Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A friend for lunch ~


Hello!  Is anyone else shocked at how fast the Summer is going??!!  I can hardly believe the kids will be going off to school in 2 weeks!  Things have been so busy around here lately, that I can hardly catch my breath some days :)

So, when I set a date to have a friend over for lunch the other day, I decided that I would make an effort to create a special little space for us to catch up in and slow down for a little while...




I set up a garden inspired space for us in the bay window in my studio.  It was the perfect spot to enjoy a few hours!  I added some paper butterflies to the curtains to add to the" summery" atmosphere, and dragged my favorite old birdcage in to the studio as well...adding some flowers to it...




I'm still on my vintage map kick, so I used those plus some fresh herbs from the garden to top the plates.  Lavender and mint both last a long time without being in water, so they are good choices for something like this...




Raspberry lemonade and sparkling wine made the afternoon seem festive!



And fresh flowers are always a must.  I grow these gomphrena fireworks flowers every year and I love them!  They are a very long lasting cut flower and even survived in the birdcage all day with no water at all!











Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

:) Tracey

129 comments:

Chrissy said...

Tracey..you are a gifted soul! How special anyone would feel to be your guest!Love it!! x0x0x

Katy Noelle said...

Absolutely refreshingly beautiful! Happy times!

Love, Katy Noelle

ANETTESHUS.COM said...

WOW!! How lovely!!! Looove the photos, Tracey! What type of camera and lens are you using?

xo
ANETTE:)

My Yellow House said...

This is absolutely beautiful...what a special friend you are to create such a beautiful afternoon! I just love your thoughtfulness with all the pretty details you added ~
Lunch at your house looks like such a treat!
I had a couple of gals over yesterday for brunch and it's always so much fun to treat them to a pretty escape for a little while. :)
Sarah

Laura said...

Stunning... Your friend is very lucky! Lx

cityfarmer said...

I'm swoon-ing over those bistro chairs ....

b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. setting

chasity said...

it's beautiful tracey.
what a treat to get to have a meal at your home.
the lemonade looks absolutely beautiful and refreshing.

perfect little setting for two friends to catch up.

trash talk said...

I bow before the queen of tablescaping! I swear...I want to be a guest of yours and feel pampered beyond belief!
I love gomphrena as well. Survives the Texas heat and dries beautifully!
Debbie

Gaia said...

Such a beautiful setting! Photo's are beautiful, too!

Preppy Mama said...

Lovely! What a lucky friend! Have a wonderful week!

manon 21 said...

Demain j'arrive....avec un peu de soleil de Provence.

Amitiés


manon

Sheila said...

I could look at these photos all day! I love your setting & the butterflys! Makes me want to have my friend over for lunch, but I can't compete with you! Enjoy the end of the summer...

koralee said...

So beautiful..what a lucky and blessed friend you have to share such joy with you.
You really amaze me sweet one. xoxoxo

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Just beautiful!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Dyche Designs said...

It all looks so pretty.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Simple, sweet and lovely! Perfect little details. I would love to come to lunch!

sandra lee said...

Such a sweet and beautiful little setting for two friends. The menu sounds great and love the mint and lavender on your glasses. Thanks for sharing!

Anne Marie said...

Hi Tracey! It's all so beautiful!! wow!!! I would certainly say it looks perfect. appropriate for a good friend...you can see how much effort you put into it - and I love the little desert table on the side...that's lovely.......

A House and Home said...

I hope your friend feels honored! My CSA grows those flowers, and I was wondering what they were called. Thanks!

Jackie said...

your friend surely must have felt so special and blessed! It is so much fun to do something so special for a friend! It blesses us as well as them!

Lissa said...

that's so beautiful that it doesn't even look real!

Anji Johnston said...

I want to be your friend! Seriously - you are an absolute inspiration every day. Your ideas and style are so unique. Thank you for being a constant source of all things special.

La said...

Beautiful! Love those chairs. Your table looks so inviting, fresh, and peaceful.

Have a wonderful day! La

Anji Johnston said...

Me again! Just noticed that you left a message on my blog about the paint color in your bedroom - thank you! And yes, it was the color of your room that I wanted. Just heavenly! Thanks again Tracey - off to paint my bedroom if I ever finish my flooring (still a disaster!).

Myszka said...

I would be delighted to have lunch in such a beautiful composition!!!!

DustyLu said...

I so enjoy your talents! Keep it comin! Such an inspiration. ~lulu

Jeannine said...

This is so beautiful in its simplicity

Fearless Nester said...

I'm always so amazed at what you come up with. That was pure bliss to ooooh and aaaaah over! You are such an inspiration. ~Lili

Marie said...

Omigoodness! What a very pretty setup! Can I be your friend Tracey? Just so I could learn from your creativity. Anyways, I'm really loving your set up there. Hey and stop by sometime...I've made some french macarons ala Laduree ;)
-marie

Lorrie said...

Beautifully done! I'm sure your friend felt suitably spoiled and appreciated.

Vintage Junky said...

I love this! The maps are a great addition!

Olive Cooper said...

you had me at raspberries and wine...olive♥

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Wow Tracey! You are so talented and very special, your friend must have felt so honored :)
XO
Kristin

Amy said...

Your friend is very lucky to have you has a lunch buddy.
It all looks so amazing, like a little balcony in france.
I am meeting my friend today for lunch but it is Chipotle and Margaritas, not so fancy huh?
LOL
Have fun
Amy

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

What a fabolous,romantic setting.
LOVE it!
Francesca

Vintage Home said...

...Wonderful for you & your friend!...special times and such a special spot!...I love the idea of the butterfires on the curtains ...lovely!...Colleen

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Love your simple yet elegant tablescapes. You really set a beautiful table!

Florence said...

Beautiful setting for a special friend. Thanks for sharing. Florence

Anita said...

So, when can I come for lunch? You always set it up so beautifully. I love the flowers and even did a google on them- they would add a little color to my garden. Planning for next year already in the garden!

It's me said...

I wish i was your friend...and take a seat in that beautiful decorated room.........and have lunch with you..........it looks so good!!! it feels so good!!! it taste so good !!...i wish....i wish.........love Ria

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What a wonderful treat for your friend...lucky friend ;o)

Lille vildand said...

This is art!!
Thank you for your kind comment om my blog.
I love being here!
♥Jannicke

Lolo said...

I always enjoy your beautiful pictures Tracey :) Do you grow all of your wildflowers on your property?? I love them all! Especially in the birdcage - so sweet... Thanks for sharing :D

Erin Elizabeth said...

All so very gorgeous! This post made my day:)

ChRiS said...

i would stay for supper.....

La Belle Vie said...

That is gorgeous!!! I love the birdcage! I bought one myself this summer and I love the way it looks!

You have an amazing eye!!! Thanks for sharing!

http://www.labellevie-j.com/

Jboo said...

So lovely! I'll bet your friend was delighted! And what a great menu!

Janet

Cabin and Cottage said...

Beautiful. . . and inspiring. . . Glad I stopped by--Jacqueline

paperbird said...

Tracey so sorry I missed lunch but hopefully I can make it next time because it looked SOOOOOOO FABULOUS! You are amazing!

Simply Bungalow said...

So beautiful. I love the table setting!

seabold vintage market said...

so simple . . . soooo beautiful!! . . . such a special thing to do for a friend!!

Rozmeen said...

You are se talanted!!!

Hugs,
Rozmeen

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

This pretty little corner would make any friend feel special and welcome! How lovely to take the time to create a such a beautiful atmosphere for conversation and lunch!
:)

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Simply splendid!
And is that the divine blue striped table runner I just ordered from you?
I sure hope so! :-)

Have a beautiful week!
Anne

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

I could look at your pictures all day!

Sandi said...

Just stunning Tracey! I will be your friend...lol!!
Hugs~

jem jemmy said...

that looks amazing!

Tamara said...

Everything is pretty, but please tell me about the cup and saucer!

Jenny @ Baileyandme2 said...

i *honestly* think this is the prettiest party i have ever laid eyes on.
do you think i could feature this as a post, giving you all the credit, of course!!
you. have. a. gift!!
jenny
ilovegk@gmail.com

Beatnheart said...

you are too much for words. Like wow!!!! Wish I could come visit you and get such a royal treatment...You design skills are amazing!!! care in everything you do!!

Jacqui said...

Simply beautiful!!!!

a little bit vintage said...

Such a lovely tablescape! :) I adore those chairs! If you ever need to find another home for them please send them my way! LOL!

Smiles,
Rachel

Country Dreaming said...

SPECTACULAR!!!!
I'd love to have lunch here!

Have a nice evening.

Melinda

Polly said...

It's beautiful! Your friend is a lucky girl!!

Polly

Jamie said...

We all need a friend like you.

Debra@Common Ground said...

So lovely, Tracey, I know you two must have had a special afternoon!
xo,
Debra

Leah C said...

Wow...you really go all out for a lunch date! Lucky friend:) Picture-perfect!

Looking Glass said...

Oooh, wish I could jump right into that last picture right now! It's winter for me right now :-(

~ Clare x

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

You create such loveliness! Love the lavender tied just so around the glass stem. This is beyond pretty.
Brenda

Victoria said...

This is probably one of the most beautiful table settings I have seen...what a gift for your friend.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

What a beautiful table setting, Tracey! I love all the simple little details that make it so special! What a fun time you and your friend must have had.
Thanks for sharing this with us!
Hugs ~ Jo

fernandflora said...

Wow. Can we be friends?! I love all the thought and details you put into your special lunch. The butterflies and herbs and pretty menu board! So special!

traci said...

Oh Tracey. That is the most beautiful table setting I have ever seen. Love, love the maps. Amazing. Your friend is very lucky to have enjoyed your table and your company.

Amy Kinser said...

How beautiful and how special for your friend. Thank you so much for sharing these photos.

The Little Red Shop said...

How lovely, Tracey! You always come up with the sweetest things!

: )

Julie M.

a.love said...

TRACEY!! SO beautiful!! WOW. I felt like I looked at a magazine and I couldn't help but think how special your friend must have felt by such a SPECIAL set up!!! I'm going to sit and stare awhile--slow down myself :)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Your photos are so dreamy, Tracey. You have that romantic touch to photography that I so love. The fresh flowers, bird cage, glasses filled with raspberry lemonade is all something I can imagine in a light- hearted romantic movie set... you know, the old Meg Ryan ones where you just want to move into the set? That's here, thanks for sharing with us.
xo

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang said...

Oh, this is beautiful! I love it!

the REAL girl said...

Tracey,
I just found your blog so I'm only beginning to scratch the surface of it...it's gorgeous and I'm having so much fun reading, admiring the photos, and dreaming. Thank you!
girlgetsreal.blogspot.com

Allison said...

What a lovely table setting and a lovely lunch! What a special way to welcome your friend. Everything is so beautiful. So many nice touches. Loved seeing your photos!

Fräulein Klein said...

Oh, Tracey, What a beautifully set table. Since I would also love to sit!!!!!
Have a wonderful wednesday!!!!
Big Hugs, Yvonne

www.kunsthafen.blogspot.com said...

Hallo!

Really nice blog, i´m happy to find you!

Gúa said...

Ohhh, I love coming here, everytime!
You are such an artist! Your pictures are like paintings, and I feel the magic and just want to see more, and more and more...

Thank you so much for making my days so much brighter!

Huge hugs...

The Pink Poodle said...

Dear Tracey...it is truly beautiful...& it has brought a BIG smile to my face AS I AM very tired of the quite cold winter here in Melbourne (australia)...& literally counting down the days until spring on 1st september..

soo your lovely blog reminded me of summery days to come soon..

xx andrea...ps...paid for my next jeanne darc mag today..

Lee said...

I would be so happy to have friend like you! Nicely done.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

SO beautiful, Tracey. I think you have a secret life as a magazine stylist and you haven't told anyone about it yet :)

LuLu said...

Beautiful!!!!
xo,
LuLu

Debbie said...

So lovely Tracey...you always add all the right little extras to make things special.
Debbie@houseatthelake

the VG huis said...

OOohhh I'd rather have an intimate luncheon like that over a smoe joe restuarant anyday! So nice of you to take the time for your friend : )

Reinspire said...

Stunning!!! I would love to visit a cafe that looked as beautiful as this. I would love a taste of that raspberry lemonade! Do you have the recipe??

Jill Elaine said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. You are such an inspiration!

the growers daughter said...

So nice! Good friends never need to have lunch this way for it to be good, but sometimes it's a nice change from the typical chatter over coffee. It makes it more fun and more of a treat!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Oh, so very pretty! Your pictures always leave me feeling calm. I want to melt right into them.

Robyn said...

2 words. CHARMING. DELIGHTFUL!

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

What a lovely table setting...I'm sure your friend left feeling VERY special ;-)Love the vintage French enamelware pitcher filled with flowers!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Tracie - I soooo agree with Chrissy. You ARE a gifted soul...through and through. I just adore the vignette you set up on that table. That lemonade looks just delicious, and the butterflies are so cute! - and I want a birdcage like that!!!!!!!!! Soooooo vintage!

Love ya girl!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

julie said...

ok! tracey, can i be your friend? what a wonderful wonderful spread! i love every little detail! your friend is very lucky! and your pictures are georgeous! they look like they are from a magazine! what camera do you use? and how do you grow lavendar? xo

Rukmini Roy said...

I could not take my eyes of that soft little corner. It is so, so, so beautiful. It is truly inspiring. You totally are an artist, Tracey.

paige said...

absolutely perfectly lovely
i can't imagine walking in & seeing all the little details and all that beauty....what a lucky friend
xo

AnthonyRosesShabHome said...

You are the best! What a lucky friend you have! Have a great day! Love looking a your blog makes my day so much better

Lara said...

Aw Tracey, your lunch table looks so sweet! The sparkling raspberry lemonade looks so refreshing. I am loving all your details from the sweet paper butterflies to the lavender/mint to the purple flowers in that lovely birdcage.. I'm just so enjoying all your posts! I hope you and your friend had a wonderful afternoon! :)
xoxo, L

Lisa said...

How absolutely delightful!

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Beautiful. Your photos are gorgeous and how special your guest must feel!

~Kathleen

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Your photos greatly confirm the awesomeness of all items aged and donned with great character!

Happy blogging!
Neida

Neida said...

I love your blog! Your photos greatly confirm the awesomeness of all items aged and donned with great character!

Happy blogging!
Neida

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Can I be your friend? What a lovely table. I hope your friend appreciated your efforts.

Jacqueline said...

Dear Tracey,
I love it when you have a friend for lunch....you always make it very special and give us all so much inspiration.
If I ever move near you (not very likely, you'll be pleased to know !! hehe ) could you please invite me to lunch just once ?!! XXXX

found and sewn said...

Lovely table setting. Great blog

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

hello Tracey .. What a wonderful way to treat a friend for lunch, it is truly amazing .. Love it all, especially the beautiful pink glasses .. I wish I lived near you :-)

Burlap Luxe said...

A beautiful european chic lunch...The table, chairs, place settings, lavender and table runner is a recipe for a perfect setting :)

You did an amazing job with this posting.
I am inspired.
Merci'
xx
Dore

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Hi Tracey!
You have another gift! Tablescapes!
It looks like so...much fun!
the paper butterflies are such a precious little touch...You can see them almost as a faded outline in some of the shots and their darling!
Hope you had a wonderful afternoon!
Blessings to you my very talented friend!
Hugs,
Donna
Hugs

Bohemian said...

Such a thoughtful and beautiful spread would make any Guest feel pampered and special... how magical... I'm sure it made for good fellowship over a delightful lunch.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Lisa said...

I just discovered your blog and am so happy to have found you! The pictures and your decor are just beautiful!

Alison said...

Oh what a sweet way to have lunch with a friend. It looks so beautiful - love the mint/lavender combo
Alison

Maggie and Daisy said...

So refreshing. Beautiful vignettes, beverages, settings...lovely.
Alexandra

Low Tide High Style said...

Really beautiful and inspiring Tracey!

Kat :)

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

Oh...I love, love, love your photos! I especially like the one of the table with the baskets in front of it. So pretty :)

gail said...

everything is so beautiful. the soft pinks, the dreamy whites-just heavenly!
adventuresininnkeeping.blogspot.com

*Ulrike* said...

What a beautiful thing to do for a friend! I believe in making it look pretty even if it is just a BBQ!

katrina lauren said...

i am in love with this post...what a beautiful little space for a summer lunch! charming....
k.

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi. I'm so enjoying your blog! Such lovelies! Love your lunch; so special and pretty! Also love your pics ~ beautiful photography!
~ Julie

Coco Coterie said...

All of the colors are so feminine and lovely ~
Alexandra

Sarah said...

What a delightful little lunch setting. I could linger at this table for hours. The menu is perfection! ~ Sarah

gail said...

how utterly beautiful!!!
gail
adventuresininnkeeping.blogspot.com

Diana said...

It's quite evident the love and attention you put into your lunch with your friend. I know she must have felt very special and pampered. Everything was so very charming. I'm glad I discovered your blog...a true feast for the senses.
Tootles
Diana

Jennifer said...

Perfect as always - stirs my imagination and a blessing in talent! Jennifer

Chatelaine said...

What a sweet friend you are! Everything looks perfect. I am sure your friend felt welcome and pampered.

It's me said...

Hi Tracey...i can't give comments on your last three posts ?? is that correct???...hope you have a nice funny weekend.....and owwww that book...Ingela send me one !!! it is so nice !!!....love and hugs from Ria...

Gidget said...

This is so beautiful! Love everything about the table setting. just gorgeous.. :)