Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Under the Sea

The rains have ceased, replaced by heat and humidity. Summer is in full swing and I'm looking for relief! And what better place than the sea?


Actually, this photo was taken in Key West when the three of us were down there in May. To recreate the feeling in mid-August, I set a table that will transport us back there in spirit!


I began with deep sea-blue placemats accented with glassware the color of the sky.


I think the diamond pattern on the glasses catches and diffracts the light like the sun on waves. You've seen these before, but here they deliver a totally different feel.


Next came these plates and bowls I bought when daughter J was just a little girl. I thought they were so darn cute then and I still do!



The napkins were a recent find - they depict whimsical fish with the same feel as the dishware. Silverware with colored handles echo the plate edge.


What to do for a centerpiece? We usually use these plates when dining on the patio. But the table there has an umbrella in the center so I mostly don't bother with a centerpiece. Inside, however, I think a centerpiece is in order.


Into the center went a small stand topped with a colorful fish plate and a pretty pillar candle.


Shells of various types surround the candle and adorn the place settings.



I used these ceramic shells, intended for tea lights, as salt cellars. They hold coarse gray sea salt from France and reddish "Pinot Noir" craft salt from a winery in Oregon.


Swimming through the shells are these vivid salt and pepper shakers found in an antique mall in Dahlonega. They have such personality!



Joining in the fun is this hand-painted wooden fish bought long ago on a Caribbean island. . .


and this brightly painted toucan acquired in Curaçao, who seems to be watching the goings-on.


I like how the mosaics in the table model the sea floor, and those on the perimeter are set in a wave pattern.



Until we meet in Key West!




Resources
Placemats | Bed, Bath and Beyond
Flatware | Fiesta
Napkins, shell salt cellars (tea lights) | Pier 1
Candle | Crate & Barrel

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Vintage Glassware

I recently attended the 41st annual Collectible Glass Show presented by the Peach State Depression Glass Club in Marietta, GA. There were 28 national dealers who brought vintage glass from the 1880s through the 1970s.


This was the second year I have gone and I thought you might enjoy the sight of so much pretty glassware in one place!


Most of the manufacturers of Depression glass, Elegant glass, and Carnival glass were represented in one booth or another. There were also many examples of mid-century art glass.


The glassware was generally displayed so that you could easily see the entire piece. In several booths items were placed on mirrors to highlight the play of light on the glass.


Don't you just love the colors?


Pastel and clear items dominated, but there were beautiful deep colors too!


And all for sale! You know I couldn't pass up the chance to buy beautiful examples of glass artistry that are also functional.


I loved the pattern of the etching on this Jeannette 'Floragold' pitcher. I think the soft amber color will go with lots of my tableware.


I had not seen the combination of clear and frosted glass that is in this pair of Cambridge 'Caprice Alpine/Moonlight Blue' candle holders before. They are in the same pattern as these sherbet glasses, which have only the clear glass.

Both the pitcher and the candle holders are sure to be highlighted in a tablescape (someday)!

I wish I had more examples to show you, but I was more interested in looking at everything than in taking photos!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

South of the Border

Sometimes you just have to do it!


Without planning, without time to give it much thought, you just have to do it!


Daughter J had a rare Sunday off work and had come to spend the day with us. She and I had planned for us to go out for lunch but G had other ideas.


It was to be lunch at home -- chicken fajitas with a Cuban twist. They cooked while I set the table and snapped photos.


I had twenty minutes to set a table with a south of the border flavor. . .


. . . to go with the dozen sunflowers we had bought the day before.


Stoneware in earthy colors - check!


Colorful linens - check!


Iced tea in palm tree glasses - check! Margarita glasses with blue in the upper stem - check!


Intense, vibrant sunflowers direct from the field - check!


And in the center alongside the sunflowers, I placed a reproduction of a Meso-American chacmool, found in Toltec and Mayan sites, that I bought in Mexico many years ago.


I also included these exquisite hand-crafted salt and pepper mills (previously used here).


Fun and casual? Yes!

 

And it came together in less than 20 minutes with what I had on hand!

Resources
Dinner plates | Bordallo Pinheiro
Salad plates | Pier 1 'Spice Route' (previous post)
Iced tea glasses | Godinger 'Palm'
Flatware | Mikasa 'Italian Countryside'
Napkins | Fiesta
Napkin rings | Silver-plated, antique mall
Chacmool information | Popular Archaeology fall 2015,  "The Mysterious Chacmool" by Victor Zugg

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Table for La Fête Nationale


I've been fascinated with French history and culture since I was a teenager. Six years of French language and literature classes turned me into a bit of a Francophile. I horribly mangle French when I speak it, but I used to be able to understand half of what I heard. I was better at reading French, and loved Molière and Rimbaud.


One day I'll make it to France, but in the meantime I thought I'd celebrate July 14th with them by creating a table for la Fête nationale. (Known as Bastille Day by English speakers.)


The French Tricolor flag is bleu, blanc et rouge, which are the colors of the table, with a bit of gold added.


I started with these marvelous salad plates depicting la tour Eiffel, the instantly recognizable emblem of Paris, and by extension, France. I love the line drawing in black and white. What a find at the antique mall!



The tower plates were placed on top of blue dinner plates which have an allover trellis design, evoking the beautiful jardins blooming with flowers throughout the cities and the countryside. These in turn are set on gold chargers whose curves remind me of fine French furniture.


The fleur-de-lis pattern on the flatware is an ancient symbol that was adopted by French royalty in the late Middle Ages. Linen napkins bring a deep navy to the table.



 A bottle of wine, croissants and cheese represent the casual elegance of French cuisine.


I added strawberries for their bright red color, placing them on a hand-crafted wood board. I love the shape it has and the various woods used.


Generous wine glasses allude to the red in the flag. White carnations and lavender, which always makes me think of the south of France, were placed in a ceramic container found on another treasure jaunt.


I wanted a thoughtful table setting for la Fête nationale that subtly reads françoise. I think this succeeded.



And I think it can be used whenever a bit of French flair is wanted!



Thank you for coming to dinner!  

Resources
Salad plates | Mikasa 'Parisian Scenes'
Dinner plates | Block 'Blue Skies'
Bread plates | Hazel-Atlas 'Newport'
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Stemware | Marquis by Waterford 'Vintage'
Napkins | Sur La Table


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French Country Cottage
Rattlebridge Farm
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Amaze Me Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
Coastal Charm
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