Hope your summer is off to a great start! Are you loving the longer daylight hours? Chief and I are!
Cindy Hattersley came up from central California to spend the night while Howard is away on business. Since I didn't want making dinner to interfere with our "catching up" I assembled a simple Salade Nicoise.
In the morning, I made Ina Garten's potato salad. Then, before dinner, I pan seared fresh tuna and added tomatoes, radishes, Greek olives and steamed snap peas plunged in ice water...all on top of arugula. Little individual pitchers of home-made white balsamic mustard vinaigrette was served on the side.
Look what Cindy gave me as hostess gifts....too much! LOVE it all though.
Fun evening with my pal!
I drew up this neutral backdrop plan so that Sue can change colors with table settings, flowers and accessories.
Here is a before photo. A peninsula closed off the space.
So, it was removed...
And this area was leveled for slate in a random square/rectangular pattern.
The deck is a bit red, but it will fade and I love the pergola painted all white. We still have a few more pillows and the umbrella for the far left corner coming.
The fire pit is from Restoration Hardware. Funny... this larger fire pit was on sale for less than the smaller one.
This is on order... (and on sale right now). It's great as it can be used for a beverage center or to roll over next to the BBQ with a couple kitchen stools to keep the cook company during a party.
Nice place to roast marshmallows when the sun sets.
Soon, the exterior of the home will be painted and that will make a big difference, TBA.
One of these would be nice out here:
Mary Ann's Recipe:
One bottle of dry French Rosé Wine
1/2 cup St. Germaine Liqueur
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
one sliced lemon
1/2 cup chopped watermelon
1/4 cup blueberries
Stir and chill in refrigerator for one hour.
When ready to serve pour into glasses and
add sparkling water to taste (more if you are a light weight like I am)
and a couple ice cubes.
PS. Can anyone recommend a wallpaper hanger for the San Francisco East Bay Area? Thanks.