In this post: This winter table is based around a white color palette using vintage dishes, but I then added color with a lush dough bowl centerpiece. ⇒
As many of you know, I do a monthly tablescape series with a group of my blogging friends called “It’s All Set”. Today is our first post of the year and I truly set out to style a winter table for January with all white dishes and a neutral dough bowl centerpiece. But something happened when I got to the flower shop and my pulse quickened when I saw what was on display. What can I say? I couldn’t help myself!
Oh, I did indeed set a white table. It’s nearly all white in fact, with white vintage dishes on my white washed table, snow white napkins and white upholstered chairs. All I was looking for was a few pale lilac stems to bring out the tiny florals on the antique china. And that’s when the trouble began…
I got to the market and there were hyacinths! Grape hyacinths in January!! I tried to look away. Really, I did. But to me hyacinths are like dark chocolate. I just don’t possess that kind of willpower. And once the hyacinths were in the basket, well, it was a small leap to the magenta wax flower and the next thing I knew the basket was filled with pink ranunculus. I mean, really, is there ever a reason to walk away from pink ranunculus?
So, here are the vintage dishes that started it all. You all know I love to mix my vintage patterns and this entire table was inspired by the middle salad plate with the ever-so-delicate tiny flowers bordering the scalloped edge. They actually worked perfectly with my existing Limoges dinner plates and I topped the stack off with one of my favorite purchases, the sweetest little demitasse set that I found in an antique market in Paris. I can still see them buried on a dusty shelf where I asked the shopkeeper to pry them out from. Honestly, they took my breath away.
And because I wanted the vintage dishes to take center stage, I chose my clear crystal goblets in the glen plaid pattern as all they needed to do was to reflect the light.
My embroidered white napkins are also vintage and they were recently bleached to freshen them up. The chippy white napkin ring kept everything tonal.
Well… almost everything…
I used vintage brass candlesticks with smoky grey bobeches and acrylic candles with silver flecks.
And then the piece that I was so excited to unveil was this gorgeous new-to-me antique dough bowl purchased from my friend Cindy’s shop, at Edith & Evelyn Vintage. You must take a peek at her amazing finds. I purposely kept the table bare to play off the patina of the old European bowl.
But as I went about styling my dough bowl centerpiece, it really began to look like spring was in full bloom. I mean, who could blame me? Hyacinths and ranunculus?? I’m simply not that strong to resist.
I did toss in a few pine cones to make it clear this was a winter tablescape, but I’m pretty sure I’m not fooling anyone. The truth is, I was really into white for about two weeks after the holidays. Now…
I’m ready for spring!
Dough Bowl Centerpiece Source List
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- Vintage floral plates
- Embroidered white napkins
- Chippy white napkin rings
- Glen plaid crystal goblets
- First Love silver flatware
- Brass candlesticks
- Silver flecked acrylic candles
- White washed dining table
- Cane back dining chairs
- White tufted dining chairs
Please take some time to look at my friends’ tables below. A few of our co-hosts are tying up some loose ends after the holidays, so we’ll return with a full crew next month, but for now enjoy what Janet and Jennifer have brought you!
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