Thursday, October 1, 2015

Chinoiserie Between the Raindrops


We've had an entire week of rain, so I was doubtful that we'd be able to have our lunch outside today, but a break in the weather allowed a quick lunch with some old friends.  I have been dying to use these Caspari placemats and so, since the day was still grey, I brought out the bright with this table.

I initially wanted to use these with pale colors but here's an example where circumstances changed my mind.  

I used the table out by the pool, because it was the closest to the door and the easiest to bring stuff inside if the rain returned. Fortunately, the weather held and we even had a nano-second of sunshine.

These chargers/placemats are a heavy cardboard with a water resistant coating, and they are made by Caspari.  I found them at the local Ace Hardware store!!!  Can you see that I have used an octagonal clear glass plate so that the placemat shows through?  Then I chose bamboo flatware.

These bright green stems picked up the green in the design.  Here's where I was going to go with pale turquoise, but thought better of it.

These napkins are from the Palm line of linens and the Chinese knot napkin rings are from Boxwoods.  The tablecloth is a simple white caterer's linen.

I stuck these hydrangeas and some begonias into this little metal building.  I know it's an English conservatory, not a Chinese pagoda, but I felt it had a similar feeling and it worked pretty well.

How about these salt and pepper foo dogs?????  

They gave a wonderful pop of red. 

I almost spray painted the metal conservatory red to echo this pagoda, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. 

These turquoise tumblers were plain, but I added a pagoda.  I cut them out of adhesive vellum on my Silhouette Cameo.  I can remove the pagodas in a heartbeat, but I could also keep them on, even through the dishwasher.  I also used these Caspari paper napkins for drinks.  Also from Ace Hardware!  You never know where you'll find something that will inspire you. 

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7 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE this tablescape. From your ingenious vellum stick-ons, to the conservatory-turned-pagoda, to the clear plates showing the placemats - lovely Asian theme. Oh yes, the foo dogs.
    Visiting from FNF, but also Tablescape Thursday. :)
    Rita C at Panoply

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  2. DELIGHTFUL!!!! Artistic and clever ideas.

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  3. What a fantastic table! All the colors pop: perfect for a gray day. Thanks for the tip about Ace Hardware: I've got to check it out! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  4. Love the Asian theme! Those plates are gorgeous!...Christine

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  5. You have all the right things to pull this off! Such a pretty table! Thanks for sharing this at Home Sweet Home!

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  6. I love how you added the pagoda to your glasses! Very clever! You certainly took a theme and pulled every little element together. I wouldn't have hesitated to paint the conservatory. I have an Eiffel tower that has been about 4 different colors already! You could have always painted it white again! Thank you for sharing over at Celebrate it Sunday! Hugs, Chloe!

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  7. Blue/green combo is so refreshing, love it! Great placemats and stemware, Linda.

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