My motto is "use what you have" so I shopped the house and my mom's house for some accessories.
Let's get down to business! I love blue and green together. It all started with these placemats I bought at Pier 1 in Alexandria, Va., in the mid-90s. It was Spring and I was just looking around. There were some beautiful displays in the store with these colors and they were calling my name. Now, I am not really a "blue" person, but I thought the combination would be great with the Blue Willow. And, best of all, it is a combination inspired by nature! I took this photo in San Juan, Puerto Rico near "El Morrow." Is there anything more beautiful than that gorgeous azure sky and ocean next to the green grass?
I digress! Back to the frozen late winter of North Carolina...
The hydrangeas are from my mother's garden and just bring it all together for me so nicely.
I used my Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinner plates for chargers. This pattern is so versatile, I use it with pretty much anything. I added my great grandmother's Blue Willow plates and bowls made by Royal China. The bread plates are Johnson Brothers, and the coffee cups and saucers are by Churchill. I found this ribbon and lace in a bag of trim my grandmother had and thought it would be perfect with these blue napkins instead of traditional napkin rings.
For a runner I brought out the same vintage cocktail napkins I used with the espresso set last week. I just had to use them!
These little blue votive holders are all from the late 90s also.
I brought out my Churchill coffee pot for after-dinner coffee and paired it with the cream and sugar made by Royal China, and a tray I bought in Japan.
I just love when the light starts to come in through the french doors this time of day. It really brings out the vivid jewel tones of the blue and green.
It gets dark early this time of year so the beautiful light gives way to the soft glow of candles...I have to say I prefer the natural light with these colors.
There you have the age-old "Blue Willow" for yet another holiday! I think the woven placemats give it a more casual, contemporary flair. This is such a versatile pattern that really just goes with anything and is perfect for any occasion whether casual or more formal.
Thank you SO much for stopping by:-) I hope you find something you can take with you to make your house a home. Your comments mean so much to me, and lead me to the wonderful ideas I get from you. Have a lovely St. Patrick's Day!
Be sure to go over to see Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for fabulous tables and other great ideas!
Cream dinnerplates: Mikasa "Italian Countryside"
Blue Willow plates and bowls: Royal China
Blue Willow cups, saucers, S&P and coffee pot: Churchill
Blue Willow B&B plates: Johnson Brothers
Blue stemware: Walmart/Belks
Placemats/napkins: Pier 1 years ago
Candle holders: Belks
Hydrangeas from the garden
Stainless flatware: American Harmony by Oneida