Friday, August 17, 2012

I'm Ready For Fall ~ Purple Tonquin Tablescape

Like most of you I am ready for Fall, so ready in fact that I just had to set a table to remind myself that those cool, crisp days are not far away.
Last Fall I used a lot of purple in my tablesettings and I think this year I'll be repeating that trend.  I chose a pattern by by Royal Staffordshire called Tonquin. 

Do you recognize the tablecloth?

You've seen it before but not on the table because it's usually on my bed.

  King sheets and blankets are the perfect size coverings for our wide and long table and as you know I seldom use a 'real' tablecloth anyway. 

I love the rich jewel tones in the blanket and plaid is always a good choice to evoke feelings of Autumn days,  paired of course with purple transferware.

I didn't feel that placemats were a necessity so I skipped them altogether.   Brown jacquard napkins are slightly dressy but casually folded to keep the feeling relaxed.

You can't go wrong, in my opinion, by combining amber and aubergine.   I adore this color combination.  It screams Fall!

Since I'm poor I shop my house for most centerpieces I create but even if I were rich I'd still shop my house for most centerpieces I create.  

 For this table I began with  the top of an antique wooden chest that my sister seriously regrets giving me one year for my birthday. Sorry Lauri.   I think it was meant to be mine because as I cleaned it out I came across a newspaper dated to October 3 of the early 1900's and that's my birthday...well not the early 1900's part...I'm not that old. 

 Any weathered, worn or old salvaged wood would do the trick to replicate a similar centerpiece.  I layered fall picks of maple leaves, seed pods and berries mixed with real pinecones that we gathered last Spring on a trip to with my sister-n-law, niece and nephews to  Beavers Bend.

I love candles any day, any time, so they generally find their way to play an integral part in my tablescaping.  These Linden Fig pillars add warmth and ambiance.

 Squirrels and chipmunks perched upon pinecones and giant acorns add a touch of whimsy.

 A glass hurricane layered with mums and pinecones would make a  pretty centerpiece all on its own.  I later wound up removing this from the overall centerpiece but love it on its own.

 I've layered atop the dinner plates, the salad plates along with cups and saucers.  If cups aren't going to be used for serving coffee or tea then why not use them for a starter course of soup or broth?

Here, you see the dinner plates paired with the salad plates.

Now, as Henry Beston says in Northern Farm, when "the leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools" we shall sit together and leisurely dine at this table ready for Autumn.


Pillar Candles:  Zest Candles
Dinnerware:  I currently have about 8 places settings of purple Tonquin in stock.  Email for pricing or visit my Etsy shop, Nancy's Daily Dish
Jacquard Napkins:  Wallie World Fall 2010 or 11 (that's Walmart btw)
Flatware:  Towle Stockholm
Blanket:  Ralph Lauren, Brittany pattern  (discontinued but I've seen some on Ebay before)
Amber goblets:  I've had them for at least 15 years.  They are Cristal d'Arques

Tonquin is available in brown, blue, red, polychrome brown, purple and I've discovered some serving pieces in green and black.  I almost always have some of this in stock in my shop or email me if you are looking for or wanting to start collecting this pattern and I'll work with you to locate what you need.

I'll be joining these lovely parties around the blogosphere:
French Country Cottage
Romantic Home
Between Naps on The Porch

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  1. So pretty! I'm always so impressed with your table settings and beautiful rooms. You are very talented and have a LOT of beautiful things. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  2. Those dishes are gorgeous, Nancy! Love the golden goblets you've used here, too. You've got me yearning for a chill in the air {although we have a breeze today and I'll take that!}. Such a great idea to use the teacups and saucers to hold some soup, broth or even a chowder.

  3. Nancy, I'm longing for fall weather, but that's not going to happen any time soon here. So I'll bask in the ambiance of this gorgeous fall tablescape. Tonquin is one of my favorite patterns. I have just a few pieces in the brown. Love the purple color here. It's perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing your talents and beautiful transfer ware.
    Happy Weekend........Sarah

  4. Gorgeous - gorgeous! Please - please come link to my Friday "OPEN HOUSE"! I would love to have this post there! Just wonderful for fall- your getting us in the mood!

  5. Oh, I love everything about this wonderful tablescape, Nancy! the plaid blanket and the wonderful wooden base for the centerpiece, and oh yes, squirrels!!! so pretty! and wow are we all ready for those great Fall temps!

  6. Nancy, this is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE seeing a taste of fall. It is so hot here. Your home is beautiful.

  7. Now that tablescape is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. I LOVE everything about it Nancy! Beautiful centerpiece too!

  8. Nancy, I have picked up pieces of this pattern at auctions. I love it. I have it in red, green, brown and maybe blue. I need to go pull it out!! Thanks for sharing>

  9. Nancy- That is just a gorgeous, gorgeous table setting. You have such a way of putting a tablescape all together. Amazingly beautiful- xo Diana

  10. It's beautiful, Nancy! I can't think Fall yet, still 3 weeks till school starts here, plenty of summer left! Ask my air conditioners! :)
    Lol, you are poor, that is funny!

  11. Very warm and fallish. Love it especially the squirrels. Where did you find those? Do you have a shop in Tulsa? I live in Edmond. Would love to see it.

    1. Hi Nanci,

      The squirrel and chipmunk came from Hobby Lobby last year.
      No, I no longer have a shop in Tulsa. I'm not sure I want to open one up again, but have been considering it. I won't do that for at least another year or two if at all, but you can be assured that if I do I will announce it here on my blog.

      Have a wonderful weekend,


  12. Very warm, welcoming and fallish. I love those squirrels! Where did you find them? By the way, do you have a shop in Tulsa? I live in Edmond. Would love to see it.

  13. Hello there, Nancy! I am SO taken by the color combination!!! I'm ready for Fall, too, and the purple and amber is just gorgeous. Using the blanket is perfect! It has all the right colors and evokes just the right feel. LOVE the salvaged wood platform!!!!!!

  14. Such a beautiful fall tablescape! I love the idea of using the blanket for a table covering. It adds alot of warmth and texture. Love your transferware as well. I enjoyed your post so much.

  15. Hi Nancy,
    your table looks really wonderful. What a great idea to use this tablecloth. And also the center piece is just sunning.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  16. Beautiful table...I have that same pattern/color. It is one of my favorites. I never think to put purple and amber together until I see one of your tables and have forgotten it when I get ready to do a table with either of those colors. That blanket couldn't be more perfect for a tablecloth with the dishes/glassware you are using. Your centerpieces are always lovely...

  17. Lovely! Seeing your home in this theme.I feel the fall and the smells of holiday
    season is approaching.

  18. Hi Nancy,
    How pretty everything is...just lovely! but guess who caught my eye, those sweet little squirrels, they can come over to my house if you want them too :)
    A beautiful post!
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  19. Those colors are just perfect for fall, Nancy! I love those glasses, and the beautiful "tablecloth" pulls all those luscious fall colors together beautifully. I hate to see summer fading, but it is nice to look forward to the fall! Take care.

  20. The table looks beautiful. I love the colors and those amber glasses are fantastic!! If I could by them now I would but after 15 years I doubt they still make them. Just gorgeaous. You made yearn for Fall more than I already am.


  21. You have taken us into a new season, and your table is stunning as is your bedroom. I'm crazy about transferware as it always makes a beautiful table. Your pattern is lovely.

  22. so pretty, it matches the wallpaper I put up


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