Hi friends, did you see our pretty outdoor breakfast table setting yesterday and on The Daily Meal? Today we are sharing the pictures of our dressy outdoor dinner table using the same basic pieces from our breakfast table (pottery, chargers, flatware and outdoor table and chairs.)
The BEST part of summer is dinning outdoors but it doesn’t always have to be casual BBQ red cups and disposable plates. En plein air dining with real plates, cloth napkins and the clink of nice glassware is a whole new level of summer dining. When I was young my mom would set a pretty table on our back porch a few times a summer and make a fresh pasta for dinner. It felt so special to break our everyday dinner routine and sit outside on a warm summer night.
Sarah and I set the table with her Pottery Barn Rattan chargers, wobbly edged Simon Pearce plates and bowls and stunning Match Pewter flatware. A Libeco runner connected the dinners across the table on a ribbon of flax linen and Tiffany candlesticks glittered in the setting sun.
Once the foundation was set we studded the table with magenta dahlias in simple mini milk jars turned vases and filled one remaining vase with fresh mint to keep things fresh and fuss-free. Our pièce de résistance were two crystal Saint Louis goblets from Sarah’s father. He collects 2 beautiful goblets a year for her from his travels and presents them on Christmas morning. Her collection over the years has grown to to accommodate a Jane Austen sized dinner party at Lady Catherine’s house I believe. Such a lovely tradition.
Will you be toting your breakables outdoors this summer? We hope so!
Lydia and I had loads of fun styling this table for The Daily Meal. We wanted to recreate the feeling of an elegant outdoor restaurant at home, so we played with my nicest indoor pieces. Using 1 set of pottery, 1 set of chargers, 1 set of flatware and 1 table we created 2 beautiful looks: breakfast in the garden with friends and an elegant candlelit dinner for two.
Here’s a close up of the breakfast table:
For breakfast we fell in love with hydrangeas in cloud colors. We set them in my favorite juice pitcher and built the rest of the look around that. The sugar and creamer as well as the napkins pick up on the beautiful sky blue petals. And what says morning more clearly than a rooster? This one is part of an antique rooster and hen pair that my aunt gave me as a wedding gift. It’s a happy table that invites you to linger over flaky croissants and chunky mugs of hot coffee.
Tell us, how would you make your outdoor table special?
Tomorrow- the dinner table!
Plate, Bowls, Mugs and Pitcher, Barre by Simon Pearce. Glasses by Juliska. Napkins and Chargers by Pottery Barn. Antique Rooster. Creamer and Sugar by Nigella Lawson. Flatware by Match Pewter.
We’re still working on our Registry Basics Series (barware is next) and realized that we hadn’t given you a list of our favorite places to register. So here it is. And please excuse the absence of the Holy 5— Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Sur la Table, Bloomingdales and Macy’s. We’re guessing you’ll start there anyway.
Heath Ceramics for handmade plates in dreamy colors and natural table linens
Simon Pearce for graceful pottery and hand-blown glassware
Anthropologie for everyday fun table and kitchen stuff. No other place has such happy glasses and platters. They’ve recently added some very chic flatware (see here and here for our most recent picks).
Jonathan Adler for fun accent pieces. Sometimes I get lost in the swirl of colors but a cheeky piece of pottery or colorful throw adds a lot of life to your registry and home. I’m still partial to these birdies.
Design Within Reach is all so sleek, modern and sophisticated.
NapaStyle— the name says it all. I love their glass and flatware in particular. They also carry unique wooden boards and bowls.
Restoration Hardware has beautiful bed linens and the world’s greatest towels, not to mention Lydia’s luscious cashmere robe.
Tiffany’s for crystal: a candy bowl, a pair of candlesticks or maybe a special occasion cake stand.
What have we’ve missed?
My soon-to-be sister-in-law introduced me to MyRegistry.com which allows you to compose a registry of items cherry-picked from any and all online stores (including Etsy and small boutiques) all in one place. No more jumping from store to store to compare items.
Anjali compiled 9 more registry resources for the kitchn.
What are you up to this weekend friends?
Sarah and I are meeting to discuss an exciting new business venture (details in due time) and I am still crafting for my wedding (ditto)!
- courtesy of Oprah.com
Oprah declared Yves Klein Blue the hot color for this year, though I think this vibrant and sophisticated pigment is always in vogue.
The colors and textures of this room inspired my wedding colors/materials palette of IKB, white, natural linen and wood and then I added red as a bright accent color.
courtesy of thecraftyminx.com.au
Thanks to my personal art historian Mary I know how this color got it’s name.
- image courtesy of nickolsenstyle.blogspot.com
Drew painted a wall in our bedroom this color last year as a surprise for me one weekend when I was away!
- image courtesy of SimonPearce.com
I referenced it a few weeks past as it’s a great color to liven up the traditional “fall” palette of table decor. Hope this color inspires you too.
How do you transition your spring and summer wardrobe pieces into your fall look? You add some texture and layer in some warmth. Well the same logic applies to your table decor!
Crisp white shirts or soft white blazer paired with stunning blue and white Ikat pieces.
APC F/W 2011 Look 15
Transition whites and bright prints into your fall look by mixing with classic textural pieces like worn denim, suede loafers or moccasins and cozy knits.
Celebrate the Season table inspiration from Simon Pearce
Bright summery white plates and crisp blue and white Ikat napkins are grounded by the maple wood table, textural reed place mats, chunky glasses and seasonal gourds. Shop the complete table here.