Thursday, January 10, 2019

Setting a Warm Winter Table...Just Because!

We are in Week 11 of our kitchen and master bath renovation. It has turned the whole house upside down and inside out. We've retreated to the lower level that we finished a little over six years ago. The game room/garden room where I've been designing tablescapes is the only room in the house which has escaped the chaos.

I've always found setting tables to be both creative and relaxing. Needed all the more as power tools echo above my head! I hadn't yet come up with a design for this week's table when G walked in the door with a dozen roses -- just because!

January is made for relaxation and introspection. The holidays are behind us and winter finally settles in (well what passes for winter in Georgia!). My thoughts turn to warmth and comfort foods, and long nights devoted to good books and great chocolate.

In January colors have muted but aren't completely gone. We have a variety of evergreens which are a nice contrast to the barren deciduous trees and shrubs and dormant grass. Red berries are still to be found in the garden however. So I was inspired to set a warm winter table with the colors of winter, with the beautiful roses as the centerpiece.

Evergreens and birds are a natural combination.

The sparkle of antique silver shakers gives a bit of zest to the center.

Birds are found in the centerpiece, on the napkin rings and on the plates. (As you know, I readily feature birds year round.)

The roses are a lovely ombré, more wine-colored than the pink they appear in the photos.

I felt the table needed a bit more of the warmth of silver.

The table linens are muted, but echo the January garden. A wonderful gift, they were also used in January's Winter Greetings.

I came across the candlesticks at an antique mall, though they're neither antique nor vintage. A better view of them can be found here.

Pine cones have to be included -- they're ubiquitous in North Georgia.

I love the line drawings on the plates, the light shadings of color, and the feathery needles.

I tried an evening shot, but the flash didn't quite give me the mood I was looking for.

A warm winter's table, photo-bombed by Jake.

I hope you welcome January as a time to refresh and recoup.

Update: I loved the look of the morning sun on the table this morning so I added one more photo!

Happy New Year!

Table Resources

Plates | Lenox 'Winter Song'
Flatware | Mikasa 'Italian Countryside'
Stemware | Marquis by Waterford
Placemats | Crate & Barrel

Shared with:
Eclectic Red Barn
Petite Haus
Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Katherine's Corner
Between Naps on the Porch
French Country Cottage
Love of Home 
Little Farmstead 
Starfish Cottage 
Life and Linda 
Rustic + Refined 
The Freckled Rose 
Amaze Me Monday 
Metamorphosis Monday 
Confessions of a Plate Addict 
Stone Gable 
Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Worthing Court 
A Stroll thru Life 
Celebrate Your Story 
Let's Add Sprinkles 
Vintage Charm Party 
A Delightsome Life 
21 Rosemary Lane  
French Ethereal 


  1. What a lovely table! I'm in N. Georgia, and I'd love to recreate this type of tablescape in my home.

    1. Thank you, Joy. We're lucky here in North GA to have a lot of inspiration right outside. Make it cozy and stay warm with our sudden drop in temperatures!

  2. Beautiful pictures and beautiful tablescape. Have a happy weekend. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Sandra! I was pleased with the way it turned out. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. I love it all dear Sandra, specially the gorgeous bird plates. I have a love for bird dishes and yeah, I have a few cute bird salad plates too.
    I can't wait to see your bedroom renovation; we too need to do something about renovating our old bedroom, I don't like it anymore !
    Big hugs,

    1. Thank you, Fabby! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I was rather surprised at the number of bird-related tableware and decor I actually have, lol!
      Renovations are not for the faint of heart - or those without patience. Fingers crossed that the end result is worth all the headaches!

  4. Beautiful table! and hopefully the sound of power tools will end quickly. I cannot imagine that noise day after day...I thought I'd go crazy when they installed a new roof after 5 hours.

    1. Thanks, Christine! I have to admit the noise and the general hassle of it all is getting to me. The general contractor says 2 more weeks, but...

  5. LOVE those beautiful plates and I adore the gorgeous red in your Dining Room!!! Stunning!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting on my post about blogging!! I appreciate you sharing your opinion !! I love your blog and this year one of my goals is to visit and comment more often!! Happy New year to you!!

    1. Thank you, Debbie! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and I'll be sure to tell G that you loved the red. Red is his favorite color so I had to incorporate it somewhere in the house for him. (Mine is all the blue, lol!)

  6. Sandra I love birds and I love your tablescape featuring our fine feathered friends. Thank you for linking up with our Celebrate Your Story.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

    1. Thanks, Kari, always glad to meet a fellow bird lover!

  7. We all need the sense of warm and cozy when it's so cold outside and this table does it so well. It's simply beautiful and anyone would love to be a guest here! I'd say "keep cozy" but I think you have that down!

    1. Thank you, Jeanie, for your lovely comments. Nothing warms up a winter's evening quite like good food and good company does it? A cozy table just adds that much more!

  8. Cute, cute. I love your warm winter table. I can't wait to see the kitchen remodel.

    1. You and me both, lol! So glad you enjoyed my table, Katie, and took the time to comment.

  9. Morning or night, your table is very inviting. Yes, I welcome January. It is a favorite month for me, and not just because it is my birthday month. I like the quiet days, the colder weather with an opportunity to have the fire going inside, and the motivation to start fresh. Happy January!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! Loved your depiction of January, particularly the part about starting fresh. Happy Birthday!

  10. So pretty! I love your woodsy bird theme. Thanks for sharing at TFT!

    1. Thanks, Amber. We have quite a variety of birds here in the winter - those that live here year-round and all the over-wintering birds from the North.

  11. Beautiful table setting. The bird plates are just to admire. Good to see your pet sleeping on the carpet. Warm and cozy for him. Thank you to drop a comment for me. Love Sujatha:)

    1. Thank you, Sujatha, for dropping by and leaving your lovely comments!

  12. "Just Because" flowers and tablescapes are always special! I love your little bird plates, too! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinning!

    1. I'm glad you liked my plates as much as I! Thank you for leaving your comments and for pinning my post.


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