Tablescapes, Paper Parasols

I am loving all the bright colors everywhere right now, you see them in fashion, home decor and of course the beautiful flowers of summer~

summer fabric

I saw this fabric the other day and just had to have it! I had NO idea what I wanted to do with it…there wasn’t much left on the bolt, only 1 2/3 yards…I asked if they gave a discount for the end of the bolt…she said “No, sorry…”   Really?  Shoot, but I bought it anyway.  It might turn into a pillow or 2,


but for right now it is going to hide the unsightly blotches on my fading fast ottoman~


I know, right!  It’s really quite embarrassing…all of a sudden a giant chunk was missing…I think Super Boy peeled it off.  My problem is I can’t find a new one I like…plus I want a new rug…and new chairs…and I’m scared to buy anything without planning the whole room out….oh and I want to paint the walls,  and paint the secretary with ASCP, but can’t decide what color…AND, we just had to buy a new washer, dryer and AC unit for the beach house, so HH is REALLY not excited about my redecorating thoughts right now….SO, sigh…

summer den

for now, I just have to make do

summer den 2

and use some bright summer colors

summer den 3

to hide my shabby little secret…I really need to find a new ottoman asap!

paper umbrella table

It’s also just enough to make a topper on the dining room table.  See I’m really getting bang for my buck here! I’ve probably saved enough for a new ottoman already!  Gotta think positive! 

summer centerpiece

Setting the middle of this table makes a large table feel cozy for a smaller group.  My large green platter and faux hydrangea are the perfect matching green

paper umbrella centerpiece

Bright paper parasols are scattered around

summer party table

I just kept pulling out things in these colors~ place mats in a coordinating print ground the place settings

parasol napkin

These tiny pedestal cups are perfect for butter, salt, salsa or sauce, or for holding a roll or a dessert


Pink pin dot napkins are tied with jute and a bright parasol.

summer place setting

Beverage glasses painted with watermelon and bananas

parasol napkin 2

Pink, lime orange and aqua makes for a splendid summer palette of color!

paper umbrella napkin ring

Colorful fun is popping everywhere!

summer table

Paper parasols are tucked into green candlesticks.  The pretty blue Ball jars hold votive candles along side tall airy iron daisy candlesticks

paper parasols

summer bright table

paper parasols table

paper umbrella table

Happy Summer!

fabric, Hobby Lobby

place mats,  One Kings Lane

pedestal mini bowls, Pier 1 clearance

green candlesticks, World Market

dinner plates, Publix

glasses, JMdesigns


I’m sharing this with:

I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY

Uncommon Designs for MONDAY FUNDAY

Between Naps on the Porch for  TABLESCAPE THURSDAY

A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Worthing Court for HOME{WORK} WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

19 Responses to “Tablescapes, Paper Parasols”
  1. I love the beautiful colors in this…and what a neat and inventive way of covering up your ottoman!!! Very pretty! =D Have a great week!

  2. Love these fun summer colors! They look like a breath of fresh air 🙂

  3. This is wonderful! Great use of really diverse elements for a delightful and unique design. I’m so impressed. By the by…I have a leather ottoman just like yours…:-) Cherry Kay

  4. Kitty says:

    Your tables are always full of fun and color, Jenna! Your fabric was very inspirational in choosing the rest of your table decor. Love the centerpiece and the cute parasols.
    Why is it so hard to decide paint colors and the whole scheme of things??!! I’m with you on that!

  5. Elena says:

    I love the bright colors! So summery.

  6. I love the fresh bright colour – so summery. And fabulous dishware too!!

  7. Love these bright and happy colors. The combination on the table is lovely. I love how it all come together. xo marlis

  8. Great fabric, no wonder you jumped on it. Placemats maybe? Or I think a table runner is a good idea. You sure have the right tablescape accessories to go with it! Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  9. What a bright and happy tablescape and what a unique centerpiece.

  10. Mary says:

    Love the cute little parasols and your cheery remnant of fabric! One thing does lead to another when making a decorating change…*sigh*

  11. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Your fabric and your tablescape are gorgeous. I love the colors and the little parasols are perfect. Gorgeous room. I love your chairs by the fireplace. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. Stacey says:

    Great fabric that you used to add summer color. 🙂

  13. I love the fabric and see why you couldn’t resist it. The Summer colors are beautiful! Thank you for linking to the Open House party.

  14. Jan says:

    While you are saving up to buy a replacement, have you considered a quick and easy reupholster of your ottoman with an easy-sew slipcover? I’m sure you can find lots of instructions on the internet how to do one. Or see if there is a ready-made available online that will fit your ottoman’s dimensions. Or – paint it. Since you think it’s ruined anyway why NOT paint it? I know there are fabric paints out there in the real world that people can use to paint upholstered furniture; surely there must be something available that can touch-up the damage done to your ottoman, be it leather or faux leather, and/or to repaint the top portion or the entire thing — and I’m not talking about acrylic craft paints but if you can’t find anything else, why not try them??? Isn’ crackled look, you know, the “aged” look, what shabby chic is all about anyway? BTW, your dining room set is to DIE for! Classic Ming Dynasty style in beautifully finished wood. Wow.

    • Hi Jan! I really appreciate your suggestions, I have toyed with the idea of making a cover for it, the big challenge here is to keep it functional, we always have our feet up on it and the grands love to play and walk around it. Never thought about painting it, that’s a crazy cool idea, you just never know! Thanks for the ideas and comments!

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