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.

  

Monday, July 12, 2021

Doing Some Background Blog Cleanup and Updates

Hello friends! It's been a strange weather pattern here for the last few days. In a single day we'll move through periods of light rain, overcast skies, sunny skies, and hard rainfalls — then repeat. Through it all the humidity has hovered north of 80%.

 


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Red, White and Blue — Bright and Bold

I decided to celebrate Independence Day in the spirit of '76 — bright and bold! The red, white and blue plaid linens were the catalyst to go full-on colorful. I had spent a rainy day online looking for something new to express the excitement of the first holiday we plan to spend with friends in a year and a half.

  

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Summer Flowers, Summer Table

All I have to do for inspiration is to gather flowers. Flowers to form the centerpieces of my tables, and to guide their color stories.


Today inspiration came by way of early summer flowers blooming in my garden. Purples and blues with a jolt of white are in the sunny borders in the front.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Puppy Challenges in the Garden

Meet Finnegan, mischief maker!

We brought him home in April at eight weeks old, the cutest bundle of fur, with curiosity in his eyes!

As puppies do, he investigates everything with his mouth. Things allowed (food, toys, treats, big brother Jake, mom and dad) and those things not allowed (everything else!).

When we first took him outside, he discovered that a big world was out the door — and that there were a million things to pick up, tear, chase and chomp. Chomping on everything in the grass, along the path, in the planting beds! Now four months old, he has put more things in his mouth that Joey or Jake ever did in their stints as puppies.

  
Since I had not yet begun to install plants in our re-designed back yard, I decided to go with plants that were puppy-safe.
 

Monday, May 24, 2021

A Simple Vignette on a Day for Remembering

We've always been rather low-key on Memorial Day, celebrating quietly, usually only with the three of us. This year there will only be Greg and I, but I wanted to acknowledge the holiday in some way.


Monday, May 17, 2021

Thoughts of Pansies for a Spring Table

"Pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts." ~ William Shakespeare
 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

The First Blossoms in the Spring Garden

Hello and welcome to the spring garden! My favorite season in the garden is spring, with its wonderful exuberance of shapes, colors and textures that is especially welcome after the challenges of winter. For spring blossoms I rely on trees and shrubs, carpeted beneath by perennial bulbs.

The photos below are roughly in their order of bloom, spanning the end of February through the end of March.

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud)


Monday, April 19, 2021

Hopping into Spring

I can always tell that spring has truly arrived when I see bunnies hopping through my garden! They have already begun nibbling my flowers and the fresh green shoots growing through the mulch. 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Medley of Easter Tablescapes

Welcome to a medley of my Easter tablescapes! 
 
I had intended to set an Easter table to share with you, but my plans for the last couple of weeks were drastically changed by a trip to the ER with Greg, followed by his emergency cardiac surgery. From the time I dropped him off at the ER until he was released from the hospital eight days later, I was unable to see him due to the COVID-19 visitation regulations. I am so glad he had been vaccinated before this happened!
 
Thankfully we could text and eventually talk on the phone. While I certainly understand the need for the hospital's policy, it made waiting so much worse. But Greg is home, healing and feeling better each day! So I'll be back with new tablescapes soon!

In the meantime, click on the title just above each pair of photos to see the full post.
 

 
 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Year of the Dog


The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 16, with celebrations that can last for two weeks. Last year it began in January. Each year it falls on a different date because the calendar is based on the cycles of the moon.

Monday, March 8, 2021

A Table in Green and White with Pops of Color

Early spring is all about the fresh new greens in the garden and on the table! I decided to celebrate with an abundance of greens, using fresh flowers from my garden and a variety of green-toned tablewares.


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Song of Winter

When you listen carefully, you can hear the song of winter. More muted than other seasons, winter nevertheless is full of sound, except perhaps when a new blanket of snow is falling. Birds sing and ruffle the leaves and needles of evergreens. Squirrels and chipmunks rustle the fallen leaves, and chitter and bark to defend their territory and food caches. Branches creak and thump against each other in the wind.

  

Friday, February 12, 2021

February Decor throughout the House

February can be a letdown after a long season of warmth, color, good food and wonderful celebrations. It is a mixture of days – days of winter, days of hopeful spring sightings. It's also a strange mixture of holidays – the renewal of the Lunar New Year and the heady excitement of Valentine's Day.
 
I often find it difficult to develop a cohesive look for February decor throughout the house. So I decided this year not to try, but to decorate vignettes in all the facets of February!

 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Pretty in Pink

To celebrate Valentine's Day I set up a tableau on the kitchen island that's pretty in pink!

 
 And decidedly girlish!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Snowdrifts on a Plaid Table

We've had several beautiful winter days this week. Gorgeous blue skies, brisk winds and (relatively) cold temps. Absolutely heavenly! All that I'm missing is a sparkling blanket of snow! While there's only a slim chance of that, I can dream. 

And I can build a tablescape featuring drifts of snow down the center.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Deck Update - Railing Installed!

I suppose this should really be entitled Part 3 of the backyard renovation, since it has had its own saga. If you've seen my previous posts, you may remember that we started demolition of the old deck on May 11, then progressed through demo of the rest of the backyard and then construction. The deck was the most straightforward part of the renovation. Both demo of the old deck and construction of the new was accomplished fairly quickly.