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!










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    1. Thanks! I like how the color changes - and they go with both blue and green based tables.

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  2. Never would have guessed that those where melamine dishes!! Love the pattern! Your assistant, Jake, looks like mine, always underfoot and wants to be right there!!

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    1. Thanks, Ann. I couldn't decide if I wanted these dishes or similar stoneware ones. I decided on these because the colors were prettier - and they'll be great for al fresco suppers! I've tried to teach him to carry plates for me, but he'll only carry napkins!

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  3. Gorgeous pattern on the dishes and the color is perfect for this time of year. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. I'm just not ready yet for the darker colors of autumn! I always enjoy joining your party!

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  4. I'm in North Georgia, too, and I agree - Sept. is not yet fall weather but it's heading that way. Part end of summer, part beginning of fall. I think your lovely table is perfect for this time of year.

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    1. Thank you, Joy! With the forecast pushing 90 degrees for the next two weeks, it looks like we're definitely staying in summer territory.

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  5. Love your transition to Sep. The china is lovely and I love the blue accents to it. Perfect flatware too.
    Fabby

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    1. Thanks, Fabby! I guess we have to get with the calendar, regardless of the season outdoors! I love blue in all its shades.

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    1. Thank you, Angelina! So glad you stopped by!

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  7. Beautiful table. I love those colors. They are some of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I have to admit that blue (of any shade!) is my favorite color. Thanks for visiting!

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    2. It really is pretty and looks just like Italy to me! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
      hugs,
      Jann

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    3. Thank you, Jann! I thought "Italy" the moment I saw it.

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  8. Beautiful table! I am having a serious crush on them. Love it!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I have enjoyed using these plates so much. We'll soon be able to use them for dining al fresco (as soon as the heat wave passes!)

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  9. Your table setting is so lovely. You have such beautiful dishes. I have an oriental rug very similar to your red one. Stop by Thursday Favorite Things since you are one of my features.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Bev, thank you so much for featuring my post! I'm delighted you stopped by and chose it among so many other great blogs.

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  10. How pretty. It's perfect for early fall. Thanks for sharing at Keep In Touch.

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