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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Grey, Grey Day

It's grey here.  Grey, grey, grey, grey.  In fact, it snowed this morning.  Yes,....SNOW in GEORGIA in MARCH.  This is not right.  But, a very fun couple are coming for a casual dinner tonight, and they will brighten things up a lot.  So I was inspired to set a grey table and keep it simple.

A grey table has been on my mind since I received this beautiful gift in January.  We had a lovely man here as a houseguest during the Atlanta gift show.  In fact he turned out to be the perfect houseguest with impeccable manners and incredible charm.  Thank you, David.  Thank you, thank you.  You're invited back anytime.

Here's a close up of this fabulous urn.  It is a composite material, but looks like grey carved granite.  It is distributed by a wonderful showroom at Americas Mart called Art as Antiques.  You can see their stock line here.  I am so crazy about this.  Can you see the incredible detail?

I knew I would use it with this grey and cream striped linen by Windsor Smith Home.  This is just a remnant from a project I did a while ago.

Here's what I came up with.  It's a very uncomplicated table that perfectly suits the dinner I have planned. 

The whole table.  It didn't bother me that the fabric didn't entirely cover the table.  I just felt it made it look a bit more casual and modern.

The only shot of color are these hot pink roses in old French seed pots.   

They look much better from this angle.

The chargers are some I made last year.  They are just inexpensive gold plastic chargers from Old Time Pottery that I sprayed with a primer, then chalk board paint, then covered with the side of a stick of chalk.  Then you wipe most of the chalk off and it looks like zinc.  I wish I could credit the blog I saw this on, but I have forgotten who it was.  

Then I chose this scalloped cream plate from Z Gallerie.

Next, I used a cream, linen faggot edged napkin with this chicken wire napkin ring from Pottery Barn.

These little zinc (well, tin) stands make interesting placecards with chalk names. 

To keep things very simple and clean looking, I chose these Tiffany water goblets and Reidel stemless wine glasses.

I started out with silverplate, but changed to this cream handled flatware that made things more casual.

The water pitcher is from Pottery Barn.

I have these small, square, cream dishes from Sur La Table that I was going to use as individual salt and pepper holders, but I decided that just one for the whole table was a cleaner look.

Rolls are going to go on this sweet little pedestal that I found in Cleveland at The Flower Factory.  Sadly, that has gone out of business.  It was a great source for inexpensive hobby products and giftware.

Ahhh.  Clean and simple and not at all fussy.  Just like our guests tonight.  (Well, I guess they ARE clean, but I wouldn't exactly call them simple!!!!!)

I'm pretty happy with this.  The only thing new is that wonderful gift from David.  Everything else is stuff I already had, but I have never put them together like this.

We'll have our coffee in the living room, so I set this up on a galvanized tray with a pewter cream and sugar set that I've had since we were first married.
We haven't entertained much since Christmas, so I'm thrilled to have this evening to look forward to.  Welcome, friends!!!!

I'm joining:

Tabletop Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesday

Open House Thursday

Tablescape Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday

Seasonal Sundays

Let's Dish


  1. Sorry you are having grey weather, but have to say if it inspired this table it couldn't be all bad. This is delightful from the beautiful gift to the strips to the clever touches on your stack of dishes. Bravo!

  2. What an elegant and modern table! The gray and cream color scheme is gorgeous with the addition of those deep pink roses. I know your guests were delighted to dine at this pretty table. LOVE the stripes!

  3. your color scheme is beautiful. I love the gray and white...very sophisticated...


  4. Sorry it's so gray.. but what a wonderful theme for the table.. I love the fabric and the chalked chargers! Must borrow that idea too. Great table. xo marlis

  5. Linda, I love this table! I don't think I've ever done a mostly grey table, but I'm going to one day after being inspired by yours. The "short" tablecloth is the perfect complement to the zinc/tin/galvanized accessories. I'm sure your guests felt very welcome sitting here at this gorgeous table -- even on a grey evening -- with your hot pink roses and gracious hospitality to brighten their mood!

  6. I trust your dinner party was a success because your guests were treated to a very pretty table! What a nice houseguest to gift you with that fabulous urn!! I'm going to check out Art as Antiques. I'm not familiar with them. They don't have a booth at our local trade mart. You came up with some really great accessories for this table that work so well with the gray and white stripes of the table covering! That hot pink really sizzles with the gray, too!

  7. Living in Seattle I totally get the GREY day thing! Your table is so pretty! I love the pop of pink and your urn is the detail!

  8. I just purchases some gray napkins to go with a tablescape so I am liking your gray. Love the gray centerpiece.

  9. What a lovely Gray table. I love this with the touches of fuscia in the florals! I've been wanting to do a gray table as well, and I recently saw some plates from Ikea in gray on sale...but unfortunately my budget is extended for March already. (and it's only the 7th! haha!) Oh well, there's always April!

    I also love what you did with your chargers! What a great idea!

    I hope you will come link this post on my first ever Link Party, the "FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA"! It's open now through Sunday at noon ET.

    Here's the link if you'd like to post it! Sure would love to see you there!

    Have a great evening! Thanks again for sharing this! =D

  10. This is pretty -- and perfect for a Winter's day!

  11. This table is wonderful! You've tied all the details together perfectly and those chargers are so inspiring! I will definitely put that on my List of things I must try The hot pink roses are my favorite color with gray!
    Leslie from Gwen Moss

  12. I love this table setting. What a great color palette. I love your use of grey. Very refreshing and elegant. I also enjoy your idea for the charger. I also will borrow that idea. Thank you for sharing.


  13. Darling! I love the stripe table clothe! Everything is so pretty. Love it!


  14. Everything is so adorable .....enjoyed going through the post....Thank you..;):)

  15. Love this. All the shades of gray are glorious.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  16. Love your wonderful finial centerpiece and the stripe tablecloth. Gorgeous tablescape. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  17. Beautiful! I love everything about it, and am crazy about those chargers. I have a set of trays I may try that on.


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