Setting a table can really start with just one small idea, and then it blossoms from there. A bird house was the element that started this table rolling. I was a bit under the weather this week-end, so TPS made a solo run to the Vashon Saturday Farmers Market, where he found amazing produce as well as a dandy little bird house made by an island artisan. The minute he brought it in and set it down, I knew it would be the starting point to the table.
Then I start layering and adding. The little nest that sits on our bookshelf propped up by a vintage white piece of pottery would continue the bird theme.
I also love the color combination of blue and brown together. There is an earthiness and a freshness to the combination that I really like. More of that combo would get added to the mix.
Simple creamy white English plates and bowls would do the trick, as would Summery white lilies staggered in clear drinking glasses. I generally like to add at least one vintage item to a table, just because. The English shaving mirror that was a gift would be it. Having things on the table that guests can ask about and enjoy visually makes the table part of the conversation.
With the table set and the wine poured, it was time to relax and enjoy our company. Our stylish friend Rise’ looking swell in her lovely Hermes scarf and Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses at the ready.
It was an afternoon of laughter, good food, watching the boats sail by, and enjoying all the goodness of Summer.
Receiving a gift in an orange Hermes box is always a special thing. The French company is known for superb quality & unparalleled craftsmanship. Not only are the goods they produce lovely, but the box they come in is equally impressive. That is one seriously well crafted container. Over the years my collection has grown, and where to put some of the boxes has become an issue, as parting with these gems was never in question. The new office space has a very long wall behind the desk that I have started to fill with ephemera and artwork. Then it occurred to me, why not hang some of the boxes? The result has been fun and whimsical. The famous orange playing well off the vibrant, sunny yellow.
The number one question I am asked by clients is “how do you know when something is right for your home?” and my response almost always is “you must love it, and if you do, most times, you will find a spot for it in your home.”
The above photo is of the Avalon blanket by Hermes that is perched atop the chaise in our living room. I have long seen photos of the Avalon gracing the pages of stylish homes, but I was never quite sure of the colors I saw, and was not quite sure they would work in the room. I patiently waited, and the “just right” color way was introduced. It is truly an item I love, and it was so very worth the wait.