Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Perfect Present from Provence

This past Christmas, my son-in-law's family came to visit from southern France.  They joined us for Christmas dinner and the happy chaos of our gift exchange with my cousin, all the daughters, sons-in-laws and eight grandchildren! They enjoyed the day, and very graciously gifted me with some special presents! One of these gifts was the basis for today's tablescape, and I'm thrilled to share it with you: a bright and colorful tablecloth that truly represents the vision of Provence. I "oooed and ahhed" when I opened the package. Here's the table I created, and I hope you you can see why I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw their thoughtful and lovely gift!

My Vision of a Provence Table:

Here's How I Created It:

Of course the star of the "show" was my gifted tablecloth. Note the bright yellow and deep blue of the design palette as well as the pattern of wheat shafts and black olives sprinkled across the cloth.

I started my dish stack with a woven placemat I found at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Then I added my yellow Metaceramica plate from HomeGoods.

The next layer of plates was quite a conundrum! I had 4 dishes that would work with this tablecloth. These were  my choices, and I had a hard time deciding. Each one worked with my other elements on the table:

I then realized that the one I chose reflected the feeling I wanted to replicate: the rustic look of a farmhouse in Provence. It is a Fitz and Floyd plate called Ricamo:

Next came an appetizer plate from Pier 1, called Sul.  It brings out the warmth of the colors in the tablecloth:

I completed the stack with a blue glass sherbet dish. My idea for food for the meal on the table would start with a fresh fruit salad (I think I was envisioning a brunch for this table).

I completed my place setting with amber-colored glasses from Dollar Tree.  Inside the glasses, I placed my yellow and blue napkins from Old World Market. I used my borrowed flatware from my cousin. I chose this goldtone flatware to contribute to the warm feeling I wanted addressed for this tablescape.

My centerpiece is very special to me. My oldest granddaughter (she's 11 now, turning 12 in August!), was visiting. She was working with Kinetic Sand (this is a GREAT project if you have children or grandchildren visiting: absolutely NO mess; it can be molded like PlayDough, but clean-up is a breeze, and it doesn't dry out!). She created this flower display and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be a perfect centerpiece for my Provence table. Thanks, Allie, for your creativity and help with my tablescape!  I flanked this piece with candlesticks from HomeGoods. I love their "chunkiness" and Chinoiserie-inspired pattern.

For accent pieces, I used my blue and white porcelain teapot (one from my collection) and one of my favorite finds at HomeGoods: Chinoiserie-inspired porcelain birds.

I thoroughly enjoyed producing this table today.  Many thanks to my guests for their thoughtfulness and kindness in gifting me with such a lovely tablecloth.  I look forward to using this table for a country-inspired brunch! Some day I would love to visit Provence in person and revel in the bright patterns and colors of their fabrics!! Au revoir!!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Royal Albert Valentine Table for Two

This past Christmas my sweet Hubby gifted me with an exquisite tea set.  It is Royal Albert bone china in the Old Country Roses pattern. I have it displayed in my hutch, but I decided I wanted to honor such a special gift by making a tablescape which highlights my new tea set. I felt that the upcoming Valentine's Day would be a perfect time to share this special gift with you.

Here Is The Table I Came Up With:

Here's How It Was Created:

I started with a burgundy tablecloth that I have had for a long time.  I realized that the color of the roses on the Royal Albert china was actually more of a burgundy red than a "Valentine red rose" red, so I chose accordingly.  Unfortunately, the rich burgundy of the color didn't really come through when it was photographed.  But, it was actually a good color match to the color on the tea set.

Next, I added a bright white lace tablecloth for a romantic feel. Once again, the color was determined by the color of the tea set. The bone china is bright white, so my cream-colored lace tablecloths just would not work!

My dish stack was begun with my open scrollwork charger that I found online at Maryland China Company. This company is a great source for white ceramics.  Once you have ordered, you will start to receive their catalog with endless possibilities for creative tables and specialty ceramic pieces.

I brought out my "workhorse" white dinner plates. These Metaceramica plates from HomeGoods have graced many of my tables!

I continued my dish stack with my Madeleine salad plates from Pier One. I still love to use these because their delicate scalloped edge adds some interest.

To finish off the dish stack, I used the cup and saucer that is a part of the Royal Albert tea set.  I love the delicate roses that dance across the cup and saucer, as well as the bright gold trim along the edges. Absolutely stunning!

I completed my place setting with my white patterned Waterford napkins;  sparkly gold napkin rings (a birthday gift from my special friend); gold-finished flatware (on loan from my cousin); and, my favorite crystal: Rogaska's Gallia.  Photography doesn't really convey the delicate etching and cuttings in this spectacular crystal pattern. I decided I would use a water goblet, a wine glass and a cordial glass for a special Valentine's Dinner.  I also added one of my Waterford champagne flutes for a celebratory toast!

The focus of my centerpiece had to be the beautiful teapot from my new set! I filled it with faux white flowers and elevated it on a beaded trim glass cake stand.  Then I surrounded it with my lighted bead wreath and an additional red bead wreath for accent color.  The creamer and sugar bowl from my tea set, and gifted crystal candlesticks finished my centerpiece.

I had two accent pieces on my table:  one was a heart-shaped candlewick bowl filled with Valentine's candy, and the other was the cake topper from my original wedding cake (just for a romantic touch!)

I was so happy to share this new addition to my china collection.  I'm planning on a tea party with my daughters and grandchildren sometime this year,  and this new Royal Albert tea set will hold a special place of honor!

I hope your Valentine's Day is filled with love, a look back at memories, and maybe some flowers and chocolate!!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Country Breakfast

While on a business trip with my Hubby, I spied an interesting antique mall shop and had to investigate!  It was just before Christmas and most of the booths were decorated in red and green and the emphasis on items was on Christmas. One booth particularly caught my eye, and a stack of dishes called to me. There were 9 plates (4 dinner plates and 5 salad plates) with an $8.00 tag posted on the stack! I absolutely loved the delicate pattern on the plates, and looked forward to setting a tablescape with them. Holidays are over and there's now time to get back to my hobby, so today I pulled the dishes out of my storage closet!  When I first discovered these plates, I knew they had a rust and green floral garland on them, but I didn't really see them as Christmas plates. For some reason, they reminded me of a country kitchen, so that's how I designed the tablescape.  I could just see them as a part of a table for a country breakfast!

This is the table I created:

Here's How I Created It:

I started with plaid placemats that I found at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Plaid always conjures up a country kitchen look, so I thought it was a good way to begin! Unfortunately, the color came out very orange in the pictures, when really there is more of a rust tone to the coloration of the plaid. This is significant, because the flowers in the plate are more of a rust color and really do match the placemat well.

I chose my brown basket weave chargers as a base for my dish stack.

Here is the new dinner plate I found.  It is marked HOME, but there are no other identifying names.

I then added the salad plates. Isn't that floral border delicate-looking?  I also like the way the green on the plate mirrors the green on the placemat. It's funny how items purchased separately and from different sources can sometimes coordinate so well!

I then added  fruit decorated napkins I found with a matching tablecloth at Anna's Linens when the store was closing (I surely do miss that store!).  I felt the fruit pattern mirrored a country look, and the rust and green colors went well with the placemat and dishes.  I  found the "terra cotta" flower pot napkin rings at BBB and decided they'd be a good fit for this table.

I completed the place setting with green goblets I purchased at Pier One, and my Treble Clef flatware from World Market.

My centerpiece started with a narrow burlap runner and a small tray I found at TJMaxx.  I have other trays, but I thought the cream-color of this tray would work well with the color of the plates.  I added green napkins as filler, and placed terra cotta flower pots filled with marigold napkin rings into the tray.  I then added rust-colored tapers and tea light candles to complete the centerpiece.

So that would be my table for a country breakfast!!

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