As the slow winter days have now come to an end, we can’t stop thinking about the excitement that comes along with entertaining at home in the warmer months! Recently we had a chat with interior styling guru Lucy Glade-Wright from Hunting for George, following their recent beach house renovation to find out her top styling advice and how to recreate the perfect outdoor entertaining experience at home this spring and summer.
What are your top three styling tips, when pulling together a spring/summer outdoor tablescape?
When dining outdoors your surroundings play a big role in setting the mood for the occasion or meal. Leaning into your natural environment my top tips for elevating your guest dining experience include:
- Incorporating a colourful or patterned napkin as an easy way to bring a place setting to life.
- Adding clippings and greenery from the garden to freshen up your table.
- Mix and matching different glassware and dinnerware for an eclectic look
What are your best kept DIY secrets to elevate your outdoor dining experience?
I feel it is best to keep it simple when you are outsides. Often the little details that will be remembered and adding hand drawn name cards to your table or baking a cake and displaying this as the centerpiece can go a long way. The more handmade elements that you can bring to your experience the better.
Looking forward to spring/summer 2022, what are you seeing as a must have in terms of tableware and colour scheme?
This spring/summer we’ll begin to see a lot more colour and experimenting with patterns amongst table settings. Using tablescapes as an expression of personality we are seeing homeware and décor become an essential element in the story telling of someone’s home.
Homewares and décor can play important role in separating rooms in the house. We are seeing styling focuses shift to the creation of zones and outdoor rooms as we look to create more comfortable seating and experiences for you and your guests.
You can’t have a summer/spring outdoor gathering without... ?
Lemons, a colourful jug, great food and best mates.
What are your favourite summer recipes to share at the table with family and friends?
When the sun is shining, I can’t go past an easy salad! If I am honest - anything that doesn’t take too long to pull together so I can continue to enjoy the day with my family and friends. Recipes we have on high rotation during the warmer months include:
- Spinach, Beetroot and Goats Cheese with a sprinkle of pepitas
- Rocket, Parmesan, Walnut and Honey Salad
Recreate Lucy’s outdoor table set up with her top salt&pepper picks
1. Relic Dinner Set – Blue
Featuring the most gorgeous raw texture and glaze, this dinner set stands out from the crowd with its classic simplicity yet earthy nature that was made for layering and sharing delicious meals with friends.
2. Cuvee Wine Glasses and Tumblers
There’s nothing better than quenching your thirst with a fruity summer drink or your favourite wine, the Cuvee glassware range will elevate any table setting for your Sunday barbeque or lunch featuring a classic seamless design we all know and love.
3. Relic Jug – Moss
Every good outdoor table spread needs a jug that’s passed around with a refreshing punch or lemonade for guests to enjoy. The Relic Jug in Moss not only looks great but the earthy colour will go with practically any theme you’re pulling together for your summer sauries.
4. Cape Napkins – White
The perfect finishing touch to any table setting, made from 100% cotton they’re perfect for adding texture and a subtle pop of colour. Take some tips from Lucy by knotting your napkins and using some greenery from your garden to really impress your guests.
5. Linden Platter
If you want to be the hostess with the mostess this spring, you can’t set the table without a classic charcuterie board of all your favourite nibbles. Not only do the Linden wooden platters add rustic charm they double as a chopping board and platter to serve.
To check out how Hunting for George styled their recent Lorne Beach House with salt&pepper products, be sure to watch the full series here and visit the @saltandpepperhome Instagram page for more spring and summer styling inspiration!
Project: The Beach House @huntingforgeorge / Hunting for George
Interior Design & Styling: @lucygladewright / Lucy Glade-Wright
Photography & Video: @summer_slay / Jonno Rodd