As spring transitions into summer, I'm reminded of a scene in one of my favorite YasujirÅ Ozu films, Late Spring, where characters Noriko and Hattori are riding their bikes through the strong coastal wind.
A good bicycle ride to the perfect picnic spot is the essence of late spring. Here, we've demystified the perfect picnic, styled by Nikole Herriott, the creative force behind the shop and blog Herriott Grace.
Styling and photography by Nikole Herriott (except where noted).
Above: The perfect charcuterie board of cured meats and aged cheese.
Above: An antique picnic table sets the tone for an afternoon meal on a vintage tin plates. For a simple picnic table, the Red Cedar Cross-Legged Picnic Tables, ranging in size from 4 to 10 feet long, are available from All Picnic Tables. Prices start at $479 for the 4-foot-long size; Cross-Legged Benches are available starting at $159 for the 4-foot-long size. Photography by Michael Graydon, styling by Nikole Herriott.
Above: Buttery crackers, flor de sal, and fresh English peas scatter across table linens.
Above: Earthenware meets wood in an array of bowls and bread boards.
Above: A scrap of linen fabric serves as a quick table cloth. The Medium Cherry Rustic Board is currently sold out at Herriott Grace; subscribe to the mailing list for restocking updates. Styled by Tara O'Brady of Seven Spoons.
Above: Freshly-picked blackberries are gathered in a basket. Photograph via Caroline Gomez.
Above: Sandwiches and sparkling water to-go.
Above: The Peterboro Basket Company, located in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, teamed with Heath to create the Large Natural Picnic Basket; $72 at Heath Ceramics.
Above: For a dash of summery color, we like Marianne Nilsson's Blue Herring Linens; prices range from $18 for the napkin to $49 for a tablerunner from Heath.
Above: The easy-to-carry Bright Maple Breakfast Plate (far right) is $55 from Herriott Grace.
Above: John McLeod's Walnut Cutting Board is made of American black walnut in Wilmington, Vermont; $79.95 from Williams Sonoma.
Above: The dark grain Teak Spoon; $144 for the wide spoon (L), $125 for the sugar spoon, and $155 for the small scoop from Herriott Grace.
Above: The White Mixing Bowl from Emile Henry is made in France of ceramic stoneware; prices range from $19.95 to $49.95 from Sur la Table.
Above: For bring dishes to and from the picnic affair, the Steel Tiffin Lunch Box Set includes the full three stacks of containers for $85 from Design Within Reach.
Above: Wrap sandwiches in brown wax paper bags or white Glassine Envelopes, like these from Knot & Bow on Etsy; $3 for 10 large bags.
Above: The perfect picnic transportation, Public Bike's Public M8 Eight-Speed City Bike model in powder blue is $995.