORITE PINS:  INSPIRING WORDS

My high school yearbook motto was to “live without regrets”.  I’ve tried to stay true to this throughout my life and this quote served as a gentle reminder.

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Remember that you and only you are in control of your happiness, your success and your life.


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Believe in YOU!

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS:  ENTERTAINING INSPIRED

So many cute melamine plates at Target right now including these teal and yellow ones.  Perfect for outdoor entertaining.

These acrylic tumblers are on sale for a great price right now.  And they are available in 4 colors.


Just added these Blue Pagoda paper placemats to my shopping cart.  Too cute!

 

Bohemian Inspired Tablescape | & Styling Tips

Bohemian Inspired Spring Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

On my long list of ‘Things I Love To Do’, designing tablescapes would be one of the top 10.  I love dreaming up table settings using beautiful china, linens and tabletop items.  It’s usually a pretty tablecloth or dinner plate that serves as my inspiration and that was definitely the case with todays Bohemian Inspired Spring Tablescape.

Before I show you the table setting, first let me tell you about the source for these gorgeous plates.  A few weeks ago a UK-based company called Amara contacted me about doing a product review. I knew Amara was a company I wanted to work with and share with you after spending some time on their website.

If you’re like me, you may not have heard of Amara before so let me tall you about them.  The company started in 2005 as an interior design business in the UK.  After achieving success with interior design,  the company opened a luxury homewares retail shop.  The retail store was followed by an online business which has grown into a leading source for home decor, lifestyle products and gifts. The expansion of their business into e-commerce now enables them to ship their products worldwide.

Over the years Amara had grown to include over 300 brands and over 35,000 products.  Their product offering includes high-end home and tabletop brands like Missoni Home, William Yeoward Crystal and Ted Baker.  And many of the brands are exclusive to Amara including Ralph Lauren Home, who selected Amara as the only online store to distribute their home collections.

p.s. The tabletop  and dining product selection from Amara is just amazing so if you love to entertain and create tablescapes you’ll want to check it out.

Ok, let’s get to my spring tablescape…

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Favorites Of The Week | Decorating & Entertaining

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I’m back with another round of favorite posts, pin and products to share with you. Enjoy!

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FAVORITE POSTS

A couple of days ago I shared a few of my favorite spaces from the One Room Challenge featured bloggers.  Here’s one of my favorite makeovers from a guest participant, Design Enthusiasm.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…the power of paint is amazing when you’re decorating !

Favorites of The Week--Design Inspiration from With Love from Kat

 This home tour shows you how to infuse an insane amount of decorating style into 650 sq. ft.

Favorites of The Week--Design Inspiration from With Love from Kat

With Love From Kat

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FAVORITE PINS

One of my go-to sources for tabletop inspiration is Celebrations At Home.  Chris creates some of the most beautifully style party and entertaining tables.  This blue tablescape she styled for a bridal brunch is just so pretty.

Favorites of The Week--Entertaining Inspiration from Celebration At Home

Favorites of The Week--Entertaining Inspiration from Celebration At Home

Favorites of The Week--Entertaining Inspiration from Celebration At Home

When I think of a mountain retreat I envision a home that looks just like this.

Favorites of The Week--Design Inspiration from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

I’m really trying to justify purchasing this gorgeous blue and white ice bucket by Aerin for William Sonoma.  I mean after all it’s more than an ice bucket as demonstrated by Lucy of Craftberry Bush who styled it as a flower vase. #ineed

Favorites of The Week--Shopping at William Sonoma Home

Favorites of The Week--Shopping at William Sonoma Home

Have you checked out the Zara Home website yet?  So many cute items for home and personal use.  The bright pattern on this floral cosmetic bag caught my eye.

 Favorites of The Week--Shopping at Zara Home

I just noticed that TJ Maxx has started to sell window valances in store and on-line.  They have some nice designs and you can’t beat the price–$16.99.  This Water Medallion Valance from Nicole Miller is one of my faves.

Favorites of The Week--Shopping at TJ Maxx

 Have a fantastic weekend!

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE–ONLY THE BEST FOR MOM!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and making sure mom feels loved and appreciated on her special day (and everyday) is top of my list.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really come to understand the courage, dedication and selflessness that it takes to be a mother.  My mom is one special lady and along with teaching me about life she instilled in me the power to dream big and reach for my goals. Priceless gifts.

To help you celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day I’ve curated a gift guide filled with special pieces from a few of my favorite stores and online shops.

 ♦ Amara.com is a new online shop I recently discovered and to say I love everything on their site is an understatement.  They sell a wide range of products from over 300 of the leading home decor, gift and fashion brands around.  p.s.  I’ll be sharing more about Amara in a couple of weeks along with a fun collaboration I’m doing with them!

♦  BaubleBar continues to be one of my favorite sources for fashion jewelry.  Not only are their prices good but their tassel earring collection is hard to beat.  I want one of everything.

 When we lived in Seattle, Nordstrom was a favorite shopping spot for clothing, handbags and shoes.  And now I love shopping their gift and home departments for unique items.  Mark you calendar for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which will take place July 21-August 6th.

Mark & Graham is my go-to source for high-quality leather goods, entertaining items and accessories for both men and women. And I love that so many of their items can be personalized with a monogram.

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Spring Thyme | Recipes & Style Blog Hop

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. The weather is getting warmer,  flowers are blooming and it’s almost time for picnics in the park and long evening walks.  The coming of spring is such a mood booster for me and I’m just giddy that it is staying light outside until almost 9:00 o’clock.

Now that spring is here, I’m starting to see lots of spring blog tours popping up on the web.  I don’t do much in the way of decorating for spring but I do love creating pretty seasonal tablescapes. And it just so happens that my friend Tamyra with Positively Southern is hosting a fun ‘Spring Thyme Recipe & Style’ blog hop and invited me join the fun.

There are a total of 9 bloggers on this tour and today is just part one of the blog hop.  We’ll all be back next Tuesday (3/28) to share more spring style and recipe inspiration so mark your calendars.

If you’re coming over from Clutter Cafe, welcome.  Lisa is one talented (and sweet) lady and a hard act to follow.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Whenever I plan a seasonal tablescape, I look for something to inspire the theme.  Can you guess what my inspiration was for my spring Easter table?  Rabbits of course!  I spotted the rabbit beverage pitcher at HomeGoods and immediately knew I wanted to use it as a flower vase. #unexpecteddecor

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Rabbit Pitcher (similar here )

Once I had the pitcher home, my color palette of green, pink and white fell into place and I went on the hunt for a green and white table runner. #fail.

After searching a few stores without any luck, I decided to make my own using inexpensive cotton fabric.  The fabric is a soft green color with an all-over white lattice pattern.  It’s exactly the design I wanted for my tablescape. Once I cut the fabric to size I used iron-on hem tape to finish the edges and had my runner done in about 10 minutes. And it cost me less than $10 to make the runner and 6 napkins.  #score

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Green and white fabric from Hobby Lobby

Flowers are always part of any tablescape I create so I surrounded the bunny pitcher with a mix of floral styles and colors.  I combined hot pink orchids, white anemone, green hydrangea and pink peonies.  The flowers are cascaded down the center of the table and add so much dimension to the centerpiece.  Once I had the flowers in place, I tucked a few ceramic bunnies amongst the flowers to bring my Easter theme to life.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Noritake Ranier China // Bamboo Flatware // Green Ribbon

I opted not to use traditional placards on my table and instead did some hand-lettering on ombre tags I picked up at Michaels.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Ceramic Bunny–Target Dollar Spot

Did you notice the floral placemats under each place setting? Well it’s actually scrapbook paper I had in my craft stash.  Scrapbook paper is the perfect size for a placemat and the floral pattern and colors worked great with my table decor.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Ribbon // Floral Paper //Noritake Ranier China

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Whenever you build a tablescape you should create layers with your decor. I used the mini cake stands to add height and placed a small dip bowl on top filled with chocolate eggs for added color.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

The white dinner plates are my mom and dad’s wedding china and I love the pretty etched floral design around the edge.  It coordinates perfectly with my paper placemats.  The black and white place plates are from C. Wonder which is no longer in business. #imissthatstore

And if you hadn’t already guessed it, all the flowers except the tulips are silk.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Now that I’ve created my Easter table, I’m pretty sure the Easter bunny will be dropping off an Easter basket at my front door.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I hope my Spring Thyme tablescape has inspired you to add a little spring happy around your house.  For more spring cheer, hop (no pun intended) over to Totally Tailgates and check out Heather’s spring inspiration.

And there’s a list of all the participating bloggers on the Spring Thyme Recipe & Style blog hop listed below so make sure to stop by and check them out.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

A  big shout out to Tamyra for hosting such a fun and fabulous blog hop.

Spring is definitely in the air and I’m ready to enjoy the season!

 

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Valentine’s Day Tablescape In My Favorite Colors

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

This year Valentine’s Day was going to be super low-key because my hubby was scheduled to have dental surgery that morning.  Luck was on our side and his dental work was pushed up to this week so now we can plan something a little more special.  We thought about going out to dinner but have decided to stay in, relax and enjoy the evening.

 To make the table feel a little special I pulled together this colorful Valentines tablescape using my favorite colors along with a few of my blue & white ceramic pieces.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Whenever I’m creating a tablescape, I start with the centerpiece.  I’ve always want to use tissue paper honeycomb balls down the center of the table and this was the perfect occasion.   PaperMart, one of my go-to sources for gift wrap and paper products sells tissue paper honeycomb balls in 2 sizes and 9 great colors.  I used a combination of the 8″ and 10″ balls in red, pink and white.  The smaller white honeycomb balls came from Ikea.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I place a red table runner down the center of the table and filled a vintage milk glass vase with faux peonies. I placed two of my vintage (and thrifted) blue and white chinoiserie jars on each side of the flower vase. And the final step was scattering the honeycomb balls down the table, in and round the vase and jars.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

As with all the tablescapes I create, this one includes layers of color, texture and pattern.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Once the centerpiece was complete I added my place settings.

I used black and white striped placemats to add a graphic pattern to the table.  Square white dinner plates and the new blue and white floral plates I found at HomeGoods recently finished the place setting.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

This is one of the easiest centerpiece I’ve ever pulled together and I love the way it turned out.

I’m going to have fun using these honeycomb balls for all sorts of party and entertaining decor this year. And they have even spurred an idea for my 2017 Christmas decor.

Love is definitely in the air at our house?  How do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day?

SOURCE LIST:

8″ Tissue Paper Honeycomb Balls ||  10″ Tissue Paper Honeycomb Balls ||  Small White Honeycomb Balls
White Milk Glass Vase (vintage)–similar here || Faux Peony’s–Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart ||Red Table Runner–HomeGoods || Black and White Placemats
White Dinner Plates–HomeGoods || Blue & White Floral Plates–HomeGoods || Red Monogram Dinner Napkins (my DIY)

 

New Entertaining & Design Books To Love

Design books are one of my guilt pleasures!

Yes, I use them for design inspiration and decorating but books just make me happy.  Every January and July I pop into my favorite book wholesaler  at the Atlanta Gift and Furniture market and treat myself to a few new books.  The vendor I shop with has most of the new and upcoming releases so I can actually flip through the book to get a feel for the images and content before I purchase. I don’t know about you but when it comes to design books the images can make or break a purchase.

Here are the books you’ll want to check out and add to your bookshelf …

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017

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Country Living Salvage Style.  This is a must is you love to shop flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops.  The book is published by Country Living and is filled with beautiful and inspirational images of vintage treasures restyled in decor settings. The cover alone will make you want to buy this book.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Salvage Style by Country Living

Old Home Love.  This book was written Andy and Candice Meredith the couple behind HGTV’s newest TV show of the same name, Old Home Love.  The book shares the passion the couple have to renovate old homes in Utah.  If you’re a fan of DIY decor and rehab style you’ll find lots of inspiration and maybe even the desire to purchase an old home.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Old Home Love

Verandah Entertaining.  If you love to entertain and create beautiful tablescapes you’ll want to get this book.  The book walks you through every aspect of entertaining from table settings and food prep to decor and flowers.  No matter what level of entertaining you do, big or small, formal or casual, you’ll find the tips and inspiration you need to throw a stylish party.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Verandah Entertaining

Flea Market Style.  This is a great book that will speak to those of you that love the thrill of the hunt.  Published by Better Homes and Gardens, the book shows you inspiring design ideas using thrifted finds. And there are lots of tips for shopping flea markets and thrift stores.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--Flea Market Style by Better Homes and GardensThe Decorated Home.  Interior designer Meg Braff shares her personal style plus the essential design elements she thinks every room needs. The book is beautifully written with captivating photos.

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017--The Decorated Home by Meg Braff

I also ordered a few titles that have been on my shopping list for a while…

New Entertaining and Design Books for 2017

Cottage Style: A Palette of White
Designed in White
Simply Styling: Fresh and Easy Ways To Personalize Your Home
Tracery: The Art of Southern Design

Happy Reading!

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