August 25, 2009

A Few Talented Ladies: The Tabletop

Maybe because the new apartment has a lovely courtyard, or maybe because in Chicago we truly savor warm, summer days, but I've got al fresco dining on the mind! Nothing reminds me to slow down and be thankful like sitting outside, enjoying delicious food and wine, and watching the sunset between good conversation and laughter with friends and family. When I need a little tabletop inspiration, I turn to these three very talented ladies who bring style and beauty to everything they touch!

Sharon Taylor of Sharon Taylor Designs, Springfield, MO. Blog: A Lifestyle Thing



Carissa Jones of JL Designs, Los Angeles, CA. Blog: JL Designs

Chelsea Fuss, Portland OR. Blog: {frolic!}




I love Sharon's use of a hosta leaf for a placemat! What a creative idea. Carissa's tabletop got my attention for the artichoke centerpieces and mismatched chairs. The simple color palette of green and white in Chelsea's design was love at first sight for me. What a statement those two colors make! Each of these beautiful designs remind me to make the most of summer while it lasts because soon we'll be trading in the long, warm days for shorter, cooler ones. 

And speaking of which, I'm so excited to announce tomorrow's guest, the lovely Anne Sage of The City Sage, for our fourth and final installment of, Fall: Get Ready / Get the Look. Hope to see you tomorrow - you won't want to miss it!

* discovered via coco+kelley, images via designers' websites and coco+kelley

20 comments:

Creategirl said...

SO beautiful!!! I want to have a dinner party now. Frolic is one of my favs

Maria said...

Oh love the look of the artichokes on the table and love to eat em too!!! can't wait to see your new place, how exciting!

xoxo, frostingcouture said...

GORGEOUS!!! im so glad i found your blog!!!

carissa said...

thanks for the love crystal!!! i wish i had more time to actually create and ENJOY these tablescapes during this busy summer wedding season! i am gonna head your advice and throw a dinner party just for me and my friends before these summer days are over! thanks again! xoxo, c

urbansardines said...

That first image is one of my all-time favorite tablescapes! It was my inspiration of the week a few months ago, and I keep returning to it for inspiration! I love seeing the rest of her work... just WOW!

Paula Grace Designs said...

What beautiful table decor. Love the use of green. So fresh and lovely. Very nice pics!
Paula Grace ~
www.paulagracedesigns.blogspot.com

A Lifestyle Thing said...

thanks so much Crystal! LOVe your blog!!--xo sharon

Simply Colette said...

Gorgeous!! That wysteria tree reminds me of when I was a girl. My mom planted one outside my bedroom window, so whenever I woke up it was the first thing I saw.

Thanks for the memories!

so.chic said...

They are all gorgeous tablescapes, but I find myself drawn to Sharon Taylor's design. I love how the chandelier adds a touch of elegance to outdoors, and that hosta placemat...how perfect!

Austin Wedding Blog said...

The chandelier hanging amongst the awning trees is super fab! The mismatched chairs are also hawt!

Jessica said...

Green and white will forever be my favorite color combination. The last table setting is an absolute dream.

aperfectpeach said...

That wisteria is magical! What a beautiful place for a twilight dinner party!

chelsea said...

Thank you so much for the post. Thrilled to be included amongst such talented ladies. xo Chelsea

eco-stylista said...

These look incredibly stylish!

Sarah Klassen said...

Such refreshing looks! The leaf detail, beneath the plates, is fabulous -- definitely one to try out! Thanks for sharing these ~

Lisa said...

Every single photo is absolutely gorgeous! Lovely detailing!

Hampers said...

Nice blog. Enjoyed going through it. Keep it up the good work. Your blog looks perfect. Cheers :)

HeartNiki said...

I am in love with that Sharon Taylor table top. Love it!

Polished Sense said...

Loving this table top escape. Now how can I recreate the table under the trees? Gorgeous!

♡,
Jessica

The Countess of Nassau County said...

I love Sharon Tayolor's use of the leaves. They blue plates look so fresh and vibrant against the green. Love it.

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