In the Garden with Greg: A Provencal Brunch in the Heart of the City

Greg Laciak is Greentea Design’s lead designer.  When Greg’s not helping clients plan their dream kitchen he’s often in the showroom giving it that quintessential Greentea vibe.  With an unmatched eye for what’s beautiful and how it all fits together, The Design Tree is delighted to have Greg as a guest contributor.  This month in celebration of summer, Greg moves out of the showroom and into the garden as he sets up a Provencal brunch using Greentea’s unique furniture and outdoor accessories.

There is something extra special about dining outdoors.  Surrounded by the beauty of nature seems to heighten the simple pleasure of eating.  Fresh from an incredible trip to Paris and Provence, the time was perfect to host a Provençal brunch in my own backyard.  Here’s how I created a little slice of Heaven, à la Provence, in the heart of Toronto.

Dans le jardin

The wisteria was in full glorious bloom, creating the perfect backdrop.

I decided my two anchors would be a rustic dining table paired with some slender benches to fit in the tight space and…

… a small Harbin table as a server.

To add some interest between the elevated sitting area and the garden I grouped 3 rustic mortars that I planted with Agapanthus and Heliotropes: it was just the hit of structure and colour I was looking for.

The antique horse trough made a beautiful vessel to use as a water feature under the massive euonymus that has been slowly taking over my garden over the years – it has such a zen feel.

Sur la table:

I started with beautiful antique placemats that I teamed up with some fun summery napkins and Bakelite cutlery  to create that unfussy sophistication that is the distinctive style of the south of France. I wanted to showcase my depression glass collection which I used to set the table. The look was finished with gorgeous vases of white peonies.

The final nod to the French countryside was with the day’s menu which included gambas (shrimp) done simply on a bed of a pasta that was cooked in garlic olive oil and topped with fresh parmesan cheese and parsley and for dessert, brownies topped with berries and crème fraiche.  We enjoyed this with a wonderful sparkling lemonade from France that I found at a specialty store in my area.

It was a day of bliss as we enjoyed some fine food and company in a magical setting.  Here’s to your outdoor celebrations – be they large or intimate, formal or last minute.

For those of you in the Toronto area,  stop by the Greentea showroom to see our unique outdoor furniture and accessories like those above on sale now, up to 60% off.

4 Responses to In the Garden with Greg: A Provencal Brunch in the Heart of the City

  1. Isabelle Keeley says:

    Please note the change of email address. Thank you for sending me these ideas. It is really inspiring.

  2. Taigert says:

    I Love the rustic look and it makes the whole mood so much more relaxed

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