Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Winter's Song

At the tail end of February, winter is making a slow retreat. The first perennials have begun to flower, but the trees remain gray or brown, leaves still carefully tucked away.



Looking out my window, watching birds flit among the branches, I thought of these dishes. They'll be the perfect setting for a casual lunch with friends and family.


I layered two table runners across the table, letting the deep color of the table reference the mulched beds across the patio.


Textural chargers remind me of the branches outside our doors.


Birds alight on the twigs holding the doubled napkins - green for the cypresses, beige for the last of the oak leaves.


Within the bird nests found at an antique mall are simple white candles.



For a centerpiece, I used a sculptural leaf bowl that sits on the patio in the summer, with twiggy balls that light up with a soft glow. Faux flowers are tucked into the centerpiece and on the chargers.



These salt and pepper mills are handcrafted of 27 different types of wood. We bought these at a juried craft show held annually in Atlanta. The photos don't do justice to how gorgeous they are in person!


I've set out both wine goblets and cut crystal water glasses that we've had so long I can't remember their source.




We're ready for an easy lunch, perhaps a yummy salad.


Thanks for visiting!

Resources

Luncheon plates | Lenox 'Winter Song'
Chargers | Wayfair
Wine goblets | Marquis by Waterford
Napkin rings | Lenox 'Chirp'
Green napkins | Pier 1
Leaf napkins | Sur La Table
Leaf bowl | Lowe's

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Garden Awakens

The unusually warm winter has awakened the garden.

But the nandina are holding onto their fall/winter colors.



The camellias bloom in February in a normal year. Or at least two of the three do. The third camellia, which has white blossoms edged in an orange-pink, has only bloomed three of the past ten years, and is not blooming this year.





Crocuses were the first perennials up. These are all that's left from last night's bunny buffet!





Next up were the daffodils, thankfully unloved by the bunnies and deer.







The pink hyacinths have begun to open - the purple ones won't be far behind!





Loropetalum brightens the corners of our yard.




I was astounded to see the daylilies - way ahead of schedule, though they won't bloom for several weeks.


Perhaps they're right and spring really is just around the corner!



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Charnwood Hearts



I have to confess that I have a laissez-faire approach to Valentine's Day. Most of my adult life, February 14 came and went like every other day. The exceptions were the years when my daughter was younger, and I set up Valentine's Tea Parties for her and her friends (and their dolls). I enjoyed them as much as she did!


Since it has been awhile since we celebrated the day of hearts and flowers, I set about creating a table that referenced both themes, while not being overly Valentine-ish.


Pink sets the tone. A strong shade that conveys the holiday.


Flowers and candles represent romance.


A bouquet of luscious flowers echoes the charming blossoms on the salad plates.


Arched lines on the dinner plates, the vintage sherbet glasses. . .


and the tallest candle holders. . .


remind me of garden bowers.

Eight crystal candle holders and six votives (some of which were first seen here) will contribute soft lighting to a relaxed evening.




The table evokes love and friendship, family and companionship. Hidden at each place setting is a sweet heart, the only obviously 'Valentine' decor.


Did you find them? They're in the sherbet glasses, waiting to be discovered.


I think both G and Daughter J will enjoy this. We can bring out the photos of her Valentine's Day parties.




 Quick! Light the candles!



Update

I realized after I posted this last night that I had forgotten to include the goblets! Lol! So I took more pictures this morning, which was a good thing, because the sun finally came out. The sun highlights the blues of the goblets, first seen here. For fun I scattered more hearts on the runner (and glitter all over the table!).






Resources

Salad plates | Wedgwood 'Charnwood'
Dinner plates | Block 'Blue Skies'
Chargers | Pier 1 Imports
Table runner, napkins | Sur la Table
Sherbets | Cambridge 'Moonlight Blue'
Flatware | Reed and Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Goblets | Fostoria 'Navarre'

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tea and Cinnamon Toast

Well, I've decided to take a break this afternoon. The perfect choice for a lovely winter's day is a pot of tea and my favorite type of toast - cinnamon. I've set up everything here by the window.


I could have just filled a mug with hot water and a tea bag, and grabbed some toast with a napkin. But I think treating yourself well is as important as treating guests well.


And so my table is set with a pretty teacup and saucer and a luncheon-sized plate.



This table usually holds the cordless house phone, various chargers for cell phones and tablets, and the small lamp described below. Today it holds a lustrous tray with a sugar and creamer set on a subtle plaid scarf.


The sterling teapot was borrowed from the living room. We bought it at Atlanta's Miami Circle quite some time ago.


The ceramic horse is actually a "TV lamp." These small 1950's lamps were styled to look like animals or objects and were originally designed to softly illuminate the wall behind the TV. Fairly soon they were wildly popular and made just to showcase the TV cabinet. We also have a panther version in a gorgeous deep brown. I think they're a hoot!


Sipping my tea, I'm engrossed in the book I received as a Christmas present. Page after page of pictures to drool over!


Thanks for stopping by! Next week I'll join you for dinner. At eight?



Resources

China | Lenox 'Winter Greetings'
Flatware | Oneida 'Julliard'
Tray | Oneida

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