Guest Picks: 20 Essentials for a Beautiful Table From Summer to Fall
Caitlin Flemming is the editor and founder behind the lifestyle blog Sacramento Street. On a day-to-day basis she shares what inspires her in interiors, fashion, travel, photography and anything that comes her way. Today, when she’s not writing her lifestyle blog, she’s traveling the world and streets of San Francisco for the latest design finds. She loves any new challenge that comes her way and is an entrepreneur at heart. Blog: http://www.sacramentostreet.com/
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Earlier this week I took a special trip to Terrain At Styer's in Glen Mills, PA. When I arrived it felt as though I landed in heaven – being surrounded by such beauty can fill you with inspiration. By the end of the day I thought I might explode – my inspiration meter was so high. The Terrain buyers travel around the world for inspiration for the displays around the entire store. Once you see these beautiful pieces you’ll want to bring them right into your own home. - Caitlin from Sacramento Street
When transitioning from summer to fall, the Terrain team wanted to bring in purples, oranges and greens. They did this with eggplants, squashes and, of course, lots of beautiful plants. What I loved most about this tabletop was that they incorporated natural elements into the decor — something I strive to do when I dream up a tablescape.
When you set the table with these handcrafted linen napkins your guests will love the clever, modern message.
This handmade bowl is from a family-owned factory that has been making ceramic dinnerware for generations. The unique design and texture will have your guests in awe when you entertain.
Made by the same family as the bowl, this mug is perfect for that guest who gets cold with a light summer breeze. Not to mention that once you tell them these are handmade in a small Italian town, your guests are going to want them for themselves.
When I set a table, it’s all about originality. I would alternate this Boulder mug with the Wood Grain mug every other place setting. It gives a unique look to the table and adds depth to the design.
It’s about time we ditch boring placemats — these native Minnesota hardwood-cutting boards are an amazing alternative to spice up a table setting.
This serving bowl is made of natural stoneware, and each one is entirely hand-made so they are unique in every which way. Although each has a slight variation, that’s what makes having one so special.
In keeping with the pre-fall color scheme: paisley tin votive holders will have an outdoor party twinkling for hours. They add such an amazing ambiance to a tabletop.
These Daniel Bellow porcelain pots are hand-thrown, glazed, and fired in a 19th-century Massachusetts Barn for a rich color and distinct texture. When I saw these in person my head started spinning with excitement because they were even more beautiful than expected.
Why not add the unexpected to the center of a table? Of course, once it’s off the table it’s also the perfect garden accessory.
Drape this striped cloth over your table and it will instantly be transformed.
Finding beautiful glazed pots can be challenging — especially when you see terra cotta ones everywhere. The muted plum glaze and rustic texture complement this rough-hewn ceramic pot well. Put in flowering oregano and you’ve got yourself a perfect pair.
This bounty of flowering oregano is available only at terrain. The full green flowers with pale purple tips is the exact color combination needed for a pre-fall table.
Each of these recycled jars is made from blown glass. All you need is a single spring branch to make this jar look amazing.
The rich green hue of this planter makes it a great piece for the center of the table. Plus, it’s suitable for indoors or out, making this planter versatile as well as beautiful.
When I look at a tabletop design everything matters, but what always seems to catch my eye are the flower arrangements. This one in particular has my heart, with vintage blue hydrangea, white anemones, black tulips and tuberose.
Incorporating different types of plants and flowers is a must on any tabletop, and bringing in succulents adds even more depth. Plus, I’m a huge succulent fan and always do a little jig when I find one I love.
I’ve been a Simon Pearce fan for years — my mom has wine glasses that I covet every time I go home. The Cavendish Hurricane makes a great statement on a table when paired with a glowing candle.
If you have the ability to string a pair of tiny bud vases filled with fresh blooms, you'll definitely make this dinner party even more special. It’s a unique touch that will have guests wowed.
Lastly, for those of you who have a ceiling above your outdoor dining area, these hand-crafted lanterns are beyond incredible. Each lantern has a beautiful and delicate pattern that casts a glow onto the walls — I want them for my future home.
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