Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Falling for Apples






To me, fall begins with apples and plums arriving in the stores. I brought an armload home the other day and set some in a bowl on the table. Their deep colors set off by the silver bowl became the centerpiece for a table celebrating the autumn equinox.


Fall is all about colors and textures. Shades of green form the backdrop in the placemats and dinner plates, just as they do outside.

Textures take on new prominence, found in the woven chargers and figural plates.

The plates had an all together different kind of look in a July tablescape -- same plates, but with other components.

The rim of the antique bowl is heavily detailed and echoes the pattern of the chargers.

Fresh camellia leaves from the garden peek out from beneath the centerpiece, an easy take on faux-leaf placemats.

The candle holders somehow feel both organic and classical. They made their first appearance here last fall.

Dark reds appear in the napkins, a color midway between the apples and the plums.

Apples and plums are repeated in the soup bowls, with plates alternating between leaves and dragonflies. As a side note, we’ve had more dragonflies than usual this year around the pond.


The table looks forward to fall, without quite leaving summer behind!


Soon we’ll be enjoying roast pork dinners with homemade apple sauce, delicious apple pies and hot (or cold!) apple cider!




How will you be welcoming the return of fall?


Resources
Soup bowls | Villeroy & Boch 'French Garden'
Plates, candle holders | Bordallo Pinheiro
Chargers | Wayfair
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Placemats, napkins | Pier 1
Glassware | Godinger 'Palm'

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tablesetting with Poppy and Cobalt


Last week I had fun while waiting for an HVAC contractor at daughter J's place. J and her roommate both had full class schedules that day, so I went to Dahlonega on a gorgeous early September day. She graciously said I could play with a table setting while I waited.

When we were shopping for things for her townhouse, she gravitated towards French Country design, shown by these expertly painted and distressed table and chairs. Together with an additional two chairs and a table leaf, they came to about $300 at the vintage store. The newly replaced seat coverings were perfect for J.

The room is painted a lovely sherbet color, complemented by her favorite flowers: sunflowers.

So naturally, sunflowers are the centerpiece of her table.

Daughter J selected Fiestaware in bold Poppy and Cobalt for her dishes. She received several place settings as Christmas and birthday gifts and can now set a pretty table for eight, although I've only done a table for four here.

I love the way the two colors work together.



Under the stack I used square placemats and napkins in a vibrant print whose colors match the dishes almost perfectly. They were found by serendipity last year; I don't recall who the linens are made by.



Her flatware is a stainless set inherited from my parents. By coincidence, it too has a French country feel.

J splurged on a set of stemless wine glasses from Crate and Barrel that go well with the glasses we had gotten for a party years ago.



There's always a lot of light streaming in through the French doors.



They have a great view out the doors!

It's a lovely place to call home.



Altogether a fun way to spend a morning!


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

September Transitions, Italian Style

Early September in North Georgia marks the end of summer, but not really the beginning of fall. I think of it as a transitional month, sharing the characteristics of both seasons.


Temperatures are still warm (if not downright hot!) and all the trees are still bedecked with the deep green leaves of summer. Well, except for the cherry trees, which didn't get the memo.


This in-between season gave me the idea to put together a table with colors that tend toward what I think of as an Italian style. The dishes, although melamine, are patterned like many examples made in Italy.


Sunny colors suggest southern Italy. The pale yellow napkins somehow enhance the vibrancy of the placemats and dishes.


Greens shading into blues in an ombré effect on the goblets reinforce the idea of transitions.


I like the mellow warmth of the brass candlesticks and the stained table, left bare except for the placemats.


In the center are the first of the asters I found at the local nursery. They have been temporarily placed in a blue ceramic pot for an easy centerpiece. The napkins around the flowers are hiding the plastic nursery pot -- and the fact that the nursery pot is a bit taller than the ceramic one.


The flowers will soon be whisked away and planted in the pots on the deck, where we'll be enjoying them for a few months.


Coordinating serving pieces are waiting on the buffet.



My assistant, Jake, was caught lying down on the job!








Resources:
Dishware, placemats | Pier 1
Napkins | Sur la Table
Flatware | Fiesta

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Falls Park on the Reedy


Public gardens come in a variety of sizes and types, from a pocket garden at a busy intersection to grand ones such as New York's Central Park. Greenville, South Carolina, has the lovely Falls Park on the Reedy in the heart of the city.


Once an area of various industries, houses and roads, the Falls of the Reedy River were reclaimed and transformed into a public park.



A pedestrian bridge crosses the river.








Welcoming paths meander along the river, bordered by plantings.







 

 


The park has one of the most amazing trees I have ever seen. Still standing, still thriving...




We had gone to experience totality and viewed it from another park outside the city.


The 'diamond ring' effect.


Neither of us had been to Greenville before and we thoroughly enjoyed our get-away weekend!

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