Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fun in Nashville

Last weekend my Dallas sister and I flew (separately) to Nashville to visit our baby sister and her family -- and to see our amazing 15-year-old niece as the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof.  It was a jam-packed, less-than-48-hours trip, and SO much fun!  Besides eating at some fabulous places and seeing the terrific production of Fiddler, we also shopped a little.  Okay, a lot!  One MUST on my to-do list any time I'm in Nashville is visiting the shop Color, which has wonderful gifts, dishes, jewelry, decorative items, and a delightful staff who are happy to help shoppers.  One staff member showed me a new idea for using placemats and napkins to set a pretty table.  I managed to get my purchases into my carry-on suitcase, but just barely!

Usually, my tables are all about the dishes, because I love different patterns of china and I usually start by choosing a pattern or two, then go from there.  In fact, I didn't even own any plain white dishes until about a year ago.  This time, however, I started with the new placemats, layering these fun twig ones over some lime green round ones.  Yes, those are real twigs!  Just picture me wrestling those placemats into a small roll-aboard suitcase!

I added a plain white plate and a matching lime green hem-stitched linen napkin in the clear napkin rings my daughter bought me -- also from Color! -- for Christmas a couple of years ago.   Here's the placesetting.

Here you can see the green stemware I chose to go with the placesetting.

Here's a better look at the napkin ring, which has an opening to hold water for flowers.  I used these pink-tinged yellow roses from the grocery store along with some rosemary from the back yard.

I like the juxtaposition of the sterling silver and the rustic placemat.

After using roses in the napkin rings, I only had a few left, so decided to use the bottles-in-a-wire-carrier that I used for another recent table, adding a few rosemary sprigs.  This is how the roses looked on Saturday.

By Sunday afternoon, they had opened up beautifully!

Here's a view of the whole table, taken before the roses opened.  Very simple, but I like simple!

And one more look at the roses!

If you get to visit Nashville, plan to stop at Color -- tell them Tricia sent you! Thank you for visiting my table this week, and be sure to visit Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!

29 comments:

  1. I am nuts about those placemats, Tricia. They, with the fresh flowers in the napkin rings, give the table such a unique and organic feel while still being really, really lovely.

    I love Nashville. I haven't been there in years, but I will try to remember Color when I go again.

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  2. Tricia, I'm one who loves texture, so your twig placemats are intriguing to me. I like the look of layering placemats like we layer our stacks of dishes. ;-) This table is exquisite in its simplicity. It offers an elegant look of cool calmness for a hot summer day. Glad you had a nice trip. Fiddler on the Roof is one of my all time favorite musicals.

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  3. That is a lovely combination, Tricia. I really like the place mats and the roses are fantastic. Another beautiful table score for you!

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  4. Trish, this is fabulous. I love the round placemat under the twigs... ooh I have the twigs too and can't wait to use this trick! I love the simple carrier as your centerpiece. Just enough to make it all work. So glad you got to have some grand fun! thanks for sharing. be blessed, xo marlis

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  5. Oh those placemats are so drool worthy, Tricia, love them! Your tablescape looks wonderful, love the contrasts....Christine

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  6. So pretty. I love the beautiful green napkins and I agree the juxtaposition of the rustic mat with the linen napkin, silver etc is fabulous. I really do like the napkin ring which holds fresh flowers and your bottles in wire carrier add the perfect touch.

    Glad you had fun in Nashville.

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  7. I adore your vase napkin rings and love the twiggy texture with the silver!

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  8. Back for another peek, Tricia. Love this one! ~ sarah

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  9. What unique placemats! Love the way you layered them. Love the colors, and the roses set it off beautifully. I want your napkins and goblets, too! Sounds like you had a great trip.

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  10. This is beautiful! Love the colors, the placemats, and the napkin rings. I have napkin rings similar, but instead of the vase they have salt and pepper on each side!

    Katherine

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  11. Those twig placemats are great and I do love that centerpiece!

    Thanks for taking us to Nashville and linking to Let's Dish!

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  12. What fabulous place mats! Now we will all be flying to Nashville to buys some! Love the flowers in the centerpiece and in the napkin rings. I like simple also...this is stunning. Hugs, Linda

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  13. Oh, I just LOVE those twig place mats! They have me thinking about Fall...your simple tablescape has a lot of elegance.

    (hugs)
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  15. Simple, maybe. Sophisticated and outstanding, definitely! Great choices on your shopping trip. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  16. Beautiful..love the metal basket centerpiece with the gorgeous yellow gold roses! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday.
    Karin

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  17. Love the lime color mixed with your twig placemats and yellow roses. So pretty. Hope you're having a great summer.
    Babs

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  18. Believe it or not, I found six twig placemats at Goodwill months ago. I just haven't been sure how to use them, but you have provided wonderful inspiration! I LOVE this table! Simple is the key! And the colors you chose are spot on! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Such a fresh, pretty tablescape. Love your choice of colors, and those napkin rings.

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  20. Love the mix of rustic and elegant. The table mats were worth stuffing into your suitcase, and what a clever way to add color on many levels, layering the circle mats, then twig mats, then colorful napkin. The roses mixed with rosemary again carries out the theme of rustic and elegant! Great centerpiece vases that you'll use over and over again. Thanks for sharing! Happy Summer. ~CJ

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  21. Love the texture in those twig placemats and your green glassware is catching my eye too. I'll be this table smelled great too with that fresh rosemary.

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  22. Hi Tricia,
    Love that shade of green, so pretty and love how the napkins look with the roses on them. So pretty, also loved the separate vases with the roses, all very pretty.
    Have a nice weekend,
    Blessings, nellie

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  23. Tricia, I love those twiggy placemats. They add such a natural element to the table. I also ador that chicken wire vase holder AND those napkin rings. Perfect!!

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  24. Oh goodness, those placemats are terrific, so cool and unique, love them! Everything is great like those napkin rings, the separate vases with the roses and the color green you chose for it. Thanks for sharing your destination Tricia!
    FABBY

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  25. I love your mix of the hard in the placemats with the soft in the napkins and flowers. Glad you were able to squeeze things into your luggage!!!

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  26. It's amazing what you can squeeze into a suitcase. It would have been sad to leave the placemats behind. Love the table.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

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  27. I was just in Nashville in May, but didn't get around to as many stores as I would have liked. Since I'm largely unfamiliar with the city, it's good to know of specialty shops like this one so that I can try to visit next time around. Is it on the same end of town as where the big mall and Talbot's is? I got really turned around there. My husband attended med school there, so he was much more familiar. I love the items you found!!! I REALLY love the placemats! I have some in bamboo that have a somewhat similar look to them, but I really love the idea of the more rustic wood like that! Your roses are a gorgeous color and opened up really nicely. Very pretty, Miss Tricia!!!

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  28. Lots of great texture on your table and such pretty napkins and the rose for the ring.

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  29. Very, very pretty. They are all so beautiful and gets me inspired! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment about my door bench. I loved seeing you again. I'm anxious to get back into the the groove again! Sandi

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