Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Romancing the Plate

My mother says the secret to tablestyling is romancing the plate. It's about attraction, feeling the mood, and understanding the subtle nuances of Dishology. She's really good at this. I consulted her about my Valentine's Day tablescape, and she suggested the "Chirp" dishes.

For the centerpiece, she recommended tulips--2 pots with moss tucked around the plastic liners.
Red is the perfect color when you are romancing the plate, so I pulled out my wedding goblets.

Twig flatware.


And, because Mother loves to shake up matchy things--mismatched napkins.




Little vases with pink sweetheart roses were set at each placesetting.

Now that the plates have found their matches, I'll need to consult Mother again about pairing dishes for Foodie Friday.

I'm linking to Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. If you're in the mood for eye candy, please visit Susan and other bloggers and check out their tablescapes for Valentine's Day.


Tablescaping Notes

Dishes-- "Chirp" by Lenox

Chargers -- Waechtersbach (cherry)

Napkins -- "Straight to the Heart" by Flying Needle Gallery

Glassware -- Fostoria Jamestown

Twig Flatware -- I wish I could remember! It's stainless.

White placecard holders/vases: Amazon

70 comments:

  1. Just lovely! I adore those Chirp dishes and the blue red combination!

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  2. Your Mom is right: I love how you "mix it up"!!! Both napkins are so pretty! LOOOVE the "chirp" dishes too! I posted this week too!!!! Come on over if you get a chance! XO, Pinky

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  3. Hi Michael Lee, Your Mother is right it all looks great. They usually are or so she tells me. Interesting that my Mom and I did a post also this week. Stop by if you have the time.
    I love the new look of your blog. You must be putting great amounts of time into it. I appreciate your work.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  4. Beautiful! Love your color combinations and that centerpiece gives me some ideas. I have a silver bowl in the attic that I could do something like that with. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. beautifully done. I love those plates. I just recently purchased the set of 4 different birds (salad plates only) by American Ateleir. I'm going to use the color spectrum that you incorporated, it was well done and just enough to keep the setting interesting. Jackie A HUGE FAN

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  6. Michael, I love heart your table. Love the mismatched napkins. The tulips are a perfect centerpiece.. I've been meaning to tell you I Love your new blog look, so rich looking... hugs ~lynne~

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  7. Another lovely table, Michael. Me thinks it's the genes. I hope you - and your Mom - are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. I love this! I've long admired the Chirp dishes. All I have from that line are the napkin rings.

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  9. a little birdie told me this was beyond cute! i LOVE your color combos, cute cute cute!

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  10. I've been visiting for a while and enjoy all the bright, cheerful pictures that you share with us--the dishes, foods, rooms, etc. Growing up on a farm and living in the country, I really appreciate your animals. I like your new features, too. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family.

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  11. Mother knows best! And she gave you good advice on this one! It is lovely! See you tomorrow night!

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  12. I'm a huge fan of the twig silverware - so unique!

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  13. I love, love your centerpiece! That robins egg blue plate looks surprisingly good with red. I don't think of putting those two colors together.

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  14. I love this color combo! Outstanding tablescape!!!

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  15. Clearly Mom knows what she's talking about!

    - The Tablescaper

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  16. Evening, Dear Gollum Michael Lee! Oh, what a pretty table you've set. Love the chirp dishes and I see little birds with red on them. How cute! You've learned very well from your mother!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  17. LOVE the new look! The turquoise and red is great together and the napkins are a perfect mismatch. Of course, birds and twiggy flatware go together. Lots of fun and very pretty! I'd love to meet your mom! How about an interview!!!

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  18. A design fit for the Angels of Spring themselves!

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  19. Michael, I think your mother and mine were switched at my birth! Mine thinks I have a "dish disorder"! I adore those chirp dishes and love the color combo. And the napkins are perfect! Love it all
    xoxo Pattie

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  20. Love, love, love it! I wonder if the "chirp" plates are still available?

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  21. You never cease to amaze me. Everything you touch turns beautiful! The bird dishes are so pretty and the mismatched napkins are great. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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  22. Michael Lee, Your tablescape is wonderful for Valentine's day. I love the little "chirp" dishes and using red with the turquoise blue- very fun. It takes the "syrupy sweet" out of Valentine's and makes it more chic and updated. Potted anything in a big silver container is perfection, but tulips are the very best- what is it about tulips?

    I love the new design of your blog. Very beautiful! Elegant. It does feel like a magazine! So smart.
    Yvonne

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  23. Gorgeous of course, and so unique! I LOVE the Fostoria SO much I could just grab them off the page, lol! It is just a stunning table!

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  24. * BEAUTIOUS, BEAUTIOUS, BEAUTIOUS!!!

    Oh, my dear, sweetHEART of a pal, the VERY minute I saw those Chirps dishes online many months back (when I was on a "self-imposed restriction" from BUYING ANY DISHES"!!!), I was on the phone, O*U*T came my AE Card & I was ONE HAPPY CAMPER! I A-D-O-R-E THEM!!! The HAPPIEST dishes EVER!!! But the way you put them alllll together here?... "Sheer PERFECTION"!!!!

    "Muahhhhhhhhhhh"! (That's a hug!)
    Linda
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  25. You and your mother are good at romancing the plates! Oh, how neat!

    I love "Chirp" and particularly like it set with the "Twig" flatware. Gollum, are those little bird salt and peppers some new version of the Target white ones? They look perfect with your dishes! Love the ruby goblets, and the fact that you used coordinating but different napkins. Love the tulips, mossed, and in the large silver compote. this table's a winner, but that's no surprise.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  26. Beautiful! Ah, Mother indeed DOES know best!

    It's what I tell my daughters all the time. . . .

    Cass

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  27. Michael, your table is so beautiful, I love the soft aqua with the red and the bird motif with the branch silverware, wow and top that off with the beautiful red crystal goblets and the mismatched napkins that are perfect, I love it all...Phyllis

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  28. Hi Michael,
    I think this is so original! The aqua and red with the bird and even the silverware all ties in together so elegantly. Your blog also looks like it has gone through a transformation! I really like it! --Delores

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  29. Hi Michael, I love the turqouise and red together. I think your MOM is a true dishologist.Kathysue

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  30. Oh Michael, I love your table. I have seen those plates and been tempted more than once to buy them but I try to control myself. They look so pretty with all the other accessories on your table...Christine

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  31. Beautiful as always!!
    Love those red goblets, so pretty!
    Just finished doing my Valentines
    table for tomorrow night. My kids and their boy/girl friends are coming for a Valentine's dinner.
    I had such fun playing all day,
    making cards and tablescaping!
    Works for me!
    Sorry about your cholesterol issues, try eating a handful of walnuts every morning or putting them on toast or in oatmeal, it helps. or almonds
    Take Care hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  32. Not only is your mum brilliant at romancing the plate but she also has a very up to the minute style, Turquoise is the "in" colour for home interiors right now and you both have incorporated it with the reds perfectly for a very chic and romantic Valentines table. Gorgeous. Kathy.

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  33. This is so Beautiful; feast for the eyes! Would love to have Valentine dinner at that table!
    Thank you for joining me.
    Rita

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  34. I love this tablescape! The little birds are so adorable and sweet. I wish I could find that style, but with our beach birds. Seems most tropical themes of birds or nature are so overdone. I'd love something just delicate for a change. I love palm trees, but they are everywhere! Maybe I should start design tropical dishes for those who would like something a bit understated for a change. Kudos to your mom!

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  35. Just love it! Beautiful dishes!
    Debbie@debbie-dabble

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  36. Casual elegance, love it. The aqua and red combination is gorgeous together. Beautiful pieces.

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  37. Well, now I'm totally convinced that there is a genetic gene for successful tablescapes! Please tell your Mom that I ♥ all her ideas? You are blessed to be able to still have her input & assistance.

    The turquoise is supposed to be the new "IN" color for this year & combining it with red is so upbeat & fresh looking.
    Very beautifully done, Michael, as always. :D

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  38. Love the red and turquoise combination! I have dish envy.

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  39. ALWAYS listen to your mother. It looks fabulous. Truly spring is coming, if only inside.

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  40. I am loving the red, white and turquoise! Mother is indeed very good at this game, isn't she?

    Scribbler

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  41. You are really busy with this blog! Every time I check in, there is a new look...I like it!

    Those dishes are wonderful. I love the colors. Tulips are my favorite flower, so this is a wonderful tablescape for me!

    Sue

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  42. I'm glad I found you through Tablescape Thursday. I love the turquoise with the red - and the mismatched napkins and twig flatware are great fun!

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  43. Interesting story as for me. I'd like to read a bit more about that matter. Thank you for posting this information.

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  44. Hi Miss "G" :)
    I adore those birdie dishes! I can't even believe how cute they are! Everything looks beautiful... I couldn't miss match, would look like a boo boo, but when you do it it looks fantastic and deliberate!
    Ok I'm off to get ready for Foodie Friday! I have some rose water pudding to make!
    Take care there...
    ~Rainey~

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  45. Everything looks so pretty. mom's got a good eye! :)

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  46. Love the dishes!! The red goblets are great as well.

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  47. Those raspberries on the polkadotted plates look simply sinful :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  48. "Mother knows best!" Very pretty! Love the "chirpie" dishes! Your wedding goblets are perfect as are the "mismatched" napkins!

    DD

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  49. Lovely. I especially love the "Chirp" dishes.

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  50. Oh I just love this tablescape. Those chirpie dishes are my favorite. Why is it when I do the mismatch thing, it doesn't seem to look as good as yours :)

    I also realized that I have those same dishes that are in your giveaway. I really do need another set and can't seem to find them. I just love the set, it goes with everything.


    Have a blessed day.

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  51. Love it! I adore red and turquoise and the mix-match. :-) Your table looks so festive and happy ~ especially with the tulips!

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  52. I've been eyeing those dishes for quite some time now. I love the way you set your table with them. Beautifully done, Michael!

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  53. Lovely....beautiful table....love the red goblets..thanks for sharing....Pat H

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  54. I came back to look your post over again~ ~ Just lovely. Good time to mention that I just love the copper pan giveaway. Why, because they are so pretty to look at as I am doing the saute in the pan.

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  55. Oh how pretty -- and you're mother did a great job with her table consulting! Can't wait to see what she has you cook up for these lovely dishes! -- now, think she'd pop over and help me out some?

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  56. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those tulips...my favorite flower. And, the red and turq. combined is gorgeous. Did you know it was color of the year for 2010? Just kidding...we can't hear that enough, can we? Happy Valentine's day!

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  57. I love this China, I have been drooling over it on various stores websites. I'm so glad you are able to enjoy it in person!

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  58. You are quite talented as well to listen to your mother. Lovely pieces and what a gorgeous table you made!

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  59. Your Mama was/is right! Love the plates AND the tulips!
    Hugs, Lana

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  60. How did I miss this lovely table last week? Everything about this is charming. The twig flatware is wonderful, as are the plates and napkins. Love it!

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  61. LOVE the turq paired with red!!

    :D Lynda

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  62. The twig flatware is so different! I wish you remembered too lol! The table is beautiful.
    I had to be a follower because It's way past my bed time and I am still drooling :) and looking over your blog!

    ~~Wendy

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  63. My mother has a set of Fostoria Jamestown. Makes me just giddy to be an only child :)

    So jealous of the twig flatware. Too cool!

    Laura

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