The textural elements just began to create themselves — the crocheted lace tablecloth in a muted beige, the play of the dark wicker placemats against the lighter colors, and the glorious greens of summer. The trefoil bronze vase from Garden Ridge continued the French theme.
I wanted to use a napkin fold that complemented the plate but didn’t mar the simple beauty of the lacy placemat against the crocheted tablecloth. Mr. Internet always has the answer and I found it here. My everyday stainless nests in the folded napkin with another stylized fleur de lis pattern. Remember when I bought all of these green-patterned napkins from Tuesday Morning?
This summer has been a time of continuing recovery from my knee replacement, so lots of exercise and therapy has been balanced by siesta time. The margarita glasses borrowed from a friend send a summer message to take it easy!
Grocery store flowers brighten up the dark tones and create a focal point.
My green depression glass juicer often serves as a cracker bowl, nut bowl, or on the bar filled with actual lemon wedges. Don’t be afraid to use vintage items in unexpected ways on your table — this juicer is always a conversation starter and it actually works when I need to juice some fruit.
Handmade by a friend who is a glass artist, a fused glass plate holds salt and pepper grinders. I like the utility and the complexity of the shapes of grinders and use them on the table frequently.
The single rose in the bouquet is perfectly opened and beautiful to see.
With a few carefully collected items and some creativity, everyone can set a beautiful table for everyday meals. You and your family are worth it.