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Summer Entertaining with Elle

elle overall mainSummer is one of the best times of year to entertain. There’s a laid-back laziness to everything, moods are lighter and the food is brighter. Summer also provides us with the opportunity for outdoor entertaining. People’s rooftops / backyards are lush and green and Mother Nature seems to reflect my favorite color palette – crystal blues and punchy greens – everywhere I look. The sea, the shoreline, the sky, and trees – are a source of great inspiration for me. They lift my spirits and fill my life with the simple pleasure of the outdoors. I can sit for hours in my yard in Amagansett and watch the leaves sway and find a stillness I can never quite settle upon in the city.

My design palette tends to overlap with the meals I cook and both end up reflecting my favorite summer color scheme. Vibrant and bright green herbs often play the most significant role in the meals that I create. I turn to herbs to finish just about every meal that comes out of my kitchen – they instantly elevate and brighten a recipe, adding a subtle nuance and earthiness. Without their bright fresh flavors my recipes would feel incomplete and mundane. The summertime lunch I created with my girlies is my homage to these herbs and the abundance of  fresh ingredients that makes the season so wonderful. I wanted fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, and mint to take center stage – both in the dishes I prepared and in the table decoration (including the floral centerpiece!)

I chose the linens and ceramics to reflect the other color I find myself swooning over all summer (all year, really) – blue. I wanted to give my summer vegetables a canvas they could pop against to really showcase their vibrant colors and flavors so I chose ceramic plates with blue tones that echo the ocean and the warmth of the earth like the Eric Bonnin plates from Warm. Being a sucker for all shades of blue, I had to include a favorite textile of mine – a  beautiful vintage indigo swath of fabric from Love Adorned, washed out and worn with the patina of an old, loved object – as a primary element of the tablescape. What better way to express my deep love of the ocean and all things water-based? The neutral and earthy palette of pale grays and beiges help anchor the sea of greens and blues, much like the sandy shores of the beaches I love.

It was just last week that I was finally able to escape to my little Amagansett sanctuary for the first time this season – I was able to indulge in a whole week of quiet and the green of summer. My hubby was in Spain and my son, Jivi, was at skateboard sleepaway camp so I decided to fly solo and answer the call of the beach. While I always appreciate alone time, an escape like this deserves to be shared with friends. With summer in full swing and farm stands bursting with local goodies I decided to invite ma ladies; Chloe Crespi – photographer extraordinaire, Lisa Przystup of James’ Daughter Flowers, and Leilani Bishop of Leilani Bishop Fragrance over for an afternoon little nibble and a lotta swooning in nature. Sometimes you just need some girl time. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate these first moments of summer and calm doing what I love most: creating yummy food and orchestrating beauty while capturing it all for y’all and shared on Elle.com as I am their blogger of the month. Think of this as an overall teaser to whet your PALETTE!!

More custom décor details, floral tips & tricks, and recipes soon to come on both EyeSwoon and on Elle.com in the coming weeks.

Photography by Chloe Crespi.

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'Fiore de Cactus' Crop Top

‘Fiore de Cactus’ Crop Top

Flore de Cactus Skirt

Fiore de Cactus Skirt

Trinket Bowl

Trinket Bowl

Raw Hem Napkins

Raw Hem Napkins

Hand-Dyed Shibori Table Runner

Hand-Dyed Shibori Table Runner

elle overall mainSummer is one of the best times of year to entertain. There’s a laid-back laziness to everything, moods are lighter and the food is brighter. Summer also provides us with the opportunity for outdoor entertaining. People’s rooftops / backyards are lush and green and Mother Nature seems to reflect my favorite color palette – crystal blues and punchy greens – everywhere I look. The sea, the shoreline, the sky, and trees – are a source of great inspiration for me. They lift my spirits and fill my life with the simple pleasure of the outdoors. I can sit for hours in my yard in Amagansett and watch the leaves sway and find a stillness I can never quite settle upon in the city.

My design palette tends to overlap with the meals I cook and both end up reflecting my favorite summer color scheme. Vibrant and bright green herbs often play the most significant role in the meals that I create. I turn to herbs to finish just about every meal that comes out of my kitchen – they instantly elevate and brighten a recipe, adding a subtle nuance and earthiness. Without their bright fresh flavors my recipes would feel incomplete and mundane. The summertime lunch I created with my girlies is my homage to these herbs and the abundance of  fresh ingredients that makes the season so wonderful. I wanted fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, and mint to take center stage – both in the dishes I prepared and in the table decoration (including the floral centerpiece!)

I chose the linens and ceramics to reflect the other color I find myself swooning over all summer (all year, really) – blue. I wanted to give my summer vegetables a canvas they could pop against to really showcase their vibrant colors and flavors so I chose ceramic plates with blue tones that echo the ocean and the warmth of the earth like the Eric Bonnin plates from Warm. Being a sucker for all shades of blue, I had to include a favorite textile of mine – a  beautiful vintage indigo swath of fabric from Love Adorned, washed out and worn with the patina of an old, loved object – as a primary element of the tablescape. What better way to express my deep love of the ocean and all things water-based? The neutral and earthy palette of pale grays and beiges help anchor the sea of greens and blues, much like the sandy shores of the beaches I love.

It was just last week that I was finally able to escape to my little Amagansett sanctuary for the first time this season – I was able to indulge in a whole week of quiet and the green of summer. My hubby was in Spain and my son, Jivi, was at skateboard sleepaway camp so I decided to fly solo and answer the call of the beach. While I always appreciate alone time, an escape like this deserves to be shared with friends. With summer in full swing and farm stands bursting with local goodies I decided to invite ma ladies; Chloe Crespi – photographer extraordinaire, Lisa Przystup of James’ Daughter Flowers, and Leilani Bishop of Leilani Bishop Fragrance over for an afternoon little nibble and a lotta swooning in nature. Sometimes you just need some girl time. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate these first moments of summer and calm doing what I love most: creating yummy food and orchestrating beauty while capturing it all for y’all and shared on Elle.com as I am their blogger of the month. Think of this as an overall teaser to whet your PALETTE!!

More custom décor details, floral tips & tricks, and recipes soon to come on both EyeSwoon and on Elle.com in the coming weeks.

Photography by Chloe Crespi.

shopswoon

'Fiore de Cactus' Crop Top

‘Fiore de Cactus’ Crop Top

Flore de Cactus Skirt

Fiore de Cactus Skirt

Trinket Bowl

Trinket Bowl

Raw Hem Napkins

Raw Hem Napkins

Hand-Dyed Shibori Table Runner

Hand-Dyed Shibori Table Runner

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