Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Season Elegance - Summer Settings & Simple Decorations with Ribbons and Paper

One of life's great joys is to be with your family and friends around the table and I just don't do it enough anymore, life is so hectic at this time of the year and my family seem to come and go each day that it is hard to find the time to be together. We used to always sit at the table every night when my children were little, now it has moved to the kitchen and we spend more time together discussing recipes and cooking ideas as both my children love to cook, especially Thomas., then they eat and run....

My love for yellow continues...

Well summer is almost here, which means I go into hibernation, I move into the coolest part of the house for most of the day, I am definitely a veranda girl and I have always been the one under an umbrella when I'm near water. The colours surrounding me at the moment are still very fresh and green and the light is becoming brighter and the days longer. My love for entertaining outside doesn't change, I just look for cool areas to set up my table and we often have our dinner later in the evenings.

This very simple table setting I created with a deep mustard coloured tablecloth to the floor and I laid some dark yellow satin ribbon across and down side of the table, I found this ribbon from one of my suppliers and he was clearing it out for $2.00 a 100 metre rolls, so of course I bought everything he had. The organza ribbon I already had and I created this simple little tree as the centre piece for my setting.

I used a single iron candle stick as the base and wrapped a hoop with the ribbon then tied about ten cut lengths of ribbon to top and then to the bottom hoop, just like a maypole. I like that the ribbon is sheer and it also moves beautifully in the breeze. I also added a couple of lengths of the yellow satin ribbon to the tree and glued a few little satin bows on. It would make a fantastic Christmas tree if you don't want a tree tree, not that I really want to start talking about Christmas yet!

How quickly they do grow up, this is my little nephew Eddie, he is now much older and I know I would never ever get that shirt on him again, he a real footie boy now and very cool. Eddie and my little niece Bella used to stay with us when they were little and I would seize the opportunity to dress them up and photograph when ever I could.

A very quick way to make a napkin ring is to use paper, oh my, did I say that! paper not silver!....Here I have made some little rings out of a wallpaper, it was such an interesting texture and just the right colour. I am always so inspired by the colours of the trees around me, look at the soft yellows and greens in this tree it is almost the same colour as the green grapes which I have dusted with icing sugar!

As I have mentioned in my last yellow tablesetting post, yellow is such a perfect colour for all seasons, it almost looks like an Autumn setting above with the brown pears, it's such a relaxing colour and as a stylist I love that even the white wine in the glasses and the butter matches the yellow. It is vey important in creating the whole look.

I would love to offer you all a glass of beautiful Australian wine or a cool drink while your here at my blog and join me on this garden bench surrounded by all these yummy yellow daisies and we can talk just about blogging.

Cheers! Happy Table scape Thursday

Welcome everyone from Susan's Table scape Thursday gathering at Between Naps on the Porch, it is the place to visit if your like me and love table settings and display.

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Oh, I have also found this week two of the most creative & beautiful stylists, one a decorator and artist and the other a woman passionate about her garden, I will post about them in the next couple of days and I also have more clematis to show you.

don't forget to come back and visit x Coty