Friday, July 24, 2015

The Softer Side of Turquoise


With the colors of the sand and the sky, this table is quite a departure from the last one I set.  This one makes me feel like I am at the beach, for sure.

We did very little entertaining this spring and early summer, so we're enjoying seeing our friends and thanking them for their hospitality.  We have several good times planned, but this one came together on the spur of the moment.  Just an afternoon phone call, and we were on!

I was planning to go to the cutting garden for some hydrangeas when I spied this dish of seashells and sand on the dining room table. 

Done!  It even had the bits of sea glass in it that brought in the soft blue colors. 

You're probably thinking that you just saw these on this blog in orange.  You did.  I bought them in two colors several years ago.  It's a good thing that linens don't take up much storage room, because I just can't stop buying them.

These little net covered fishing floats are the only new things on the table.  I found them at the Pottery Barn outlet.  I just printed out and curled a paper banner and used them as place cards.

I chose this mismatched silverplate and pearl handled knives, and you can see the bleached wood chargers here.  I thought they were reminiscent of driftwood.  You can find them at World Market.

I almost forgot about using these beach themed etched stems.  Can you see the lobster and seaweed and coral on them?  I also used these Martha Stewart turquoise tumblers.  They are so thin, but that makes them so fine to drink from.

These real shells made a cute little bread and butter plate.

I picked up these salt and pepper shakers shaped like sea urchins in Seaside, Florida.  I love it when a  souvenir brings back such a delightful memory whenever it is used. 

Here's how the place setting looked.....

and here's how the table looked.

I gathered four turquoise stripped pillows to add a little more color and comfort.

It was a beautiful evening and a beautiful setting.

Can you please appreciate the clean stones on the terrace.  They were FINALLY pressure washed this week and man, that sure makes a huge difference!  

I served coffee with the delicious coconut cake that Cindy brought.  We just couldn't make ourselves go inside, so we went to the upper terrace and enjoyed the views from up there. 

I only used three of these rope handled cups, because Mr. Pressed Pants doesn't drink coffee at night. 

How about this cream and sugar set?  Perfect!

I love these salad utensils that I used with a plain glass bowl for a colorful Mediterranean vegetable salad.  I may have gone overboard buying coral accessories lately.  I think I better stop now.

Vodka tonic, anyone?


Menu:

Appetizer:
Crostini with Grilled Figs and Honey

Salad:
Mediterranean Vegetable salad
(Ina Garten)

Entree:
Grilled Salmon over Couscous

Bread:
Grilled Pita Bread Triangles

Dessert:
Coconut Cake
(brought by our guests)


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Coral and Turquoise On the Coral and Turquoise Terrace!


Since this isn't a terribly hot evening, we're having a couple of neighbors over for a simple cook-out.  I couldn't wait to use these pieces which I've had for years with our new cushions and tablecloth on the stone terrace. 

Even the flowers are re-runs from an event earlier in the week. 

I added a piece of white coral, some sea shells, and a bit of sea glass to make the centerpiece a bit more interesting.  Then I snuggled a votive with an orange candle into the mix.

Then I added these little china starfish.

I started without the orange placemats, but the plates were lost on all of that pattern.  That's ok, since, even though the cloth is outdoor fabric, I probably won't have to wash it now.  :-)  

Here's the placesetting I settled on. 

These dishes are from a wonderful store that has closed in Atlanta called The Plantation Shop.  They are made by Murval and are very heavy, which is good for outdoors.  I thought the bamboo flatware would be a good choice to go with them.

I think I bought these embroidered napkins at the same time at The Plantation Shop.  I'm wondering why I bought eight napkins and only 4 placesettings of the dishes.  Maybe that's all they had, but I sure wish I had 4 more.  The coral shaped napkin rings were from Pottery Barn, I think.

I really don't remember where I got these coral stemmed plastic glasses.  Aren't they cute?   I have no problem mixing "real" dishes with plastic, or melamine, or even paper.  Many would faint at the idea, but I say, that unless you are entertaining royalty, the mix is interesting and fun.

Since I had these cute little bowls to match, I decided to serve gazpacho as a first course.  It's perfect for a summer night, and soooo easy.  I was at the Alpharetta Farmers' Market this morning and all of the produce I needed for it was so beautiful.  It was a no brainer. 

Serving soup also meant I got to use these spoons from World Market.  I got some other serving pieces like this, too, but I was already bordering on coral overkill!

Something tells me that I'll be using this frequently this summer, as it is the perfect combo for our new outdoor colors.  You can see a post I did about them here.

See that dock at the lake at the bottom of the lawn?  I bet the men will be down there fishing before dark.  Janet and I will be reading my new copy of Annie Falk's Hamptons Entertaining.  It's so inspiring that I think I might plan another dinner party for tomorrow!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Summer of Orange and Turquoise

I seem to be in love with this color combination, so I've re-done our terraces in these cheerful cushions and pillows.  Even the pots have been planted in a much more vibrant, coral and white palate. 
(Disclaimer: I've been waiting weeks to have our stonework pressure washed.  I finally decided to photograph for this post with grimy stones, because, well, summer is almost HALF OVER!!!!)


This makes me smile every time I look at it.

Doesn't this make you want to grab a good book and chill out?

This has so much more pizzazz than our former color selection for the cushions.

 
This was last year on the terrace.  I was all about a woodsy color combination, and it worked really well........

until I spied this fabric!  Then some sort of hunger for color kicked in and I was all about turquoise and coral.  

I'm so glad for the change.

I even changed all of our swim towels to turquoise and coral.  Monogrammed, of course!

This large pot at the corner of the wall is loving the summer rain.  Can you see those tiny coral petunias?  They are so cute.

This pot has just a touch of coral begonias in with the hardy grass.

This one is full of begonias with a couple of white impatients.  

 
The hummingbirds just love this hibiscus.  And I love it, too, as it is just outside my kitchen window and I can admire it AND the hummingbirds!

And this $15 palm from Lowe's makes us all feel like we are in the tropics.

Let's go up the stairs to the white deck.

With the left over material, I made a runner for this table, and turquoise stripped cushions for these side chairs.  Things are looking so good.  Usually, we are beginning to feel the effects of the 90 degree weather by now, but we've had lots of rain to help things stay green.

Even the fern pots are filling in nicely.  Thank goodness that one of the improvements we made when we first moved in was to add drip lines to all of the pots.  I could never keep them watered by hand.  We also just had the deck re-stained and it's beautiful.

That's the view from the upper terrace to the lake.  Maybe I'll soon find time to take those kayaks out, but for now, I'm anxious to set this table for our neighbors tonight.  Wait till you see what I have planned!






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