Posts Tagged ‘summer’
I am chasing moments in nature’s treat.
That is what I did last week when we packed our luggage and drove to our favorite beach in Delaware. We decided to take our summer week vacation and return to a favorite place that we know and love. We have visited this beach every year for the past seven years. It started back in May of 2010 when I had just finished my last cycle of chemo. After undergoing six months of this treatment, we needed to go to a place that was within driving distance and wanted to feel calm and relaxed, yet still experience new places to eat and shop. When we return to that place, specific memories feed our anticipation for the trip. Whenever we arrive to the beach, we still have that feeling of it’s still “our” place, there are familiar spots, due to the connection we made.
Since I had a procedure in late July to remove a cancerous tumor that grew, we knew it would be beneficial to go back to our favorite beach…behind every storm is a little bit of sunshine. The beach for us is a place for recharging our body, mind and spirit. What better way to start the day then by heading to the beach in the early morning hours, before the crowd arrives and having time for yourself to take in the beauty around you. Living in the moment and living the simple pleasures of putting your toes in the sand, feeling the warm sun rays on your face, and listening to the soothing waves crashing, brings a sense of tranquility. Peace fills my soul of being hopeful for better tomorrows.
One of the items I had on my bucket list was to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I was happy to have checked that item off my list a few years back – it was one of those not-to-be-missed experiences. As you know, since I love to style tablescapes and create sets, another item on my bucket list was to create and capture an intimate beach imagery. While I envisioned something on a larger scale and have it photographed by a professional, I took the opportunity to go for it, on a more intimate level.
Surrounded by nature’s inspiration, capturing the perfect moment was influenced by sitting on the stretches of sand, gazing over the infinite ocean view and exploring the beach sunrise. I created a table for two and the ocean was truly a fascinating backdrop. The tablescape was a small table for two that was low enough to be seated directly on the sand. I used a color palette of creamy neutrals that mimics the color of the sand, a soft peach that resembles one of the colorful hues seen as the sun rises, and aqua blue drinking glasses resembling the ocean water. I used natural elements for the table decor like seashells and driftwood. For a relaxing, yet romantic feel, I paired vintage brass candlestick holders and chose grey-colored candlesticks that echo the color of beach pebbles.
As you scroll through the pictures below, you will notice I was able to capture the stages of the sunrise. Viewed in person, it is one of the most scenic, and breathtaking sight you will see!
Sun peeking over the horizon.
Illuminating golden glow.
Have you seen a sunrise yet? What is at the beach too or somewhere else? Let me know in the comments section below what place you experienced in, I’d love to know!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
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
If you caught yesterday’s post, you will notice that I used the same flowers for today’s post. I couldn’t let my props go to waste and since I had already cut the stems off the flowers, I created a solution to keep them fresh and living longer.
If you ever run across needing a quick and affordable table centerpiece, today’s DIY is not only easy but an elegant way set a mood and it’s perfect to display on your table during the warmer months.
Simply fill a glass vase with floating candles and flower blooms submerged in water. You can use this idea not only as a table centerpiece but by creating a smaller version, you can also use it as part of your home decor.
Get creative! You can use different color blooms, in different sizes and you can create a theme by adding rocks and an extra large tropical bloom for a beachy feel. Alternatively, use a tall clear glass cylinder vase and instead of flowers, why not use ferns for a tranquil naturescape feel.
Enjoy creating your own floating flower centerpiece!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Whether you’re headed to the beach for a quick weekend getaway or if you’re lucky enough for extended duration, you’ve got the obvious swimsuit and sunscreen covered but there are a few other essentials you should pack as well. I’ve rounded up some other must haves for your fun in the sun!
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1. Shade yourself from the sun with a stylish Victoria White & Beige Striped Floppy Hat. The colors of this hat coordinates well with both light and dark colors.
2. Who doesn’t want perfectly undone summer beach wave hair?! Love Salt Beach Mist is a vegan volume-enhancing mist that might just give you that ever-stylish look!
3. Good quality bathing suits aren’t inexpensive so having them last longer is ideal. With Swimwear Cleaner & Protector, you can protect your swimwear against chlorine, saltwater, sunrays and it eliminates odors. Ever packed just one bathing suit for a weekend trip and find yourself washing it in the bathroom sink with hand soap? This cleaner and protector comes in real handy and is undoubtedly better than using regular soap to clean your swimsuit.
4. As of late, I’ve been seeing more and more towels made out of Turkish cotton – I actually own one and it’s super soft! With a variety of muted colors, I love the modern look of these Herringbone Pestemal Beach Towels.
5. After spending a day at the beach, this ‘salty air messy hair don’t care’ tee is perfect to throw on over your swimsuit.
Raise the flag, fire up the grill, and host your guests in red, white and blue. I think it’s safe to say that most of us will be outdoors this weekend celebrating the 4th and besides watching the fireworks, another favorite thing to do with family and friends at the end of the night is having everyone light up sparklers.
I created a cute and festive DIY sparkler holder that you can use as part of your table decor or you can simply place a sparkler at each table setting with my printable “Let the sparks fly” tag, as shown in the pictures above. This will allow your guests to take one sparkler at the end of the night to celebrate.
To create my easy tabletop sparkler holder, I used the following items:
- Silver Pails (found at Target in the $1 section)
- Decorative White Sand (found at local craft store)
- Red, White, and Blue Balloons and Ribbon (you can find at any party store)
- American Flag (also found at Target in the $1 section)
- Single Flower Stem (optional)
- “Let the sparks fly tonight!” Printable
To assemble your sparkler tabletop holder, simply fill your bucket(s) with sand, attach a red, white and blue balloon to the handle of the bucket, stick several sparklers in the sand, add a white bloom (because why not, right?), and added my “Let the sparks fly tonight! Happy 4th of July” tags.
You can click the link below, download and print my sparkler tags for your personal use. Just to note, if you’re downloading the PDF file from a Mac computer, the fonts do change (sucks, I know). When printing, be sure to use a heavier/thicker paper and if you have a paper cutter/trimmer, cut to size.
Oh, if you happen to wonder what type of beverage are inside of the mason jars, we muddled fresh strawberries and added frozen limeade, water and ice. It was quite refreshing!
-Photos + Printable via Rose Angel Lopez