Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Red White Blue Patio

For Susan's Tablescape Thursday I decided to post the photos from the photographer of the Buffalo News article that came out last Friday. The patio was set for dinner for 4 with our old "patio" set and burlap covered table. (In the picture above: LEFT TO RIGHT; Chris, Allison, Artie, Scott).

Blue spode china with textured leather placemats, bamboo flatware (I'm telling you this is a favorite of mine this year!!!!) and crystal stemware made for a pretty nice little spot for Scott's tequilla lime turkey tenderloin over spanish rice, black beans, and blue corn tortilla chips. The editor had asked me to put together something that would fit in with the 4th of July coverage were were going to have. So, I paired the red napkin and burlap strapping material over the charger for that red/white/blue patriotic look.
A classic twist, but still red, white and blue. Thanks for visiting, make sure to visit the other tablescapes this week, and if you're able, could someone loan me a few hours? There simply aren't enough in my day! (I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this problem!)

Garden Walk is steadily approaching, and as the hours race forward to Saturday morning, the projects and tasks that have to be completed in a mere 47 hours are mounting. This morning, my "Garden King" was up at the crack of dawn, planting the 6 arborvitae behind the concrete retaining wall at the edge of the patio, last night we spent hours putting together our new Smith & Hawkens Ash dining room furniture for the patio, and tonight (alone) I'll have to finish up assembly of the set.

Then ... planting, moving, planting, mulching, weeding, mowing, edging and cleaning - then maybe - just maybe, we'll be ready for the walk. Now, if you're reading this, and you're in the area ... please feel free to stop by and take a tour of the gardens! I promise it won't disappoint. For those of you who are not in the area - I'll have a pseudo tour posted for you here on Monday!

Pictures of our yard to come soon! Happy Thursday!

32 comments:

  1. I will give you some hours if you give me some energy. Good luck!

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  2. Go Artie, GooOOOooOOOoooo! You're almost at the finish line. Sunday = brunch and lots of lounging.

    You have worked SO hard, and I know it will all get done, it always does, because you are Mr. Amazing.

    Can't wait to see!
    xo Isa

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  3. There's nothing like a EVENT to make you get things done. :) I can't wait to see your pictures.

    I'm having a wedding shower for a friend here on Sunday. I've been poofing the entire house.

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  4. OK, OK .... I'm giving up an hour of my day to you and Scott! Can't wait for photos.

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  5. Go Art-ie,Go Art-ie,Go Art-ie!

    That's my best cheerleader voice from back in the day.....

    Cannot wait to see pictures!!!

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  6. Can't wait to see photos on Monday - remember to have some FUN!.....Jo

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  7. Yes, I am with "Jo"...remember to have fun!!!!

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  8. Oooh ooh ooh, did I read NEW PATIO SET? I cannot wait to seeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!! And I love your red, white and blue setting. Gorgeous!

    Justine :o )

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  9. Look very forward to this Artie. You have been on a GREAT run and we're proud of you!

    I have terrible news! Smith & Hawken stores are all shutting down with their sale starting today!!
    http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/stories/2009/07/06/daily55.html

    G in CT

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  10. Sorry not all the link was printed. Try this one for Smith & Hawken closing all stores:
    http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ ci_12800521

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  11. Artie -- I'd be there in a minute if the prairie were closer.

    But, of course, a couple of weeks ago we were in the same boat -- so much to do and so little time -- but then it all came together.

    I am there in spirit and can't wait for the photos Monday.

    Love your tablescape -- but of course, I would -- those dishes . . . they are wonderful and it is a great take on red white and blue without being so predictible!

    Martha

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  12. You sound like your heading toward Overload!!! Hang in there, it'll all get done. Wish I were close to check it all out. Great scape, especially like the burlap, nice touch, Enjoy, xoxo~Kathy~@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  13. Artie_ I had seen this on your newpaper link! It looks as if you have a close-knit neighborhood (inspired by you two!) Good luck with the garden tour. Can't wait to see it!

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  14. Artie, I love your table, and the bamboo-handled flatware is neat. I have the lighter (used some of it today in my post), but seeing yours, I would love to have the darker, too.

    Is that a piece of the strapping material that goes under chairs that you have under the plate??? That is SO neat. Love how that looks. I saw something done recently with that and loved it. I also like the fact that you have so much texture with these place settings... the woven leather chargers, the strapping material, the bamboo-handled flatware, and the burlap. Very neat. Of course I love blue and white porcelain, too. Your Spode is great! I have Mottahedeh's Canton pattern and really enjoy it. That's what we eat on every day. It makes me SO happy!

    Best of luck with your garden tour. I hope you both can take a break afterwards and rest on your laurels!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...

    XO,

    Sheiila :-)

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  15. Great table, love the burlap cover. Good luck on your garden tour!

    Christi

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  16. Love this, Artie! What a neat way to use burlap...and I'm crazy about your bamboo flatware! The food sounds amazing! I'm off to read more about the news article...very exciting!
    Susan

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  17. I can't wait to see the "finished" garden! You two have been working so hard. There really is nothing like a deadline, a.k.a. company, to keep us on our toes! Way to go. Everything is coming together.

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  18. Evening, Artieness! I almost missed your outside table! Oh, it's so lovely! Love that blue transferware and red napkins. Nice touch with the band around the chargers. There's my Ernest Hemingwayish flatware! I think I saw them first on your blog and I was coveting them, Artie, I really was! Found one set - service for four and want more!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  19. Great use of a small outdoor space! Your tablescape is bold enough to say "4th of July" yet subtle enough to not look cheesy. Very nice! Love that flatware too!

    DD

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  20. Artie, I would give you all the hours in my day tomorrow if I lived closer. I personally hauled a truckload of mulch, by wheelbarrow and pitchfork last month from my driveway to the backyard. I had to "make a yard" for my son's graduation party. It will all get done. You suddenly find energy that you don't know you had. Pride is a wonderful motivator. Can't wait for Monday's post.

    Carol

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  21. Your table is a very upscale, patriotic, red, white and blue. (is that too many commas?). Did you make a skirt for the table too. Thought I saw a glimpse of one, but maybe just my imagination!

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  22. Very nice! Love the burlap table top and the bamboo flatware!

    Katherine

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  23. Very nice job. Sounds like you have been very busy.

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  24. Artie-
    I'm new to this blogging thing...boy am I glad I jumped in today!!! Your use of the burlap strapping is unique. What a great touch...such a contrast to the china. Great job! I as looking forward to seeing your yard...

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  25. Beautiful tablescape Artie!

    I wish I lived in the area to see all your hard work, but since I don't, please take lots of pictures to share with us!
    ☺♥☺ Diane

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  26. Beautiful tablescape Artie!

    I wish I lived in the area to see all your hard work, but since I don't, please take lots of pictures to share with us!
    ☺♥☺ Diane

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  27. Artie,
    I really like the leather chargers and burlap is so popular this year! This would be a great look for a barn dinner party with all my horse friends! Best to you both on the garden walk....it's always worth all the effort! I was sad to read that Smith & Hawkins is going out of business....one of my favorite stores! Don't forget to take a good rest afterward! Luanne

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  28. Your outdoor table setting looks wonderful. Can't wait to see your patio...Christine

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  29. Artie, I love your red, white and blue table! I've got that same darker bamboo flatware, and a lighter version also. I love them both and have been using them a lot.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  30. Wow Artie.. the time has finally come for you to shine... Not that you don't always because you do... Loved your tablescape it was so full of color... Great job! Good Luck today and most important HAVE FUN...

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  31. Delicious and inviting!
    Great job, mon!

    peace~
    Chuck

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