Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Using Today's Fabrics

I love today's fabrics.  They are big, bold and graphic.  Yet, they make so much of a statement that I am not willing to commit to them in my upholstery or draperies.  They work great as pillows, or even better for me, as tablecloths.

My daughter and I spent quite a bit of time at the remnant table at Old Time Pottery a while ago.  We each scooped up several patterns and they are a great buy at less than five dollars a yard.

The bright French blue and apple green of this pattern sent me looking for some items that would stand up to these bold colors and large print.  Sitting on my front sidewalk, waiting to be planted was this flat of sun coleus.  Now I have green!

And down on the lower terrace in the flower bed was a blue hydrangea bush that was just beginning to flower.  Ok....that's the blue I need.

They are just beginning to turn.

To tie it all together, I used a blue French urn.

Voila!  I have a super simple and speedy arrangement.


Now, for the place settings.  I knew that I have lots of stuff in these colors, so I went hunting.

I started with these bird's eye maple chargers and layered a white scalloped plate from Z Gallerie, an apple green salad plate from Target, and a french blue bowl that is so old that I can't even guess where it came from.  Same with the flatware!

These blue glass stems are so big that I use them for water.

And I serve wine Italian-style in these wicker covered tumblers from Tennille and Company in Atlanta.

That's it!  No small accessories this time.  This pattern is so bold that it would overwhelm anything else.

I think it still manages to look abundant.

Looking around on the deck, it is clear that I need to spend some time shaping these boxwoods in the corners.  Maybe tomorrow.

One of these pots has this cute little volunteer in it.  I don't know where it came from, but isn't it sweet?  I love it when that happens!

And talk about lime green.  I love the way these pots with creeping Jenny and ferns show up against this wall of brick.

Check out the colors that line the waterfall here just over the railing.  We are going to put koi in this pond this weekend.  I'm a little afraid of the herons eating them, but we'll see.

This always makes any meal special here.  I am always filled with peace and a sense of calmness when I take the time to enjoy this view.  I count myself so lucky to have this in our backyard.

I am linking up to Susan's Tabletop Thursday blog party at Between Naps on the Porch.  If you haven't spent some time visiting these posts, you really should give it some time.  You'll enjoy it.  Click http://www.betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/




I will also be posting on Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
and
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
You can also find me at The Tablescaper's
Seasonal Sunday

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful palette your tablecloth provided! Love, love, love these colors~ your hydrangeas are gorgeous with the lime green in your beautiful urn! Beautiful setting with your landscaping...so serene!

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  2. Beautiful table in my favorite color combo! The hydrangea and coleus look wonderful in that gorgeous urn.

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  3. Your backyard is what dreams are made of.. so lovely. I do love the colors of the table covering.. wow. stunning. And you had everything to show it off at it's best. Lovely table.

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  4. Gosh you're good! You're good at setting a table that invites one to enjoy and linger all day long. You're good at finding just the right flowers and dishes and linens for the table. And...you're good at photographing the scene and describing every detail. I want to come to your house to eat! Bravo!

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  5. Love the table covering ... and your entire post is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh, those colors are SO wonderful together! The overhead view of your table is ready for a magazine -- just gorgeous! What a fabulous fabric for your cloth!

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  7. Love your colors Fabulous!
    KAT

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  8. Great fabric...reminds me of a modern take on the Jacobean designs. Good call to let it be the star of the table. Your choices were the perfect icing on the cake. Thank you for sharing your lovely design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

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  9. Don't you just love it when things come together? They certainly did for you with this tablescape! Fantastic fabric -- and perfect dishes and centerpiece to complement. Anything else would have been too "busy" but you gave just enough places for the eye to rest - IF the eye could be pulled away from the gorgeous, peaceful view of your yard. Oh, my, what a dream! Everything today is wonderful! Thanks for the treat!

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  10. What a perfect setting for alfresco dining. I love lime green! I find it more and more in my wardrobe recently. It's definitely a winner here! Mixed with that gorgeous shade of blue makes it even better. Fabulous combination! You've pulled together a stunning table. Isn't it fun when you can mix and match the pieces from the cupboards? Wonderful all the way around. ~ Sarah

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  11. Hi lovely lady. you did a Beautiful Tablescape on your deck !!! I love the way you have pullrd all the colors together, I also love colors !!! Also you have a Beautiful Garden sweet lady. I hope you have a Great Weekend with your lovely family.
    XXOO
    Diane

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  12. Great tablecloth that you've *done up proud* (as my Granny would have said). I love green ... the more shades of green the better. Have a lovely week!

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  13. Oh goodness your backyard is gorgeous!! What an absolutely dreamy spot! Lime green is a favorite of mine to use in the garden and love it paired with the blue- such a perfect combination. Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday- Have a great weekend! :)

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  14. What a wonderful table. I love the vibrancy of the apple green tablecloth with all of those touches of blue. Where did you ever find Birs Eye Maple chargers?

    - The Tablescaper

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