Tulips have been in the floral section of the grocery stores for many weeks now. I love seeing them for sale immediately after New Year's Day. I want to go from Winter directly to Spring. I put together this very simple table this week using eight packages of violet colored Tulips. I placed four packages each in two heavy Bosphorous glass vases from Pottery Barn.
The Tulips look purple in the store but when you bring them home and they start opening up they turn red/violet.
I am using my orchid colored paisley linen tablecloth I made out of eight yards of dressmaker linen from Hancock's Fabric store so it was washable. It really is orchid not pink but the light distorts the color. Tablecloths don't come in the size I need when have two or three leaves in my table.
I got out my orchid and mulberry toned china and amethyst wine stem.
The centerpiece lidded tureen with purple flowers is Haviland Limoges.
These orchid colored chargers by French maker J. Seignolles in the Diplomate pattern are nearly the exact color of the tablecloth.
Dinner plates are English Royal Worcester's pattern The Chamberlain with the mulberry central landscape scene. This is a vintage pattern with great style.
Dual use salad/dessert plates are by English transferware maker E. Challinor in the Corinthia pattern.
I'm using several transferware platters from my collection in the purple and mulberry color range.
Huge lapkins monogrammed with my husband's initials were purchased in France. I think they are about 32" square. Sterling is Durgin's Chrysanthemum pattern that I have mixed with antique and vintage mother of pearl pieces.
If you follow me, you know how much I enjoy the mix of antique, vintage and new china, flatware and stemware all on the same table. It gives so much depth.
These oval back dining arm chairs are the newest ones from my Swede Furniture collection. Large and comfortable.
This is very simple in style. Low key with not much fanfare going on. I am making a conscious effort to keep centerpieces low and not put too much stuff on the tabletop. I hope the trend in tablescaping soon gets to eliminating so much clutter on the tabletop.
The purple wine stem with clear base on the left is from a set I purchased many years ago probably at someplace like Marshall's or a department store. I didn't enter it in my inventory so have lost that information. They are well made. The stem on the right is white opaline from French maker Portieux Vallerysthal. One of my sisters gave me the crystal knife rest set.
This week I am linking to the blog parties at:
Tablescape Thursday: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/
Show and Tell Friday: http://romantichome.blogspot.com/