Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bee Inspired

Join me out on the porch today for a bee inspired table.
I named my store and my blog Beeutiful by Design
for two reasons: one because I love the inspiration the symbol
of the bee stands for achieving the impossible~bees are not supposed to be able to fly because
their body exceeds the weight their wings can lift; and two because
I try to live my life beautifully, which to me means with intention by surrounding myself 
with things I find pleasing, 
celebrating the blessings of family and friends, 
and hopefully passing along some of my joy and inspiration
to others as well.  I love collecting bee themed items.

 When I started planning this table it was pretty bare and flat.
I started with the woven handled circle chargers, which are quite large.
 Then I added the white bee chargers from One Kings Lane
and a set of four white and gold mid-century glasses.
 Next comes my inspiration for the table, these green
bee plates from Anthropologie.  I was pleased
how well the gold and white of the plates are almost
an exact match to the glasses!
Classic patterns never go out of style do they?
 Next I added coral linen napkins (also from One Kings Lane-on sale 77% off)
with brass bee napkin rings ~ a gift from 
my husband last see on the Burlap & Bees table.
Then I filled in the table with these vintage light green glass goblets
I think they look like depression glass, but I am not certain,
then these little bee votives from One Kings Lane
which are sold out but I linked you to similar selection,
were set on each side of the flower centerpiece.
This arrangement is a nice mix of summer fun!
I frequently shop at One Kings Lane, 
because you pay once per month shipping
and they have awesome tabletop.
I am not compensated by any of these retailers
just sharing the love of bees with you guys!
Thanks for coming by to visit~
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Miss B the Bride to Bee!

Many of you probably first met my daughter, Miss B, when I wrote about her journeys in Europe during her semester abroad.  Miss B Goes to Paris was a two part series in 2009.  Well Miss B has been busy since graduating with her undergraduate Bachelors degree, she has graduated law school 
and passed not one but two state bar exams!
We were delighted when she announced she was engaged this summer!
As you can imagine, we are in full wedding planning mode
for the upcoming nuptials in September, 2015.

I will share the journey of this Kentucky wedding
with you in my posts.
First up is our visit to My Old Kentucky Home
as a possible site location this past week.
The home itself is not available for events,
however, they have a lovely Visitors Center
With a great hall inside large enough to seat 200 and
outside an open air plaza and column rotunda 
which leads you down the sidewalk to a 
covered pavilion for rentals.
You can see from the blue sky it was
a beautiful day in Kentucky, 
with temps only in the upper 70s,
which is a rare occurrence in late July.
 The shadows are heavy on my photos
but you can see from below inside
the pavilion are white iron love seats!

The grounds are well manicured and landscaped
including statuary and water garden features
My Old Kentucky Home is located in Bardstown, KY
which is about a thirty minute drive outside 
Louisville, Kentucky.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Topiary Blue and White Table

Welcome out on the porch for a mid-summer meal!
This tablescape was perfect for summertime
combining blue and white with the
green of topiary themed linens and napkin rings.
 I recently bought these placemats and napkin rings
from One Kings Lane, but they
 If you are not familiar with their mission or seen their products
you should visit their website, they have some great products
to offer and a great mission to support.
 I mixed in some milk glass goblets to continue the 
summer fresh theme.
 And used these C Wonder napkins, which are white
edged with mini pom poms -so cute!

 But I have to say the napkin rings are my favorite on the table.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Topiary Blue and White

On the weekends I like to make a seasonal centerpiece
for my table that week.
Often this is just a grocery store bunch with additions from the yard
for some pizzazz!
 This week I used cream color roses with
just the faint touch of green
and added some monkey grass from our yard
to pickup on the green of the placemats.

Here's a sneak peak of the table for the week.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fourth of July Breakfast

I wanted to share with you a
breakfast tray I put together for Fourth of July
 Starting with a placemat with red, white and blue,
I placed a charger along with a dollar store blue
wine stem and Sabre flatware.
A top of that I placed a Fire King
dinner plate rimmed in red.
 Then layered a vintage blue glass salad plate
and add a small frog with berries to the top left.
 The Mary Lake Thompson napkins
were perfect with the stars and stripes!

 Finally I placed a fire king saucer
under a vintage blue glass bowl
of berries.
 I hope you are celebrating this long weekend
with friends and family!
I will be enjoying some time at the lake with my family.
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