Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Paisley, Leopard and Roses Tablescape for Fall

I have to say that when I came across a full set of these dishes some months back I really wasn't sure whether or not I liked them.
When I buy transferware to resell, my general rule is that I have to like it myself, not that my taste is better than anyone else's but just because I like what I do and I just don't have an interest in trying to sell something to someone that I wouldn't buy myself.    Well, I let these dishes sit stacked in a pile at the shop for a long time.  One day I took them out and began pairing them with other patterns in sage/light olive greens, oranges and browns.  Wow, they are versatile.   I set a table with these dishes paired with some April Cornell linens that had a black background filled with fruits and flowers in greens, reds and oranges.  They just popped against the black background.  They really began to grow on me.

When I came across these leopard placemats for $2 each I knew I 'needed' them.

Then I found this paisley sheet for $6.  King sized sheets make great tablecloths, especially on my table which is very wide, so it fully covers with an ample drop all around.

Paisley + leopard + roses = 

this tablescape

Now, I think I can say that I'm officially hooked on these dishes.

Just for fun, and because I was combining all these patterns I decided to just mix everyting up!  I placed the placemats at a vertical angle, rather than a horizontal one. 

I placed the napkins at an angle to, along with the salad and dinner fork.  My Mom won't like this at all, sorry Mom!
The napkins bring out the peachy color in the hand painted roses, and in my faux roses centerpiece.

The table exudes a feeling of Fall, especially with the addition of these miniature ceramic gourds.  Each one is unique.

If I had loads of money, one thing I'd splurge on is having real flowers throughout my house.  For now, silks will have to do.

I also got to use my Onyx goblets along with some pressed amber glass wine glasses.

Add a little candlelight and I think we're ready to sit down and eat.

Perhaps after dinner, you'll share a cup of tea with me...

Autumn Fires
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

In the other gardens
  And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
  See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
  And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
  The gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
  Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
  Fires in the fall!

These dishes are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, English Transferware

I'll be linking up at:

The Shabby Chic Cottage
French Country Cottage
Between Naps on the Porch
Freckled Laundry 
Time Travel Thursday
Boogieboard Cottage
Mod Vintage Style


  1. You always do such a great job. I think this looks so luxurious. LOVE

    Sammy ~ Renew Redo

  2. I would never have guessed that was a shee if you hadn't told me! How gorgeous. I love this transferware paired with the pumpkins and gourds.

    Come visit and join me for my giveaway of a WS copper soup pot!

  3. Sing a song of seasons.......perfect, perfect, perfect!!! When I saw the yummy dishes and the the fabrics, I wondered what accent color you would choose.....and WHAM....melon!!! How very beautiful it is....hugs...cleo

  4. For everything there is a season. Just look at how beautiful those colors and patterns are now. The paisley tablecloth is truly to lust for...and that's just what I'm doing now. Well let's just call it inspiration, shall we? What a happy job you have. Keep up the good work.

  5. They are very pretty, Nancy! I like the pattern and the scallop around the edge. I love how you brought it all together with the other patterns on your table.

  6. Very pretty and it is certainly a fall table -- the pumpkin in the middle of the plate is a nice touch! And I certainly love the colors you've chosen!

  7. This is absolutely beautiful! I love those dishes, but I'm a sucker for lovely china!

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog for a free scrapbooking software suite called My Memories. Come by and enter! Cheers!

  8. I love this fall table with gorgeous china, the leopard print and paisley...if I had put something like that together you would have asked what was I thinking...when you do it, it comes out beautiful, Nancy. I like the creative way you have offset the napkin, it really adds to the table.
    Have a great weekend!

  9. Those onyx goblets are way cool! I loved the napkins placed on an angle. They make the whole tablescape come alive and marry the color of the plates. Wish you would have shared who the maker was. And, now I'm going to give king sized sheets a new "eye".

  10. Absolutely lovely, Nancy. Love the mix of textures and fall colors. Definitely WOW factor. ~ Sarah

  11. I love these colors! You have created yet another beautiful table.

  12. I may have passed those dishes by too, but I do love their scalloped edges. You have done a fabulous job! I never would have thought to do paisley , but it is marvelous! Very inviting table, great step into Fall!

  13. Nancy, your ability to mix, layer and work your magic never ceases to amaze. You table is a work of art and the poetry a beautiful compliment!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate your participation!

  14. I love how this table looks Nancy. I think the coral napkins make it pop~and it is always great to hear tips like using a big sheet for a tablecloth.

  15. I love this china.. it's so pretty. The colors are what make it special. A bit out of the norm. Your addition of the leopard and the paisley is fabulous! The peach napkins are perfect and your whole table says Autumn in a big way.. so very pretty

  16. VERY fresh!!! I like fresh and original!!! This is cool, Nancy!!! I am SO crushin' on those onyx goblets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. I'm with you on having fresh flowers everywhere! I guess when I win the lottery that will happen. :-) Your tablescape looks beautiful! I love the colors and the way you angled the place mats & napkins. LOVE different! I'd love to share a cup of tea with you.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Your table is so unusual and beautiful. Fabulous look with the leopard and paisley. I like the way you turned the placemats and angled the napkins. I'd normally be with your mom about the napkins, but in this case it works beautifully both visually and practically. Cute little ceramic gourds,too.
    Happy weekend.

  19. Once again you've come up with a unique but gorgeous table setting. I love the way you've mixed up the angles of the placemats and napkins - I'll have to try that myself. At first glance I probably wouldn't have purchased these dishes either but you really made them special!

  20. O M Goodness these dishes are G O R G E O U S...luv them. Love the color of those napkins also. You always have such a beautiful table and this ones no exception.

  21. Nancy, I love this! The dishes are fantastic, and I like the mix you used here. The layering is great.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday on Sunday! ;-)



  22. They are very pretty, Nancy! The pattern and the scallop around the edge is gorgeous, really impressed to watch how you brought it all together with the other patterns on your table.

  23. Nancy, you have such beautiful stuff and put them together in wonderful vignettes! I love just looking at them. Thank you for visiting my blog!
    Blessings, Audrey

  24. I loved them from the very first image, Nancy! Fall is my favorite season, and I could see so many possibilities with these beauties! Your tablescape certainly brings out their charm. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage


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