Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Wild Game Birds Tablescape


After a day spent antiquing last Saturday in the wine country, BFF Maureen and I created a tablescape with our finds of the day. I found two Johnson Brothers Wild Turkey and two Quail plates in the Game Birds pattern, which was the inspiration for our table. How perfect, especially since our property has so many wild turkeys and quail calling it their home!

The Quail plate.

The Wild Turkey plate.

I couldn't pass up these feather placemats at the local antique store either. Aren't they a wonderful companion to the Game Birds plates?

We knew that the stenciled burlap runner I gave Maureen for her birthday would be the base. We created a fireside table in the living room on the coffee table, starting with the runner, then "shopped" the house for accessories.

The cake stand with chicken wire dome became the centerpiece. We put pine cones around a candle to gussie it up.

By now, we had a rip roaring fire going while the men prepared dinner.
We intended to eat here, so had to speed up the whole design process and photo shoot!
Oh, but we were having so much fun pulling it all together!

Cement pillar candlesticks and found turkey feathers were added to the runner. Simple white linen napkins and stemware finished our fireside table.

I remembered the straw cushions stashed behind the sofa, under the table and brought them out.

Afterwards, we toasted each other for creating this wild game birds, winter day tablescape with our new found treasures.

Johnson Brothers Wild Game plates also available at Replacements Ltd.
Feather placemats from Two's Company found at the antique mall.
Burlap runner from Laurie at Bella Inspirations
Ralph Lauren glasses from TJ Maxx
Cake stand and dome from Uniquely Chic, Healdsburg.
All other items, my own collection.

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

See....the turkeys think they live here!

And so do these guys!

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38 comments:

On Crooked Creek said...

Delores,
I adore your Wild Game Birds tablescape! "Mr. Ed" is a hunter and a fly fisherman. Your decor is so in tune with ours. Your use of common and natural elements in this elegant setting are inspirational. Thank you for the photos of your friendship! Priceless!
Fondly,
Pat

Trets Welt said...

Hallo Delores,wieder ein Traum dein Tischdeko.Sensacionell!!!Meinen Tischdeko sind nicht so schön.Muitos beijos.Luciene.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

I love your warm and inviting tablescape by the fire Delores! It is fabulous!

Marigene said...

Beautiful china and placemats...such a warm setting.

Under Her Wings said...

Your tablescape is delightful, and I absolutely love the quail plates. My father used to be able to call them to his feet! Have you read "That Quail Robert?" If not, try to find it; it's as delightful as your table setting! Happy Valentine's Day and may many blessings come your way. Gloria

once in a blue moon said...

such a beautiful, fun, cozy setting~ wonderful new plates, pure ca country living :)

Razmataz said...

Beautiful....they remind so much of my grandmothers hosue in England. She collected plates with pheasants and partridge etc.

Pat said...

Fabulous, Delores!

Tammy said...

Delores - as always, simply beautiful! Love the plates and perfect for your setting. Your tablescape are amazing and give me hope! ~Tammy

Kathysue said...

Delores, As I told you before, this is PERFECTION!!! I am in love with your placemats!!! What fun to do a tablescape with a friend and then to share a meal cooked by your husbands in front of that beautiful fireplace. Aaaaaah!!! Perfection!!! KS

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

You really are a creative genius! Wish I could join you! Lovely!

lifeonthecutoff said...

Oh, I just loved this; the plates, the burlap, the feathers, the setting, the coffee table . . . inspiring, indeed.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

The table is pure perfection! I adore all of your "new" finds! The placemats are darling and bring the whole table together! What a wonderful way to dine...warm and cozy by the fire! LOVE IT!

Janet said...

very inviting! So what was on the menu?

Lori E said...

I love to know that someone is actually eating at their beautiful tables.
Just wouldn't want to be the first one to slop sauce on those unique placemats.

Bill said...

Spectacular as always, Delores! The colors, the textures, the ROOM ... all wonderful. I'm really drawn to those placemats, but I love everything you and your BFF used in the tablescape. What fun you must have had putting it all together! It's impressive that you did it quickly (and enjoyed using it immediately).

Hope you have the happiest of Valentine's Days!

Warmest regards,
Bill

Rebecca said...

How very creative and exotic! What an appropriate theme for your surroundings!

Sarah said...

Delores, this is the best kind of tablescape ~ one created spontaneously with a friend using what you have on hand. The roaring fire and coffee table setting add to the romance of this table. Your finds were the perfect inspiration. As always, you do everything with grace and style, even a table quickly pulled together for an impromptu photo shoot. ;-) Bravo! Love the plates and the photo of the quail is amazing. ~ sarah

sharon said...

This is such a sweet post, I can so imagine you and your girlfriend playing around and getting the table just right while the men were preparing the meal, what a lovely evening you must have had!
Sharon

bj said...

Just stunning.
xo bj

bj said...

oops, meant to say that I am curious as to what the other two plates are.:)

Allison said...

Gorgeous, Delores. Love your new dinnerware and that runner is beautiful! What a lovely setting in front of the fire and so cozy and intimate sitting on cushions on the floor. A wonderful way to end the day celebrating both of your birthdays.

Marlis said...

Your table is so perfect. I love those placemats and they are perfect with your new plates. What treasures you unearthed today. Totally love the runner. Your shopping around the house was quite successful. A perfect place to dine.. with friends in front of the fire!

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful setting! Were you a little afraid to actually use the placemats for fear of damaging them? Gorgeous table setting! Hugs-Diana

Shelley@1510farmhousefancy said...

just beautiful - as always!! I especially love the burlap runner and the wire cloche!!!

Sounds like you had an amazing birthday weekend of shopping and hanging out with your friend!!

Love your blog and all the wonderful photos you post! I love forward to reading your new posts!
Thanks,
Shelley
1510 farmhouse fancy

Elaine said...

I loved that you said you were shopping the house for accessories, and wow, what great luck you had!! The centerpiece just completes your wonderful table. Love the living room...it's such a warm cozy setting for a relaxing evening.

The Tablescaper said...

Delores:

Love your wild table! Such great finds.

- The Tablescaper

Phyllis said...

Oh, it is easy to love your fireside setting with your newest treasures bought in a day of shopping with a friend. Isn't it strange how just the right items seem to appear on some days and it all flows! Your turkey plates are most interesting and paired with the pheasant feather placemats, they are outstanding!! Please, visit me at my new blog, would love to have you drop by.

Designs By Pinky said...

I hope Linda from Az. sees this, she will LOVE it! I adore it!!! The plates are terrific and a great find! I love the runner and am going to go over and see if I can find one. I have also been looking for cement candle holders!!! So nice that you got to create this with your BFF!!!!! Looks like it was a wonderful night by the fire! XO, Pinky

Lori Lucas said...

What great finds you had. And how fun to do all this with your BFF. It looks like a perfect ending for a winter evening! Lori L

Southerncook said...

Your Wild Game Bird tablesetting is killer. We have turkey and quail prevelant in our area of N FL as well and we also have a farm in S GA where we enjoy the natural wildlife of the area so I can certainly appreciate your talbesetting. Absolutely lovely.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Those placemats are perfect for your elegant wild game bird plates. I love the little feather touches too.

Carol said...

Love your blog. You are so blessed to live in a beautiful place. I just love your home and everything you do. You are so talented.
Carol
freshlinenscottonandlace.blogspot.com

Carol said...

Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment on my blog. I will continue reading your blogs - they are so inspiring.
Carol
freshlinenscottonandlace.blogspot.com

Bonnie said...

Fabulous fireside setting with exceptional themed tablescape. Can't help but wonder... what did the guys cook for dinner?

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Absolutely stunning table setting. i love how you've repurposed pieces. It all looks absolutely wonderful.

AICO Furniture said...

These are good designs and an interesting blog you did post here.

AntiqueChase said...

I wrote too soon. I have 2 of the quail plates... found each for $4 at a flea market... they didn't match anything so I hung both on the wall.. they are so charming!

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