This post has been in the making for a long time. It started with the black and white dishes that I bought from Meijer’s, the wonderful store that I buy groceries at each week. When the dishes first appeared in the store in August 2012, I knew if I were patient they would be on clearance. Well let me tell you it took forever! I bought the dinner plates in March of this year and the salad plates in April. The total cost for four dinner plates and four salad plates was less than $20.00. I will never proclaim to be impatient again.
After buying the dishes I wrestled with what color accessories/accents to use with them. With black and white anything is possible, and would work, if used with restraint. Let me add that damask is one of my favorite patterns and I’m surprised that I haven’t used it more. In a stroke of luck, synchronicity, or fate I found these placemats at Burlington in the spring $4.98 for four. This table was starting to come together.
Most of my glasses are stored in the china cabinet in the dining room and I see them all of the time. Consequently they are the ones I use most often. Last October while visiting our son and his wife in Indiana I went shopping at Ross. That was a real treat because we don’t have one here. The aubergine goblets were only $6.99 for a set of four and buying them was a no brainer. They also sat for months before I used them.
At long last it was time. I started with a white tablecloth with swirl design that complements the damask pattern in the dishes. The sheer eggplant table runner over the white cloth adds shimmer without being overwhelming. I layered the eggplant napkins with white ones and brought them together with the mauve-ish napkin rings that I made.
The shape of the smaller goblet with its distinct edges was the best match for the colored goblets. Using the swirled handles flatware was a given. I think I’d decided upon them as soon as I bought the dishes.
You probably noticed that the centerpiece is the same on from my last table. A quick change of flowers and the addition of the tall silver and black damask votive holders give my table a touch of class and elegance.
This table isn’t summery, or a transition between the seasons. It’s one I’ve wanted to do for a long time and to me its season less. I hope you like it as much as I do.
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