I've been sitting on this beautiful piece of fabric for a couple of weeks. I wasn't sure how I was going to use it, but I thought it was stunning.
And the best part was the price. My friend, Amy Barfield,(who is so talented and fabulous that you could almost hate her), told me about a small fabric outlet that has designer fabrics. Designer fabrics????????? Can you say Scalamandre? Holy smokes! Hold onto you hats.....it was less than five dollars per yard. I scooped it up and ran for the hills. (I was afraid they would change their mind.)
Then, the other day, I was at T.J. Maxx and I found this perfect piece to go with it. I had planned to use my white orchids and some river rocks, but I wasn't too excited about that, and I was still thinking about it, so when I found this, I knew I could make it into a centerpiece.
So I did!
Kroger had these lovely white dahlias with just a touch of lavender on the edges, and I filled in a bit with white alstroemeria that had lavender stripes and spots on them. The other material was a neighborhood "donation". I cut the bamboo from my next door neighbor's without even asking him. It's bamboo, people! It grows and spreads faster than kudzu! Anyhow, he loves me and would give me anything! And our nearby nursery has a large area of reeds which they said they were happy to share with me. I offered to buy some, but they told me to just go snip! Thanks, Autumn Hill!
Simple and serene.
I first tried to use a purple toile plate that I recently found at Target. I did a post about it here. But it was WAY too busy, so I tried these taupe scalloped plates from ZGallerie. They almost matched the browny-lavender color in the fabric.
Here's how they looked.
I needed a light colored flatware, so this cream cutlery worked fine.
These light lavender napkins worked, too, and I tucked some reeds and bamboo into the corner of the fold.
Glassware needed to be simple, too. I used a light purple stem and a stemless Riedel wine.
Can you tell it has a light purple hue?
Here's a placesetting.
I brightened the table up a bit when I added these carved soapstone votives with a definite Chinoiserie vibe. These were on clearance at Yankee Candle last week. I was lucky to find them, because I rarely go into the store. I just can't stand the smell. I know it's lovely to some, but my senses are always screaming, "Let's get out of here!". Fortunately, they had them displayed just inside the door, and I saw them from the mall. They were meant to be used with oil, but I took that part out, and used a small candle.
Here's the result!
Fabulous as the fabric is, this little lady makes the table.
Even the back is pretty nice.
You probably think I'm cooking Japanese food or serving sushi tonight! Nope!
Is it wrong that we're having hamburgers, potato salad, and baked beans?
Is our feng shui good?
Here's a photo that shows the details better.
Wishing you serenity, peace, balanced energy and good fortune.