Summer brings an abundance of possibilities to entertain family and friends. That’s why I scrolled back through my archive and decided to give this simple summer table blog an update. Whether it’s an al fresco get-together or a fun Fourth of July celebration, creating a simple and chic table is easy. Here’s a look back to how I designed an effortlessly easy table setting for summer. I still use this table setting today! It has become a go-to when I need to create a nice tablescape last minute.
Original Posting Date: July 17, 2018
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It’s finally here! One of my favorite sales of the year is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They have so many designer items and luxurious beauty essentials for a discounted price. That includes my favorite brands Nars and Veronica Beard. The sale doesn’t officially start until July 15th. However, their early access sale is going on right now. So I decided to browse their sale selection to help you all find the best picks! Items usually sell out quickly so shop while you can now. See my favorite picks in fashion, beauty, and home decor below.
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Doing a guest room makeover has been on my list of things to do for weeks! I recently was approached to do an Instastories partnership with Home Depot for a bedroom makeover. I love the final result so much, I decided to blog about it. This post is not a sponsored post.
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The dilemma remains, rug vs no rug in the dining room. I am trying to decide what to do at my house. Currently, I do not have a rug under the dining table. I always thought it was weird to have a table full of food over any surface other than hardwood, stone or tile, but lately, all these fabulous dining rooms with rugs under the table changing my mind. Dining tables with rugs underneath them are winning me over.
Let’s decide on the rug or no rug debate. Here are a bunch of great dining rooms: some with a rug under the table, some without. Which do you think looks better in these fabulous dining rooms? I found a few great ones with rugs under the table and a few without.
Bringing you an almost 360 view of my dining room this Tuesday morning. I have not shared photos of this room because I have no really good photos of my dining room or house for that matter. Over the last few months, in a world where everyone has beautifully curated and edited images of their lives, I have recently realized I am not a great photographer or photo editor. I have thousands of photos on my phone that you may never see. I take the photos and then I think “oh…these photos aren’t good enough and I do not really know how to use photoshop to make them look good…oh well now my phone is running super slow and I can’t use half of my apps because my memory is clogged with photos that I will never share. Darn it.” Anyhoooo, needless to say, today I am not letting photo self-consciousness hold me back. I am in the mood to share, so here are some angles on my dining room…an eclectic design really with a mix of things I love. My dining room style is a mix of things that probably only I like…a combination that no one else in the world would probably pull together. Maybe this room decor and these photos are a visual allegory of sorts…a metaphor for celebrating unique points of view. While my photos may not be pro-quality social media-ready, they are my photos and they are in a way me. Imperfectly perfect…
Happy May! I just made a pretty big update in my breakfast nook. Can you spot it?!
Ok, I’ll just tell you. I recently opted to switch out the chandelier in the nook and I couldn’t be happier with the decision. Sometimes it’s nerve wracking to take the leap on a design switch, but I’m all about following your gut.
Take a look at how my new light fixture changes the feel of the room (below)!
The best made plans…often go awry. When that happens, I use spider mums! This lovely spring centerpiece I used for an Easter gathering actually came together by mistake.
It ended up being the perfect, bright and fresh addition to the table setting — and it’s so simple to make, you could throw this together for any occasion!
So here’s what happened… I had 12 members of my family over earlier this month. The *perfectly-planned* plan was for a lovely garden filled with blue hydrangea. If you caught my girl boss luncheon post… kinda like that! And my menu included barbecue chicken, lightly dressed kale salad, fennel and tomato salad, corn bread and from my Caribbean background the family gathering staple, Haitian rice (red rice and beans).
Time for another micro makeover!
I found these iron chairs at the Long Beach flea market years and years ago. I can’t remember exactly, but let’s say they were $100 for the pair. They were purple and pretty beaten up, but had great lines.
With a little love and inspiration from my favorite Casamidy, I was able to get these chair living room ready!
Take a look at the transformation (below).