May Your Days Be Merry and Toile!
No, my love affair with neutrals hasn’t ended –
it’s just been suspended…
for a season.
Christmas season, that is!
After making these DIY Plaid Chargers, I found myself with a hankering for more color in our holiday decor this year. As I was brainstorming about my holiday table, I ran across a textile that was my mom’s, and belonged to my grandmother before her. It’s a gorgeous red/burgundy and cream toile.
The selvage of the fabric says it is an authorized reproduction of an Old Sturbridge Village pattern from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Many of the fabrics used to restore the village as a New England Living Museum were contracted for manufacture by Waverly Fabrics, as was my fabric. I learned so much, just by researching the printing on the selvage of this fabric! (Do you chase rabbits… or is it just me??)
Reproduction fabrics provided some of the necessary yardage [for the restoration]. In the 1970’s, Old Sturbridge Village entered an agreement with Waverly Fabrics to produce a line of reproduction textiles from the museum’s collection.
I think my pieces are actually curtain panels, but they are almost square. So I decided one of them would look great as a ‘table scarf’! I could have layered all of them (there are 3, oddly) to cover the entire table, but I really like to change it up and let some of the gorgeous table peek through!
Mother also gave me these dishes. They are called ‘Willow Rosa’ by Churchill and are the sister pattern to Blue Willow! I normally don’t use anything that goes pink, but these are more red than pink.
If you remember our sitting room, plus the fact that we took a trip to Tokyo, you know that I have a fascination with ‘chinoiserie’. These plates are gorgeous! It’s so funny, because I had both… but had never thought of putting them together!
For the centerpiece, I loved the idea of using the teapot from the silver tea service that had also been my mom and grandmother’s, and I went with silver as an accent the whole way.
Some greens, a pomegranate and berries add color to the centerpiece, as does a Fitz and Floyd bowl (similar) we got years ago. Filled with silvery ornaments, the bowl is a miniature study of the colors and textures in the entire tablescape!
On either side of the tray are small preserved boxwood wreaths with candles in mercury glass bowls nestled in the center. I love those wreaths… and they came from Target! I just blew the candle out – see the smoke?
To keep the table from becoming TOO traditional (you know me!), I tied plaid ribbon around the silverware…
and I just had to use these sweet silver antlers!
This was such fun! It is my pleasure to bring you this tablescape as part of the the 2nd annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour! I am so excited to introduce you to 29 of my very favorite blogs and their fabulous talent.
All week, right here, you will be able to tour their homes, taste their delicious recipes, recreate their innovative crafts and even get some new ideas on gifting! Wow, do we have a great week of holiday celebration ideas lined up for you!
Join us each day for inspiration from nearly 30 of the today’s finest blogs!
Home for the Holidays Blog Tour 2015
Be sure to check back every day this week to enjoy all the holiday goodness we’ll be sharing with you! Each day’s links will be posted that day and will go live at 7am EST/6am CST, so don’t miss a single day!
‘Cause we all know…
there’s no place like…
Home for the Holidays!
Monday – Holiday Decor
Tuesday – Holiday Recipes
Wednesday – Holiday Mantels and Tablescapes
Thursday – Holiday Crafts
Friday – Holiday Gifts and Wrapping
May your days be Merry and Toile!
See you tomorrow!
Sharing with Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch