Featured Tablescape: Secret Garden by Karan Barton

This interview is part of a series highlighting the most impressive Sonnenglas tablescapes of 2018. Join us for an inspiring little peek behind-the-scenes with the creative hostesses who designed them!

Beneath a canopy of emerald green leaves, an elegant farmhouse table is set for a whimsical picnic in the trees. A lush arrangement of pillar candles and fresh flowers surrounds a golden birdcage at the center of the table, and the entire setting is bathed in the magical glow of 26 solar jars twinkling romantically in the branches above.

This ethereal atmosphere was dreamed up by Canadian interior designer and lifestyle blogger Karan Barton, who set out to create a fairytale experience for her dinner guests by constructing a secret garden in her own backyard.

We had the chance to chat with Karan about how she put together this spectacular tablescape!

What inspired the design of this tablescape?

I wanted something that felt a little magical, that made me think of a secret garden.

Why did you pick this particular location for the table?

This little deck area is at the back of our property and has a beautiful canopy of branches. I thought it would be perfect for hanging the lanterns.

What was on the menu?

A simple salad with salmon and of course some ice cream for dessert.

How did you hang the lanterns and the frame from the trees?

Hanging the lanterns and frame was super easy. We just used twine and tied them to the branches above.

How did you decide on the arrangement of the lanterns?

The branches dictated where the lanterns would hang. I liked the way it wasn’t exactly uniform.

Where did you find those lovely ceramic bowls?

I’ve had these bowls for years, they are part of my everyday dishes.

How did the Sonnenglas lanterns add to the ambiance?

The lanterns created the mood and with the stillness of the night, it was magical.

How did your guests or followers react to this tablescape?

My guests felt relaxed and seemed to really enjoy the whole experience. I was told that it all felt like a fairytale.

What's your favorite thing about dining outdoors?

It always feels cozy and casual. People tend to relax more and just "be"...

Do you have any more creative tablescapes planned for this summer?

We are moving and I hope to do some outside dining on our front veranda. There is always something so magical about dining outside!

Be sure to follow Karan on her blog Designs by Karan and on Instagram for more design inspiration!

Author: Vanessa