Sunday, January 19, 2014

Clean and Simple


After the excess, flash, and color of the holidays, I feel ready for a neutral, calm look.

We had some new friends over for dinner, and I didn't know their taste, so I decided to keep this clean and simple.

These dishes are from Z Gallerie and they are so versatile.  I picked these natural rough linen napkin rings up at the Atlanta gift show from a beautiful booth by Tourmaline Home.  I also bought them in a pale aqua linen, and a beautiful rust colored velvet.  I'm so tickled with them and I could have ordered everything in their booth.  Check out their site here.

These very fine linen placemats are used over a white cotton caterer's tablecloth because they are so sheer and the embroidery doesn't show up on the wood. I chose this dark wooden-handled flatware again.  It has somehow become my go-to choice.

These tortoise colored  water glasses and raffia covered stemless wines added a little weight to the table.

In place of a bread and butter plate, I chose these little square fluted dishes and they added a bit more interest.

Doesn't this say "stay a while and re-group with us"?

Marching down the table, I placed three single potted hydrangea blooms.......

placed in birch covered pots with reindeer moss over the dirt.

I thought they looked fresh and were a nice change from poinsettias.

Antique barley twist candle sticks with simple white candles gave interest but subtlety.

A simple white porcelain covered butter dish,

and these faux  bois salt and pepper shakers are some I use everyday.

It made for a serene table where the food was the star.

Don't you love it when casual acquaintances put their feet under your table and become friends?

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14 comments:

  1. I love the combination of these plates with these beautiful placemats and napkin rings!! Many fabulous accents too- makes for a wonderful table!

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  2. You've created a lovely table. It's very soothing after all the business of Christmas. I chose a mostly white table but I find your neutral tones very appealing.

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  3. I love hydrangeas they are like a breath of Summer in this cold winter we are having!!

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  4. Gorgeous table....I love your dishes, even tho your colors are calming they are so striking to me:-)

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  5. Once again we are of the same mind! I had a friend over for dinner last night and used those same "Helena" chargers from Z Gallerie. Just wanting a change from all the bright, racy colors that Christmas rained in abundance at our house!

    Your table is a winner! Very nicely put together! The souped up potted hydrangeas are such a good idea!

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  6. absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Big Hugs

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  7. Love the neutrals. Gorgeous place mat and napkin rings.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  8. This is a beautiful table setting and I love the napkin rings so much!

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  9. Such a calming table with those lovely neutral colors. Everything works so nicely together. Love those hydrangeas!

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  10. absolutely gorgeous .I love your dishes,like this
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  11. Everything about this table is lovely, but I particularly like the whimsy of the animal print glassware with all the traditional pieces. Very nice!

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  12. i really like
    the natural colors and textures
    you used
    and the white hydrangeas

    so lovely and perfect
    for wintertime

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  13. Hi Linda!
    Your table looks gorgeous.
    I am loving every little detail. I have those tortoise shell glasses and the wicker wrapped ones too! But now I NEED to find those faux bois s&b pepper shakers!

    Your room looks so lovely!
    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxox
    Alison

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  14. This is marvelously beautiful! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!
    Kathy

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