Sometimes, a table just comes from nowhere. Many times, I sort of "percolate" a design and think and gather and play with options. Today, this started with a quick errand that inspired me to set this table.
Sort of woodland, sort of winter, and sort of serene.
These latex birch placemats were left over at Pier One from their holiday line. I never saw them at Christmas time, but spied them in the clearance area last week. I mean clearance! They were originally $5.95 but were 90% off. Yep! Fifty-nine cents. I sure wish they had more than four.
With the wood grain of the placemats, I decided to add wood grain plates. These came from Boxwoods in Atlanta, my favorite table-top store. (Maybe my favorite all-around store.)
I thought I'd pick up the grey in the placemats with these ikat napkins from Pottery Barn. I never saw them in the regular store, but found them at the outlet. I used them to separate the dinner plate from the salad plate.
Then, for some more grey, I chose this twig flatware that Michael Aram designs for MadHouse. Beautiful!
I tried several different combinations of stemware, but settled on my trusty Waterford. I like rustic/elegant, high/low combinations.
Whole Foods was on my errand list anyway, and their flowers are often so interesting. This week was a bonanza of glorious spring blooms. I don't even remember putting these in my cart, I was so fast. I had this white washed birch vase that seemed perfect, so into it they went. I'm not too good arranging flowers without oasis to stick them into, but these soft stems do not want to be jammed into oasis, so this arrangement is sort of sketchy! I did add some river birch twigs from the yard to give it a little more interest.
Just look at these feather edged Dutch tulips!
And I truly wish you could smell these fabulous hyacinths. Heavenly!
Without a runner, this arrangement seemed sort of lonely and puny, so I grabbed these silvered antlers from the living room to extend the interest.
They helped, didn't they?
Then I remembered these silver antler candleholders that I've never even used yet.
They are a little small for these white faux bois candles, but even if the proportions are a bit off, I think they worked just fine.
A Waterford crystal wine coaster seemed to be the best choice, since I have the Waterford stems on the table already.
Because it's so cold out, I knew we'd be drinking coffee after dinner, so I sat the cream pitcher, sugar bowl, and a small custard dish with sweetener onto a fluted tin plate. Grey and white again, get it?
I can't wait to sit at this table, smelling these spring blooms, while we await the "snow event" here in Georgia. We've been hearing about snow for days. It's ok. We'll light the fire and cozy up reading tonight. I need to finish my book for book club by Tuesday!!!
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