Monday, January 27, 2014

Nostalgic Table for One

This week's table brings back lots of memories for both Pat and me. All of the dishes, glassware, flatware, and napkin were purchased nearly forty years ago - some by Pat and some by me. We did not realize until today that our early purchases would coordinate so well (or that we both bought a lot of Noritake.....)
Over view of the table

The place setting

Flatware is "Iron Brown" by Noritake (this was the first flatware pattern that I bought back in 1974.)

The dish pattern is "Desert Flower" by Noritake - the salad plate comes in four different flowers (Pat and her wonderful Mother-in-Law both bought six place settings of this pattern in 1976.)

Glassware is brown "Clarion" (I bought these glasses to go with my set of "Softwind" Temperware by Lenox in 1975)

Pat added a hand carved Desert Tortoise

Even the napkin is vintage - I bought eight of them in 1977 (ever notice that instead of calling something "old," we now call it "vintage"? Guess that I'm very vintaged, too........)

One last look
Where it came from:
Brown Charger - inexpensive Lacquer charger spray painted in Fusion Spray paint
Dishware - "Desert Flowers" by Noritake from Walsh's (a local store years ago where all brides-to-be and young marrieds bought nice dishware)
Flatware - "Iron Brown" by Noritake (also from Walsh's)
Glassware - "Clarion" by Noritake (from Walsh's)
Candle and Silk Flowers - from Michael's

We will be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this Thursday:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beating The Winter Blues Tablescape

Even though we are going through a horrible, horrible drought at the moment, most of the nation is experiencing typical winter weather. Pat decided to "beat the blues" with a colorful table:
Over view of the table

The place setting

Flatware is "Montana" by Gourmet Settings

To beat the Winter blues, Pat chose three different colors for the glassware (we might not have water, but Pat is making allowances for "other liquids" - she said enough of that and we won't care if we have water or not.........only my sister.......)

Purple, Yellow, Periwinkle Blue, Tangerine, and Rose........

Pat used a Waechtersbach dinner plate instead of Fiesta Yellow - it is much brighter

Nothing dull about the napkin, either

Where it came from:
Colorful Placemat - Pier 1
Flatware - "Montana" by Gourmet Settings from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Purple Charger - Inexpensive Lacquer charger spray painted with Fusion Spray Paint
Yellow Dinner Plate - "Fun Factory" Yellow by Waechtersbach from
Luncheon, Salad, Bread/Butter Plate and Cup/Saucer - Assorted Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from eBay, Macy's, and Replacements
Glassware - TJMaxx and Ross
Votive/Tea Light Holders - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Napkin Ring - Wooden Round spray painted hot pink
Purple Flower Vase - from Pat's collection

We will be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this Thursday:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lunch with Luigi Table for One

Today's tablescape was designed around a water goblet that I challenged Pat with - she started to pull things out of the cupboards and within a few minutes, she had the table done.
Over view of the table

The place setting

Ceramic flatware is by Noritake

The jumping off point for the tablescape - the glasses are from Pier 1

Pat used the yellow in the accent plate for the color of the dinner plate

The rustic charger is "Espana" by Tabletops Unlimited

Lunch with Luigi - you "handsome" fellow.....

A wicker wine coaster holds grapes

Yes, the wine is gone.......we are going to turn the empty bottle into a candle holder

One last look
Where it came from:
Rattan Placemat - Pier 1
Blue Charger - Cobalt Blue Espana by Tabletops Unlimited from eBay
Dinner and Bread/Butter Plate - "Sunshine" Yellow Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Macy's
Accent Plate - "San Marino" from Pier 1
Yellow Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Flatware - Blue Ceramic by Noritake from eBay
Glassware - from Pier 1 last Summer
Luigi figurine - from Ross
Blue Votive Holders - Bed, Bath, and Beyond

We will be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this Thursday:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Art Deco Table for One

Early 1930's Art Deco Period produced a lasting legacy of design and pattern. One of the sets of dishes we have was made from 1929 through that period. Pat thought it would be fun to set a table using it:
Over view of the table

The place setting - we tried Silver flatware from that period but it did not look quite right. And the charger is newer but the color and style work well with the dishware

Glassware is from Pier 1

Pat had to use the Cream Soup  bowl - it has a square liner

Pat used a gold napkin surrounding a Pier 1 Ivory beaded one held by a clear acrylic napkin ring.....I almost died. Acrylic?? On an Art Deco tablescape? Yes, Pat was right -  it actually "fades" into the background.

The dinner plate is in remarkable condition considering it is over 80 years sold

Flatware is Gold "Sofia" by Argent

Intricate detailing on the rims

One last look
Where it came from:
Lace Tablecloth - a very old lace curtain remodelled and repurposed
Charger - Pier 1 a couple of years ago
Dinnerware - "Gainsborough" by Crown Ducal from our Mother's collection (Pat and I inherited the "dish" disease)
Flatware - Gold "Sofia" by Argent from Tuesday Morning
Glassware - from Pier 1
Lady with Parrot - figurine by Giuseppi Armani from our Mother's collection
Metal Coffee Pot Arrangement - from Costco years ago

With any luck, we will be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for Tablescape Thursday this week:

Tablescape Thursday