Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Small Changes for the Mantle

Good morning!!! I am so happy you are here! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weather was still VERY hot and humid. Being here in the northeast, and having cold winters I always forget how blazing hot July is here. I spend a lot of time watering:) But the other day I decided I wanted to make a few changes to the mantle and make it lighter and airier. Here's what I did. I have had 2 of these crane topiaries for years. I still love them and hadn't used them in awhile. So I brought one back out for this side of the mantle.
 On the other side I made this simple blue and white arrangement in a glass vase. Next to it is this blue candle holder that is crackled glass.
 I added a couple of larger shells from my collection, a couple of candles and a starfish.
 The blue and white jar completes the mantle.
 Everything ties in to the new artwork above the mantle. I still love this piece. I probably will change it out come Fall and Winter but LOVE it for Spring and Summer.
 I placed the crane on a stand to bring it up some to balance the flower arrangement.
 You all know I have a large collection of blue and white pieces so fell in love with this piece when I saw it.


 The hearth has remained the same.

 I didn't get any nighttime shots but it is so pretty with the wooden lanterns lit!
 
Thanks so much for your visit.
Xo, Pinky
 
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunflowers for the Table!

When we hosted our dinner group last Sat. night, I also set a new table in the breakfast room. I wanted something bright and cheerful to welcome our guests since the table in the dining room was bright and cheerful. If you missed that post you can see it here: http://designsbypinky.blogspot.com/2017/07/floral-summer-table-for-our-dinner-group.html               
I got some sunflowers at the grocery store and then set the table.
 Some queen Anne's lace was blooming in the yard (it just came up from seed I guess, we didn't plant it) so when I pulled it out I cut some to use in my arrangement.

 I also cut some limelight hydrangeas from the yard.

 The table is set with sunflower placemat, a reticulated cream colored charger, a sunflower dinner and salad plate and bowl.
 I also have these sunflower napkin rings from Pier 1. I gathered a yellow and a white napkin in the rings.
 I thought I would show you each dish; this is the salad plate,
 the dinner plates were on clearance at Pier 1 last year,
 and these chargers came from one of my favorite stores up near Lancaster.

The runner has sunflowers as well. I also am using these fun lanterns on each side of the centerpiece.
 A little faux bee landed on this one.


Sunflower S and P are old, I can't remember where I got them. They came in this little holder too.

It is a nice, cheerful table to greet us each morning.

 When I looked out the door to the deck a gold finch was right there on the railing. he matches the table;)
I hope you have a bright, sunny day doing what makes you happy!
XO, Pinky

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Floral Summer Table for our Dinner Group

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. On Sat. night, Joe and I hosted our dinner group, so I set a pretty table. I like my guests to feel like I set a special table just for them, cause I do! I cut some hydrangeas from the yard for my centerpiece and the rest grew from there. I had gotten this crock, that is actually for utensils at Joann Fabrics back in the Spring. The colors were perfect to use as a vase for my flowers. I actually placed a glass vase inside the crock so it wouldn't leak on the table.
 I have had these flowered placemats and napkins for years and love to use them in the Spring and Summer.
 I kept it pretty simple. Onto the placemat I used a blue dinner plate, light turquoise salad plate and turquoise shell shaped dessert plate.  I used my nice, bamboo design flatware.

 Garden S and P.

 I used my nice, bamboo design flatware.

 These blooms are so pretty. I do miss my blue hydrangeas so am going to amend the soil next year to make one of the bushes produce blue flowers.

 2 turquoise and silver candlesticks hold turquoise LED candles! All came from Home Goods.

 I am sorry I didn't get any pictures of the food! We served Filets with madeira or peppercorn sauce, mashed potato casserole, and I sautéed some onions, mushrooms, zucchini, and asparagus. Everyone said it was all delicious.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate every one of you.
XO, Pinky
 
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dining Al Fresco!

I LOVE eating outside in the summer! Going out to someplace that has outdoor seating is fun and having it at home is even better! I found these amazing acrylic dishes at Home Goods weeks ago and couldn't wait to use them! I marinated some boneless chicken tenders and made a pasta salad and a fruit salad for a light but delicious dinner. I love the blue colors, the bamboo edge and the lovely design on these dishes!

 I found a navy blue beaded placemat, and a  rattan charger for my stack.
 My cream flatware is perfect with the dishes. I used papaer napkins to keep it very casual for just the 2 of us.

 The bowl held our fruit salad.
 These glasses are acrylic also! I LOVE them as they look so pretty!
 Pasta salad
 Fruit salad in an acrylic bowl too.


 My centerpiece is a plant that sits on the table all the time. The coleus came up from seed last year out in the yard. So, I put it in this pot, along with an ivy and this flowering plant and it wintered inside very well!


 I love my large cement like bird too as it is heavy and won't blow away:)

 The night was capped off with a beautiful sunset!


Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful day doing what makes you happy!
We had Colleen from Thurs after school til Sunday afternoon and we were exhausted:) But, it was so much fun. She fills my heart with JOY!!!
XO, Pinky

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