Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Majolica Inspired Tablescape

Six majolica plates, all different, were the inspiration for this tablescape that my BFF Maureen and I created last weekend.

We spent our birthday weekend in the wine country antiquing and hunting and gathering. 
 We found the motherlode of majolica at The Vintage Bank Antiques in Petaluma.  
I bought one plate and she bought five.




Together, we set the table using a Provencal inspired tablecloth as the foundation.


The idea was to create a table that is a riot of color, pattern and texture!


The ruby red glasses are a punch of color, pulling everything together and unifying the patterns and colors in the majolica.

 I bought six at a consignment shop, and Maureen found six more at another store, Food For Thought Antiques in Sebastapol.
We both love them for their elegant simplicity.

The centerpiece is simply white decorative cabbage, mimicking majolica patterns.
We set five plants in an old green crusty window box and tucked in burlap to hide the pots.

A few rustic candlesticks and rosemary topiaries on the ends of the table complete the look.
It was fun to pull our creativity together, both arranging and rearranging, as well as photographing the table.
With the battery dead in my Canon, we had to use our iPhones to do the photoshoot!

Maureen will probably hang her five majolica plates on her kitchen wall.  It is the beginning of a new collection for her.  I have a nice collection at home already, so I kept my one under glass in Asti.

Sources:
Tablecloth and napkins:  Pottery Barn
Decorative Cabbage:  Garrett Ace Hardware, Healdsburg
Majolica Plates: The Vintage Bank Antiques,  Petaluma
Red Stemware:  Food For Thought Antiques, Sebastapol
All other plates, candles, silverware, etc., from my own collection in Asti

I'm joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.
I'm joining Sherry at No Minimalist Here for her Open House Party.
I'm also linking up to Tablescapes Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

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31 comments:

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

This is SOOO pretty, Delores.
And I absolutely LOVE the white decorative cabbage.....it is perfect for that tablescape. You two did a great job.
xo
Terri

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous, I love your beautiful tablescape. The cloche is wonderful too. Hugs, Marty

Marlis said...

Sounds like a fabulous girl's weekend. I agree, you guys hit the mother lode! Love the pretty plates, paired up so nicely with the other dishes. I do love how you mixed the linens. Filing the cabbage thought away,how perfect! xo marlis

Leslie said...

I like all the different colors and textures here! The cabbage and rosemary is so fun. Great job and sounds like you guys had a fun girls weekend:)

Leslie said...

I like all the different colors and textures here! The cabbage and rosemary is so fun. Great job and sounds like you guys had a fun girls weekend:)

Rachel said...

Love the cabbages as a centerpiece. Beautiful tablescape.

gme said...

Beautiful tablescape and I love the plates. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!

Whimsey Creations said...

How pretty! I love majolica! And I've never bought a piece - that HAS to be remedied! LOL Your tablescape is beautiful.

Sue said...

Just beautiful Delores. I love the plates and the centerpiece.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Absolutely beautiful Delores!! I love the centerpiece you created too!

Things and Thoughts said...

Υour inspiration has no end and your taste is mature.These color combinations are my favorite and the center piece is a pleasant and lighthearted surprise.
Olympia

Orlando Designs said...

the place setting is gorgeous! the cabbage centerpiece is to die for! Beautiful job!

Sarah said...

Delores, sounds like you birthday girls had a great time out shopping in the wine country. Happy Birthday!
The table is very pretty. Love the details of each stack, the ornamental cabbages down the center, and the individual plants at each setting. Beautiful as always.

Designs By Pinky said...

Sounds like a GREAT, fun weekend. I wouldlove to have some majolica but just can not buy any more dishes:):) You table is exquisite. Love the goblets and the cabbage plants are th perfect centerpiece! XO, pinky

Cortne Martin cocoinmagnolia said...

Beautiful table setting. I am a closet table cloth freak. I love table cloths, and this one is gorgeous! It's subtle, yet makes a statement.
Cortne

PURA VIDA said...

Delores try as I might I can never do what you do...you are a master and I'm not kidding!

carolyn bradford said...

If only you could come totally reset my shop for me! I love your tables capes! They are amazing! What are the bottom plates? I love the brown and white mixed with the majolica! I really want to come shop in your market and find some new sources! Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! We are headed to a show next weekend and I for one cannot wait! It's not the usual show that everyone goes to…we haven't been to this one in forever! Take care! hope you are doing well!

lady jicky said...

Your table settings are Always a work of Art!! :)

kathyr said...

Absolutely gorgeous tablescape. Love the colors and textures. But what stopped me in my tracks was the iron candleabra. Can you share a source? I would really appreciate it!

thedishroom said...

This tablescape is so beautiful that I'm all eager to go out and buy majolica. I have a couple plates hanging on the wall, but your Provencal theme is stunning!

vignette design said...

Hi Kathyr,
I found the iron candelabra at an antique market in Alameda, CA. It came from Big Daddy's Antiques. One
of a kind, I'm afraid as it isn't electric. Restoration Hardware may carry the electric version. Good luck!

kathyr said...

Thanks Delores, I did find some similar at RH. Thanks for your help!

A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful table;I think the brown and white transferware underneath the majolica plates is perfection. donna

Diane said...

You certainly succeeded in making a fabulous mix of colors and textures! What a wonderful table - that centerpiece is definitely an "eye-catcher"!

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, mercy me! SO pretty!!!!!! I love the way it all just flows despite the difference in the plates. That just works so beautifully! Your table covering is just beyond the bee's knees!!! I love pattern like that on a table. The cabbage centerpiece is nothing short of gorgeous, and I love the little rosemary topiaries (the big ones, too!)!!! Those are truly some of the healthiest cabbages I have ever seen! This is gorgeous! And have I ever told you how much I like your facing sofas in the living room? I am going to have to show my husband your post so that he gets what I've been prattling on about. The concept is just so foreign to him. Poor dear! Kudos to you and Maureen, and hooray for you guys spending time in wine country...the happiest place on earth! :-)

Kathysue said...

Hi D! It looks magazine worthy, love the colors and how you incorporated the green with plants and napkins. Beautiful,
Kathysue

Melanie said...

Just gorgeous...

Curtains in My Tree said...


I have only one green Majolica plate and love it
Your table looks good enough for any dinner party, very nice indeed

A cloche is always a treat to decorate with , you both did GOOD

Jason Murphy said...

Hi, I bookmarked your wonderful site, its a great source for home interior decorating and Pantry Doors

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Delores, Thank you for sharing your beautiful table at the Open House party. I love your majolica and the centerpiece is fabulous.
xx, Sherry

Victoria said...

I love majolica and have a number of pieces. Yours are especially pretty. The mix of fabric patterns you used works so well with them.
XO, Victoria

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