Table Four: Black and White Style


There are various reasons why I love hosting little gatherings: it's fun, a great excuse to showcase recipes that you're proud of, and when you're outdoors it just makes things even better. Whether it’s just having a couple of friends over for dinner or even an intimate celebration of some sort, I enjoy creating tables for the ocassion. I have known for a long time that another reason is because I adore interior décor and table linens.

Interior design is like fashion’s next of kin, to me. And, as you should know by now, fashion and design in general, along with architecture collectively work together as influence in my creative space. 

For this year’s spring and summer collection, the Gudrun Sjödén brand absolutely did not disappoint. Of course, there are vibrant colour and daring combinations to appreciate, but I went down a different avenue this time.

I had to wait a while until I could actually use these pieces, so I recently decided to have a quick weekend outdoor lunch with friends. This was also most likely going to be one of our last few seasonal hosted BBQ gatherings together until autumn sets in, since we're all currently preparing for summer holiday and wedding attending in the next few weeks.
In the eco-home collection, there were far too many marvellous prints to decide on, although after a good browsing session I chose a simple black and white themed setting. I found myself drawn to the vegetable prints paired with stripes. Afterward, I instantly thought to use our cobalt dishes for the lunch. So, I added a few embellishing accents (silk flowers, basket, and mason jars) to the table, yet still managed to keep it simple since the prints were going to do most of the style “talking” in this particular tablescape.

I had almost forgotten to take snapshots because the grilling was happening along with great conversation. It’s funny, we all got caught up with each other, then chatted about how great it was to enjoy the weather and finally be outdoors with a full dose of sunshine. Doesn’t it seem as if these past few months have rolled by so quickly—soon we will be complaining about the weather yet again, thirsting to don multiple layers, and boots even! But, until that time comes, we’re calmly savouring these little sun breaks and counting our blessings.

What do you think of my summer outdoor table setting? Have you done any summer entertaining recently?
The goods: Printed pillowcase, Towel, and Stripe Placemats-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén
*View other prints from the Gudrun Sjödén home collection here.

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  1. Madison, you have done a great job, the table is utterly adorable and Im sure your guests have enjoyd it a lot! B&W is very chic also for a table and I like the centerpiece too. You are right, time flies and we will complain soon about the weather again!:) In the meantime, enjoy the summertime! Many kisses! xo

  2. Oh, and another beautifully arranged table! You're so good at that!

    Have a fantastic day,

  3. francesca r24 June

    I love they way you have adorned this table, you gave me some good ideas!

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  4. These are gorgeous, love black and white stripes. You can add so many colours to it and it always looks fantastic. Really wonderful settings :) Hope you have a great day doll xx

  5. Allie Mackin24 June

    I know what you mean about interior design. I briefly flirted with the idea of going to school for this but went for graphic design. Sometimes I wish I had gone for interior design. And yup these are gorj!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  6. Wow eco collection and it looks totally stunning Madison. I love the prints. I don't have an outdoor table setting. The nasty bees and wasps won't let me eat outside hahaha. Kisses <3

    xx Mira

  7. Ms Madge24 June

    What a lovely presentation as always. I can tell you really make a good host. I'd love to be your guest :) Have a lovely day x

  8. There's something so clean and chic about black and white table linens and these designs have a fun touch of whimsy to them as well. You did a great job pulling it all together Madison.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  9. Glam up your Lifestyle24 June

    Wir sagen in Deutschland, das Auge isst mit. Schöne Tisch-Dekoration, wenn man Gäste hat, ist mir immer sehr wichtig. Deine Dekoration mag ich sehr gerne.

  10. lamodalena24 June

    your outdoor setting is very, very nice!!!

  11. Such a cool tablescape- love the pops of blue. :)


  12. Kacie's Kloset24 June

    What a gorgeous table setting!

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  13. Wow, I just adore the splashes of blue you've created with the plates! So beautiful! x

  14. Couture Carrie24 June

    Beautiful tablescape, darling!


  15. Your table setting goes really well with the current stripe trend in fashion….and I love stripes on interior design as well as in fashion. Since I am in the UK at the moment I can only do so when I am back at home in Vienna.

    XXX Mahshid

  16. Daniella24 June

    The black and white table setting with the colour pops of blue looks so great Madison! Thank you for sharing :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  17. I really DIG the whole setting, Madison! And the prints on the fabric are just FUN! but so chic too.

  18. I loved this black and white combo :) lovely post

  19. Jyoti25 June

    Oh wow! love this setting :) purely beautiful :) love love love

  20. I love how the black and white play against the blue dishes--- a very summery and fashion inspired setting indeed!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

  21. simple yet so useful! thanks for sharing! love your taste!

  22. ElleSees.blogspot.com25 June

    my patio definitively needs a makeover with this gorgeous tablescap!!

  23. ElleSees.blogspot.com25 June

    tablescape :)

  24. Erika Sorocco25 June

    What a stunning tablescape - I love the pops of blue!


  25. Stephanie Sterup25 June

    It looks super good :)


  26. Rosalind jana25 June

    Table settings as delicious as the lunch itself! i love your attention to detail in creating such an enticing looking table.

  27. Thanks Mira. Yes, there's a few other pieces from their home collection as well. Bees and wasps are no fun, but we have special lights for that to steer them away from our area. :)

  28. Thanks so much for your comment. I understand Mahshid, hopefully you can host and create your table when you're back there.

  29. Danke Cla. Ja, "das Auge isst mit," sehr gut geeignet für die gelegenheit. :-)
    Madison .

  30. Hey, I saw these patterns very quickly on IG and I wondered what they were. Really beautiful! :)


  31. thechilicool26 June

    Lovely vlack & white syle. Great post!

    New post

  32. Dressed with soul26 June

    Liebe Madison, ich liebe Deinen Outdoor Table! Du hast einfach in jeglicher Hinsicht so viel Stil und ich bin überzeugt davon, Du bist einfach eine wundervolle Gastgeberin und dass Essen von Dir schmeckt einfach herrlich <3 Ich wünsche Dir noch einen schönen letzten Arbeitstag in dieser Woche :)

    Alles Liebe von Rena

  33. Liebe Rena, Aww, ich danke soooo sehr für Ihre freundlichen Worte. Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit, und Outdoor-Tables sind meine Favoriten für die Saison. Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Abend. :-)
    Alles Liebe,

    Madison xx

  34. Thanks Marj! You're always welcomed, haha. :-)

  35. BadTasteToast26 June

    Love the pops of blue on the class table design! ic black and white

  36. Beautiful table setting! I really like the design and I'm sure that it will last you for many years.

  37. miranda29 June

    Love the mix of prints! Great tips!


  38. Madison it looks amazing as always. Come on over to my place and do it for me too. I love the black, white and blue mix. The prints look super cute. Sadly it's raining over here too and I think I have a cold. Hope your headache is go and wish you a wonderful weekend. Sorry for the delay but I was sooo busy :D

    xx Mira