Thursday, June 18, 2009

Doubling Down With A Thursday Tablescape: The Shop Girls Lunch

This is a double posting. Many of you know I work in a great store in New Orleans, called Perch. It's an interior design shop that has home furnishings, art, lighting and accessories, a great mix of antique, vintage, and contemporary.

I write a blog for Perch, maintain their web site, take all the photos for the shop, do general shop girl things, and do a little design input too. I am also still teaching tango with Alberto, and working on my own house. I'm a little busy.
At Perch we work hard, and we love what we do. Even though Magazine Street is filled with great places to have lunch, we always have lunch in the store.

Jack, the manager and head designer is Italian, and he loves to cook for us. He goes to the market every morning to shop for fresh things to prepare. We have a small efficient kitchen in the store.

We like to set the table, and we often dine in the main show room, or at our big desk in the back. We often work at lunch, a sort of mini conference about current projects.

Today there are just two of for lunch, and there's a small Thomas Paul notebook on a square white china plate. The underplate is a colorful Melamine we sell in the store. Simple everyday flat ware, a wine glass we use for all beverages, a small turquoise tumbler, and a turquoise napkin complete each place setting. A small bouquet of bougainvillea was picked from the Perch garden, and a hob nail glass dish in turquoise is used as a vase.

On the menu today: Pasta with fresh Creole tomato and clam sauce and a yummy salad. Beverage: water. We eat like this everyday! The way I don't gain weight is by skipping dinner ha ha.

You can see wallpaper and fabric books on the nine foot long farm table. Jack always makes plenty, and this table can seat up to ten, so if you come by at lunch time, you can join us.

Thanks to Susan from the lovely blog Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursdays HERE.
Tons of very talented bloggers participate, so please go there and first see the beautiful tablescape Susan did, and then go the links of the other bloggers.
I'm also adding Between Naps on the Porch to my blog list.

And forgive me for doubling down with this post. Not all of you know about the Perch blog HERE, and I want to steer you there so you can see some of the beautiful things we do. I have a couple of big Visual Vamp posts in the works, but sometimes it's hard to complete them.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful table and lunch!

Barbara said...

Beautiful tablescape.

Linda/"Mom" said...

* I ADORE your "Jack"~~~ now THAT's a "GOOOOD MANAGER"!!! LOVELY, Val!

Linda (in AZ) *

Jan said...

Wow you ARE busy.
I could never keep up V.
love x

Cote de Texas said...

that looks delicious! how lucky you are to get a lunch fixed for you !!! love this and YOU!!!!

Velvet and Linen said...

An Italian boss that cooks?
Are you hiring?


Kwana said...

Oh I'd love to perch over there for lunch. How lovely!

Dina Kucera said...

Val, thanks for the beautiful comment on my blog page. I love you back. But now I'm looking at your page and I feel sort of like my blog page sucks. Yours has all this activity, creativity, color, pictures, It's fun. Should I make mine fun as well? Mine is more about the words BUT I could do a little 'pimpimg'. I miss you. Come and see us!!!!!

Miss Jeanett said...

Wow, I love the style!!


beachbungalow8 said...

what beautiful colors. And I have bouganvilla growing right outside my door! the napkins and that shot of citrus make the palette summery and fresh. gorge.

Renee said...

Talk about a work perk.

You have a beautiful blog.

Renee xoxo

Carla said...

Gorgeous place. You find all the goodies. Carla

Carey said...

That is EVER so cool. It reminds me of the films "Mostly Martha" and "No Reservations" where the restaurant staff eat together before opening up for business. Anyway, I think it's such a wonderful tradition in every way. Bless your heart, Jack. You WILL have me at that table someday.