Tablescaping for dinner at home

My brother goes to my parents' house to raid the refrigerator, but I go to raid the china cabinet. Playing dress-up with my Mom's tabletop is one of the pleasures of coming home to Seattle!

When I visited this week, I found the table decorated with a leafy runner and a flower-shaped bowl with purple petals. It seeded an idea for a summer supper setting.

Glasses with etched vertical lines recall the spindled chair backs and establish a modern aesthetic. Though the reclaimed wood tabletop is scarred with rifts and wormholes, I'm sure my Mom would like to keep it free of water marks. Coasters stop drips, and are a spot of complimentary color.

Plates with fern-like swirling patterns are layered over flat dinner plates and napkins in garden green. I imagined serving a fresh and simple meal to match: greens from the vegetable garden, chicken with goat cheese and strawberries.

The table wouldn't be complete without a blowsy bouquet of blooms that Mom cut from her own back yard. I had some major peony-envy!

It's the perfect setting for a casual family dinner- sure to highlight Mom's cooking!


Elizabeth Lockhart is an events & interiors stylist living in Berkeley, California with a mad scientist (her fiancé) and two bad cats (Matilda & Phineas). She delights in flea markets, curiosities, old-fashioned design, and blogging about all of the above at Shock the Bourgeois.