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

Sharing with:
Between Naps on the Porch
Share Your Cup
Katherine's Corner
Eclectic Red Barn 
Petite Haus
Follow the Yellow Brick Home
French Country Cottage
Love of Home
My Soulful Home
Celebrating Everyday Life
Starfish Cottage
Hauntingly Beautiful Decor
Life and Linda
The Freckled Rose

Rustic + Refined 
Amaze Me Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House

Confessions of a Plate Addict  
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Worthing Court

Stone Gable
A Stroll thru Life
Celebrate and Decorate
Let's Add Sprinkles

Savvy Southern Style 
A Delightsome Life 
French Ethereal  

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