SURPRISING SUMMER BOOK NOOK

Photo by Lucas Allen

Photo by Lucas Allen

Reading and summer go hand in hand. That’s why we’re inspired by this stylish tip from Good Housekeeping that turns your unused fireplace into a creative book nook.

Vacuum out any soot, put a drop cloth down and stack hardcovers, paperbacks and magazine to create a chic focal point during the warmer months.

TABLETOP INSPIRATION

On top of raising money for a worthy cause, The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary's annual Festival of Tables fundraiser is a great place to get new ideas for creative tablescapes.

Here are three of The O Report’s favorite inspiration-filled tables, and the details that made them extra special.

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Mary Katherine Hudson’s elaborate and lovely table decor won her a blue ribbon.

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We loved her watering can dripping with a stream of crystals..

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This elegant spring table caught our eye.

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Egg cups filled with grass were perfect place card holders.

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Summer isn’t even here yet, but Patty Pressley of CE Rental’s joyous table had us dreaming of December. The bright green tablecloth and candy cane striped overlay were so festive.

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Criss-crossed flatware, jolly elves and monogrammed ornaments made each place setting unique.

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Maybe the decorations were a little over the top, but that’s part of the fun of Christmas.

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Unwanted Guests by Patty Hammond and Pam Simpson looks like a lush picnic scene at first glance. Then you realize some hungry ants have joined the party.

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Look closely and you’ll see the unwanted guests.

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The most fun detail was the ants marching down the side of the table with bits of food in tow.