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Soaking Up Summertime
Toni’s tips on creating a cozy al fresco dining space
Hi Friends, Happy Summertime!   I’m soaking up all the goodness of this season with my boys and spending lots of time outside in our backyard and garden. We love growing our own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and it’s so much fun to walk the garden and pluck an apricot from one of our... Keep Scrolling
Written, photographed and styled by Toni Mogensen


Hi Friends,

Happy Summertime!  

I’m soaking up all the goodness of this season with my boys and spending lots of time outside in our backyard and garden. We love growing our own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and it’s so much fun to walk the garden and pluck an apricot from one of our trees. Our strawberry and blackberry bushes give us the sweetest treats, and my favorite activity is clipping fresh flowers for arrangements.

We set up DIY Farmhouse table in the middle of the garden and strung tons of lights above for ambience and cozy vibes.

We also love dining al fresco during the summer months, so we set up this DIY Farmhouse table in the middle of our garden and strung tons of lights above for ambience and cozy vibes.

3 Steps to Creating a Summer Tablescape 

Layers and Texture

I love me some layers, and rustic and romantic vibes are forever my favorite. For this summer Farmhouse table, I started by adding two vintage linens over our rustic Farmhouse table. Each place setting includes a combo of striped plates, rattan-covered glasses, colorful cloth napkins and gold silverware, for lots of added texture.

Each place setting includes a combo of striped plates, rattan-covered glasses, colorful cloth napkins and gold silverware, for lots of added texture.

Cozy Vibe Extras

I always love candles along with layering each café chair with neutral-colored throw blankets and cushy pillows. I also lined the center of the table with lots of votive candles in glass holders. You could keep it simple and beautiful with just a few candlesticks as your centerpiece or maybe a vessel or two of floating candles. Try to build in ways to keep your guests lingering longer. You could experiment with various backdrops by placing your Farmhouse table under a pergola or tree or near a trellis of flowers.

Flowers  

Add your favorite blooms. I filled an old bucket with oodles of flowers, some clipped right from our garden and a few faux stems too, to fill it out. Any vessel will do—a vintage pitcher, an old tin or even a sand pail. I also included a few small arrangements in vintage bottles down the center of the table. You can create the perfect budget-friendly summer arrangement with flowers from your local grocery store.

You can create the perfect budget-friendly summer arrangement with flowers from your local grocery store

I hope you feel inspired to get outside and set up your own summer tablescape. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and make some memories!

Xo,

Toni

Easy Hardware Update

We had the pleasure of working with Delaney Hardware to update our front door hardware, and it turned out beautifully. For over 25 years, Delaney has offered a full portfolio of hardware including door hardware, digital locks, barn door hardware, bath accessories, commercial hardware, trim hardware, and steel doors and frames.

The instructions to install the hardware were easy to follow, and the only tool my husband needed was a power drill.

We chose Castille in Aged Black from the Rustic Retreat collection and love its clean and simple lines. It is rugged enough to stand up to our two busy sons and the hot California sun, but it comes with a mechanical lifetime guarantee too.

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