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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Little Birdie Told Me That Spring is Coming!

After all of the ice and snow that we've had here in Atlanta, I'm ready to think about spring.  I set this table for dinner tonight with that in mind.  Out went the fall colors, out went the reds and greens of Christmas, and in came celedon and pink with cream.

It's a little hard to tell in this photo, but these dinner and salad plates are the prettiest shade of celedon green.  Almost a turquoise, but not quite.  They are marked on the back "Pagnossin" and made in Italy. 

They seemed to go with these cream colored linens.  The placemat is from a set I've had for years.  I think my mom gave them to me.  The doilies are from an antique auction in Ohio.  I have three sizes, so I used them for under the flowerpots, water glasses, and wine tumblers.  I just love antique linens and I use them frequently.  I even find it pleasurable to iron them.  (I know, I know.)
Everything was kept to a pale palate.

These cabbage leaf dishes are majolica reproductions made in Portugal.  They make the perfect bread and butter dishes.

Pale pink linen napkins are fanned in a sea glass colored a resin napkin ring from Boxwoods in Atlanta.

I think these water glasses came from Marshall's quite a few years ago.  I remember going to several stores to get eight of them.  The wine tumblers are from Macy's Martha Stewart line. They are such thin glass that I'm forever afraid of breaking them.  I wish I had bought a few extra just in case!  The proportions are a little off in this shot.  The stem is really much bigger than the tumbler.

I used this French inspired flatware with cream handles and just because the color was so good with this table, I included these zinc knife rests.

I found them at Boxwoods.  I'm sure they are reproductions and probably not really made of zinc, but they seem to be washed with it. 

Here's the inspiration for the title of the tablescape.  These velvet birds came from the floral wholesaler.  I placed one at each place setting.  Don't they look like old Victorian pieces?  I may be rushing the Easter look, but I thought that they made the table a little more interesting.  Hopefully, they suggest spring, not Easter just yet.

These candlesticks added a bit more whimsy.  They are metal with glass teardrops.  I can't remember where they came from.

Using the zinc look from the knife rests, I echoed it in the flower pots.  They also came from the flower wholesaler.  I filled them with pink roses, pave style.
After I shot this, I remembered that I have some seeded eucalyptus and I should have added it to the arrangement.  The blue-green color would have been perfect.
For dessert (lemon cheesecake!) I used these very pale turquoise opalescent plates from Homegoods.  They look old, don't they?

Here's an aerial view of the table.  These roses were such a surprise.  They started out very, very pale pink and darkened as they opened. 

Do you feel that spring is a bit closer?  I noticed that the days are getting a wee bit longer.  It's definitely still winter, but I did feel a little hopeful about the coming of spring.  Seed catalogues, anyone?

Look for me to post at Between Naps on the Porch for Susan's Tablescape Thursday blog party.  You'll love the entries there.

I'm also posting with Robin's All Things Inspired.  Go see the kinds of things that bloggers are entering at her wonderful blog.  I am always so inspired by Robin herself!


  1. Wow! Stunning! Every little detail is perfection...the knife rests, the little birds, the pots with flowers, dishes...everything! Love love love! I am ready for spring too...your beautiful table has me in the mood;)!

  2. Oh, this does make me long for spring. Pink and green are a beautiful color combo. Your dishes, linens, glassware, and flatware are all perfect to set the tone for this spring inspired table. I'm in love with those little velvet birds. Will you share the source?
    Beautiful! ~ Sarah

  3. What a gorgeous color scheme you've chosen for this table! I love the celadon green dishes, and adding the pink cabbage plates was an inspired choice! And the roses -- SUCH a wonderful look!

  4. Ooooohhhh...the celadon and pink and cream are just divine together--so sooooothing and shimmery and spring like! Perfect! We're not in Italy until just over a week or so and have been catching the tail end of winter with SO MUCH snow here--which is an anomaly for Alabama!!!!
    How amazing that you know them!
    My husband is from the Atlanta area, too!!!!!
    I look forward to reading over more of your blog!
    Fantastic table!

    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my post!!


  5. Gorgeous! I love the celadon & pink! I adore your pink cabbage leaf plates & your knife rests! I am so in a spring state of mind now :-)

  6. Oh my favorite color PINK !! I love those little cabbage leaf dishes so so cute! I am besotted with cabbages

  7. Hi, I loved the color of the plates. Loved the goblets, flatware, but LOVED the flower pots!

  8. Linda, Your pink and celadon color combination is so pretty, refreshing and hopeful! I need spring to come as soon as possible! The velvet birdies are adorable and those dishes from HG are so delicate! This table is beautiful! Linda

  9. Very pretty table !!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment... off to read more :)

  10. This is a very pretty table scape! I would like to invite you to link this up to my new link party, Masterpiece Monday, at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. Take care, Mary :O)

  11. Woinderful details...the hope of Spring, indeed! It was 75º here Jonquils are poking up their delicate leaves. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  12. This is so gracefully put together.
    Thanks for sharing. Shel


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