Category: Tablescape

Grape Expectations

We’ve been Celebrating the Grape and enjoying Bottled Sunshine during September in observance of North Carolina’s Wine Appreciation Month. Harvest festivals with serenades, grape stomps, and harvest-to-barrel celebrations are abundant with October’s arrival.   Taking my cue from the harvest events at North Carolina wineries this month, I pulled out my grandmother’s dishes~ Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers~…

Nesting Instincts

  I’ve been feathering my nest twig-by-twig lately. . . . . . tidying, sorting, consigning, donating~  There always seems to be nesting going on around me. . .  I’m long past due taking stock. . . . . . cleaning out & preparing for Fall with October’s arrival around the corner~ I thought I would follow the birds’ lead and bring my…

Sunflowers & Bees

I’m easing into Autumn with a sunflower celebration this week~ inspired by an April Cornell tablecloth with its sun-faded palette and sunflowers from the Farmers Market. What I really want to do is fling myself head first into fall. . . . . .enjoying football weather under layers of blankets, hoodies, and a glorious canopy of changing leaves! I’m imagining the idyllic…

Purples, Plums & Petunias Alfresco Tablescape

While the calendar says September, we’re still having summer weather, fortunately with some lower humidity.  A teaser of fall-like temperatures are on the horizon for the weekend.  I set a transitional table reflecting the summer weather we’re still in the midst of and to enjoy the last of the summer annuals.  Petunias~ still blooming after a long, hot summer and some fruits…

Taste the Fruit

 The calendar says September, but there is still plenty of summer weather ahead of us here in the South and plenty of fruit in season to enjoy~ I harvested a medley of fruits at the Farmers Market prompted by some dish inspiration from HomeGoods~ My basket is brimming with pears, white & yellow peaches, blackberries, along with a…

Less Labor Day Picnic

We’re enjoying a lakeside picnic over the holiday weekend~ I’m testing the theory that everything tastes better out of a jar~ it certainly is more fun :-) A layered salad made in advance~ a minimum of 8 hours or up to 24~ chilling for the flavors to meld. You can enjoy the fruits of your labor later ~ since…

Fantasy Island Getaway

 We celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary August 18th~ No grand celebration or jetting away to an exotic locale or favorite destination for the last week of summer~ just enjoying a quiet weekend after a few busy weeks.      Although I  did find myself fantasizing about a tropical island getaway. . . Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, St. Maarten. . .…

Corn Utopia

My palate and my table are in a state of Corn Utopia this week~ a place where these little kernels are bursting with the sweet flavor of summer. I borrowed my mother-in-law’s Fitz and Floyd Corn Pitcher, Salt & Pepper Shakers and last but not least, Butter Dish, for summer’s sweetest vegetable~ and the essence of the season~…

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

I recently unearthed a quilt that came from my grandmother, that was tucked away and forgotten (translation: I cleaned out a bedroom closet :-)  The hexagon pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The quilter’s identity is uncertain~ but it is thought to have been quilted by neighbor and friend of my grandmother. My…

More Loggerhead Love Tablescape

My lovefest with Loggerhead Sea Turtles continues this week at the table. . .   Our family vacation to Harbor Island was most memorable due to all the turtle activity this year. . . By the end of our week’s stay, the 3 mile-stretch-of-beach, had a recorded number of 64 turtle nests~ closing in on the record of…