after the storm

after the storm
Welcome autumn!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

neutral palette tablescape...

It seems the hotter it gets, the more I want to have a light palette of colors surrounding me. This is typical of what appeals to me this time of year - tans, white, and just a hint of green. I wasn't happy to see these tulips drooping so soon after purchase but as the day has gone on, I find myself liking them that way. Tulips are irresistible to me, even out of season.





The small plates are a Rae Dunn retail design from years ago. I like the organic feel of these dishes with their uneven edges and bumpy look. I have some other pieces that go with these that will no doubt show up in another tablescape one day.











I am a happy girl if there is a lot of texture on the table.




















I hope you are keeping cool this summer!

Please join Susan and all the other tablescapers at Between Naps on the Porch.

32 comments:

once in a blue moon... said...

yes, we have the same tastes, i love natural shades, tulips, nature and your arbor plates! looks tranquil to me~

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

WONDERFUL texture! I am also a tulip lover and will buy them (almost) no matter what they cost. Just lovely!

Sharlotte said...

I love your table! I agree, the lighter colors do seem cooler on these warm summer days! I love textures too, your placemates/table runner compliment your dishes perfectly! Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. I have them in several of my rooms ~ are are faux but I love them anyway! Thanks so much for sharing.
Sharlotte
Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections

Paige Thomas King said...

agreed! the texture is great, but i love the rae dunn plates the most! a beautiful setting.
paige

GrannySue said...

Very comfortable and inviting setting. I also like the texture and the summer feel of the table. It's also really pretty!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Sometimes, a neutral color pallette can really calm you after a busy chaotic day. I know I'd definitely feel relaxed and at ease at your lovely table. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Johanna said...

Barabara, I love your salad plates with the little trees. So nice. And your table is very inviting. Love the colors, too.
Greetings, Johanna

Mimi said...

The napkins give your table that little pop of color that makes you say "wow, beautiful table." Love the white with the neutral woven materials...nice and summery.

Teri said...

Good morning, Barbara! I bought my chargers years ago at Mervyn's, which is now long gone. =( But, I needed to add to the number I had and found some that were very close to them at Bed Bath and Beyond. They usually have them during the holiday season. My DIL bought hers at Target...I think. I'll have to check with her to be certain.

Your tablescape is very calming and peaceful. I love it! Are you in AZ? I lived there for the first 19 years of my life. The photo of the bobcat on your backwall is pretty spectacular!

Sweetladyelaine said...

The plates are so restful! I love your site! Thank you for all your sharing.

bj said...

Thanks so much for coming by.
Your table is so pretty.

When on your profile page, I clicked on one of your favorite blogs and found the most beautiful iris flowers...I want to order some from her...I am SO not a gardener so I don't know how I will do with them.

Julie @ The Family CEO said...

Beautiful! I love the neutral elements with just a little color in the napkins. I also find myself drawn to calm, cool, and neutral...especially in the summer. Beautiful table.

emptynester3 said...

Pretty table- love the dishes with the embossed dots- thanks for the birthday wishes and hope to see you again at Just Call Me Nana! ~Nana~

Sherry said...

Three weeks in a row. I have loved everyone of your tables. I also love texture and neutrals. This is very pretty. Great table. Love your Bobcat too!
Sherry

Debbie said...

Such a summer-time table setting. The textures are fabulous!!! To keep tulips from drooping over, use floral wire around the stems...poke it in the top of the stem, then just wrap around a few times as you move down the stem....keeps their little heads up.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What a gorgeous table!

Blessings!
Gail

marlis said...

gorgeous. stunning. elegant. delicious.

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

You certainly set a nice, neutral tablescape and your napkins add a punch of color.

All the Best,

Requi

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This is so pretty. Loving those placemats, and I love the way they look with your place settings. I really like droopy tulips!! laurie

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Barbara, I had to comment again after you noted that you were following me around Blogland yesterday! Too funny! I try to systematically visit each tablescape, and I often start at the end and work backwards, just so the later posters will get SOME encouraging comments. I think some visitors run out of time and don't make it to the later posts. Everyone loves to get comments, I think!

Mary said...

Love the texture on the table & the dishes! I think I prefer the loose, open & relaxed tulips. Beautiful & soothing! Thanks for your visit :-)

dee dee said...

Wonderful texture and soft colors used on your table! Your small plates are so adorable!
Dee Dee

Bill said...

I agree with all the others who've commented -- great colors and textures! Tulips are amazing flowers, and I think they're very experessive when they decide to "relax" and curve downward over the sides of the vase.

Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
Bill

lulumusing said...

I love this one, Barbara. The design on the small plates remind me of Tuscany which also has lots of texture.
It's always good to hear from you.

D said...

Oh, I just love your small plates. They are so cute, and you did a great job with the colors. Pretty tulips, and the napkins add just the right touch of color.
D

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Barbara,
This is a superb tablescape! I love its simple elegance with the organic and rustic elements. Those salad plates are wonderful. They have such character.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty this is -- I love tabletop textures too. What wonderful flowers and plates. Thanks for your very sweet visit this week - I'm late in getting around.

Tammy said...

Absoluetely love the "plain" palette. The Rae Dunn plates are gorgeous - so much character! Thanks for the encouraging words!

xinex said...

I love what you put together here, Barbara. The placemats and runner have a very nice texture and they are perfect with your plates choice. I love the color of the tulips!..Christine

Jacqueline said...

I agree, give me tulips even in the winter. your textures are so appealing. I love your flatware. I am so intrigued by flatware. It would be bad if I had to start collecting it too! The boots were a hit at Girl's Camp, but we had perfect weather without a hint of rain or snow. The week before they said was awful and they even had trees down everywhere. I was glad to keep the boots dry! Have a wonderful Sunday.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Beautiful table! Such lovely unusual tulips. The runner is really pretty! That looks like the Fox theater in Atlanta in the previous post. Linda

Rachel said...

OMG- I love the top layer plate! Organic is right!!!