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How To: Setting Your Summer Table

It’s that time of year to pour yourself a cold drink and invite guests for delectable summer dining experience. We all love to host, but often times it's difficult to come up with a clever (and simple) way to set your table. Whether it be an indoor or outdoor gathering, the following designer tips will help you throw your best soirée of the season!

Choose a Color Scheme

A great place to begin is deciding the color scheme you'd like to showcase. Our designers chose a vibrant yellow paired with cool blue and lush, natural greens with wooden pieces. They'd added color by including accent pillows and colorful chairs to complement the table setting.

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Mix & Match 

One way to spice up your table setting is to mix textures and patterns to achieve a setting that is as casual or elegant as you’d like. Our designers used rattan placemats to contrast with a smooth white ceramic plates. They also included blue & white Chinoiserie plates with yellow gingham napkins to for a sophisticated, yet fun take on pattern mixing.

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Add Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a delightful addition to any table setting. The arrangement can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Place single tulips into glass vases for a minimalistic feel, or go above and beyond with a colorful mixture of hydrangeas, gerber daisies, and garden roses. (If your table setting is lacking vibrancy, flowers are a great and simple way to add pops of color.)

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Select Chic Storage

Another great tip to limit the clutter on your summer table is to have a bar cart or console set up nearby for easy access to additional dining needs. Place your colorful glasses with your favorite beverages on rattan trays and add in fresh flowers to set up the perfect spot to grab a quick drink without having to escape to the kitchen.

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Naturally Stylish: Summer Organic Must-Have Looks

We have a bit of a philosophy about summer style at Wisteria, and we’re about to let you in on our little secret: No matter the room or style you’re going for, bringing in one or a few natural elements add warmth and a genuine quality to the look. You can soften modern spaces with a teak table, spice up a neutral space with bold, botanical wall art, or even layer woods and summery textures to maximize the seasonal style.

The great thing about organic summer looks is that they don’t just have to be brown woods and basic neutrals. Natural summer elements can be found in the entire spectrum, thanks to beautiful blooms, lush greenery, active waters, and lively wildlife. We’ve selected a few items from our wide range of new organic pieces to help you get started on your own fresh and natural update:

This exquisite wall art was originally developed as a copper engraving in William Curtis's Botanical Magazine in the early 19th century. This engraving (and its companion print) is prized for its large, lavish, beautifully hand-colored details.

Our Rope Mirror brings everything back to basics with its earthy, natural charm. The frame is wrapped in hemp rope, which gives it a raw, organic texture—just the thing for a touch of coastal edge.

Rattan is known for its incredible strength and flexibility. Here, it’s been formed in the frame of this mirror to resemble delicate fish bones. The open design lends a unique statement, while also showcasing seaside charm.

The pattern on this coffee table is similar to Balinese designs that have been a part of their cultural tradition in Indonesia for centuries. The look is gloriously dramatic and is a bold way to incorporate organic in a big way.

This piece evokes the essence of modern island living—you'll feel like you're lounging at an island resort in the tropics with a table like this! The teak top has wonderful, natural textures and the minimalist metal base is just the right balance for a modern space.

That’s not all! You can shop all our new organic items here, or shop our entire selection of natural beauties here.

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Designer Picks: Chic Summer Seating

Chair design is categorically one of the most challenging feats of engineering in interior design. In fact, there are dozens of competitions internationally that put designers to the test, sometimes encouraging them to use innovative materials and creative methods of structure. But even with all this out-of-the-box concepting, chair designs have remained relatively the same since the dawn of time.

In our new summer collection, we celebrate the history of chair design with styles and silhouettes that can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece. Here, we’re highlighting our designers' top picks for chic seating this season, but you can browse our entire selection here.

Neoclassical Iron Chair

This over-sized chair is inspired by thrones and seats used in early civilizations. It features a deep seat and lovely curves that make anyone sitting in it feel like a king or queen. We updated the look with a solid iron frame, neutral linen cushion, and two brilliant finish options: Deep black or shining brass.

 

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Acrylic Klismos Chair

The original klismos chair was invented in Ancient Greece and it had three defining features: Four legs curved outwards, two parallel, curving rails for the back, and a narrow, horizontal, concave backrest. All of these curves were made to contour the human form as well as give the seat an elegant and shapely image. While it has four straight legs (for the contemporary home), the back of this seat fits the klismos description perfectly. Plus, this chair gets a whole new image in chic acrylic!

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Acrylic Armchair

Acrylic is a relatively new material for furniture as it was only created in the 1930s, and its clear, modern style is generally associated with Hollywood Regency glamour. One of the earliest and most famous commissions of acrylic furniture was for entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein's New York City apartment, and it was quite ostentatious and ornate. Our armchair follows a more minimalist approach, designed to blend seamlessly with almost any style.

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Abaca Dining Chair

Woven for both textiles and furniture, the abaca plant, commonly called "Manila hemp," is the image of breezy and tropical dining in our Abaca Dining Chair. Abaca plants are native to the Philippines and are mostly harvested for their strong, resilient fibers. Woven tightly over an iron frame, these chairs give a dining room an understated, natural, easy-going appeal.

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Modern White Slipper Chair

Mid-century designs are recognizable by their sleek lines, simple curves, and contemporary profile. This Modern White Slipper Chair sports all the trademarks of mid-century modern decor with its uncomplicated profile and plush, yet understated, appeal. This chair features chic oak legs and handsome studded detailing on the back. No doubt about it—this seat will set a sophisticated scene in any space.

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Modern Barrel-back Chair

Though relatively hard to trace, original designs for barrel-back chairs is thought to have been introduced in Europe in the 19th century. They rose to extreme popularity during the boom of mid-century design and became a favored seat for dining. The handcrafted Modern Barrel-Back Chair exemplifies this popular, mid-century style with its simple, yet sophisticated, profile and sleek wooden body.

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Dallas Blogger’s Fresh Wisteria Dining Room

Dallas blogger, Kate, of Lonestar Southern, began her blog as a simple college assignment, and it has now developed into an inspirational mega-blog about Southern styles and trends with Texas flair. Kate partnered with our Wisteria Dallas team in Inwood Village to design her new dining room nook, and the results are gorgeous! Read on to see how she themed her space with some of our favorite pieces.

Kate loves how the Disappearing Dining Table opens up her room. "Since my dining area is on the smaller side, this see-through dining table was a perfect fit. Its translucent nature adds a modern feel while keeping the space from looking too cluttered and boxed off, while the classic chairs and beautiful ginger jar motifs add a sense of timelessness that I love," Kate said.

The room is pulled together with the Patterned Pot Wall Art and Elaborate Chinese Platter Wall Art pieces, completing the blue and white theme, which was inspired by the Wisteria Dallas Inwood Village store. "Seeing how gorgeously the Wisteria team wove those two shades throughout their space made an instant impression on me. Classic blue and white for the win!" Kate said.

Our hand-painted Happiness Pots and Longevity Jar compose a stunning centerpiece that show off fresh spring blooms. These blue and white colors complement and refresh the pink theme that continues throughout the rest of Kate's apartment.

“As a Dallas native, my mom and I have always loved wandering into the Wisteria store on Lovers Lane. Even before I moved into a place of my own, it was always my favorite showroom to wander through and dream about how I would decorate one day! The store on Lovers Lane does a beautiful job displaying each piece in the most beautiful way, and you’ll find the staff to be so accommodating and gracious,” Kate said.

“Apart from the beautiful designs that Wisteria produces, I absolutely love the heart behind the brand. A quick click to the ‘about’ page will show you just what I mean… Wisteria seeks to support many nonprofits that are making important differences across the world.”

Kate also debuted a collection by Cabana Life, a brand that stands for something very important - sun safety. Cabana Life carries sun protective clothing that have become a staple for fashion from the sand to sidewalk. Their collections contain 50+ UPF clothing, including bathing suits, dresses, hats, cover-ups, tunics, shirts and pants for boys, girls and women. Even more incredible than their collection is the story behind this brand.

Melissa Papock, the founder of Cabana Life, found out she had cancer at the age of 26. "At the time of her melanoma diagnosis, she was your typical fashion-conscious New Yorker," Cabana Life said. "Having worked as a merchandising expert for top fashion and beauty magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Allure, Marie Claire, Self, Seventeen and O (The Oprah Magazine), she thought she knew all the latest fashion trends. She was shocked when her dermatologist told her to wear 'sun protective clothing,' because lightweight clothing wasn't protecting her as much as she thought."

Alyssa Adams, former Director of Merchandising at Vanity Fair, learned about Melissa's story, which resonated with her due to her own family history of melanoma. The two entrepreneurs began a journey to start a new trend, making sun protection fashionable. At that moment, Cabana Life was born.

Kate's picks include pieces with classic stripes to various pops of colors.  “Cabana Life boasts a gorgeous collection of resort-ready wear to take you everywhere from the pool to dinner out on the town! The quality of these pieces is truly incredible… my jaw dropped when I opened my order! If ‘sun protective clothing’ scared you off, just take a look at the pieces I’m packing up for a sunny getaway this weekend!” she said.

Head over to Lonestar Southern to read the full post about our collaboration with Kate and Cabana Life!

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Style Trend: Captivated by Cane-Back

For a style that first appeared in the 1660s, the cane-back design is still a popular option for home furnishings. We love the open and airy appeal of this classic style, especially how it goes so well with any kind of decor. Whether it's bar stools, lounge chairs, or our fan favorite Chateau and Louis chairs, cane-back furniture always impresses us. Keep scrolling for a few looks at how we like to style our favorite cane-back chairs.

Set a simple country scene with our Chateau Cane-Back Chair and garden-inspired decor.

A traditionally elegant piece, our French Cane-Back Settee is given an understated, rustic look with a cane-back and natural linen.

Two Linen and Cane-Back Chairs balance a serene scene when paired with a traditional chest and elegant mirrors.

The Halle Cane-Back Chair is begging for someone to curl up in it and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

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