Last week I showed you that I recovered my kitchen chairs in the yummiest of black and white picnic check oilcloth. Well, it lead to some summer table decorating ideas as well.

I am loving bringing in black and white touches in my home recently – there is something about the classic nature of black mixed with the more modern crispness of the white that makes me giddy.

I added some laminated cotton – just cut and placed – in a black and white polka dot and the striped place mats are from Ikea. I love that they are square instead of a rectangle. Laminted-Cotton-Table-Runner Then I just brought in some green and yellow pops to make it feel more like summer. Black-White-Table-Setting I love setting our kitchen table. We eat most meals at our island, but when we do eat the table, we tend to linger and talk more. Black-White-Yellow-Tablescape As the days are longer, the light streams in from the family room and it is just the perfect place to spend time with our family. I try really hard to not just get caught up in “decorating” but actually living and enjoying the decorating and projects we do in our home. Summer-Table-Decorating-Ideas And now that the meal has been shared and the plates have been cleared, the runner, flowers and candles are still on the table to be enjoyed. Summer-Table-Setting-Ideas And a reminder to sit at the table more often for a meal that lingers, even if for just a little bit. I will share soon how I made the cute utensil holders and planters. Wishing you a day filled with grace and thanks so much for reading. postsignature.png

April 21, 2014 — Laura Putnam