Lunch With a Friend

By on March 30, 2012

By Tracey Leber-

Life seems to always be so busy, with places to go and endless things “to do,” so when I set a date to have a friend over for lunch, I like to make an extra effort to create a special little space for us to catch up in and slow down for a little while.

During the last few months of this long winter, creating a garden inspired atmosphere is just the right pick-me-up that most of us need.  For me, the bay window in my home was the perfect spot to enjoy a few hours of good food and laughter with a friend!  Here’s what I did to achieve that spring fresh look I was going for:table

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I added some paper butterflies to the gauzy curtains of my bay window and went ahead and set a small table right there for us to enjoy our lunch.  I also dragged my favorite old birdcage in to the room as well.  The addition of some cheery flowers brightened the room up considerably and added a nice pop of color to lift our spirits…fresh flowers are a must for any table setting!

The individual place setting is my favorite part of setting a table and I always try to come up with something unique and interesting to put a smile on my guest’s faces.  Here I used vintage maps and fresh herbs from the garden to top the plates. Lavender and mint both last a long time without being in water, so they are good choices for something like this, but you can use most any herbs from the store if there is nothing readily available in your garden.

map and lemonade

Raspberry lemonade and sparkling wine made the afternoon seem festive!  As we long for a few of those carefree Summer days, I hope you too have a chance to take a little time and unwind, slow down, and catch up with a good friend.

raspberry lemonade

Tracey Leber is a stay-at-home mother of 3 young children. She started a blog and opened a shop a year and a half ago as a creative outlet for my passion for decorating and a means to have a little space I could call all my own.  Along the way, she has discovered true love for photography.  Tracey has a decorating style that is decidedly French, but with all of the warmth and casualness of Cottage and Farmhouse styles.  Her philosophy  is  you don’t have to have a design degree to create a home you love to live in, just the desire to infuse what you love into your daily life…and to let your heart lead your decorating. You can find Tracey at: http://www.frenchlarkspur.com/

Tracey Leber

About Tracey Leber

I am a stay-at-home mother of 3 young children. I started my blog and my shop a year and a half ago as a creative outlet for my passion for decorating and a means to have a little space I could call all my own. Along the way, I have also found a true love for photography. I incorporate into my decorating a style that is decidedly French, but with all of the warmth and casualness of Cottage and Farmhouse styles. I believe you don't have to have a design degree to create a home you love to live in, just the desire to infuse what you love into your daily life...let your heart lead your decorating.

One Comment

  1. Leslie, the Home Maker

    April 14, 2011 at 3:28 am

    What a beautiful corner and day you must have had!

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Lunch With a Friend