Rebecca Gallop has a terrific eye for simple beautiful things, which she shares on her blog, A Daily Something. We’ve loved sharing her tips for creative tabletop styling + outdoor entertaining all summer long! Enjoy her final installment.
Styling with Nature + Neutrals
Using nature and incorporating neutrals is my table-setting default. Most of my dishes are neutral, which means I can mix and match to create a unique look every time I set the table. Adding a touch of the woods to the tabletop, especially if it’s nature you foraged yourself, is a simple and free way to add detail and interest to your table. Sometimes I’ll add a simple pop of color, like these bright yellow blooms or the Hand-Painted Bowl.
Set up your table in the woods, next to the woods, or at least bring the woods to your tabletop! Sharing a meal in a woodsy setting adds a certain romance to your gathering, and guests will feel like you’ve created a private dining area, especially if you hang a string of globe lights overhead.
Include fresh greenery – not just flowers – at each place setting, and scatter them across the tabletop in vintage bottles. Ferns are incredibly intricate and add wonderful height to a table. A shapely glass wine bottle works as a lovely vase.
For a layered look, try a canvas drop cloth for a tablecloth, and use a scarf as the table runner. Use wooden chargers, and mix and match neutral dinnerware. Wooden, organic white, textured, mismatched napkins…it will all come together to help create an interesting tabletop.
SHOP THE LOOK
Photographs by Lisa Chiu