Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

End of Summer Green

Our house is surrounded by trees.  During the summer, when I look out my windows, I see green and I wanted to reflect that on my table.
I started with a green and yellow placemat from Home Goods.  
I tried to keep all the elements natural with a woven runner, chargers, and napkins and wood candle sticks.
The sunflower plates were found at a vintage store in Atlanta.  

The copper planter echos the tones on the table.  We found it at Smith and Hawken in Washington DC many years ago when S&H had actual stores.  I really miss those stores. The birds are from Home Goods.

I think the plants are cool, but have no idea what they are.  I found them in the garden center at Walmart.  The tag said, "medium light houseplant".  They have loved the light in my dining room. 
The lights are Pier 1 glimmer lights. They are battery operated.  Most battery operated lights have large battery packs and these were no exception.  I tried putting them under the runner, but they were too big.  I came up with the idea of hiding it under the table. With hubby's help, I was able to put the wire between the leaves of the table.  Then we put velcro and attached the battery pack to the underside of the table.  

All of Pier 1's glimmer lights use the same remote.  It makes turning the lights on and off so easy especially when the control is under the table.  
We are in the dog days for sure in TN.  We had a week reprieve, but the heat and humidity is back.  Hope you are staying cool where you are.  
I am linking to Tablescape Thursday

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Red, White & Blue & New

Happy 4th!  Is red, white, and blue appealing b/c the colors just go so well together, or it is b/c of the emotional response that comes from being raised in the USA?  Doesn't matter, I love red, white and blue.

 Placemats Better Homes and Gardens- Walmart
Chargers & star coasters-IKEA
Blue dishes- OTP
White dishes- Johnson Brothers Regency
Red dish - estate sale
Striped Napkins - Dillards
Flatware - Ross
Star glassware - estate sale

Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken
Nathan's Hot Dogs
Watermelon & Feta Salad
Potato Salad
Way Over Grilled Zucchini!
Corn on the Cob
Cherry & Peach Cobblers

This is what happens when the grillmaster decides he is going to eat his salad before going to check on the zucchini!  
The New
We I decided that the brown seat covers on the barstools needed to be brightened up, but I could never find the right fabric in the colors I wanted.  A spur of the moment decision to visit the fabric store again, and I found the perfect fabric. 

 The fabric has all the colors of my kitchen and the plaid was just the right size.  Hard to tell from the photos b/c the passing storm darken the room, but the new fabric really brightens up the island. 
I am linking with Tablescape Thursday

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Memorial Weekend 2018

Memorial weekend was busy!  In addition to having our friends and family for dinner on Sunday, we had a pizza party on the porch on Friday. 
We had our traditional menu of smoked pork shoulder, potato salad, baked beans, cornbread, green beans and banana pudding.  It was delicious!

On the porch, we updated the comfy area with a new rug and two new swivel rocking chairs.  
The other side, is the eating area of the porch.

The table is all set for the pizza party.  

Homemade pizza is so much better than store bought! 
Linking up with Tablescape Thursdays

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Celebrating 500!

When I started blogging in 2010, it was because of Susan and BNOTP.  I was so delighted to find a community of people that enjoyed the same thing that brings me so much creative fulfillment.  It still brings me pleasure to set a beautiful table for friends and family and sometimes, just for me!   Here are some of my favorites from the past. 


Congratulations to Susan and many thanks for doing this.  I am going to enjoy visiting everyone else's favorites at Tablescape Thursday