This outdoor table styling idea is inspired by the English countryside. With an abundance of luscious plants and fresh spring flowers, this set-up includes all the colours and textures you might find outdoors. This was a shoot I styled for Homestyle magazine and I still love the backdrop. Textured walls often make the most stunning backdrops, bringing depth and interest to an otherwise lifeless space, ask any interior stylist if they would rather shoot against a plain painted or rustic wall and I’m sure they would say texture all the way.
This particular wall covering may not be that cheap, but it is definitely a softer alternative to raw plaster, the subtle grey/blue tones marry well with the weathered wooden table and are reminiscent of the finish you might find on an outside wall. A weathered fence or brick wall would equally stylish as a backdrop.
Terracotta pots look just as pretty inside as they do out, especially ones with a green/grey finish. These particular ones are from Rowen and Wren and come in a selection of sizes. To double up as a vase, simply place a small container of water inside the planter, it doesn’t matter what container you use as it won’t be seen, small votives work well. Our pretty rose adds a much-needed hit of pink, creating warmth and softness, you could even add a little more of this hue within the illustrations or with some blush linen napkins.
Botanical illustrations and prints are a great way to ‘bring the outside in’ and fixing them with tape rather than frames creates a more relaxed approach, which is what this look is all about; accessories placed in a non-formulaic way, avoiding clean lines and modernity. The splashes of petrol blue are introduced with the wallpaper, illustrations and mug and replicate the ever-changing colours of the sky.