Summer has settled in, with daily temperatures in the 90's and almost equally high humidity. Afternoon showers bring only temporary relief. So we have retreated inside for most of the day, venturing outside reluctantly, preferably as the sun goes down.
It appears that we will be sheltering at home for the foreseeable future. I have grown tired of reading, watching DVDs and Netflix, and solving puzzles. What to do? Dream of the travel that we will surely do someday soon!
Since I love to create tablescapes, I designed one that combines a travel dream of mine with a hearty dose of one of Greg's.
Oceans, lakes and tropical beaches have always drawn Greg. Me, not so much! I'd rather be in the shade and a lot cooler, lol. For him I used placemats with palm trees and sand. Dinner and salad plates in white are separated by luncheon plates edged in bamboo and topped by dessert plates with palm leaves.
I've often daydreamed about taking a safari, ever since a friend in college took spring quarter off to safari in east Africa. Exotic ceramic animals masquerading as salt and pepper shakers amble across the table. They debuted last year at Miss J's graduation party.
There are mischievous monkeys,
Self-assured tigers, and
|Yes, I've mixed continents here. This is a dream after all, lol.|
For a casual counterpoint to the fine gold-rimmed china, I've used stainless flatware and laid the matching napkins between the plates. The plates with the bamboo edge? Although they're melamine they bring the right touch.
Continuing the theme, the buffet sports my safari hat and Greg's camera,
a Bronica Zenza ETRS. (Note to self — create a table showcasing his collection!)
I added a striking modern note with this pitcher, which will hold something delicious and COLD!
|Please ignore the construction zone visible through the French doors. Another day, another post!|
This photo shows that I don't just like my zebras as salt and pepper shakers. The centerpiece jar usually sits in the room beyond, where we have two of the most comfortable chairs ever, covered in a zebra-patterned fabric. In the left corner you can catch a glimpse of the fluffy throws that cover the dogs' crates.
Sorry about the yellow cast to these photos and the glare from the chandelier and lamps. These were taken during the regular afternoon rain showers. If I can get a decent sunny day I'll update with better lit photos.
Simple in design — long on reverie. Where are you dreaming of traveling to? I can think of so many places!
Dinner, salad plates | Royal Doulton 'Alice'
Dessert plates | American Atelier 'West Indies'
Flatware | Mikasa 'Italian Countryside'