Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Tablescape of Purple Polychrome Transferware

One of my favorite color combination's is purple and amber and I have a thing for amber glass.  I don't have alot of it but I'd like to! 

    I had so much fun creating this tablescape tonight!      I have some antique, purple polychrome transferware pieces by Ridgway that I've been dying to do a tablescape with.   In addition, I have a silk floral arrangement I'd made up sometime back using gold, purple, and burgundy flowers and greenery.  I think it compliments the dishes so nicely.  I used two lace trimmed, pale gold window sheers as my scrunched up table runner.  This is the same one I used at this tea here.



I began with these stunning hand beaded, purple placemat chargers from  Always Elegant.  This website is fabulous!  They carry the prettiest hand beaded table accessories including napkin rings and coasters to match the placemats.  There is a gamut of colors to choose from...it was hard to decide on just one but I've been conjuring up purple tablescapes in my mind for weeks so I had to go with these!

I chose this antique, Circa 1891 set of polychrome purple transferware by Ridgway in the Oriental pattern to go with the beaded wares I got at Always Elegant.

I used 9" plates and topped them with the matching handled soup bowls and saucers.



.  Always Elegant sells these gorgeous organza napkins so I put one inside each of my gold napkins trimmed with amber beadwork.  I love the hint of sheer purple.  I finished with the hand beaded napkin rings that match the chargers.  If you're hosting any large parties, receptions or weddings...Always Elegant has a huge selection of organza napkins, table runners, garlands, candle holders and beaded table accessories.  I am hooked on this place!

The tall, amber, cut glasses I've had for a looong time.  I paired them with these pretty ribbed amethyst footed glasses placed atop one of the beaded coasters.



My Mom inherited this decanter from her Great Aunt and Uncle.  I've had it displayed in a curio cabinet for years as it's sentimental to me.  The same company, Always Elegant, where the beaded table accessories came from also sells these beaded wine bottle covers.   I used a purple one and draped it over the decanter then placed it on top of a vintage Amber glass cake stand.  I remember my Mom serving cakes from this...and now I do...but tonight it's holding a decanter to be filled with a salad dressing.  I love mixing old and new and love using things inherited from loved ones.

I ran an extension cord under the runner (window panels) and the placemats so it would not show and used my garage sale, $3 glass lamps at each end of the table.  I draped some amber and amethyst beaded grapes around the top.  I think it casts a nice glow.



I also had these sort of gothic looking amber glass votive holders near each place setting.  I played around with these.  I used my amber cake stand, a small transferware plate, some greenery and the beaded coaster to make a little centerpiece that could be used later.  I love mixing it all up and using the unexpected.



These sheer organza items are perfect to add a touch of elegance to a party or reception.  I had one purple garland to play around with and tied a big bow on the back of one of the chairs.  I then added some of the amber and purple grape beads to the center.   Always Elegant sells these too...they're very inexpensive and could also be used to make swags along a table or between pews at a wedding as they are quite long.  I'd love to have an outdoor tea party and use some of the pink ones.  Aren't they pretty?






 It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see
~ Henry David Thoreau~

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49 comments:

  1. That is beautiful! Very regal. I just love those cream soup bowls..I don't have any!
    You outdid yourself!

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  2. Beautiful table, but I have to say, the dishes had me gasping...they are beautiful!!! Have a great VTT!

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  3. The purple and amber really look great together, very nice!

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  4. This is gorgeous. Everything is just stunning the the china is exquisite. Such a lovely table. I love the linens also. The napkins are beautiful. Beautifully put together. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  5. I love your colored glassware, and the way you decorated the chairs!

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  6. That is truly stunning! Everything is just so elegant, you know how to put together a perfect look!

    Nancy

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  7. Nancy, those dishes are beyond words- truly works of art. And I LOVE the glasses. I'll be dreaming in purple tonight
    xoxo Pattie

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  8. What an absolutely stunning table you have set- I am just in AWE at the gorgeous pieces you have. Truly lovely! Happy VTT and thanks for sharing!

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  9. Those dishes certainly have the wow factor, they are really stunning, Nancy. I love the amber/amethyst combination, something I wouldn't have thought to put together...I have the same amethyst glasses and have several amber, now for matching dishes! That bottle cover is really cool.

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  10. Beautiful, elegant, refined tablescape. Wish I had you for my next dinner party. Great job.

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  11. Hi Nancy,
    here in Germany we have at the moment 3.55 a.m. and I got up only to link up with Susan. But when I saw who has linked in by this time I wanted to have a closer look to some of them. So here I am. Your table is gorgeous as usual. I love this centerpiece for its colors and the stemware, too. Your dishes are always very impressive. I have to come back to look at all the details, but I can say today - it is very nice.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  12. This is beautiful and I love all your pretty unexpected touches here and there. Lovely.

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  13. Nancy, YOu know that I just adore transferware. But recently, I am drawn to purple transferware. I just love it. And your table is exquisite! The colors are rich and elegant. The china, divine! And all your details are so well put together. I love the use of your bead placemats and coasters. So very beautiful! This is an extra special post and table.
    Yvonne

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  14. I love everything you used and done here. Purple...just speaks to heart to me....I love how you done the beading over the decanter! It is all so pretty. Be blessed. Cindy

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  15. Nancy it's gorgeous! I love the purples with the ambers/golds. It's stunning, sophisticated, and chic. Beautiful. Great job~! Changes to the garden are posted, hope you can stop by and take a peak when you get the chance! :) Take care! A

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  16. Very elegant. I love the dishes and color combination.

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  17. This is a beautiful setting and those dishes...my weakness! I love beautiful dishes!! That purple is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing a little peek into your home.

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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  18. You're right about the purple and amber together -- just beautiful. I'm enamored of the pattern on your dishes! Very lovely table.

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  19. your table is gorgeous! so fancy! i love the deep purple. thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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  20. What a beautiful table. I've been drooling as I look over all the details. I have quite a bit of amethyst glassware and some amber glassware too. I've never thought of mixing the 2 but you do it so well. I still haven't found a dish set that I want to use with my amethyst glasses yet. Your plates are exquisite.

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  21. I'd have never thought of amber and purple together, but the result is stunnung!

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  22. Nancy, I am a fellow purple transferware addict! I loved your tablescape. I went right over to always elegant and picked up the beaded bottle cover. I loved that idea! Thanks! Amy

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  23. The pale gold "scrunched" runner really sets off your gorgeous transferware and glassware! Those soup bowls are stunning, and I also love the purple ribbed glasses -- gorgeous! Fabulous placemats and napkin rings -- I'm going to recommend those to my sister for her Sweet Violet china pattern. Lovely table!

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  24. I don't think I've ever seen purple transferware, but it sure does look lovely with the amber glassware! I never would have thought of that color combination, but it works just perfectly. I have a few pieces of amber that I love to use in the fall. Beautiful table!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  25. Wow! Nancy~what can I say??? That purple transferware has left me speechless and my heart racing! I am in love. Your table setting is incredible...you just make my mornings so much brighter with your great posts. :) Thanks so much for putting together another wonderful tablesetting and for sharing it with us. Have a great day.

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  26. Beautiful pattern on the dishes, and the amber and purple look so elegant!

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  27. Nancy, Another gorgeous table! I love the purple transferware,I don't see it very often. The purple and amber glasses are perfect with your dishes.

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  28. Your table is just beautiful..the dishes and their settings,the decanter..ooooooo, it's all simply gorgeous to the 10th degree. Happy VTT..have a most wonderful weekend.

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  29. It's a very beautiful table, great purples touchs.

    Hugs
    Charo

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  30. Simply beautiful.
    I love the handled soup bowl!
    I'm wondering what wonderful meal you served on that gorgeous table :)
    Come by and say 'hi'
    Have a great day too!

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  31. gorgeous. Love the purples!! the mats are gorgeous.

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  32. Hi Nancy,
    Can you hear me squealing? I LOVE THIS! Those polychrome dishes are incredibile. I want them! Love how you put it all together picking up the gold and purple in the dishes. I have the same glasses in purple. And have similar purple glasses too.

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  33. Hi Nancy, I have been blogging for 2 years and I am not kidding. I love many things but your transferware is the most exciting thing I've seen. This tablesape is so classy and elegant. I would love to start collecting but I can decide on a pattern. How do I decide?

    come visit
    Hugs
    cindy@stitches

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  34. Nancy, why do you keep torturing me with slow death by transferware! I want everything you show. It's positively criminal activity you engage in. LOL. Do stop by and see us. -- Jane F.

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  35. How delightful everything is. I love the way you combine vintage and new to make something very special. Lovely table set for a fabulous party. Happy VTT!!

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  36. Hi Nancy, your tablescape is stunning. I love the purple transfer ware and using the amber with it added warmth. The beaded place mats and napkin holders are so pretty. It is easy to see you planned this beautiful table right down to the smallest detail. A lovely effort, which resulted in a lovely welcoming table setting.

    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  37. Love the elements in your design and the way you have paid attention to every detail.

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  38. Very regal! Love the purple and gold combination. I love transferware too and that purple is divine. Pretty tablescape. Love the beaded wine bottle covers. I am going to check out that website now.

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  39. Your transferware makes a statement on your table. Using the purple with gold is very regal. Lovely post.

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  40. you got beautiful set of transferwares.. purple are the hard ones to get..

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  41. I've loved your blog for some time now. Just beautiful!! I didn't realize that transferware came in shades of purple. Hmmmmm....a new collection for me maybe??!!!

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  42. Nancy, what an elegant and beautiful table! I was ooooing and ahhhhing all the way through this post. So much inspiration on one table. Love all of the beaded accessories, and love the way you added the grape beads to the pretty bow on the chair. You have such a unique way of putting things together so that they look extraordinary. Thank you so much for linking this beautiful post to Favorite Things. laurie

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  43. One of the most gorgeous tables ever! You did an amazing job! I love the look and the china is fabulous!
    Cindy

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  44. Nancy, this is a gorgeous table. You pulled together so many lovely accents for your purple transferware plates. Love it! The beaded pieces and the organdy bow on the chair all add simple elegance to this table which is a work of art.

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  45. That is one gorgeous tablescape! I love it all.....Be blessed. Cindy

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  46. Nancy, This is beautiful! You are so creative - your designs are over the top! Just amazing. Your blog is fabulous too and you're a great cook as well. Thanks for sharing!
    Beth

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  47. Very pretty! Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things Friday!

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