Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Antler Dish Choices


When I was given an unexpected gift certificate, I decided to use it towards these lidded stag bowls made by Creative Co-Op.  I knew I could use them many ways and was excited to put them to use.  I envisioned soup, salad, or even a dessert in them. I knew they would add a bit of drama to any table. 

 
When Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate invited me to join a great group of bloggers for this holiday tablescape blog hop, I thought it would be an opportunity to create a post showing these antler dishes in several table designs. Be sure to visit the bloggers listed at the bottom of this post for lots more inspiration.

I love this neutral look.

I found these napkins at Ballard's and then had my monogrammer add my initials.  They are heavy linen, and a great size.  I also used a quilted placemat that we got on market day in France.

This dark wood handled flatware joined a rough bark charger from Pier One.  I think I have a charger addiction.  I realized that I have way too many, but these were pretty special.  Then I used an off-white dinner plate from ZGallerie and a dark brown salad plate from Pottery Barn.

The glassware is a tortoiseshell tumbler and a rattan covered glass.

I just love the placecard I came up with.  It's a bit of dark brown pearlized construction paper with this fun three D stag head.   


I bought them at Paper Source in this package.  They are already adhesive and have gold or silver antlers.


I changed up a few things to use this antler dish with plaids for Christmas.


There were a few more stags in the design.  Here's one on the rattan covered napkin ring.


I used the same bark covered charger with a plaid rimmed dinner plate from Target.


These etched tumblers came from World Market and the smaller one came from a store in Cashiers, N. C., but I don't remember which one.  I love the fact that the etching is similar but not the same.


These stag candleholders are the perfect choice to join this table.


I love me some plaid!

 Here's another plaid that I love with these antler dishes.

I used a lot of very bright fall colors this year, so this table was a departure that I found soothing.  Here, I used an antique celluloid napkin ring.

This cream handled flatware cooled things down a bit.

It joined these birdseye maple chargers and these acorn embossed dinner plates.

These glasses look right at home here.

This velvet runner might have been overkill.

But, it looked good with this Cinderella pumpkin topped with succulents.  I used it on another table a couple of weeks ago, and it is still looking great.

I ended up taking these candlesticks to my daughter's house for Thanksgiving, but I just love how they gave this table a bit of a modern look.

I served a mushroom soup in this that I have posted about here.

I used these antler rimmed salad plates from Pottery Barn for ginger bread topped with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce.  Yum!

I know I'll use these over and over.  I just hope I don't break those antlers off.  


 

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

In The Forest

Before I throw away the rest of the pumpkins, I was eager to try this treatment of succulents on an heirloom pumpkin.  All of these succulents have been in planters in our cutting garden, and while I know that they won't winter over outside, I also know that I'm just not good about remembering to care for them out in the potting shed.  So, I had no reservations about cutting them up to decorate this lovely Cinderella pumpkin.  I photographed it on a white paper background to get a really good photo for you.

Then, the day was so beautiful and the woods so inviting, so outside I went!

In order to elevate the pumpkin from the table, and give a little more room, I thought it was the perfect day to use this wooden compote dish with carved acorns around the edge. 

 
I decided to tuck a few leaves around the base of the pumpkin, since it didn't sit level on the dish.

This green and brown plaid tablecloth is really two very wide runners of dupioni silk.  Well.....polyester that looks like dupioni silk!

These salad plates were on sale at Ballard's outlet a few weeks ago.  Didn't take me long to get those puppies in my cart!

I used them with some dark brown chargers that are really pot saucers from Pottery Barn, and some cream scallop-edged plates from ZGallerie.

Oh, mama!  Don't you love these napkin rings????  They were gifted to me from my very dear friend, Barb.  You often see lovely things on this blog that were given to me from her, because she has the best, best, best taste and is very generous.

And look here!!!!  This incredible salt and pepper set is another gift from her!  Am I the luckiest girl?

My standby wooden handled flatware suited me fine for this.

Lime green stems and raffia wrapped glasses fit the bill.

These bow back chairs from the breakfast room were softened with pillows from the keeping room.

Since these guys are still hanging around, I thought they looked cute here.

The way the sunshine hit the table was the best part of the day.  You just can't fake this feeling.  

Although winter is not harsh here in Georgia, we sure do store up these last mild days.  

As I soak in the beauty and joy of this season and the land we own, my heart goes out to those in the northern part of our state and the agony they are experiencing from the wildfires.  Our air quality has been terrible from the smoke, but it is a small inconvenience when I think of their loss.  We are all praying for rain. 


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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Friends for Fall Dinner



One of our favorite couples spends the winter in Florida, and several of us wanted to be sure to have dinner with them before sending them off to sunny shores.  It turned out to be one of those evenings that you never wanted to end.  We sat and laughed and laughed and shared some lovely memories.

It was a table of eight....my favorite!  These are vibrant people, so not neutrals here!

I have slowed down in my antique collecting, as we approach the reality of downsizing, but this remains one of my favorite things to collect.  I especially love the engraved badge on the wood.  I filled it with the bright, bright colors of fall, along with some cream roses and bleached wheat.

Makes me smile!

Those colors are reflected in the rest of the choices I made for the table.

Years ago, I bought these bittersweet wreaths to use as chargers.  I bring them out every year, and so far, they have held up well.  Then I toned them down with my gold edged cream Lenox dinner plates, and some vintage salad plates with a variety of fruits featured on them.

Some placesettings had this bleached wooden flatware.....

and some had this dark wooden flatware.

The vintage napkins are embroidered with a sweet little maple leaf, and gathered into an antique bone napkin ring.

I thought these little squirrel place card holders were perfect!

These were new to the table this year and it made me so happy to be using gold again.

By far, these are my favorite candlesticks and  I love what the wood does for the table.

Do these make you smile?

Well, we sure did have lots of smiles around this table!

Here's wishing a great winter  to our friends.  They are the cutest newlyweds I know.  I love to share their happiness and this was a great way to do so.  

Here are some fall decorations from around the house.  Take a tour!















 
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