What better way to celebrate summer than an outdoor fiesta? This table is dressed up with orange burlap layered over a red tablecloth for a bold, colorful touch. A large sombrero sits on a tall candlestick and acts as the table's centerpiece. The sombrero is filled with cupcakes topped with miniature Mexican flags for a festive look.
An ornate chandelier with varying green miniature lampshades serves as the focal point in this white dining space. Green and white striped curtains pop against white walls and plantation shutters while a black oriental rug grounds the bright room. A white square dining table with eight chairs provides lots of seating in this spacious dining area.
Create a tall grim centerpiece by filling a three-tier cake stand with various Halloween decor. HGTV fan Tamgypsy filled the centerpiece with glittery skulls, bones, spray-painted Christmas ornaments and a silver witch's hat. She placed miniature skulls on the plates and brought crystal elements to the table with candle holders and wine glasses.
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn refurbished the living area of this 1975 houseboat by updating the original fiberglass sofas with nautical paint and reupholstering the cushions in brown indoor/outdoor Sunbrella fabric accented with white piping detail. A clear Lucite table with storage underneath gives the illusion of a bigger space. Miniature aluminum blinds allow for a view of the water, but provide privacy at night.
If you like the tropical vibe of Philodendron selloum but can’t accommodate its large size, look to ‘Super Atom’ philodendron. This ruffle-leaved beauty looks like a miniature selloum, growing only 3 feet tall and wide. It’s a great coffee table plant when it’s young. As it grows, shift it to a corner table or a spot on the floor near a bright window. ‘Super Atom’ is branded as a member of Costa Farms’ Plants of Steel collection, which features tough-as-nails plants perfect for beginners. These plants withstand low light, irregular watering and low humidity—and still look great.
This semi-miniature African violet, ‘Mac’s Strawberry Sundae’ (G. McDonald, hybridizer), has coral-red blooms. African violet blooms have many different flower shapes, including singles, stars (5 petals in a star shape), doubles, semidoubles, ruffled doubles, ruffled stars, and wasps (5 petals, with the upper two slightly curled back). Winston J. Goretsky, president of the African Violet Society of America, says the plants will bloom when they get sufficient light. “No amount of care or feeding will encourage them to bloom if they are not receiving enough light. Available light diminishes drastically, the further distance away from a window the plant is grown. A plant grown on a coffee table in the middle of a room will grow, but may not bloom.”