August 28, 2016

Don't be shy with color

Welcome to the blog today. I am playing with a table setting...

I wanted to see if I could put a twist on a table setting. A fall twist. Not full blown fall you see, but a nod to fall. 

Instead of using white or navy linen napkins I wanted to try my olive green napkins. You all know that I just love greens. 

I had an idea of using my blue and white accessories but popping them with a fall-ish shade of green.

I also added my funky green artichoke candleholders, a few pine cones, and one token faux pumpkin. The rest are still packed away with my fall decorations. ha!

This is my wedding china from 1973. You can see that I have been into blue and white china for a while...and I still love it. 

Blue and green are cool colors...but the wood tones warm up the scene. 

I feel that my table setting needs another pop of orange pumpkins. :-) But those are still packed away...and I am not ready to go full out fall just yet.

The simple cotton place mats and green linen napkins are from Tuesday Morning.

I sprinkled a few tiny pine cones around the table to add a bit of rustic fall to the table. 

Even though I am using nice china and flatware I thought it would be fun to twist things up a little. I do love to play with opposites. 

In the old days, back when I picked out my china, there were rules about how we set our tables. Look in any Emily Post book and see the rules for brunch, luncheon, buffet, informal dinner, formal dinner...yikes! 

When I pulled out my china plates I also used my good crystal and silver. Now...hey, we can mix and match things. 

I do still like to follow the rules a little bit. I don't measure my plate and flatware placement like on Downton Abbey but I do want my table set properly. 

I tried to pass that along to my children by having them set the table while at home. Knife blade toward the plate and water glass at the tip of the knife, etc. :-)

My large mirrored tray with its twig and leave design is sort of rustic and natural for a touch of fall. (The gold tray goes nicely with my brass chandelier below.)

I wanted to show you my dining room chandelier so that you can see why I use my old brass and gold accessories. It just works in my house!

We brought this light fixture with us from another house...because I still love it. It screams "traditional" and I love that it does. :-)

You can see my many shades of green in this picture. Once I learned that all greens work together...I relaxed about not feeling the need to match shades. 

I found the artichoke candle holders at a nearby gift shop in Russell Springs, KY near Lake Cumberland a couple of years ago. I grabbed them quickly and have never regretted buying them. 

I know that blue and white are not normally fall colors, but I wanted to see if I could figure out a way to create a fall-ish table setting with my navy and white. I think the addition of nature's greens helps this table setting to pass the challenge.

After playing with the table setting a little, and feeling the need to add a color from another side of the color wheel I pulled this little trick out of my hat. 

I added a floral stem to each napkin ring. 

Ah...that speaks to me. A pop of color, glorious color!

Now, I just need to create a menu and call some friends and we could have a dinner party with my new table setting. 

Fall is on its way...and I am thinking and planning. How about you? Are you thinking? Or do you live where it is still beach and flip flop weather? 

A Talbots catalog arrived this week...and the wool and cashmere jackets and sweaters made me hot. We have less humidity in the air...but it is still pretty warm. 

I don't want to rush fall...but I like to think and plan. :-)

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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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