Saturday, March 31, 2018


Spring fling
Last night Passover began. Tomorrow
is Easter Sunday. Thus I'll assume that
many of you may be hosting family or
friends in the near future. Creating the
perfect setting for one's peeps needn't
be challenging. Nor does it require a
flock of chicks, ducks, or a bunch of
bunnies. All that's needed is a touch of
color and a bit of your time. This year
we won't be hosting Easter. However
I thought it might be helpful to share
some tables past to help you mix things
up. Let's hop to it and get set to inspire!
  Deja vu
As you can see from the first three tables shown - we love turquoise.
You'll also note that the same elements reappear frequently.
You don't need a "great wall of china" to mix it up.
Changing out table linens, flowers, plates, or glassware
can suddenly make the same old... look new!

  Perfect ground
Here an elegant damask table cloth sets a blue note.
The dinner plates are Lenox "Blue Frost".
And if you love them as much as we do.... 
there are a dozen just like them for sale in our shop!
And... they're dishwasher safe!

 Salad days
Here is that same blue tablecloth again.
This time it's centered with pink peonies and purple lilacs.
Note that the tiny flower in the napkins picks up the pink note.
Don't those same Wedgwood salad plates
look different when set upon some ivory Spode?

  Midas touch
Why not go for the gold?
Here are those same Spode dinner plates
paired with fabulous Limoges bowls.
And don't you love the mix
of pink, pale peach, and ivory roses at center?
Our sister store
Wild Iris Floral & Home
can whip up a centerpiece just like it
for your Easter table!

  Repeat performance
Elegant doesn't have to be fussy.
Have you noticed
how often I've use these same candlesticks?
Designed by Thomas O'Brien
for Reed & Barton - 
they're classic yet modern.
And as such will never go out of style!

  Neutral territory
Sometimes we all need to calm down.
Ivory roses set upon an ivory Chinoiserie tablecloth do just that.
Could anything be prettier than those
tall etched Morgantown "Milan" goblets?
We've got a dozen of the same in the shop right now.
Why not sip your Easter Sancere out of one and the same!

Black and white
Less can be more.
Especially when it packs a punch in black and white.
However you don't have to say it with flowers.
Here a black candlestick and blown hurricane 
do their best to keep things centered. 

 Four times the charm
The other evening we had our neighbors for dinner.
And I just realized that I set almost the same table
as the one shown above - four years later.
However this time four old friends
hold court dead center.

 Hurricane Gregory
As you can tell, I adore candle hurricanes.
This time in turquoise yet another colors the situation.
Four small posies of miniature carnations
add a touch of spring without breaking the bank.
And... they last forever!

Birds of a feather
Here the same old blue birds return to Capistrano.
Set upon blue damask placemats
they look fresh and new.
And notice yet another bouquet of white carnations.
If it ain't broke don't fix it...

If you've got it... flaunt it
Why hide your beautiful dining table from sight?
The right placemat can set things up more than properly.
If many of the items on this table look familiar - 
What's better could be better than
having a bunch of old friends at your table?

Ultra violets
Keeping things simple is not only easy
but can be equally chic.
Here a mix of Amethyst glassware
and mulberry transfer ware are set upon woven placemats.
If you want to do the same - 
we've currently got a lovely assortment
of purple glasses and plates at the shop.
All of which are BERRY special...

Variations on a theme
A provincial French tablecloth block printed with grapes
is topped with Wedgwoood's Old Vine transfer ware in mulberry.
Gold and Amethyst antique pressed glass goblets
in the "Provincial"pattern finish the theme.
Finally two Amethyst hurricanes are paired with a country french bouquet.
Now all we need is a good bottle of Cote de Rhone!

Spring awakening
Pastels are not your only option for spring.
Here a deep jonquil yellow jacquard table cloth sets the precedent.
Spode Florence plates and blown venetian ruby glass pick up the pace.
Meanwhile bamboo handled flatware
takes it all down a notch.

House bound
Last minute guests?
Chances are you've got everything you need
right at hand to set things up perfectly.
Consider this mix of
blue and green.
At it's center is a simple houseplant.
Combined with graphic placemats
and my beloved Adams Chinese Bird ironstone.
Can you lend a hand in applause?

Green with envy
Given it's turning green outside, 
why not do the same on your table?
Once again I've used common houseplants on the table.
However this time 
I added a pyramid of granny smiths.
All of which ended up either in a pie or as apple sauce.
 Proving you don't have too spend all your green
to make a scene!


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