New York Times & Sunshine Dreams

February 25, 2011 at 5:30 AM 13 comments

Before I get to my regularly scheduled post, I have a big announcement about my brother.  He will be featured in the New York Times, Bay Area edition, this Sunday about a book he is writing!!!  My brother, Joe Imwalle, is hands down the best writer that I know.  He wrote a children’s chapter book and had the opportunity to read each chapter as he wrote it to his third grade students for instant feedback.  Find out more, if you live in San Francisco, by purchasing Sunday’s New York Times or the Bay Citizen.  To say I am a proud sister is an understatement!!!

Now, on to the scheduled post….

While Graham has turned the corner and hit another year of life, his latest sport of choice surely will send him backtracking to youth and leave him young at heart.  He has taken to surfing, a new endevor that I whole heartedly support.  For speaking of young at heart, thinking of having a surfer as a husband makes me giddy and produces squeels of delight from yours truly.  Graham’s gift from me was a surfboard which we picked up a month prior to his birthday.  As seen by this post, the only place for the behemouth to reside is in our dining room.  However, even as a decorator, I will give up precious space, any day of the week, to watch him shred it.

For his birthday dinner, we had his family over and I felt it was only right to create a tablescape in homage to the board.  The weather outside might be frightful, but it is pure sunshine dreams at our place…

For some of the details…I used the same five yards of fabric that I had used for a Christmas dinner that you may recall…

When using the fabric for Christmas, I brought in greens, golds and whites.  This time around, I played up orange, navy and white.  For each setting, I wanted the orange napkins to look like bow ties, as a little manly twist.  The orange napkins are from Anthropologie (about five years old) and the navy linen placemats are Williams Sonoma and our every day china is Williams Sonoma.

For the center of the table, I brought in our white crab that I picked up at a flea market in Chicago and then I went out and bought the two bowls for $6.00 at my local second hand shop – that was my own purchase for the table, everything else I already owned.

For the man of the hour, I placed a crown by the head of the table.  I also put a rock that he found and one that I found at the beach and placed them at each end of the table.

Lastly, I put the wooden shark that I bought in South Africa and I placed it on the console that sits behind the dining table…

And one farther back shot from the I- phone…

If you would like help, decorating your place for a special event and you live in the bay area, I would be so happy to help.  E-mail me at or call me at 650.450.6888.

Happy Friday!  Here’s to the bit of sunshine in all of our lives.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. debby manning  |  February 25, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    lucky graham! his b-day dinner tablescape is charming, masculine and inspires surf dreams galore. . . once again, i remain amazed @ your talent w/ color, accents, scale and overall ‘feel’ for an event; bravo ms. kate collins!

  • 2. julie  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    How ADORABLE! I have a die-hard surfer hubby myself and it’s a pretty hot sport to be involved in! We also have tons of surf paraphernalia littering our house…it takes over.

  • 3. bridget  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    the table looks great. and as a super proud wife i am virtually jumping up and down with excitement with the super proud sister!

  • 4. Joe Imwalle  |  February 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Thanks for the shout out, Kate. The book isn’t finished yet, but it’s almost there. Especially with this extra boost of motivating news.

    Your table looks great. Can I be a dinner guest?

  • 5. Glynnis  |  February 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    The meal was a s good as the table setting! And congratulations to Joe.

  • 6. Seagrass Interiors  |  February 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    I’m DYING over your table!! I love that the little red napkins look like bow ties! : ) Love your blog – I’m a new reader!

  • 7. Elisabeth  |  February 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    This looks so awesome Kate! What a fun idea to decorate around his new present. I took up surfing in Chile but haven’t been able to keep it up since I’ve come back. Happy birthday Graham!

  • 8. Katy  |  February 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    I love the table Kate! Every detail was so cute. Especially loved the bow-tie napkins and the crown for the Birthday boy. I’m getting myself a crown, that’s just awesome.

  • 9. The Zhush  |  February 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Seriously one of the best table scapes I have seen in a loooong time! Love the colors, and look how beautifully it works with your blog’s banner and scheme! Great job…and congrats to your bro as well!

  • 10. Elizabeth Goodwin  |  February 25, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    oh, I love it, how adorable, aren’t you the sweetest and most creative! Congratulations to your brother!

  • 11. paula  |  February 25, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    how fab. makes me want a crab bake!

  • 12. Therese Long  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Love your blog Kate and a BIG congrats to your brother!!
    I look forward to getting to know you through your blog and in person!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!

  • 13. Natalie  |  March 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    I am OBSESSED with that table scape!! Being a preppy east coast girl that table is just too perfect, especially that crab and the stripes and the navy!


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