Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More Paisley and Platinum...

I am continuing with platinum mixed with warm, fall colors this week as I have some beautiful new bone china from Mikasa: "Floral Elegance" platinum. I am so in love with this beautiful and delicate pattern that my husband picked out.  Take a look...


I used a piece of paisley fabric I have used several times before. I wanted this one to have more of a red feel as opposed to last week's rusty tones. I layered the fabric over a solid silk runner.


I used sparkly apples this week nestled in spanish moss...


I kept the taupe chenille napkins from last week for two of the place settings, and added the dark red silk for the others.


The crystal is Durand Cristal D'Arques "Longchamp," which I started collecting in the 1990s from the base exchange at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. I added to my collection from ebay last year. I really love how the cut pattern coordinates with the edge of this china.

 I love the floral pattern on this china and I especially love how it coordinates so well with my sterling flatware, "Louvre" (1893) by Wallace. The iced tea spoons are Alvin "Bridal Bouquet."


The napkins rings came from---you guessed it, Walmart. I liked the mother of pearl with this china.




These butter knives are vintage Landers/Frary/Clark sterling and mother of pearl...


I have moved on from weeds to leaves!


I used a silver chaffing dish and a silver ice bucket for this loose arrangement of leaves from around the property. I got whatever was red!






Now the light has started to change...














There you have part II of my paisley and platinum series! I am so excited about this china because it's just a bit different from the other formal patterns Mikasa offers. I can tell that I will be using it a lot with so many different colors, and I don't expect it to ever be "dated." Although we have some beautiful inherited china that we love, this is finally "our" table with china and sterling that we picked together. So it is a special table for us:-)

I'll be joining Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" over at "Between Naps on the Porch" so be sure to stop by there and see what beautiful table she has for us this week!

Thanks to everyone who has commented on my kitchen posts! I'll start getting around to all of you tonight. I can't wait to see your beautiful kitchens and tablescapes!

I will be outside next week and have a great giveaway from Mikasa, so come back by for a visit!

Anita

43 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Anita! I am drooling over your tablescape... especially the centerpiece! I am aching for some fall leaves. Randy doesn't lead worship this Sunday, so we're thinking of hitting the road and heading up north to see some fall colors! Hoping to bring some leaves and acorns back.
    Thanks for the Heart of the Home link... I linked to my new kitchen. So fun seeing all the other kitchens. LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!

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  2. Great tablescape. Your new pattern is beautiful.

    Oooh, I love giveaways. La

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  3. Anita, Absolutely beautiful table!
    Lovely to dine at.

    God bless,
    d from homehaven

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  4. WOW...Anita, you have the class...and I have the sass...what can we do with that together??:) Stunning table...the dishes are amazing! So is that centerpiece...

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  5. HELLO ANITA...

    OHHH LALA YOUR TABLE LOOKS MAGNIFICENT, I JUST ADORE YOUR CENTER PIECE!!! AND THE GLITTER FRUIT IS THE PERFECT FINISHING TOUCH :)JUST BREATHTAKING!!!

    XOX~MARI

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  6. Anita,
    This is stunning. I would not have thought platinum and the warm fall colors would look like this together. It is perfection! I love your overhead shot it looks like a decor magazine. It is so beautiful all of it.
    Sherry

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  7. This is so gorgeous! Fall leaves, mother of pearl, platinum, rainy days - these are a few of my favorite things. Happy to find a sister of the cloudy day. Like your husband, my dad would alway say to me on such a day, "wake up, Dana girl! It's your kind of day!"

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  8. Your table is just gorgeous, Anita! I love the china...you are right, it is timeless! And your centerpiece is stunning. So beautifully done!!

    XO,
    Janie

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  9. Gorgeous Anita! Love the new china and the table setting is fabulous! :)

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  10. Such a beautiful table. I love, love, love the richness of the paisley. The centerpiece is ful of elegance and nature beautifully blended together.

    - The Tablescaper

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  11. Oh Anita, you have outdone yourself! This is extraordinary!

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  12. So gorgeous! I love how warm you were able to make this setting. Your new platinum set is so pretty! I think I've told you this before but that silver is my favorite. I love those pictures where the sun was going down, it really brought out all the beautiful colors of your centerpiece. Just lovely!

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  13. Anita, What an elegant looking tablescape! The colors are so rich; they definitely say "Autumn." I love your new china and your sterling silverware is so gorgeous. Beautiful!
    Blessings, Beth

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  14. That is a beautiful table. Love the china and the crystal. The colors go so well together. The silver is so pretty too. You did an awesome job.

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  15. This is a gorgeous table! I am in love with the color combinations here and I can see why you were drawn to the china; it's stunning! I love all your flatware too. These would be great pieces and colors to use for the Christmas holidays too!

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  16. What an elegant table! Your beautiful new china goes so well with your sterling. All of the reds bring warmth and set off the platinum color to perfection! Congratulations on "your" table setting!

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  17. Anita, your table is stunning. The colors are so rich and the china is lovely!

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  18. I must say that your tablescape is so beautiful it takes my breath away. The fall colors are stunning! Sooo pretty!!!

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  19. Love your table this week. I am most definitely in love with your silver. Wow. great idea using a silver bucket with the chafing dish stand. You could use this setting for quite a few occasions.

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  20. Anita, this is just stunning! The dramatic centerpiece of those gorgeous leaves just takes my breath away! Your new china pattern is beautiful and so versatile! I can't wait to see what you do with it next!

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  21. A beautiful table! I love the centerpeice and your new china. Just beautiful!

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  22. Fabulous centerpiece!!! I have to risk life and limb along the highways or country roads to get branches like that. All the trees in our yard yield yellow leaves. :-( The napkin rings are perfect with your china! Great find! Love the Longchamps crystal, too. I have it and use it daily! Wonderful!!!

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  23. Hi Anita,

    You've created another beautiful table for us! It seems that you and I had some ideas in common this week -- the centerpiece container and fabric remind me of the ones I used. Obviously we're kindred spirits! You did a wonderful job capturing the dramatic effects of the late afternoon light. Really stunning!

    Regards,
    Bill

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  24. quite simply, stunning...the contrast between Warm and Cool make your jewel tones richer and your crystal and silver sparkle...I love it...

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  25. Always love to pop in at one of my favourite blogs when I get the chance...exquisite as always.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings from South Africa
    Shel

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  26. What a gorgeous setting! Your new china is so pretty and I love how you combined all the shades of red. Your centerpiece is the crowning touch.

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  27. You set a very beautiful table Anita! I really love the silverware and the chargers..so pretty! Thanks for the nice comment on my blog post on organizing! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. The red leaves in the silver chafing dish is stunning. The reds are serene in their beauty, and I love the new china....hooray for hubby! The photos after the light started changing are particularly gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your magnificent design. Cherry Kay

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  29. Oh what a gorgeous tablescaping, Anita. The china pattern is so beautiful, just love the colors too. Your dining room with all the windows is fabulous and I also love your dining furniture. Thr whole thing is just perfect. Thank you so much for the prayers for my mom.....Christine

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  30. Everything is so pretty. I really like the leaf arrangement in the chaffing dish, the chenille napkins and I know it's simple, but I really like the sparkly apples on top of the moss.

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  31. A gorgeous tablescape!! So elegant yet so welcoming! The china is lovely! Love it all!
    Great job!

    I didn't get mine done this week, but there's always "next week!!"

    Katherine

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  32. How delightful to see you enjoying your new china! This tablesetting is another fabulous autumn design!

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  33. I'm having a giveaway, I don't want you to miss out. Hope you're having a great weekend.

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  34. I love the richness of your colors here -- What a great idea those "nesting" apples are. Love how the walmart napkin rings hang right in there with the elegance of silver -- it's all in the eye and you've set this perfectly. Thanks for your sweet visit to my table this week as well.

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  35. Elegant, elegant, elegant! The new china is so lovely and a perfect match with the silver. I am loving the silver. All very special together. Thanks so much for stopping by. Jane F.

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  36. G'day, my friend ~ What an elegant & inviting rich table scape. Love the china ... what time is dinner? Chuckle1

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

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  37. What a stunning and elegant tablescape! I love your centerpiece! =)

    I'll measure my pantry tomorrow. When my husband told me he was going to put one in I really didn't think there was enough space. I'm so glad he proved me wrong.

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  38. Because I was busy with my girls last week, I didn't get to do a tablescape or enjoy all the others. I'm SO GLAD that I didn't miss this one.

    It's just beautiful!! I love the way it looks against the bare wood with the paisley print scooched in the middle.

    And, as always, I love your centerpiece. You do a better job than anyone of using the nature around you.

    Serously... lovely!!

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  39. I am really at a loss for words...this is just a gorgeous table....

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  40. Anita, you are are SO TALENTED! This table is another MASTERPIECE! As usual, one breathtaking photo after another! Thanks for all the hard work and love you put into your tablescapes. I greatly appreciate it!!!

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  41. I love the centerpiece, but your flatware takes center stage! Absolutley lovely. I'm going to follow your blog--loving what I see.
    Paige

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  42. Anita,

    This is an absolutely gorgeous tablescape!! I loved the jeweled apples nestled in the moss and the pretty red leaves from outdoors...goodness, it all looks exceptionally pretty!!

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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  43. Hi lovely lady. All your Tablescapes are so Beautiful !!!! The one outdoors is so lovely with the fall colors. You have been doing this for a long time I see. Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my Tablescape !!~~Did you look at the others I did ? This is my fist time with a Blog. Been on for six weeks now.~~~and loving it ~~Diane

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