While 'speed-styling' some red white and blue tablescapes last Thursday, I came up with two summery styles (without the red). The crisp blue and white combo is sure to refresh these HOT summer days and nights. Again, most items I used were existing: Everyday white dishes paired with simple details. The inspiration not only came from the table cover print (which is actually a repurposed shower curtain I got at HomeGoods), but from using frozen blueberries as beverage chillers...

Styled with two shades of simple blue dessert plates... The stripe bowls added a playful pattern mix and really help to give new life to everyday white dishes. Although I do not have blue stemware, the blueberries in the wine glasses  added just enough blue to the glass. Two white table runners placed across width of table connect the guests, break the pattern on the table, and pop the placesetting...

Then came this more coastal look, using the flat seashells I just picked up while we were in Key West...

Pottery Barn blue chargers: HomeGoods for $4 found back in January
Indigo printed napkins: Pier 1 (2 yrs. ago at $1.50 ea.)
White & blue stripe bowls: Dollar store - last week
Indigo dessert plate: clearance at Pier 1 LY
Denim blue dessert plate: Macy's clearance 2007
Printed tablecover: (never used shower curtain) HomeGoods LY
White Chair Covers: (actually pillowcases) HomeGoods 2007
Glass pillar holders: Ross $12 for both LY
Skinny starfish: bag of 15 from ZGallerie 2008
Red wine glass: (w/blueberries) HomeGoods 2006
White linen runners: HomeGoods 2006
Wine glasses: Linens & Things 2005
Metal tea-light stands: Walmart back in 2003

Post Update:
Shared post on the HomeGoods Happy By Design board on Pinterest.

Other Details:
Large starfish: Bahamas trip souvenir (and painted white): 2005
Flat seashell as dish: Key West souvenir: Shell Warehouse - Mallory Square: 2010
Blueberries: 2 pks. for $3 (only used 1 pk. for 4 glasses)- Publix (FL grocery store)

It was a fun afternoon - speed-styling - creating about seven different tablescapes and photos from 1pm until about 5pm... Then the dreaded cleanup afterwards... good thing hubs was working late that night!

Tablestyling Tip Takeaways: 

1. Shop your own home for your tablescape color story
2. Use everyday pieces in new ways - for example: a fabric shower curtain can add pattern as a table cover.
3. Layer your tablescape and connect people using bands of table runners.
4. Give a different look to everyday chairs repurposing pillow-cases as chair back slip covers.
5. Personalize your tablescape with your own travel treasures.
6. En lieu of ice cubes, freeze berries to use as chillers.

And now off to bid farewell to the turquoise dining room wall... pull out last years blue paints, mix in some black and white, and see if I can make my own inky-blue concoction!

Hope you've been inspired...
Have a great day!






  1. Love the indigo and white. I know turquoise is Pantone's it color but I am not a fan (sorry blue lovers everywhere).

    Can't wait to see how the dining room wall looks after you play mad scientist!!

  2. Thanks Jill!! The turq was a nice refresher from the charcoal previously up there... but I didn't see it working into fall. I've seen a similar blue used in West Elm and PB for fall - and FELL IN LOVE! So I re-used LY's "blurple" bedroom paint - with black mixed in...

    Creating post now...
    Thanks for stopping by!!
    :D Lynda

  3. The blue and white is crisp and summery. Looks lovely.

  4. I love the use of navy in a nautical theme. I was just out on the Gulf and loved the way the navy ocean contrasted with the baby blue sky! Just gorgeous!

  5. Wow, the cobalt and white make for a gorgeous table!

  6. Perfect! My kind of setting ... love the collage views, too!

  7. Stunning.

  8. Oh, I do love a blue and white table! You have so many interesting patterns and pieces. I especially like your napkins. It sounds like you will find the perfect blue paint. I look forward to seeing it.

  9. Lynda, what a breath taking table you have set. The deep ocean blue and the white is really refreshing. And I am entralled with the frozen blueberries. Great idea, I have to remember this. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas.
    Greetings, Johanna

  10. Oh, I love both versions of your gorgeous deep blue and white table! So fresh and inviting! The frozen blueberries do add a wonderful touch!

  11. I love the layering of the various shades of blue. The textures and shapes add fascinating depth, and your photos capture the magic perfectly! Nicely done!

  12. The blue and white is just so attractive, and so very coastal! Love the shell plates!!

  13. You really did a great job putting everything together. I really like your table cloth. Have a nice weekend, Mary

  14. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment - I greatly appreciate it and glad to read you liked it!

    :D Lynda

  15. I love the richness of the blue and white with the playfulness of the beach. Beautiful tablescape!

  16. I am feeling inspired and loving your blog! Thanks for sharing your talent and shopping lists!



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