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Holding On To Summer

On Monday out on the island, we did everything possible to enjoy supper outside. The eve before it was pouring rain and we enjoyed our Sunday supper inside with a fire roaring. This last week of Summer has been anything but here in our little corner of the PNW. But any ray of sunshine has us scrambling to get outside. This is pretty comical actually. I snapped this table of blue with the potted scented geraniums taking center stage. I went it to start cooking while the lightest misty rain flew by, hardly upsetting the table setting in the least. Right as we sat to enjoy the meal the sun was setting. Just glorious. As we were taking our last bites we felt the drops begin. As we quickly finished we disassembled the table lickity split, laughing along the way, determined to savor every last bit of the season.



 

 

Blue Hydrangea

Flower Friday comes to you from WestWard where we are spending the week. Summer means hydrangea! I love massing a bundle together tightly for the simplest of arrangements. The leaves are so pretty too. Those I float in low bowls for a little natural hit of glorious green.



 

 

A Movable Feast

The tide was coming in and the zinc topped dining table was moving out. Is one of my favorite days of the sunny season as we begin our alfresco Sunday suppers with guests. Blue has been the theme the past weeks so I decided to stay with it. The white peonies still tugging at my heart each Saturday morning as I stroll the Market flower stalls. Mister Sive was grilling. The weather was pretty darn perfect. Cheers to sharing a meal with friends!



 

 

The Blue Continues

The blue from the shop windows has me all energized and wanting to use the hue all sorts of ways. For a Sunday supper for two out on the island a smattering of blue came together quickly while the meal cooked away in the oven. The white peonies making the whole thing sing. The season for them might be short, but we are grabbing every chance we can to enjoy the heck out of the fluttery beauties.



 

 

My Blue Period

I have always loved the color blue, wearing it more often than using it in interiors or the shops. But over the last few years I find myself more drawn to the hue in goods. So much so that the new windows that replaced the pink & green plaid are two shades of glorious blue. Thought the timing with the upcoming sunny season seemed right. Beach-y, sailboats, anchors, whales, seashells–things to get us all, and the folks that walk by the First Avenue windows each day, in the mood for Summmmaaaaaaa! Speaking of sunny, the weather of late in Seattle has been crazy good. When I shot these images it was so bright outside the reflection off the glass pretty intense and you see lots of the street action in the background. Oh well, the sunshine like a vitamin after a rainy few seasons. We will take it!



 

 

White Lilac Love

I spotted the lone bucket of white lilacs on my Saturday morning stroll of the Market and my eyes lit up. I asked the lovely woman how much they were per stem. She actually was not selling them individually but rather using them with lots of other types of flowers as filler. But she was happy to put together a solo grouping for me. My theory of, if you don’t ask for things in this life, most often you won’t get them, came into play. I will save that whole concept for another post! Anywho, she was kind to oblige my request and off I went with a skip in my step. My love affair is new with lilacs. The big bush at Hawthorne my first time to have a profusion of them to play with and experience their beauty. The white version seem rarer, and you know I love a white bloom. They work so well in many settings. For Sunday supper as well as last night, they took center stage among all the blue. The green leaves also playing nicely off of the blue. My eye catching the lilacs often during the course of the meals, my heart a flutter.



 

 

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!