Outside Dining and Vintage Plates

I know a lot of you might be experiencing Fall weather...

Living in southern California, we are still in summer mode...its been in the 80's to 90's this week...

I do love our warm summer nights and being able to have dinner outside with friends....Summer is my favorite time of year!

We went to my friend Shellys, who is also a designer and a fabulous cook.
She had a watermelon salad and it was so good!
 It looked beautiful!

Isn't her table setting gorgeous!

I had this chair recovered for a client of mine and wait to you see the back!

It looks perfect in her cottage looking home.


I added some small vintage plates to another one of my clients dining room walls.

 Its exactly what it needed!

You won't believe where I found this beautiful vintage oil painting?

In a garage thrown in a bunch of trash at an estate sale...

Yes, I believe I scored on this one!

Its signed by the artist, John.

I guess it could of been painted by the home owner.  But, any who, I love it!

And the recipe for this salad is below...

Hope you enjoy it!
(Recipe found in 805 Living)

Thanks for stopping bye,



  1. Hi dear southern Ca. Friend, I too make this very salad it's out of this worlds, I am not quite sure where I acquired the recipe from, but make it often. As much as I do love summer, my favorite season of the year is winter, heavy lap throws, woven sweaters, and a cozy veranda fire warming the nigh.
    As for the vintage plates you posted about, my dream plates, ironstone and vintage. I am still on the hunt to find enough to complete my dinner collection.
    The clients chair is fabulous it's modern country charm has soften the look of the form of the chair being French adding a French country cottage feel with a relaxed elegance.

    Thank you dear for taking the time to visit my place that inspires a paler shade of all things French farmhouse.


    I am going back to catch up on your older postings,

  2. Love it all! That setting is so pretty and the salad sounds divine...and those chairs and dining room wall....YES! Enjoy the summery weather, just starting to turn over this way.

  3. Julie,
    Hi my fellow California blog friend. We're dealing with the same heat. Today they say it may rain. That would be nice.
    I love the post, the salad is delicious, I've enjoyed it several times this past summer. The chair and plates are lovely and that painting...score!

  4. Last evening MC and I had a wonderful meal on our new screened in terrace. It was perfect!
    btw....I love that chair!

  5. Julie the painting is wonderful, a score for sure, I love you outdoor entertaining ideas and the watermelon salad sounds so refreshing!

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  6. Beautiful table settings. And I love that chair. Plus, you've used the fabric I liked so much. Want!!! :-)

  7. ♥♥♥ the chair and I had to pin the dining room on my black, white and blue all over pinboard, Fun post!!

  8. once again, much to love here! but that chair, and that oil painting, score!
    happy summer nights

  9. I love watermelon salad and this one has a new twist. I think I might just have to try it this weekend!

  10. the chair looks lovely, julie! how lucky are you finding the oil painting?!? enjoy these beautiful september days, friend.

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  12. Great al fresco setting- love that chair, too! Have a great weekend- off to install a big office project today! Then maybe I can breathe :)
    Xo Nancy

  13. Thanks for the recipe - really in need of a new summer salad idea! That chair looks stunning - love the back. Hope you are keeping well. xx Sharon

  14. Everything is gorgeous - and thank you for sharing the salad. Looks delicious. Enjoy your lovely CA weather!!

  15. I love everything! Such effortlessly gorgeous table settings! The chair you recovered for your client is so charming and beautiful, lucky client. I also like that pretty pillow!

  16. Very beautiful in interior design of home,keep sharing...

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  17. Your post is wonderful! I am a vintage lover that's why it makes me feel happy while reading your blog about this place. Keep posting.


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