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Brown and Green

This is the time of year when we’re immersed in hearts and all things pink and red. I promise to get to some of that real soon. Meanwhile in tablescape land I’ve had this table on my mind and have been putting it off because I was not in the mood. Sometimes I wonder if I have SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. My energy seems to have gotten up and left, without me. To my delight, I had a momentary burst of energy and decided to get busy.

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My first idea was to use my brown tablecloth. It is a no go because it is way too long; obviously I only looked at the price and not the size. Lesson learned. I went with an ivory base cloth and used a piece of lime green chiffon fabric as an overlay.

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From the outset, other than the color palette, I knew I wanted texture for this table. The stack starts with a brown spiral woven placemat. Atop that sit’s a deep copper acrylic charger. Even though these two pieces are dark they create a bit of the shimmer effect and contrast in texture I was after.

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Oh how I love these green plates with the crackled appearance and cream colored rim . They look dimply but are smooth. The dessert plates have a knobby feel to them but not so much that eating from them would be a distraction. Hope that makes sense. The brown napkin is folded lengthwise several times, accented with a multicolored beaded napkin ring (thanks Pier 1) and wrapped around said knobby dessert plate.

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The flatware is an older set that I bought at Burlington’s. The amber bumpy goblets also came from Burlington’s. $1.48 each and I bought the only four in this color they had. I opted for these dimpled red wine goblets which were another score from Pier 1.

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Once again my challenge was the centerpiece. The one shown here is what I was using everyday on my bare dining room table before I got back into tablescaping. One centerpiece from now to eternity, perish the thought!!! It works well and I think it even winked at me when I set it in place. In the booth in the back in the corner in the dark of my hoarders bin I pulled out the dark metal pillar holders, which I think came from Joann’s. You can’t go wrong with a stash of white or ivory pillars on hand, or a pair of gold mercury glass votive holders.

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The Mr gave this one a “this is nice babe” right away. That’s how I know he really likes it and isn’t just humoring me. There was a basket sitting on the sidelines with a bunch of other candleholders, vases and even a few teapots in matching and coordinating colors. However, I decided to keep it simple, for now. Right about now I think I’m going to pour some red wine in one of those dimply goblets and chillax some more. Shout me a holler and let me know what you think please. Stay warm and take care!

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16 thoughts on “Brown and Green

    1. Sandra Post author

      Thank you my dear friend. We’ve had a gorgeous sunny day with no snow and everyone here is thrilled! I wish you could send some of your warmer weather our way!

  1. Alycia Nichols

    “In the booth, in the back, in the corner, in the dark.” How LONG has it been since I heard that one??!?!!! I can’t even remember where it came from. Was it a Redd Foxx monologue? Flip Wilson? I can’t recall. All I know is that I loved sayin’ it then, and I love sayin’ it now!!! 🙂

    Beautifully executed table! Just beautiful! So serene without being the least bit boring. I love it that you incorporated texture!!! That really heightens the interest! The napkin ring with the pop of brilliant color in it is just a quick little shot of “How do ya do?” that brings it all to life without making it do inappropriate cartwheels in a skirt. Know what I mean? It’s a pretty little unexpected jolt from a sweet little girl-next-door type…not loud and boorish fanfare from the class Pass-Around-Polly. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I hope that description is colorful and clear enough. 😉

    You keep saying you’re centerpiece challenged. What do you want to do?!??!!??!!! Where do you want to take your centerpieces?!??!?!! You get right to the point with them. Isn’t that what centerpieces are supposed to do? Going back to the high school metaphors, my centerpieces are like “War & Peace” with no breaks. Yours, on the other hand, are like reading the Cliff’s Notes to “War & Peace”. Get it? You get right to the meat of it without all the jibber jabber! Many people prefer to get to the point instead of doing all that meandering! When you feel comfortable enough to do the extended version, I’m sure you’ll knock it out of the ballpark. Meanwhile, there are millions of women out there who are singing your praises because you demonstrate centerpieces that don’t require an entourage and a forklift to put them together! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’ve had wine. I need to sign off now. Have a good night! 🙂

    1. Sandra Post author

      I do believe it was Redd Foxx that coined that phrase and I love it!! I want to learn how to arrange flowers so that I don’t have to rely on candles all the time or ready made centerpieces. Those babies can get real expensive. Moving forward I do plan to start adding more edible centerpieces. Talk about more bang for your buck!! Wine time!!!!

  2. Linda

    Yours is the kind of table I like. There are lots of special touches yet it is simple enough not to scare people off. So many times I see overdone tables and wonder how people can possible eat there. Good color, good texture, good job!

    1. Sandra Post author

      Thank you so much Linda and I’ve seen some of those tables. When I first started sharing my tables I was adding way too many things. I’m getting comfortable with my style and trying to stick with it, for the most part. So happy you stopped by!

  3. BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living

    Sandra, the brown and green color scheme is so soothing and peaceful – warm and homey – we love it! We appreciate you taking the time to share with us on Simply BeBetsy. You’re such a dear. Thanks for the link back too!

    The best to you and have a wonderful weekend.
    Sharon and Denise

  4. Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    Another beautiful table Sandra! I wish I had your knack. And you know how much I’d love shopping with you! I love those knobby plates, the clear wine glasses, and that pretty flatware! And these earthy tones are so calming….but still…go ahead and indulge in that glass of wine! ;- }

  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Folks in the states are so spoiled when it comes to prices. I went to an op shop the other day and an old quiche dish with a chip out of it was $8. Glasses were $2.50 each. I left.

    But now to your table, how gorgeous is that? I love how you pulled it all together so beautifully.

    1. Sandra Post author

      Yes ma’am we are spoiled indeed. $2.50 at a second hand store would be more than I want to pay. Whenever you come back stateside pack an extra suitcase so you can take back some bargains.

  6. Ramona

    That beautiful table looks like a breath of fresh air… it reminds me of spring. We’re getting more snow… I am totally with you on no energy and having the winter blues. 🙁 Spring cannot come into my life soon enough.


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