Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trying a New Color Scheme

Last week's tablescape by Rett at The Gazebo House inspired me to try a tablescape using a new-for-me color scheme -- purple and green.  I don't have much purple, but in shopping the house, I found a few items to include, and the grocery store contributed a few more.

The placesetting includes the leaf green placemats and napkins I've used in several tablescapes, some wicker chargers, plain white plates, square lavender melamine plates, green stemware, and our everyday stainless flatware.  

The clear napkin rings were a gift from my daughter, and they have an opening to hold flowers and water.  I have really enjoyed using these! 
Here's an across the table view, in which you can see another purple item I found, a glass carafe that was a gift from my in-laws years ago.  It's perfect for keeping iced water or tea handy. 
At the other end of the table, a bowl of plums brings in another shade of purple.
For the centerpiece, I found some lavender daisy mums at Sam's -- ten stems for $4.88!
Here's a view of the whole table.
One more look at a daisy mum!
The details:
Green placemats and napkins, Crate & Barrel outlet
Wicker chargers and white plates, Pier 1
Lavender melamine, Target a few years ago, I think
Green glasses, The Great Indoors
Flatware, Towle Beaded Antique
Napkin rings, gift from daughter via Color, Inc. in Nashville

Thanks for visiting today!  I'll be linking up with Tablescape Thursdays at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch, so please visit her blog to see lots more tablescapes!



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Weeknight Supper

Last weekend I co-hosted a bridal shower for a friend's daughter, whose wedding is in September.  Her favorite flowers are sunflowers, so we used two dozen to decorate the buffet and gift tables.  I supplied the flowers, so brought them home with me -- spilling water in my car and breaking a vase, but that's another story.  I have enjoyed having a large vase of them on my coffee table and a smaller one on the breakfast table and realized I should use them in a tablescape.  I posted a sunflower tablescape last year featuring green and gold elements, and at first I couldn't think how to set a different one.  Then, I had an idea.

A few months ago, I bought four placesettings of these dishes, which I had admired for a long time, especially in this beautiful color, called forget-me-not.  They also come in sage green and a creamy white. Here are the dinner plate and salad plate.
Here's the dinner plate alone. I really like the elegant simplicity of this design.
And here's the pasta bowl, which is a wonderful wonky shape!
The placesetting also includes the sunflower napkins I used in last year's tablescape, our everyday stainless, and the blue stemware that sweet Marigene of In the Middle of Nowhere sent me last year.
I thought their ribbed design worked well with the ribbed spiral of the plates.
Here's another view of the table.  I like the look of the pale blue dishes against the dark wood of the bare table.
The sunflowers are still looking good after five days!
The details:
Dishes:  Sophie Conran for Portmeiron in Forget-Me-Not blue, Bloomingdale's Home
Glasses:  Sirrus Blue by Libbey, courtesy of Marigene!
Stainless flatware:  Beaded Antique by Towle
Napkins:  Williams-Sonoma (end of season sale last year)

And there you have it -- a simple, weeknight table that lets the sunflowers shine.  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!


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!