Monday, March 4, 2019

Spring Blooms Tablescape

Hello readers, hello March! In today's post I'm sharing a tablescape with spring in mind. Whether your March came in like a lion or like a lamb, today we will focus on the promise of "Spring Blooms" here at the table. Color is key!
All week I am celebrating spring tablescaping, along with a group of other stylists, hosted and organized by Chloe Crabtree from the blog Celebrate and Decorate. In planning my table today, I knew I wanted to start with my dinner plates from the MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market line. These plates were created with a background choice of white, green, blue or black. I loved the black, simply for how dramatically the [predominant] tulip bloom in blue / purple coloring stood out against it.
I kept the table linens softer, layering a pale pink linen square (with matching napkins) over a yellow damask round cloth. In coordinating drinkware, I reached for a set of vintage mugs I had with an equally dramatic orchid bloom decorating the mostly black mug. The swirl stems are antique Depression glass, with an iridescent finish. The flatware is vintage (Nobility Plate silverplate), in a delicate rose pattern.
If you notice in the photo above, the table was set originally with no placemats. It was at that point in which I wanted more color for the table to really feel spring-like. I added what I found to be the perfect placemats beneath the plates. The pink leaf tips were a common thread for the linens and centerpiece, tying them all together nicely.
The centerpiece of pink peony blooms with ferns are a faux arrangement with "acrylic" water, nestled in a clear, round (bowl) vessel.
The napkins are held by miniature watering cans, used as a place card for each setting. The salad bowls are a clear glass with lettuce leaf-shaped embossing. The salt and pepper shakers are glass with blue and yellow guilloche enamel lids.
The MacKenzie-Childs teapot in the Flower Market pattern adds yet more color and bloom to the overall table styling.
The mugs are designed with the added surprise of sipping and seeing another dainty orchid bud inside each gold-trimmed rim.
From the MacKenzie-Childs website, the description of the Flower Market line reads, "set a sunny table in glorious color, fresh from a country garden....", and that was my goal today. Spring blooms of daffodils, tulips, iris, poppies and peonies are just some of my favorites in the garden from March-May (Zone 7a). If it's too early for spring in your region, having potted blooms - such as orchids, kalanchoe, or even potted bulbs like hyacinths or tulips - is a great way to usher in color and create your own spring! Check your grocery and find many potted bulbs / plants you can later plant and try nurturing outdoors.
My table today is set for four, perhaps to be shared with three volunteers who will come to my house and help me in my move / purge. I may even let you take a set of dishes home with you for your trouble! Bring a truck, I might even let you take the table and chairs.😉
For plenty more Spring inspiration, please see the complete list of bloggers participating in this gathering below, and links to their tables. Each day different bloggers are featured, and the links are updated to take you right to their posts. Be sure to check back to see them all. To Chloe Crabtree - a special thank you for organizing this event!

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
My Thrift Store Addiction | My Family ThymeMe and My Captain | Follow the Yellow Brick Home | Katherine's Corner | Twelve on Main

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Spring Blooms Tablescape Source List
As a vintage and antique wares dealer, my typical fashion in tablescaping is mixing a blend of found items with newer, more readily available ones. For your own unique styling, try shopping your local antique malls, thrift stores, or flea markets for unique additions to your table designs.
Tablecloths, napkins,  Nobility Plate flatware, guilloche salt and peppers, lettuce glass salad bowls, Depression stemware, Otagiri black orchid mugs, miniature garden pails - vintage purchases
Flower Market dinner plates, teapot - MacKenzie-Childs
Placemats - Pier 1
Silk peony arrangement in acrylic - local overstock auction house purchase

Thank you for your visit today. Your readership and comments are always welcome.

55 comments:

  1. I am loving the black dishes. You're right, they are dramatic. Especially against the backdrop of the gorgeous green placemats.

    So pretty!

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  2. Those placemats were the perfect addition! The the plates and mugs are lovely, adding a bit of drama to the springtime look. I have some watering can napkin rings and may borrow your idea of standing the napkins up in them. Very creative!!

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  3. Ooh this is lovely! I’ve never seen those dishes before. Very dramatic and gorgeous colors! The green placemats really brighten up the table and the peonies are beautiful. What a cute idea staging the napkins in the watering- love it!

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  4. What a fabulous mix of old and 'new' Rita, for a dramatic, gorgeous table. You know how much I love to use black in decor and table. Boy would those dishes look great with my black painted chairs! I've always lusted after MC stuff, especially because I receive their catalog. Just never could push myself to make the investment. With all the packing, etc you are doing, I sure hope you get a chance to sit down and relax at this beautiful table.

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  5. What a beautiful Springtime table you've set, Rita, all while purging and preparing your move!! The plates are simply stunning with the black background. You're so right, the placemats really set off the beauty of the plates and mugs. Your tea kettle is making me swoon...love it! I hope you get some volunteers! They'll be the winners with with your generous offer.

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  6. Rita, your table is lovely and welcomes spring. As we are under a blanket of snow with more coming down, I know blooms are under it all and your table is a helpful reminder. I don't envy you your move, however, I am sure you will be happy with your decision once it is all complete and you are settled in your new home.

    Again, a lovely table and have a great week.

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  7. Rita, your plates and tea set are so unique and elegant. You really made the set the focus of your table with it contrasting with the pastel colors. I would have chosen the black set as well. The colors pop and there is so much potential to use this set is so many ways in color and patterns. So cute to put pink napkins in a little sprinkling can holder. I hope you enjoy using this beautiful set for many years to come. Enjoy your lovely Spring table.

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  8. What a wonderful Springtime table, Rita....and what a perfect choice for placemats as the pretty green with pink tinged edges make your table pop. I love MC and this black pattern design is gorgeous. Depression glass is a favorite of mine and your pink stemmed glasses add just the right amount of softness to your table. Another of my collectables is tea kettles and I have tea kettle envy with your pretty one.
    If I lived closer, I would certainly bring a U Haul and cart out as much as you would have me take. LOL
    Hugs Always

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  9. I love all the flower market patterns! What a way to welcome spring! I hope you don't "purge" those!! I am also hoping spring arrives soon here but there are flurries in the air today!!

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  10. Rita, your table is lovely! It is so interesting that that pattern comes in the different colors. The black certainly does give a dramatic look to your table! I love that tulip that is exploding to welcome Spring. The roses are so delicate on your silverware. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with another hop! Happy Spring!

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  11. It looks beautiful. Your colors are inspiring truly, it all looks lovely. Pinned! Hugs

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  12. Rita, those plates are stunning. I love the black background. I recently realized that the MacKenzie Childs workshop is just 2 hours from me and I am looking forward to visiting it this summer. The faux peony arrangement is so pretty and the perfect pop of pink. Such a pretty table to welcome in spring!

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  13. Love the Spring Blooms table setting Rita. Love the chargers and those little watering cans for your napkins are too adorable. Peonies are my fave flower so I love that in your centerpiece. Lots hope your table setting will bring Spring in early for all of us. Happy New Week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  14. I'm crazy about those placemats Rita, they really make the Flower Market plates pop! Lovely peonies, your table is indeed a breath of Spring!
    Jenna

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  15. How lovely! I wish I could come and 'help'.... Are you going to continue your table scapes after the move? I hope so! I'm kinda mourning the sale of your beautiful home....but I'm sure the new family will enjoy it and this new season in your life will be just as adventurous as ever! Have a great week...(I'm purging also but no move in the near future, although we would certainly consider one).

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    1. Yes, Susan, I plan to make sure I make room for my dishes and tablescapes, but I will probably purge as I go (buy/sell/purge), rather than keep such a large cache. It would be easy for me to mourn leaving my home too, but I know the buyers are looking forward to making it theirs, and we are ready to move on to our new loft, so it's all good. It all happened so fast, and like you, no move was in our immediate future, but the opportunity came!

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  16. Rita, I love this! What a beautiful, spring colored, table setting. The blooms are abundant. And those placemats...absolutely wonderful. I can only imagine what a joy it would be to sit at your table and share a meal and enjoy a few hours of sharing our lives. Wishing for an early spring for you. xo Lidy

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  17. Rita, what a wonderful breath of spring on yet another cloudy and gloomy day! The MKC plates are definitely stunning with the black background. Your faux arrangement is just perfect to add more beauty to an already lovely setting. It is always a joy to blog hop with you!

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  18. Rita, after 70 degree weather earlier this week, it's raining and freezing here, so your pretty floral tablescape is a welcome sight! I love the placemats! Happy to be joining you in the Spring Tablescape Hop this week! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  19. Dramatic is the key word here and I love it! Thank you for giving me another way to use color in my tables. The patterns are gorgeous and the addition of the place mats was a great idea.

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  20. Hi Rita! Your table looks stunning! Love those placemats. Peonies are my very favorite. It seems like Spring will never come. Have a wonderful week.

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  21. Rita, your table is gorgeous! I love all of the colors, especially the black. So dramatic and really pops the other colors! I would have never known your peonies were not real, they look very realistic and so beautiful! I looked for living peonies to use for the centerpiece on my table, but the few I found were tiny and sad, so I went with something else. So, so beautiful. And you are right about the green placemats! They make those plates really stand out! Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  22. This whole post makes me smile but ESPECIALLY those fabulous place mats!

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  23. Rita, the black Flower Market is probably my favorite in the series. I only have a few pieces, but wanted to add the dinner plates last summer at the Barn Sale. Didn't happen! Your mugs are different shape from mine, and mine are solid color inside. No cute flower peeking up at you! I haven't seen these before. Is it a new design? Beautiful table as always, Rita. Happy Monday!

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  24. You always set the prettiest tables, Rita! I'm curious where you store your large collection of tableware?

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  25. I love the addition of those fabulous placemats!! You are so right that all the pink tips on the leaves just pull it all together. I really like the cute little sprinkling cans with your napkins!! Your table is so pretty, I never would have thought of using black for spring, but you have brought in enough lighter colors to make it work beautifully! Always a pleasure hopping with you, Rita!

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  26. It's all so pretty and fresh, Rita. Your pink stemware just grabbed my attention, and I felt for sure they must be vintage depression glass before I even read your description. It all compliments each other perfectly!

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  27. Love the MC Flower Market plates and teapot. They are dramatically elegant! And those placemats compliment all the elements for a stunning table. The orchid mugs went perfectly. Those watering cans filled with the napkins are adorable and add that touch of whimsey.
    You are so funny about anyone dropping by and helping could go home with dishes maybe even furniture.
    You are a good sport participating in this hop with all you have going on!

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  28. Be still my heart Rita!!...What a way to kick start Spring with that gorgeous table! The MKC pattern is stunning! and you always make me with a smile as I read your posts!

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  29. Very bright, dramatic, and springy Rita! I am in love with those placemats and the little watering cans as napkin holders. How creative!

    So happy to be joining you this week for the tablescape hop. Have a happy spring ahead!

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  30. Such a striking table Rita! I love MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market…the black background is my favorite too the way the colors pop and contrast. Your orchid mugs pair perfectly and I love the addition of the pale green leaf placemats and large pink peony blooms as a centerpiece. If I was closer I’d love to pop by for a few hours to help you purge and pack. It’s always easier to be objective and deal with someone else’s belongings, sorting, donating and consigning, than your own. ;) As always it’s a pleasure to have a virtual seat at your table and blog hop with you. ♥

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  31. Rita, I am so excited to see this stunning tablescape. I love this MC pattern and it so dramatic! The soft linens make a great backdrop and the placemats add the pop of color. I love the pretty pastel pink floral and stems for the soft color. So happy to see your setting, you always inspire! Happy March Rita........

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  32. What a beautiful spring table! I love the placemats and those watering cans are adorable!

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  33. Rita C, well I loved the pink and yellow tablecloths, but I’m so glad you added those amazing placemats. Perfect for bringing out the touch of spring. The plates are dramatic with the black background. I’ve not heard of acrylic water, but I understand what you mean. I think my favorite may be those adorable mini watering cans. I would have snatched those up too. Very pretty setting. Great to always tablescape with you.

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  34. Lovely and dramatic! I like that you went with a bold choice for the plates and mugs. Such a nice change from the expected pastels. I especially enjoy your seamless mixing of vintage and contemporary pieces. Here's to Spring!

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  35. What a gorgeous tablescape. There is something so chic and elegant about a black themed table.

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  36. Rita, I had a flashback when I saw your table...my mom had those same orchid mugs. I remember her sipping coffee in the sunroom from those mugs when I was a kid. Thanks for the sweet memory! I'm not familiar with the MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market plates, but I agree that the colors really stand out against the black background. Of course, I'm drawn to the vintage details. The flatware with the delicate rose design are so pretty. And the salt and pepper set with the enamel tops are fabulous, too. Also, the watering can napkin holders are darling! It's always a pleasure hopping with you. Happy Spring!
    Rebecca (Zucchini Sisters)
    BTY - I'm commenting anonymously because I can't comment via my URL or Google. I'll be thrilled if this works!

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  37. So lovely Rita,. The black plates and mugs make the table pop. The napkins that are held by miniature watering cans is so adorable. Seems like spring to me. The leaf placemats look lovely with your peony centerpiece. Always the details Rita. Happy weekend.

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  38. Rita, this tablescape took my breath away. You know I love color, and those MacKenzie Childs plates are gorgeous! The color palette on your table is so eye-catching. Everything looks beautiful! I'm sorry I am so late to comment. I have been a bit under the weather. It is always fun hopping with you! Happy Spring! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

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  39. I love all the colors - so perfect for spring! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. Yours was one of my features this week. Enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

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  40. WOW!How gorgeous!Charming and exotic,I just loooove your table,unique!

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  41. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love your beautiful Spring tablescape. The colors are just lovely. I am always inspired by your talent and creativity!

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  42. This Spring table is beautiful dear friend. Love the peony centerpiece, faux and all, lol..
    The china is lovely and that kettle to match, just perfect !
    Fabby

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  43. Happy Pink Saturday, Rita. I am so glad you joined us this week. Thank you for making Pink Saturdays even more special.

    This tablescape is absolutely stunning. Everyone loved it. This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one with the most clicks".♥

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  44. beautiful decorations.
    have a great spring

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  45. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog post.

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  46. Your dishes are just beautiful, Rita! I love the black background. I could imagine these well into summer on a table with candlelight. The tea set is lovely, too. Of course I didn't miss the flatware. I just can't seem to find much lately when we've been out shopping. Then again, it's more to clean and polish!

    I didn't know you were moving! In fact, I happened to see your comment at another blog and popped over. I don't know why I haven't seen emails notifying me of your posts. In any event, it's great to catch up. I'm going to go back a few posts.

    Have a wonderful Easter!

    Jane

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  47. So pretty Rita! The placemats are the perfect touch... love all of the pops of color. Hope you are doing well!

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  48. This is absolutely charming!!!! I hope that your move went well Rita!

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  49. Such a pity I live way down here and you live way up there, because I might take you up on your offer of taking all that I can possibly carry with me on the way out. =) Oh, those beautiful plates. They are the stuff of dreams!

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  50. Greetings Rita!
    I have been thinking of you and wondering how you are doing with all of the goings on in your lifestyle changes. So, I wanted to wish you well and send virtual hugs from Colorado.
    Of course your tablescape is absolutely lovely!
    Jemma

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