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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.



 

 

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.



 

 

Quail Eggs & Dancing Tulips

Easter Sunday was a gloriously sunny day in Seattle. Lucky us! It was a 4 o’clock start time for guests to arrive for Champagne and then supper at 5. Mister Sive loves cooking lamb, so a leg of lamb was on the menu along with scalloped potatoes and his famous beet purée. I got us started with a Bibb lettuce salad with a citrus hazelnut vinaigrette alongside roasted asparagus.

With the sun shining through creating all sorts of cool patterns on the floor I set about setting the table. But not before TPS took an iron to the wrinkly Le Jacquard Francais tablecloth. We rarely use a tablecloth as we both quite like the exposed wood of the old French table, but every once in awhile we like mixing it up a bit and we both love the subtle overall pattern on this beauty.

Then it was a simple smattering of tulips from the Market in vintage single stem bottles that you know I love to do. It allows the flowers to take center stage. These pink and green variety just spoke to me of Easter. Then quail eggs set about the long table. Each one little works of art. An old silver rimmed china set we found when we first met was pulled out as it works nicely with the tablecloth. Our friend Kate made the most divine flower laden coconut cream cake. It tasted as fab as it looked. As daylight drifted away the votive candles created a warm flicker. Laughter and stories and love and friendship filled the air. Nothing better really.



 

 

Staying In With Take Out

Saturday evening we had dear old friends, Catherine & Steve, over for supper in town. Us entertaining could be challenging on that night, as we both always work the shops that day–me at the Market and TPS in the office at the Home store. But with a little planning ahead and really good take out, it can be done and a really good time can be had by all. Hosts included. I am always looking for ways to inspire us all to spend time with our friends at our home. We love dining out, but there is just a specialness about dining in your home with friends that just can’t be beat.

Setting the table the night before or even the morning of, is a must. It takes a ton of stress off of you and it is pretty swell to come home after a busy day of work and see the table all set! Plus it gives the flowers time to settle in and start to do their thing. For the other evening we put out pâté with a few cheeses, baguette, along with cashews and grapes. All enjoyed with a glass of Champagne while the cassoulet from Cafe Campagne heated up in the oven. I had made a shallot vinaigrette in the morning for an arugula salad along with haricot vert. A yummy bottle of red had time to breathe along with the flickering candles. More baguette with really good French butter and we were off and running. Actually, make that laughing and storytelling and having a grand time.



 

 

Spring-y Yellow & Red Tulips

They stopped me in my tracks the moment I spotted them in the Alm Hill Gardens stall at The Market on Saturday morning. I wait for these beauties all year. The bits of red streaking through the vibrant yellow makes my heart sing. They stayed at the shop for the day for all to enjoy, then made the ferry ride over to WestWard to take center stage on the dining table. The majority in a clear glass vessel and three stems just needing to dance in single stem bottles. They made for a happy, happy Sunday supper table.



 

 

Tulips and a Geranium

Flower Friday brings fluttery creamy tulips with bold hits of green running about. They were in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Along with a leggy scented geranium that was a lovely gift. They brighten up the end of the dining table. Have an exquisite first week-end of Spring everyone!



 

 

A Green, Green Shop Table

Yesterday was a full day of display, along with redoing the dining table vignette at the back of the Home store. How surprising, green has been on my mind! With the official start of Spring next week as well as St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, I just decided to run with it. Oh, and those geranium places. They had quite a bit to do with it, as I have been dying to play with them since they came in. The green dotted tablecloth is actually a big roll of wrapping paper I adore. Once that was put into place everything else came together. The potted Livia Cetti geranium just had to be the centerpiece. Dinner is served!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 192

For a cozy dinner table, use a variety of candle heights to add instant mood. Try tall tapers mixed with lower varieties along with super low tealights. A flicker of light will be wherever your eye lands.



 

 

Geranium Plates by Bordallo Pinheiro

Just In, whimsically beautiful geranium leaf plates at Watson Kennedy. Pleased as punch to announce the arrival of our latest order of Bordallo Pinheiro from Portugal. Since 1884, they have been creating cherished heirloom quality tableware to be enjoyed through the generations. We have carried bits & pieces over the years but my fondness and admiration has grown as we use it in our own homes and love it so much. So look for more and more than of it showing up on our shop shelves and vignettes in the coming months.



 

 

An Oscar Lunch

This table really has nothing to do with the Oscars, but I did set it for lunch on Sunday in excitement for The Oscars later that night. I just thought calling it ‘An Oscar Lunch’ had a fun ring to it. What got me most excited about setting this table at WestWard were the red striped linen napkins that are new to the shop. They set the tone for the whole table. I chose the tulips with little red streaks in them to compliment the red in the napkins, if ever so subtly. Then red things started getting pulled from the closet and shelves. The hand painted lobster glasses the final touch added that made it all a bit beach-y.