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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The Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
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Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday

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At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
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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.


  1. I like your trays and also all the blue and white bowls and vases, as I also collect blue and white.
    Very elegant.


  2. I love your traditional dining room. The table setting is a beautiful ease-into-fall look with those wonderful artichokes. I also love the addition of flowers in the napkins. They really finish the look!

    1. Thanks Shelley. Being a little fun and wild adding the flowers. Fresh would be best, but i was playing with what i have. 😊

  3. Really pretty and I do love the artichoke candle holders. Also those silver napkin rings are great.

  4. I do love a blue and green combination (especially that green), and the addition of the flowers is perfect! -Jenn

    1. Thanks Jenn. I love to put green with almost anything.

  5. I love color, Sheila, and especially love the way you use it! Have a fabulous week.

    1. You are so sweet Katie. I am a color girl. Ha ha

  6. Very beautiful Sheila!...I so love this color combination!....Gorgeous tablescape!

    1. Our blue and white plays well with other colors!

  7. Oooh, pretty! Love all the greens...

  8. Blue and green is one of my favorite color combinations. Your wedding China is beautiful. I think the placemats are perfect. I agree. It's always good to think ahead. Christmas will be here before we know it. Fall is the breath of crisp air before we get there. Your table is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Love blue and green! It was popular back in maybe the seventies too if I remember. Always fun to play with colors don't you think?

  9. Sheila, when I saw the flowers added, I was amazed, It made the whole table POP!

  10. No fall planning yet for me as it is too early for me!! I want the warm summer weather to last as long as I can get it!!

    1. I definately want to keep warm weather, but we have had such a hot hot hot summer that a little relief is welcome. Ha!

  11. www your table setting is amazing today with those cool blues and greens. The artichoke candle holders are a hit. When you added the pop of color the table just sang. Job well done.

  12. Those are great colors mixed together. I love how the flowers made an impact on the table setting too! I miss having a Tuesday Morning. There was always something unique there and they bring in nice brands.

  13. Sheila, I saw you pics on Instagram and finally got here to see it all. Blue/white just goes with everything and I have always loved it with green! Your traditional style always speaks to my heart...we also married the same year! I don't blame you for bringing your dining room chandelier with is a keeper! Have a great week! Pam @ Everyday Living

    1. So glad you made it to my side of the mountains. 😊❤️

  14. I love those napkins! Nice colour ♥

  15. Still hot and humid here in Texas, but I LOVE your "nod" to fall by adding green and other things to your blue & white! Beautiful home and table setting. Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon

  16. I love the way you added the green to your classic blue and white! Thanks for sharing at #OverTheMoon. I hope you have a great week!

  17. I'm in love with that shade of green and every element came together nicely. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend!

  18. Blue is my favorite color and I always enjoy seeing your blue and white elements in your home. This is a lovely table and I like the pop of color with the greens and the floral stem. Very pretty!

  19. I love your "nod" to fall! It's still pretty warm in So. CA, so I haven't decorated yet, but I am itching to do a semi-fall tablescape, so thank you for showing so successfully how it can be done! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  20. Sheila- this tablescape is stunning.
    I love your china! What is the pattern?
    And the olive green napkins and the hot colored florals are wonderful!

  21. Everything looks so pretty! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  22. Thank you for sharing at #WonderfulWednesday! Remember that laughing hard is great cardio!

  23. Absolutely stunning! You have a great eye :) Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Dishing It & Digging It!

  24. Always beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  25. Hello Sheila,

    I love your take on fall. Your table is stunning. I love the combination of blue and green. It is such a fresh take on fall. I also love the fact that you are using color. So many people stick a white or neutral color palette but for me, fall is about the warm earthy tones.

    Beautiful inspiration.


  26. Beautiful! I absolutely love the green and blue combination with the fresh pops of pink!!! ;)


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