14 Days until Christmas finds me back at the table creating a new tablescape. This week, we’re linking up to Cuisine Kathleen for a tablescaping challenge.
The Challenge from Cuisine Kathleen: You must show us your inspiration picture from a magazine or internet, and then show us how you copied it.
The Inspiration: from Veranda magazine (November-December 2013) — wait for it.
No, this is not the inspiration, although I absolutely love the centerpiece with the amaryllis blossoms.
This is my inspiration — statuary with natural elements, back-grounded by wintry snow and recreated on my table as the Naturally Art Nouveau Tablescape.
When I first saw this photo, I knew that I had elements of this look to create a beautiful tablescape for Kathleen’s challenge. The inspiration photo screamed Art Nouveau, and I had just the pieces to bring the naturalistic style to life. Art Nouveau is an international philosophy of design that was very popular from 1890 to 1910. It was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. Designers created art that was intended to harmonize with the natural environment.
To build the Naturally Art Nouveau inspiration tablescape, I started with the snowy ground by using all-white linens — Battenburg lace cloth, white lace overcloth, quilted placemats, and soft-as-silk linen napkins.
I also knew that I wanted to use only white and crystal glass plates with gold and silver accents. My workhorse Pfaltzgraff Filigree paired nicely with accent plates and sherbet glasses in a swirly naturalistic motif.
The champagne glasses continue the natural theme with their spiral design, and the plain glasses give your eye somewhere to rest with all of the movement in the other pieces.
The garlands used to drape the inspiration statue had more southern greenery in them, but I decided to go Illinois wintery wonderland with my garlands. Full of evergreen needles and ice crystals, the garland just epitomizes what happens to nature during our icy winters.
I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about a pair of decorative columns that a friend lent me a couple of years ago. Every time I went back to sleep, I woke up with the same vision in my head — this tablescape with one of those columns in it. It seemed pretty clear that someone was telling me I was supposed to use that element, so I did.
I added gorgeous gold pillar candles embellished with pearls and crystals and placed them on asymmetrical gold candle holders from Partylite. I burned them to just the right amount so that they can then be filled with tealights, thus making them useful again and again. I learned this trick from a Partylite consultant and have employed it ever since (Tutorial on this coming up soon).
Although I don’t have white amaryllis flowers to add to the mix, I found beautiful white poinsettias brushed with gold glitter at our local grocery store, Mariano’s. Using old silver teapots from my thrifted silver collection, I added the poinsettias to the mix along with some gold flair from the berry picks. I gave the silver pots a little gloss with my silver cloth, but polishing them to perfection was unnecessary and unnatural — who cares if they have a little tarnish on them?
Finally I added the pièce de résistance, the pair of Art Nouveau bronze candleholders that we fondly call “The Ladies.” Wrapped lightly in greenery, they bring home the Art Nouveau theme with a gentle beauty. Topped by votives, their elegant lines complete the naturalistic design.
And now for the final reveal of the whole Naturally Art Nouveau Tablescape.
I’m linking up today with the creative bloggers at The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict, We Call It Olde at We Call It Junkin’, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Let’s Dish with Cuisine Kathleen, Open House Party with No Minimalist Here, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to stop by and say, “Hello!”
Got my bags, got my reservations,
Spent each dime I could afford.
Like a child in wild anticipation,
I long to hear that, “All aboard!”
Music and lyrics by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer (1944)