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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Regular Workday

Tablescape Thursday~ A Regular Workday

     It's Tablescape Thursday and we're linking up to Susan's party at Between Naps on the Porch. Thanks, Susan for hosting one of our favorite events each week.

      This week just completely got away from me. It seemed like every time I THOUGHT I was getting caught up (or at least doing something), I would run into something else that needed doing. I didn't even know it was Wednesday till almost 10 o'clock this morning! I was thinking we'd have to skip this week, but then I started talking to myself (I do that a lot- I seem to be the only one around here that listens to me). 
    I managed to convince myself to invite all of blogdom into my inner sanctum. No, not my bathroom, though I have been known to blog from there. My husband thought I was nuts when we moved into this house and he caught me dragging a chaise into the bathroom. "Who DOES that??" says he. "WHO puts furniture in the BATHROOM??"

   Sometimes I'm very smart. 

Somehow I knew that I'd need a hideout from the insanity around here and the brilliant person who designed this house must have known it too

My chaise was made for this spot

    Anyway, the sanctum I'm inviting you all into this week is my office. Now, I will freely admit to drooling when I see pictures of beautiful home offices, decorated with beautiful things and abounding with empty surfaces

You won't see that here

This is a working office. Three businesses and a large household are run out of this room. 
    Depending on the time of day, you may stumble on a dumbbell or a roll of fabric or a stack of cookbooks or a pair of sneakers attached to the feet of the child who is using his father's computer to play Combat Arms
Or maybe not attached to anyone but just laying there so Mom can trip over them in the high heels she's wearing in an obvious attempt to look professional for the client meeting

It never works.

I simply must have pictures of my favorite people on my bookshelves-they're the reason we do what we do

Note the exercise mat in front of the fabric rolls next to the flooring samples stacked on the cookbooks

I'm a very organized person

Grandma's buttons, trims, fabrics, and gravel

Really, I am organized in the fantasy I've created in my mind

On the rare occasions when I need to take a break (20 or so times a day), hold my head in my hands and stare aimlessly, I want to see things that make me smile

Like this

and this
(the babies in my life and the monkey fabric drapes that make me smile even though I spent a fortune on silk and didn't use it)

Because monkeys make me smile

That's why I have 6 kids

and this

and this
(We had to make this a rule. It was getting pretty rowdy around here)

and some light reading

Today I had a meeting scheduled with a design client. I was serving a light lunch and decided, since we were both pressed for time, to serve it in the office while we made some decisions

And get our story straight before we tell her husband that the fabric she wants for her windows will cost roughly the equivalent of several mortgage payments

I LOVE old snack sets and have quite a few

I use them often, but never with my boys

Snack sets are not meant for boys

        This is a combination of two sets. I found the plates at an estate sale and the owner told me they belonged to her mother. She had no idea what had happened to the cups. So, I borrowed some glass cups from another set and I think the carrot ginger soup is pretty enough to make them look good.

Buttermilk Herb Biscuits with Basil Mayonnaise and Shaved Ham 
 Carrot Ginger Soup
Heirloom Tomatoes on Mixed Greens

I LOVE that burlap on the bottom. A future tablescape??....

Paint samples- how many shades of taupe-y gold are there??
What IS taupe-y gold??

Always a vintage mat

Be sure to wander over to Susan's. Sit a spell and enjoy the creativity of Blogland's best tablescapers

As Always,

Buon Alimento, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. I "assume" that there is a pic of me somwhere in those bookshelves???

  2. I am always a little suspect and a little of envious of neat and tidy home offices that are beautifully decorated. Yours looks perfectly comfortable and very well used. Lets face it...a busy office is a very good thing.
    ♥, Susan

  3. What beautiful snack plates -- your working lunch looks wonderful!

  4. Love the snack and the plates, in that order, lol. This is really fabulous. I am sure you impressed the client...Christine

  5. Oh I meant to tell you that I have a settee in the bathroom so your husband will think I am crazy too, lol....Christine

  6. Pattie, I loved this tour of your office. I'm just like you--I have to have things around that mean something (my totems) and smiling faces of those I love, even if they are far, far away.

    Love the details!

    As to the bathroom, many years ago, I couldn't find peace, so I wrote while sitting on my washing machine, so a bathroom is A-OK by me.
    The food! The basil biscuits. Honey, you can COOK! I can just smell the aromas in your house.

  7. What a beautiful office.
    Patti, I have an award for you. :-) The post is here:

  8. Hi Pattie...

    Ohhh...I loved the tour of your beautiful office, my friend! It's lovely! I have a feeling that I could spend many happy hours in your office just looking at all of your pretties!!! Well my dear, your luncheon looked lucky for your design client! Ohhh yes...I loved you luncheon trays...just beautiful!

    Warmest wishes,

  9. Your office is wonderful! Looks like good things happen there!

    My mother had almost the identical snack plates - I have no idea what happened to them. Your lunch looks marvelous.

    Wonderful blog!

  10. Hi Pattie..
    Your office looks like a busy, highly creative space and I know great stuff happens there..
    Love your lunch trays and I adore the blue stemware~!! I'd be thrilled to come and have lunch at that table..
    hugs and happy thoughts.

  11. Love your monkey fabric in your office. I did have that fabric in red on some pillows and cushions, but don't have them anymore. I went through a big monkey phase a few years back. Your office is great and you should be surrounded by the things you love. I did not know you are a decorator, my dream. That food you served looks yummy. You must be an extraordinary cook. Love your vintage placemat and love the plate. If you look at my great room that is posted maybe you can give me an idea of what color you would suggest for my built-ins. I just want the white to go now I believe....Kim

  12. Beautiful idea, that lunch! Perfect!

  13. Thanks Patti. That is what I am leaning towards. The only thing that is making me second guess that is my kitchen which is open to this room is green. Benjamin Moore's rosemary sage. Not sure if it is o.k. to make the built-ins green, too?

  14. I love how you incorporated the tablescape with real life and work. Although most tablescapes are Gorgeous, they are hardly realistic for me. That basil mayo sounds delish!!

  15. You are amazing. I loved the tour of your office and a peek at your "special" things. The mayonnaise sounds delicious. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  16. The mini sandwiches look so good..and I envy all your fabrics:)

    The baby photos and shoes:)

  17. Your food looks wonderful and I love the luncheon tray. I see them pop up in blogs once in a while, but I've never run across any.

    You and your brother were cute! As you said, such different times.

  18. Oh what a beautiful post! And I think organized chaos works excellently when you are engaged in creative work.
    After all, the only one who needs to know where everything is ... is YOU.

    Cass ... who mostly has just chaos. :-)

  19. I adore your office. And your lunch looks good too.


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