Welcome to August. Can you believe it? Somehow we’re approaching the end of the summer, and we haven’t shared nearly enough together.
This particular summer has been… busy. Kicking it off with a move from Miami to Connecticut was a whirlwind in and of itself. I’ve since become borderline obsessed with decorating the new place, staking out every Homegoods within a 25 mile radius on a regular basis. I’m pretty sure the employees now recognize me by my topknot… There have been work changes, life changes and very mediocre weather. Until recently!
This past week, the sun was shining, the humidity was dissipating, and it made me want to slow things down and savor what’s left of the season. To me, that means cooking with the best of what the farm stand has to offer, drinking wine with ice (sorry, not sorry, never will be sorry) and sitting down to the table late in the evening, feeling lucky the sun still hasn’t set. But let’s talk about that table… When I think of summer, I think of the ocean— sea greens and turquoise blues— the perfect hues for a seasonal setting.
These teal glasses add height and texture to the table. I chose to play off of their vertical lines with the horizontal ones in these striped coupes. For this particular setting, I would use the taller glasses for water, the shorter ones for wine.
You know I love to mismatch, and I couldn’t resist switching things up at the heads of the table with these textured goblets. With their own linear pattern, they play well with the other glassware. I love them as water glasses, but they would be great for iced tea, lemonade or cocktails.
I chose to keep the plates and napkins neutral so the glassware would really standout, but I still wanted a little pop of color. These ceramic dipping bowls are a fun touch, and I love how their wavy lines add another pattern to the mix. Bowls this size are particularly ideal in summer. Use them for melted butter with lobster, soy sauce with sushi or simply for olive oil with bread.
Moving to the middle of the table, my favorite cheesecloth runner is back. Building from there, I filled empty spaces with green accents. This green depression glass tray is the perfect serving vessel for snacks (think deviled eggs or crostini) or dessert (like cookies or petit fours), while this etched bowl works well for fruit or salad.
And finally, this two-tone candlestick adds a warm glow and a little romance. Because what’s summer without romance?
Here’s to soaking up the last of this wonderful season! Unless you still live in Miami, in which case, can I come visit this winter?