Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cowboy Reflections Tablescapes

Not everyone has unlimited sets of dishes to use - but by using what you have in unique ways, each meal can look and feel totally different. Pat took one of her favorite dish patterns (Cowboy Reflections by Montana Lifestyles) and put it to the test.....
First of three place settings using the same dish pattern - color theme is denim
Second place setting uses rust as the color theme
Steel blue and black colors are used in this place setting
Close up of the one of the dishes
Brown stemmed Lenox Expresso  water glass with a simple Libby wine glass
Pat used Noritake Iron Brown flatware
The charger is Colonial Color Spectrum by Mikasa
Sitting on top of a denim napkin is a wicker placemat from Pier 1
Pat pulled the cowboy look from the centerpiece to use this western napkin. Napkin ring from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Here's the little guy that started it all - an Annie Wahl doll from Richard Simmons collection
One last look......
Close up of the second place setting
Dual beige and rust napkins in a brown spray painted PVC pipe decorated with a boot ornament

Clear glassware (both from the Dollar Store)

Hammered handles on the flatware work perfectly with the western theme

Pat found these wonderful wooden chargers at World Market last year

Individual lidded bean pot - another one of Pat's "finds"
Overview of the last place setting using steel blue and black

The black water and wine/juice glasses are from Pier 1 several years ago

These rustic pieces of flatware at Treble Clef from Gourmet Settings

Steel blue napkin from Pier 1 is held together by a boot ornament sits on a black Fiestaware Bread and Butter Plate

One of our favorites - Indigo Black Color Spectrum from Mikasa

Small black accent bowl is from Waechtersbach
Where it came from:
Cowboy Reflections Dishware:  by Montana Lifestyles from
Blue and Black Chargers:  Color Spectrum by Mikasa from eBay and
Wooden Charger:  from World Market
Black and Brown Bread and Butter Plates:  Fiestaware by Homer Laughlin
Brown Flatware:  Iron Brown by Noritake 40 years old
Other Flatware:  from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Placemats, Napkins:  Pier 1
Cowboy Ornaments:  Kohl's

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Orange Easter Tablescape for One

Orange is not a typical color that most people would use for Easter, but if you follow our regular blog "The Welcomed Guest" [], you know that Pat loves color. She suggested using the melon colored charger as the starting point in this tablescape.
Over view of the table
Close up of the place setting

The orange and yellow napkin ring is from Pier 1

Clear acrylic flatware allows the placemat to show through

I love both of these glasses - olive green and orange - what a flashback to the 1970's!

Orange ceramic carrots from Tuesday Morning

Individual salt and pepper shaker on a crystal tray
First layer of the placesetting is a vintage white napkin around an olive green one

The melon colored salad plate is Color Moods by Cris d'Arques

Next layer is Pat's Centura by Corning (her Wedding pattern more than 40 years ago)

The melon colored charger that started it all

Inexpensive acrylic flatware is by Cambridge
A white milk glass vase is perfect for the orange flowers

One last look
Where it all came from:
Orange/Olive green placemat:  Tuesday Morning
Clear Acrylic Flatware:  by Cambridge from Ross
All White Dinnerware:  Centura by Corning Glass from Pat's collection
Melon Dinnerware:  Color Moods by Cris d'Arques from
Olive Green Goblet:  Diamond Point by Indiana Glass Company from a local consignment store in Fortuna, CA
Orange Goblet:  Moonlight by Circleware - Pat found them at Marshall's in Santa Rosa, CA
White Vintage Napkin:  from Art and Old Things (a fantastic local antique store)
Olive Green Napkin:  Target
Orange/Yellow Napkin Ring:  Pier 1
Ceramic Bunnies:  Tuesday Morning
Ceramic Carrots:  Tuesday Morning
Milk Glass Vase:  Personal collection
Antique Salt/Pepper Shakers on Tray:  from eBay

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter Breakfast Tablescape

With just a few changes, any tablescape can take on a totally different look. Using the same dishes as last time, we took away the pink Depressionware and replaced it with green. The dinner and salad plate are the same pattern, but the look of the entire table has changed.
Over view of the table
Close up of the place setting
These fabulous green Depressionware footed tumblers are from the Tiffin Glass Company
Modern napkin ring in lime green, yellow and blue add an updated look
Tiny yellow flowers in a Cris d'Arques Longchamp vase
Easter candy tucked in a small cloche
Coffee cup and saucer are in the Spiral pattern from Hocking Glass (1928-1930)
Inexpensive lime green flatware is by Cambridge
The five piece place setting
Breakfast setting includes individual salt and pepper shaker for use
This great piece is a Preserve jar in the Spiral pattern (by Hocking Glass - 1928-1930)
One last look....
Where does it all come from:
Green Checked Placemat and Napkin:  Pier 1
Green Depressionware:  Spiral by Hocking Glass Company from personal collection, eBay, Replacements
Green Flatware:  by Cambridge from Ross
White Dinner and Salad Plate:  Pier 1
Napkin Ring:  Pier 1
Cloche:  Ross
Bunnies:  Tuesday Morning
Longchamp Vase:  by Cris d'Arques from Gottschalk's (a local Department store out of business)
Individual Salt and Pepper Shaker:  eBay

FYI:  Spiral by Hocking Glass is one of the most available patterns from the Depression era. It's easily found on eBay and at reasonable prices.