Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cool Blue and Green

Once again, I must apologize to my faithful followers for falling off the tablescape wagon for a few weeks. BUT!  While in Chicago recently, I bought some new everyday dishes.  This makes my third set of everyday dishes in 38 years of marriage, which isn't TOO indulgent, is it?

The wonderful Bloomingdale's Home store in downtown Chicago had these dishes on sale, so we decided to get them and had them shipped home.  I've admired this Dansk pattern since first seeing it a few years ago.  The salad plate (and mug, not shown) have a slightly different design than the dinner plate and rim soup.  The salesman talked us out of buying bread and butter plates, saying that most customers don't use them, but we've decided we DO need them, mostly for serving appetizers and small desserts.


I have a lot of blue table linens, since my second everyday pattern included a lot of blue, but this time I went with this bright leaf green.  The placesetting also includes our everyday blue glasses, but I chose to use our silver instead of the everyday stainless, because the pattern includes a flower similar to the one on the dinner plate.



Here's a view of the table.  For a simple centerpiece, I pulled the preserved boxwood topiaries from the mantel and added some white mums in a pansy ring, a gift from my in-laws that I have enjoyed over the years. (Can you spot Mr. Champagne, our enormous cat, resting on the cool floor just outside the dining room?)

You can see the pansy ring a little better here.  It is perfect for short-stemmed flowers like pansies, but works with lots of other flowers, too.
Here's an overhead view.
Another angle...
And a last view of the whole table.
The details:
Dishes: Dansk Kristina and Florencia
Glasses:  Villeroy & Boch My Garden
Silver:  Lunt Belvedere
Placemats and napkins:  Crate & Barrel Outlet
Preserved boxwood topiaries:  Williamsburg catalog

Thank you for visiting my table this week!  I hope you will leave a comment before you leave to visit all the wonderful tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch!


34 comments:

  1. Hi Tricia,

    Welcome back! I don't think three sets of everyday dishes during 38 years is too indulgent at all :) Your new dishes are lovely, and the flower on your sterling really is very similar. They pair together beautifully. My very favorite thing is your pansy ring! I've never seen one before. The overhead view with the mums is just so pretty. Your house is lovely, and Mr. Champagne looks like a very contented kitty. Thanks for sharing.

    Denise

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  2. Oh, how I love your dishes! I am on the hunt for new ones (39 yrs) and thought I would get white, but yours are just my style. I LOVE all things blue.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  3. Welcome home, Tricia! Three sets in 38 years is definitely not indulgent.
    Great choice on this third set. Your table setting is beautiful with the green textiles. I love blue and green combined. This looks just like summer to me. ~ Sarah

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  4. Hi lovely lady.
    I love everything about your Tablescape sweet lady. The green is such lovely with the white flowers and your Beautiful wood table. You have a gorgeous dining room Tricia.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape for two.
    I hope you have a Great week with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  5. Welcome back! Tricia, you know blue and green is my favorite color comb...love this table. Thanks for sharing...the table and pretty new dishes.

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  6. Dansk, "Bistro" used to be our primary everyday pattern. You'll love the Dansk...it moves seamlessly from casual to elegant. Some years ago, a deer jumped through my car window, injuring and nearly breaking my neck. After that, the weight of lifting a pile of the Dansk plates was just too heavy for me. That's when and why I became a fan of the lighter, but sturdy English transferware. I love the citrus green with the blue and white...and the topiaries are the perfect choice. I two 'nesting' pansy rings that were our Nana's. I need to pull them out and use them. Thank you for the inspiration. Cherry Kay

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  7. Hi Tricia, Your tablescape is very pretty and your new Dansk plates are gorgeous. I am glad you got them....Christine

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  8. So so glad to see you back. I love this set of dishes!!! Oh goodness they are lovely. I would love it myself. You won't be sad you got the bread and butters! I use mine for so many things. I love the pansy ring, didn't know what that was. I packed one years ago when we moved, but someone it and the kitchen bowls are still awol. Stay cool, many blessings, your table is fabulous! marlis

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  9. Only the third set! Wow, you have done great! I love your dishes. They are so pretty and I'm sure you will get lots of use out of them and the bread and butters.
    The flower ring is darling!

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  10. Trisha -- what a pretty color combination. Love that pretty pattern in your new dishes. Thanks for your very sweet visit.

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  11. Trisha, Blue and green work so well together!Your table is spectacular, fresh and summery! I love your everyday glasses~ so pretty!
    I have a soft spot for topiaries! They bring a great organic element to your table.
    Yvonne

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  12. I love the green on your table with your new dinnerware! Such a pretty pattern~ I'm sure you'll enjoy them! Love your pansy ring~ how perfect for a low flower arrangement on the table!

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  13. Welcome Back!!
    Your tablescape is so fresh and fun, I love the colors and your new dishes are lovely.

    I love seeing the "baby" in the doorway :) Mine are always looming around as I do my table as well.

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Aledia~

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  14. So pretty and blue and white...my favorite!

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  15. Three sets of china in 38 years is freaking unbelievable! I'm glad you indulged! This pattern is so beautiful and I can see it working in a variety of tablescapes. I look forward to seeing you experiment with it. I really like the green in your placemats. I'm not fond of all shades of green, but this one, I love. Nice job, and do get those bread and butter dishes! You can never have too many dishes.

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  16. Beautiful tablescape. I knew those dishes looked familiar. I also have a lovley set (up in the attic) of Dansk bistro blue and white dishes. Love the crispness of blue and green. Mrs. S

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  17. Beautiful table. I love this Dansk pattern.

    Dansk has been a favorite of mine for over thirty years. The designs are wonderful!

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  18. Good to see you! I have been MIA myself, with my never-ending kitchen redo. Love your new blog header -- really striking.

    Your table is gorgeous and classic as always. The fresh green and your new dishes look soooo cool and refreshing.

    I think Mr Champagne has the right idea -- I am tempted to lie on the tile myself sometimes!

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  19. Hi, Tricia! I've been gone a long time, too, so I will say it is good to come back and find you here. To answer your question, I don't think it's too indulgent to have purchased your 3rd set of everyday dishes in 38 years. Not at all! I applaud your restraint! :-) Pretty pattern, too!!!! Have a wonderful weekend, and "welcome back home."

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  20. HI there! So nice to meet you! 3 sets, huh? You sure are NOT self indulgent. You might faint if I told you how many sets of dishes I have! I think I have lost count! I love your new ones, they are so pretty! The pattern is lovely. They look beautiful with the green placemats, that is a winning combination to me! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I will be back here too! XO, Pinky

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  21. Great new dishes Tricia and the blue and green table is very pretty! Also love the pansy ring, I can see many different flowers in it:@)

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  22. I so love those green placemats and napkins mixed with the blue and white plates!I also love the pansy ring.

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  23. Simply elegant cool and green. Very nice.

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  24. Hi Tricia! You have set a pretty table with your beautiful new china! I like the green and blue together. Your ring of mums is perfect too. It's all so crisp and cool!

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  25. OK well I would have done the same thing...I buy dishes just because I happen to like the pattern!
    BTW, your table is just lovely and so is the dining room!
    Terry

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  26. I really like the leaf green table linens. It is an unusual and eye-catching colour. Thanks so much for dropping by L'Heure Bleue At Home and your kind comment.

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  27. Love your blog title and what you wrote in your bio... isn't strange that society in general is less interested in reading about happiness. I guess we fall in the minority ... but happiness is bliss!! Thank you for your visit .. your table setting is brilliant and your silver is gorgeous... xo HHL

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  28. Gorgeous Dansk plates! I love your green and fresh tablescape, beautiful stemware and silver, one feels happy to see it and I have so enjoyed it, my friend. Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  29. I love those colors together!! That color green is my favorite. The villery and boch glasses are divine! All in all, a wonderfully fresh, inviting table! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I'm so late to the party that the guests are all gone. I'm glad that I didn't miss it, though. The place setting is wonderful. I really love the blue against that green. It looks so fresh. (I agree with your POV on the bread and butter dishes, btw.)

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  31. Hi- I love the crisp green with the blue and white dishes! Dansk does make some great looking dinnerware don't they! I am on my third set of everyday dishes in 34 years so I guess we're even! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your nice comments! Liz

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  32. Hi Tricia! I love the crisp green you chose to go with your beautiful dishes. Unexpected and so refreshing! I look forward to looking at more of your tablescapes!

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  33. Tricia, congrats on your beautiful new dishes! Paired with your green table linens, they make a very welcoming and relaxing table. The topiaries and flower ring add the perfect touch of "garden." So glad I didn't miss this table.

    I hope you're planning to join me for the Vintage Linen & Dish Auction starting Thursday. Details by clicking the auction button on my sidebar.

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  34. Hi lovely lady. You know I love your crisp green Tablescape ~~~ I would love to sit down with you for the lovely dinner. I would love to thank you for your beautiful comment on my new patio dinner party.
    I hope you have a great week with your lovely family.~~~~ Keep posting Tricia.
    XXOO Diane

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