Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A white invitation...

As the white heat beats up my frazzled body, my mind dazzles itself in the sheerness of white: soft, draping, linen & airy. With all my Scandinavian jewels cooling my soul I yearn for the Midsommer parties, crisp cool sunlit evenings & casual social ways they effortlessly engage in.
So instead of commiserating, I'm consummating my love with an invite for all to an afternoon only an imagined moment away...

Travelling down the path you'll notice how cool you're skin already is. Notice I've not paved the way. This is my secluded respite & I'd like to keep it so.I hope you're dressed crisply, softly & comfy cozy. My dress is waiting for me. Wrinkles in linen spell relaxed, remember that as you dress, no fretting, understand??? My home?? Well it remains only in my head so how can I show it you. I can not, so instead imagine a cottage & a home nestled in a spot of heaven: gentile, gracious, filled in every trace of space with love & laughter. You'll never want to leave.
Iced white tea by the door, my stars, how kind, please help yourself.
I've placed flora blanca everywhere. Whats a ladylike invite without such trappings of decadence? There's even a few bouquets lounging, begging for you to take them home...you will.
How do like my dining room, the view through its French doors???? Intimate is always the way to go. I love laughter, chatter, this & thatter so expect a joyous time.

My silver, the china is vintage mixing & matching, through the only a love for what it is & a whisper in my ear .... "psst, buy me???" Monogrammed linens beg me as well & you'll notice your napkin is your initial.
Nibbles, no quibbles I've made one bite wonders. Could it be a tea without those lovely little sandwiches?? Noooo I've done plenty. Chevre with my fig jam, smoked salmon mousse & cucumbers (I prefer the Persians) & my Waldorf chicken salad. Cheese treats rare & wordly. Now a fun surprise: Prosecco with lemon sorbet a vino treat not too sweet. Ladies & libations always work so well together.
Dessert: did you think I forgot?? Me never!!! Coconut cupcakes, hummingbird cake, Aran's meringues kisses & my mother white almond bark: treats with icy drinks.


Shall we wander the grounds, your welcome to my hammock or another nook to retire or converse. As the day winds down & reality sets in, I'm sad to see you go, but I know you shall return. Think of this day often as you use your takeaway treat, monogrammed for you, softened by me & always this day will be cool to the touch of your skin, refreshing.


Images courtesy of Country Living, Martha Stewart, Skona Hem & Southern Living

26 comments:

Jacqueline said...

What fabulous pictures, some of which remind me of my sons wedding which was last October.You can really see the English influences in your posts. XX

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Lovely Lovely Lovely. OOOH I want all that silverware, especially those little silver salt shakers [too sweet - now i will dream about those shakers]. Casa tua, casa mia.

Juju said...

WOW. You're making me crave flowers and tea sandwiches. Such lovely pics.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...
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Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Happy Tuesday Alicia: Wow..I now want to go lay in some tall grasses & have a nap. What a fabulous post. Oh how I'd love to spend a warm summers day in your backyard! After all the wonderful food & drink, I'd be asking for a siesta in your hammock! Great job!!

(sorry for the deleted post..not enough caffeine yet!)

Sanity Fair said...

LOVE all the white - I DO feel refreshed! :) Thanks for the virtual visit!

girlwhimsy said...

Hi Alicia -
Thank you for the comment on Vintage Lilly, and I'm happy my header inspired your movie night! You are a sweet heart! I looove the white photos - so refreshing! Thank you for the peaceful and calm summer inspiration!
Debbie

Averill said...

Very lovely and very calming. I've never tried iced white tea, but it looks so lovely in those tall glasses that I'll definitely have to give it a go!

thanks for the mental break!

~ ennui ~ said...

Why "thank you"! What a lovely time I've had!
♥xoxo♥

vicki archer said...

How totally and utterly divine Alicia....thank you. You have inspired me to 'whiten' up, xv.

The Little Jewelry Box said...

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Heidi said...

Breath taking. Heidi

Mimi said...

Just beautiful....It was lovely taking a tour through your dream home. You told and story well.. I enjoyed my stay! Thank you.

Mimi said...

Just beautiful...It was lovely taking a tour through your dream home. You told the story well..I enjoyed my stay! Thank you!

Joan said...

Well I want to move right in. I have never heard of white tea. How refreshing it looks.

Gaia said...

Hi alicia,
thanks for your invitation. I relly had very good time listening to your history ...
Love gaia

annechovie said...

I already feel much cooler and refreshed, Alicia! You are the perfect hostess.

Lori said...

What a wonderful visit I just had! Thank you for taking me away for a bit!

Courtney said...

I would be thrilled to accept your invitation; the stage you set is quite appealing, and it is even refreshing to just look at the images!

Amanda Woods said...

Thank you for your invitation and for also sharing such a beautiful experience on my blog yesterday. Your day in the orchard sounded absolutely amazing - I can certainly understand why it would have been a highlight in your life.

Simone said...

Quite possibly the most beautiful post I have ever read......and definitely the most relaxing......I exhaled so much that I almost feel asleep! Absolute gorgeous-ness xoxo

Tobi Fairley said...

I adore your blog and especially this post!! Thanks for leaving a comment on mine so I could have the treat of finding you and spending a moment in your garden hideaway!! You left me yearning even more for a quaint cottage and garden of my own than I already was!! Please accept my sincere thanks for the lovely afternoon! xoxo Tobi

lily-g said...

I have died and gone to Heaven, what a gob smacking, gorgeous post, love, love, love it! xx

Kasey said...

beautiful!
and i love that daybed!!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

My favorite colors white, cream and green. I plan to do my guest room in these soon. thanks for the inspiring me.

Blueprint Bliss said...

Lovely post!