As Close to Outdoors as I Could Get

7.21.2010

Wow, Tablescape Thursdays is celebrating 100 weeks of tablescaping. I have not joined many of these because that is not my strong point and I don't have a gazillion dishes like most of you have. I love looking at your pretty settings though and am blown away by a lot of them. 

This week Susan asked that for the 100th party that we do a tablescape outdoors or a glitzy party setting. Well, since it is soooo hot and sticky here these days if I were to set up a table outside between hot flashes I would be crying out like the witch in the Wizard Of Oz saying, I'm melting, I'm melting. We just couldn't have that now could we? So in order to stay cool and do an outdoor setting, I set up a table in the sunroom.


I thought we would just sit over here in front of the windows and still stay cool in the air conditioning.


I hope you will be comfortable here.


I pulled my bamboo table from the corner of the room over here and covered it in a matelasse coverlet and topped it with my recent vintage tablecloth purchase.


Everything I used I already had. Wicker charger, large white plates with vine pattern, scalloped green plates and red patterned plate that use to be a set belonging to my daughter and she didn't want them anymore.


Vintage white linen napkins from the flea market and dragonfly napkin rings which are appropriate  next to our pond which has hundreds of dragonflies visiting daily.


Mikasa flatware that I have had for many years.


I cut some fresh flowers from the yard. A few crepe myrtle blooms and Rose of Sharon's added to my vintage coffee pot.







Using my LaRochere bee glasses and tea pitcher that I bought from CSN with the certificate I won.
The fluted glasses were purchased at World Market a couple of years ago on clearance.


Let me pour you some sweet ice tea.


 


Now the sun is really coming in. Hope you don't get hot here by the window. It won't last long.

Hope you enjoy the view from your seat.


Bamboo chargers:  Home Goods 2 years ago
Large white plates by Certified International by Karidesign: local home decor shop
Scalloped green plates were made in Portugal:  Homegoods last year
Red and white patterned plate by Nautica:  Tuesday Morning six years ago
La Rochere bee glasses and pitcher:  csn.com  currently available
Fluted wine glasses:  World Market 2 years ago
Mikasa flatware:  Macy's several years ago
Dragonfly napkin rings:  World Market long time ago

Linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursdays.
Thanks Susan, for hosting this party and congrats on number 100!


Please don't miss my GIVEAWAY going on all week for $50 to spend on any of Lisa Leonard's jewelry designs.  Just click on the link or at the top of my sidebar. 


Y'all come back now,

KIM

80 comments:

  1. Gee Kim, despite not having alot of dishes(as you say), you always make everything look super awesome! I love the details that you always pull together, super job lady!

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  2. Love those dragonfly napkin rings. Beautiful table and what a gorgeous yard!

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  3. Your tabel setting is absolutely gorgeous. Sitting beside the windows and looking out onto the water is just like being outdoors.
    But the best part, of course, is staying cool!

    I love your colors and the photos are so pretty.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  4. I love it! I covet your sunroom and think this tablescape looks so inviting! It gives me an idea for my "Deck"orating week at my blog...thanks!
    Vanessa
    http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

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  5. Kim, we all need to stay in the AC this summer. I'd be delighted to sit and enjoy this beautiful setting gazing out to your little pond. The table alone is perfectly serene and cooling! Love the little dragonfly napkin holders and those yummy napkins. ~ Sarah

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  6. Good call on staying inside, Kim. If your weather has been anything like ours, the humidity alone is awful! Your table is so cute! I love all your pretty dishes and how the lovely colors all go together so nicely. And the flowers on the table add the perfect touch.

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  7. nothing like sweet tea and fresh flowers.....love the dragonfly rings and the view. perfect setting from a perfect hostess

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  8. That is just beautiful Kim...you don't need a house full of dishes, you have a great imagination and have put together something very lovely! I would love to sit down to lunch there (in the air conditioning) and enjoy your company! :D

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  9. Happy 100th week of TT to you! Very lovely indoor-outdoor setting! You have the perfect spot there by the windows! Those dragonfly napkins are gorgeous! Love the chargers too! Wish I could sit and have a glass of ice tea in those "bee" glasses!

    DD

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  10. Your pond is beautiful, what a great place to enjoy a meal! I love those bee glasses, gonna have to look for some!

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  11. Hi Kim! I love the table setting. Just friendly and comfortable! The colors are great as you layered plates and I love the pitcher and glasses from CSN!! I must say my favorite item is the dragonfly napkin rings. I love drangonflies!! Great job and pretty flowers.

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  12. Everything looks beautiful and I love your bee glasses! I need some more glasses. I don't think other people would like my BLING glasses! lol!

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  13. Beautiful setting, Kim, and nice view of the lake. I love your dragonfly napkin rings...Christine

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  14. Very pretty!
    Haha, that is what I was saying today while cleaning out and organizing my dad's seniors apartment kitchen: "I'm melting..." It is so hot but the task needed to be done. One man, now alone after 62 years, does not need 23 mugs.

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  15. A very warm, and inviting tablescape! Clearance at World Market is great...I like Anthropologie too!!
    machelle

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  16. Your tablescape looks lovely - and definitely fits the outdoorsy theme with the view and the dragon fly napkin rings and the flowers on the table.

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  17. Looks awesome Kim...can I kick Mr. Savvy out and come instead?? He won't mind really, I know after a long days work, and working around your house,daughters house, who needs to eat and relax? ~ He will like this, it looks great!

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  18. Oh how lovely. The table is set so pretty and the view is magnificent. I would love to be in that pond right about now and cool off. Love the mix of dishes and glassware. The coffee pot is such a wonderful idea for the flowers. Beautifully done and yes, I would love a glass of ice cold tea. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Excellent! Looks like you found a great way to beat the heat! I love your setting! You really need to do more, what do you mean, this isn't your thing? LOL! I really want some of those bamboo chargers and have been looking everywhere but nobody has them right now! I bet your daughter might reconsider those dishes after she see this! Beautiful! So glad you joined the party!

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  20. Kim, what a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a great meal! What a view of your lush yard and oh my, I love your awesome pond. Your flowers are really gorgeous, what a perfect and delightful tablescape!

    Nancy

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  21. I hope you and Mr. Savvy got to enjoy a meal there!!! Love those napkin rings...and the view!

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  22. Kim, Your table is lovely and what a great view of your pond. The vintage napkins and tablecloth are wonderful. I am not a big collector of dinnerware either but I do enjoy seeing other tablescapes. Your dragon fly napkin rings are a exact match to my door knocker. Hugs, Sherry

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  23. Darling table....I love the dragonfly napkin rings!!

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  24. I love where your table is, that would be perfect for me too as it's so hot here I dread the thought of even stepping outside.

    Love the buffet, I just went out today and bought the Valspar mocha glaze too! I've painted my old kitchen table cream and then I wiped on and wiped off the glaze today. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to put on next. Would the paste work for my table? and if so did you get it at Lowes? can you tell me exactly what it's called?

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  25. I feel your pain, it is way to hot right now! But I feel the warmth from that beautiful sunlight coming through the windows! I am so jealous of your Bee glasses. i have asked for them for my birthday for the last two years with no luck! Absolutely gorgeous!
    Lacy

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  26. It's a beautiful table, Kim. I love that long shot..wow! Mine isn't outside, but it has a sort of outdoor theme.:-)

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  27. simply beautiful.. i'm with you on the hot!

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  28. What a beautiful tablescape! Lovely view too! Can't imagine why your daughter didn't want those pretty red plates anymore! LOL!

    Katherine

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  29. Very COOL tablescape, Kim!!! I think the view is magnificent & I love how you picked up the colors of your tablecloth. I tried to do the same. I could have used some napkin rings like yours, too!!

    Very nicely done.
    fondly,
    Rett

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  30. The view is perfect! And thanks for telling us where you find your treasures! I was at World market today..so many pretty things! ♥

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  31. Kim, what a lovely table setting! And, the view out the windows is just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
    ~ Jo :)

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  32. Kim, this is a very cute tablescape! Love all the details and how they coordinate, and that cloth is enviable. Love it! I think you have the perfect dining corner for this special day.

    I agree with you. It is too hot for words, and I am an indoor face during the summer.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  33. Oh how pretty! Love your vintage tablecloth and those wonderful dragonfly napkin rings. This is so pretty - and I'm with you - stay cool inside.

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  34. I think it's perfectly lovely and would LOVE to sit at that table, with that view, and take in the southern afternoon from the cool porch. I love your taste and style. The dragonflies are my favorite part!

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  35. I just love your style! The table looks beautiful and I really like those dragonflies.

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  36. Happy 100th! I don't think it's about the amount of dishes, just how you put them together. You put them together so very nicely. I love the layering that you did on the lovely tablecloth. Those vintage napkins are so beautiful.

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  37. What a pretty pace to have a bite to eat and/or something good to drink, with a fried for family. You did good!

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  38. Kim, lovely darling. The dragonflies are so pretty. Love the view. olive♥

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  39. Kim, I just sent you the longest comment and we lost power, and so I lost everything I wrote. Just let me summerize by saying this table suites me perfectly. I just love it's warmth, the lovely vintage coffee pot filled with flowers, the cozy tablecloth, the fabulous rattan chargers (LOVE) and the delicate vintage napkins.
    This would be a table I would feel most comfortable at! I just love how it "feels".
    To me this table says WELCOME!
    Yvonne

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  40. Kim, what a lovely place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner! A truly lovely setting and view!

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  41. You are blessed with the magnificent view from your window. I think that any table that you set there would be magical. Thank you for letting us join you at your table. Your vintage napkins are a treasure, and I love the point-counterpoint of the more contemporary napkin ring. Oh my gosh...I'm going out in my yard and cutting Crepe Myrtle and Rose of Sharon for my next luncheon. Don't know why I've never thought of that before....light and airy...wonderful! Thank you for sharing your design. You did a lovely job. Cherry Kay

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  42. Kim, your sunroom is just the perfect room for this delightful table setting. The table is so beautiful table and how refreshing is this gorgeous view out the windows on the pond. I love those dragonfly napkin rings and the very dainty napkins. Everything is so thoughtful set, it is very pretty.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  43. So elegantly simple. Would never have thought to cut Rose of Sharon but it looks great. Can't grow crepe myrtle where I love, but I love it in your vintage pot.

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  44. Your table is so cheerful and fresh. I really love the enamel ware pitcher holding flowers. Really pretty!

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  45. Beautiful and I adore the dragon fly napkin rings!!
    Tony has been researching how to care for our pond and he was told today by the "pond guy" that dragon flies are a sign of a very healthy pond :)

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  46. Hi Kim, I am laughing so hard at your remark about the hot flashes! Oh I completely understand I think we could sit at your refreshing table drinking sweet tea and cool off! And I am wild about dragonflies! Linda

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  47. It looks so inviting! I love your vintage napkins and dragonfly holders. They were my favorite part.

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  48. I think my favorites are the bamboo chargers...love them and the dragonfly napkin rings!
    Everything is just so pretty and of course the view too!

    Rondell

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  49. Gorgeous!!!!!! Yummy summer images :-) I am hosting a CSN Giveaway so do stop by, and if you can please spread the word. Thanks a ton Anu

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  50. Kim,
    What a beautiful tablescape!! It looks like it should be in pages of Country Living Magazine!! I just love it!!
    ~Cindy~

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  51. Love the texture of the chargers play with the tablecloth and plaid plates. But I especially covet the white plates and embroidered napkins. If those go missing, I know nothing.

    Stay inside and stay cool!

    Trena

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  52. It's beautiful Kim. I love the look of the rattan chargers under the plates. Very fresh and pretty. Patty

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  53. Indeed, I enjoyed the view! love the previous post-it looks great...verbena cottage

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  54. Inside or outside, this setting had a cool look to it - very inviting!

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  55. Charming and chilled, Kim! The perfect combo for this summer heat!!

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  56. Kim I am seriously lusting after that pretty tablecloth! The whole table looks fresh and clean and soothing! I think in this heat, less is better.
    Great job!

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  57. Kim, Love the table and setting!!! I would be so tempted to leave it there...what a perfect place to have your morning coffee....AND do your awesome blog!!!
    Have a great day!
    Denise

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  58. sweet little corner, love your lighting and dragonfly~

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  59. What a lovely table you have set in such a lovely spot with a view of the pond! I love those bee glasses too! Joni

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  60. Kim...this is soooo pretty! I love the whole setting! Everything looks perfect in front of the window looking out to your beautiful garden!

    I adore the mix of dishes...all of my favorite colors! Love!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  61. You have a beautiful view - inside and out. Love the way you have put everything together. You take great pictures.

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  62. the table setting looks wonderful love the cloth and the napkin holders .What a great place to sit and enjoy :)

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  63. Gorgeous vintage linens, wonderfully layered china, flowers arranged from your own yard -- what's not to like? Oh, and the sweet tea is a must! A lovely Southern table!

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  64. Ok I really don't have a lot of dishes. I have everyday & China!! I think your table looks very nice!! Love the view of the pond too!

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  65. I need those napkin rings on my tablescape this week! I love your photos with the sun shining in...so pretty. The tablecloth is wonderful, the colors are still so vibrant for a vintage cloth. You have a lovely view.

    Sue

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  66. Beautiful view and delightful table. Your iced tea makes me thirsty. The view and your table is so inviting. Very enjoyable post.

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  67. WOW! This is stunning and a peaceful setting. :)

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  68. Hi Kim,
    This is Blake with Mikasa. We love the plaid theme you've got going! The look is so clean but cozy at the same time!

    We're featuring you on our Facebook page today so be sure to check it out!http://www.facebook.com/#!/mikasadining?ref=ts

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  69. Thanks Blake. Isn't blogging fun. I am flattered that you would put my tablescape on the Mikasa facebook page.

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  70. Wow, what a breathtaking view from your sunroom. Your setting is wonderful. Your lovely tablecloth is such a great companion to the red and white plates from your daughter. Those dragonfly napkin rings are beautiful and love those napkins.

    All the Best,

    Requi

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  71. Love the vintage linen...the dragonfly napkin rings are adorable.
    Very nice table, Kim!

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  72. Kim, this is such a delightful place to enjoy a meal. I love the view of your pond. Your vintage tablecloth is great, and your layers of plate patterns look so good together. Lovin those napkin rings. The whole setting is delightful. laurie

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  73. What a beautiful setting for your tablescape. I love the sunroom and the big windows. Your tablecloth and dishes are so pretty...love those colors. Fabulous job!

    Miss Bloomers

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  74. Hi Kim,
    It is hot and sticky out isn't it....this is just perfect over by the window. :) I love that vintage tablecloth...great color...what a wonderful find! Beautiful tablescape! The dragonfly napkin rings are soooo cute. I do love watching them...you are so lucky to have views of them all summer. :-)
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  75. Beautiful table Kim!! I love those chargers especially and the vintage tablecloth is fabulous. What a lovely place for a nice meal! It's hot here too, but at least it cools off at night!

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  76. What a beautiful setting, love your napkins, cute!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  77. What a beautiful table. For someone who claims tablescaping is not their forte, I'd say you're doing an outstanding job. It looks so peaceful.

    I host a weekly meme called "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU! It's neat to see everyone's different take on summer. Hope you'll come and join the fun!

    - The Tablescaper

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