Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Banishing Winter with Pink & Yellow

Will this winter ever end? I haven't seen the sun since Saturday, and I'm wrapped in wool and flannel. These endless gray days are difficult. I'm constantly looking for ways to lighten up. I daydream, pondering unreasonable "solutions," like redecorating in all-white or moving to a different zip code (into a cottage named "No Phone" that's drenched in coastal light--white slipcovers, shells, seagrass, painted furniture).
Something tells me I'm not alone in wanting to banish winter.
But what if you are like me--stuck in the gloom? What if you can't move? Or you can't paint one room, much less a whole house? What if it's too cold to dash outside and check on your daffodils? (You already know the garden is a wasteland except for the boxwoods).
Only one thing will work: a pink and yellow tablescape.


A Recipe for Indoor Sunlight:

1 bracing cup of Yorkshire tea

1 dash of green

1 jolt of yellow

A dozen sweet, pink kisses

1 new attitude with a pinch of realism


In a way, this is colorscaping rather than tablescaping. The prettiness of pink makes us feel young and carefree. Yellow possesses warmth and good cheer. These colors are natural pick-me-ups.

I pulled out the vintage glassware, which is so clear and pink it resembles candy.

Next, I added pink and white vintage napkins.




A room with a view is a nice touch, but a vivid imagination works, too.

I rounded up linen and basket-shaped napkin rings...

... I layered the "Desert Rose" pottery with transferware.




No need for flowers when there's boxwood in the garden.


Add whimsy, if possible.

In a deep drawer, I found faux cabbage leaves and used them as placemats.

I'm feeling cheerful already. How about you?

While I was taking photos, the ducks waddled to the pond.

Nature teaches us use what we've got and to carry on as usual, whether the sun shines or stays hidden.

Over 100 tabletop ideas can be found at Tablescape Thursday, courtesy of our talented hostess, Susan, author of Between Naps on the Porch. Tablescape Thursday is like a Design and Garden Show, only with dishes. Take a notebook with you as you blog-hop from one table to the next and prepare to be enchanted and inspired.

Tablescape Notes

Pink/red transferware

"Desert Rose" pottery by Franciscan

Vintage glassware, napkins, napkin rings

April Cornell tablecloth

74 comments:

  1. You table is just beautiful. The boxwood looks fresh and crisp in the setting. It's very cheerful and inviting.

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  2. Love, love, love all of the color!!! And of course I love the April Cornell cloth. Your pink glassware is amazing.

    - The Tablescaper

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  3. Michael Lee, Those gorgeous colors are sure to uplift! Your vintage napkins look fabulous with the April Cornell tablecloth. I also love your use of the cabbage leaf placemats. A touch of green really looks so pretty with pink!

    Is your transferware old. The ornate pattern is reminiscent of bygone days.

    As usual, beautiful and inspiring.
    Yvonne

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  4. The pitcher is gorgeous and Rural Scenes/Pastoral Davenport is one of my all time favorite patterns. I buy (and sell) it in every colorway. I collect the brown polychrome. The pinks and yellows are so pretty here!

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  5. Just beautiful. It reminded me that spring is just around the corner by just enjoying the images.

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  6. Break out the sandals! I'm with you. Ready (past ready, really) for Spring to really get her game on. Love that vase with the frilly edges and the tablescape really puts me in the mood. Thanks for a little bit of sunshine!!!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  7. So beautiful! I am debating getting some Desert Rose, as it is a classic. I think you just sold me!

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  8. What an absolutely luscious color combination!

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  9. How stunningly beautiful! The vintage pitcher and glasses are to die for. Another winning tablescape.

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  10. Such a cheerful looking table - love the color combinations and that pink vase is to die for.

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  11. Your pink and green tablescape pulled us right into spring. So pretty and inviting!

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  12. Your tables are always so beautiful. This is just gorgeous!
    Susan

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  13. This table is sure to uplift anyone's spirits! I have to say though that Mother Nature has lifted MY spirits cause this week we are having 5 days of 60 degree weather and SUN!!!!! (Sorry:):) It will come your way too, I am sure! I spent the last 2 days outside cleaning up the yard from all the snow and rain. HOPEFULLY it is over for ths year!!!! I LOOOOVE that vase, and the dishes. I adore the basket napkin rings!!!! XO, Pinky

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  14. You set such a beautiful table! I noticed one of your red transferware plates is the same pattern as mine, only I have the purple and brown patterns.

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  15. This is so pretty. I love those napkins and those napkin rings are so cute. I've not seen anything like them before. Just darling.

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  16. I don't know if I feel any more cheerful but I sure do covet that beautiful vase. Wow, the color is just amazing!!!

    Justine :O )

    Treble clef
    Kitchen Aid
    Pears

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  17. Hi Michael, Love Love Love your beautiful Pink Table...So Pretty
    HAPPY ST.PATRICK'S DAY
    xoxo
    Julie

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  18. Hi Michael,
    Wonderful tablescape as always.
    So cheery and happy looking. I love yellow too, and hot pink and green.
    Great combo. Such a pretty tablecloth! the ducks in the pond were wonderful too, what a great view, hope you enjoy it often.
    Your pics and tablescapes are such eye candy! they add fun to the day.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  19. The pink & Yellow is delightful! so HAPPY!! Beautiful! Bella

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  20. Your table is just so beautiful, the striking pink colors tug at my heart, love the glassware and the tablecloth is so lovely, can't think of a thing I would change, love it all....Phyllis

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  21. Michael Lee,
    I always look forward to your entries and today's was so fresh! I loved the colors and yes, I'm so looking forward to warmer weather. The way you've layered your table is so inviting...love the Desert Rose, it's perfect for the season. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Sharlotte

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  22. Lovely and bright color combo! I love it all!!!

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  23. This has to be one of my favorite yet...I just love pink...so cheery!

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  24. Fabulous table...the pitcher is stunning!

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  25. If Tablescape Thursday is a contest you will surely win. I love color and I especially love those colors and even more I love those colors together. Great job. Those napkins are to die for.

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  26. Absolutely beautiful sunshine filled table!

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  27. Stunning! Truly a one of a kind setting!! Love it!

    A new follower,

    Nancy's Notes

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  28. HI Michael, this is lovely. All your tables are but I love the color scheme and dishes. So pretty. Can't seem to get enough pink and green! Very spring...and yes we are all ready for spring weather and decorating. It seems to add a lightness to the mood when the sun is out and flowers are blooming!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  29. I have NEVER seen Desert Rose done like this. Oh my it is so fabulous! Love the transferware with it...never would have thought of it myself. We have not seen anything except brown. Even the rhododendrons are all shriveled up, so I went south and tropical in the dining room anyway. This is gorgeous as always!

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  30. Your table looks beautiful. I love the pink and yellow. And your pink glassware is gorgeous!! Everything looks so springy. Love & blessings from NC!

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  31. Love the colors! And your view!!!

    Way back in '67, I wanted the Desert Rose dishes for my wedding, but didn't know to "register" back then, & I've never gotten them. Just recently saw them somewhere...maybe Tuesday A.M.--& I may have to pick up a few place settings for old times sake!

    And I may go trim my boxwood for a bouquet!

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  32. Oh HELLOOOO Stunning as always! Gosh the colors are just so beautiful and the view is breathtaking! I love your photography...it just makes you want to be there!

    Karin

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  33. Ah, this beautiful tablescape makes me truly believe that spring is just around the corner. I love it!

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  34. I absolutely LOVE the pitcher. Wish I had one.

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  35. Michael, this is beautiful. That pink swirl pitcher took my breath! I thank that is the most beautiful pitcher I've ever seen. Love your colors on this table. I am soooo ready for sunshine! I think it would feel so good to look out my window and see ducks on a pond, even if the sun isn't shining. laurie

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  36. Divinely cute table setting and beautiful view. I'm so pleased that Spring has finally arrived - I love traditional English tea in the garden. That being said, they have the most amazing teas in India (where the weather's generally more favourable too!)

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  37. Love the tablecloth with those dishes -- absolute perfection!

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  38. Oh I just love the pink and yellow together. "Desert Rose" was my paternal grandmother's china pattern. I always love that china and your place setting brings back fond memories.

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  39. Michael, this is too pretty for words. The linens just make me smile( and want them!)! Your setting couldn't be more welcome after this strangely long winter
    xoxo Pattie

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  40. I love your recipe for Indoor Sunlight! Can I substitute pomegranate green tea? :-) Love the transferware layered with the desert rose, it certainly lifted my spirits.

    Mary

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  41. Such a beautiful PINK start to my morning! Michael, the colors are just luscious & I am crazy over your swirled pink pitcher with the boxwood tucked into it. Simply lovely!
    The April Cornell tablecloth goes beautifully with all the vintage items & your transferware is the perfect accessory to the classic "Desert Rose" pattern.

    You never fail to inspire me...I'm SO glad you blog!!!
    fondly,
    Rett

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  42. Everything looks amazing. Love those pinks, it looks so spring/like.
    I have lots of boxwoods, you have inspired me to use it in other ways.

    Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  43. So pretty and perky! Love how you've mixed the dishes together...Spring is blooming all across blogland this week! ahhhhhhh! Thanks for putting together this beautiful pink and yellow becon of cheer.

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  44. Stunning! This color combination is hard to beat! Perfect colorscape! Kudos!

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  45. Love your tablescape today. I'm with you on being ready for Spring. I'll never complain again when our Tennessee weather changes so much. This year, it changed to winter and has never looked back. Now if we can just have Spring and not go into Summer right away.
    Love your post, they are always such an inspiration.

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  46. Good Morning~ ~ ~Your table says just that! What fun. I adore this color combo. For many years of my life I was a cake decorator and my favorite color combo was pink & yellow for a girly birthday cake. Still is, Oh Sugar, I'm making myself hungry. Nothing better than a birthday cake for a shot of sugar! Even if it's not my BD.
    Adore your pink pitcher.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  47. The pink glassware is gorgeous! And the view from your window...sigh. :)

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  48. Beautiful!! Your table setting definitely says Spring! Know what you mean about the weather. We do have blue skies today & going up to high 60's and suppose to be the same tomorrow, but rain Sat. night and temps dropping again. :(

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  49. What a breath of fresh air! The Desert Rose was my mother's favorite. You put it all together in such a delightful way.

    Scribbler

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  50. This is a beautiful bright pick-me-up table. I love the vase for the boxwood, the way it is catching the light it is spectacular! It is all pretty!
    Win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog, 100th post giveaway.
    Thanks!
    Sherry

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  51. The pink and yellow theme is so bright and cheery! So pretty and so Spring like!
    Debbie

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  52. How lovely!!! Just what I needed - a shot of spring color! :-)

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  53. It is very refreshing and beautiful!

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  54. I'm working on Foodie Friday. It's sunny and almost warm today, but rain is moving our way. We want a huge garden and were going to till -- Dr. G says it'll be too muddy. Meanwhile, I'm putting out Easter touches and the yellow tablecloth. More colorscaping to combat this endless winter.

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  55. Your tablescape is beautiful! Desert Rose was the dinnerware I grew up eating on!

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  56. Your tablescape can uplift anybody's spirit, Michael. It is so pretty and cheerful. I love your crisp napkins, the dishes are so pretty and that vase is gorgeous. The tablecloth is so refreshing. BTW, I will post the self watering planter/trellises on my blog for this coming Met. Monday. Come take a look if you have a chance. And I am posting for Foodie Friday one week from tomorrow but I will be out of town. Is there anyway you can link me up? My post will be ready by 6:30 PM on 3/24. (only if you have time and you remember, of course). Thanks...Christine

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  57. ahhhh...Gollum, this is so pretty it takes my breath away...and I am so so needing some beautiful spring and summer dishes, napkins, vases, glasses, treble clef, and so many other things!! :O)

    This is really a beautiful setting...

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  58. How lovely is this! Oh, so lovely, I can feel the warmth from the beauty of this setting! I love the tea set, the tranferware, the tiny basket napkin rings! I do adore the leaf used as a charger! The greatest view of Green Trees, and duck in the pond! Oh, take me to your place, for I am loving it!

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  59. I just fell in love with pink! Love those vintage napkins and basket napkin rings. This is soooo pretty...like a breath of spring air! It is coming...don't give up! :-) Your views are wonderful...not sure how you ever get any writing done. I'd just sit and stare out the window alllll day! :-)

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  60. Gorgeous, Michael Lee! I took a stab at pink and yellow as well. Perhaps something was in the air in Tennessee ... a hint of spring perhaps? It was beautiful here today .. sunny and temps reached the 70s. It won't last, of course, but it was a nice break from all the grayness.

    Love your idea of calling it colorscaping! There's no denying that color evokes moods and powerful emotions. As always, your photography perfectly captures your beautiful vintage/modern pieces and your inspired designs.

    Hope your weekend goes well.

    Kindest regards,
    Bill

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  61. I adore pink and green together. Is this an old pattern? I'm pretty sure my grandmother had this or something very similar. Sadly, it is long gone. The pink pitcher is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. Love how the napkins echo the stripes. Now where is the treble clef flatware?

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  62. I adore pink and green together. Is this an old pattern? I'm pretty sure my grandmother had this or something very similar. Sadly, it is long gone. The pink pitcher is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. Love how the napkins echo the stripes. Now where is the treble clef flatware?

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  63. This table just says SPRING! I love it. So refreshing. And pink just happens to be my favorite color. Great job!
    ~Cindy

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  64. Oh that is so cheerful! I love the pink glass and those napkins with the flowered cloth is just wonderful..
    Yep, it made me happy! Spring IS coming, hold on!
    A lovely table, ML!

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  65. holy cow i am missing mucho! i am blown over with your brilliance of late... talk about feeling like a slacker, for a girl who loves color i am ashamed i have missed so much... STUNNING!

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  66. Beautiful table!

    I am a Floridian that moved to a suburb of Cincinnati Ohio and I am over the dreary weather. For the last 4 weeks it has been rough. I am use to most days filled with sunshine but not up here. I am ready for spring.

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  67. Beautiful tablescape ~ such hApPy cOlOrS!!

    Happy PINK SATURDAY!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  68. Hello Michael Lee,
    Well, this lovely table certainly did cheer me up when I saw it! I recognized the tablecloth immediately – it’s from our Spring 2009 collection and wouldn’t you know it…it’s called "Spring Magic"! The yellow background really shines on your table and I love how you’ve played with stripes to coordinate with the print.
    The boxwood adds an unexpected element, as do the fanciful leaf placemats and both work beautifully with the floral look of your setting. If this tablecloth strikes your fancy, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the cheerful yellow and pink palette of our Eden Yellow print from our current Spring collection:

    http://www.aprilcornell.com/landing/S10/TableLinensCollections_EdenYellowTableLinens.aspx

    Keep up those beautiful tablescapes and enjoy the magic of Spring!
    Sincerely,
    April

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  69. Yes, indeed! This table makes me feel full of cheer. I love the vintage pink glass and all these lovely textiles. Pink and green always makes me feel happy. Love the way you spotlighted this table against the window with the cloth draping to the front. And did I mention, "treble clef"?
    I've been away from my computer for the past two weeks so just now catching up. :-)

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  70. How did I miss this post?! Those are my mom's dishes! For some reason, my brother has them. He says my daughter will get them someday...I hope so! I miss seeing them and they look perfect with transferware!
    ~Nancy

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  71. Hi lovely lady. Your tablescape for two is just Beautiful and so cheerful and Inviting, I also love the color pink !! Maybe the next Tablescape I do will be Pink.
    Diane

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  72. I love the vase, the rim is fantastic. How do you store all these beautiful things?

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  73. So pretty and Spring! LOVE that shade of pink!!

    :D Lynda

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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