Dining al fresco, my new tabletop has arrived and a winner!

Hi there, boy its been one heck of a busy week. First things first, here’s the lucky winner of the gift certificate to Nancy’s Daily Dish giveaway, congrats goes to……..

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Result:

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I love Nancy’s shop and blog. I would choose the Mason’s Vista Dog Park Couples red plate. Debra C. chedeb5353@hotmail.com
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.


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Sooooooo happy its Friday….. I am glad the week is over, I need some downtime in a big way. The weather has truly been all over the map as I know it has in many parts of the country. We have had 82 and sunny one day and today it’s a cold 48 and rainy……..all in one week! I think the flowers and plants are quite confused as to whether or not they should make their debut! I for one cannot wait until the warmer weather is here for good….which makes me instantly crave eating outdoors, one of the perks of the late spring and summer months which leads me to my post today……

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I had given a little preview of the beautiful new melamine dishes I was waiting on….by far the most beautiful I have ever seen! So naturally I was super excited about carrying them, well I am happy to report that as of today, they are up for sale in my shop! I am really thrilled about this line, not only do they look and feel like real pottery but they are dishwasher safe, doesn’t get better. The glasses also look like real glass….this entire set might well become my every day set! Here’s a look at some of the new items, click here to see the entire line in my online shop. Tah dah……..




Can you believe it’s melamine? And it even feels like pottery….I am still amazed! And to whet your appetite for dining outdoors, thought it would be fun to take a look at all the beautiful ways to entertain outside. Don’t you just love eating outdoors? I love planning a meal al fresco. How about you? Always love to know your thoughts…..


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?Love mixing natural element like wicker and net with cool blues…so pretty! Pottery Barn

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? This is totally magical. I love seeing a table draped in a beautiful tablecloth, yes even outdoors!

?No flowers? Even a few potted herb plants looks beautiful in an al fresco setting! Pottery Barn

?Big fan of rattan and wicker serving pieces…can make even the simplest of dishes look soooo good!

?I am a big fan of oversized glass dispensers, just chilled water filed with lemon and lime slices looks so wonderful! PB

?Love the way a pop of yellow added to any outdoor setting gives it such a cheerful feel, Pottery Barn

Love the idea of adding a beautiful patterned tablecloth to an outdoors setting to dress it up a little…..so pretty!


Crisp white and blue with a pop of yellow always works! Centsational Girl

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?Beautiful natural elements with lots of earthy texture make this setting just dreamy, Rinfret

?Adore these glasses…….one thing I want to buy this season! Global Amici
?Love how fresh and fun these colors feel! Eddie Ross

Love the way a seaside theme was carried out….gorgeous! Moonlight and magnollias

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?I also like the idea of using all white and then adding a bold graphic element to the table, Wedding Wire

Using a pretty functional tiered container for a mini raw bar is a fabulous idea!

?When you have a beautiful setting like this, a large pair of hurricanes and a set of rattan placemats does the trick!Williams Sonoma

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I love the idea of adding something as simple as a fern leaf or any type of greenery to dress up a setting!

?Love the idea of beautiful, unique serving piece….like the salad being served in the giant clamshell! Williams Sonoma




Love the idea of large tall lanterns on a table, not only is the lighting gorgeous but it gives great height to a decorative element for the table,? Wedding wire

Have you ever seen a rustic wood log slice look so elegant? Love it for an outdoor setting!?
?Yes please! I love the idea of taking simple glasses and filling them with tall skinny breadsticks, easy! Lynn Butler
Pick a bold color to accent on a table…it gives a lot of great drama!
?Love the layered effect here…simply stunning! One Kings Lane
Now here is a few examples of how stunning my newest line looks for al fresco dining…Just love it and cannot wait to set up? my own table!

Have I gotten you in the mood to plan a little al fresco meal of your own? I cannot wait until mother nature decides once and for all to allow the mild weather to stay put, so we can all start planning our little outdoor soirees! I for one, cannot wait because we all know everything tastes better al fresco! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping in and thank you Nancy for your wonderful and generous giveaway!
Also if you missed some of my gorgeous (mostly silver) new arrivals from yesterday, click here, a few pieces still left. Talk to you soon!
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Dining al fresco, my new tabletop has arrived and a winner!

Hi there, boy its been one heck of a busy week. First things first, here’s the lucky winner of the gift certificate to Nancy’s Daily Dish giveaway, congrats goes to……..
 

Result:

59

I love Nancy’s shop and blog. I would choose the Mason’s Vista Dog Park Couples red plate. Debra C. chedeb5353@hotmail.com
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.

 
Sooooooo happy its Friday….. I am glad the week is over, I need some downtime in a big way. The weather has truly been all over the map as I know it has in many parts of the country. We have had 82 and sunny one day and today it’s a cold 48 and rainy……..all in one week! I think the flowers and plants are quite confused as to whether or not they should make their debut! I for one cannot wait until the warmer weather is here for good….which makes me instantly crave eating outdoors, one of the perks of the late spring and summer months which leads me to my post today……
 
I had given a little preview of the beautiful new melamine dishes I was waiting on….by far the most beautiful I have ever seen! So naturally I was super excited about carrying them, well I am happy to report that as of today, they are up for sale in my shop! I am really thrilled about this line, not only do they look and feel like real pottery but they are dishwasher safe, doesn’t get better. The glasses also look like real glass….this entire set might well become my every day set! Here’s a look at some of the new items, click here to see the entire line in my online shop. Tah dah……..

Can you believe it’s melamine? And it even feels like pottery….I am still amazed! And to whet your appetite for dining outdoors, thought it would be fun to take a look at all the beautiful ways to entertain outside. Don’t you just love eating outdoors? I love planning a meal al fresco. How about you? Always love to know your thoughts…..
 

 Love mixing natural element like wicker and net with cool blues…so pretty! Pottery Barn
 

  This is totally magical. I love seeing a table draped in a beautiful tablecloth, yes even outdoors!

 No flowers? Even a few potted herb plants looks beautiful in an al fresco setting! Pottery Barn

 Big fan of rattan and wicker serving pieces…can make even the simplest of dishes look soooo good!

 I am a big fan of oversized glass dispensers, just chilled water filed with lemon and lime slices looks so wonderful! PB

 Love the way a pop of yellow added to any outdoor setting gives it such a cheerful feel, Pottery Barn

Love the idea of adding a beautiful patterned tablecloth to an outdoors setting to dress it up a little…..so pretty!

Crisp white and blue with a pop of yellow always works! Centsational Girl
 

 Beautiful natural elements with lots of earthy texture make this setting just dreamy, Rinfret

 Adore these glasses…….one thing I want to buy this season! Global Amici
 Love how fresh and fun these colors feel! Eddie Ross

Love the way a seaside theme was carried out….gorgeous! Moonlight and magnollias
 

 I also like the idea of using all white and then adding a bold graphic element to the table, Wedding Wire

Using a pretty functional tiered container for a mini raw bar is a fabulous idea!

 When you have a beautiful setting like this, a large pair of hurricanes and a set of rattan placemats does the trick!Williams Sonoma

                Love the idea of fun and whimsical serving pieces like this one from Pottery Barn

I love the idea of adding something as simple as a fern leaf or any type of greenery to dress up a setting!

 Love the idea of beautiful, unique serving piece….like the salad being served in the giant clamshell! Williams Sonoma

Love the idea of large tall lanterns on a table, not only is the lighting gorgeous but it gives great height to a decorative element for the table,  Wedding wire

Have you ever seen a rustic wood log slice look so elegant? Love it for an outdoor setting! 
 Yes please! I love the idea of taking simple glasses and filling them with tall skinny breadsticks, easy! Lynn Butler
Pick a bold color to accent on a table…it gives a lot of great drama!
 Love the layered effect here…simply stunning! One Kings Lane
Now here is a few examples of how stunning my newest line looks for al fresco dining…Just love it and cannot wait to set up  my own table!

Have I gotten you in the mood to plan a little al fresco meal of your own? I cannot wait until mother nature decides once and for all to allow the mild weather to stay put, so we can all start planning our little outdoor soirees! I for one, cannot wait because we all know everything tastes better al fresco! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping in and thank you Nancy for your wonderful and generous giveaway!
Also if you missed some of my gorgeous (mostly silver) new arrivals from yesterday, click here, a few pieces still left. Talk to you soon!
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Guest posting today over at Chic Coastal Living!

Don’t forget about the awesome giveaway from Angelas Garden!

Happy Wednesday morning! A reminder that I am over at Desiree’s wonderful blog, Chic Coastal Living today. I hope you will visit my post on spring entertaining! (if spring ever comes that is:) Click here to visit me.


Chic Coastal Living is like? a big breath of fresh ocean air…..always something beautiful, crisp, clean and fabulous going on over there so I was both honored and flattered that lovely Desiree chose me to be a contributing editor.?
In case you missed my post yesterday with house updates and a wonderful giveaway opportunity, do click here! (you must leave a comment on that post to be eligible)
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day.
Here’s a sneak peek at my guest post………click here to come on over!

See you over there!! Remember also to all my shop customers, please send in your pictures of your homes/rooms using products you have bought from me.? I would love to add them to my online gallery!! Click here to email me your pictures.

And here to visit me over at Chic Coastal Living…see you over there!

Giveaway details…….

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GIVEAWAY!! Are you still with me? Finally a wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angelas garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion!?

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To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,? click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce? the lucky winner on Saturday morning!

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All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.

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And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

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Guest posting today over at Chic Coastal Living!

Don’t forget about the awesome giveaway from Angelas Garden!

Happy Wednesday morning! A reminder that I am over at Desiree’s wonderful blog, Chic Coastal Living today. I hope you will visit my post on spring entertaining! (if spring ever comes that is:) Click here to visit me.

Chic Coastal Living is like  a big breath of fresh ocean air…..always something beautiful, crisp, clean and fabulous going on over there so I was both honored and flattered that lovely Desiree chose me to be a contributing editor. 
In case you missed my post yesterday with house updates and a wonderful giveaway opportunity, do click here! (you must leave a comment on that post to be eligible)
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day.
Here’s a sneak peek at my guest post………click here to come on over!

See you over there!! Remember also to all my shop customers, please send in your pictures of your homes/rooms using products you have bought from me I would love to add them to my online gallery!! Click here to email me your pictures.

And here to visit me over at Chic Coastal Living…see you over there!

Giveaway details…….

 
 
GIVEAWAY!! Are you still with me? Finally a wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angelas garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion! 
 
To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,  click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce  the lucky winner on Saturday morning!
 
All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.
 

 

And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

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The incredible, wonderous, beautiful great outdoors and we have a winner!



ITS GIVEAWAY DAY!!!! I used random. org to select a winner……I am thrilled to announce the winner of the lovely chair from Safavieh is……



My follower…….FIDJI FROM THE BLOG, IRRESISTIBLE PARIS



Please step forward to claim your prize so that I can make the arrangements to have Safavieh deliver your newest addition! (I could not locate your email address so left a message on your blog)



CONGRATULATIONS!





Finally feeling almost fully back to normal and its full steam ahead, many house appts. today, heading to cabinet maker for kitchen color choices…wish me luck!

I don’t know about you but I am really craving being outside in the fresh spring or summer air, strolling with?my dog, sipping on a light tropical drink (granted I don’t often stroll with a tropical drink but it sure sounds good), feeling the surge of the warm crisp air, taking in the beauty of the green grass and flowering trees and bushes. We here in NY, received a gift from the weather Gods, two unusually mild days, back to back and I think its put a little pep in every ones step!?

?I am longing for winter to go! Its been a long one for nearly all of us and for many of us in the most unexpected places, hello Virginia, Atlanta, Texas just to name a few……so today, for all you weary souls…. I make a tribute to fabulous outdoor spaces. Country, mountains, ranch or farmland, the Islands, the coast…wherever, there are so many fabulous outdoor settings that truly take my breath away. I can easily find something in each of these pictures to draw inspiration from. I cannot wait to be in the great outdoors and when you do, why not make it every bit as fabulous as the indoors? Outdoor living is bigger than ever and the industry as a whole is growing by leaps and bounds…so here are a few inspirational if not envy provoking images of some amazingly inviting outdoor spaces..enjoy! Do you have a favorite and if so, what can you see yourself doing in that space? I will go with number 1, and I can see myself and six other couples having a wine tasting dinner al fresco, on a perfect early summer night, light jazz music serenading us from the distance……?



Suzanne Tucker did a stunning job on this winery covered loggia/outdoor entertaining space in the Silicon Valley, outdoors at its best…so lush!
This pretty brick walled columned covered porch is intimate and inviting with a pretty limestone fireplace and a front row seat to the pool
Architect Hakan Habif designed this stunning outdoor space in Turkey, overlooking the Aegean Sea…..love the furniture and interesting “trunk coffee tables”….stunning!
One of my all time favorites, Tuscany inspired high elevated outdoor porch in California..dreamy by Craig White
Love how the outdoors and indoors become one in this bay area outdoors space…..what a view of the Golden Gate Bridge! Agins Interiors
Love this! Under an grape vine pergola….fabulous, elegant and sooo inviting! I could happily have every meal at this table!
Jacques Dizier brings the outside in with disappearing glass walls that incorporate the stunning living room into the outside terrace to become one, overlooking the Pacific….beautiful soft colors make the setting serene and focus on the breathtaking vistas
Bring me my Mai Tai and I am all set….beautiful outdoor space on Maui, Architectural Digest
This stunning large scaled covered porch off this home off the coast of the Carolinas, is situated to take advantage of water views on each side….love the warm colors used here, Shope Reno and Wharton
Beautiful covered porch with fireplace by William Stubbs is ?picturesque poolside
This sunny inviting space is in Napa Valley by Lori O’Kane Backen
This attractive Hamptons home boasts a beautiful indoor/outdoor area with pretty dark green wicker furniture…makes me long for a summer day Architectural Digest
Pretty outdoor space overlooks the Inter coastal in Palm Beach by Geoffrey Bradfield
Jacque Dizier created this sumptuous wood and stone covered trellis outdoor dining area…perfect. How gorgeous is that view in the distance of the Napa vineyards?
Chers “drool worthy” covered porch looks out onto the infinity pool and ocean…one word WOW!
Juan Pablo Molyneaux created this lush oasis full of beautiful greenery on a stone terrace overlooking the French countryside, give me a stash of magazines and a cup of good French coffee and I am good to go!
This beautiful outdoor patio has a tree growing right through the roof, but blends beautifully with the natural, neutral colored furnishings. Architectural Digest
Designer Bunny Williams created this inviting cozy old fashioned feeling covered porch complete with outdoor fireplace…the candles give it a nice glow on a cool summer evening
Mark Boone created this beautiful covered porch/loggia…beautiful against the dramatic tall dark wood cased doors
This would have to be kind of like, the ultimate in outdoor entertaining, don’t you think? With the expansive outdoor terraces, the fireplace seating area, the pool, and the ocean beyond…pretty dreamy I would say! ?Agins Interiors (just in case you are wondering who this belongs to, its belongs to Restoration Hardware’s CEO….yep, you probably helped pay for this!)
Barbara Barry created this beautiful monochromatic rear terrace overlooking Montecito, CA
Gorgeous indoor/outdoor pavilion in this Kona home is done by Mary Philpotts McGrath
Pretty seating area on simple stone patio….calm and serene
Robert Stern designed this dramatic neo classic section of a home that doubles as a dramatic and beautiful pool house
Breathtaking Moroccan inspired terrace off Sicily overlooks the tranquil Tyrrhenian
Frankly you don’t need to do much here because of the out of this world spectacular view, but the pretty rounded patio takes advantage of a 360 degree view….perfect!
Wishing you a wonderfully enchanting weekend and congratulations Fidgi!





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The incredible, wonderous, beautiful great outdoors and we have a winner!


ITS GIVEAWAY DAY!!!! I used random. org to select a winner……I am thrilled to announce the winner of the lovely chair from Safavieh is……

My follower…….FIDJI FROM THE BLOG, IRRESISTIBLE PARIS

Please step forward to claim your prize so that I can make the arrangements to have Safavieh deliver your newest addition! (I could not locate your email address so left a message on your blog)

CONGRATULATIONS!


Finally feeling almost fully back to normal and its full steam ahead, many house appts. today, heading to cabinet maker for kitchen color choices…wish me luck!
I don’t know about you but I am really craving being outside in the fresh spring or summer air, strolling with my dog, sipping on a light tropical drink (granted I don’t often stroll with a tropical drink but it sure sounds good), feeling the surge of the warm crisp air, taking in the beauty of the green grass and flowering trees and bushes. We here in NY, received a gift from the weather Gods, two unusually mild days, back to back and I think its put a little pep in every ones step! 
 I am longing for winter to go! Its been a long one for nearly all of us and for many of us in the most unexpected places, hello Virginia, Atlanta, Texas just to name a few……so today, for all you weary souls…. I make a tribute to fabulous outdoor spaces. Country, mountains, ranch or farmland, the Islands, the coast…wherever, there are so many fabulous outdoor settings that truly take my breath away. I can easily find something in each of these pictures to draw inspiration from. I cannot wait to be in the great outdoors and when you do, why not make it every bit as fabulous as the indoors? Outdoor living is bigger than ever and the industry as a whole is growing by leaps and bounds…so here are a few inspirational if not envy provoking images of some amazingly inviting outdoor spaces..enjoy! Do you have a favorite and if so, what can you see yourself doing in that space? I will go with number 1, and I can see myself and six other couples having a wine tasting dinner al fresco, on a perfect early summer night, light jazz music serenading us from the distance…… 

Suzanne Tucker did a stunning job on this winery covered loggia/outdoor entertaining space in the Silicon Valley, outdoors at its best…so lush!
This pretty brick walled columned covered porch is intimate and inviting with a pretty limestone fireplace and a front row seat to the pool
Architect Hakan Habif designed this stunning outdoor space in Turkey, overlooking the Aegean Sea…..love the furniture and interesting “trunk coffee tables”….stunning!
One of my all time favorites, Tuscany inspired high elevated outdoor porch in California..dreamy by Craig White
Love how the outdoors and indoors become one in this bay area outdoors space…..what a view of the Golden Gate Bridge! Agins Interiors
Love this! Under an grape vine pergola….fabulous, elegant and sooo inviting! I could happily have every meal at this table!
Jacques Dizier brings the outside in with disappearing glass walls that incorporate the stunning living room into the outside terrace to become one, overlooking the Pacific….beautiful soft colors make the setting serene and focus on the breathtaking vistas
Bring me my Mai Tai and I am all set….beautiful outdoor space on Maui, Architectural Digest
This stunning large scaled covered porch off this home off the coast of the Carolinas, is situated to take advantage of water views on each side….love the warm colors used here, Shope Reno and Wharton
Beautiful covered porch with fireplace by William Stubbs is  picturesque poolside
This sunny inviting space is in Napa Valley by Lori O’Kane Backen
This attractive Hamptons home boasts a beautiful indoor/outdoor area with pretty dark green wicker furniture…makes me long for a summer day Architectural Digest
Pretty outdoor space overlooks the Inter coastal in Palm Beach by Geoffrey Bradfield
Jacque Dizier created this sumptuous wood and stone covered trellis outdoor dining area…perfect. How gorgeous is that view in the distance of the Napa vineyards?
Chers “drool worthy” covered porch looks out onto the infinity pool and ocean…one word WOW!
Juan Pablo Molyneaux created this lush oasis full of beautiful greenery on a stone terrace overlooking the French countryside, give me a stash of magazines and a cup of good French coffee and I am good to go!
This beautiful outdoor patio has a tree growing right through the roof, but blends beautifully with the natural, neutral colored furnishings. Architectural Digest
Designer Bunny Williams created this inviting cozy old fashioned feeling covered porch complete with outdoor fireplace…the candles give it a nice glow on a cool summer evening
Mark Boone created this beautiful covered porch/loggia…beautiful against the dramatic tall dark wood cased doors
This would have to be kind of like, the ultimate in outdoor entertaining, don’t you think? With the expansive outdoor terraces, the fireplace seating area, the pool, and the ocean beyond…pretty dreamy I would say!  Agins Interiors (just in case you are wondering who this belongs to, its belongs to Restoration Hardware’s CEO….yep, you probably helped pay for this!)
Barbara Barry created this beautiful monochromatic rear terrace overlooking Montecito, CA
Gorgeous indoor/outdoor pavilion in this Kona home is done by Mary Philpotts McGrath
Pretty seating area on simple stone patio….calm and serene
Robert Stern designed this dramatic neo classic section of a home that doubles as a dramatic and beautiful pool house
Breathtaking Moroccan inspired terrace off Sicily overlooks the tranquil Tyrrhenian
Frankly you don’t need to do much here because of the out of this world spectacular view, but the pretty rounded patio takes advantage of a 360 degree view….perfect!
Wishing you a wonderfully enchanting weekend and congratulations Fidgi!



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