Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Heart and Home and A Tuscany Inspired Tablescape

Welcome back my friends!
Thanks for joining me today.

After the craziness of yesterday I was having a "relaxing day" today.
Which means I only ran around for a few hours doing errands, instead of all afternoon.
When I got back, I had some time for myself,
 which I used to get creative.
It's been so nice outside that I got an urge to put together a tablescape for the side deck.
I thought it would be fun to do something Tuscany-inspired.

I think this fits the bill perfectly.
I already had everything I needed to set the mood:
vibrant linens similar to the lovely prints at April Cornell,
 woven place mats and chargers, and pretty little fruit-patterned plates.

The green goblets are my favorite.
I like them so much, I think
 everything tastes better out of them.

It was a breeze putting this together.
There was a slight problem , however.
Keeping the candles lit in the breeze proved impossible.

You'll just have to imagine how this looks by candlelight.
When the wind calms down, I'll light the candles
and turn the dimmer on the overhead star lanterns way down.
(You can see those great big stars here.)

We might have to bundle up to eat outside tonight!

It's a good thing only the tablescape is Tuscany-inspired.

I've got a big pot of tasty, bone-warming Hungarian goulash
simmering on the stove for dinner tonight!
There's plenty, stick around!

You'll want to come back for information about the great giveaway I've got planned.
That's coming soon, don't miss it!
In the meantime, enjoy the long summer evenings!
And, if you like what you saw here, follow along!
Until next time,

Linking up to Tablescape Thursday, at Between Naps on the Porch.
If you've never been by to visit Susan's blog, you don't know what you're missing!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Heidi, that is such a nice place to be able to enjoy eating outdoors. I can't believe you said you might have to bundle up. It is still 85 degrees out after dark here. I would love to feel a cool breeze outside instead of this heavy muggy air we have. I love the color of your wicker chairs and you set a lovely table. I can be there in about eight hours or so after I get my plane ticket.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

It sounds wonderful to think of having soup and blundling up! We're sweltering! But this is a lovely table whatever the weather. Cute birds and I love your pretty dishes.

Mimi said...

Bundling up isn't going to happen around here any time soon...your blue and green cozy table is beautiful.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your table setting is so pretty. No bundling up here!! I think it is about 85 here right now and it is after 9 PM. The goulash sounds good, but to warm for it here right now.

Atelier de Charo said...

Pretty table, love the topiary centerpiece with the cute bird.


Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a pretty table. I love your green goblets!


suzyq said...

Heidi, I'm in love with those goblets too!! I will be on the look out for some coloured ones for next summer. Lovely table,

Jemsmom said...

That table setting is gorgeous, the goblets are beautiful, but I have to say... I am in love with the bird!!! He is adorable in that planter! The goulash sounds wonderful. You should post that recipe. I haven't found a good one like we had in Germany. I am always on the hunt. You don't have to bundle up here! It was 90 this morning at 9:00 am! It is 82 right now and 10:40 at night. It is muggy, but so wonderful to sit out and hear all the night sounds! I hope you enjoyed your wonderful dinner! Glad you had some time to relax!

Paige Thomas King said...

i love it--the charger is a great touch! i did a Tuscan inspired theme, too.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a lovely table! The tablecloth and the glasses are definitely my favorites. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Absolutley this look so much...

D said...

I love this tablescape. It looks so warm and inviting. Love the plates!

Johanna said...

Heidi, I love your table because the Tuscany inspires me always. This tablecloth is adorable and the green stemware is awesome. Pretty table on a nice porch, hope the weather gets fine.
Greetings, Johanna

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Heidi...

Ohhh...I love your side porch...what a perfect place for a Tuscany tablescape! My friend, when I saw the first photo, I felt as though I just stepped into Italy! Sooo very pretty! I love the pretty blue table linens...gorgeous! I also really like your little fruit plates! What time do we eat? Hehe! I would love to dine at your gorgeous Tuscany table, Heidi! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Michelle said...

Beautiful table setting...very inviting!!

Barbara said...

Bundling up and goulash sound wonderful! This is a lovely tablescape. I like all your layers.

Anonymous said...

I love all the wicker! So summery.
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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love, love, love your tablescape and your gorgeous patio area. This is just stunning. The dishes, linens and all the accessories are just fabulous. Love those pretty lime colored chairs too. Sure wish it was cooler here, that would be fabulous. It's suppossed to be 112 today. Hugs, Marty

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a lovely setting! I especially love the photo of the whole table with the green chairs. I can see why you love those green goblets -- and I'll bet they go with almost everything! I'm with all the others who can't imagine needing to bundle up this time of year!

Sweetladyelaine said...

A perfect outdoor table! Love the birdie in the tree!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Heidi!

I love this table! It looks so inviting and crisp and fresh! I adore the Tuscan look so, this of course was right up my alley!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Such an inviting table! I love the green goblets :)


Miss Merry said...

What a great spot for a dinner table! Your colors are lovely and I agree. Everything tastes better in a pretty glass!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Swoony goblets! I try more and more to eat my lunch-meat sandwiches on a REAL plate. No paper plates, no napkins, no used kid plates. It makes such a difference. I swear, the turkey tastes better! :)

Riet said...

What a beautiful tablesetting Heidi. Love the colours.

Bill said...

Everything looks absolutely gorgeous, Heidi! You've really captured the feeling of the region that inspired you! I didn't think I was a fan of green stemware, but you changed my mind with this post -- yours looks wonderful. I suppose I have no choice but to go shopping this weekend! ;)


Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Such a quaint and cozy place to dine! I love those green goblets too.

Sonia said...


Your tablescape is so pretty..I love country french/tuscany! The yellows and blues are so pretty. I love the little plates! Gorgeous...btw I love your new header..very nice!!

Miss Bloomers

Anonymous said...

Anything Tuscany inspired is a good table in my eyes.

Val said...

I love your table!!! Very inspiring...

Gypsy Heart said...

Very, very nice! I adore the green goblets too. I say so much about the heat here but would love to bundle up and eat at your beautiful table! :-)