Monday, October 31, 2016

Spooky Town

The raven feather wreath beckons you in...

Welcome to Spooky Town, our annual Halloween tablescape in the dining room.

Over the years the layout has expanded to cover all the leaves for the dining table.  On the right is Kiara, who delights in swatting the pumpkins and gargoyles (to Husband G's exasperation).

Hogwart's Express circles Spooks Mountain.

Count Dracula flies over his castle in the center.

On Halloween the kids in the neighborhood love coming in to find their favorites among the witches, werewolves, monsters, skeletons, ghosts, and zombies.

Zombies and ghosts rise from the cemetery beside the old church.

The haunting continues outside.

Is this what he spies?

Happy Halloween!!

Haunting Metamorphosis Monday

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Spiders and Crows Invade the Halloween Dinner

We hadn't had a special All Hallow's Eve dinner since.....I don't know when! So I thought I'd pull together an elegant tablescape for the holiday.  I set it for four, to allow the table to be lit only by candles.


Black tulle sets the mood on the table. The colors are the defining colors of All Hallow's Eve: orange and black, with silver and white added to enhance the candlelight.

Spiders and crows have joined the celebration!

More sparkle from the centerpiece.  Who doesn't have a Revere-style bowl?

The cordial glasses were withdrawing into the shadows, so I added decorative ornaments to each one. The goblets are a classic design, their black stems continuing the Halloween color scheme.

And every table needs flowers!

The laboratory flasks and potion jars up the shudder quotient.......

While the skull and bat chargers hint at vague menace in the dark.

And the moon rises...........

Happy Halloween!!

Appetizer plates | 222 Fifth 'House of Fright'
Salad plates | Noritake 'Ranier'
Dinner plates | Pier 1 Imports 'Spice Route Pumpkin Orange'
Chargers | Michaels
Goblets | Cristal D'Arques-Durand 'Domino Signature Black'
Cordials | Fostoria 'June' 1928-1951
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Napkins | Pier 1 Imports
Silverplate candlesticks | Reed and Barton
Glass candlesticks | Tiffin 'Amberina' 1920s

Linking to:
Hauntingly Beautiful Decor 
Metamorphosis Monday 
Our Home Away from Home 

The Scoop
Halloween Decorations
A Stroll thru Life
Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style
Katherine's Corner

French Country Cottage
Rattlebridge Farm
Life on Lakeshore Drive
Between Naps on the Porch
Celebrate and Decorate
Dishing It and Digging It
Amaze Me Monday

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Casual Fall Setting in the Breakfast Room

Well, the calendar says mid-October, but it still feels like late summer here in north Georgia! Temperatures during the day still hover in the 80s, but the evenings have been cooler.  So I decided that it's time to begin acknowledging the calendar by designing the table in the breakfast room for fall.

The day was overcast -- disappointing for the photos.

The breakfast room is between the kitchen and the family room and is where we eat most of our meals. The table can seat six, but we usually have it set for four, for when it's just me, G (the Husband), Daughter J, and a good friend.

I've set the table for a casual meal, using things that can transition from breakfast to dinner. Sometimes I use a tablecloth, but today I've used only dark rattan chargers, trellis patterned dinner plates and salad plates that will soon reflect the changing colors of the leaves through the windows. The contemporary salad plates contrast with the traditional dinner plates, yet both relate to the outdoors.

We've had the breakfast table for a number of years. I've always loved the mosaic design, and the muted colors share the autumn spectrum.

One way to celebrate fall is to bring out my bobwhite salt and pepper shakers with coordinating underplate. I think the level of detail is gorgeous.

This lovely small pitcher is for serving syrups or other sauces. Made in England, we found it at a local antique store.

Taken the next morning

The water pitcher was also made in England, and purchased at the same time as the syrup pitcher. The ribs on the pitcher echo those on the small pumpkin in the background.

And speaking of pumpkins, I placed four of different sizes, colors and patterns on one of the rattan chargers to create a simple centerpiece that will carry us through to the holidays.

This photo shows one of the place settings in more detail.  The olive napkin plays off the green in the dinner plate, but darkens the hue. The flatware is my everyday set, that I started collecting after college. The salad plate is one of four patterns which incorporate watercolor paintings of autumn leaves. The dark rattan of the charger grounds the setting in the fall season.

I like the textures of the charger and napkin against the mosaic table.

 Our everyday glassware, which continues the nature theme (although from a different climate zone!)

I think we'll be enjoying this table for casual meals throughout the fall. Thanks for coming to Dinner at Eight!

Dinner plate | Villeroy & Boch "French Garden"
Salad plate | Crate&Barrel by Kelley Ventura
Salt and pepper set | Fitz and Floyd "Autumn Bounty"
Flatware | Oneida "Juilliard"
Iced tea goblet | Godinger "Palm"
Rattan chargers | Joss & Main
Napkins | Pier 1 Imports

Linking with:
Metamorphosis Monday
Rustic & Refined
The Freckled Rose
Life and Linda
Home Away From Home
Let's Add Sprinkles
Savvy Southern Style

Between Naps on the Porch
Katherine's Corner
French Country Cottage
Rattlebridge Farm
Pieced Pastimes
Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home
Amaze Me Monday
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
The Scoop
A Stroll Thru Life
Tablescape Thursday
Celebrate and Decorate

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Through the Glass, Darkly

My family and I spent last Saturday night at the Atlanta Botanical Garden experiencing the glass works of Dale Chihuly, a master of glass and neon sculptures.  You first encounter his breathtaking "chandelier" entering the Visitor Center.

His work was installed in 20 sites throughout the Garden, which covers 30 acres adjacent to Piedmont Park in the heart of Atlanta. Although most are part of the temporary exhibition, several are permanent additions to the Garden. These photos were taken on my phone.

It had been several years since I had visited the Garden, and had never before been there at night. The exhibition was a revelation.

Actual fall weather had come to Atlanta! The temps were in the 70's, dropping with the sun.  There was a constant gentle breeze, so welcome after our sweltering summer.

There were path lights, moonlight and the lights within the glassworks to guide us through the garden.

In the photo above, you can see the scale of the installations in comparison with the people in the background.  (I didn't artistically enlarge the sculpture in the foreground.)

Several works were installed next to or within the Garden's water features:

The effects of the huge trees swaying in the breeze, the moonlight and the glassworks was absolutely magical!

One you walked under...

One you viewed from above on the Canopy Walk...

Each one was spectacular! I hope that you enjoyed these photos if you don't get a chance to see the exhibition in person.

In the meantime, visit the delights to be found at Metamorphosis Monday, Gardens Galore, Let's Add Sprinkles, Rattlebridge FarmSundays at Home, Between Naps on the PorchHome Away From Home and Life on Lakeshore Drive.