Sunday, September 12, 2021

At the Bistro Table

Finally we had "cool enough" weather — weather cool enough to spend some time enjoying a light meal at the bistro table. All summer through the heat, humidity and almost daily downpours I've looked longingly through the windows  at our deck and patios. Now the season to delight in being outdoors has arrived!


As the shadows lengthened I set a casual charcuterie board for two on the table.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Easing Into Fall

September signals that fall is approaching, although we'll still have summer weather here during October. So I decided to start easing into fall with warm vibrant colors for a stunning tablescape!


Monday, August 30, 2021

The Backyard Landscape — First Phase

Hello, friends! Welcome back to my backyard! You may remember that we completely renovated/redesigned our yard, patios and deck last year. That saga was shared in Backyard Renovation Reveal Part 1, the Reveal Part 2 and Deck Update - Railing Installed.
 
Where we left the landscape portion of the project last fall was that we had installed sod between the driveway and the upper patio and five upright conifers. I had planned to install shrubs and perennials throughout the backyard in the spring. However, my plans went out the window when Greg had to have emergency surgery the first week of March. He came through splendidly and has continued to recover (yeah!!). But landscaping went to the bottom of the to-do list, along with blogging to some extent.

    

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Hot Pink for an August Table

I thought I'd match the heat of August with a hot pink table! I would have liked to set this outside, but the tropical storm dumped 2.75 inches of rain on us and everything on the patios is still quite wet. So we're inside where the heat is offset (thankfully!) by the A/C.

 
My initial idea was to use the garden's zinnias for the centerpiece, but they're in no condition to use after the heavy rains and the winds. To the rescue came faux flowers in hot pink and deep gold with cooler whites and purples!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Lunch by the Koi Pond

Summer colors are bright, warm and bold. They joyfully shrug off the heat!

  
Today brought normal summer temps, a welcome relief from the weekend's heat index values above 100! To take advantage of the break, I thought we'd have lunch al fresco. With a view overlooking the koi pond, I set the bistro table with a fun and whimsical shoal of fish, using melamine dishes in a super cute design.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The French Table

For le 14 juillet, I set a table to celebrate la fête nationale, France's national holiday, in honor of Greg's French ancestry. I used the colors of the French Tricolor flag — bleu, blanc et rouge.