Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Whispers of Autumn. . .

On Crooked Creektt is participating in 
Cuisine Kathleen's Purple Fall Tablescape Challenge!

Purple is the one hue that is near to non~existence
in our 1970's Ranch Style Home.

a "touch of purple" can be found 
in my Hutschenreuther Arzberg~Bavaria Germany Coffee Set.

Therein lies the inspiration for my Purple Hues Tablescape.

Centerpieces are challenging to me.

As a child ~ right through adulthood~ 
my main responsibility to our family tablescapes
was to assemble the place settings for the evening meal.

So~o~o. . .
gathering the tablecloth, place mats, and dinnerware
is always an easy task when preparing any tablescape.

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I began with a white linen hemstitch tablecloth,
to which I added silver chargers for romantic ambiance.

I placed my everyday white porcelain dinner plates
and dessert / salad plates atop the chargers.

This dinnerware pattern was chosen especially 
for our Thanksgiving Dinner years ago.
I love the embossed oak leaf design and the delicate beading on the rim. 

as the base for my centerpiece,
I placed the wrought iron shabby chic footed tray 
in the center for proper positioning.

This tray was one of the amazing purchases I made 
while visiting Robin's Vintage Suitcase in Springfield
during our Annual Trout Fishing Trip to Bennett Spring State Park.

Atop the stacked everyday white porcelain dinnerware,
I added the dessert plate from my Bavaria Coffee Set.

This is the first of my Bavaria Coffee Sets
 "Mr. Ed" bought for me while we were stationed in Baumholder, Germany.

I was as smitten with the embossed lacy trim then, as I am today.

Rose etched crystal stemware 
and my heirloom Reed and Barton silver flatware
aside the matching demitasse cup and saucer 
complete this side of the place setting.

I used the napkin fold taught to me by my MoMa in my youth
with a linen hemstitch napkin,
then tied it off with a single French Silk Purple Ribbon.

Green mercury glass votives with battery tea lights
keep that romantic ambiance as evening shadows rapidly approach.

My favorite faux fruit for home decor,
la poire, tied in a double bow of French Silk Grey and Purple Silk Ribbon
continues the color palette completing the place setting.

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To assemble the centerpiece,
I used a heirloom porcelain compote
with a touch of purple along its base for added height.

Within the center of the compote,
I placed a glass candle lid before adding a green and brown hued pumpkin,
grave vines combined with amber and brown Aspen 
and creamy ivory and brown velvet Maple leaves, surround the pumpkin.

At the base of the compote,
another co~ordinating pumpkin was placed 
alongside a tied bouquet of purple ranunculus faux florals.

I bound the stems of the bouquet in co~ordinating 
French Silk Green and Purple Ribbon and tied it off in a double bow.

Additional grape vines and autumnal hued leaves
with a few random acorns continue around the base of the wrought iron tray.

A seldom seen view from On Crooked Creektt's  Dining Room
into my Galley Style Kitchen.

A soft, romantic, subtly spoken Purple Hue Tablescape
whispers of Autumns arrival On Crooked Creektt.

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

And. . .

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And. . .

Jody and Stan @ Rooted In Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays!

Be sure to visit these amazing hostesses
for you'll come away 
filled with inspiring ideas 
to enhance your families dining experience!


Patty Marker said...

What a gorgeous table. I love the layering you achieved and think a touch of purple makes for a beautiful fall touch. I am determined to finish painting the living room so i can get my fall on soon! You've inspired me friend.

podso said...

Beautiful Pat, I love all your attention to details.

Rosie M. said...

Absolutely exquisite!! I am drooling over your plates: each one has its own unique personality and grace. Beautifully done! Bravo!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Such a lovely tablescape. Your Bavarian coffee set is gorgeous!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Beautifully assembled Pat! Lov the soft touches of purple. I had a hard time with this one too- and the only purple in any dishes I have is just a slight bit of it in the dishes I chose. Your table is elegant and refined- love it!

Martha said...

I like your "whisper" of purple tables caper rather than the "shout" so many others have!

Purple is a good fall color!


Susie Holler said...

this is such a classy elegant table I love just the tiny bit of purple in your dishes very pretty.Susie

Anonymous said...

Love the purple Pat. Gorgeous setting!

Anonymous said...

Love this...absolutely gorgeous! Your Bavaria set is lovely and your table is perfect with it.

Christine Graves said...

Beautiful table pat, just beautiful! The name you picked out for this pot and your table really captures the elegance that is in this it!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Pat. The dessert plates are lovely. Love your centerpiece...the ranunculas look real!
Have a great week.

Lady of the Manor said...

Elegant table, Pat!! Your coffee set is so delicate and I think your centerpiece is gorgeous, too!

Candy S said...

The table looks lovely in the layers of textured white plates. I am in love with your purple floral dessert plates from your Bavarian Coffee set. The flowers are so sweet. The centerpiece is a lovely tribute to fall. You have met Kathleen's challenge beautifully too!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful tablescape! I love the centerpiece! That footed tray is so neat!


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a beautiful setting, Pat! I've seen quite a few blogs, lately, where people are incorporating royal purple into their decor. It just adds so much to a setting/room. I've got to find a way to use it in my decor!

Alycia Nichols said...

Your centerpiece doesn't look like it was a challenge at all. It looks very nicely and effortlessly put together as if you were totally at ease with the process. Well done! I know centerpieces can be daunting, but as long as you have a focused idea in mind about what you want it to convey, you're good to go! I like how you used the riser to elevate it from the fabric on the table and give it more of a "gallery" look.

You were super, super wise to break up the deep purple with lots of white! Purple can look almost black when it's used in abundance without something bright to let it stand out. You avoided that saturated look by bringing in the white elements. I think it's so great that you still love the first coffee set your husband bought you in Germany. So sweet!!!

Wonderful job! You met the challenge head on! Have a great weekend!

Patricia Krank said...

Wow! So many wonderful elements pulled together to make this amazing table setting. I would have trouble finding purple in my house too but it certainly fits in with the Fall decor. You have a talent dear Pat. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you,

Kathleen said...

What a lovely job you did with this! Those dishes are beautiful. It looks very elegant too! Thanks for taking part in the challenge! You had over 50 visits from the link up, that's great!

xinex said...

Gorgeous and so charming! I love the dried roses and your centerpiece as a whole....Christine

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

To think that you don't have much purple in your home you surely did a fantastic job on this table setting! It is so lovely!