Thursday, July 4, 2019

A Garden Table

Inspiration for a table setting can come from just about anywhere. I had been sitting on the deck in the shade of the trees, enjoying the flowers in the containers (seen here) and watching the wrens busily bringing morsels of food to their chicks.

It was obvious -- I should bring the garden to the table!

With the colors of the garden and the sky in mind, I gathered elements from the house that would reflect those colors and also add welcome texture.

Fern leaves encircle the basket weave on the plate. The placemat is woven in a spiral.

Stylized flowers cover the napkins (used previously here), held in place by mini watering cans.

Flowers picked this morning from my garden casually center the table.

Sunny daisies partner with hydrangeas, which have finally decided to bloom.

The violet vinca brings a jolt of unexpected color.

What garden would be complete without these little guys?

I have to admit that greens and blues are my favorite colors to mix and pair. They also happen to be the mainstays of nature (along with brown, which isn't as much in evidence in summer).

We found these vintage (we think -- no hallmarks) salt and pepper shakers cleaning out my mother-in-law's house. They're painted ceramic with a chalky finish.

I used hobnail glass votives in coordinating colors. Clear crystal glasses are deeply cut and bounce the sunlight around the table. They also add a touch of elegance to a casual table.

This hydrangea had begun to fade. The grays of its florets contrast with the bright greens of boxwood cuttings.

I think this is very much a summer table, repeating the view out the windows.

And it's much more comfortable indoors these days!

Table resources
Plates | Bordallo Pinheiro
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Stemware | Towle 'Tiara'
Napkins | Fiesta
Napkin rings | Pier 1

Shared with:
Between Naps on the Porch
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Finding Silver Pennies 
Life and Linda 
Rustic + Refined 
Metamorphosis Monday 
Celebrate and Decorate
Me and My Captain 
The Dedicated House 
Serving up Southern 
 Let's Add Sprinkles   
Tuesday Turn About 
Talk of the Town 
Style Showcase 
Vintage Charm 
A Delightsome Life  
French Ethereal


  1. I really love your table...and I just packed my bunnies away---and shouldn't have, LOL. Very fresh and nice!

    1. Thanks, Sandi! My bunnies have probably been out too long, but I've really enjoyed them this year.

  2. So pretty! I love the napkins and napkin rings and the blue and green scheme. Thanks for sharing at TFT!

    1. Thanks, Amber! I find blues and greens very restful. Most of our rooms are variations of those colors.

  3. Love the simplicity of the table, Sandra, and the notes of summer that it reflects! Lovely plates, too! So good to see you at TTA, my friend!

    1. Thanks, Julie! Simpler settings seem right for the table we use every day.

  4. Hi Sandra!
    I like how you used the blues and greens together, and the little bunnies add a nice woodland touch. I love the napkin rings too! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

    1. Thanks, Kim! I'm really pleased with this one and will probably keep it around for a few weeks.

  5. Ohhh I love the blue and green, such a perfect palette to bring the outdoors in! The bunnies are so sweet and your table itself is gorgeous with all that inlaid tile! Beautiful Sandra!

    1. Thanks so much, Jenna! I'm glad you enjoyed this as much as I. Blue and green continually vie for my favorite color -- right now it's a tie! I fell hard for the table as soon as I saw it, so of course we had to get it.

  6. What a beautiful tablescape, as all the ones you create. The Bordallo plates are my very fav, hope I can acquire something someday. When I was in Portugo last year I went into their store and they had amazing, but very expensive things.
    Thank you for your sweet and kind comment on my struggle with the blogging situation, as ladies like you make me sad to quit. I just posted on my latest decision so far.

    1. Thank you, Fabby! I've picked up all my Bordallo tableware at antique malls and vintage sales. Most of them have been well-loved, since I can barely read the hallmarks on the back. I would love to visit Portugal -- and so many other places! If you enjoy your hobby and love to share it, then I think blogging is rewarding. I try not to get caught up in blog stats. Have a great weekend!

  7. What an adorable table!The bunnies are cute and sweet...Love your gorgeous flowers too!

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and left kind comments!


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