Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Turquoise Table in January?

This post did not come easily. I stood at my dish closet and just could not muster any table ideas. I really wanted to do one last winter tablescape, but in Southern CA, it's just difficult to imagine ice crystals and wintry scenes. I felt like a fraud after watching news all weekend about the 26-30" of snow that fell in my old hometown on Long Island, NY!  I also had a gift card from Christmas from my all-knowing cousin (who consistently spurs on my tablescaping hobby!) that was burning a hole in my pocket---BIG TIME.  So, my good friend, MaryBeth, and I hit the road, and after hours of roaming around HomeGoods and Marshalls, I found some unexpected treasures. The ironic part was that although I went in with no preconceived notions and really just chose things that caught my eye, when I got home I realized the components all went together remarkably well. It's just that the turquoise and white palette really didn't conjure up visions of winter.  However, I've noticed other favorite bloggers of mine have indeed done turquoise or aqua tables in recent days, so I feel like I'm in very good company!

Here's the table I created:

Here's how it was created:

I started with my white linen-like placemats I found on clearance at Macy's:

Next came the new dishes I found on my spree at Marshall's.  I absolutely love the turquoise color of these plates! They are Metaceramica from Portugal . I have the white plates from this company that have graced my blog on many occasions and get used when the ENTIRE family comes for dinner (I gathered 20 of these plates from different HomeGoods stores when I first saw them!)

Next on the stack are my Madeline salad plates from Pier One. I never tire of the simple design and scalloped edge of these precious dishes.

To complete the stack I'd like to introduce you to my favorite find of my shopping day at HomeGoods: these colorful peacock plates are labeled 222 Fifth, Lakshmi.  They are rimmed in gold to match the gold accent found on the peacock's tail.  I love the delicate yet striking nature of the design on these plates. I would have loved to have found them in dinner plate size, but these appetizer plates are perfect for the top of a plate stack.

To complete the place setting I used the gold-tone flatware set on loan from my cousin (I told you she spurs on my hobby!); then I added some turrquoise blown- glass goblets given to me by a good friend who was moving; turquoise napkins I found at Macy's on clearance; then, another happy find from my gift card shopping spree: these napkin rings were on a table at Marshall's under some other objects. They were marked $4.50 for all four rings. I had not idea how I'd use then, but I liked their unique look. Who knew I'd go to another store and find peacock plates that went perfectly with these napkin rings?! Don't they look like the head crest on a peacock? This table was just meant to be!

 I wanted to keep my centerpiece simple. I found a scarf from one of my daughters that worked well for a base. The colors and gold threading accented the table's theme.  I just filled my white vase from Marshall's with some faux flowers and added two turquoise votives I had from my daughter's bridal shower. Then I added my Michael's clearance birds for fun,  and just for some whimsy and a nod to Valentine's Day approaching, I wrapped a white heart vine around everything for accent.

So, my winter table turned into something very different than I originally planned. But that is the joy of this hobby. Inspiration comes from many different places and half the fun is letting yourself just "go with the flow"! Something I RARELY do! That's probably why I embraced this hobby in the first place. At times, I'm totally out of my structured comfort zone and yet so HAPPY creating new tables.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

NYE in Black and White

Happy New Year, everyone.  We had a very nice New Year's Eve.  First, we went to dinner with friends and then came back to our house for dessert and to watch "the ball drop" in Times Square.  I had set up a dessert table, but did not photograph it! Go Figure! I wanted to plan a New Year's Eve tablescape, so I actually set this table on New Year's Day. I wanted a black and white color combination, so this is what I came up with:

I was going to do a table for four, but when I first started the planning, the silver runner I wanted to use looked better turned across the width of the table, instead of the length of the table. So my table for four turned into a table for two.  Here is the silver runner:

I wanted a sleek, sophisticated feel to the table, so I started my dish stack with these porcelain chargers from Mikasa. They are labeled, "BLOCK, Zen". 

Next, I added my black plates from Anna's Linens.  They are labeled, Royal Norfolk. I chose these plates over my other black plates, because they have a sleeker look to them, and coordinate well with the chargers.

To top of the stack, I used my appetizer plates, also from the Mikasa website. They are labeled, Urban Rose. They definitely have a modern feel to them, and I love the tinge of gray swept across the flower.  I hope you can see this in the photo.

I finished the place setting with my Oneida flatware and etched glass champagne "boats" I found on an antiquing trip. Don't ask me why, but champagne really does taste better coming from these glasses! I've seen this style of champagne glass in many 1940's movies and wanted some for my hutch, and found that when I used them instead of my flutes, the champagne was delicious.  Maybe I was just channeling my inner "movie star from the 40's"!  I added a black stemmed wine glass from the Dollar Tree store! Love the swirled glass.

For my centerpiece, I used a glass chimney candle holder that had been my Mom's.  She purchased it at a Princess House party, and I'm sad to say, the twin to the holder was broken a few years ago.  The crystal candlesticks were a wedding present. I added a couple of silver-filigreed votive holders for some extra interest and light.  These items were nestled in a silver garland that I found at Ross. I've used it before in a previous New Year's table here.

Eventhough I didn't use this tablescape for an actual meal, it was fun to design and create this table.  Somehow, planning a New Year's Eve dinner table is a fitting way to say good-bye to the previous year and get ready for a new one.  I haven't really made any resolutions yet.  Have you?  I hope your New Year is filled with many joys, as well as the strength to meet the challenges that a new year can bring.  Here's to 2016, dear Friends!

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