Summer doesn’t just give us longer days, it also provides us with an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and my fav—flowers. While spending June and July in Ohio, I’ve been so inspired by the wildflowers as well as the fresh tomatoes, corn, peaches, blueberries, cherries and other fresh produce at the local farmer’s markets. And since my mom always requests that I style her dining room table, I decided for July/August we should create a summer farmhouse feel and feature all the seasonal goods as well as some classic vintage finds.
My parents live in central Ohio where there is currently a variety of wildflowers growing along the freeways and country streets. Everywhere I seem to go, blue asters and white Queen Annes Lace seem to be taking over and the other day I decided we needed to bring a few of these beauties inside. So my niece and I went on a walk along a neighboring bike path and collected a few. It was a fun excursion that resulted in a very pretty and casual summer table.
The wildflowers fit perfectly in small vintage apothecary bottles. When thrifting you can usually find a variety of them and the prices range from $1 to $5. Of course, some get more expensive, but I usually pass on those unless they really have a cool feature. The small arrangements lended to the casual feel of the summer table and mimicked the random look of how wildflowers grow in nature.
Continuing the casual summer feel, we paired the wildflower arrangements with a collection of vintage brass candlesticks. I love the mix of all the different shapes and patinas. It not only keeps the table casual, but also makes it feel elegant and perhaps a bit romantic at the same time.
The vintage apothecary bottles and brass candlesticks called for some vintage silverware. Luckily my mom has a few sets so we got out the dainty flatware and I think it really lended to the overall feel of the table.
The crisp white plates created a perfect backdrop for our colorful Peach, Tomato and Blueberry Salad. We had this for lunch yesterday and let me tell you, the combination of sweet and savory is oh so good. Be sure to check out the recipe for the Peach, Tomato and Blueberry Salad.
My mom then requested my Peach Bruschetta that I made last year. And since we had a lot of ripe peaches, I was happy to oblige. A twist on a traditional tomato bruschetta, this Peach Bruschetta is as easy and tasty as the Peach, Tomato and Blueberry salad. To learn more, just see the original recipe post.
And don’t forget dessert! I love these vintage sherbet bowls we found and just had to use them too. I hope you enjoyed our summer farmhouse table inspiration. Cheers to long summer days and all the goodies that come with the summer harvest.