April 20, 2016

Equestrian Table Setting

We live a casual and easy lifestyle in our empty nest here in rural Kentucky. We enjoy a laid back lifestyle offered by a small Kentucky community. 

I find that we eat in the kitchen most of the time these days, and save the dining room for when we have several guests.

Equestrian Table Setting

Another post with the equestrian theme:

Even though we eat in the kitchen dining area I still like to dress the table whether it is just for us...or for good friends to join us.

Hubby cooked a pork loin in the crock pot a new way and I baked new potatoes a new way. I am happy to report that both recipes turned out very well. I will share later.

Dining in the Kitchen, Bring out your nice things.

Since it is spring in Kentucky and horses are on everyone's mind I brought out my equestrian place mats/boards and created a table setting based on those. 

I do simple table settings. It's just my style. I hope you like an idea or two to try at home.

Take a look at how I pulled together some simple items to make a nice table for a casual Friday night supper.

Simple Black and Gold Centerpiece

For my centerpiece I began with a plain metal black tray. The border around my mats is black...so the tray goes nicely.

I shopped the house and brought a gold metal bowl from the mama cave...and filled it with faux pears. 

I was on a pear collecting binge a few years ago and since I keep things forever...they were still in my stash.

Black and Gold for this table setting.

Black is one of my decorating colors, and you can see plenty of it in my kitchen. I have black painted chairs, a black iron lighting fixture, black mats around my botanicals and black accessories in this table setting. 

My wall color and drapes pull in my other decorating color...golden yellow. I used black and gold in the Georgian house...and when we moved, I kept them. I have not tired of the color combo. 

The finishing touch was adding my brass candlesticks to add to this traditional equestrian table setting. 

Williamsburg Candlesticks from the eighties or nineties. 

I took closeup photos so you could see the prints on each mat. The loosely represent the Keeneland Race Course...with the workers' green jackets, and lush grounds.

Keeneland themed mat boards

Back to the Centerpiece with Pears

Does this qualify as an art photograph?   I hope so. :-)  
I keep trying to up my "still life photography" game.

I had to try an overhead shot of my bowl of pears for fun. I am a click happy photographer! :-)

I will share the menu on the next post. It was yummy. 

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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