Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson

Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson
Hi, It's Tamara. Welcome to my blog where I've been writing about what I love since 2010. I bring daily inspirations about interior design, travel, fashion and entertaining fodder to these virtual pages pulling from my expertise as a professional interior designer and co-owner of fabric and wallpaper company, root cellar designs. From my days at Parsons School of Design, to growing my fabric and wallpaper company every step of the way, I have lots to share. All things design inspire me, and it's been my pleasure to share these unique experiences with readers. I write about how to create a happy, well decorated home by sharing sources, inspiration, ideas and sometimes my quirky philosophy on the subject. I am excited to note that Nest by Tamara blog has been voted #1 interior design blog in the top 100 blogs, notable blogs to watch, and many other mentions, features and awards. Ten years later, my passion for writing here has not waned. My travels take me to all corners of the globe in search of beautiful, artisan-made, unique design. Occasionally, I offer a few of my talented friends the opportunity to guest post on a niche subject, but otherwise the blog is all my voice and perspective. All photographs are my own unless otherwise credited. For inquiries, please reach out to me, TamaraStephenson1@gmail.com Happy Nesting, XO Tamara



beautiful table and cottage via House Beautiful
by Amanda Lindroth

Entertain In Style This Summer 
Your Cool Summer Table Awaits 
With Gorgeous Natural, Textured Designs 
(Rattan, Seagrass & Wicker)

Serena & Lily

.    Pottery Barn; Caricoles 

We are back!  Whether you're masks on or masks off, one thing is for certain- we are returning to connecting with our friends and family, and just in time for Summer 2021.  I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to hosting and preparing some delicious meals around our table this upcoming season.  Looking for fresh, new ideas to adorn my summer table, I have a renewed love for all things with some texture.  One thing I learned from a year of staying home is to simplify.  Maybe my table this season will have less clutter, maybe even less color but certainly with varying shapes and textures along with beautiful hand blown glass, ceramic and a few vintage pieces, a bit more neutral backdrop to keep it clean and simple but lots of natural materials and textures to add interest.

For summer, 2021 I plan to incorporate seagrass and rattan accessories to both my indoor and outdoor table.  I will certainly layer all this rattan with some blue and white vintage plates and I have my eye on a set of white ceramic oyster plates over at etsy (see below), coupled with some ceramic candle holders and vases (I love those black ones from my favorite cooking site Food 52).  Come take a look at these wonderful places I've found, these gems- some are splurges while others a bargain. My favorites include Amanda Lindroth's designs.  This talented designer from Harbor Island in Eleuthera, Bahamas showcases her fastidious design eye with furniture, tabletop designs and almost always with an exotic flair.  I also love Terrain Home and the cool, sophisticated yet casual California vibe over at Serena & Lily.  When I'm searching for bargains, I pop over to TargetPottery Barn and even World Market.  

I say, set your table beautifully yet simply, then pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea wrapped in lovely rattan, relax and stir.  Check out my SUMMER TABLE board for more ideas and sources. 

Happy Nesting
XO Tamara

Over at Food 52 they have a variety of rattan 
and these lovely fluted glasses I may add to the mix
Serena & Lily

thinking I'll layer all this rattan with some vintage oyster plates, etsy
and, vintage blue and white plates via etsy
rattan wrapped glassware, Food 52
Food 52

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