Summer Things, Must-Have Linen Pants & More

Today on weekend meanderings, pretty outdoor table lamps with textured shades, bamboo flatware, plus a pair of must-have linen pants, and summer reading.

Happy Saturday friends! It’s time for the weekend post with Kim and Elizabeth, our weekly roundup of inspiration and goings on.

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Patio seating area with pitcher of ice tea on tray.

Did you have a good week? Short week’s can be rough and mine was a whirlwind of running errands, cleaning house, and feeble attempts to (over) pack my suitcare.

I’m in Italy! The Puglia region … and Snowberry is – temporarily – under more capable management.


Summer Table Setting With Cordless Lamps

A couple of weeks ago my stylist friend Alli of TCB Style & Design came over to help me pull together a summer table setting using things I (mostly) already owned. I did buy a set of cordless lamps and adorable raffia lamp shades. Other than that, I pulled everything from my cupboards. Oh, and I borrowed Alli’s faux-bamboo flatware. More about that later. On her way over Alli picked up flowers at Trader Joe’s. Butterfly ranunculus in the lightest, prettiest shade of pink or pale peach. They lasted forever and turned a beautiful shade of ivory … and only gave up the ghost two days ago.

Overhead shot of outdoor table with green and white tablecloth, peach flowers in vase and top of green cordless lamp.

My shiny new summer toy is a cordless lamp. A pair of cordless lamps in a pretty shade of green (comes in several colors and finishes). And to make it fancy, I bought two sets of textured lamp shades that fit right over the top. This water hyacinth shade, which I thought would work best with my table setting, and this raffia shade, which turned out to be my preferred option. That said, I kept both.

Two sets of cordless lamp shades stacked on top of one another on outdoor table.

Anyway, if you didn’t have a chance to read it, it’s not too late and I think you’ll enjoy Alli’s tips for creating a beautiful summer table without a lot of fuss. And if you go over to my Instagram you’ll find my table setting Reel and more tips from Alli saved to a highlight titled ‘Summer Table.’


Bamboo Love … and Regret

Bamboo flatware has been on my wish list for a long time and this may be the summer I finally buy it. The big dilemma is what set to purchase. There are so many options at different price points. Bamboo is on trend right now but, really, isn’t it timeless? So perhaps investing in a good set has merit.

Overhead shot of placesetting with napkin, bud vase and bamboo knife and fork on white plate.

Bamboo, and rattan, was big in our house when I was growing up. I was born in the Philippines, on a Navy base. We lived in one of those houses on stilts and I had a Filipina nanny named Ning who was, apparently, wonderful because my mother was still singing her praises decades later. I think it was more about the shock of having to deal with me herself once we returned to the states. I couldn’t find my pictures of Ning but I did find one of my mother, me (at a month old), and Mr. Yang, our houseman. My parents adored him too and kept up a regular correspondence with him – and Ning – after we returned home.

Man and woman holding baby in front of house in the Philippines.

Anyway, while in the Philippines my parents traveled throughout Asia and brought home a house full of bamboo and rattan furniture, as well as rattan wrapped glassware that’s so popular now and bamboo flatware. And all kinds of other beautiful pieces that I thought were hopelessly uncool and not at all how my friend’s houses were furnished. Looking back I regret not holding onto so many of those things. Especially the flatware. Oof. I found this picture of my parents round, rattan dining table and chairs set with that bamboo flatware for my Christening dinner.

Round rattan table and chairs set for dinner in the Philippines.

In my summer outdoor table post I shared several bamboo flatware sets that I’m considering. If money was no object, I’d buy a Buccellati Tahiti sterling silver set at Scully & Scully. Each piece is in the $325-435 range bringing a 5-piece place setting to well over $1800. Doesn’t hurt to look though, isn’t it beautiful?

Pacesetting of bamboo sterling silver flatware.

Everyone Needs These Pants

It’s not often that I feel really well dressed, so when I pull it off twice in one week, it’s worth noting. I wish I could attribute this triumph to my own good taste and style, but let’s not kid ourselves. I owe it to a simple pair of striped, linen pants. (Update: my linen pants may have sold out, but this is a great – and less expensive – alternative from Quince. I have them in black and they come in several solids as well as stripes.) And Kim, because I bought them from a link on her blog.

Woman taking mirror selfie wearing navy blazer, striped linen pants and sandals.

When I bought them last year, I pigeonholed them into the warm-weather-vacation category. How wrong I was. Last week for some reason I started thinking outside the box and paired them with a favorite navy blazer for a day in the City with Kim, and last weekend I wore them with a cropped sweater for Jim’s birthday dinner at a French bistro. (if you’re local it was Reve Bistro in Lafayette) AND they made it into my suitcase and are now in Italy.

Outfit flatlay.

The moral of the story? If you have a piece of clothing languishing in your closet with a mindset that it’s meant for a specific occasion, pull it out and try it on with a few unexpected things. You may surprise yourself. Also, these pants (similar here) can be paired with anything and look chic.


Little House on 4th Update

Last week I shared some rough renderings of our little house on 4th Street, and this week it’s evolved further. We’re waiting on a soils report before moving forward with submitting preliminary plans to the city. If I haven’t mentioned it, the lot we’re working with is all of 35′ wide. It’s a challenge.

Exterior elevation of cottage house.

Summer Reading

A few book I downloaded for my trip …

Once Upon a Time: The Captivating Life of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy by Elizabeth Teller

Wives Like Us by Plum Sykes

Never, Never, Hardly Ever: A Mother-Daughter Story of Antiques and Antics by Kelly McKenzie

In my pre-order queue …

Death in the Air by Ram Murali

Whoever You Are, Honey by Olivia Atwood

A Happier Life by Kristy Woodson Harvey (I read an advanced copy and loved it!)

And, I recently finished …

The Paris Novel by Ruth Reichl

Burn Book: A Tech Love Story by Kara Swisher (I love her and adore both her podcasts, particularly Pivot which she hosts with Scott Galloway.)

Current Favorites ~


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And that’s what I have for you today. Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth.



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In case you missed it, last weekend I shared our summer ready patio, a disturbance in our garden, and a yummy raspberry cornmeal crumble recipe (plus ice cream), catch up here.

Wishing you the very best weekend.


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  • Have a wonderful trip. And the bamboo cutlery, swoom. It is the most beautiful one I have seen to date. Maybe have it for just Jim and you. Oh and happy belated birthday to Jim.

    • Thank you, Rita … Jim appreciates the b-day wishes! And, yes, maybe just a couple of place settings would be fun … and I can add as the years go on. I’m still mulling it over. xo

  • Love the information in this post. I was given a set of bamboo flatware as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, I routinely put it in the dishwasher and it didn’t hold up, so I have bamboo regrets, too! Hope you’re having a wonderful trip!

  • We share many sensibilities, and I always enjoy your point of view, Juliet. Some of it may come from the broadened perspective we gained— sometimes hard earned— from being children of naval officers, with the peripatetic childhood that follows from that. So many treasures! Objects, of course: camel saddles, Peruvian textiles, Japanese kimonos and red transistor radios that were the envy of my second grade friends Most of all the model of service to our country and the recognition of the many, many ways people and places all around our country and the world are wonderful. Hope your trip is a delight in every way!

    • Hi Nancy, sounds like you have some very interesting treasures from your upbringing. Funny you mention kimonos, I forgot about those. And the stand-up Japanese dolls in glass cases (also wearing kimonos). Memories! xo

  • So many things that are just my style in today’s post!

    I tried to order your linen pants to go with the Veronica Beard Blazer. We could have been twinning. They are currently out of stock.

    I am definitely going to order the cordless lights. Just can’t decide on gold or blue.

    As for the bamboo flatware, I am dreaming too.

    • Hi Rosemary, Did you decide on the lamps. I was tempted by the gold too but the colors are so fun. Either way, you’ll love them. Try Quince for a striped linen pant … they’re more affordable too. I updated the link above. xoxo

  • I have a similar pair of pants from Madewell that I am hoping to wear until they fall apart. Haven’t had the opportunity to wear them yet.
    Have a fabulous time in Puglia! I hope you pop over to Sicily while there! In any event, take good notes for me – it’s on my bucket list.

    • Didn’t take it to Sicily, but loved Puglia! Quince makes a great linen pant too. Isn’t it great to be in the summer linen season of the year?! xo

  • Enjoy your time in Italy… loved the fly the friendly skies post… and btw, love Kara and Scott…. (Even the jokes. Rack me up). I feel so much more knowledgeable about tech after listening… and look forward to trying the bistro in Lafayette…

    • Hi Leila … they’re a great duo aren’t they?! And I agree about the tech knowledge … it’s all fascinating. xo

    • Joan, I’m so sad they’re sold out … I updated with a link to a similar stupid pair from Quince. I have them in black and they’re great. Thanks for alerting me! xo

  • Added height/visual height on your new home design with the diagonal gables gives needed drama, plus the clipped gable adds a more traditional feel — this exterior seems like you now!

    You are moving at a really rapid pace on ‘the little house on 4th’ — so exciting! We received a signed contract back on our lot purchase offer in Williamsburg, VA on my bday — a very nice coincidence!

    Your Ning made me think of our Phillipina nanny, Cynthia, a devout Catholic, who memorably, tried to wash my mouth with soap when I was 4, thinking I had lied to her. Thank goodness my mom came home and rescued me! There were many wonderful things about Cynthia, but this scary episode is what came to mind…

    Have a wonderful time in Puglia (and elsewhere?)! — my father-in-law was from Santa Maria di Leuca, at the very tip of the heel of Italy’s boot. Such a beautiful part of Italy — I look forward to hearing of your trip!

    • Hi Joan! My mother always threatened to wash my mouth out with soap. Maybe that’s where she got the idea!!! Congratulations on your lot purchase … so exciting! And a wonderful birthday gift! xoxo

  • Juliet, What a sweet photo of your mom and you. Love the bamboo table. That is so 70’s is’t it? My mom had bamboo pieces too. I don’t know what happened to them all. Max’s family did also,having lived in Okinawa while his dad was in the service.
    So far, I love the bamboo flatware from PB and it seems to wear well. Worth getting.
    This pants are so so cute. Great idea about wearing them with the blazer. They will look fab in Puglia!
    Have a wonderful trip and I will be living vicariously. xoxo

  • Hi Juliet,
    It was so nice to hear about your background and all the treasures your parents purchased along the way. I totally understand about letting things go and then being remorseful afterwards.
    We have been to Sicily. My grandfather was born in Sicily (I never got to meet him sadly, and neither did my Papa). We all have our stories to share. A big part of my family is fractured.
    I just loved your outdoor table, it’s so calming and peaceful.
    I so admire what you are doing with your little home on 4th Street. The part as you know from previous experiences are not always easy to deal with. Knowing you, YOU will dance and power through. I think you are a pro at this.
    I hope you and Jim have a wonderful and memorable holiday in Italy. Hope you love Italian food.

    • Oh wow, Sicily … fascinating. Have you ever been?! I appreciate your confidence in my ability to puzzle piece together a cohesive little house. You’re the best! xoxo

  • Juliet,
    Have an amazing trip to Italy! I love Italy! So many beautiful things to see do and to eat.
    You look FABULOUS! As always! Love the stripe pants and the blazer.
    Love your stories about the Philippines, I did not know that you were born there. And what a cute picture.
    I had a set of bamboo flatware but we did not use it very often so I gave it away. The set from Scully is beautiful! Kims from Pottery Barn is too!
    I love the new look of your cottage! It is going to be so beautiful.
    Travel safe and have a wonderful time.
    xo Elizabeth

  • Hi Juliet,
    Your backyard looks so very inviting! I do love the rattan and bamboo elements I’ve seen everywhere lately. It’s funny how things come and go and trend. I do hope you treat yourself to the bamboo flatware, because it’s beautiful and you’ll enjoy it.
    The photo of you as a baby is soooo sweet! Your momma was so pretty, and so young! She looks happy in that photo, holding you.
    I like the striped pants on you and the fact that the stripes are vertical. That’s still not easy to find from designers. I’m also loving the scarf in the one photo (navy/black/camel print). It’s beautiful, especially with the ivory sweater and gold accessories.
    I hope you were able to determine the cause of your garden issues. I’ll be curious to know what they find and determine to be the problem. Anytime you have garden questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you.
    Are you sweltering today in Italy like we are here? Hoping this CA heat dome is really short-lived. Excited to read all about your trip when you return!

    • Hi Janet! We caught our geranium gobbling garden menace on camera, but can’t figure out what it is. After turning the outside lights on overnight (over the raised beds) there’s been no more destruction. Shake Away is working for our climbing rose and it’s starting to come back! Thanks for noticing the scarf. It’s a treasure Jim bought for me at Mumm Napa when we first met. It’s hard to see but the scarf is covered in champagne bottles. Italy was wonderful and hot, but not overwhelmingly so. We were certainly glad to return home and find the heatwave was passed … I guess it was short but miserable. Oof, I’m sorry. I’m still thinking about that bamboo flatware! xoxo

  • I am catching up on your posts that I have missed! Your house project sounds like fun! You two just can’t stand not building a house can you?!!

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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