Thursday, February 18, 2021

Song of Winter

When you listen carefully, you can hear the song of winter. More muted than other seasons, winter nevertheless is full of sound, except perhaps when a new blanket of snow is falling. Birds sing and ruffle the leaves and needles of evergreens. Squirrels and chipmunks rustle the fallen leaves, and chitter and bark to defend their territory and food caches. Branches creak and thump against each other in the wind.

  
The sounds I enjoy the most are those made by our resident and visiting birds. They provided the inspiration for today's table, which celebrates the birds of winter.
 
 
I started with luncheon plates which feature a pair of brown/gray birds on evergreen branches. I think they capture the spare – but not empty – feeling of a winter day. I've used the plates before here and here


Below them are dinner plates, which emphasize the greens found in the luncheon plates, and rattan chargers echoing the browns in the plates. The dinner plates, chargers and burlap placemats provide texture to the plate stack, just like the structure and texture of plants become more prominent in winter. Wooden napkin rings bring warm brown tones.
 
 
Green can be found in various shades in winter. I love these wine glasses which I lucked upon a number of years ago in an antique mall. I tend to use them mostly in autumn, but they actually are versatile enough for all seasons.

  
For a centerpiece I went hunting in my garden. Sprigs of cedar fill the bottom half of a hurricane, topped by Nandina domestica leaves and berries. I bought this metal hurricane for the patio because of the stems and leaves climbing the sides. It hasn't made it outside yet!


I have several varieties of Nandina shrubs in my garden. I love the lacy look of the leaves and the fact that they're broadleaf evergreens is a plus for the garden. This variety takes on tinges of burgundy and purple in the leaves during the winter months. This one has huge bunches of berries that turned red just in time for Christmas. The varieties out front still show the oranges and reds of fall.

  
On either side of the centerpiece are rugged metal candlesticks, 

  
and cute birds made of burlap and feathers. You may wonder why the Nandina berries are still to be found on the bushes. They're not native to North America so the native birds don't feed on them.



The Nandina berries repeat the color of the berries on the plates.

  
I enjoy using these candlesticks, despite the birds not looking at all friendly!

  
These vintage salt and pepper shakers look more approachable, perched on an intricately cast perch. Through the lens of the camera I discovered that I really ought to give these a good polish!

  


I'm really pleased with how the table turned out. As I mentioned in the post on February Decor throughout the House, winter design doesn't seem to get the attention it merits.

   
I hope you explore the possibilities of a winter-themed table!

  

Table resources
Luncheon plates |  Lenox 'Winter Song'
Dinner plates | Bordallo Pinheiro
Flatware | Oneida   
  
  
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20 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the winter birds in the big pine outside my kitchen window. Your burlap birds are so cute and you've captured the perfect look for late winter/early spring! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks so much, Denise! I suppose since I've spent so much more time at home I've really noticed the birds more.

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  2. BeautifulSandra! I love the nadina berries and sweet birds, the centerpiece is wonderful!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! You can't go wrong with natural materials for a centerpiece! I found the birds hidden in a booth at an antique mall.

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  3. Very nice, Sandra! I love seeing birds through winter. In our former home, we had a row of Nandina that created a natural privacy from our neighbors on one side. I loved clipping them, although sometimes the berries would cause quite the scramble when using them for designs, rolling around like marbles, lol. You seem to have yours well corralled. I have those little salt & pepper shakers too, perfect on your table with the Lenox salad plates. I love the bird at the centerpiece, very realistic-looking!

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    1. Ahh, thanks, Rita! The berries aren't traveling at the moment, but this morning they were all over the carpet. Exactly like marbles lol. The feathers are real, even if the bird itself isn't. I pack them away verrry carefully.

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  4. Lovely tablescape. I learned something regarding the nandina plant. Ours are still heavy with berries as well.

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    1. I think nandinas in the garden are quite lovely. They look delicate but are quite sturdy. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Such a lovely table Sandra, love those red berries....we have Florida holly that looks like that but doesn't always bloom at Christmas unfortunately. This makes for a great Winter table. Enjoyed seeing it.
    Blessings,
    Nellie

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    1. Thanks, Nellie! I love looking at the heavily laden nandinas each winter. I let the shrubs in the back grow larger and am rewarded with great big bunches. Especially since we removed a Leyland cypress which was shading them too much.

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  6. Your tables are just so creative. I can tell you enjoy the process and find such great inspiration from everyday things. So glad you share with us every week at #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thank you, Donna, for your sweet comments! I have enjoyed designing tables since I was a little girl. I find it both fun and challenging. So glad you enjoyed this one!

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  7. I love the clipped berries, and didn't know the birds won't eat them. Well, that means more Nandini's for you to set these beautiful winter tables. Sandra, your table celebrates the beauty of winter.
    Thank you for sharing it at the Friday with Friends link party.

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    1. Thank you! I love to use things from my garden and the nandinas this year are especially bountiful. I'm glad I live where there are four seasons, and each has a different kind of beauty. Keeps you on your toes, decor-wise!

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  8. I absolutely love your table. I agree with you whole-heartedly that winter - just winter- decor doesn't get the attention it deserves. It could be because my winters last so much longer than many. I have my winter stuff out still - yesterday we had full snow but overnight and today it has melted! WOW!!! SO......I *may* be putting things away soon. Perhaps just to humor myself and wishing spring to spring here.

    Regardless of my rambling here, just wanted to say your table is just perfect. Even the S and P shakers- I like that pantina on them.

    Hope your weekend is going well.

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    1. Thank you, Michele, for your sweet comments! While I love to decorate for all the holidays in winter, I enjoy having four seasons and like to explore wintry themes inside. We've only had snow once, and it melted by noon the next day. But March is yet to come....

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  9. So very pretty Sandra. A nod to the up[coming spring. Love the bird plates. using flowers and clippings from your garden is a lovely idea. I am happy to feature this sweet post on Sunday at Love Your Creativity.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, especially for featuring my post at the party! I love to use what grows outside my windows, even if the choices are somewhat limited this time of year.

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  10. So pretty, Sandra!!! I LOVE the s/p birds set!! So I used it as your feature photo at last week's Share Your Style #294. <3 I'm sorry that I am just getting around to visit... I try during the week but I fall asleep before 8:00p.m. most night. This past weekend I just flaked. Forgive me!

    Hope spring is blooming out your way,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Barbara, I'm delighted you chose my table as one of your features! I saw it as soon as I came to visit the party! I really appreciate your featuring it, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave lovely comments.
      Spring is coming along strong here. Though I do regret not getting any snow.

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