Thursday, November 30, 2017

Autumn on Display



This isn't quite the post I had in mind. I began taking photos in late September to showcase the changing colors of autumn. Mostly what I had were shots of everything in green. Fall came late here in North Georgia and almost every tree and shrub carried their green shades much later than usual.

I should have been able to show you lovely photos of flowering plants. However, this girl and her friends decided I had provided them a feast!


For several days they nipped off every flower as it began to bloom! And in broad daylight! (2:00 p.m. to be exact - I was about 12 feet away)

What the deer didn't eat was decimated by this fellow and company.

So much for the flower garden!

The deer made nice beds out of my Siberian irises, each one flattened in a neat circle. Oh well, at least they will return for the bumper crop of acorns falling in the yard!

But that hasn't stopped heirloom azaleas blooming a second time in October, the only time in my life I've witnessed this. We've experienced such unusual weather patterns this year.

These aren't the new twice-blooming azaleas; they are Rhododendron x “Coral Bells”.

 Late October and the trees and shrubs have finally begun their autumn display.

This is the earliest of my Camellia japonica to bloom. Unlike the others, this shrub doesn't reliably bloom each year. I guess mother nature is compensating me for the loss of my perennial flowers!







I went picture crazy because I don't usually get to enjoy this!



Nandina domestica have taken on a mottled look, with reds, creams and purples appearing.

Just-planted pansies, which are planted in the fall and bloom all winter long here.

Or they would, if my Labrador retrievers hadn't decided to uproot them all and lay them neatly on the deck! I tried re-planting them in the pots, but the furry ones determinedly pulled them out again. Sigh.....


Mid-November displays from the red dogwoods (Cornus florida), golden Liriodendron tulipifera and...
fiery Acer palmatum

It's the last day of November, and the backyard is beginning to be carpeted in oak and hickory leaves. The Japanese maple is still holding its own.

I hope your autumn has been as colorful!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving in Blue and Gold

 

I love all the shades of blue and you'll find them throughout our home in painted walls, furniture, and decor. So of course Thanksgiving this year will be celebrated with blue and gold.

The dining room faces east and gets morning sun. Which is beautiful to experience but difficult to take tablescape photos with!

I started with a pale yellow tablecloth and napkins that I've had forever (or at least they predate the current table which it doesn't quite fit).

Our wedding china which I still love sits atop golden chargers, accompanied by the silverware we chose then. For an unexpected shot of blue, I've added vintage glass plates in a deep cobalt blue.
For a centerpiece I chose a fabulous pheasant tureen that  I use frequently throughout autumn. Its  colors are fall colors, bold and vibrant.


On either side are pheasant candle holders and shapely amber votives. I've had the pheasants for about twenty years and the votives for ten or so.


I enjoy using beautiful stemware that sparkles during dinner. The play of light on crystal brightens the table and says that this is a celebration.

We found the hock stems at an antique mall recently. They had never been used (they still sported their manufacturer's labels) and were made in East Germany. I love the way the stem was hand cut and faceted, and the cut-to-clear grapes and vines seemed appropriate for an autumn harvest dinner.

Did you ever pass by something over and over until it catches your eye and you've found something new to collect? That's how it is with me and salt cellars, a recently acquired obsession. With their cobalt glass bowls these two had to be on the table.


An array of pumpkins sits on the buffet, sourced at different times and in different places.

You can view them on last year's table here.


Velvet pumpkins have moved into the foyer. In a happy coincidence, they repeat the colors in the tapestry.

I love the lines and detailing of the chest made in France. One of those things G couldn't pass up!



Resources
Plates | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Water goblet, flute | Marquis by Waterford ' Hanover Gold'
Bread plate | Hazel-Atlas 'Newport'
Pheasants | Fitz & Floyd
Napkin rings | Pier 1

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Understated Pumpkins

I had every intention of going all out for pumpkins for this table, but life intervened. It has a way of doing that.

So instead of a bountiful pumpkin tablescape, I went in the direction of an understated table that includes pumpkins, but could work with any of the things that signify autumn, such as leaves or acorns.

Shades of taupe, gray and muted pumpkin orange are used throughout.

Textures abound in the chargers, the detail of the dinner plates, the smooth surface of my Dad's beer mugs, and in the velvet richness of the pumpkin.

Fall notes are sounded by the salad plates with watercolor paintings of colorful leaves, seen in last year's Russet and Olive tablescape.

I found these subtle metal candleholders which repeat the theme.

I deviated from the color scheme a bit by using these bold hand-crafted copper napkin holders that I bought last spring at my favorite craft council show.

The patina is different on each one.



A few of the pumpkins from my glass collection joined the velvet ones on the buffet.



May your fall tables be rich in color and texture!

Resources
Chargers | Wayfair
Dinner plates | Pier 1 'Spice Route'
Salad plates | Crate and Barrel
Flatware | Mikasa 'Italian Countryside'
Solid napkins | Pier 1
Tablecloth, napkins, velvet pumpkins | Home Goods

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