For the Neutralist
Charcoal and ivory dinner plates, set of 4, $35.96, and salad plates, set of 4, $31.96; cool marbled batik handmade napkins, set of 4, $17.96; buffalo bone napkin rings, set of 4, $11.96; treble clef flatware, set of 4, $15.96. All from Cost Plus World Market, worldmarket.com.
Faux dark wood base charger, $4.95 each. Pier 1, pier1.com.
For the Beach Bum
Banana palm print melamine dinner plates, set of 4, $24.99; white blossom melamine dinner plate, $10.50 each; gold pineapple place card holders, set of 4, $10.99; white thatched charger, $12.95 each; natural carved wood charger, $19.95 each. Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.
Wood handle flatware collection, $15.96; seagrass-wrapped double old-fashioned glasses, set of 4, $27.96. Cost Plus World Market, worldmarket.com.
Unglazed ceramic floral container, JOANN Fabrics, joann.com.
At AJ’s Tex-Mex BBQ in Valley Village, Anthony Chin and John Carrizales combine their talents to serve Texas-style comfort food.
Summer blahs give way to “oohs” and “aahs” as we uncover some unique spots for you and your kids to revel in new adventures.