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Blue Love

Blue is a hue I find myself reaching for time and again. It was not really a color we used lots of at home or in the shops much in the past, but that has changed quite a bit. We now have lots of goods set about in vignettes at the stores and we use it more and more out on the island. Below are some images with blue taking top billing.



 

 

A Table in Blues

Today’s thought on setting a table is to choose just one color and then run with it. Blue was of course the color for the table above, with slight variations in the hue. It makes pulling items from your shelves easy, as you are staying with one tone. Then set away!



 

 

Mix & Match

Sunday supper out on the island the other day was all about mixing and matching. I often hear from folks at the shops that they don’t ‘entertain’ much because they feel like they don’t have enough of everything that matches to set a table. This makes my heart sink because that should never be a reason to not get friends together to break bread. Let creativity take the reins using what you have. For this table I really wanted to use the two new plates we found in Hudson last week. That was the driving force, then I used pairs of other blue plates to round out the table of eight. Trying to keep things in a color story helps unify the table, but is by no means necessary. I did use the same bamboo handled silverware for all as well as the same striped napkins, but those could have varied, as well. I shot this photo before I put the wine glasses out. Even though I do what I do for a profession, we don’t always have a full set of something. We only had 6 matching wine glasses, so I mixed & matched those too. End result, a table set out of love not perfection. Once friends arrive, those little details fall to the wayside and it is all about the laughter, the stories, and the sharing of a meal.



 

 

Of Hydrangea and Whales

The Sunday supper table was prompted by hydrangea that was a gift from our friend Catherine and whale glasses hand painted by the artist Margot Larkin for us. Often when setting a table, one or two things become the theme or driving force and then everything else falls into place. Paper placements picked up at Bell’occhio in San Francisco on my last trip that have maps of France with cheeses from each region were called into action as well as a recycled metal whale we sell like crazy at the shops. Blue also became a theme so the splatter plates picked up at Ikea for a song finishing things off. Then paella dinner was served!



 

 

Of Fish and Whales

The fish napkins we have had forever and the whale glasses that were a gift from artist Margot Larkin, the driving force for this sunny blue table setting. The island day so pretty it was one for the books.

The white peonies and the overflowing bucket of French lavender adding a bit of flowery-ness and off we went for a table for two. The sun creating all sorts of shadows, but worth every ray of goodness.



 

 

Green & Blue 

They always stop me in my tracks. The above tulips with the big green streaks, just stunning. There was one bucket of them at the Alm Hills Gardens stall in the Market on Saturday morning, so I snatched up the better part of them for our week-end out on the island.

Things tend to be pretty red, white and blue out there, but this time green took the front seat. I have always been a lover of blue and green together. Think the sky and grass and off we go. I pulled a bunch of blue plates, bowls, silverware and glassybaby and we were set. The combo has a freshness to it. As the rain pours down outside as I type, I will longingly think of this as a Springtime combination. With a little sunshine tossed in too!



 

 

Inspiration in Nautical Blue

The sun was shining in ever so brightly on Saturday at the Market shop that I just had to snap a few photos. The above an inspiration in all things blue and nautical pulled from the displays. When I think of blue I think of the sky on a beautiful day, how light reflects off of water, and all the goodness that brings.



 

 

Bits of Blue

The chocolate chip banana bread I posted yesterday in the blue splatter ceramic pie dish got me thinking of the color and how much my eye is drawn to it in many shades. A quick scroll through my photos and I noticed it often–whether in packaging, a quote, or a design element, it is our color inspiration for the day.






 

 

A Table in Blues 

This past week-end our Autumn ritual of bringing the dining table in from outside where it lives for the sunny months was a task on our list. It inspired me to light a few more candles than usual to kick-off our first supper inside. Various blue things got pulled to set the table, tea lights both big & small in recepticals were lit, a bottle of wine was opened, another log was put on the fire, Classic King FM wafted about the air along with the sound of the lapping water from Colvos Passage below and supper was served.

To all my readers in California affected by the fires, our hearts go out to you all and we send so much love. We have so many friends as well as artisans and growers we represent at the shops in those areas, I have been so worried about you and them all. Please stay safe. 



 

 

Mix & Match Blue Dotted Glassware

Just In, swell and oh so stylish blue dotted glasses that would be fun to mix & match to set a creative table. Water, wine, orange juice, a cocktail–they really are the perfect sized glass for a host of liquids.