Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

September 28, 2016

I hope all of you had a great summer season, soaked up a lot of sun and enjoyed long warm days. This is Anke and I am back from my month-long summer break with a new table styling for you while Holly is away this week in London and Amsterdam launching her new book, Decorate For a Party. Are you ready for autumn? I guess I am a bit ambivalent (as every year) as on the one hand I love autumn with its rich colors, warm light, fruit and veggie crop, then again I don’t really want to let go summer.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

Happily there is the wonderful month of September which is actually always sunny and warm in Germany and makes the goodbye to summer easier. For this month’s table I ordered a white chain of lights, a typical decoration for a garden party and I think also a matching tool for a late summer gathering inside. This one comes from Granit (Sweden) and can be used inside and outside.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

To attach the chain, which is very light and for that reason easy to hang, I used two parts of a table clamp from I continued with this simple and natural look by using Ball Mason glasses as flower vases and filled them with different kinds of dahlias, chrysanthemum, white bush roses, Astrantia and rosehip twigs.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

On the plates are mint green linen napkins and tiny blossom bowls.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

The green tumblers made of cut glass are my favorite souvenirs from our summer vacation in the Netherlands! I found them at Sissy Boy shop and they are not only good looking but also a delight in the hands. In German we say “Handschmeichler” which I think is the perfect word to describe it. :-)

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

Another discovery recently was Bernadette Wörndl’s cookbook “Obst” (= fruit). I knew immediately that I would have to bake one of her delicious fruit cakes for this shoot! My choice fell on her Upside-Down Plum Cake and oh my! – it just tastes of late summer! No wonder as the recipe includes olive oil, blossom honey, vanilla and semolina. I served it with some crème fraîche which I sometimes prefer with cake instead of whipped cream.

Late Summer Tabletop Style In Rich Colors

And while we’re on the subject book recommendation… I am waiting in suspense for my copy of Holly and Leslie`s new book “Decorate for a Party”! Do you already own one?
Without having seen it I know it is a firework of beautiful ideas, images and inspiration! Hopefully it arrives… delayed… next week so I can find inspiration for my next column’s theme for October. :)

With this in mind, I am looking forward to see you again next month and wish you a great start into a golden October! – Anke

(Photos, Styling and Text: Anke Illner)


  • Reply Yuri September 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    awesome autumn flowers and a very tasteful decoration!

  • Reply Rahel | HIMMELSSTÜCK October 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Oh my! Anke, das ist bei dir aber auch ein wahres Feuerwerk an Spätsommer mit herbstlichen Akzenten. So wunderschön und stilvoll! Ist noch ein Plätzchen am Tisch frei?

  • Reply October 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Personally, I love the colors. You can feel the summer with these kind of colors. And I would to see it in my own table also even if there’s no event. I know the whole family will be happy also. Thanks for sharing your post.

  • Reply ilaria October 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I’m Ilaria Campagna, an interior designer from Venice, and today I’ll write a post mentioned you as my inspirational blog!
    Thank you for inspiring me constantly!

  • Reply Alberta October 4, 2016 at 2:38 am

    The flowers matches very well with the white room. Lovely room!

  • Reply stefan October 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Awesome! This design is really clean!

  • Reply Tamarindie October 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    This is a beautiful idea! The use of the lights is very creative and amazing!

  • Reply Abhishek Kumar October 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    The combination is so good and beautiful!!!

  • Reply John Lee October 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Wow! I like the beautiful design so clean.This is so awesome! I love the combination of color.

  • Reply Jessica October 25, 2016 at 3:38 am

    I think this tabletop has to be one of my favorites. I just love those lights and the rich colors! (As I run to find my own clamps and lights…) :-) Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

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