"Pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts." ~ William Shakespeare
My daughter sent lovely flowers for Mother's Day, a glorious profusion of color! They graced the kitchen island for several days,
then I decided to use them as the centerpiece for a spring table that celebrates thoughts of my daughter.
I chose plates with a trellis design, topped by lovely antique dishes featuring sweet pansies that were a gift from Miss J several years ago.
Underneath are placemats scattered with flowers in shades of blue and lavender, a gift from my brother.
The flower theme is continued on the ceramic napkin rings. The delicate wildflowers are also in lavenders and blues.
Sharing the center is a determined Labrador retriever carrying salt and pepper pails. This was also thoughtfully given to me by my daughter.
A close-up of the hand-painted dessert plates, which really shows the graceful strokes.
The other item in the center is a pair of crystal candlesticks that have deep purple bowls. I have two pairs as well as a pair in ruby red.
Through the French doors the garden awaits. I'm late getting started on designing and planting the garden. I hope to have photos soon.
And how the antique plates seamlessly blend with recent dishware and contemporary elements.
Dinner, salad plates | Block 'Blue Skies'
Pansy plates | Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria, early 1900's
Candlesticks | Rogaka 'Weston'
Salt and pepper cellar | Ballard Designs