Interior Decor and Styling, Summer

French Farmhouse Lemons and Sunflowers Tablescape

Welcome back, friends! Today I am super excited to be participating in the Late Summer Tablescapes Blog Hop hosted by my friend Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate! I’m honored to be joining 24 other talented bloggers for this tablescape hop full of late summer inspiration. You will find links to each of the other blogger’s beautiful tablescapes at the end of this post. If you are coming over from Zucchini Sisters or if you just happened to stop by today, I’m so glad you are here! *This post contains affiliate links.


For late summer I have created a sunny tablescape with a little French farmhouse flair using sunflowers and lemons as a theme. Every time I look in the dining room it makes me feel so happy. I hope it will make you happy too!


I am so excited to finally get to use my Dollar Tree lemon dishes that I purchased way back in May (Dollar Tree again for the win!)  They dishes are nearly identical to the Royal Norfolk Lemon dishes.


Royal Norfolk Lemon Dinner plate 4 piece set

Royal Norfolk Lemon Plate



Even though fall decor is showing up in all the retail stores and there are some subtle signs in nature, August is the sunniest and hottest month here in Kentucky. Sunflowers are in bloom and the high temperatures means that  ice cold lemonade will still be on the menu for several more weeks.


I am so excited to finally get to use my Dollar Tree lemon dishes that I purchased way back in May (Dollar Tree again for the win!)  At first I thought that it might be too close to fall now for a lemon themed table, but using the lemons and sunflowers together makes the lemon dishes seem perfect for August too. My friend Rita of Panoply also shared these same dishes combined with French blue accents for her late summer tablescape. So pretty!


I started by clearing everything off my neutral summer table other than the linen runner. For this tablescape I mostly just used things I already had around the house and in my decor stash. Let’s take a look at the table in a little more detail.


sunflower bouquet with lemons French country lemon decor

I arranged a bountiful array of faux sunflowers and rudbeckia (black-eyed Susans) interspersed with lemon branches, yarrow and thyme in a pretty Mediterranean style urn for the centerpiece. I love the realistic look of the various sunflowers (purchased at different craft stores over the past three years.) 


Even though I am using some elegant gold flatware, (I finally scored a set at an estate sale this summer!) overall I wanted to create a casual feel with this table setting. I used burlap chargers under the plates and I really like the added texture.


I am loving all of this August sunshine in the dining room!


 A small olive bucket filled with a mini-bouquet of faux rudbeckia and herbs sits just to the left of the centerpiece along with a decanter of lemonade.



To the right is a rustic whitewashed dough bowl filled with faux lemons, moss spheres, greenery, black-eyed Susan blossoms and a French lemons dish towel.





I thrifted the adorable little birdhouse beehive for only $2.00 a couple of weeks ago.



I think it makes a cute addition to the table and it’s so appropriate for this time of year when the bees are buzzing around my sunflowers.




To add even more farmhouse style I placed a pair of rustic, mismatched candlesticks topped with moss spheres and white pillar candles on each end of the table.







I decided not to layer cloth napkins under the saucers because the napkins would cover up some of the pretty lemon design on the dishes. I also didn’t want to place them to the left side of the plates because I didn’t want to hide any of the pattern on the placemats either. I wasn’t sure what to use, but then I stumbled upon some pretty sunflower paper napkins at TJ Maxx at the last minute. I think they are just perfect for this tablescape!



I placed a napkin under each glass of lemonade and tied up the extras with a little bow of twine. I really love how the place settings turned out!



I discovered this absolutely gorgeous French lemons botanical fabric at Hobby Lobby earlier this summer. I purchased it with the intention of making some pillows for my summer porch tour.  After finding the lemon dishes however, I decided to make some easy no-sew placemats instead.


I was “squeezed for thyme” so I simply cut the fabric to match the size of some other placemats I already had. Then I ironed a hem around the edges and hot glued a thin strip of glue under the hem. Easy squeezy! ( I couldn’t resist!)



After working on the tablescape for a while I realized something was missing…VINTAGE! Even though the tablescape has a vintagey French farmhouse vibe, I really didn’t have anything vintage on the table. That just wouldn’t do for my vintage-loving heart!  Can you spot the vintage piece I added in this photo?



I shopped my dining room and spotted a stack of mismatched vintage ironstone butter pats. I knew they would be perfect for holding a little sweet treat beside the glasses at each place setting.


I headed back to TJ Maxx in hopes of finding some lemon macaroons and I got lucky again. They are even gluten free!



Even a tiny bit of sweet vintage goodness goes a long way!






Why quit when you’re on a roll? While at TJ Maxx I also scored a set of four vintage style glasses for only $5.99 that are just great for lemonade.  I normally don’t like to buy too many items just for tablescapes, but we needed some new casual glasses anyway so it all worked out.


The decanter and glasses look like they could be a set, but I actually found the decanter at Dollar Tree back when I purchased the dishes. I just love how everything came together for this tablescape!





I didn’t end up using these bowls in my tablescape, but they will be perfect for serving chicken salad or lemon sorbet for brunch next week when my mom comes over. We are planning a weekend trip to the beach in September for my cousin’s wedding, and there will be plenty of  vintage junkin’ along the way! I will be sure to share my treasures when I get back from my end of summer mini-vacation.



After our brunch I will be packing away all the lemon dishes and lemon decor, but  I will be keeping the sunflowers a while longer as I begin the decorating transition to fall. For now I am happy to hold on to sunny summer in the dining room just a bit longer. Do you love sunflowers as much as I do? If so, then you might also enjoy taking a look at my late summer breakfast nook too!





I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at my French Farmhouse Lemons and Sunflowers tablescape! If you haven’t had a chance to visit all of the other blogs on the late summer tablescape blog hop, you can find each post via the links below.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Enjoy the rest of summer!



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  • Reply Mary

    Amber, I adore your pairing of lemon and sunflowers …perfect for a late summer tablescape! What a wonderful find at Dollar Tree. The botanical fabric from Hobby Lobby provides the perfect foundation to anchor the placesettings. What a handsome vessel and centerpiece too for your sunflowers, black-eyed Susans and lemons, along with your mini olive bucket. Your ironstone butter pats add the perfect amount of vintage. As always it’s a treat to blog hop with you. Enjoy the last days of summer. ♥

    August 16, 2019 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    Your lemon and sunflower tablescape is perfect for late summer. Your Dollar Tree dishes were a great find that one would never know were budget friendly. The fabric that you found at Hobby Lobby goes perfectly with them and you were smart to create your own no-sew placemats to use. Like you, my tablescape for this challenge didn’t contain as much vintage as I usually use. I love the butter pat plates that you added to your tablescape to add the touch of vintage that we both love. I so much admire your style and enjoy everything that you post on your blog.

    August 16, 2019 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Marsha

    Lemons and sunflowers are the two most thought of things when you mention summer. Your theme is perfect for your lovely white dining set and dark wood in your room. Your use of natural soft linens like your table runner is neutral but speaks volumes for the table. The roofed bee hive is such a sweet detail. The rustic elements like your white-dipped floral vase for your centerpiece is stunning. Your plates and place mats are bold and bright and work so well together. The tablescape is so lovely for any time of the year.

    August 16, 2019 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Amber even if you were “squeezed for thyme ” love this table. You always think of every detail. Your centerpiece is beautiful and I adore the urn.

    All your lemon touches are wonderful and perfect for August. The dishes are pretty too.

    Enjoy your junking and wedding.


    August 16, 2019 at 8:52 am
  • Reply bonnie morgan

    Amber, all your details are fabulous! I love your table of happiness and sunshine! The sunflowers and lemons are so cheerful! Wishing I was enjoying a glass of your lemonade! It looks so refreshing. I like your clever tip to make quick placemats! The little vintage butter pats are adorable and a lemon macaroon was perfect for your table. I agree with you that a little vintage goodness goes a long way. I like to add vintage items on my tables also.
    Creative and captivating table.

    August 16, 2019 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Jenna

    Oh Amber, I am so glad you were able to join us this week, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this explosion of sunflowers and lemon love!! The table is a celebration of summer! So many wonderful details from the cute bee skep to the mini olive buckets filled with blooms, and lemon everything! I love the lemons in your beautiful sunflower centerpiece too, and I know your room must smell divine! So many pretties….

    August 16, 2019 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Amber, you always go the extra mile to create an entire stage to any theme you carry out and it’s wonderful. That must be the theater educator in you and, together with your love of vintage, this is really a perfect late summer farmhouse look. The light in that dining room is fabulous, and the dark woods against the neutrals and pops of yellows is gorgeous. So is your gold flatware gorgeous – oh my, what a lucky find! How lucky, too, to find the glasses, napkins and macarons at TJ’s. It’s a hit or miss, as we all know, but yours was a definite hit. Beautiful styling!

    August 16, 2019 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    I forgot to mention how beautiful and REAL that floral arrangement looks, Amber!

    August 16, 2019 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Sandra Garth

    Lemon pillows, napkins, and dishes; you’ve thought of everything to pull this table together, The rustic/farmhouse feel is evident and quite cozy. I love your presentation and styling. Happy Summer!

    August 16, 2019 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Pamela

    wow what a beautiful table!

    August 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    This is so pretty!! I love the bright cheery yellow!! Really brightened up the space!! So charming!

    August 16, 2019 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Debbee M

    Amber, sure was worth the wait to see not only your stunning tablescape, but all the fabulous photos. I’m course, my eye went immediately to the little bee decor you thrifted. I’m just kicking myself that I missed the DT sunflower plates — you’d never guess! As usual, all your details come together beautifully. But, your floral centerpiece looks like it came right out of the pages of a magazine. I’d sure like to buzz on over for brunch!

    August 16, 2019 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    So beautiful!!! two summer favorites, lemons and sunflowers. I love all the elements, the little vintage butterpats are the icing on the tablescape cake!

    August 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Amber, your table is full of sunshine with lemons and sunflowers. Those dollar tree plates are lovely and look just like the known brand. Love your centerpiece with the striking floral flowers. A lucky find on the stunning flatware. A beautiful table for anyone to sit down and enjoy a beautiful brunch.

    August 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Your lemons and sunflower combination is perfection! I adore your little thrifted beehive, too! Beautiful tablescape, Amber! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    August 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Cecilia!

      August 16, 2019 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    Happy sunshine awesomeness my friend. You are an amazing tablescaper ( and many other things too) I always enjoy your tables and well…. everything else you share. I think I might be your biggest fan.. gushing a bit… ( wink). Truly gorgeous tablescape. Your attention to detail is always over the moon awesome. Everything looks so welcoming and deserves to be in a magazine. You have such an eye for decor and style and all the wonderful vintage treasures. It all just comes together beautifully.
    I’ll be concentrating on a little bit more “upscale” tables for the holidays and probably the season change. I enjoy this tablescape hop so much and it’s always a pleasure to hop with you xo

    August 16, 2019 at 9:45 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      You are so encouraging Katherine! Thank you!

      August 16, 2019 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Tea With Jennifer

    I love the Farmhouse, shabby chic elements in your tablescape & the surroundings! I love the yellows so bright & delightful!

    You’re most welcome to join me in a cuppa,

    August 16, 2019 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you very much!

      August 16, 2019 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply A quiet life

    That was great fun, I have lemons and sunflowers but never combined them, great combo! Gorgeous photos.

    August 16, 2019 at 10:56 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much!

      August 16, 2019 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! Love lemons! Did you finish your dining room chairs? What finishes did you use. I am looking for pressed back chairs to refinish.

    August 17, 2019 at 9:34 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Sharon! I did redo my chairs. I used Dixie Bell chalk paint in buttercream mixed and finished with a dark wax. I did not enjoy painting all the legs and spindles one bit, but the end result was worth it. I love how they turned out!

      Thanks for visiting!

      October 3, 2019 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, what a beautiful lemon and sunflower table! I am so impressed with the Dollar Tree lemon plates that you and Rita have used for the blog hop. I should shop there more often. The lemon placemat fabric is another perfect addition as well as the lemon macarons. The centerpiece is so pretty…I am growing rudbeckia in my garden. As always, it is pure pleasure to take a (virtual) seat at your table.

    August 18, 2019 at 6:40 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Pam!

      August 18, 2019 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I love the lemon Dollar tree plates! What a find! Putting lemons into the gorgeous centerpiece is such a pretty idea! I also love the moss balls and other green mixed in, it really helps the yellows to pop! Those glasses may be my favorite! What a perfect style!!

    August 18, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Kristin!

      August 18, 2019 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Ann Krucek

    Not just your table, but your whole room looks fabulous!! So many bright and pretty elements, You paired up the lemons and sunflowers so well!! Your centerpiece is absolutely gorgeous, your lemonade looks so refreshing, and those little olive buckets with sunflowers and lemons are so cute. It is all candy for the eyes!! Love it????

    August 19, 2019 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Mother of 3

    That is so beautiful!! I just love sunflowers and they pair with those lemons perfectly. Pinned.

    August 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, I adore lemons and sunflowers and you have paired them beautifully. Such a lush presentation, from the flower arrangement to the dishes and napkins. Love the lemonade in the mason jars. Everything is so pretty.

    August 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Your lemon tablescape is amazing, Amber! Love the plates (Dollar Store, really?) and the macarons added the perfect sweet touch! Always happy to see you at TTA!

    August 23, 2019 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, thanks for sharing your gorgeous table at Vintage Charm!

    August 26, 2019 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    So fun and gorgeous. That bee house is a darling. I’ve enjoyed my sunflowers this month. They are the first signs of late summer/early fall at my house. They are perfect paired with lemons.

    August 27, 2019 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Christine

    Very pretty! And I love those macarons!…Christine

    August 29, 2019 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Christine

    Very pretty! And I love those macarons!…Christine

    August 29, 2019 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Christine

    Very pretty! And I love those macarons!…Christine

    August 29, 2019 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Kim @Serving Up Southern

    Hi Amber!
    I love the combination of lemons and sunflowers. It’s like bringing in fall and bidding summer farewell all at the same time. I also love those butter pats! And the macaroons look so cute on them. Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

    August 31, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Nellie

    Your table is such a visual delight, love everything about it……… charming and beautiful.
    Great job……
    Blessings Nellie

    September 2, 2019 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Kathryn Griffin

    Amber, this is absolutely stunning! Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party: Hope you have a lovely week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    September 3, 2019 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    Amber, as always you have styled such a gorgeous table. The lemon and sunflower theme is perfect for this time of year and really celebrates all that is good with the remaining days of summer! Thank you for once again joining and sharing your amazing styling talents!

    September 9, 2019 at 9:26 am
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