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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Garden on the table... Tablescape

Welcome to our Winter Garden. Our garden is really rather sad looking after the hard freeze a week or so ago. That won't stop us from creating one inside.

Silver, transferware, embossed dishes, dainty napkins, linen overlayed with a crochet tablecloth all provide perfect backdrops. Come on in and stay a while..

Barley twist candlesticks outfitted with candles that look like birch bark. A dough bowl on top of live greenery. Lichen balls, glistening bells and pine cones fill the inside.

Metal reindeer light the way to your seat. I print the place cards myself using picture images and lettering combined in Photoshop software.

In lieu of silver chargers, silver trays re-purposed.

Cherry Kay from Entertaining Women suggested decanters for the table. One with water, one with tea or whatever the beverage of your choice might be. It's been one of the better tips! No more endless treks to refresh drinks.

Dainty antique, lace edged, cutwork, embroidered napkins keep the table from getting too woodsy.

The silver colored serving piece with the sweet bird seemed to fit perfectly!

Don't you just love the look of mixed greens? I wish you could smell their goodness.

Beneath the reindeer place card holder is the snowflake embossed salad plate.

Then the folded napkin.

And the Christmas transferware dinner plate.

Crochet lace on top of dark green linen.

Green linen tablecloth - Williams Sonoma
Crochet tablecloth - estate sale
Silver trays - estate sales
Christmas Home dinner plates - Royal Stafford
Winter Garden salad plates - Fitz and Floyd
Vintage napkins - estate sale
Reindeer place card holders - Tag - Pottery Barn- Amazon
Place cards - made by moi
Silver - WMF
Green, French handblown goblets - Santa Fe
Silver wines - from Spain
Barley Twist candleholders - England via a local antique auction
Birch bark candlesticks - gift from Mom

Thanks for dropping by, I so enjoy your visits. Merry Christmas!

I'll be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to drop by to gather some of the greatest table setting ideas ever!


Kuby said...

Those giant jingle bells are the most fantastic thing I've ever seen! The table looks so beautiful. I usually don't think of it 'freezing' in Texas. All is so beautiful, Marlis. Savor every minute.

xinex said...

The table is gorgeous, Marlis. I love your plates and the trays used as chargers, so pretty. Your place cards are so creative...Christine

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I "LOVE" this table!!! I "Want everything"!!! OK, onto my Wish list... I am a bit of a Barley twist-aholic... I just can't resist it and have quite a few tables, etc... BUT I don't have your candlesticks, LOVE THEM "AND" those candles are incredible... Do you know where your Mom got them??? I also LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your centerpiece and those large white bells!!! I also LOVE your placecards(SO creative)and what a wonderful idea for those trays! BEAUTIFUL IDEA!!!
Thank you for sharing,
Hugs to you, Donna

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Marlis, your table, and photographs, are just beautiful! A very warm and welcoming table-enjoy:@)

Entertaining Women said...

Were we separated at birth by mistake? Other than the fact that I would have been your young teenage babysitter, we could be related. You and I see things through the same filter, I think. I love every minute of this tablescape. Thanks for the mention and for sharing your charming design. Glad you stopped by my post....come visit often, please. Cherry Kay

Sherry said...

This is so pretty! Love the woodland feel. Can see your German influence. Love that look. The vintage napkins are gorgeous!

Julio said...

Beautiful details Marlis. I love the transferware and the accent plate is work of art. Everything just sings "tis the season". Thank you for sharing and happy holidays

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Marlis, This is an upscale winter wonderland! I LOVE the delicate and intricate play of patterns and soft color. The silver/grey is gorgeous! I just love the kneeding bowl filled with wintery goodies and organics. It is such a juxtaposition to all the silver and heavy lace tablecloth. It is perfect for this table. Such intrest.
I am coming back to take in the details again tomorrow. This table is worth a second look!
What a delightful visit.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful table, Marlis. I love all the textures and colors!

Mary said...

Love your winter garden! All your layers are so lovely~ There's nothing better than mixed greenery!

vignette design said...

Such a fabulous table! I love everything about it! The transferware, the centerpiece of natural textures and greens. Even the reindeer place cards are right up my alley! Love it!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Marlis, there are so many components to this wonderful table that I love! The ginormous bells and lichen balls, the fresh greens and birch tapers! Beautifully put together and such a mix, can I say love one more time? Love.

Janie's World said...

Your table is so inviting. Lovely dishes with those cute little reindeer saving your spot. I love the big white bells in that centerpiece with all the natural elements surrounding them. The plates are so pretty and of course, the silver sets it all off.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Marlis -- I was so glad that you showed that beautiful transferware plate -- I kept on trying to peek underneath the snowflake plate. I loved this table! The white bell centerpiece is so beautiful and such cute name place holders. Joni

Mimi said...

Marlis, this is one of my all time favorite tables...everything about it is wonderful...love those giant jingle bells...the crocheted tablecloth is gorgeous.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, I really like this!! I call this rustic elegance! Love those giant bells too! Great job!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This is so pretty Marlis. The tablecloth looks like snowflakes. I love those reindeer placecard holders, and your placecards are soooo pretty. Such pretty napkins too. Love the Christmas china. laurie

Jacqueline said...

What a magical table. Your centerpiece really sets the tone and yet you make it so fresh with your lacy touches - truly enchanting. All of your plates are magnificent. I would love a set of each one and together they really complement one another. Just a delight to visit today! I can't get enough of the fun tables.

Custom Comforts said...

Love your table ~ just magical! Just when I wanted to say I especially loved one thing about it, I would see something else that I loved too ~ and on and on it went. Most beautiful tablescape I've seen in months!!!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Marlis, your table is truly breathtaking! I had to stop and study each wonderful photo -- so many delightful details! Love the plates you've layered so artfully, the reindeer placecard holders are irresistible, and the lovely napkins make my heart beat faster! What a treat for your guests to enjoy!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely garden tablescape!I adore those large white bells in your centerpiece. Using silver trays from estate sales instead of chargers must have taken some time to accumulate? Thank you for your visit and sweet comments On Crooked Creek today! Stop by again soon dear!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Marlis! I'm enjoying the earthiness of this table with all the silver and lace! LOVE those beautiful transferware plates! Jacqueline

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh this is pretty -- I love your mixture of elegant with rustic. This looks like a lovely gathering from a Winter's walk in the woods.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your entire tabletop make me very merry and bright!

Seasons greetings to you.

Anita said...

Oh Marlis, this is just beautiful!! Love the silver chargers, and the goblets! I have the same goblets, and my silver punch bowl is the same pattern with smaller goblets like those. Love the greenery, and of course the rustic elements with all your beautiful things! Gorgeous!!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Beautiful table setting!! I just love those reindeer place card holders!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Marlis! What a beautiful wintry tablescape! Those gorgeous barley twist candlesticks caught my eye right away! And I love the idea of trays as chargers! Everything is lovely! Merry Christmas!...hugs...Debbie

D said...

What a pretty, snowy, woodsy table. I love those pretty napkins, but I wouldn't dare use them :)


Barbara said...

What a lovely table! I can see me lingering long after dinner was over, just to enjoy its beauty. I love the idea of using the silver trays as chargers. Your white bells are so pretty.

Barbara said...

Forgot to mention, not only do I love your taste as far as tables and decorating but we share a taste for the same music too. I just looked at your profile and had to smile.

Kathleen said...

Very pretty, Marlis! So many lovely elements...the plates are so pretty!
Missed you at the White Christmas Party!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marlis. The table is lovely, but what really got me is the quote on your sidebar. I am a weaver and love references to the patterns that are our lives. If you don't mind I would like to copy the text. Happy holidays! L

Debbie said...

Your entire tabletop makes me want to do something similar at our cabin next year! I rarely decorate at the cabin in the woods, because it has natural beauty all around. But I think it would be fun to try it one year! Holiday wishes to you!

Sarah said...

Marlis, this table is perfection! I love the natural details with the fresh greens and the birch bark candles. The layers of plates are lovely with your estate sale linens. I would love to dine at this beautiful table.~ Sarah

Jessa Irene said...

Beautiful details. Wonderful use of the trays as chargers! The deer card holders are too cute. The dishes are lovely. I love how you put everything together, reminds me of the out of doors in winter. Very very lovely. Thanks for adding this post. :)

Heather Graham said...

This table is beautiful! Found you at a Christmas in July party & wanted to invite you to join in on my Christmas in July event... details here: http://www.stringtownhome.blogspot.com/p/christmas-in-july.html... Would love to have you!
Have a great Friday!
stringtown home


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