I'm not ready to do a Christmas tablescape yet so decided on this winter "ice" tablescape.
The winter light coming throught the windows is giving a very strange coloration to the table. Not enough sunshine for great photos. Do excuse. The damask pattern in the cloth is much prettier than shown.
I started with a grey tablecloth from Williams-Sonoma called Siena Jacquard. The light distorts the color somewhat as it really is more silver.
I know this might sound strange, but I put my tablecloths on in the wrong direction. I buy three cloths in 70x108" so they will cover the table with all three leaves in. With one leaf inserted as in this table, I only need two cloths. I put the 108" length crosswise [opposite] so the cloth will touch the floor.
I lap them over in the center. So this makes the cloth about 140" x 108". If my table wasn't so ugly I wouldn't have to do this. I have 16 napkins the same as the tablecloth, but when I went to do this scape they looked too plain. I opted for a black/white toile scenic napkin -- also by Williams-Sonoma, to give some contrast.
I was trying not to use a color and just keep it neutral. Napkin rings by Kim Seybert.
For the centerpiece, I kept it simple with a grey cachepot from Napa Home filled with two pots of Paperwhites from the grocery store. Sort of hard to see the flowers at the top in this photo. Around the base of the cachepot I placed beaded crystal garland to look like ice. Also scattered randomly silver mercury glass votives with flameless candles inside and a couple silverplated real candlepots and two tall grey candle prickets.
I chose to use all clear crystal to continue the "ice" look. Left to right: William Yeoward's water goblet in the "Pearl" pattern; Simon Pearce's white wine with air twist stem in the "Stratton" pattern; William Yeoward's goblet in "Gloria" pattern; and Waterford's "Colleen" pattern far right.
I looked in the cupboards to see what grey china I had and came up with this.
Chargers from my favorite French porcelain company, Jaune de Chrome. The pattern is called "English Rose On Song Ivory". I believe it is now discontinued. The border is primarily grey and gets brown towards the outside rim. Overall it looks more greige. Sterling for this table is Tiffany's St. James, probably my favorite of all my patterns. So hard for a mother to pick her favorite child. Only produced for 14 years from 1898 to 1912. Personally, I think it is one of their best designs and don't know why it was discontinued so soon. My collection of Tiffany sterling started around 1985 when I found the smallest St. James spoon, a sorbet - far right, at an antique show in St. Charles, Missouri. The quality and pattern really spoke to me. I now have collected four Tiffany patterns: Japanese, St. James, English King and Saratoga. I also like Durgin, Wallace, Whiting and Gorham in the antique patterns only. I'm confessing. I'm not just a china addict; I'm a sterling addict as well.
Appetizer plates are antique English from Cauldon.
Dinner plates are French Niderviller in a very pale grey. They are not exactly round - an odd shape. I love the crown at the top with the insignia. Bread and butter plates are in this same pattern.
A two-photo collage with Yeoward's "Pearl" on the left and mercury glass on the console table on the right.
Icy shrubs from my yard and mercury glass on right.
Photos of some details.
Mercury glass on the console table in the yellow glow of candlelight.
This week I am linking to:
Centerpiece Wednesdays by the Style Sisters:
Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.net/.
and Show and Tell Friday by My Romantic Home: