Schumann Wild Rose

Schumann Wild Rose
Dishes, dishes, dishes........

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Green Napkin Challenge

The last tablescape had a gorgeous striped brown and gold napkin - easy to work with and to set a nice table. Well......when I bought that material at JoAnn Fabrics, I found one that was so unusual and so old fashion looking. And of course, Pat and I did not have a dish to go with it. But I had to have it anyway. Pat set about making beautiful napkins from the fabric. Now, what to do with it????

Needless to say, Pat started to pull out dishes and glassware and came up with a fantastic tablescape. We affectionately call this our "Pier1 table" since all the dishes and two of the glasses were purchased there.
A close up of the vintage looking fabric that was the basis for this tablescape.

Overview of the tablescape.

The place setting.

Pat coupled the green napkin with a black one. She used a simple black napkin ring.

Close up of the soup bowl.

Black champagne glass ties the glassware to the black place setting.

The dishware has an unusual pattern.

The glassware also has an unusual pattern.

Flatware is King James by Oneida silverplate.

A small accent bowl from Waechtersbach adds some weight to the left side of the place setting.

This tall crystal candle holder is from Pat's collection.

One last look......

Black placemats:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Checkered dishware:  "Black and White Check" from Pier 1
Patterned glassware:  Pier 1
Black champagne flute:  by Artland from Replacements
Flatware:  King James by Oneida
Small black bowl:  by Waechtersbach from Tuesday Morning
Napkin ring:  PVC pipe  cut into 1" rounds and painted black

Friday, September 21, 2012

We love napkins - all different colors and patterns. A napkin can "make or break" a tablescape. And fortunately for me, Pat is a great seamstress and likes to sew. Recently she finished sewing fifteen different patterns/colors of napkins (twelve napkins of each pattern) for various events. (She still has four more pieces of material to sew but says she needs a break......I can definitely understand why.)

One of the patterns is the inspiration for this week's tablescape. It is a beautiful striped teal/brown/gold combination. Pat put it with a gorgeous Depression Ware sandwich plate made by the Federal Glass Company from 1937 through 1941. The pattern is called "Diana." She used it as a charger and combined it with Chocolate Fiestaware and a modern day accent plate from Pier 1.
The inspiration napkin that started it all.

Over view of the table.

Close up of the place setting.

One of three different patterns of the accent plate.

The dinner plate is Chocolate Fiestaware by Homer Laughlin.

The gorgeous amber colored Depression Ware sandwich plate is "Diana" by the Federal Glass Company.

The teal and amber/gold crackle glasses are from Pier 1.

Flatware is Gold Iconic by the Wallace Silver Company.

Both teal and amber colored candle holders were used.

Close up of the napkin ring (from Pier 1, again.)

The beautiful teal colored bowl and platter were a great find at "Art & Old Things," our favorite local antique store.

The center piece holds teal, gold, and mixed colored spheres.

Teal colored placemats:  Pier 1
Napkin rings:  Pier 1
Gold Flatware:  Gold Iconic by Wallace Silver Company from Replacements
Amber sandwich plate:  "Diana" by Federal Glass Company from eBay
Chocolate Fiestaware:  by Homer Laughlin
Fruit Accent plates:  Pier 1 this season
Glassware:  Pier 1
Solid Teal Napkin:  eBay
Teal Bowl/Platter Centerpiece:  from "Fortuna Art & Old Things"
Teal and amber candle holders:  eBay
Decorative spheres (balls):  Pier 1
Amber votive holders:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Candles and votives:  Michael's

Monday, September 17, 2012

Periwinkle and Yellow

Yesterday, I had a casual lunch at Pat's. Naturally, she set the table flawlessly. I grabbed the camera and took a few pictures. See what you think.
Overview of the table.

Close up of the plates that Pat used.

Pat made a simple arrangement of fresh flowers from her garden.

Super polished silver - "April" by Wm Rogers & Son are from Pat's husband's family.

"Dampierre" by Cris d'Arques water and wine glasses were a gift to Pat from our Mother after the devastating earthquake of 1993.

Pat started with a small vegetable/fruit bowl from her Centura by Corning dishes.

Next, she used a Periwinkle blue Fiestaware salad plate.

Handmade light yellow napkins from soft Kona cotton folded across the plate. Pat saw this fold on the "Barefoot Contessa" TV show (Food Network) the other day and wanted to try it.

Yellow "Sunflower" Fiestaware luncheon plate is next.

The dinner plate is Periwinkle blue Fiestaware to match.

The white coupe shaped charger is by Bernardaud (one of Pat's favorites.)

Very hard to find Periwinkle blue Bread and Butter plates hold a butter spreader in the "April" pattern.

The Waterford vase was a retirement gift to Pat's husband who worked over 40 years for CalFire (formerly California Department of Forestry.)

Just for fun, Pat grabbed some dessert plates from her Spode "Buttercup" pattern to see how they would look. The plate has both yellow and periwinkle blue in it.

Close up of the plate. It is gorgeous.

I had to take a picture of the table.

Back to the original table just before lunch was served.

Periwinkle Blue tablecloth:  from Gottshalk's (a local department store out of business)
Yellow placemats:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond
"April" Flatware:  Family heirloom
White charger:  by Bernardaud
Periwinkle Blue Fiestaware:  by Homer Laughlin from Replacements and eBay
Small vegetable bowl:  Centura by Corning (Pat's wedding pattern many years ago)
Glassware:  "Dampierre" by Cris d'Arques