To usher in the summer, beam&bloom was invited to dress up a garden table and furnishings for the Van Vleck House Roses to Rock Gardens tour. We had such a delightful time, and wanted to share our experience as well as links to shop for our favorite elements of our design!
The Van Vleck House is an esteemed historic house and gardens in Montclair, New Jersey that is open to the public. To keep things up and running and gorgeous as ever, they rely on donations and this annual fundraiser. The Roses to Rock Gardens tour allows ticket holders to view several of the most uniquely curated local gardens.
My assistants and I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful Glen Ridge, New Jersey garden and gardener. The days were sunny, warm and tranquil. The grounds were fluid and unstructured. The plant life was abundantly green with pops of color and eclectic touches throughout.
We began at the beginning!
As guests said “hello” to the garden, they were welcomed with a little bonus seating area. 3 jute poufs on a simple but striking rug added an element of surprise, and a dreamy vision of relaxation.
The real center of our work in this stunning outdoor space was the dining table. We were inspired to create a lush and vibrant Mediterranean setting that felt like a European escape.
My first thought was…”lemons”! My friends know me as a lemon-lover. The flavor, the smell, the color, the texture just harkens sunshine. We elevated them front and center of our tablescape. While we were looking at produce, the artichokes caught our eye! The pattern, texture and color of these vegetables add so much character.
The tablecloth was a clean, simple and incredibly versatile find! It set the scene for us to add our decorative elements. The macrame table runner brings the textiles up a notch with just the right touch of rustic craftsmanship and pattern. For added fragrance and interest, we used sprigs of lavender and rosemary nestled to our frayed ivory napkins by a simple black satin ribbon.
We peppered the tablescape with black and white and deep greens in various shades and tones. The bowls were an absolute perfect topper. The pattern was dynamic without being overwhelming.
We softened each table seat with a beautiful woven and tasseled indoor/outdoor pillow. Further into the garden, we enhanced the outdoor lounge area with several throw pillows in monochromatic ivories and multiple varieties of texture. Another pop of citrus color in the center with limes and mandarins and more aromatic lavender.
We so enjoyed our time designing out in the sunshine! We hope this inspires all of you, our “design enthusiasts”, to explore and find inspiration in your surroundings and create your own summer oasis.