Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Hallows' Evening Tablescape

Good day to all, and welcome to Panoply. As we prepare for the feast of All Hallows' Day, the table is set for the evening before, Hallows' Evening, or All Hallow' Eve, or All Saints' Eve.**
The skyline portends what the table will display - a mix of darkness and light, mystery, whimsy, and a bit of spectacle.
The moon, though waning crescent today (October 13th)....
....will be at full phase or, in the case this October 31, a blue moon (a second full moon in one month). You may be wise to not howl at the moon......
...or cross the path of black cats lurking in the moonlight, which seem to have magical powers this time of year, especially when witches are near.
Perhaps you'd rather choose to stay close to home where friendly gourds seem safe in their patch with their toothless grins. Or are they friendly? Or safe? mmmmmwwwwwahahahahahaha!!!!
When the crow caws, the bat flies, and the spider crawls......
....don't say you weren't warned by the harvest stars and moon phases....
You may even find yourself turning a little witchy, too!
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Chloe Crabtree from the blog Celebrate and Decorate for inviting me to share this Halloween tablescape, together with the list of other blog stylists below. 
I encourage you to visit each one for their take on this Spooktacular event!
Panoply (you are here)
Each stylist has a distinctive way with tablescaping, and is sure to inspire. For my own designs, I most always mix vintage items from my Panoply inventory, along with household items (admittedly, sometimes they are interchangeable!). My source list is provided below for you to see the many ways by which I shop and gather inspiration, but not for monetization. 
Source List for Hallows' Evening Tablescape
Table runner - handmade by and purchased from Carole of From My Carolina Home
Black checked placemats - Crown Linen Designs
Black linen napkins as witches' hats - French Garden House
Courtly Check napkin rings - MacKenzie Childs
Flatware - Wegman's
Amber (acrylic) glassware - Pier 1
Black dinner plates - Dollar Tree
Salad plates - David Carter Brown Pumpkin Hollow - vintage (EBay)
Copper peat pots - vintage (estate sale)
Succulents - Hobby Lobby and Wayfair
Wooden candlesticks - vintage (estate sale) with 
DIY glass globes and spooky transparencies, as shown here
Thanks for your visit today, and I hope you'll leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. As always, I appreciate your readership!

**from The History channel:  "Halloween is the holiday celebrated on October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon All Saints' Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows' Eve, and later Halloween.Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, and donning costumes and eating treats."

Monday, October 5, 2020

October Skyline Table for Two

With October's skyline as our backdrop, I'm inviting you to step out onto our city balcony today and join me for some fresh, fall air at a table for two!

Welcome to a World of Octobers, a mini tour of bloggers across various regions, gathered by Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction. Cecilia's and my love of vintage finds is how we originally connected, and her style consistently displays her treasured finds. If you're coming from Cecilia's post today and are new to my blog, I wish you a warm welcome here at Panoply, in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. If you're a longtime reader here, welcome back. 
Fall is unfolding each and every day here in West Virginia, with crisp morning temps and warm afternoons. We reside in a Zone 7a climate in the Eastern US, as shown in the plant hardiness zone map below. We're the northernmost southern state, and the southernmost northern state. In other words, we're smack in the middle of the USDA temperature zones (star on my WV location in photo below).
As for fall foliage, we won't be at peak until late in the month, but there are already areas in our state full of color (see map below).
Since 2019, we've been living a downsized lifestyle in a loft in the heart of the city. It's a perfect time to be out on our balcony, enjoying the season to its fullest! We face eastward, so we can enjoy sunrises in the mornings and its warmth with shade in the afternoon. A wool wrap is at the ready if needed.
In order to hone in on my subject - the tablescape - the true beauty of the background scenery fades from focus.
In shifting the focus, you can see the skies were blue, our hills still very green (other than the tree planted on the street in view just to the bottom of the L succulent on the ledge). Looking past the balcony, our view takes in city office and residential buildings, church steeples, our state capitol building (shrouded in white tarp for ongoing reconstruction), and the river.
Our small table is just enough for two place settings inside the balcony's edge. My overall decor fuses vintage, antique and newer items, in traditional, modern, and industrial styles.
A small side table is enough to hold a bottle of wine, a small serving board, and a few seasonal decor items. The wooden bowl is filled with orange lightbulbs (!) and small ornaments. The pumpkins and acorns are collected over the past few years - velvet, needlepoint, and felted wool. The skyline is reflected in the plate glass window behind the side table, and that's our rust leather sectional on the other side of the plate glass, inside the loft in our great room. You can see our condo in its simple fall decor, here.
Perched on the step of one of the doors accessing the balcony to outside is my nutcracker squirrel and his nuts (real and felted), and a few more pumpkins.
Standing at the opposite step of the door outside the master bedroom, here's the balcony view of the table for two: 
As you can see in the upper right part of the photo frame above, my little concrete garden statue - Augustine - is sporting his shades for this fine October day while reading his book. Soon he'll be dressed in his cold weather garb.
I hope you enjoyed our time outside today. I'm so glad you stopped by for a little taste of October in my world. Up next is Jen in Nebraska at Midwest Life and Style. Be sure and visit all the bloggers below for a diverse look at a world of Octobers. Enjoy!
How's your October world looking these days? Let me know by leaving a comment!
I invite you to come back and visit my blog anytime. My posts these days are mostly about my vintage finds, tablescapes, my antique adventures with my Panoply sisters, and my tales of the traveling tote. I always try to keep things inspiring and positive. You can view my entire dropdown menu at the top of my blog. 

On Tuesday, October 13, I'll be joining another group of stylists for Halloween themed tablescapes. You won't want to miss it!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Early Fall, Simply Stated, and a Winner

I am finding that since downsizing last year, I will pull out seasonal decor from storage and start playing with vignettes, only to take much of it away. It starts feeling overdone quite quickly when your living spaces are all open to each other and you've come off a huge purge in moving. Just several simple vignettes placed within our great room keep me from feeling overwhelmed with 'stuff'. Come on in....

Upon entry, our entire living space is built up on a two-step platform with ceilings another ten feet high. Our building is a 1907 renovated warehouse-turned-condos. My decor style is a fusion of industrial / modern / vintage, complementing the 2008 original build out (as purchased) of our space. 
Standing in the right corner pictured above, the photo below captures the angle of the great room's view. The sliding glass doors are two separate rooms (his and hers office/personal space), flanking a central cubby with electric fireplace.
Here's our living in real life, with track doors typically open:
Our dining table is set for fall, as detailed in my post this past Tuesday, here
Standing against the wall with sliding glass doors, the view looks toward the kitchen and hallway on the right, and TV and storage credenza on the wall directly in front of the sectional. Nested sofa tables and two Parsons chairs for extra seating are behind the sectional. 
Pictured below, the curio / drink stand beside the chair on left has mixed feathers in an amethyst Blenko pitcher. A vintage brass figural nutcracker and wooden carrier with fruit and flowers are on the sofa table.
You may have seen my latest MacKenzie-Childs butterscotch tartan pumpkin in my September traveling tote post. I bought it to coordinate with my Blenko "Arches" piece I bought last year after our trip through Utah's national parks
Figs are a sure sign of early Fall in my region. The faux branch in the vintage trophy stacks up to the real thing in the photo below.
Standing at the hallway beside the wall with TV, here's the view looking toward the fireplace (our kitchen counter with barstools is in the foreground, left).
If you look closely at the glass of the fireplace in the photo below, you can see the reflection of the "Arches" and tartan pumpkin on the credenza on the wall opposite.
The framed watercolors are by local artists. The one on left is of one of our previous property's trees in Fall splendor, painted/gifted many years ago by a former neighbor. The one on right was a recent vintage purchase from a local artist's estate, river birches in Fall.
The ledge below holds an antique wooden dough bowl vintage wooden filled with quilted pumpkins, fruit, and sunflower. The still on the right is a three dimensional metal on corrugated board find from a February estate sale which I'm currently fostering. A trio of antique dexterity clubs in graduated sizes are on the left side of the ledge (seen in previous picture). 
I've cast an even lighter hand with fall decor in our master bedroom and in my office, just changing pillow covers and throws (none in Mr. P.'s space, his preference). 

With much decor still in storage, it's just a matter of rotating what I have for mixing things up seasonally to fluff the nest. The beauty of utilizing estate finds is that I can always purge and sell later in our Panoply antique booths. Dishes seem to be my constant temptation that don't resell particularly well. And I still have curio cabinets mostly empty one year after moving that I'm in no hurry to clutter up. Christmas seems to be the only time I decorate with abandon, but even that is evolving.


The traveling tote tribe offered one reader who commented on my last tote post summary the opportunity to win the set of MacKenzie-Childs parchment check coasters below. The random winner chosen by names tossed in a basket was AldaAlda, you are a noreply-comment@blogger.com so please email me directly at wv.panoply@gmail.com no later than September 16, 2020 so I can arrange getting your present to you! If I don't hear from you by then, I will necessarily select another random name as the winner.

UPDATE 9-17-20: Unfortunately, Alda is a noreply-comment@blogger.com and did not respond within the designated deadline of September 16, 2020. I am pleased to announce that StampinwithAnita was randomly selected as the alternate winner on September 17.  

Thank you all for your readership. Please don't just hit and run while stopping by the blog. Let me know you were here by leaving a comment. Two-way communication is always better than chatting it up alone!
Rita C. at Panoply
A special thanks to Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes Saturday Sparks #392 and Michelle of Thistle Key Lane Tuesday Turn About # 67 for featuring this post!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Celebrating a Fruitful Fall with St. Clement Faience Tablescape

Welcome to my blog! Today's feature is a tablescape I've created for Fall. I love tablescaping, vintage goods, and Fall (second only to Spring). Fall is for layering, right? That's what this tablescape styling is all about.

Two vintage salad plates found in 2018 and written about here were the springboard for my table. They are St. Clement (France) majolica from the early 1900s. I love the fruit motifs (even when time-faded), and knew they'd make a great fall table. I eventually found several more.
Textiles are always a fundamental element in my table styling as well. One of my Panoply sisters gifted me a set of placemats last Christmas which are upcycled from eastern Indian saris. The table runner I'm using was purchased from an artisan co-op while on a 2015 fall road trip in WV.
The rest of my table came together easily with mostly vintage finds. A MacKenzie-Childs fluted cake pedestal was purchased directly from a gal who was divesting her collection in late Spring. Unfortunately, it arrived broken, but I was able to repair it. While not food safe for direct contact, its color scheme and pattern play well with the Fall theme.
My plate stack starts with wood chargers bought from an Etsy dealer in 2016, cut from fallen locust trees. My Pfaltzgraff everyday dinnerware is my go-to for setting tables. Finally, the St. Clement majolica salad plates carry my theme through with (clockwise, below) pears, grapes, apples and plums.
The glassware used on this table is from one of my 2020 Panoply vintage finds, included as part of this post, here. These glasses are hefty in weight and so 1970s in their olive green color. I love how they look next to the wood chargers and majolica. 
The napkin rings, fashioned from leather belts, were also an Etsy purchase (2017). The place cards are collected brass horse fobs, most of which are Made in England. I simply strung a manila card with vintage plum and brown silk seam binding (the source of which I cannot remember!) and attached to each fob. The flatware has a grape cluster on each handle.
A pair of ceramic quail, wicker-covered wine casks, and two votive candles were added to the table for additional hints of Fall.
With the use of much color, pattern and texture on my table, I didn't used a tablecloth this time. Arranging flowers on the table, I ultimately opted for my completed look sans flowers.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate for putting together the group of stylists who  joined in this fall themed blog party. 
I encourage you to take some time to visit the blogs conveniently listed below for plenty of fall table inspiration! 

Each person behind the blogs listed has her own style and shares all the details in her post. My source list is provided below. My love of vintage is the bailiwick of my blog content and my personal home style. I love mixing old and new, fusing my own style. I hope you enjoy it too. If I've inspired you, even the least little bit, to get out and shop vintage to put together your own, unique style, then I am a happy girl. 

Celebrating a Fruitful Fall with St. Clement Faience Source List

  • Quilted spiral table runner - Pocahontas County (WV) Artisans Gallery (2015)
  • Upcycled sari Kantha placemats - Viva Terra (gift)
  • Wood chargers, napkin rings, - Etsy dealers (2016, 2017 respectively)
  • Dinner plates  - Pfaltzgraff Filigree
  • Salad plates  - St. Clement majolica faience - eBay, antique shops
  • Glassware (Tiffin Madeira Franciscan), flatware (Oneida Bordeaux 1945), brass fobs, silk seam binding, wicker wine casks, ceramic quail - vintage finds
  • Napkins - Pier 1
  • Cake pedestal (Keukenhof) centerpiece, votive candles - MacKenzie-Childs

Thanks for your visit today, and I welcome your comments. I try to answer each one individually, but will leave one here on the blog if I can't readily identify you by email  - you know, that noreply-comment@blogger roadblock. Yea, I know, I'm told I'm one also. That's why I always sign (to hopefully be identifiable) as.....

Rita C. at Panoply