Late spring table setting with a fresh twist

May 17, 2016

Late spring natural table setting

Sitting in the outdoors is something we really enjoy as a family (...well, at least my husband and I do like sitting outside while the girls run around). But the thing that I personally enjoy the most is creating an atmosphere that will feel bright and crisp but most of all, welcoming.
For a late spring soirée the table needed to be set with elements that will bring in that fresh look of the season. So, some citrus fruits were the first thing that came into my mind paired with white dishes and clear glasses; all things in a neutral palette.

Late spring natural table setting
Late spring natural table setting

I made the center of this table stand out with a flower arrangement set inside a 3 quart plastic pitcher from +BHG Live Better at Walmart filled with limes. You can find the tutorial here. This centerpiece became the concept of the entire table while setting the look and colors.

Late spring natural table setting

Around this flower arrangement I used several glass lanterns. I admire how versatile is an accessory like this one and can only imagine how many uses one can give to it. Battery operated candles surrounded by real fern leaves from our patio were placed inside both an 11" glass lantern and a 7" one (both from BHG at Walmart),  This simple arrangement reinforced even more that natural and fresh look I wanted to achieved. On the other 7" glass lantern I placed some big lemons to make a color statement.

Late spring natural table setting

Set on one of the sides of the table, a dispenser filled with fresh white sangria, perfect for this type of weather. Also in this side a galvanized steel ice bucket in a material that perhaps evokes that relax farm style.

Late spring natural table setting
Late spring natural table setting

For the dinnerware I used rustic white melamine plates (from +BHG Live Better at +Walmart) which, because of their basic color, will go with any decor or style. They have a subtle sand color line that surrounds and decorates the border and that gives them just the right amount of elegance. Inside the matching cereal plate I placed the napkin (folded into a square, no need to make an eccentric folding) an on top of it, a lemon with a small branch of eucalyptus, just to continue with the theme.
Elements like emerald green glass cups and my favorite, large green leaves in between the plates give this table the final natural look.
With just a couple of natural elements and some basic accessories I was able to assembled an inviting and fresh table setting (singing birds in the back included!).

Late spring natural table setting


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Easy lime vase decor for your spring arrangement

May 16, 2016

Create lime vase for flower arrangement

I've seen a couple of times now on Pinterest some interesting flower arrangements whose vases were filled with lemons slices (or other fruits). I decided to create my own to see if this would be an easy thing to do, or a "Pinterest fail". 

Create lime vase for flower arrangement

For this project I used a +BHG Live Better plastic 3 quart pitcher (as my lemon keeper) and a mason jar that would be holding my flower arrangement. I bought a bag of limes (probably around 12-14 limes) and cut them in 1/2" slices and reserved the ends. With the help of a bamboo skewer, I lined each slice inside the pitcher (in the space around the mason jar).
I have to confess that each line became more challenging than the previous one. But what helped me in preparing this pitcher was the use of the ends of the limes. These helped on pushing the big slices towards the front and holding them steady against the pitcher's inner wall. I made several rows up to the mouth of the pitcher and then proceeded to add the flower arrangement. 

Create lime vase for flower arrangement
Remember to cut the lime in slices of around 1/2".
Create lime vase for flower arrangement

In general, this project took me no more than half an hour and of course the time will depend greatly on the size of your container. But the final result made it all worth it and I can gladly say "I nailed it"!
What other fruits would you use to make this project? Would you mix fruits or just use one type?

And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

Set an atmosphere to enjoy sunsets from your patio

May 11, 2016

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

I love spending the evenings and watching the sunset in our patio. The warm weather here in Miami allows us to just sit and relax. And after preparing a couple of mojitos, we are ready to spend a couple of hours chatting about how the day went and even start planning for the future holiday.
To prepare this area and set its mood, I've placed a couple of accessories which makes it more welcoming and that bring in a magical atmosphere.
Hanging outdoor string lights and lanterns work as the main lighting in this little nook in our patio. The soft light quickly sets the mind into a relaxing mood. Candles (either battery operated one or wax) also add to this ethereal vibe and even better if they are Citronella to shoo away those mosquitoes.

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

A small basket now works as a small portable mini bar. Just place the beverages and glasses that are going to be used during this particular night and your ready. No need to move around your cart just yet!

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

I used melamine in almost everything, from plates to drink-ware. This material is super resistant to breakage and scratches and even dishwasher safe. Because I'm planning on reusing these pieces a couple of times during this hot weather (and with other themes), I chose a simple style which can be mix and match with other colors and designs.
Tropical fruits and flowers added the final touch to our setting making this spot our favorite "quasi" paradise stop to enjoy the final rays of the sun in our patio.
Do you love spending the nights in the outdoors? If so, which element is your must for making the area more welcoming?

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

Sources: Table and bench from +Home Decorators Collection; metal and fabric chairs from +Target; baskets, pineapple small melamine dishes, glasses, napkins and placemats from +HomeGoods.

And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.


The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge 2016

Mar 31, 2016

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

After much waiting with excitement, today I'm sharing my photos for +The Home Depot  Patio Style Challenge. I know by now many of you must have read about my backyard transformation (here and here) and how special these areas created are to me and my family.

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge
The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

When it came to styling the conversation area, I try keeping an organic and fresh look that will feel relaxed and in connection with the nature that surrounds this space. As you'll see this space is my retreat for gardening but also a special corner to spend the nights with family and friends.

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge
The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

To know more about my selection of accessories and furniture pick, and to see more of this space, visit their The Apron (The Home Depot's blog) here.

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge
The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

Hope you enjoy the ideas on this little new outdoor space of ours and don't forget to see more here.  And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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