Thursday, December 27, 2018

Glassware...Everywhere! (Part 2)

If you've been following my blog, you may remember that I enjoy attending the annual glass show sponsored by the Peach State Depression Glass Club. Glassware for sale ranges from delicate antiques to depression dinnerware, elegant glassware, mid-century designs and (almost) contemporary pieces.

Last July there was glass in all shapes, sizes and colors occupying two floors. Some were functional, some were simply decorative and some are hard to describe. As usual we had a fun afternoon and of course managed to come home with a few!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmastime Accented with Red

I've set another holiday table in what we call the 'game room' (because it's perfect for board games and card games) or the 'garden room' (because it opens onto the lower patio by the pond). I would rather have set it in the dining room, a room that lends itself to larger displays and elegant settings. But I couldn't because we are in the midst of renovating the kitchen. The rooms on the first floor are shrouded in plastic and the dining room table is covered with the stuff you normally stash in the kitchen. The renovation was supposed to begin in September, but it was the first week of November before it did. We can't get to where we store the decorations so haven't been able to decorate the house for Christmas. Ah, well...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Twelve Drummers Drumming...

December is here and with it the Christmas season! For my first holiday table this year I continued with the twelve days of Christmas, ending of course with twelve drummers drumming.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Setting the Table for a November Birthday

Do you find yourself in a situation like mine, where there are a number of special birthdays clustered around the fall and winter holidays? We celebrate birthdays from the last of days of November until the first week of January. For each of them I try to set a table that says 'here's a special day' but downplays -- or better yet doesn't include -- holiday trimmings.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Elegance and Candlelight for Thanksgiving

If your house is like ours, Thanksgiving dinner is not quite like any other dinner. Family and friends are contacted in October (or September if an overnight -- or weekend -- stay is included!) for a festive gathering. The menu is set years in advance and food shopping and preparation is a group effort.

Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I can remember, partly because of all the anticipation! I love to set the table with crystal and silver that will gleam in candlelight.

Unlike the menu, the look of our table changes each year. I love to add special touches that underline the joy of family and friends joining us to be mindful of all the good things in our lives.

I've used the dinnerware we received as wedding gifts, some from the very folks who will be gathering this holiday.

I was excited to use a patterned linen tablecloth and napkins I bought several months ago. I have always had a soft spot for beautiful table linens! These impart a cozy, bountiful feel for the table.

Glass pumpkins and oversized acorns continue the feeling of bounty in the center, supported here and there with magnolia leaves from the front yard.

Votive candleholders in warm amber and tiny glittered pumpkins add sparkle to the center. To catch the light I also used glass table scatter in tones of green, gold, orange and brown.

Glittery bronze balls that are actually ornaments add interest.

I set the table on a sunny morning and was enchanted with the play of light.

I like to decorate the buffet to coordinate with the table. Here I've used elements from the centerpiece and faux chrysanthemums that you may remember from Blue and Copper for Effortless Style.

Setting an elegant table can be easily done -- after all it's no more difficult to place a cherished bone china plate on the table than it is to use one that doesn't mean anything to you.

The silver tea and coffee set was one of the first antiques that G and I bought together after we were married.

Finally I could light the candles!

There is something special about a dinner lit by candles.





Thank you for joining us this Thanksgiving!

Table Resources
China | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Stemware | Marquis by Waterford 'Hanover Gold'
Flatware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Autumn Vignettes

I know that many of you regularly create lovely vignettes throughout your homes to celebrate the seasons, holidays or special occasions. I don't usually, generally being content to savor the way mantles or tabletops look for longer periods. But I came down with bronchitis this weekend -- so I gave up on my planned tablescape and created two autumn themed vignettes instead. Easier and quicker since I had already retrieved the box of pumpkins from downstairs.

In the foyer I placed the script runner with embroidered flowers that I recently used in this tablescape on the chest from France. I like that the embroidery repeats colors found in the tapestry hanging behind the chest.

A Tang-style ceramic horse also has the deep colors of autumn.

Ivory and white faux flowers are joined by two orange-brushed Birds of Paradise in an arrangement that often sits here in the cooler months.
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Pumpkins are joined by hefty acorns.

I then added pumpkins and magnolia leaves to the mantle. I've loved the look of the stacked stone since we built the house. But the mantle is tough to style. It sits about head-high and the stone is uneven. Several items have tumbled off through the years, including a Christmas stocking holder onto the head of then 6-year-old Miss J.

The chrysanthemums from Blue and Copper for Effortless Style bracket the simple vignette. The leaning picture of an egret has watched over the family room for a number of years.

xx


A touch of autumn brought inside for November.


Thanks so much for visiting!

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Rustic + Refined 
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

when Halloween nears -- witches appear!

Welcome! Come on in! Halloween's not far off, so join us 'round the table inspired by Shakespeare's song of the witches.

"Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble."    

I like to use the traditional Halloween colors of black and orange, leavened with white and minimal accent colors. Four colorful salad plates, each with a different design, sit on white plates.
    


Where did all the spiders come from?
    



In the center sits a silvered container with faux roses and carnations.

Cute ghosts wave at the witches who have settled on graphic black and white napkins .

I've used my favorite spider web tablecloth, bunching it here and there for casual texture.

Soaring above the table is a fabulous witch on her broom, obviously enjoying herself!




The candle holders were retrieved from their usual spot on top of the kitchen cabinets. I love their aged, ornate look, appropriate for a witch's table!

Those pesky spiders are scampering across the books of spells and potions.

The footed bowl holds who-knows-what!

I borrowed G's vintage decanter and tray from the bar area. The color is a perfectly ghoulish purple.

Matching glasses will no doubt serve mysterious potions.



I played a bit with her portrait, mimicking an old daguerreotype.


You might like to see my other tables at Ready for Potions and Spells and Spiders and Crows.

Happy Halloween!!


Table resources
Dinner plates | Noritake 'Ranier'
Salad plates | Sakura 'Haunted Hideaway'
Flatware | Wm Rogers either 'Daybreak' or 'Elegant Lady'
Cauldrons | Crate & Barrel
Decanter, wine glasses | Farber Brothers 'Krome Kraft' (mid-century, chrome, various colors of Cambridge glass)
Flying witch | Pier 1

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Share Your Cup
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The Dedicated House

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Cedar Hill Farmhouse
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Let's Add Sprinkles
DesignThusiasm

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Blue and Copper for Effortless Style


I love setting tables! Pretty tables, casual tables, formal tables, simple tables, over-the-top tables. Tables befitting the occasion or just my mood of the day.

Now that we're firmly in October, I began this table with a simple table runner and placemats in copper. They are a blend of copper tones with a bit of texture from the weave that gives them a slight shimmer.

Blues or greens are my favorite colors to mix with copper. I chose blue today -- the intricate designs on the dishes effortlessly add graceful style.

The simple centerpiece consists of a covered soup tureen in the same pattern. It's both stylish and practical -- it will serve the first of the fall soups.

Flanking the tureen are pillar candles and silk chrysanthemums in shades of copper, orange and yellow.

Hand-crafted copper napkin rings bring patina to the table. I bought them last year at my favorite craft council show in Atlanta. They were featured in Understated Pumpkins.

I love the lions' heads and feet on the antique salt cellar!

The glass candle holders and vases provide sparkle but don't conflict with the other table elements.



Style doesn’t require buying new things for each table you set. The only thing I didn't already have was the marbleized craft paper cut to fit the glass hurricanes used as vases. I didn't need the paper, but it hides the stems nicely.
Since I have a blue and copper theme today, I thought I'd share a photo of the dining room chairs. We found them several years ago at a consignment store. We liked the burled wood and lines of the chairs, there were enough of them to fit the table, and they came with a blue and white chinoiserie fabric edged in navy trim.
The china pattern is Blue Danube -- one of the top ten patterns at Replacements. I've always thought it charming. (I'm not affiliated with or compensated by Replacements. I just thought this was interesting.)
I spent only $8 on the silverplate ladle at an antique store several years ago. The downward curve of the handle makes it perfect for tureens.

The morning sun is beginning to stream through the dining room.



Welcome Fall!

Table resources

China | Blue Danube (Japan) (this does not have the stylized onions of the popular Blue Onion patterns)
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Iced tea glasses | Godinger 'Palm'
Hurricanes | Crate & Barrel