Sometimes I cheat.
Not on taxes or anything trivial like that,
but on important stuff like blog posts.
In wanting to share a summertime table setting with you,
I dove back into the Time Machine and pulled pictures
from a hundred years ago. Or July 2009, if that's more believable.
Last night, my daughter Anne and I watched the 2003 movie
Something's Gotta Give on television. I'd never seen it before.
Cute film, but honestly?
I watched it because the kitchen in the film's Hamptons house is a decorating icon;
people are still asking for kitchens that look like the one in that ten-year old film.
Do you ever watch a movie or television show because you want
to see the architecture or the interiors? I do. All the time.
The shingled exterior of Diane Keaton's house is a real Hamptons house,
but the interiors are all soundstage sets.
And pretty gorgeous ones, at that.
All the colors in the movie house are taken from sea, sky, shells, and sand.
Beiges, whites, and blues.
Those are the colors I used for this tablescape, four years ago,
in our sunroom here in New Jersey. Nowhere near the shore!
What I used:
Old hotel silverplate flatware
Dollar Tree wineglasses
Dollar Tree dinner plates and bowls in blue and aqua
Dollar Tree votive candleholders
Clearance table sand-colored heavy cotton tablecloth
Old Syracuse restaurant china salad plates, from my Mom's collections
Vintage linen luncheon napkins in pale aqua, eBay
A wee little sugar and creamer and little plates, with shells, a gift from my friend Betsy
And this fellow:
Probably nearly 40 years ago, my girlfriend-since-Kindergarten Mardi and I found
this ceramic fish at an arts show on the dock in Greenport Village, on eastern Long Island.
We bought it for my parents to keep at their beach house, which now belongs to me and my siblings.
Be careful what you buy your parents, young'uns. You never know when it will end up in your house!
Wow! These pictures are so old, the walls in the sunroom were still
painted in that gold color; now they are a lovely creamy biscuit color.
Kind of like . . . sand!
Happy Summer! Don't throw in the (beach) towel on the season just yet.
There's lots of beautiful days ahead, lots of corn and tomatoes
still to eat, lots of swimming or boating still to do . . . .
even though the trees at That Old House began losing a few leaves today.
What a revoltin' development. -- Cass
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