Spode's Woodlands plates just speak fall to me. Here is the Red Grouse pattern salad plate on top of an antique Minton gold-embossed dinner plate. The green of the Minton plate pulls out the green vegetation surrounding the birds. I only purchased the salads in Spode Woodlands bird plates, not the full service as I think too much of it is just, well, too much of it. As you know, I like to mix and match to get a full variety of interest on the table.
The tablescape for this dinner brings together vintage, antique and new tableware. The very popular Spode Woodland plates are combined with new and vintage amber glassware, ceramic green pumpkins, and metallic tones in the copper pumpkin leaves, copper metallic placemats and metallic glazed Jaune de Chrome chargers in the Flemenco pattern. Great light is needed to see the great beauty of the glaze on these chargers. Dim light in my dining room does not do them justice.
The above photo of the plate edges shows the unique combination of browns and greens on the left and on the right the browns of the natural acorns in a marigold footed carnival glass dish, copper painted pheasants and brown metal detailed stems on the pumpkins from Tuesday Morning. I picked up the acorns from the ground under an Oak tree near my office. I spray painted the pheasant pair in copper to give them more life as the original finish was a flat dull brown.
Above left is the Spode Pheasant plate on top of the Minton dinner plate. Lower left is the orange metallic votive from Dollar General with maple leaves around the top. Top right is the Jaune de Chrome Flamenco charger and lower right is the Minton green gold embossed dinner plate.
To serve a choice of pies for dessert, I am using a green antique batwing scenic style plate by Copeland Late Spode. The red/orange in this plate is brought out by the same color napkins. Napkin rings are by Reba Home.
The placemats made by Copperworx of Clinton, MS are hard to photo due to the reflective glare the copper produces. The surface treatment on each placemat is unique with no two alike. They are cork backed so not to scratch your table.
Above is an overview of the table. Napkins are from Pottery Barn, flatware from Vietri and orange metallic glass votives with leaves come together to express fall. All is set on a tablecloth I made of Schumacher plaid melon fabric.
My tablescape style is to coordinate details that provide the greatest interest to the eye as possible. It matters not to me whether an item is $2 at Dollar General or the flea market or pricey French porcelain. My goal is to define the "look" and with each tablescape try to become better at this styling craft. I am a dish addict who finds great joy in color combinations, honoring the skill of the dish makers and making a photo document to share with other tablescapers. By blogging I hope to improve defining the eye candy that excites and expires my daily life.
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday this week on the blog Between Naps on the Porch.
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