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Summer Sunday Supper

Summer out on the island can be pretty heavenly, and we love to share the experience with our friends. Sunday is when we entertain primarily at WestWard. Folks arrive by ferry at 2. Drinks when they arrive along with an assortment of nibbles. It is a lovely way to catch up and relax all at the same time. If the tide is out, a beach walk might happen too. A toast to Bastille Day was in order. The red, white and blue that is the color story at the house right on the mark in honor of the day.

Then Mister Sive heads to the grill to begin preparing the meal. This past Sunday he made fresh pesto before guests arrived. Then he grilled shrimp, salmon and sausages to have atop pesto pasta. I sliced up a big platter of tomatoes, salted them to bring out their juices, then they received a generous amount of aged balsamic. Then right before we sat for the meal I crumbled tons of fresh made on the island goat feta atop the whole thing. The bowls of Rainier cherries on the table could be enjoyed throughout the meal. Dessert was a browned butter olive oil cake our friend Erika had made.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 209

To spice things up when wanting to set a creative table, chose one color and run with it. From the flowers to the dinnerware to the linens, use the hue in many forms. Have fun with playing with it all!



 

 

A Gift Sparks a Table Setting

Sometimes all it takes is one thing to spark creativity. Be it to paint on a canvas, create a stylish room or set a comfortable table. My friend Kathy drove up from Portland the other day. She brought us the most lovely gift of Italian horn handled flatware from her collection. She knew of our fondness for horn as she has seen me set tables using it over the years. It was the driving force for the table setting last night for supper–I could not wait to cook a meal so we could use it. Celebrating/using/enjoying gifts we receive is of great importance to both of us. So much so for me, it is the business I am in! It honors and pays homage to the giver. The knife and fork set the tone for the table. New square placemats we carry at Watson Kennedy I have been eyeing had to come home with me for this table. English silver salt & pepper shakers, French napkins and horn napkin rings, as well as my favorite dotted glasses, all from WK, got pulled into the mix. Then it was a simple Wednesday night meal at the table with Bailey curled up on her blanket on the floor between us.



 

 

Peonies & Lavender

I thought on this Solstice day a past table with peonies (a nod to Spring) along with a bucket of lavender (a nod to Summer) seemed in order on this Flower Friday. May the new season be awesome for you and that it includes a few or many meals enjoyed outside! X, Ted



 

 

A Candlelit Breakfast

Adjusting to time zones from traveling can be a challenge, for both two and four legged creatures. Since our last Hawthorne stay, Bailey is up at the stroke of 5 each morning now that we are back in Seattle. I am generally an early riser, but lately I absolutely am. This morning the light from the sunrise was so pretty filtering through the shutters. While still quite not light yet, I decided to light the candles for an early candlelit breakfast. TPS still asleep so it was a table for one. Bailey fast asleep on her Burberry blanket at my feet. An early morning walk and breakfast always puts her in a sleepy mood the moment we get back to the apartment. In honor of Flower Friday the peony I bought yesterday at the grocery store just in the initial phase of starting to do their magical thing. This light pink variety with dark streaks of pink to almost red on the underside a favorite. This is the first in the season they have made their way onto our table. These will be even more amazing when they fully open. Happy start of the week-end to you!



 

 

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.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 204

Sometimes a limited palate can be soothing to both the eyes and the soul. A mixture of similar toned blooms, candles and object can create a simple table setting where the guests & conversation become the most colorful part of the setting.



 

 

Red Striped Umbrellas and a Table for Two

We flew back to Seattle arriving late Friday evening. We hit the ground running and worked the shops over the 3 day Memorial Day weekend. Nothing like getting fully immersed the moment back, but it is a lovely few days to be at the stores as it is busy with folks shopping from near & far. Mister Sive had potted up oodles of things (like geraniums and lavender in above photo) out on the island in pots right before we headed to New York, so we were excited to see how things were shaping up. It had been rainy a bit while we were away, but sunny a good stretch too, so we knew everything would we thirsty. So we hopped on the ferry Tuesday morning to squeeze in a few island days. (For those local readers, we are looking for a handyman/caretaker for WestWard. Our longtime person has moved away. If you can think of anyone you really like, let me know.) The plants thrived while we were away and were indeed thirsty when we got there! It was also our first time using our new red striped umbrellas. Country Living had gifted us one after the photo shoot last year and I was able to source a duplicate. They tilt, which our last umbrellas did not. Great for moving around when the sun gets intense. Plus we like the jaunty stripes. While we were away new red French bistro glasses arrived at WK. I had to set a table with them in their honor. They are the perfect size for a glass of juice or wine. So it was a very red few days. The color has always played a big part of the design out here. I fall back in love with it over and over again as we find new things to incorporate into our beachside living.



 

 

Red Geraniums Set The Tone

The Sunday supper table was all awash in red. Our geranium collection grows, as TPS keeps planting away. Our friend Peg gave us this cool vintage white kitchen pot for Christmas. Beyond usage for cooking, I know she knew we would give it new life. I punctured holes in the bottom for water drainage and off we went. It became the the main feature of the table, really setting the tone. Then it was pulling all sorts of red things to pull it all together. The super long cutting board adding a bit of earthy light brown, playing nicely with the bamboo handles of the silverware. Steak and scallops were on the menu. I found a new red we quite liked that I will write about tomorrow. Then it was lighting a few candles and were set.