The 4th of July is almost here. I considered setting an outdoor table in the traditional red, white, and blue. I wanted to. I really did!
But, after cutting the grass (with temperatures hovering perilously close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit), I decided I wanted to head back inside and enjoy the air conditioning! Before darting inside, I did notice that the crepe myrtle in front of the house was in full bloom, and I cut a handful of the flowering branches.
I sat at the desk in an upstairs bedroom waiting for inspiration to strike. I glanced up at the colorful rural scenes painted in watercolor by my friend, Mary. "OK," I thought, "I'll use lots of rich color." Then I thought of the crepe myrtles (some spell it crape) and their origins in South Asia. I decided to go for a slightly exotic, layered, textural, romantic look.
I also decided to keep it in this room, using objects around me (and in nearby storage closets).
I took large pillows from the bed and spread beaded throws at either end of the coffee table. Instead of a running commentary, I'm sharing a classic, one of the best-known and most romantic poems:
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Nor shall death brag thou wandrest in his shade,
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Thank you to everyone who entered (and left such generous comments)!
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If you haven't stopped by Just Call Me Nana!, you owe it to yourself to pay her a visit. Nana's a frequent Tablescape Thursday participant and, while she has several sets of dishes, she often limits herself to using thrifted white Johnson Brothers Snowhite Regency ironstone china in an amazing variety of ways. I have some of the same dishes I've used in a few tablescape posts, but Nana puts me to shame!
Most of Nana's English ironstone collection was purchased for her by her sweet sister, Tammy, who also happens to be a blogger. You can check out her blog, Domestic Diva at Work HERE. Last Friday was Nana's birthday, so I thought it was a nice coincidence that she won the giveaway. I hope you'll all stop by and wish her well. Congratulations, Nana!
Please hurry over to see Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. It's always an entertaining and enlightening experience!