Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Fall Tablescape with Blue Transferware and a Poem of Mine

   Recently I received a question about a Fall tablescape using blue dishes.  I put this setting together for Garden of Daisies
I hope this gives you some ideas for combining your blue dishes with oranges and traditional Fall colors! 

Orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel so they are naturally complementary. 
The complement of each primary color (red, blue, or yellow) is basically the color made by mixing the other two which equals:
red complements green (blue and yellow combined)
blue complements orange (red and yellow combined)
yellow complements violet (red + blue combined)

  If you follow my blog then you probably know I love layering and using a combination of materials and textures in my tablescapes and decorating.  I chose a miniature Persian rug on the table as it had a perfect combination of colors I was wanted to work with. 

  Royal Cauldon blue Polychrome transferware plates serve as chargers having a beautiful, solid off-white embossed border.  These were placed on dark brown, woven leather placemats.

Over that I added Royal Staffordshire Tonquin, shallow blue salad bowls

and then topped it with vintage miniature soup tureens in an orange-ish sienna.  I love the little lion head handles on these!

Around the table I continued pulling in colors from the miniature rug.  Light blue Heritage footed iced tea glasses, rocks glasses and water glasses sit atop rug coasters.

Next to each setting I placed blue transferware egg cups on Heritage glass coasters filled with single mums and acorn leaves.   Orange-amber colored glass votives with tealights add a little ambiance to each setting.

My centerpiece is a melange of items including a blue transferware pitcher filled with flowers and berries of different sorts, moss topiaries set in brown and blue transferware, tall candle holds a moss topiary and the other this gorgeous pillar candle with a cutout design in a contrasting color and amber rhinestones embedded around it.  I almost forgot, my little melange also has a Ridgways Aesthetic Movement Polychrome compote with yet another little topiary and some faux chocolates.  This compote has both the blues and oranges over the brown transfer.

I'll let you all finish browsing the table....(which you can also purhase HERE)

Of Three Are We

©Nancy M Roberts 

Red, blue and yellow
Primarily are we
Colors blend to emulate
So secondarily you can see

Red meets blue makes purple
~lavender swaying in the breeze
Blue meets yellow makes green
-rooftops on our trees
Yellow meets red makes orange
~sunshine now at ease

Red, blue and yellow meet black and white
Hence each shade and hue a birth-
Every color between day and night
And we, the three, were first born
When God created earth

Blue Royal Staffordshire / Clarice Cliff Transferware Salad Plates (not yet listed online but if interested please email me for quantity and pricing) Other blue Tonquin here:  English Transferware 
 Blue Polychrome Transferware Plates by Royal Cauldon ($20 each, email me and I will list online for you)
Candles Gem Light Pillar - Zest Candles
Tealight Candles - Zest Candles
Miniature Persian Rug/Tablecloth & Coasters from Small Carpets
Heritage Blue Glassware and Coasters from Bid & Bought
Moss Topiary HERE
French Country Table with Leaf HERE

I'm joining the following:

Friday Pretties @  I Love Pretty Little Things
Common Ground
Vignette Friday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
French Country Cottage
A Stroll Thru Life


  1. Yes, those colors really do go well together. Really beautiful.

  2. This is gorgeous, Nancy. I probably wouldn't have thought of the blue with the orange, but it really does pop, and looks so fabulous...really Fall!

  3. Gorgeous!! Gorgeous table Nancy! It looks absolutely beautiful! I love how you have mixed the colors like that- they look perfect together!
    I host a decorating inspiration party at my blog on Friday if you would like to join in sometime- this is a gorgeous inspiring post for sure! :)

  4. Hi Nancy,
    this is a nice tablescape. Blue is a bit unusal for fall season but as welcomed as a blue sky in this days. Your table looks wonderfull. I didn't know that you make poems. I am not so good in English but I guess, I understood it and this is very nice. Thank you so much for your thoughtfull tablescape.
    I start a new blog event, baking christmas cookies, at 3. Nov. 2010. Would love if you (and everybody else) would partcipate.
    Greetings, Johanna

  5. Beautiful table Nancy! I love the blue glasses, haven't seen anything like them before!

  6. Your table is absolutely gorgeous!!

  7. Sending a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. You certainly did a wonderful job integrating the blue dishes into your fall tablescape - I really love what you did. I have several sets of vintage blue transferware dishes and never know how to include them in my table settings. Your post helped me think a bit outside the box and work with color rather than only the stereotypical seasonal colors. Thank you! Ciao, bella!

  8. You see, you are just so darn creative! =] Very beautiful! Harder than matching colors is matching associations. The rug is just a brilliant association - warm, homey, rich.....

    btw, your store is really filling in - it's just beautiful!

    Love, Katy

  9. Very pretty table, Nancy. I love orange with can be very striking.

  10. Nancy,
    I love your poem. That was very good. I also love mixing blue transferware with orange. It does look amazing. Love your soup tureens and your table. Really love this space your in, it looks like your shop? Very nice! Wish I was close enough to shop.:)

  11. So beautiful. Blue and white dinnerware is very versatile. Love what you did here.

  12. Lovely, Nancy! This table would be lovely as a store display, too! Thanks for the lesson on using blue and white china for a fall table!

  13. Nancy, This is beautiful!! THANK YOU so much for doing this for me!! You are such a sweetie!! The deep brown table linens and the rich squash colored bowls really do look wonderful with the blue transferware and glass. You have been such a big help!! I will be referring back to these photos for the next couple of weeks as I try to figure out my thanksgiving table! So many ideas...

  14. I never think to put orange and blue together but it looks lovely how you have combined it. The floral centerpiece is a terrific backdrop and the dishes are terrific.


  15. Nancy, Beautiful! I love the blue, white and orange together.
    xo, Sherry

  16. Beautiful! I love blue and white. I have found it easy to incorporate into almost any color scheme.

  17. Hi! I just hopped over from Courtney's party and OH MY GOODNESS! That is one of the most gorgeous table settings I have ever seen and its not just because I have such an affinity for blue and white. I would never have thought of putting it with orange but now I might just muster up the courage to give it a try! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  18. Your centerpiece is gorgeous, and I love your interpretation of blue with the for an Autumn tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  19. I never would have thought to pair orange and blue together, but as you've shown, they can work together quite beautifully! Thank you for the fresh perspective!

  20. I think it shows how versatile transferware can be. Orange makes the blue feel more modern in a way as well as fallish. I love seeing what you come up with every time. Nice poem too!

  21. Hi Nancy- I LOVE this table setting- it is amazing! The colors look just beautiful together! I am so glad you joined Feathered Nest Friday and shared this gorgeous vignette! :)

  22. You have definitely showed us blue and orange work beautifully together.It is a lovely tablescape with those colors. I love those orange soup tureens with the lions. The footed glasses are lovely. Thank you for giving me more inspirations. Enjoy your week-end. Linda

  23. Just beautiful nancy as everything you do girl..Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  24. Beautiful as always! I've used a lot of blues in my Fall tablescapes; I even posted one last week that was purple and red! It's fun to step outside of the "red, orange, yellow, brown" box, isn't it?

  25. Nancy, again you wow me with your creativity! Sharing this on my FB page.

  26. Gorgeous table, Nancy!!

  27. Nancy, I have a collection of blue-ware myself and I love paring it with almost EVERY color! Can you describe that lovely cloth (placemat?) that is not the rug coasters but the blue/beige one with the fringed edges? I just love it and I'm a textile nut as you know. On a personal note, I have to thank you because my stats are showing that my blog is getting so many page views referred from YOU'RE site! From the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU!!! Also, can you email me? My computer died recently and I no longer have your email. I'm still @ I'd love to catch up a bit! I'm so proud of you and how your site has grown in the short time that I've known you! You're an inspiration, really you are! Michelle

  28. Stunning. Love the floral display and all of the dishes are fabulous. I love the use of the blue and orange together. This is truly gorgeous. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  29. Oh WOW Nancy! What a gorgeous table. You could sell that as a complete set ;)

  30. Thanks for the inspiration Nancy! I have a lot more blue than anything else and this is utterly gorgeous!
    It must be fun to have all that gorgeous transferware to play with!

  31. OK! This is pure genius for sure! I always avoid the blues beacause it would match nothing in my home. But this looks like you designed this for my dining room! So beautiful!!!!!Thanks for all the information, it will be very useful!!


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