I Have a Seat at My Table Reserved Just For You!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Butterflies and Berries

First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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Last July, I celebrated my second year of blogging, and I was blessed to find a lovely set of Mottahedeh Sacred Butterfly dinner plates to give to one of my followers.  The winner of my give away was our precious Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul.  This week Sarah and I are collaborating with a "Tables for Two".  We are both using our Mottahedeh Sacred Butterfly plates to create a tablescape.  In the process, I've so enjoyed getting to know Sarah better, and I consider her one of my dear blogging friends.

 Fall has announced its presence at our house...

                        I'll be waiting for you in the foyer...

   ...and we'll be lunching in the dining room.  Today I've set the table for 8.

   I'm still enjoying the mini-pomegranates and the mixed berry topiary balls that you saw two weeks ago in Autumn Jewels .  I've selected new containers, the Lenox Classic Urns and a pair of Wedgwood Edme tureens.  The Barley Twist candlesticks remain consistent.

 Adding a touch of softness, the Williams-Sonoma light blue hemstitched linen table cloth anchored my design.
                 
I liked the antique ivory handled flatware mixed with the L'Argent Sophia flatware, still available through Horchow.  I bought the taupe linen napkins at an estate sale.  Yet again, the Waverly beaded napkin rings from CUISINE KATHLEEN are just right for today's tablescape.

The hammered bronze charger added a touch of metallic texture to the table.

A Wedgwood Queens Plain dinner plate created a small creamy white frame for...

The star of the collaboration between Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul and me, the Mottahedeh Sacred Butterfly dinner plate.  This pattern is proving to be extremely versatile.  It's becoming a "plate for all seasons."

Pulling in another touch of blue, I added the matching rice bowl and under plate, purchased from the same estate sale at which I found the Sacred Butterfly plates.  I think that Mrs. Tucker, the former owner, must have mixed them, too.  It made me smile to think that I could keep her pretty elements together for another generation.  Tip:  If you've been hesitant to mix diverse patterns, be brave!  You'll be surprised when even the most unrelated patterns come together in a fashion that will be pleasing to your eye.  Give it a try!  You can always decide to remove it from the design and try something else, but...it might surprise you.

Finishing the elements for each place setting, the Vietri Optical Smoke goblet and the Tiffin Elise wine provided just the right amount of reflective sparkle.

The buffet is festooned for Fall.  The wired hurricanes were a gift from my dear friend Marsha.  She left them on my front porch one day.

The night before my luncheon, I caught a few candle light shots...



I'm finally ready to embrace Autumn... 

 I set an extra place setting for you....can you make it for lunch as we celebrate the beauty of Fall?

I've thoroughly enjoyed setting "Tables for Two" with sweet Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul.  I'm going to head on over to her blog to see what she's done with the Mottahedeh Sacred Butterfly.  Why don't you come along!

I've long admired the blog Splenderosa, so this week I am delighted to participate in Marsha's monthly meme, BY INVITATION ONLY.  The assignment was to share another blog with which readers might not be familiar.  I am pleased to highlight Sarah at HYACINTHS FOR THE SOUL.  Sarah and I are collaborating with "Tables for Two".  We each created a tablescape using the same china for our blogs this week.  You'll enjoy visiting Sarah!

 Sarah and I are joining Marty (A Stroll Through Life) for TABLE TOP TUESDAY.  Won't you come along?  

Wednesday is the 34th edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".  I'm excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun!

Lots of great ideas to be gathered when you visit Yvonne at Stone Gable for TUTORIALS, TIPS, & TIDBITS.  Don't waste another moment...hurry on over!  
                                                                
Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "TABLESCAPE THURSDAY."   Hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 10:00 AM on Thursdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of October, I think about the crisp Autumn days and leaves that crunch under foot.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts (even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy), I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there!  

You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "The Tag Hollow Sessions""  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!    




                                                            

                                        

30 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh, CK, this is splendid! Your home is filled with graciousness, a mirror reflection of you. I agree, these plates are extremely versatile. I'm certain Mrs. Tucker is smiling down on both our tablescapes this evening. I love the way you paired these plates with the metallic chargers, the cream ware, and the sweet rice bowls with underplates. And you know how I admire your ivory flatware! Beautiful linens, fine china, and delicate crystal ~ your table is total elegance. Isn't it fun to see how the same plates can be used in two totally different settings?
Thank you again and again for sending me a service of 12 of Sacred Bird and Butterfly. I treasure your dear friendship and will think of you each time I use these beautiful plates. ~ Sarah

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

You are so talented! Thanks for sharing! XO, Aimee

Pondside said...

How beautiful - you've captured fall, as I love it, in your table design. I look forward to visiting Sarah's too!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Your table setting and home are both simply gorgeous!

Marigene said...

Beautiful, Cherry Kay! Nice color combo...

Lost in Provence said...

What a beautiful home you have. Wishing you a wonderful end of autumn,
Heather at Lost in Arles

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Your table is lovely ~ very pretty dishes and a grand table setting! What really caught my eye was all the beautiful stemware in your china cabinets - it looks so pretty lit up! It was fun to see Sarah's table and how she used the same dishes - just shows how versatile these are!

Coty Farquhar said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year,
we are just finishing Spring here in Australia,

Spring and Autumn are my two favourite months of year and through your blog I can share both of them at the same time. Thank you!!
xx Coty

Madge Bloom said...

What a gorgeous table scape! :-) I'm your newest follower...

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Unreal beautiful. I love it all. Everything is true perfection and so beautiful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Marlis said...

Beautiful table.. I love the orange and blue! And reusing something you love this well, is just an art! Your table is wonderful and your photos are proof of that. The nighttime photos are stunning. I love autumn because of the richness of the colors. Your table is perfect this time of year. xo marlis (been sick so need to go look at those plates if you haven't already snagged them.. which is okay!)

Aly said...

I love this entire setting with every fiber of my being! EVERY fiber!!! I just came from over at Sarah's place, and you guys both created an outstanding table. It's always such a joy to see how different minds use the available elements to create something fabulous. Wow, wow, wow!!!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Stunning tablescape dear Cherry Kay..I love to come over and see when you post and I found you next to me at Let's Dish! The centerpieces are fabulous, that is soo you, specially with the two white tureens in center stage, flanked by the berry topiary balls and the gorgeously arranged buffet. I love your dishes too, very beautiful and go with everything and in every season too. Exquisite! Big hugs,
FABBY

Sonia said...

Wow...just so beautiful! Your home is warm and inviting and I love your tablesettings! Such beautiful tureens and crystal! Always a treat to see what you do!
Miss Bloomers

ellen b said...

What a lovely space for a meal. Everything looks so inviting...

Lulu said...

Boy, Cherry Kay, does your house with its warm wood tones ever lend itself to being the perfect backdrop for fall settings. As always, there's so much to see.

Dianne said...

This is beautiful, but those candlesticks are really special. Beautiful. Dianne

Jacqueline said...

I saw these beautiful dishes at Sarah's table. How fun that you are doing it together. They are magnificent dishes and so unusual. The color is so rich and fun. I love how you added the touch of blue too, it looks perfect with the orange.

Thanks for the reminder about the parties. I have been so busy all summer and got out of most of the parties and haven't got back in the swing of things yet. I know I need to and a reminder is great.

Tricia said...

Love the "Tables for Two" concept! I enjoyed seeing both Sarah's and your tables this week. I love the combination of blue and orange -- so perfect for fall! Your table is -- as always -- elegant and a feast for the eyes.

Jewel Sauls said...

Lovely! I really love the mix of those two patterns! Thanks for the peek into the other rooms also!

Infuse With Liz said...

Beautiful! I love how fall has landed in your home! I do like you mix of dishes- it is fun to try mixing. I never would hae thought to do that but the blogging world opened my eyes to these ideas. Love those dishes you shared with Sarah and how wonderful you still own enough to use for your own tablescape. I'll be there in a few hours... what's for lunch? :-)

xinex said...

Beautiful and exquisite as usual, Cherry Kay. How fun to corraborate with another great tablescaper, Sarah. Your topiaries look fantastic and love how you mixed the plates and bowls. Beautiful all throughout! Now, I can't wait to see Sarah's table....Christine

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

A beautifully different orange and blue pairing this week! It's really amazing how versatile your butterfly plates are turning out to be. You and Sarah both did exquisite tables this week!

Please stop by if you have a minute. I'm requesting info from all of my tablescaper friends...

AshTreeCottage said...

Fabulous! I think that your little Terrorist and my Bentley need to get together and have a play date.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Very creative! Love those gorgeous fall colours. Warm and cozy setting.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hi Cherry Kay.. What a stunning home. It is so inviting. Your table is amazing. From the goblets, to the plates, flatware.. I love it all. I love how you incorporated the blue on to your design. It is perfection.

Christine @ Rustic and Refined said...

Stunning and inspiring. I'm torn whether to keep searching blogs or go to m dining room and set the table for thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing :-)

Tea in Texas said...

I always love to visit your blog and see the beautiful tables you create for you friends and family. This one is no exception and the china is perfect for this time of year. I love how you mix the two colors of blue and golden orange hues. Mrs. Tucker must be happy with you sharing this lovely set. Estate sale shopping is a wonderful way to find gorgeous sets. My mother did this in Highland Park and North Dallas when she was younger and found beautiful china and linens. I shop at many different places and I am a lover of beautiful china and accesories, too. Thanks for your kind comments!

Pam

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Hi, First thanks for the visit to my blog! Very Kind Words. I'm so happy I stopped by here ! Amazing! Warm and wonderful. Your colors are beautiful. You totally captured the season ! I love your white ironstone.. it punches out of the fall colors! WONDERFUL !! Thanks for sharing, Happy Fall .. Jules ~

Kathleen said...

CK, your dining room looks glorious! What a beautiful table, the colors are wonderful! I saw Sarah's table with the dishes you sent, she did an amazing job too!
I am sorry I am so late here, but life happens. So glad I got to see this!