Insta-Living Vol. 04: Summer Inspired

Spring and summer constantly makes me ideally think of the sand, beach locations, and warmer weather. With the seasonal change in climate often comes inspiration for craft projects … or another tablescape and sometimes for no occasion necessary.


I wanted to share one of my crafty and fun little brunch centrepieces that I created—everything evocative of the seaside or a small bit of nautical embrace.

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I used white place mats and layered them with a sheer place mat for a textured effect. Then, I placed my macrame netting on the table, scrunching some of it in the form of waves. Next, I grabbed a few shells (not too many) and had fun with dispersing them along the netting.
After applying a think layer of glue to the top piece to the wooden nautical wheel and bottom piece of the lighthouse, I added shadowboxes and shells on the netting. I also had a handmade candle that I made years ago, so I added a tea light and a small starfish to it by heating the wax. I wanted to add a touch of elegance to the table, so the addition of faux pearls around the centrepiece was naturally a favourite.

For utensils and other accessories, I used a metal bucket and a small wooden container to hold them. The small fish pieces were hand painted for another project using wood paint, but I only painted half their bodies, which worked out well for the table.
    
 This little porcelain fish helped set the tone of the table. 
 (Above) Finished result of the nautical inspired brunch table.

What do you think of my nautical centrepiece? It was fun to make, and you can create a very easy, but stylishly effective table for your home.

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61 comments

  1. Chrissie16 May, 2014

    Love this maritim-style :)!!!!


    LG aus der EDELFABRIK
    Chrissie

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  2. Vix Brearley16 May, 2014

    That's just fab! I'd love to be at guest! x

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  3. Paolo The Look Lover16 May, 2014

    Ciao!!
    Lovely photos and place!!
    Thanks a lot for your G+ about my bracelets...if you want to buy one for you or to make a gift, write me at my e-mail address!!
    Have a nice day,kiss!!!
    Paolo

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  4. You have been so great Madison! Cant believe how much beautiful it is, well done dear! And the final table is so lovely, perfect for the upcoming summer! Happy weekend, many kisses! xo

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  5. Daniella16 May, 2014

    Oh wow this looks amazing Madison! You are so creative my dear, love it!! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  6. Glam up your Lifestyle16 May, 2014

    Ach die Dekoration ist so schön, alles ist so typisch für den Sommer. Der gedeckt Tisch sieht sehr einladend aus. Gut gemacht, liebe Madison. Schönes Wochenende

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  7. DemiMist16 May, 2014

    You're very creative!!!

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  8. Allie Mackin16 May, 2014

    Hey that is a great idea, and not hard to do.This will be perfect for me when I move to Long Beach.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    ww.allienyc.com

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  9. This is quite literally the most gorgeous table setting I have ever seen. It is fun, has so much character, is unique and creative and is super stylish. I want this for my house.

    http://tia-cherie.blogspot.com

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  10. Work it girl! Now that I'm pregnant and working from home, it's flats all the way for me baby!

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  11. Bikbik & Roro17 May, 2014

    O, this is brilliant! I love anything sea or nautical related, and I'd love to attend a party decorated like this :)

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  12. Okay, you just won the DIY queen contest, Now that is really nice and your work is pleasantly neat. Well done.

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  13. Wow, so pretty and original! I really love the theme and how you created it.

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  14. I just like plain black pumps that go with any outfit.

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  15. Shybiker17 May, 2014

    Wow, you're so creative.

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  16. Erika Sorocco17 May, 2014

    This is too beautiful, Madison - it makes me think of the Hamptons!!

    xx

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  17. I love these, so perfect for a nautical themed event and extremely creative, thats amazing! Thanks for your kind visit, hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

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  18. What a fun table setting! Definitely wish I had some sort of dinner party coming up to create my own...

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  19. So beautiful and creative! You did a fantastic job! x

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  20. You are always so creative with table decoration!

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    -Kati

    http://almoststylish.blogspot.de

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  21. I love all the nautical inspiration and I can totally relate to loving all of the beach items during the summer!! Navy and white is my favorite combo! Thank you for sharing


    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.com

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  22. I loved the flats outfit with the hat and striped tee, a really cool and chic casual outfit. Very summer! I like that you pick the brands you collaborate with very carefully and there's always a reason behind why you're showcasing a brand.

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  23. SUCH a neat centerpiece! You're so crafty!! This is making me hungry for seafood! :D

    <(') Hoda || JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

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  24. Wow Madison it's so beautiful! The centrepiece looks amazing. I don't believe it's easy to make but definitely worth a try. I should probably ask you for help with PS. I have already improved last year I was wondering how to open a photo with PS. I tried for hours and failed :D
    Happy Sunday!!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  25. Lola -Finn18 May, 2014

    Das ist sooooo cool!!! :) Was für eine tolle Idee! :D
    Liebe Grüße aus München

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  26. Thanks Arash! Yes, absolutely, I choose my brand collaborations carefully, most times I try to select brands that have not had many blogger collabs or any at all. I also like to introduce some new brands that have a unique story--it's always personal to me. There is always a reason for my partnerships and I'm glad that you noticed that as well.

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  27. Dressed with soul18 May, 2014

    Liebe Madison, ich bin begeistert von Deiner maritimen Dekoration! Besonders auch deswegen, weil Du alles selber gemacht hast - Du bist wirklich kreativ und geschickt <3 Deine Gäste haben sich sicher sehr geehrt gefühlt, ich finde es nämlich sehr liebevoll und herzlich von Dir, dass Du Gästen so eine schöne Tischdekoration bietest.

    Ich wünsche Dir eine tolle Woche!

    Alles Liebe, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  28. Thanks Stephanie! Yes, that's totally understandable for flats = comfort! :)

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  29. Thanks Imogen! I really appreciate your comment dear. This was a lot of fun to create! :) xx

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  30. Thank you Mira. It was a great brunch!
    No problem, if you need help just e-mail me, (madd@berlin.com) opening an image is actually very easy, so just let me know.
    xx/Madison

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  31. Thank you! Ah, yes seafood is always good in our home! :) I can smell the grilled scallops and lobster now!
    Have a lovely week!
    /Madison
    http://fashiontalesblog.com

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  32. Thanks so much Anouka! :)

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  33. Thanks! Yes, you can make it as easy or as complicated as you like. Perfect for summer! :)

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  34. I'm glad that you liked it as well Lilli. Thanks for your sweet comments always. xx

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  35. Ahh, yes, I love that! Thanks Erika! xx

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  36. Thank you Sam! Enjoy the weekend!

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  37. Thank you Alexis! I love creating themed tables for dinner parties and, in this case brunch! :)

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  38. Liebe Cla, Danke! Das war eine sehr lustige zeit zu schaffen! Ich liebe nautischen Inspiration!
    Haben Sie einen tollen Abend.
    LG,
    Madison xx

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  39. Haha! Thanks Busola, I appreciate that kind compliment dear.

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  40. *blushes* Thanks Rowena! I'm happy that you liked it too!
    /Madison

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  41. Liebe Rena, Sie sind so süß!! Danke, dass Sie meine maritime Inspiration mögen! Dies war Spaß, erstellen und gestalten. Ich hoffe, Sie genießen den Abend und die Woche!
    Alles liebe,
    Madison xx :)

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  42. Thank you so much! It's fun to have a little different style of party and it's very easy to make it custom to your style. Thanks for your comment.

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  43. you did such a great job!!! i love it. so beachy and beautiful.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  44. This is really lovely doll, love the nautical theme :) I hope you have a marvellous week :) xx

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  45. Ms Madge19 May, 2014

    Madison, I'm gonna do some social-media-younger-people speak: Amazeballs! Hahhahaa. You're so creative, I'd love to sit down and watch you create a masterpiece. I'm really a fan :) Have a lovely week x

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  46. So cool univers :)

    Kisses

    http://www.mademoisellemode.com/

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  47. Thank you so much for sharing this brand Madison because I haven't heard of it and now that I actually make it to these countries every now and then I'll definitely keep an eye out. Italian shoes are such high quality!!


    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.com

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  48. Janice Lunes19 May, 2014

    Wow you are truly a pro in crafts :D

    I really love your work super well done Madi :)




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  49. You're welcome Dale. I'm glad that I could introduce you to this brand. Thanks for your comment. :)

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  50. I just love both of your choices! They are fantastic choices for summer! I of course am drawn to the more colorful pair! They compliment your outfit just perfectly!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  51. Of course, we both LOVE colour! :)

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  52. pilar ayuso23 May, 2014

    Greta pics!! you are really creative!! Kisses!!

    www.rednailsladies.com

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  53. Carsla Peyton10 June, 2014

    Loving the decor! Thanks of the inspo. ;D Wishing you well.

    ♥ | www.connect-the-cloths.com | xoxo

    http://blogspotter.co/connect-the-cloths/

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  54. Janice Lunes04 August, 2014

    OMG Madi you are a pro at this !!


    You are even more creative than I thought it's very well done girl :D


    I can learn from you :D



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  55. Thanks hun, I appreciate your comment. x

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