Thursday, April 26, 2018

How Do You Pick a Favorite?

I have always loved creating tablescapes. Growing up I would volunteer to set the table for special occasions, knowing I would get to use all the pretty plates and silverware and other things my mother kept for "good". G enjoys entertaining as much as I do (probably more!), and encourages my finding the perfect things to style our table.

So I was excited to stumble upon Susan's Between Naps on the Porch. Here was a blog all about tablescapes! She hosts weekly parties that share all sorts of inspiration and ideas for tables and home decor. Reading her posts have provided me some of the most delightful moments in the week. Susan is holding a very special 'Tablescape Thursday' party this week -- her 500th! What an achievement! She has invited us to join her celebration by featuring our favorite tablescapes.

How do you pick a favorite? I've liked all the tables I've designed. Some expressed a mood or theme. Others tried out new ideas or tweaked old habits. Some tables struck a special chord with you. That's it! You and I will pick our favorites!  (Click on the titles to see more pictures from each post and information about the table items.)

Christmas Eve Dinner has had the most views of all the tables I've posted. Holiday tables seem to always be at the top of our lists!



Closely following it in the number of views received was A Winter's Song.



There was a tie between two tables in the number of lovely comments you left me. The first, Lunch with Violets and Irises, celebrated the coming of spring and featured flowers from my garden.



The second, Year of the Dog, featured another type of winter holiday and is among G's favorites. (Hint: dragons have something to do with it!)



I asked my biggest fans what their favorites were. G and Miss J selected A Merry Plaid Christmas, I think, because Christmas is their favorite holiday, hands down.



Miss J added Thanksgiving in Blue and Gold to our list.



I've always loved the allure of France, so I picked la FĂȘte nationale with its celebration of what I imagine France to be like.



To round out the top favorites, I wanted to include a table done just for fun -- September Transitions, Italian Style.



My, that was hard! Did we pick your favorites? I'd love to hear which tablescape you would have included!

Congratulations to Susan and Between Naps on the Porch on an awesome milestone!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Setting a Spring Table for Lunch

With yet another freeze warning looming, I decided to set a spring table for lunch, using flowers from the garden.

What could be better than hand-painted pansies to accompany the fresh flowers? These lovely dessert plates were a present from Miss J. Their soft pastels are a reflection of the tenuous nature of the early days of spring. One day it's warm and sunny, the next cold and blustery!

I chose a tablecloth hand-blocked in gold as the base. The center square of the cloth is filled with stylized flowers. Borrowed gold flatware gleams.

For a centerpiece, dogwood, Solomon's seal and two types of azaleas are casually set in a cut glass vase. On either side are two of the boxes we've collected over the years.

The George Tabor azaleas came through the light freeze with aplomb, unlike most of the others. You can see them in the garden in Covered in Blooms: the April Garden.

G bought this intricately inlaid box in Jerusalem's Old City,

and this beautifully patterned box in Nazareth on his last trip to Israel. They are both hand-crafted, and seemed to be comfortable paired with the cloth printed in India.

I like to use square cloths on round tables. It's unexpected and the corner drape highlights the edge design.

Oversized napkins are rolled, then held by contemporary gold spray rings . I love their exuberance!

I also used these fabulous 1960's glasses, which debuted in Silver and Gold.
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The scrolling lines of brown, taupe and aqua on the plates complement the floral antique dessert plates.



The vibrant pinks punch up a fairly monochromatic table! I couldn't resist bringing them indoors.





The dessert plates have a Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria mark used between 1857 and 1920. Due to their excellent condition I'm assuming they date from the early 1900's. A wonderful surprise from Miss J that I couldn't wait to use!

I love to mix table elements, from antique to contemporary, traditional designs with ethnic sensibilities, colors and neutrals.

For a spring table, or for any season!



Resources
Plates | Noritake 'Esteem'
Dessert plates | Hutschenreuther Selb, pattern unknown
Napkins | Pottery Barn
Napkin rings | Pier 1

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Covered in Blooms: the April Garden

Guided by the lengthening daylight hours, the April garden is suddenly covered in blooms.


And in the South, that means the azaleas have opened a thousand buds.
Rhododendron spp 'Coral Bells'


Varieties in pinks and whites are my favorites, and dominate my garden.
R. spp 'Snow'

Rhododendron spp.

Native azaleas are looser in structure, with open flowers.
R. periclymenoides



Petite Narcissus 'Thalia' are the final act for my daffodils.



Solomon's seal is beginning to carpet the shaded areas beneath the trees in front.
Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum'

Crouching on my knees to get a good view of their delicate blossoms beneath gracefully arching stems.

Japanese maples have opened deep wine-colored leaves, which will turn green in May.
Acer palmatum behind azaleas

Tucked in a corner is a bench where I've spent many a pleasant hour. Not many this spring, though -- it's still covered in pollen.

The view from the bench.




Rhododendron spp 'George Taber'



On Monday the dogwoods unfurled their showy, petal-like bracts which open flat, giving the appearance of a single, large, 4-petaled, white flower.
Cornus florida

Their true flowers are the small yellow-green things in the center, compacted into tight clusters.

Part of gardening is serendipity -- like these tiny violets that appeared this year.

Thank you for taking a walk with me through the front garden.


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How Sweet the Sound
Life on Lakeshore Drive
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Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop
A Stroll thru Life
Celebrate Your Story
The Dedicated House
Let's Add Sprinkles
Savvy Southern Style
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21 Rosemary Lane
The Garden Party: April

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