Saturday, January 21, 2012


Yesterday's design appointment ended up being canceled due to winter snow conditions (I started out with my faux artist anyway) and attempted the roads. . . . . we soon realized that we would go no where fast!!!  So home I came with an afternoon FREE of commitments.  Hmmmm, I really should finish putting Christmas away (we were in Mexico remember?)  But, creativity was on HIGH, so I started to create!   I looked at a stack of silver charges ready to go to the storage area and I thought, winter. . . . . .

A Winter table scape

My thoughts were to use my extra large woven chargers with
my silver chargers . . .

I love the contrast of the rustic woven charger with the silver leaf
charger. . . . rather than use colored napkins, I decided to use
my vintage white linen napkins purchased many years ago.

Those antique hand carved utencils were a "had to have"
purchase from Joy over at
(She has an on line store that is not to be missed)    As for the soup bowl,
I felt like a bit of color was in order and stayed with green which
was a gentle transition with the topiaries which were green.

The look. . . . .

I pulled out my vintage wooden floor grate and gathered
the accessories of the table in "tray form"  Another bit
of texture that was pleasing. . .

Can you imagine the workman ship that used to go into
making just the floor grates in the home?  Today they
have been repurposed . . . . but of course!

I then added a depression glass dome with
a battery operated tea light. . .

As for the great background of a carpet of snow . . .
Mother Nature in all of her winter glory finally
paid a visit.

Another element of 'old' was in order and taken from
the dining room . . . .a chippy and wonderful  column base.
On this pedestal, a little container of pate, white porcelain
and pewter salt and peppers and a small vintage ceramic
clown for storing my pate knives.


One more thing. . . . the table at one end lacked height and
I remembered a family heirloom that was used at my great
grandfathers table . . . . .PERFECT. . .a  pewter water pitcher to
complete the 'scape'



Mary Anne

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                      This past week I set a luncheon table for an old Robins Egg Blue
customer and have been called to do a dinner table for another client
next week. . . .  followed by a shower in February. . .  if you wish me to create a table for a breakfast, dinner party or
any kind of special occasion, email me @ to make
an appointment. 


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your winter table beside the window is gorgeous, Mary Anne! Perfection!

Mary Anne said...

To Back Porch Musings:

Many thanks for your visit. You know how much they are appreciated. So glad you are feeling better.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Mary Anne,
I apologize, I hit the little delete button in error. Your blog is lovely and your table is so beautifully set for winter.

I read your story about Robins Egg Blue. We are fortunate that you are back to share more!

Have a lovely weekend!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Mary Anne. In fact, it is enchanting.

Mary Anne said...

Dreams on 34th Street:

Such a pleasure to meet you. I appreciate you stopping by and look forward to sharing more between our two blogs!

Mary Anne ox

Mary Anne said...


So happy that you enjoyed the tablescape. I had fun doing it. Many thanks again for sharing your thoughts. So appreciated.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Goog thing you turned around and headed back. It was really awful driving. I love the layering of the mats, chargers and tableware, so attractive with the splash of green.


Mary Anne said...

Dear Eileen of
So happy you dropped by. I guess you were out in that stuff too. It was almost impossible driving in it. I hated to let a client down, but in the end it turned out to be a wise decision. I loved my table. . . .it is always fun to experiment.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Mary Anne,

WOW! I love your tablescape.
Your side table and the woven chargers are fantastic. I enjoyed seeing how you mixed rustic and elegant for a high end look. Beautiful!


Mary Anne said...

A Lapin Life>>>I had a lot of fun experimenting with the elements I ended up using. I was pleased and I am so happy you were too. Thanks for you koodos Dee!

designchic said...

What a gorgeous tablescape. Love the textures you used and the vintage linens...perfection!!

Anonymous said...

Hwantto say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

Gwen Driscoll said...

Great work! Looks so pretty. Thanks for stopping by RHS always. Can't wait to read your note post.

Mary Anne said...

Hi Gwen at Ragland Social:
I have been gathering so I can practice what I preach and I actually wrote a letter today which is ready to go on my hall dresser! Even I am having fun getting ready for the post! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Jennings and Gates said...

Beautiful! Love your sheep!