Boho Table Setting

As a little girl, I remember moving the furniture all around my bedroom.  It was a tiny room, but it was mine.  My baby blue painted furniture got shuffled and dragged around that space, I don't know how many times! My mum would peek in and just quietly shut the door, leaving me to my creative chaos. To this day nothing has changed.  Thankfully, I have the most amazing man as a husband and he knows it's  who I am.  Once a nester, always a I right?
I don't enjoy cleaning unless I can re-arrange as well! Today, after some dusting and cleaning, here's my take on a boho table setting.

Last week I shared my dining space.  Then I got busy setting the table. Luckily, Boho seems to be the rage right now.  It's wonderful to put out a mix of style and metalics and it works!

How I set my table

I like to pick my colour theme and then ransack the house looking for different items I can incorporate. This 'tablecloth' is actually a scarf from a second hand store (well washed). I layered the crochet doilies on top to lengthen the center of the table.  My napkins are made from fabric in the discount bin and heavily bleached to tone down the colour and give them a weathered look.

Make sure to add the proper equipment for the meal.  Bowls for soup, knives, serving spoons, even hot pads. Maybe some wine is on the menu for some wine glasses.

Mix and match
Using an array of pattern and textures gives the setting character.
Most of the dishes are from years of thrift store finds. Along with the glassware.  When our daughters were little, and even now for that matter, if a plate gets damaged, it doesn't ruin the 'set'. You can always find white dishes anywhere.
Choosing only white or cream coloured plates makes for easy collecting and easy matching.  Now I am on the look out for recycled glass glassware.  Wine glasses to be exact.  All of the recycled wine glasses I  have are from second hand stores. Usually bought as singles.

This is the fun part. As long as you leave room for the food, go crazy!
I love candles so this is always a given.  Arranging them at different heights, without blocking the view from each side makes the setting playful and well lite. A plant and some sea shells add some more fun!

There you have it, now it's time to dine!

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Summer Dining Room

Welcome to our dining room!  The place where we reconnect as a family.  Either by food, a serious game of monopoly, or a thousand piece puzzle.  It all happens here. Dinner for two, or a celebration for many!  The layout is pretty permanent.  Tucked away are two leaves that expand the dining table another three feet.  Becoming a monster and eating up the entire floor space! I usually have to rearrange the living room to create enough elbow room for everyone.  Now that's Cozy!


When you look on line there are such lovely dining spaces out there. Some are huge and open, styled perfectly, which must have a fun budget to work with!  Others are just gorgeous, and they would be no matter where they were or how big the budget.  This however this is our humble abode.  Not grande, and not professionally styled.  Just our space. At times I feel like I need to grab my mastercard and get shopping, but thankfully my frugal side usually steps in! I also enjoy the cosiness of mix and matching past and present styles.

What makes my Cottage Dining Room
  • family
  • family photos (if they can't be there)
  • large over sized furniture in a small space( happened by accident but fits perfectly!)
  • plants and 'treasures'
  • lamps on timers,lighting on dimmer, and candles 
  • baskets, cook books and games

My last trip to Value Village I found this sweet little lamp.  I've been on the hunt for a few more small sized lamps.  Having a list of 'wants' on my phone of reminds me to stay on track with my purchases.

After giving it a good scrub, I painted the lampshade black. I'm thinking it needs a jute tassel to complete the look.  It's the perfect size for this dresser. All of the small lamps around our home are plugged into timers,  clicking on and off at appropriate times with no effort.

We have been on the look out for a dining bench for about three years now. Usually they are either too small, only seating one, or very uncomfortable.  With the large cushioned seat and the length for double occupancy,  it works!  Well, it will work after a little dining set make over.

Here are a few more Dining Table Settings:

 Christmas Table 
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Christmas In White
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Happy Nesting!

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Summer Living Room

Summer is in full swing. We try to be outside as much as we can. Coming indoors, especially to do house work can be a daunting task.  Here's my attempt at bringing in some sunshine and the outdoors.

I start with cleaning. I have been mixing up a few herbs to create a mop water mixture. All natural, I mean go out to your garden and clip some sprigs of your favorite herbs-natural.  You end up with mop water that smells amazing and is chemical free. Need I say more? I've been experimenting with my garden herbs to find my favorite aromatic mix.  NOTE: If you are in need of some serious disinfecting this isn't the cleaner for you.

My favorite cleaning mix for floors :
Rosemary, sage, lavender and a tablespoon of salt.
Clipped fresh from the garden, in the hot tap water, with two 'glugh's of white vinegar.
  • Rosemary- helps with relieving anxiety, clearing the mind, and boosting your mood. Said to relieve migraines!
  • Sage- Protects against negative energy 
  • Lavender-helps with anxiety, insomnia depression and restlessness.
  • Sea Salt- removes stagnant and stale energy
Warding off negative energy is always a good thing, clearing mind, boosting mood...always a bonus!
Even with all the positive reasons for using these herbs,  I've chosen them for their scent.
Even after the floors have dried I feel like there is a fresh scent left lingering. Pure Joy.

Anyways, now for the fun part.  Aside from needing a good cleaning, this room was looking a little tired. I decided to clear everything out and start with a blank slate.  With both the couch and love seat being over sized and slip covered, formality is at a low. Luckily we aren't formal people. However, when rearranging the space, it can be a bit like trying to fit a circle into a square.

Sometimes an arrangement just won't work.

This works! 

Cottage. Bohemian. A little mix of farm house, stir in some's quite a mix.  A little bit
like my garden, I just keep adding to my collections. Mixing and stirring it all up. Lot's of  puka shells, beads, crystals, feathers, and a few elephants.  Making a great place for grounding and regrouping.

I enjoy mixing my 'treasures' all together.  Kitchen, dining room and living room, all treated as one. Eclectic? I'm not sure, however, it's cosy. And Cosy is always my goal.
What do you like your living space to say about you?

Bohemian Patio Hangout

First let me say that I hope everyone is staying safe through this severe fire season.
We are fortunate, at the moment our city is not being evacuated. On the day I am writing this post, the smoke is heavy, but I feel like that is a good thing. The wind has died down a bit and we had a tiny sprinkle of rain.  Hopefully helping to get a little control over the fires. Not that they are reading this but...THANK YOU to all those fire fighters!!!They are all so very brave.

With all the fires all around British Columbia, we are encouraged to stay indoors.  I have stayed inside, for the most part.  Except for this morning.  Our patio was covered in dried flower petals and cob webs. Not very welcoming.  I just couldn't leave it any longer.

I gave the whole patio a good sweep, and washed down the tables. Some of my flower pots were
not fitting in to the colour scheme. They went to the front entrance where their pinkish-purple flowers work beautifully.
As I fluffed the pillows I did a little re-arranging and editing.
Through the summer I find my plants start to struggle a bit. Leggy and tired, they
get a little trim and a gentle wash. If they are in a smaller pot I put them in the kitchen sink for a lukewarm soak. They seem to enjoy the tlc.

Our patio is filled with my collection of flower pots and baskets.  It's hard to resist all the lovely
new pots available each spring.  So I don't. My collection has grown to be an eclectic assortment of shapes and sizes filled with an assortment of random plants. Tucking some of them into the garden adds permanent colour to a foliage heavy garden. Smaller pots can be stacked on top of and inside larger pots for a easy cottage look. On the patio, they soften the line between home and garden.

I used to be very strict with my use of colour, or lack there of, but I seem to have a problem with blues and purples...LOVE! With my tastes changing, and my collection growing, it works well with the bohemian style I've been admiring lately.

This is the best view of the garden from the patio. There is a bird feeder hanging on a branch in the
tree to the left, and the waterfall straight ahead, so you get to observe them eating and bathing. This 
is my kind of reality TV.

Succulents and Coleus can sit side by side because of the crazy sun patterns back here.  It's been tricky trying to figure out the right plants for this spot. It goes from heavy shade and quite cool to intense afternoon sun with extreme heat. This succulent planter seems to be managing beautifully.
But that's Costco for you...(#costco), I'm not being endorsed!

If you are wondering what all the ribbons are about...I am trying to bend and shape my trees
around the patio. The ribbons aren't on the branches long enough to leave any marks or wounds. The ribbon gets wrapped along a branch and then tided up or down to the railing.  Slowly, it seems my crazy plan is working.  In a young garden, wanting a slight overgrown jungle look, craving character and charm, I'll try anything.

Many years ago I made slip covers from painters cloth.  When ever needed, I remove them and throw them in the wash.  They are very low maintenance and they still look pretty fresh!

(Click on the picture to see the difference slipcovers can make!)

Hope you enjoyed the tour,now it's time for a cool drink out here.

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