It's been another stunning summer day here in Auckand, hot and cloudless...just the kind of day I dream of every other season of the year! Messing around in the garden with the dogs is such a pleasure when the sun's beating down on your shoulders!
I'm feeling all happy and relaxed and I'm already looking forward to next weekend since I'm going to put our Christmas tree up! I'm so excited this year...well, I'm excited every year, but this year I get to share our kiwi Christmas with you all so that makes it even better! :)
Now, as promised, I did some tablescaping today! My hubby was enjoying a day of male bonding watching the motorsport and I think it's so nice to have the house to yourself once in awhile to clean and do washing and potter about making things pretty, it's such a nice way to start the new week isn't it?
So now I need to show you the result of my pottering, my three simple summer tablescapes! I wanted to make use of things I could find around my house and come up with three distinct looks that could work for a variety of occasion's. And if you're anything like me you don't have drawers full of fancy tablecloths, napkins and dinner sets for every occasion so you have to get creative! :)
I had so much fun creating them so here we go with number one...let me know if you have a favourite!
1. Nautical Chic in Blue and White
This tablescape was so fast to pull together and nothing says coastal like a blue and white stripe! Do you remember the striped throw (now a 'tablecloth') that I found last week? I paired it with the $2.50 navy runner from Bed, Bath and Beyond to create a simple summery setting perfect for a weekend brunch or a casual BBQ...
|I made a simple place setting with our everyday china and silverware...|
|The hurricane lamp was borrowed from another room and makes |
a simple and cost effective centrepiece...
|I used small jars to make pretty individual floral displays...|
|Doesn't it feel like summer! :)|
|The scattered seashells in neutral colours add texture...|
|As do the woven coasters...|
|There you have it! Fresh, nautical summer chic :) |
Glamour - on a budget of course! Using the same tablecloth and runner I created a whole new look in a flash by introducing a boldly coloured centrepiece of pink lillies (that were sitting on the coffee table!) paired with metallic accessories and my simple dinner set. This look would be perfect for a birthday dinner or even a New Year's Eve celebration...I love this look, so girly and fun!
|The contrasting colour and height of the lillies really makes the table,|
adding a touch of elegance...
|I got the martini glasses out for this look! ;)|
|Gold and silver votives add some sparkle as do the gold beads...|
|Glittery gold Christmas ornaments lend a celebratory feel...|
|Using larger jars than before I popped slim tapered candles inside |
and tied on some shiny gold ribbon I had lying around...
|There you go! Elegant and glam on a budget!|
3. Contemporary Coastal Christmas
This look is definitely less traditional than what I am used to at Christmas but I think it's a fun, modern take on things! Using the same tablecloth as before I switched the navy runner with the red stripe which lends itself to both a coastal and Christmas look! I plan on making a few more festive tablescapes between now and Christmas so I can decide which I like best for the big day!
|The candelabra was sitting unused on a shelf and makes |
the perfect festive centrepiece when strung with gold beads...
|Christmas ornaments replace ordinary tapered candles on the candelabra|
for a contemporary look...
|Little gold ornaments add some shine to the champagne flutes...|
|Poinsettia flowers bring a touch of Christmas red...|
|I popped large red and gold metallic candles at each place setting for added sparkle...|
|There you go, a contemporary coastal Christmas! :)|
Have a great week!
I'm linking up to:
Between Naps on the Porch
The Lettered Cottage
A Stroll Thru Life
The Charm of Home
No Minimalist Here
Savvy Southern Style
The Shabby Creek Cottage