Thursday, November 1, 2012

Rustic Thanksgiving Table w/ Clarice Cliff Autumn Foliage Turkey Plates

This table actually began with the Etsy filming done here at my home.  It started out more spartan because Tara Young wanted the turkey plates to really stand alone since, after all, the documentary is more about the transferware than table settings. all know me....I don't do 'minimalist' too well so after they left I went to changing up the table.
 I added this, and added that, and added those....
  I changed this table three different times after the filming ended so you'll probably see glimpses of them all!

Starring at the table are these highly collected turkey plates by Clarice Cliff  of Royal Staffordshire.  This pattern is commonly called Autumn Foliage for the beautiful border that frames the turkey.  
   Here's a funny story about these very plates.  I bought six of these plates from a lady who bought them from a dealer for $295 EACH (yes $295 each) that I sold to the dealer for $150 each just five or six years ago.  Now they are back in my hands and in my shop for $99 each. How funny is that?  And, hopefully a good deal for somebody looking for them!  These are one of the more popular of the turkey themed English wares.

For a more casual, rustic feel I swapped out the linen cloth

with its beautiful hand work,

 for a big piece of burlap that offered a more rustic, relaxed feel.  

I placed raffia instead of placemats under the plates for added texture and to further enhance the feel of casual.

I mingled hand carved antler handled knives right along with traditional to mix and match!  

Pressed glasses in one of my favorite colors, amber, along with vintage Candlewick glasses (I think that's what you all told me these are) with little bubble like feet stand next to one another.  More mix and match = more texture = more interesting table top.

Brown transferware napkin rings...Tonquin pattern....with jacquard napkins.

I really like the centerpiece I created from a wreath of Autumn grasses, berries and foliage, 
facorns (fake acorns), a cake stand and a bark pillar candle.  I will do a post on this centerpiece tomorrow or the next day, and then will wrap up with the 3rd day of the Etsy filming.  

A pair of pheasants flanks the centerpiece, further adding to  the rustically refined look.

At one point I started missing color at the table and added plaid napkins under the wreath to create the illusion of a larger, wider centerpiece and under each of the plates to add a pop of color.  I randomly placed some pears around the centerpiece as well.

I kept looking at the table, thinking something wasn't right.  It was only after I'd taken pictures and put everything away that I realized what it was.  Sometimes, I spot things in photos that I'd never have noticed in person.  Here, it was that I had two napkins out! One was under the plates and the other to the sides of them.  Oh well...around here, sometimes two napkins are a good thing...a necessary thing!
As much as I love color, I do think this table looked best without adding more of it.

Do you? 

Which table setting do you like best?


Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground 
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Home and Garden Thursday  at A Delightsome Life 
Inspiration Friday  at The Picket Fence
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense 
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch


  1. I always love your wonderful tablesettings, your Thanksgiving ones are my faves, and I can always use an extra napkin!!

  2. I love these plates! What a story about the plates coming full circle back to you. I really like the transferware napkin rings too! As usual, great tablescape.

  3. I like the setting with the burlap and without the plaid under the centerpiece....simple and elegant!!! Can't wait to see day 3!!!

  4. Oh...this is such a pretty Thanksgiving table. I like it with the raffia and only one napkin. I love the addition of raffia. It just makes the table.

  5. Gorgeous, as always! You can come set my table any time.

  6. Gorgeous! I love the burlap sans the plaid :)

  7. I'm with Sweet Violets. My favorite! Love that you have those plates!!! Blessings- xo Diana

  8. I agree! I like the burlap without the plaid. It makes the centerpiece stand out more. All are lovely, though!

  9. Love it, Nancy! I think they should have let you work your magic. You can still see the plates with your tablescape and I think it just looks so inviting to sit at. Love the centerpiece and the neutrality of the whole thing.

  10. It's such fun watching the evolution of your table settings, Nancy! From how it looked for the filming to how you would like to have it for a meal. I think I like the next to the last photo best. As beautiful as the larger centerpiece was, there's something more "autumnal" about the other setting, and I also like having a more monochromatic palette, with only the one dark napkin. And the burlap truly adds to the look, moreso than the white cloth, despite how pretty it is. But really, they're all beautiful! You have such lovely things. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  11. I love the table, so simple and beautiful. Your really don't need anything to detract from those lovely plates.

  12. Ok I just love that centerpiece! Beautiful!

  13. I love it! Your centerpiece arrangement is gorgeous!


  14. It's ALL amazing! The centerpiece is to die for. I like the setting without the napkins. The raffia adds such a creative touch! The main focus is your gorgeous transferware!
    Have a great weekend!

  15. Oh Nancy, this is such a beautiful thanksgiving table. Your tablecloth is perfect with the thanksgiving brown transferware. The centerpiece is perfect with the table and how smart to use the raffia as placemats.

  16. Beautiful table! I love both and i want to add that I love your wall color...Christine

  17. Nancy, they are both beautiful, but I like the more natural, rustic touches of the second table the best. Love the idea of the raffia under the plates. As for two napkins ~ I like the one under the plate as an adder layer of textile, sorta like a placemat. Then the other to use. How about that? Love those plates! ~ Sarah

  18. You have such a knack for table settings! I think I like the one with the burlap runner. At first, I liked the addition of the plaid but, after going back and forth several times, I think I like it better without the plaid. It's a close toss up though :)

  19. Wow, your tablescapes are beautiful. I'd say I really like the burlap tablescape with the straw underneath the plates - the centerpiece is marvelous and looks so well with each setting -I appreciate you sharing - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,


I love hearing from my readers. I appreciate the time you take to post a comment and I read them all.