Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fresh Flowers on a Summer Table

I've always liked the idea of dining outside. Fresh air, dappled shade, the scent of flowers, a gentle breeze. But I'm brought up short by the reality of 90+ temps and humidity, alternating with a week's worth of thunderstorms.


So we're dining inside today, with a table set as though we were outside! I started with a table runner strewn with delicate wildflowers, a gift from Miss J.

Centering the table is a vase filled with fresh flowers plucked from the grocery. I thought these had the easy charm of wildflowers. The vase is flanked with pillar candles, picking up the aqua tones of some of the florals in the runner. I set the candles on coasters, an easy stand-in for candle holders.

I just love this runner! It's almost painterly with watercolor effects. 



The plate stack begins with a ruffled charger that I thought mimicked the petals of a giant flower. The charger is topped by dinner and salad plates with a lattice design that you may remember from a table for la FĂȘte nationale. Vintage iced tea glasses with a wispy etched pattern and silverplate flatware complete the place setting.



Keeping to the theme that this is a table set outside, the napkins were simply laid between the plates. Flowers subtly outline the handles of the flatware.



Try as I might, I couldn't catch the scent of the flowers in the photos! 

The garden elements — flowers, lattice, pottery (in the coasters) — and the mix of soft colors bring casual outdoor flair to this indoor table.



Silver elements help to brighten this overcast day by reflecting fleeting sunlight.



Add some fresh flowers to your summer table for an outdoor feel!




Thanks for visiting!

Table Resources
Runner, napkins | Maison d'Hermine 'Colmar'
Plates | Block 'Blue Skies'
Silverware | Wm Rogers 'Daybreak' or 'Elegant Lady' (still researching!)
Iced tea glasses | Tiffin-Franciscan 'Margo'

    

   

   

   


14 comments:

  1. Such a pretty table. Beautiful flowers for the centerpiece would make your table a delight to sit down to. Love those aqua pillars too. I love having fresh flowers on the table, they just make it so inviting.

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    1. Thanks, Judy! Fresh flowers are such a delight, whether indoors or out, and if they have a lovely scent, it's just that much more delightful.

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  2. What a pretty table! I agree, the storms, humidity, temperatures, and BUGS make summer dining outside in the South a challenge. You've brought the best of it inside without having to deal with the problems. I LOVE that table runner and your ruffled charger is lovely. Enjoy the summer dinner inside!

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    1. Thanks, Joy! I didn't mention the bugs and the lovely aroma of bug spray! Rather spoils the mood, lol!! I'll wait for cooler temps to venture back outside.

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  3. This is beautiful Sandra. Love those lattice dishes and the ruffled chargers. The napkins look pretty the way you displayed them and the floral arrangement is so pretty. We had a few weeks with the 90+ temps and humidity so I can totally relate to staying indoors during those periods.

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    1. Thanks so much, Liz! These plates are some of my favorites - they seem to go with a number of things. I love the florals on the napkins and you couldn't really see them when I gathered and inserted them in napkin rings. This way felt more casual too.

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  4. What a pretty tablescape. I spotted it at Dishing and Digging It and wanted to stop by to have a closer look. It's such an inviting and cozy look.

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    1. Thanks, Beverly! I'm pleased that you liked it and that you took the time to tell me. I hope you find other tables to your liking. Thanks for visiting.

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  5. How elegant and inviting!Love your pretty flowers!Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much! You can't go wrong with flowers and I thought these went with the florals in the linens particularly well.

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  6. What a lovely tablescape, there's nothing I don't love about it ! The china is so elegant in blue and white, love the runner and napkins to match and of course the sweet centerpiece arrangement. Perfect!
    Fabby

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    1. Thank you, Fabby, for the lovely comments! I was so thrilled to receive the linens as a gift from my daughter!

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  7. Like you, I love to dine outdoors but the Texas heat often interferes. I love how you've brought the flowers indoors! Thanks for sharing your pretty table at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! Although I don't want the calendar to speed up, I would like more fall-like temperatures so we can have suppers outside.

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