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Tuesday
Jul102012

Tips for a Simple Summer Tablescape

It has been heating up here this week in Southern California. We got by for quite awhile without getting past the mid-90s. But 100-degree weather has finally hit and with that we can officially welcome in summer. We actually have been quite lucky here. I know some parts of the country are stifling right now. I have family on the East Coast who have updated us on the extreme heat in New York and Connecticut. And my friend from Washington, D.C. had high temperatures, high humidity and no power for three days. I guess us Southern Californians cannot complain too much. Have you been dealing with extreme temperatures? How are you coping?

Since the heat is definitely upon us now, I thought I would share this simple summer tablescape that I styled a few weeks ago for Houzz. I will share the DIY for the tablecloth here on the blog soon but for today I thought I would just focus on some simple entertaining tips to use during these hot months.

When it is this warm, I think it's important to keep things as simple and easy as possible. Designate a linen drawer to hold your summer go-to favorites. We have had these red gingham napkins tucked away for ages but there is something casual and uniquely summer about them. They compliment the blue and white palette nicely and were just the right pop of color to keep things interesting.

Incorporate your food into the decor as well. Since red was my complimentary color, these diced tomatoes made for a lovely spread and focal point. The best part is once you are done admiring them, they can be shared and enjoyed. If you are having guests, write out names on scrap pieces of paper and clip with a clothespin. It is a simple detail but it will stop the wind from blowing them away.

Instead of laying out your silverware, just store it all in a mason jar. For an easy summer meal, the casualness is welcome. A bloom or two always makes an evening more special. Clip a few buds from your garden and display them in a used glass jar. This white peony was the last pretty remnant from a wilting bouquet. It got to have one last hurrah for this dinner. The jar is actually a repurposed balsamic vinegar jar from Trader Joe's. The shape was perfect though and it looks very vintage.

You can never go wrong with white dishes. They are timeless and can be used all year round. Against the blue and red backdrop, these white plates really popped. It makes the tabe look so crisp and fresh.

But the best suggestion is to not get caught up in the details. Focus more on enjoying the meal and your lovely guests. It may be hot this summer but with a refreshing drink and good company, the days are sure to be a delight. What are some of your summer mealtime routines? What are your go-to pieces for easy entertaining during these hot months?  

Monday
Jun182012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Twenty-Four

Hi friends! Boy has this Monday been crazy. Tomorrow my Mom and I (and Scout!) are leaving for vacation. We are driving out to Colorado to see my brother's band play on the last leg of their summer tour and to just take in Colorado. We've never been but have heard such great things so we're both really excited. In traditional fashion, things are proving hectic up until our departure. I've had work and been trying to finish up little deadlines before we take off. I have yet to pack anything or get Scout ready for her first road trip. And in the middle of the night last night, I was awoken to the sound of dripping water. Yes, apparently our refrigerator decided to leak and it was basically raining in my closet last night. I had to pull everything out and do some late night organizing. So my sleep was very much interrupted (something I loathe) so I am pretty exhausted too. The 90 degree weather is not helping either. I'm so not ready for summer.

Ok...end rant. Enough complaining. Tomorrow I'm going on a much needed vacation to a lovely part of the country I've never been to before. Fun adventures are sure to be had. And I get to see my talented brother and an old friend from college so that makes it all the more sweet. The crazy will soon be behind me. But before all that, here's a recap of last week:

Sunday: Experimenting with ombré in the hot sun. I got a bit sunburnt but also figured out a cool new technique for creating a dip-dye effect. I'll share the results soon.

Monday: I spent the afternoon styling a simple tablescape. I was channeling the rustic, country farm table with summery red, blue and white hues.

Tuesday: I packaged up my first rolls of film that I shot with my new Minolta camera. I sent them off to Richard Photo Lab. I am anxiously awaiting the results. Fingers crossed for some good shots!

Wednesday: It was inventory time at Anthropologie so I had to wake up at 4 in the morning to help out. After work I stopped by a local coffee shop to caffeinate myself. I never drink coffee so on the occasion that I do, it REALLY works. Despite my lack of sleep, I got through most of the day with a lot of pep.

Thursday: Earlier in the week I got my peony prints back from Richard Photo Lab. I couldn't be happier with the quality. They look amazing. Now I just need to frame a few. 

Friday: This is the face I get every night before we head out on our walk. It's hard to say no to that.

Saturday: Scout and I walked in the morning and chose to trek up this steep hill in the scorching heat. We were quite parched by the time we arrived home but the view from the top of the hill was very worth it. 

So that was week twenty-four for me. What did your week look like?

I will try and post regularly this week even though I'm not sure what our internet connection will be like every night. But I will be snapping plenty of photos (digital and film) and as always I'll be sharing on Instagram.

Follow me on Instagram if you like. My username is laurenelisecrafted. Or see all of my pictures on the computer through Followgram.

Thursday
May312012

Pinterest Picks, Vol. VI Shop Love

Hi readers! I am blogging two days in a row now so I am a bit excited. Tomorrow I plan to blog too and go for three days in a row. I haven't had that kind of consistency in a few weeks. Eek! It's the little things.

Today I have a roundup of some recent pins for another installment Pinterest Picks. This time I've created a theme of 'shop love' and all these pictures are snapshots into the world of small, independent boutique stores. Small shops, especially local ones, have such charm and can hold so much more meaning than big chains. The shops I highlighted for today all have a beautiful and simple aesthetic which is so pleasing to me. Simple design, neutral colors, unique details. We'll start off with a shop in Barcelona:

Cup & Cake

Barcelona, Spain

This bakery looks like the perfect retreat since the interior is so light and airy. The wood floors and counter tops are the perfect compliment to the white and neutral color palette. But my favorite detail just might be that outdoor window seat with the pillows. They have created a peaceful oasis in the middle of lively and spirited Barcelona.

Mungo & Maud

London, England

image via Remodelista

When I first pinned this image, I just noticed the beautiful bowls at the bottom and assumed it was a pottery shop. But then the dog bone-stamped bags confused me and called for further investigation. Mungo and Maud appears to be the most hip, chic dog supply store out there. The contents may be for pets but the environment catches the attention of the owners. It appears the tabletops and shelving are made from reclaimed wood and those imperfections give it a hint of rustic charm.

Pizzeria Farina

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

image via Scout Magazine

It is hard to go wrong with kraft paper, especially one that is conveniently hanging from a rolling dispenser. I have seen this detail as a menu in a few restaurants now but it has yet to get old. It seems so ingenious to me. The handwriting is personal and the opportunity to switch out the menu easily when it changes is just practical. I also like the hanging crates on the wall of Pizzeria Farina which appear to hold glasses and jars of sauce.

Makr Carry Goods

Winter Park, Florida, USA

image via Grain and Gram

I just discovered these beautiful and simple products by Makr but am even more captivated by the brand now that I've seen their amazing workspace. It looks like such a collaborative environment with big, open tables where people are shown working together. And just a wealth of inspiration, shelves and pictures frames appear to be full of curiosities. 

Do you have any local shops that inspire you? I must say I wish these four were in my neighborhood. I would be a regular.

Wednesday
May162012

Discarded but Still Beautiful

Hi friends! This week is still a little quiet here on the blog and for that I apologize. I am trying to be better but it is definitely a busy time with lots to do. I did not think May would be quite so crazy. Is your May like this too?

Today I wanted to share a few pictures I took while I was styling my Mother's Day polka dot vase last week. I picked flowers from our rose bush in the backyard. The light pink hues were the perfect compliment to the kraft paper and white polka dots and it was a sweet and easy DIY project.

Whenever you work with flowers, there are always discarded pieces that don't quite make the cut. You pick away leaves and wilting blooms so that the best specimens make the final arrangement. But these rejected scraps are still beautiful and last week I took a moment to appreciate the leftovers.

Sweet baby rose.

Even the discarded parts of life can be beautiful.

I think that is an important sentiment to remember as we hustle and hurry through life. Don't you? It is natural to discard and forget things but even then there is a lovely simplicity that we should all try and appreciate from time to time. The little things can sometimes be so big.

I hope this gives you a bit of pretty inspiration on this Wednesday. Happy day to you!

Tuesday
May082012

A Preview of Things to Come

Hi dear readers! I'm just dropping in quickly today to say hello and give you a preview of what I will be posting tomorrow. I have a floral post to share, a Mother's Day DIY that can be quickly put together in time for Sunday. Flowers are a very traditional gift for Mom but I took some simple blooms and packaged them in a not-too-typical fashion. I think it is important to show Mom how special she is and a lovely little bouquet like this would be a good place to start. Be sure to check back tomorrow. 

Thank you for your patience these last few weeks as I finish up all these wedding details (see my progress here and here). I am turning everything over to the bride on Thursday (the wedding is Saturday) and I cannot wait to be completed with everything. It has been really fun making it all but it is always a relief to finish a big project. Next week I can devote a little more time to blogging and get back on track here.

So be sure to visit tomorrow for my Mother's Day DIY project. 

What are you planning for Mother's Day?