Saturday, April 23, 2016

April Showers 2015

It's time again for the April Showers that bring May flowers! I decided this year to set up an April Shower tea table in my parlor.

My centerpiece is flowers set in glasses of water tucked into these children's rain boots. I added a small brass watering can and used a teapot with a gardening theme.

I love the flower pots on top of this teapot.

Even a trowel on the back!

The tea cups have butterfly handles and a butterfly motif.

Some bright floral napkins with dragonfly napkin rings complete the table.

Here's a view of the tea table in my parlor bay window.

Happy 90th Birthday, Queen Elizabeth II !

I had a really busy week, but I couldn't let such a mementos occasion pass uncelebrated!

On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, I realized that I had bought some napkins at Sur La Table a while back. Of course, I have Spode china in the appropriate colors of the British flag, so I had a celebratory tea in honor of Her Majesty! Here is a little vignette featuring Spode Pink Tower and Spode Blue Italian china.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Preservation Celebration Tablescape

I finally got my Easter decorations put up and my house always seems a little bare without holiday decorations. Now, bare is not a word most folks would use for my Victorian decorating style, but I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder!

Preservation NC had asked a while back if we would open our house during their Preservation Celebration in our town and we are always glad to help them out! They showcased both commercial and residential properties, some restored and some in need of restoration. Of course, I set my table in the Dining Room for the tour. Here are some shots of my Dining Room and table with no theme or holiday - a rarity for me!

I used a burgundy tablecloth, gold chargers, Spode Pink Tower dishes with various stemware, gold napkins with dark red napkin rings and gold edged stainless flatware.

I used my cream soups for this table. I really love cream soup bowls!

Red and white azaleas in a silver wine cooler make up my centerpiece. I added ivory tapers to my silver candleabras to complete the table. I also used red and white azaleas on the mantle.

This room is very hard for me to photograph because of the light, but here is a shot looking into the room from the foyer.

Here is a view of the room looking toward the door that leads to the Butler's Pantry.

Here is a view of the room looking toward the foyer.

My house was built in 1883 and we restored it to try to resemble a dining room in the 1880's. Our wallpapers are by Bradbury & Bradbury and a reproductions of actual historic wallpapers.

A few more shots from the tour - this is my Foyer. Magenta and White Formosa Azaleas in my epergne and more Bradbury and Bradbury wallpapers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Parade 2016

I really love Easter decorations: the colors, the bunnies, the chicks. With all the holidays falling so close together this year, I really feel like Easter has gotten the short end of the stick. So I may just have to keep this up a while after Easter is over!

I started with a light yellow tablecloth and green ruffled chargers. I used Lenox Springdale topped with Easter Bunny salad plates. 

I used some Springy Vera Bradley napkins and clear and green stemware.

At each place setting, I added a matching egg cup and an Easter egg place card holder.

For my centerpiece, I used a cake plate to elevate a bowl of Easter eggs.

Bunnies and Chicks surround the centerpiece.

Easter egg Salt and Pepper shakers

Glass bunny butter dish

Assorted bunnies frolic on the hanging shelf in the Dining Room.

In the bay window of the Dining Room, the tea cart is also ready for Easter!

The tea table in the Parlor is also ready for an Easter Tea.

Have a wonderful Easter!

Friday, March 11, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Decorations

St. Patrick's Day will soon be here and I wanted to share some of my house decor with you!

Our Billiards Room, that we use as a Den, has our own Irish Pub set up! Here is a shot of the mantel and the Victorian Buffet we use as a bar below.

Here are three of my favorite porcelain items for the season. 

A mini tea set

A Pitcher

An Aynsley tea cup and saucer

I shared my Dining Room table last week, but here is a refresher!

I didn't share my Victorian wicker tea cart in the Dining Room, shown below.

Outside I have a large flag at the front door, but I don't have any pictures yet! 

At our side porch entrance, I have a small garden flag.

I will be sharing with Cuisine Kathleen for her St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl (if she gets her computer fixed!)

Friday, March 4, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Preparations

All the winter holidays are very close on the calendar this year! I'm going ahead with St. Patrick's Day, so I can start thinking about Easter!

I started with my gold tablecloth. Full disclosure, it was already on my table from my Presidents' Day tablescape HERE, and I think it makes a nice backdrop for St. Patrick's Day colors and it reminds me of the leprechaun's gold at the end of the rainbow. I used orange napkins for the orange in the flag of Ireland.

I used gold chargers and felt shamrock placemats at each place setting. The china I used is Lenox Springdale. These plates were a gift from a friend whose parents were downsizing and wanted their china to have a good home! I think they are just right for this table.

The centerpiece that I use each year is my ornament tree with Shamrocks, Leprechauns, and generally Irish ornaments, with gold coin scattered at the base.

So here's to a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Birthday, George Washington!

 Yes, I know we had Presidents' Day last week (my Presidents' Day tablescape is HERE), but today is George Washington's real birthday!

In my husband's study, he has an old print of the unfinished portrait by Gilbert Stuart. We both remember these portraits hanging in our elementary schools growing up.

Here is the George Washington White House China.
Martha Washington's monogram is in the middle, surrounded by a chain with the names of the 15 states. The snake swallowing its tail represents perpetuity. The Latin motto in the Sunburst means, "Honor and Defense come from it." The original service was made in Canton and was a gift from the East India Company in 1796.

The matching tea cup and saucer.

And lastly, the ornament in the Washington pattern.

How will you celebrate our first President's birthday? How about a cherry pie?