It was pretty wet and chilly, that March spring break in Austria eleven years ago — my first trip to Europe. That doesn’t keep me from thinking about Vienna and Salzburg when I think spring. The pansies were profusely blooming and there were flowers and trees making their homage to spring everywhere, despite the weather. Nature is like that.
Those pansies kept coming back to tantalize me when I started planning this week’s tablescape. I knew I wanted to incorporate the beautiful faux pansies I had seen at Joann’s, since it has still been too cold to have plants outside. I remembered the intricate embroidered cloths that I bought in Austria and voila! I had my inspiration for the week.
I love the delicate embroidery and the cutwork that shows the wood underneath.
The blue and white in the cloth screamed to be friends with my everyday blue and white stoneware, so that was an easy pairing.
I added a linear element in the napkins to contrast with all of the round shapes elsewhere on the table, and stacked up blue and white with abandon.
The blue and white stoneware is not new — my husband bought it when he set up housekeeping in his first apartment in Chicago — but it’s modern compared to the English salad plate. The cobalt blue glass plate is part of a set that we bought years ago to complement the stoneware.
I have several different tea sets inherited from my mother-in-law, but this floral Delft set seemed perfect for the table.
My centerpiece bicycle was purchased at Joann’s, and I even bought a brand new clay pot for it. Looking at these photos, it seems too stark, and I guess I should have painted it. I’ve never done that — what kind of paint do I use?
I’m linking up today with the creative bloggers at History and Home Link Party at We Call It Junkin’, Cuisine Kathleen’s Let’s Dish party, Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper. Be sure to stop by and say, “Hello!”