Gorgeous Tablescapes to Inspire Your Summer Entertaining

Looking for some outdoor entertaining inspo this summer? We round up our favourite tablescapes for all your backyard dinners, garden parties and evening soirée.

Flowers are a staple in any good tablescape and summer, it’s the perfect time to embrace vibrant floral arrangements. Head out in the garden and pick some colourful flowers like begonias, daisies, sunflowers and calendulas.

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For a touch of modern and minimal simplicity, choose one type of flower in delicate arrangements, paired with muted tableware tones and glassware to make it pop.

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Lemons are a simple and popular choice for many tablescapes. Arrange them down the table with their leaves and a few aromatic candles to create a rustic, Italian-inspired look.

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If you’re new to tablescape arrangements, sticking with one colour palette is an easy way to impress. This soft lilac palette, with a lush tablecloth, blush pink napkins and delicate flowers is the ultimate dreamy summer tablescape.

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With stonefruits a plenty, peach tones are great for dressing up your tables – add fresh fruit like plums, nectarines and peaches for the extra finishing touch.

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If time isn’t on your side, try a simple bouquet at the centre of the table, with flowers on each plate. Floral tableware and placemats are also great choices for adding a pop of colour in a simpler arrangement.

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Wow your guests with a big, bold and beautiful bouquet as the table centrepiece.

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Gold and blue is another wonderful palette to embrace in summer. A simple cerulean or teal table runner paired with gold cutlery and candlesticks creates the perfect picture of laid-back luxury.

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4 Ways To Transform Your Home Into The Ultimate Summer Retreat

While summer trips to the tropics may be out of reach, it’s time to embrace the staycation trend and transform your home into a luxurious sanctuary. 

Creating an oasis within your home isn’t as hard as it may seem, says interior designer Simone Mathews. Focus on the aesthetics and pull together a cohesive look that champions light and freedom of movement throughout the space.

“I am a big believer that the key to achieving that holiday style is to mix it up, that’s how you create your own unique look and feel,” she explains, pointing to her latest project, The PAUSE, a stunning light-filled home in New South Wales.

Clever styling

The starting point to create this summer retreat was to combine three key styles together; minimalist, organic and a classic layer to finish.

“By taking the best bits of each style I’ve created contrast and depth to add visually to each of the rooms, complementing the entire design of the property.”

Welcome in nature and embrace simplicity

“We are simplifying the way we live, and a key factor of that is integrating nature into our lives and appreciating how nature makes us feel,” says Simone.

To create an atmosphere that feels like a calm oasis from the outside world, try a ‘less is more’ approach when choosing colours and materials.


“Using a base palette of coastal white against natural timbers and brass, the key is to mix the materials, natural fabrics and textures in similar colour palettes to create the final look,” suggests the interior designer.

In the PAUSE home, Mathews merged the indoors and outdoors with the use of textured timber furniture and rattan, wood and linen in the design and accessories.

Natural light

Natural light will add the most visual character to a room, she explains.

Sheer curtains are a great way to achieve a soft light and provide a certain mood to a space,” says Mathews. “We used the Sheer Wave Curtains from the new Luxaflex® Curtain Collection to create our look. Luxaflex curtains create a light show; moving against the concrete floors, combined with the morning and afternoon light, it really creates a magnetic energy”.

Soft layers and smart functionality

Balance functionality by layering curtains with other treatments to create a feeling of soft luxury.

“We layered the curtains with Luxaflex® Duette® Shades to create a cohesive and functional combination. The balance of light control, privacy and the energy-efficient qualities, makes it perfect for an Australian home,” says Mathews.

Creating an outside area to entertain, play and relax in will help create the free-flowing feeling that’s key to a summer retreat at home.

“I wanted everyone who came to The PAUSE to feel as if they were suspending ordinary life and enjoying a breather and focus on rejuvenating.”