Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy 100th Tablescape Thursday!

Congratulations and best wishes to Susan of Between Naps on the Porch, where we are celebrating the 100th Tablescape Thursday!

When Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen posted a gorgeous all-white tablescape recently, she asked if we were interested in repeating last summer's Let There Be White party. I commented that since I am All About Color, I didn't think I'd be able to pull together an all-white table, but that I'd love to see others' efforts.  Kathleen wrote back, encouraging me to give it a try, so I did.  I looked around my house and through cupboards and closets for anything white and found more things than I'd expected.  I was surprised that I was able to set the table without going shopping for anything!  Here's the view from the entryway.

Here's a closer look at the table.  Through the caneback chair you may spot Tiger snoozing in the late afternoon sun.

I'm using a bridge cloth that my grandmother made and edged with her tatting, with napkins to match.  The tall candleholders are from a fun shop in Salado, Texas, just down the road.  Some of you have seen the preserved boxwood topiaries in an earlier tablescape.

After I had taken most of the photos, I spotted these white bird candles on my baker's rack and decided to add them to the centerpiece. 

A different angle...

Here's a closer look at one of the bird candles.

Here's a placesetting.  We've had the covered ramekins for years -- bought them originally to use for French onion soup.  The silver is Lunt Belvedere.

And here's a closer look at the tatting that edges the cloth and napkins. Grandma taught me to knit and sew, but I never learned to tat!

I like this photo with late afternoon shadows.

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to check out all the other tablescapes celebrating Susan's 100th Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

White Roses

The inspiration for this week's Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch was a bouquet of white roses.  They were the weekly special from HEB (a grocery store, for you non-Texans) at $6! We have enjoyed them on the coffee table, but I thought they deserved their own tablescape, too.

To allow the roses to be the star attraction, I kept the rest of the table very neutral.  I used a gray silk runner, my wedding china, crystal, and silver, and some cut glass pieces that echo the crystal vase.

Here's a placesetting, with the napkin removed.  The china is Lenox Windsong, and the silver is Lunt Belvedere.

Here's a closeup of the two patterns.  I like that both china and silver include similar flowers.

Here's one more look at the roses.

Thanks for visiting this week, and check out all the other tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another Sunday Supper

For Tablescape Thursday this week at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch, I started with some plates I bought at Pier 1 a couple of years ago.  I bought only three, because I wanted to use them in a three-tiered plate stand, but now that I've been hooked on tablescaping, I know to buy at least four of anything!  For Sunday night supper with my husband and father-in-law, though, three plates work just fine. The stoneware pattern is Elizabeth, and it's on clearance now, although my store only had mugs left.

Since I'd never set a table with these plates before, I had to shop the house to find things to go with them.  I settled on these striped mats and rust-colored napkins from Crate and Barrel.  The water and wine tumblers are our everyday glasses from Williams-Sonoma.

For the centerpiece, I set yellow daisies in an old-looking green planter set atop a wooden candlestand and added green pillar candles on coordinating wooden candlestands.

I also brought in a vintage yellow covered casserole with handle that formerly belonged to my in-laws. 

After taking a few photos and uploading them to my laptop, I spotted a detail I hadn't noticed about the plates.  Look at the underside of the plate, just above the knob on top of the casserole lid.  There is a pattern painted all around the underside of the plate, too! 

Here's a last look at the table, with a view into the entryway.

Thanks for visiting my simple Sunday supper table, and check out all the other tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.