Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Eggplant and Transfer Tablescape

Many followers have asked me where I get an inspiration for a tablescape.  Well....sometimes it is beautiful china, fresh flowers, a piece of fabric, or a special occasion, but this time it was this 2 1/2" eggplant!  I was at a farmers' market and came across these and thought they were quite interesting.  I bought a dozen or so of them and as I drove home, I mentally assembled a purple and cream table.  It never occurred to me to eat them, I knew immediately that they were meant for a tablescape.


Lavender mums are always easy to find, and so are cream roses, so I knew the centerpiece I would use.


And here these little guys are, nestled in the flowers, held in place with a wooden skewer stuck into the oasis.


These graceful cream pottery urns first made their debut at our older daughter's wedding, and I find they are great for many things.  I suggest them for basic tableware if someone asks.  I have also given a few of them away used as a container for a gift basket.
 

Clarice Cliff made this English transferware called "Rural Scenes".  I am so drawn to transferware, but this was the last color I began to collect.  I don't have much of it, but I am always on the lookout for this pattern.


Even though this is English in origin, I think this subject matter is sort of French.  Love the rooster!


Here's another scene......


but the best part is this border design.


 I used it with this cream colored china from Pottery Barn.  Of course.......acorns!!!


The tablecloth is just a basic one from a restaurant supply house, and I topped it with aubergine colored round straw mats from World Market.  Then I used this cream flatware.


This pale purple glassware finished off the setting.  I can't remember where I got the stem, but the tumbler with the fleur de lis is from World Market.


This matching linen napkin is also from World Market and I just folded it lengthwise and slipped it between the dishes to give the setting a little more contrast.  And besides that, I didn't have any napkin rings that I liked with them!

Mr. Pressed Pants and I just had a simple pumpkin soup and rolls with this, but it was a tiny bit special with this setting.


Be sure to go to Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday blog party.  There will be lots and lots of inspiration, especially for Halloween. 




28 comments:

  1. Loving your transferware! I don't have a bit of it but would love to. I don't know that I've ever seen the lavender before, but I love it.

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  2. Love the eggplant in your centerpiece! Lovely transferware~ that border is wonderful :-)

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  3. I literally gasped when I saw your arrangement! It is just stunning! As is everything on your creative table. I ADORE purple transferware! You did a most glorious job!!!!!!! A visual feast!
    Yvonne

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  4. Wow! Gorgeous scape and that transferware is amazing!

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  5. I love your transferware! The lavender and cream color combination is beautiful!
    Donna

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  6. You really rocked the purple here!!! What a beautiful centerpiece!!! I'm just getting my love affair with purple rekindled, and your table setting reassures me that I'm still in love! Have a fabulous week!!!

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  7. Your centerpiece with the lavendar, white and eggplant is beautiful. I have a few pieces of purple transferware in another Clarice Cliff pattern, and recently saw your pattern too. I can't start another dish collection, but your purple and the white PB acorns are so tempting! Beautiful. Linda

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  8. Beautiful -- I see this color now and then, but it is always very $$$$! Gorgeous table.

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  9. Your combination is great, cream and levender, different and unique... also love your setting of napkin, its simplyfy the over all mood of your table and have an elegant look... And the most beautiful thing is ur URN and its FLOWERS, beautiful... very lovely...
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    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/

    Love
    Farah

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  10. Just beautiful! Purple transferware is so unexpected and so pretty! The centerpiece is lovely too-enjoy:@)

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  11. OH MY HEAVENS!!! You have created ultimate beauty this time! The color, WOW, the eggplants, DOUBLE WOW! I have a eggplant theme in my kitchen, but what you did here is OFF THE CHARTS! I humbly bow to you! MASTERPIECE!!!! The RURAL SCENE just brings tears to my eyes! AMAZING!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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  12. I've never seen purple transfer ware before. This pattern is just beautiful, I love the detail in the rim. Your centerpiece looks perfect, I love the flowers with the eggplant.

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  13. Oh my goodness... I am not a lover of purple... but you have blown me away by the elegance of your display! I am simply 'crashing' this tablescape Thursdays party to see what it's all about and if I might want to join in for the first time (and maybe gain a few followers?). I'm meeting so many wonderful people, now I know what this 'blog party' thing is all about! Gorgeous - great job. I'm now following you and look forward to future posts :)
    Michelle
    www.jamiesoninteriors.com

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  14. I simply love that transferware, but that centerpiece is the real star of your table. The combination of the cream roses with the lavender mums is stunning! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Sighing with delight here! This is just gorgeous! That centerpiece is simply stunning, and it looks perfect with your lovely transferware and lavender glassware. Your photos are wonderful, too. Thank you for your kind comments on my table this week!

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  16. Love the lavendar and cream, such a beautiful and combination that you don't normally see. ~Alana~

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  17. Perfect inspiration for a beautiful tablescape. I've been thinking amethyst quite a bit lately, too. I have a few patterns that I want to complete, and then I'm diving into purple world. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  18. I LOVE transferware. This is a beautiful set.

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  19. Your centerpiece is simply stunning!

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  20. WOW!!! Awesome purple transferware...and lavendar glassware to boot!!! And the elegant centerpiece can't go without comment...very creative. Hope you are working on that book.
    MJ

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  21. Very artistic...love this whole table...I've always loved growing eggplants because I think they're so beautiful. This just gives me another reason to grow them next summer...

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  22. Beautiful! I think the purple transferware is fabulous. I've seen some occasionally and admired it. It certainly sets a lovely table. The egg plants are a clever idea to add to the flower arrangement. I'm going to remember that. Love the white dishes with the acorn borders. Are they available this year? ~ Sarah

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  23. I love the centerpiece...eggplant, mums and roses. Your wonderful pottery urns make everything look special. Thanks again for letting me use them. Your blog is so much fun to follow.
    Charlotte

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  24. That centerpiece is just amazing. I love how you drew the inspiration from the eggplant. The whole table is just lovely. I love your white dishes.

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  25. I do so love the dishes. I love transferware in any color really. You certainly have a beautiful hand in setting a table.

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  26. Only a true artist could draw inspiration from a tiny eggplant.....giggle! And designer you are, to be sure! The floral arrangement is gorgeous with the lavendar mums and cream roses. The clean lines of the urn go perfectly with the heavenly china......love the rural scenes and the color which must be very rare.

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  27. Stopping by from Sunday Favorites. I love your purple china. I mean....really love it. I must start collecting it too. I am sure my husband won't mind ANOTHER set of china....teehee.

    I posted one too:
    http://permanentposies.com/2010/12/l-is-for-laughing-all-the-way/

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