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A Tabletop Worthy of Cheers

It's the time of year again where we're eager to entertain. The sun is shining bright, the weather is perfectly warm, and everybody's feeling refreshed. We know you're thinking "bring on the backyard barbecues and pool parties!" So, we've got a few ideas of how to set the stage for a bright and impactful soiree that's centered around every get-together's highlight: your tabletop.

We're all about a bold palette this season. Set your foundation with a solid tablecloth in your favorite color. Keep in mind, a good tablecloth is a staple for every entertainer, so select one that you can imagine living in other areas of your home. Check out our sturdy Burlap Tablecloth that's available in 7 versatile colors.

Burlap Tablecloth

Why not throw down an additional layer of interest with a geometric or ombre table cloth? These textiles are sure to catch your guests' eye!

Get Geometric Tablecloth

Ombre Table Runner

Now let's bring in some texture. People typically pay a lot of attention to the color and design of their chargers. We like to suggest a neutral option, like these Rattan Chargers, to introduce an organic texture to your tablescape. These chargers are perfect for any casual get-together and versatile enough to live on your everyday dining table.

 Rattan Chargers

While we love the idea of timeless white plates for every other occasion, your party deserves something fun and fitting for the season. We're crazy about plates with fun patterns and colors for so many reasons. They add a playful aspect to your tabletop whether you have a neutral setting or one that already has pops of colors and designs.

Scallop Plates

Polish off your tabletop with a couple brightly colored bouquets (we love hydrangeas) and maybe even a hurricane or two—and cheers!

  
  

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Acrylic Trunk

It’s the warmest time of the year, and we’re drawn to anything and everything light and airy—including our new clear Acrylic Trunk. Functionality meets modernism with this stunning, multipurpose piece. Rope handles encased with brushed stainless steel, at each end, ensures mobility and durability!

Here are just a few of our favorite uses for this gorgeous trunk, which is sure to be the heart of any stylish space.

Acrylic Trunk | Wisteria

Utilize the ample storage and a svelte physique. Store extra pillows and throws during hot summer days.

Acrylic Trunk | Wisteria

This trunk begs to be the center of any room—use as a unique coffee table and showcase your treasured belongings.

Acrylic Trunk | Wisteria
We love seeing this piece in a guest bath. Beautifully organize towels and toiletries without the bulk of common storage pieces.

  
  

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How To Style a Coffee Table

There are many ways to style a coffee table to make it both functional and beautiful. Here we will break down three different (though common) shapes of coffee tables and how to style them to suit your needs!

Marble Woods Coffee Table - Wisteria

Square Coffee Table

It’s easy to break down a square coffee table like our Marble Woods Coffee Table into four even sections. In the upper right section we used the Armillary Votive Holder. The candles add a lovely glow in the evening. as well as height. Always remember to vary height when styling! In the bottom right, we used the classic stack of books topped with the accoutrement of choice. We decided on the Glass Fishing Float to go with our coastal theme. However, you’ll notice on the left side we used a tray. It still has two sections, but the tray gives it some unity. It helps to ground the sections, otherwise things can feel like they’re floating with no purpose. Here we went with the Parisian Bistro Tray—the indigo stripes are trending right now. The bottom left section is our Trellis Bone Box. Boxes are especially great on coffee tables to help hide small things like remotes and matches for your candles. And no coffee table is complete without a little greenery, so we used two potted succulents in the upper left. Succulents are perfect because they need little watering!

Mughal Coffee Table - Wisteria

Round Coffee Table

Again it’s best to think about styling in sections! Here we divided the Mughal Coffee Table like a pie into three sections. The Chinese Flower Pot gives great height and a beautiful vase for flowers. It looks good empty, too! Next we used a simple Wonki Ware Bowl filled with Gesso Fruit. Bowls provide a great opportunity to change your styling seasonally with small glass floats, shells, fresh fruit, or anything that strikes your fancy! In the last section, we again used a great stack of coffee table books. Top it with a small bowl or decorative plate like our Ming Plates to corral candles or matches.

Rectangular Parquet-Top Coffee Table - Wisteria

Rectangle Coffee Table

Our Rectangular Parquet-Top Coffee Table is an all time best-seller for good reason! Its size and sturdiness is great for any home and the parquet surface is literally the cherry on top! We divided this one into five sections. Three stacks of coffee tables books topped with our San Vincent Santos and Fossil Study for height, and Acrylic Box for sleek storage. The Big Iron Tray grounds the last two sections. The Large and Small Nautical Rope lanterns add candle glow, while the Small Scalloped Planter filled with succulents add a natural element.

In conclusion remember these 6 things:

1. Divide into sections

2. A stack of books is a decorative accessory

3. A candle element

4. A vase or planter for a natural element

5. A tray, box, or plate for storage and organization

6. Remember to vary your heights!

  
  

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5 Spring Spritzers

As the warm weather blows in, our palettes thirst for something fresh and crisp. Here are a few easy beverages, with and without booze, that are just what you need for entertaining, brunch, or just an evening apéritif.

1. Carrot Mimosa

Carrot-Mimosas

Image taken from http://www.kitchentreaty.com/carrot-mimosas/

How to make it

Simply mix one part carrot juice with one part prosecco and garnish with a sprig of parsley. It looks like a carrot!

2. Strawberry Spritzer

Image from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-spritzer

Image from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-spritzer

How to make it

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

Place the strawberries in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Pour into a large pitcher; stir in the soda and lemonade concentrate.

Makes: 2-1/2 quarts.

3. White Wine Mint Spritzer

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/white-wine-spritzer-two-ways.html

Image taken from http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/white-wine-spritzer-two-ways.html

How to make it

Muddle a small bunch of mint leaves in the bottom of a glass with about 2 oz of lemon-lime soda. Add 2 parts white wine with 1 part lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a spring of mint.

4. Maple and Grapefruit Mocktail

Image from http://slowbuddy.com/inspiration/summer-drinks/

Image taken from http://slowbuddy.com/inspiration/summer-drinks/

How to make it

  • 2/3 ounce real maple syrup
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
  • 3 ounces ginger ale (or ginger beer if you like things stronger)

Combine grapefruit juice and maple syrup. Stir or shake until syrup is dissolved. Pour into glass and add ginger ale, stirring gently to combine. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

5. St~Germain Sipper

http://foodnfemininity.blogspot.com/2013/06/Saint-Germain-Spritzer-Cocktail.html

http://foodnfemininity.blogspot.com/2013/06/Saint-Germain-Spritzer-Cocktail.html

How to make it

  • 1 cup St~Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle cold white wine
  • 2 cups cold club soda

Stir ingredients together and serve chilled in champagne flutes. Garnish with an edible flower.

Makes: 6 servings
Cheers!
  
  

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How To Style a Bookshelf

Styling something as large as a bookshelf can often be an intimidating task. Well, be afraid no more, as we’ll show you how it’s done in 3 easy steps!

Step 1

Gather all your books and accessories—we suggest using items of varying shapes and sizes. You’ll need a few round shapes, square shapes, and more organic ones as well. A good example of a more organic shape would be our purple Amethyst Geode. Each geode is unique in its shape and size. It can be used many ways—on a bookshelf, as a bookend, or simply a decorative accessory.

Amethyst Geode- Home Accents - Wisteria

Baskets are a great option to stow away smaller items, as they stay hidden but are still at reach when you need them. This Woven Rectangle Basket adds great texture and warmth to your bookshelf. You can use baskets in various sizes to break up the rows of books and keep items organized. Shop all sizes here!

Woven Rectangular Basket - Storage - Wisteria

Step 2

Arrange your decorative (and functional!) items. You can order them by size, color, or subject depending on personal preference. Be sure to mix it up by having some books standing and a few laying down—this will break up groupings and create a visual flow. Our Acrylic bookends will keep your books in order. Add your own pieces or leave them empty for a cleaner look.

Acrylic Bookends - Home Accents - WisteriaJuxtapose the square shapes of books with something round and add a pop of color while you’re at it! We love the handmade and organic feel of our Watermelon Pot. Each pot is unique, as it is made with a hand-glazed technique, and the turquoise is perfect for Spring!

Watermelon Pot - Vases - Wisteria

Step 3

Create height on each shelf. Use a mix of taller and shorter items to create a dynamic movement. Glass risers are perfect for lifting up shorter items and they blend perfectly into any decor, while adding a bit of shine.

Glass Risers - Home Accents - WisteriaWhen styling a tall bookcase like our Contemporary Bookshelf, you can create movement by looking at each shelf in blocks, so to speak. Each grouping of items is a block. If you notice in our first image, there are two blocks on the first shelf, three on the second and third, and two again on the bottom. This helps to divide and conquer, so you can style each shelf at a time. It’s much easier when you look at it in sections!

  
  

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