When asked at garden club if I would be lead for a table at our table scaping luncheon, I graciously accepted the offer and began thinking about what I would do. I knew I wanted to use my old column base, my French Santons, AND le couleurs de France. I agreed to take a larger table (round) and began my tablescape at home in my own dining room.
A column base, all chippy and worn was the beginning
of it all. . .
Provence was to be reflected rather than Paris. . . rustic, rather
than formal. . . and the layering began. Rattan, extra large yellow
chargers and finally antique, handpainted Gien salad plates.
I met with Sadie at the English Flower Garden Shop, my ever faithful
and creative friend and floral designer. I didn't know what to use on
the column base and it was her idea to use the dried stems of the
lavendar she would be using to surround the base of the centerpiece.
I own two Santons and here they are proudly posing
for pictures. . . Santons are carefully constructed figures
depicting the wonderful fabled life of the past.
I knew I wanted a wreath effect at the base of the column, but
it was Sadie's idea to use the elements that she did to make it all
come to life! It couldn't have been more perfect.
Ready to transport to the luncheon . . .
So reflective of Les Couleurs de France! (blue, once believed
to keep all manner of misfortune away), just had to be a part
of my French table.
The land, the sun and the glistening sea echoed so perfectly a
table scape so ready and so hopefully inspirational to all. My feeling
that a country so entrenced in its past, with colors all so nature inspired,
how could I go wrong!
SADIE BELAM, of The English Flower Garden Shop, is a master of creation
and I thank her for making it all so perfect. She can be found in her shop
in Clarendon Hills (a suburb of Chicago) ready to listen to your needs and
will always respond accordingly.