Monday, May 24, 2010

SUMMERHOUSE NAUTICAL SUPPER

Off we went to the lake on Friday as The Husband decided the take a three day weekend. It was raining, but that is the perfect time to sit on the covered patio or in the Summerhouse. I'll mention again that the Summerhouse is a freestanding screened in porch and it sits closer to the lake so it has some beautiful views out of the 8 windows (and a lovely breeze). If it gets nippy like it was Friday, the ceiling fan has a heater on it. While we were relaxing in there, The Husband suggested I set up the table and he would make some pub burgers, so I decided I'd look for some nautical things around the house.
I know this bottle isn't nautical, but isn't it cute? My neighbor Susie gave it to me. I lit an ocean blue candle...
...brought out some white wine with a sailboat on the label along with a starfish that I painted and glittered...
...and used some blue and yellow dishes, table runner and napkins.
This is the chippy table and chairs from The Worlds Longest Yard Sale that we went on last summer. I love the robin's egg blue seats. I am going to pop them off and paint the chairs chippy white.
We sipped some wine and true to his word, The Husband grilled our supper. I would have shown you a picture of his plate, but being the Man that he is, he piled it high with pork and beans and applesauce {lovely combo} and it all made a runny mess.
Still raining, I took some pictures of the new family of swans from the porch of the Summerhouse. Look at how their necks form the shape of a heart. And aren't the fuzzy babies precious?
Off they went after turning their beaks up to what was on our plates {!}.


I should have taken pictures, but all day Sunday The Husband worked on making me the most perfect garden plot next to the Summerhouse. Last summer I had a simple row of tomato and basil plants. Yesterday he enlarged the plot to about 12' by 12', maybe larger. It was full of stone and debris from when the area was cleared to build the Summerhouse and he cleaned it all out {I helped him bag a bit of it} and turned the soil over. It's perfect. I can't wait to decide what to plant. I have a ton of bricks and large stones to make a path and pretty border...I am SO excited. And, it's just around the corner from my English garden.


We leave for New Orleans in 2 days and I am so happy to see some new places and just get away. We are going to visit Christine from Christine's Home And Travel Adventures and spend one night as she and her husband John's guests. They live in Natchez, Mississippi, about a 2 hour drive from New Orleans. We may hit Baton Rouge on our way back to N.O. So... I have summer clothes to unpack from storage {It just started getting hot here in Chicago in the last week or so} and get my house clean for the semi~adult children to destroy while we are gone. I simply pray they feed the dogs and the parrot, clean up their dishes, don't leave hair appliances plugged in, don't spill sticky lemonade all over the floor {which I came home to this morning}, and keep Milo from killing the mailman. I need a toilet paper roll to write down
all my rules and reminders.


So Bon Voyage, my friends. I plan to come back with a lot of pictures! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


I am joining Marty, our gracious hostess for Table Top Tuesday.

86 comments:

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Love your white chippy table, it's just perfect! Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

Have a fabulous trip. Your summer house is just heavenly. Even in the rain. I adore your place settings.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hello sweet one! Guess what? I wanted to let you know you won my Hope Pillow giveaway! Yippeee for you! Please when you get chance email me your address so I can send it to you! Thank you! Love your post today too. Beach inspired and very peaceful looking!
Blessings,
Debbie

Stacey said...

Sounds like you are living the life to me! Have a wonderful time in New Orleans. :)

mbkatc230 said...

Love that table! What gorgeous views you have from the summer house, I'm relaxed just looking at your pictures. I can only imagine how restful it must be. Have a great trip, I'm so excited that you will get to stay with Christine. Natchez is a gorgeous city, I know you will love it. Travel safe and bring back LOTS of pictures. Hugs, Kat

winnibriggs said...

What a beautiful setting, both the summerhouse and your table. felt almost as though I was sitting there with you. Enjoy your trip.

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Keep up the wonderful fun and time spent together...I can't wait to have a three day weekend with my hubby!

Shellbelle said...

Gosh, what is there to not adore about this post? Well, maybe the beans and applesauce, but that's all.

Love the chippy table and everything you put on it, including the bottle from your neighbor!

Looks like you're having a wonderful time and now you're getting ready to head to New Orleans, life is sure good, isn't it? I remember eating at a place called Ralph and Kacoo's in Baton Rouge and loving everything. A fancy lookin' place, but the food was down home delicious! Have fun, can't wait to see the pics.

stefanie said...

it is all so gorgeous!! I love the baby swans!

Julie Marie said...

Hello Jane... your lakehouse looks so peaceful and serene... I want to come visit you there! Those swans are beautiful, I love the heartshape they made and their babies are precious!!! Hope you have a wonderful time in New Orleans, and take lots of pictures! xoxo Julie Marie

Lori E said...

I hated leaving my guys at home even though they were older before we did.
There was always something that was a problem. Scraped, dented, sticky, stained. Always something. Aaarrrghh.
They are crappy at the clean up.
Sounds like you guys have accomplished a ton of stuff. Summer will be here before we know it. That big garden will be full of yummy things to eat.

Paula said...

Enjoy your New Orleans trip. I hope you have a fabulous time.

Your weekend sounds very relaxing. You'll have plenty of time to think about your new garden while you are on your trip. Lakeside is probably a good place for veggie growing.

Lorrie said...

Hope you have a fabulous trip Jane. I love the Summerhouse setting for your nautical supper--what a wonderful getaway you have. Nothing is more restful and relaxing than being near water, whether it be lake,river or ocean.

Privet and Holly said...

Blondie! Gorgeous summerhouse and I love the swans! I went to Natchez in April with my mom {not sure if you saw my posts} and the people are just lovely, there! Be sure to visit some of the antebellum homes as they are just SO beautiful. LOVE the history of the town! Have a truly great trip and make 'lots of memories! xx P&H

Marydon Ford said...

What a perfect eve, Jane ... You are going to have a ball in New Orleans ... one busy, fun, exciting, historical place to enjoy. I love every time we go there.

Be safe, have a beautiful trip.

Have a lovely week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

xinex said...

I am so excited cause I get to see you soon, Janie. Your lake house is so nice, so relaxing with a beautiful view. I love the swan family, they are just so graceful. Your table setting is perfect for the atmosphere. BTW, NO is more like 3 hrs from Natchez, unless you are a very fast driver, lol. Just drive carefully! Keep my phone numbers with you....Christine

Kathleen said...

It looks lovely..what wonderful views...I feel relaxed just reading your description!
Did you get the list of things I want from Christine's stash?? You have to be creative..she's on to the extra suitcase..so maybe a really big pocketbook? :)
Have a great time!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhh, that Summer House must be super!!!

Have a great holiday!

>^_^<
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Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

And those baby swans!!!!!

>^_^<
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Dana and Daisy said...

I LOVE this table Jane! I want to drink white wine and eat shrimp at your summer house.

Steve and I looked for lake houses yesterday. oh gosh, it is so hard to find "the perfect one"

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love your table Jane! It is so nautical and cute with the chippy look and the neat runner! The plates too, just perfecto! Have a wonderful time my friend, I can't wait to hear all about your travels and getting to stay with Christine, how cool!
Hugs, Cindy

Charlene said...

Oh The Summer House sounds divine! And I loved the swan family. We have a small pond & our neighbors bought what they THOUGHT were swans... NOT! They were geese & they are not charming & they are VERY LOUD & MEAN! I would rather have swans. OH HOW I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR LAKE HOUSE & SUMMER HOUSE! It sounds so romantic. Hope you have fun in Lousiana. Can't wait to see the photos. And thanks for the encouragement of setting up an Etsy shop. HUGS! Charlene

Sailing Simply said...

I certainly enjoyed your tablesetting! Very nicely done! How was the wine? That would be fun to look for that wine at the store and serve it at the sailing club. I hope you have a great time and enjoy your trip!

Maryrose said...

Hi Jane,
Have an outstanding New Orleans adventure. Looks like you and the husband had the perfect start to your adventure right at home at the lake. I am looking forward to hearing all about your trip.
Your pics of the swans were great and loved your chippy tablescape.
Stay safe
Maryrose

Gypsy Heart said...

Everything looks so cool and relaxing there and your table is beautiful too! Such a wonderful place to get away from all the "stuff", right? :-)

Definitely take your summer clothes on this trip! We're having a LOT of warmer temps now, 90's, and tons of humidity. I can only imagine what it's like in NOLA. It will be fun for you, that's for sure! By all means, go to Baton Rouge while you're in the area. I love all the places you've mentioned and there's absolutely nothing like the food! It is to die for ~ :-)

Enjoy and yes, by all means, please take lots of pictures. I know you're going to have a blast!

xoxo
Pat

Tennis Girl said...

Jane,
Have a great time and I look forward to your return and the pictures! I love those swans and their babies and your beautiful little table. :)
xo
Robin

Pondside said...

Have a great time, Jane!
Your little summerhouse looks like the perfect place for a quiet summer supper - perfect.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl I know you will have a wonderful trip and getting to see Christine again...you can tell us all about her pool ha ha!! Now those swans are just darling and the babies...do you feed them...Loved your table you put together with just stuff you already had...I pray all is well in your world my dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Jane, I love your beautiful lake house, and your table setting looks so nice. I love your chippy table and I bet the chairs will great painted. I hope you and your husband enjoy your trip.
Hugz,
Kim

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
Your summer place sounds so perfect for relaxing and fun. I love the little table and chairs and I think painting the chairs white will really look good.

The swans on the lake are so pretty and it's wonderful that you are going to have a garden.

Have a wonderful trip and I can't wait to see your photos.

hugs
Sissie

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Jane, your pictures are so relaxing. Just serene and lovely....calming! Your sign is gorgeous!

I love it allllllllllll!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a pretty setting. I've never heard of a ceiling fan with a heater -- sounds like a great idea -- have a wonderful trip.

Debbie said...

Looks fabulous Jane! I love the sign, it really set the stage for the table....Have a wonderful weekend.

Pamela said...

Hi Jane!
Love the table setting!! Nautical is becoming a favourite of mine.
How wonderful having those swans to watch...they are beautiful.

Have a wonderful and safe trip and i hope you come back to a CLEAN house and well fed dog!!
Pamela xo

myletterstoemily said...

what a lovely rainy weekend!

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Oh, how pretty. I love your pretty white table and how you've set it up! Have a great trip.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Kerry said...

Oh that just looks too wonderful for words...and that hubby of yours...he's a good one!

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Jane, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment on my "Angel of a "Thrifty" kind! I didn't paint the nightstand, I wish I had(haven't done decorating painting in years). I bought it at Home Goods a few months ago and I have another one that matches (but it is a little cabinet without drawers) on the other side of the bed. You can see it in the last picture of my post. If I come across another bird tea light I will pick it up for you. I know I've seen them in blue, yellow and green. Have a wonderful week!
Hugz,
Kim

Natasha said...

That table is so cute and the chairs will fabulous all white to go with it.

I hope your trip is full of happy times and lots of fun!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh, the swan family is so precious, loved seeing them. How blessed you are to have your summer place, It looks like heaven to me. Have a wonderful vacation and enjoy the getaway!
xo,
Debra

Theresa said...

Love your place, I always enjoy my visit there:) The swans are gorgeous! Reckon I will fit in your suitcase, sounds like I would love to tag along! Have a blessed day and a safe journey! HUGS!

Maggie B said...

What a restful place your Summerhouse must be, the table set for a simple supper a deux, just perfect.
The swan family are adorable, you got some great shots of them all.
Have a wonderful time in New Orleans, I hope you'll share photo's of the trip on your return.
~Maggie~

scribbler-unfocused said...

I really enjoyed this post! Your little table looks like the one in the tiny kitchen of the house where I grew up, only Daddy was not into "chippy" -- he kept it painted! You are one lucky person to have this great place at the lake.

Have fun in NOLA.

Scribbler

Karen said...

My dream of owning a cabin will just have to be lived through you. This was a perfect post. All of it. Loved the details, right down to the glittered starfish. Your hubby does spoil you so!
Have a wonderful time in New orleans. I'll get there someday!
Talk to you soon! Karen

Debbie said...

Oh Jane~~I LOVE your table and setting! The chairs will look great painted white.
Have a wonderful time on your trip. Looking forward to your pictures.
LOVE,love,love the sign on the table!!!!
Hugs,
Debbie@houseatthelake

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

oh wow.. love that table and its setting.. so glad you're having a good time.. enjoy every moment~!
hugs
Sonny

AshTreeCottage said...

Your table and chairs are just perfect!! Have a wonderful time in New Orleans and the Old South!! Take lots of pics to share!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Sue said...

I love love love that chippy table and your setting!! Doing over the chairs will make it even better. How fun to spend the weekend away here. I hope you have loads of fun on your New Orleans trip. Say hi to Christine for me! LOL Oh, and tell those kids of yours not to trash the place TOO much....
big hugs, Sue

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your table set in the summer kitchen is just gorgeous. I love all the wonderful nautical elements you included. Beautiful chippy table. Have a super time on your trip. I know you will have a ball with Christine, she is the neatest lady. I can't wait to see all the pictures. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Sherry said...

Your table is very nice! It strikes a perfect balance with the vintage beach look. I could see it over at Faded Charm's White Wednesday. I just love what you did here. Have a wonderful trip. Going to tour any of those Natchez Plantations? They are beautiful.

Jan LaFollette said...

Thanks for visiting today! Your summer house looks like a wonderful get away, it must be difficult to leave!

Sarah said...

Jane, sounds like a lovely trip. Travel safely and enjoy!

I'd like to spend the weekend at your lake house! It all looks so relaxing. Fun to have you own family of swans. ~ Sarah

Susie Q said...

Oh do I love that table!! The world'slongest garage sale...my parents lived for 17 years in Crossville, TN. The sale ran right through their town! I always made sure to be there during it and what fin it is!

Love your Guest sign..I think we share a love of that artist on etsy...I have 2 of her works that resemble your sign. : )

The wine bottles are perfect too! Someone once asked how you pick a good wine...um...by the cute label of course silly!! Or, at least, that is how *I* do it!! : )

Have a fantastic trip! Enjoy every moment!

Love,
Sue

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Your summerhouse table is gorgeous, Jane! It sounds so relaxing there. Have a wonderful trip, too.

Jane

Atticmag said...

Such a pretty table Jane and I hope you have a super trip. I expect to "see all about it" when you're back. Jane F

Atticmag said...

Such a pretty table Jane and I hope you have a super trip. I expect to "see all about it" when you're back. Jane F

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

You have a beautiful table set up there! Your new garden sounds splendid. You have a safe and fun time this weekend. It's hot as heck here!
Brenda

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Your table setting for 2 is adorable!!!
I love 3 day week ends with hubby :)
Gros bisous
Frenchy

Bella said...

Hi Jane... What a sweet and Romantic Getaway!
I am so jealous about the longest garage sale!
The swans and there babies is a great photo... gorgeous!
Have a great vacation!
Bella

Tina said...

Jane, your table setting looked gorgeous! I love your chippy table and your chairs! Hope you have a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear about it when you get back. Take care and enjoy ~ Tina xx

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Jane, your table is just perfect, and I love the idea of painting the chairs white, too. Have a wonderful trip! Linda

Suzann said...

Loving that table. Be still my heart.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my goodness.....everything is sooo pretty. I love the theme. It's so crisp and fresh!

I am green with envy. I ADORE N.O. and so wish I was going too. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time meeting with Christine and her hubbs. She's such a sweetie!

Huggies,
Spencer

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Have fun, Janie! Can't wait to see pictures!

Love your tablescape and chairs. You know, I actually love them the way they are. I like the contrast of the natural wood with the white, and I adore the blue seats. Great find. And I am really loving that sign in your cottage.

Give Christine a hug for me!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Beautiful
Have a lovely time, enjoy!! xo

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love your seaside table....looks so inviting and peaceful! That is a cool bottle!!

Penny said...

Love your summer house and the swans. Have a great trip. Looking forward to the pictures.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh have a wonderful trip. I love your summerhouse!

Karen

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

You didn't mention it but I adore the sign behind the table and I love the blue seats in the chairs. I wish some swans would join us out here. We just have geese and ducks. I love to see Momma duck paddling down the lake with her babies in tow. Have a wonderful, wonderful trip Jane!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Blondie, your home sounds just wonderful! Those swans are just gorgeous and the babies are so cute...
Every time I visit see so much! LOVE it!
Congratulations on winning the Ribbonwood Cottage giveaway!!
Hugs,
Mona

koralee said...

What a sweet little table for two...you lucky gal you. I so love the Nautical Look!

Jeannette said...

Morning Jane! I am sooo jealous of your lake place!!! I love sitting out on my porch in the rain! Crazy but it's just peaceful!!! A lake would make it even better though! Hope you get to spend time there this weekend. Love the tablescape with the sailboat wine bottle! Very beachy look going on there! Enjoy - Sincerely, Jeannette

PAT said...

We were at the lake all week without internet so I am just now seeing your post, Jane.

I love your nautical table. Just simply beautiful.

Enjoy your NO trip, I am looking forward to photos and stories.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy Memorial Weekend my friend…Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

Terra said...

Love the pictures you took. Especially the swans. Gorgeous.
terra@willowsgrace.blogspot.com

My Grama's Soul said...

I always love stopping by to hear of your lake house doin's .

Have a great trip and I can't wait to hear about it when you return.

Blessings,

Jo

Barbara Jacksier said...

Hope you enjoy your vacation in one of my favorite cities. Those baby swans are almost as cute as my new baby chicks.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Happy Memorial Day, dear Jane.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Aunt Snow said...

Wonderful. I wish I could go to that part of the country - my heart is breaking about the oil.

Nancy said...

Hope you had a wonderful time in NO. I did send a message and had hoped we could meet quickly at our friend's restaurant in the quarter, The Flaming Torch. (I think, that's right on the name.) I am "home" after a month and some airplane hydraulic issues and delays. Spent the last night there with the lawyer crew at The Harbor in Lakeview. It's always interesting! :-)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I loved the chippy table too, what a great find. Those swans are beautiful. Thanks for sharing all of these photos.
Blessings,
Marcia

Chatelaine said...

Love the nautical themed tablescape. I think the chairs will look great in white.

Have a wonderful trip to New Orleans. Looking forward to your photos and posts.

Marianne@Songbird said...

I hope you are having a wonderful time in New Orleans! The pictures of your summer house look lovely!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Now, if that table doesn't scream summer vacation, we don't know what does!! Darling Jane!! Just Darling!
So, we must know...did the kiddies follow all of the rules - was the house still standing & animals alive when you got back :)

once in a blue moon... said...

such a darling table!

Monica@The White Bench said...

Looove your nautical supper! Oooh, now I want mine too ;))
Hugs,
Monicax.