Since quarantine, I’ve become a bit obsessed with tablescapes. There’s something joyful about putting together a tablescape, no matter the season, but I especially love designing one in the summer. Maybe it’s the way the pop of color looks when you add in a fruit bowl or refreshing cocktail, or the mix of florals & seasonal patterns, like sea-grass wrapped serve ware. Whatever it is, I’m smitten about it.
For our summer table, I wanted to mix our white everyday dishes with a fun starter plate. Using a neutral dish as your base is a great way to transition out starter plates per season. It’s also more cost efficient for people who don’t want to buy a whole new set of dinnerware for every holiday. When I saw these blue cabbage inspired starter plates from Alice Naylor-Leyland, I knew I had to have them. The blue gives them a modern twist on an older, southern style. Every single one of her pieces is even more gorgeous than the next, and she has stunning table linens that I adore as well. If you can’t tell already, blue is my favorite color! I decided to go with blue as the accent in our kitchen, specifically because I wanted to showcase my grandmother’s blue chinoiserie china in our china cabinet. Now I love how these cabbage starter plates mix in with them.
There are so many sea-grass, woven, rattan, and straw pieces this year that I’ve been finding myself purchasing on repeat. I wanted to mix those in with my glasses, napkin rings, & place mats for an island/coastal vibe. I also think any of them are a good transition piece for heading into fall.
I keep ginger jars in the center of our table year-around. They’re the perfect focal point that gives the table height variation + you can easily switch out the vase filler & flowers every season. Most of the flowers I use are artificial, but then I add in a small vase with real florals for a pop of freshness. The bowls & crates holding the fruit are from my ever-so favorite For Pete’s Sake Pottery. Susan is an extremely gifted artist, who makes gorgeous ceramic pieces from pitchers & bowls to vases & frames. Her pieces are gorgeous & always sure to be a show stopper. I love having her bowls & decorative accents out on our counter tops as fruit or candy dishes.
The blue cane napkins I found at Pier 1 Imports during their close out sale. There still may be a few left at your local store. They also come in a pretty yellow and a dark coral which I purchased for the fall! I love relying on the dinner napkins to bring in more color + pattern to help give the table some dimension. Everything used above is linked below, including our china cabinet, pillows, & light fixture. I hope my summer tablescape gives you a little inspiration to spice up your own this season! Enjoy!
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