Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

Even though the official start of summer is a couple weeks off, we're already completely in the spirit. Outdoor furniture season has been rocking and rolling in the store for weeks now, and the weather outside is a near-constant reminder of the long, balmy summer that stretches out before us. Fittingly, we created another summery setting for this week, with jovial colors set against a stoney black table. The contrast is pleasant, and to me evokes a childhood memory of jumping from black asphalt into a cool pool. Nothing more satisfying than that!

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

Each place setting started with a Chilewich Oval Mini Basketweave Placemat in Dill. We chose oval-shaped placemats to better fit the round table. Atop the placemats sat a duo of Alessi dinnerware pieces, including the Alessi Colombina Flat Dinner Plate and the Alessi Colombina Soup Plate.

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

Napkins came from the Libeco Home Polylin Blend Collection, in the color Turchese.

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

For the flatware, we used a favorite of mine, the David Mellor Pride Flatware. It is highly polished, giving off a stunning shine, and I think it adds a lot to any table setting, whether simple or elaborate.

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

The matching Wine Glass and Water Tumbler also came from the Alessi Colombina Dinnerware Collection.

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

As practical table accents, we added the Alessi Colombina Oil and Vinegar Set in Black...

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

... and these adorable Alessi Salt and Pepper Castors.

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

As a less practical but more artistic centerpiece, we used this Alessi Intanto Pochi Fiori Vase with some bright pink flowers, for a pop of color.

Weekly Table Setting: The Arrival of Summer

What are you most looking forward to this summer?