Make the season last a little longer with a languorous Provencal meal. Plan an uncomplicated menu full of bright flavors, and keep the look breezy: simple dishes, elegantly rumpled linens, and a palette inspired by olive groves.
Use Your Collections
Their silhouettes are varied, but these candlesticks look pulled together because of their white finish. The same holds true for the chairs, a mismatched group that we painted.
Backyard foliage is a fresh alternative to flowers. We used olive branches, but laurel, boxwood, and holly would work, too. Gather a big bunch in a rustic container, and put it at the end of the table, rather than in the center. (It should be a conversation piece, not a conversation blocker.)
Beeswax tapers, by the Bee Man Candle Co., $10 per pair, shopterrain.com. Ultra decanter, $240, riedelusa.net. Miguel green wine carafe, $22, crateandbarrel.com. Paint (on chairs), by Martha Stewart Paint, in Aurora Borealis, homedepot.com.