May 30th, 2015
In The Garden


I’m inspired by these images—they are from two different home stories in the June issue of Vogue.

We’ve had gorgeous weather the past few weekends and have spent every minute in the garden. Creating an outdoor work/dining area is one of my favorite spring activities. I tweak it every year by adding new potted plants and switching up the table linens. Dining alfresco is heaven on earth in my book.


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  • Beautiful images and I could not agree more with your comments about eating out of doors. I especially try to work outside whenever possible too. So long as I can see my laptop screen and the wind is manageable, I take it all outside. It is a great way to maintain work/life balance.

    KellyMay 30th, 2015  6:06 AM

  • I love it too – and yes, even in Scotland it is occasionally warm enough to style a table and eat outdoors! In fact I’m hoping to do exactly that next weekend when I’m hosting a family celebration. Beautiful table settings. Fingers crossed the sun is shining in the west of Scotland on 7 June!

    Jill, ScotlandMay 30th, 2015  6:11 AM

  • We live outside most of the year. Luckily, we have large patio areas and can seat up to twenty at various tables. Although my backbone plants serve me well, every year I’m tucking in flowers, finding interesting antique gardening items to display and sprucing up with new pillows, etc. This year I hug a hammock and am trying my hand at growing artichokes. Love the shelf with the terracotta pots and the branches in the second picture.

    PindaMay 30th, 2015  11:03 AM

  • Having the same thoughts and have my eye on a set of copper flatware that would look so great outdoors. Need a very large tablecloth as well and have some ideas of sewing together vintage yards of fabrics I’ve collected over the years.

    KathyMay 30th, 2015  4:07 PM

  • I loved this feature in Vogue – and I thought Hamish Bowles was the perfect person to cover it. These photos make me want to forget winter ever existed!
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    SophiaMay 31st, 2015  4:01 PM

  • Preston,

    Coming at this from a totally different cultural angle, the Turkic-Mongol invaders of Central Asia were the ultimate alfresco diners. They were fantastic horsemen, galloping across the plains of Asia while administering their various empires in India, China, Turkey and Iran.

    Spending so much time outdoors, they were great lovers of nature. Whether emperor or common soldier, great pleasure was derived from sharing a meal with a beloved comrade under a tree in bloom.

    Anyway, instead of tables, they would sit on the ground, on a beautiful Persian rug, topped off with a white tablecloth. They would eat from precious jade and porcelain bowls. And needless to say, the emperor’s entire kitchen staff would follow him from place to place, whipping up feasts at a moment’s notice.

    Love your blog and the way you write, btw.


    MeenaJune 1st, 2015  4:28 AM

  • I dine outside on most days (weather permits). We have nothing but a small garden with a long table and some palettes but honestly it is the most peaceful part of my day. Dinner becomes more than just eating to go back on the sofa, it is about dining and sharing the day and just being peaceful after work and so many other things…I think if you have a small space outside, you must take advantage of it and use it as a haven in your home…

    SarahJune 2nd, 2015  6:40 AM


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