Sunday, February 3, 2013

Red and White

White tulips inspired this table.  They were nearly on their last legs by the time Saturday rolled around and I had some time to set a table in the breakfast area.
 I love the thin pink stripes revealed when the tulips fully opened.
It was a very gray day -- and weekend, as it turned out -- so I had to turn on the lights to take pictures.
For the placesettings I used Royal Doulton Fireglow dinner plates -- the first everyday pattern I chose back in 1972.  I topped them with plain red salad plates and added white napkins.  Little girls' bead bracelets for Valentine's Day served as napkin rings.  (I found the bracelets at Joann's and plan to give them to my granddaughter to share with her friends.) 
I found these little doily-inspired containers at Ikea and thought they'd work nicely holding votive candles.  They also had them in larger sizes, for holding potted plants, and I wish I'd bought a few of those, too!
Here's a closer look at the Fireglow pattern, which I still love today, as well as my silver, Lunt Belvedere.  We brides of the seventies were lucky that silver was relatively inexpensive back then.  I think my forks are listed at Replacements for $119 each these days! 
 One last artsy shot!
Thank you for visiting my table today!  I will be linking to:
Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish
Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday

25 comments:

  1. Tricia - your table is great, but I am really wild about that tablecloth! it seems like you could use it for so many occasions, when red is the one of the holiday colors. I married a little before you, but I chose a Royal Doulton pattern, as well - love yours. Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. Tricia, the tulips are still pretty. I tend to like them when they are open and floppy. Love the red tablecloth. Thanks for sharing your red and white!

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  3. What a beautiful table! Love your china. I was just visiting another blog and saw the IKEA pots there also...ave to get some, they are so cute. You caught the tulips at the perfect time.

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  4. I love the red!! Looks so pretty with all the white touches. Beautiful tulips!! Those Ikea pots are super cute! I haven't been to Ikea in so long! Time for a trip!!!
    Karen

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  5. I like the way you coordinated the solid plates with the patterned ones. The tablecloth is perfect as are the whimsical touches in the napkin rings and lacy candle holders.

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  6. Your table setting is lovely. I found you randomly and was intrigued by your blog title. I must come back and explore more so I will understand the DULL.

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  7. Tricia, this is such an inviting red and white table. The tulips are gorgeous, and I love the children's bracelets for napkin rings-very clever. laurie

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  8. Wonderful table! Silver always seems like a yoyo on a string. The prices go up and down. Your pattern is a really pretty one.

    Everything looks so pretty!

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  9. Beautiful table...your plates are so versatile, with the pink and red they work nicely for Valentine's Day. Cute votive holders...could they be used to hold candy, too?

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  10. Beautiful table, Tricia. Looks so happy and romantic...Christine

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  11. Very pretty red and white theme for this table setting! Glad you used the white tulips on the red tablecloth for it makes a lovely contrast. The Royal Doulton has a sweet border and perfect with the centerpiece. Thanks for sharing your tablecape!

    Pam

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  12. I used tulips too! It's just that time of year. sigh. Love your pretty tablecloth. The dishes look wonderful on it! Royal Doulton just makes the prettiest patterns, timeless. Absolutely lovely. xo marlis

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  13. Lovely white tulips. I have admired your Fireglow before. I love your new votive cups. Joni

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  14. Very pretty table! I didn't know this pretty Royal Doulton pattern, it's so happy! Your tulips "on their last leg" are beautiful! I like them when they start to droop and sway. Glad I stopped by! Zuni

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  15. The tulips are absolutely perfect. They always bring a little hope for spring into the house during the dreary winter days. They are such a beautiful color with their striations. My friend picked up those lovely containers at IKEA too. We went there for blankets and ended up with a bulging cartload. They look so great on your table.

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  16. I love your pretty red and white table, the dishes and silver...just beautiful! And so are the white tulips, what a lovely centerpiece!

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  17. I also choose the Fireglow for my first china pattern. I love the way you have used it..I am inspired to try it out with other color salad plates.

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    1. Oh, I would love to see any photos you have of your Fireglow! I don't know anyone else who has that pattern. Do you have a blog?

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  18. $119 each?!??!?! Yup...I'd say the cost of those forks has risen just a bit! Wow!!! I need to go online and see what Replacements is selling my pattern for these days! I might be able to pay off my mortgage! :-) Very pretty, Tricia! And the tulips look no worse for the wear! I actually like the look of them better when they're fully open and not standing so stick straight. They look "alive" and inquisitive!!! Have a nice weekend!!!

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  19. This looks very pretty! I love the silver and the tablecloth! Those doily containers are also adorable! Thanks for sharing this! =D

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  20. Funny about buying silver in the seventies -- I chose a modern pattern and deeply regret that I didn't buy a match for my mother's Gorham Chantilly, which I inherited. For a big party, I just mix and match them; nobody actually cares, and my mouth loves the smooth feel of silver as opposed to stainless. I especially love the "arty" shot with the droopy tulip and the pierced white votive. Beautiful!

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  21. Your table looks wonderful! I love the Fireglow plates and the doily containers are so cute!

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  22. What a perfect Valentine's table, Tricia! It has a wonderful mix of casual and elegant, and it would be a pleasure to enjoy a meal at it. The little bracelets are a great idea! I've also used little girls' hair bands and scrunchies as napkin rings.

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  23. Tricia, I really like the simplicity of this red and white elegant table. Love the doily votive cups too! Thanks for sharing! Miss Mindy

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  24. Such a pretty table...love the lace candle cups and the way you used bracelets for napkin rings - pretty clever! Thanks for stopping by!

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