Yes, I know. It is almost the end of August, and I am just now getting around to showing you the decorating for this month. I apologize, but I wanted to do the giveaway this month, and those posts that went with it came first. Some of you are probably already looking at pumpkins and mums and don’t want to see anything else related to summer!
But summer marches on in full force here in Georgia. Full force with lots of vegetables! This decorating actually started in mid July when tomatoes were coming out of the gardens here by the bucketfuls. (Is bucketfuls really a word??)
I love heirloom tomatoes with their gorgeous range of colors from yellows to reds to even browns. (You can see that here.) So they were the inspiration for this month’s decor, and because I was using garden vegetables, I thought cans made a nice metal accent for my “vases”…
with a few canning jars thrown in for good measure.
A group of my teacher friends went together and gave me a very nice gift certificate to Pottery Barn when I retired in May. Pottery Barn gift cards can also be redeemed at pbkids, PBTeen, and Williams-Sonoma. So I had quite a few stores from which to choose!
I had spied these tomato plates in Williams Sonoma earlier in the summer. They are beautifully hand painted. I knew I wanted several sets of them; so I waited until they were on sale, and then I happily ordered them with my gift card (and I still have some money left on it to spend!)
I mixed a couple of patterns of silver for the flatware, and mason jars just seemed like the perfect choice for our glasses for this farm to table setting.
I loved how the centerpiece with all the vegetables turned out! (Those cardboard berry baskets came from Hobby Lobby I think, but I am not 100% sure.)
I ordered the sets of plates in a couple of different patterns so that I could mix them. (You have to look closely to really be able to tell the difference in them.)
The red and yellow color scheme is also in the kitchen. The little stool there that had been blue earlier in the summer got painted with my wall paint.
Here’s the desk with a few canned vegetables from Fresh Market. Aren’t those labels just perfect for this?
And a recipe for tomato pie just had to go on the chalkboard. Even Garden and Gun magazine went with a cover of tomatoes this month!
And finally, I want you to come out on the porch (even though it is hot as the devil out here!) There has been a domino move of furniture around here lately. Our daughter got the sofa from the playroom. The playroom got the wicker sofa from the porch, and the porch got the wicker loveseat from my classroom when I retired. Got all that? My plans are to paint it the same color as all the other wicker out there when the weather cools off some, and I want to get the cushions recovered as well.
I used more of my new tomato plates out here too.
The fun chalkboard has vegetables listed all around the border.
Love love how this table turned out with the candles and more vegetables!
It is really tooooo hot to be out there in the day, but the early morning and late evening are nice with the fans on.
In my next post, I will share a meal with you that we enjoyed out there with all that tomato goodness (and maybe a recipe or two.)
And one last reminder to enter the giveaway that ends tonight. You can read the details here. All you have to do is leave a comment on a post that publishes between 8/13/2015 and midnight 8/21/15. If you’re reading the post from an email delivered one, you will need to go to the actual website to leave a comment. www.talkofthehouse.com. Click on Leave a Comment. Then scroll to the last comment on the post to leave yours in the comment form. You can enter on all the posts in that date range if you want more chances to win. (Only one comment per post please.) The entry deadline is midnight Eastern time 8/21/15. I will do a random drawing and announce the winner in my next post.
Happy Friday! I hope you have a super weekend as we near the end of this summer season. I’m sorta ready for some fall temps around here….and maybe a few mums. How ’bout you?
Until next time,