I decided to try something new for me in tablescaping -- the virtual tablescape. Several reasons for this: 1) I want to introduce my readers to dinnerware that they may not know exists, ranging from the stunningly beautiful to the quirky 2) I cannot ever afford most of it to do an actual tablescape, and 3) I cannot do 52 weekly tablescapes each year at home for Tablescape Thursday. So, on the weeks I don't do a real tablescape at home, I am going to try to do a virtual one. Nice thing about virtual ones -- you can spend the king's money and pretend to be Queen Antoinette and pick anything your heart desires! Since money is no object, let's just pick a beautiful home in Paris. Today's color theme is turquoise.
This beautiful Paris door photo that my husband brought back for me is the perfect color for today's turquoise tablescape theme. Let's put our dining table in this Parisian dining room. I have chosen one from Amy Howard Collection called the Manhattan Spider.
Photo credits: amyhowardcollection.com [top table] and firstname.lastname@example.org of Laguna Beach, CA [console table below] Let's put the console table on a short wall with the Swedish mirror above it.
Dining table is mirrored [price unkown]. Beautiful turquoise and gold console table is $7,500. Luvvvvvvvvvvvv that console.
Swedish 1820 mirror from bjorkantik in Atlanta is $2,450. That will look nice in our white room with turquoise accents. On the right, gold carved wood chairs by Massant. Surrounding the dining room table, let's place 12 of these Louis XVI beauties. They are Massant's L16TF9 designed by Poirier Cabriolet in 1777 the original of which is currently in the Louvre. These chairs are just 2die4. I have no idea what the price is, but way beyond my budget, I'm sure. Sigh!
Now lets put in a chandelier or two and some sconces from julieneill.com. Since I like white, I am picking her Lizette models. Don't know the price of these either.
Photo credits: julieneill.com. Love the leaf fronds formed into a crown. I love crowns as a symbol. The chandelier would look great in a Swedish dining room. [hint, hint Mr. Swede]
Since the dining table is mirrored, I think I want to put the chargers right down on the table without a tablecloth or placemats.
French maker J. Seignolles chargers are $313 each in the Petrouchka Bleu pattern. Have you seen these before? 2die4 Dinner plates by Alberto Pinto in the Mer Turquoise pattern at $220 each. I like how the gold centers of these dinner plates will pull up the gold on the edges of the charger. Next, Kim Seybert tumbler in Bubble Teal at $60 and knobbed goblet in Bubble Teal at $130. Here is a closer look at those fabulous Seignolles chargers.
These were love at first sight - brilliant turquiose and gold. As you may know, I don't like my china all from one pattern or one maker. I like to mix up the patterns but keep things all in the same color theme.
Photo Credits: 1) Top left: linens from kimseybert.com and her cuff napkin ring below left at 4/$112. The dessert plate, top right, is by French maker Raynaud in the Jardins Celestes pattern at $78. Let's use Alberto Pinto's bread and butter plates in the Filet A Papillons butterfly pattern at $135.
For after dinner coffee, let's select another French maker, Bernardaud's Eden Turquoise cup and saucer at $230. And let's use a salad plate from Raynaud in the Cristobal Turquoise pattern at $95.
Since we are in Paris, it is only fitting that we select French flatware. I will let you pick from my two choices.
Turquoise or gold? You may wish to stay with the turquoise theme with the color handled pattern from French maker Alain-Saint-Joanis's Tendances Seville pattern. Five pieces for one person runs $520. Or on the right, Elysee vermeil from Puiforcat at $5,025 per place setting. This was the official service in the 1940's of the French Presidency for the Elysee palace. Also available via neimanmarcus.com.
Before dinner, let's slip on this ring from Tacori's 18K925 Collection made as a doublet from quartz over green onyx with 18K gold and sterling "ringing" in at $1,150.
So there's my turquoise dinner in Paris. Did I forget anything other than food and flowers? I used Picasa3 software to make the collages to double up the photos to save space. If you know of a better way to do this, please email me. I am a true novice at this. Doing the virtual tablescape certainly took more time to put together than a tablescape at home.
Hope you have enjoyed shopping with me and spending alot of virtual money.
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday this week on the blog Between Naps on the Porch.
To see all the entries, after 9:00PM Eastern on Wednesday, go here:
All the best to you,