Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bamboo and Burlap

Now that the weather has warmed up and the garden is coming to life 
we've started doing more impromtu entertaining. 

For the last two dinner parties I went with a bamboo and burlap setting 
and we dined in the sunroom so we could enjoy the garden. 

The burlap table cloth is from Ballard, but I found it at my local consignment shop.

The bamboo flatware is from Neiman Marcus. I obsessed about it for months last summer. 
Finally bought it, and this is the first time I've used it. 

I think I'm up to five different sets of flatware. And I can say now, I use them all. 
(Good thing I installed a butler's pantry!) 

For the next dinner party we had a lot more guests and more children. 
This time I went with long burlap panels (that used to be my sunroom curtains). 

For decorations I just took a walk in my garden. 

This is what a low budget, stress free table looks like. 

The little green glasses came from World Market. But, I first saw them at Anthropologie in December. The obsession began and finally was quelled this week. 

The kids dined in the kitchen on homemade runners and 
cute paper placemats I found at Marshalls. 
The candles were electric of course :)

Here's what the kitchen looks like before the guests show up. Work in progress. 

Drinks and apps on the patio while the kids play and we wait for the rest or our guests.

Sweet sisters modeling Kayce Hughes tunics.

The lone peony. Just can't get a high yielding bush in this yard.

Foxglove and hydrangea

I'll come up with something other than burlap for the next one. Stay tuned :)


pve design said...

Just beautiful! I love how "stress-free" it looks!
Well you have a magical way with everything you do.

Claudia Fabiana said...

I love, love the burlap. Need to get me some. Also, very creative with the runners on your kitchen Island. It looks so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Gosh Julie, you make it look easy, and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I love it! Isn't it so nice to be able to relax and enjoy entertaining?!
I hope you had a great weekend!
E + J

Silver Magpies said...

Love your style Julie! The whole thing from the look to the stress free - Enjoy it - attitude, I'll bet an evening at your table is wonderful fun.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

The perfect mix of elegance and comfort. Lovely, Julie!

Leslie said...

Hi Julie. The flowers from your garden are beautiful and you make entertaining look so damn easy! I hope the bbq turned out well.


DolceDreams said...

What a gorgeous table! I found you through pve, and have entered your generous giveaway...i love your work, and am a new follower!
Have a great weekend, please stop by I also have a fun giveaway going on ~

Whitney and the Preppy Puppies said...

Julie, everything looks so pretty. Do you mind sharing your consingment shop? I started going to some of the Four Sales sales and they are great!

Whitney and the Preppy Puppies said...

Julie, everything looks so pretty. Do you mind sharing your consingment shop? I started going to some of the Four Sales sales and they are great!

About Last Weekend said...

What a stunning setting, absolutely magical. Love those bamboo knives and forks and the green highlights them so well. Love your outdoor area too, it all looks so elegant yet so comfortable. It must be so nice to have asun room like that, tranquil and so light. Really reminds me of my friend's house on Richmond Park in London, the same beautiful light and wonderful gardens outside...

Interior Design Musings said...

Beautiful table settings, but the view really steals the show!! stunning. M.

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