Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Bohemian Chic

Our garden is still a work in progress. In fact, Scott brought home several more plants today which I'll have to make room for tomorrow. But, even though it's not quite finished, and still things aren't quite blooming, I thought it'd be a great day to set up a garden dinner tablescape for Tablescape Thursdays hosted by the always delightful, Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. When you're all done here - make sure to go over and visit the other delightful tablescapes that shared today. For now, enjoy what I like to call: Bohemian Chic.

I literally set this up in about 35 minutes. The idea of having a lovers dinner in the backyard filled my mind with a fury of ideas that I just had to get out or I thought I'd explode. I took bamboo that I had filling a vase in the sunroom and jute to make a nomadic tent-type structure. The drapes are from our dining room, used last fall. With a little effort, this was an easy project for one person to do. It helped that with a Bohemian theme, it didn't have to be perfect.

I purchased several yards of this medallion fabric to use for a Moroccan themed dinner party this summer. After hiding in the basement for a few months, I thought it a good time to introduce it to it's new surroundings. What do you think?

Seating consisted of a great Turkish kilim and two kilim covered floor cushions. I draped each with a Pashmina shawl in case it got a little chilly after dark. Candles and plants in mismatched planters and burlap rags filled the rest of the make-shift dining room. Even Earl showed up. He's a light eater.

The bamboo silverware made it's appearance again while the white ironstone took center stage atop the woven chargers. A sweet chardonnay and strawberries made the perfect appetizer for the lucky bohemians.

I purchased the Moroccan lantern a couple of years ago and it had found its way to a bathroom closet. (Odd - I know.) I happened to find it a few days ago, and thought - what a better time than now to use it? A tea light candle was all it took to have that warm amber glass fill the area with an ambient glow.

Brass candlesticks held thin white taper candles which helped to pull in the beauty of the white ironstone. The sage green linens worked so well with the garden greens surrounding the table, and I think that the astromeria tucked between the plate and the charger provided the perfect pop of color and scent before dinner.


A brass firewood bucket held purple salvia while antique brass balls found their way into the space between the wood and metal lanterns. A soft and romantic tablescape with a very bohemian feeling - I felt quite at home here.

What about you? Enjoy your Thursday, and make sure to check out the other beautiful Tablescapes at Susan's blog! And come back to Color Outside the Lines for more pictures of my garden, and others as we take part in "SHARE A GARDEN SUNDAYS!" See you then!

50 comments:

  1. Oh now this is fabulous. I love your Bohemian chic setting. You are a master at creating a wonderful ambiance! Hats off to you!!

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  2. Hi Artie!

    Your Bohemian ambiance is perfect! The medallion fabric is spectacular. I especially love your nomadic tent. The way you draped the fabric is fabulous. You created a beautiful and memorable outdoor setting. A great inspiration.

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  3. Love your outdoor Bohemian theme, Artie. Very exotic!...Christine

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  4. Artie, Love it, love the colors against the greens of the garden. I hope you had a nice dinner out there!
    Linda

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  5. Just awesome my friend...all you ever do is great...and only 35 minutes what were you smoking my friend...send me some COD...I need some energy ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Artie...Gl♥ria

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  6. This is awesome! I am so chuckling at Glorias comment above. Isn't she just the hoot!
    Artie, you did a fabulous job of setting a romantic theme. Every little detail is perfect and so much fun too! Thanks for sharing, Cindy

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  7. What a great tablescape -- love your table fabric -- so much so that I covet it! I think all of your elements work so well together and what a clever theme.

    Your table -- five stars in my book!

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  8. Wow, Artie...what a beautiful outdoor tablescape!! I LOVE it! It is so romantic! I love the bohemian theme. I am so amazed that you set it up so quickly...just a sign of your wonderful talent! Great tablescape!!! And...I love your frenchy music from Yannick Noah...the tennis player??? He sings? I'm off to google him and see what's up!! Thanks!...Debbie

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  9. Twin!! I am absolutely gobsmacked. Blown away. This is gorgeous! The materials are so sumptuous - the colors and textures are amazing = so romantic and exotic!! The bamboo nomadic tenting is so clever - I just cannot believe how wonderful this is. Well - yes I can - because this is you we are talking about. I LOVE this.
    xo Isa

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  10. ARTIE...you have outdone yourself here!! It is all just breathtaking...I am so amazed and delighted with this lovely setting.
    GREAT JOB, my man!!
    xo bj

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  11. Well, now!

    You have certainly put the rest of us to shame! This belongs in a magazine.

    You are brand new to me, but you can bet I will be a regular from now on. Spectacular!

    Scribbler

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  12. Well Artie as usual you have exceeded all with this unique and beautiful tablescape... Just fabulous... Loved it!!!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  13. Great tablescape! And yes I caught Earl in the background. A great look..where is the monkey with the wine?? And the camels to ride off in the sunset? Too lovely!Thanks for the treat!
    Leslie

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  14. Hi Artieness! Oh, look at you! This is wonderful! How in the world do you come up with these ideas! And Earl looks like he was meant to be here! Love your Bohemian ambiance tablescape! When's the party?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  15. * Simply stunning~ so dramatic!!!Thanks for the out-of-the-box beauty you put together & shared here! What a treat to see!

    Best, Linda in AZ *

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  16. You are definitely creative! Great job!

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  17. Artie- I am still trying to figure out how you hung the fabric from the bamboo? It is incredible! The colors and textures are yummy. I LOVE the lantern, too.

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  18. You wish you had my woods, I wish I had your garden! Not much of a green thumb here I'm afraid.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments. I love your tablescape... the repurposed drapes are perfect, I love the medallion fabric, love the woven chargers topped with ironstone even more! And the lantern is just perfect!! What a great assortment of do-dads too! You are very creative!!!

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  19. You certainly set a nomadic mood with all your fabrics and such. I'm glad you included Earl too. Very creative. Thanks for stopping by my space today too.

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  20. Ah, there is something so decadent about dining outside surrounded by yards of beautiful fabric. What a fabulous setting! I love the alstromoeria stems in between the charger and plate -- the perfect touch. :)

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  21. I'm stunned!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! You have captured the feel of a morrocan, nomadic, bohemian paradise! I can't believe you threw this together in 35 minutes, but I feel your excitement as an idea comes together and you find all the perfect elements to make it happen! Stunning!

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  22. very creative. I love the room outside. I love the color scheme.
    I feel like I have just went to another country. Great scape

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  23. Oh, what a romantic Bohemian setting! I love that you used your old dining room curtains...great idea! I also think the low table is a fun idea.

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  24. Hi Artie..

    How are you doing, my friend? Long time no see! It's always such a pleasure to come to your place...you always have something creative going on!!! You are the Master of creativity, Darlin'...as seen is this fablous Bohemian tablescape! Oh my, it's so much more than just a tablescape...you have really outdone yourself with this one, Artie!!! I just love that you tented this little party for two...those striped drapes are fabulous!!! Ohhh...and I love your table covering...gorgeous!!! You have truly created such a whimsical...romantic...ambiance!!! I adore it!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  25. Oh Artie .... the lutes, castanets and gentle beat of a drum are calling, calling my name ...

    Delicious work.

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  26. OH~~~~ This is beautiful! I have been wanting to have an outside romantic dinner for two summers. Thank-you for the motivation.
    Ginger

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  27. OH MY!!! BREATHTAKING!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I think I might have found a new design hero!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with all of us little people out here in bloggyland!!!

    Just wonderful!!!

    Enjoy the day!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  28. Wow, LOVE it. Your Bohemian chic tablesetting is so full of ambiance. It is just perfect. What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a meal and great conversation. So exotic. Stunning. BTW, we're having a "Cloche Party" on June 19th. Check out my blog for details. I really hope you will join in the fun. Hugs, Marty

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  29. Hi Artie,
    I love your Bohemian chic tablescape. As soon as the picture came up I thought, oh I want to dine there. You created such a romantic yet casual atmosphere. Love the colors and your tent. I want to try one of those. I signed up to be one of your groupies so I will be back.
    Thanks so much.
    ~Maryrose

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  30. Just lovely! I echo what someone else said, I don't know how come up with the sheer mechanics of some of your ideas. You are very creative.

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  31. you're incredible, man.
    every detail, to perfection.
    give us a wink if it accomplished its desired effect!

    beautiful!

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  32. Artie, I think you need your on show...Whatever happen with the design star thing? Fab 500*

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  33. Gorgeous tablescape Artie! Great ideas too! ☺♥☺ Diane

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  34. HI Artie, I love your wonderful table AND surroundings! How romantic and cozy! I thnk I have the same flatware too! Love the lantern and the pashminas were a terrific idea too. Please stop over to see my table too. Thanks!!! Pinky

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  35. Artie...this is enchanting...totally and completely enchanting! I envy Earl! :-) The colors are beautiful...I can just imagine how it must all be by the glow of candlelight! So glad your wonderful lantern is no longer in a closet...too beautiful to keep hidden away! My favorite part was how you had to put this together or you'd burst...I feel the exact same way sometimes...when I get an idea...just can't wait to see it in reality! Thanks for sharing your creativity and flair this TT! Susan

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  36. Artie I was by here earlier today and for some reason couldn't leave a comment!
    I simply had to come back to tell you, this is fabulous!! Absolutely wonderful!

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  37. Artie, how long did this take to do??? It's just amazing! You really outdid yourself with this. I love the colors and the whole mood of this dining extravganza. It's romantic and playful both. Love the tenting!!! You paid such exquisite attention to detail with this. Great job!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  38. Bohemian ambiance,
    and all this creativity in just 35 minutes.
    Amazingly done!
    I hope the dinner was yummy!

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  39. just flat out knocked my socks off! enchanting!

    please invite me!

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  40. Wow! Now this is a dramantic tablescape. laurie

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  41. Holy crap! You went to a LOT of trouble for this one, Artie. I do hope you and Scott actually ate out there and spent time in her bohemian tent, because it's gorgeous!

    Justine :o )

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  42. Wow Artie !
    I thought you pulled those pics from a magazine !
    Great, I loved it !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  43. Artie, this is so you. Writer, actor, artist etc. I think it is safe to say, you captured the ambience of Bohemianism. Astounding! Hugs -Brenda-

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  44. Wow. Artie, this is incredible! Really like the kilims and fabrics. Earl is enjoying it too!
    G in CT

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  45. I love this! It's so romantic, and would be like a little getaway right from home. Love all the deep, warm colors you've used.

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  46. I don't visit too often Artie, but you always put a smile on my face to look and your terrific design panache. Bravo, creativity expressed in burst of energy! Jan (jjlmnaz)

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  47. Your outdoor scapes are particularly bold and wonderful -- I love the way you put all this together and it looks both casual and elegant at the same time. Amazing~

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  48. =omg Artie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This should be in a magazine! I love it!! fabulous!! fantastic! the best! omg!!!!

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