During the summer months, we often find ourselves immersed in citrus flavors, whether it’s in our food, cocktails, or dessert. Lemons specifically, are reminiscent of an ice cold glass of lemonade, enjoyed on a hot summer day. To symbolize the carefree days of summer, I decided to style my table by utilizing the bright and cheery citrus fruits by creating a citrus table runner…lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit…it’s a citrus sensation! For an added vibrant feel, I also incorporated flower petals in coordinating colors.
Let’s take a look at this oh-so-sweet summer tablescape….
I used a mix rich of colors with subtle contrasts to create this vibrant tablescape. While I could have used a white table linen for a totally bright tablescape, I opt for variance and went with a grey table linen. To coordinate with the neutral gray tone, I pulled out my white and gold-rimmed dinner plate and layered my vintage salad plate that features a grey color design. Inspired by the outdoor lush green surroundings during summer, I used my boxwood leaves placemats (on sale now!) for a natural element to the table.
All my china I found at an antique store, from the gold-rimmed plates and glassware to the gold flatware and the adorable ombre green gold-rimmed dessert bowls. For the final touch, I added a bloom in each of the bowls. For your table setting, by adding an element in the center of your plate or bowl, whether it’s a floral petal, place card, a wrapped candy, or a decor element, I find it’s a great way to welcome your guests as they pull up to the table and it finishes off your tablescape with a polished look.
To create this simple DIY Citrus & Floral Table Runner:
- You are going to create a line across the table from one end to the other with your whole fruit. Start with the center of your table and place a large orange in the middle of the table.
- Next you will add lemons. Place a lemon on the left and right side of the orange. You are then going to alternate on the both sides of the table (orange, lemon, orange, lemon, and so on) until you reached your desired length
- You will now concentrate on the center and two ends of the line. Start adding your whole limes, creating a triangle shape with your orange and lemon.
- In continuing with only the center and two ends of the table, you will now add your sliced oranges, limes, and grapefruits. For the oranges and limes, I cut them in half but for the grapefruit, I only needed one and I cut in into 4 halves.
- The final step is cutting the stem off your favorite flowers and nestle each bloom wherever you see holes in between your fruit layout. (note: when you are ready to clear the table, you can save your blooms by filling up a large bowl and create a floating floral arrangement!).
- If plan on having your table set until the sun goes down, nestle a few tealight or votive candle holders in between your runner.
For my DIY table runner – I used 5 whole oranges, 6 whole lemons, 7 limes (2 of which were sliced in half), and 1 grapefruit that I cut into 4 pieces.
We still have a month before we say goodbye to summer (38 days to be exact) so while the weather continues to be warm, I’m continuing with outdoor summer entertaining. This tablesetting is perfect for a sweet bridal brunch (bring on the bubbly!), a luncheon with your girlfriends…heck, you already have the fruit, add some more to your bar and bring on the citrus flavored mimosas, or set up a table in the middle of your backyard on top the grass for a candlelit dinner!
I hope you enjoyed today’s citrus & floral tablescape and it has inspired you to create your own diy table runner, or pulling out your vintage dinnerware and entertain outdoors! Let me know in the comments section below, what you think of today’s feature!
Below is a video snippet to show a “live” look of the tablescape.
Background Music: Ca ira French Dinner Music Collective (I Love Paris French Chanson from the City of Love Album)
-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
Get ready to be inspired!
In case you missed yesterday’s post, I featured my sister’s guest bathroom and today her home tour continues inside her feminine and oh so, chic home workspace! When it comes design aesthetic, my sister’s home is a direct reflection of her individual style.
When my sister, JoAnn decided that she was going to convert her empty open loft space located on the second level of her home into her personal workspace, she knew she wanted it to be three things…functional, sophisticated, with an ultra feminine flair. She succeeded with her vision and created a comfortable workspace that is both contemporary and timeless. JoAnn provided just the right jolt of style and glam!
The design inspiration began with the installation of this stunning patterned wallpaper – a simple way to add the look of luxury. With hues of gold, cream, and light gray, this determined the color palette for the rest of the workspace. By adding wallpaper, it created a dramatic interest to a space filled with neutrals. Likewise, with muted tones, she certainly was able to create a feeling of openness in her small space and the impact of the wallpaper gave the illusion that the workspace was bigger than it actually is.
JoAnn didn’t go with just any ordinary desk chair, she desired an inviting sense of comfort. She selected fabric and had it upholstered so that the front and back had two different fabrics, creating a luxe look.
Centered open bookshelves allows the space to have a focal point where she is able to add her favorite statement decor pieces and books. A custom built-in gives plenty of space to store items and work on various projects.
A gorgeous chandelier embellished with amber jeweled-tone crystals, creates an upscale and elegant workspace.
Just like me, my sister loves a wonderfully scented candle and she houses hers on a gold mirrored tray, accompanied with a Chanel box that holds match sticks. A bud vase is readily available for those days when she wants to add a few short-stemmed flowers. However, the vase sits perfectly on the tray even without fresh flowers, resembling a sculptured piece.
Big or small, distinctive details are styled everywhere in this space.
To add an accent color to this workspace, JoAnn decided to go with a blush color that adds to the feminine vibe. This custom monogrammed window shade with its crystal trim was the final touch and completed the look of her workspace.
A home workspace is not complete unless you have bar cart and my sister decided to use this vintage brass tiered glass shelf with two primary functions…to house her drinking glass, water pitcher, and to incorporate her sentimental decor pieces. Nestled underneath her window, she added a soft layer by using a white shag rug, which helped to keep the small area grounded.
Thank you sis for allowing me to feature both your spa-like guest bath and your chic home workspace! I’m always inspired by your decor and design choices!
In case you are interested, my sister has shared source information for some of the items featured in her workspace.
Wallpaper: Askteck Wall Coverings/Mood Living
Desk Essentials: Container Store
Marble Planter: CB2
Baies Scented Candle: Diptyque
Gold Sculpture: Alice Lane Home (no longer available)
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Home Workspace Interior Design by JoAnn DiGiacinto
A few weekends ago while visiting New York for my routine doctor’s appointment, we stayed over my sister’s house. During that time, I told my sister (JoAnn) that I should share two of my favorite rooms in her home via my insta-stories. She happily agreed and we showed a quick home tour of her ultra chic home office and her luxurious and modern guest bath. In case you missed that home tour, we will take an intimate look inside two of my favorite interior spaces in my sister’s Jersey home, here on my blog! Tomorrow I will be featuring JoAnn’s lovely home workspace that you won’t want to miss, so do come back!
My sister checked off all the bells and whistles when designing this clean and modern guest bathroom – heated marble floors, marble vanity countertop, a patterned marble inlaid flooring accent, sleek polished nickel hardware and fixtures, a full spray shower head that delivers high pressure water release and beautiful decor accents that create a seamless and classic look. From the wall paint color to the bathroom linens, this room is bathed in a calming sophisticated palette of harmonious hues.
Source Info – faucet, towel bars and robe hook: Kohler Margaux in Polished nickel / Shower head: Moen / Mirror: ZGallerie / Marble Shelf: West Elm (no longer available) / Picture frames: Crate and Barrel (no longer available) / Sconces: Home Depot / Paint: Benjamin Moore ‘ Vapor Trails’
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Interior Design Guest Bath: JoAnn DiGiacinto
When it comes to coffee, I do not discriminate…I will drink regular coffee, flavored coffee, hot coffee, iced coffee, or once in a blue moon, a decadent spiked coffee drink. No matter the weather, I enjoying drinking coffee in any season and in anytime of the day. On Saturday, we woke up to unseasonably cool weather…a break from the hot summer days. The breezy air was a glimpse of fall-like weather. While we expect more warmer days ahead. On that particular day, the early evening called for a cozy spot at the fire pit accompanied by an after-dinner coffee cocktail in hand.
I went through my gourmet coffee drink recipe book and decided to try out the ‘Amaretto-Rum Cappuccino’. Hot or cold, this deliciously flavored almond-cream coffee drink made for a great-tasting pick-me-up. Whether you are looking for a boozy brunch libation or an after dinner treat, you will enjoy every sip of this flavorful and creamy concoction.
- Single Espresso (1½ ounces of extremely strong-tasting coffee)
- 1½ tsp. amaretto
- 1½ tsp. rum
- 1½ tsp creme de cacao
- 3 ounces of milk, steamed
- ¼ cup heavy cream, whipped
- Sliced almonds, for garnish
- Mix the espresso, amaretto, rum, and creme de cacao in a glass. Add 1½ ounces steamed milk and 1½ ounces milk foam. Top with whipped cream and garnish with almond slices.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe by Making Your Own Gourmet Coffee Drinks recipe book
Yes! Today is my birthday and I couldn’t be happier…even with what I am going through.
As I reflect on the past seven months, I recall the first day of the new year and waking up in our own bed after spending three months between NY and NJ for a surgery I underwent. You can read more about that and my journey in this post. To return to a place you call home, to all familiar things, smells, and glimpses of happy memories as you look around. All of that brung me a smile to my face..all of which gave me a sense of normalcy from all that I had endured prior to.
The next couple of months thereafter were spent recovering and coming to grips with what my “new normal” is and dealing with the emotions that come along with not feeling like your old self, pre-surgery. My new normal consists of daily naps and not being able to function like I used to. Gone are the days when I could tackle cleaning the house in one afternoon. Now, I’m lucky if I can get through cleaning two rooms in the house without exhausting myself. Whenever I over exert myself and by that I mean, doing too much moving around, frequently going up and downstairs, walking a lot…these everyday movements are now a challenge for me. I have to conserve my energy otherwise, I can burn myself out quickly, develop cramping and discomfort. When this occurs, I then have to take medicine and lay down for 20-30 minutes in order for my body to relax so that I can continue doing other things that are not so strenuous to my body. I am reminded of this daily and there are days when I am emotionally frustrated at what my ‘new normal’ is.
From the outside, I look just fine. You know the saying…”Look Good, Feel Good”? Well, that is what I do to maintain my “old self”. I put on my makeup, style my hair, and look the part of a healthy woman. But inside, I’m not so healthy. I recently found out that after having 12 cancerous tumors removed last year November, I now have three areas of disease I need to be concerned with…so here we go again! If you follow me on instagram, you may recall when I posted this caption where I expressed how I celebrate all of life’s joys and how I go on with my everyday. It really helps me to put focus on things that make me happy, things I want to continue to do and pursue. Doing this keeps me in a positive mindset so that I am not constantly thinking about the negative and putting me in a place of sadness. Despite my health, everyday I find joy (big or small) and love that I get to share it with the one I love. I’ve been very blessed this year where God made something very special happen for me – I hope to share this with you soon, in another post.
This Thursday I am to undergo a procedure in order to kill one of the tumors that is the largest in size and appears to be more aggressive than the other two. What’s my birthday wish, you wonder? Well, it doesn’t come wrapped in a box tied with a pretty ribbon. Nope my birthday wish is not something one can buy or make. If every birthday candle brought me a new wish, I would repeat my wish for good health.
Go ahead – celebrate your life, your heart, and the everyday joys!
-Photos by Design by Occasion