Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Walk on the Wild Side

Take a walk on the wild side by merging unexpected elements: 
polka dots, stripes, Mason jars, and zebra-printed glasses.

Mason jars might be the most versatile glassware in the history of tablescaping. They can hold preserved food...or flowers.

Silver napkin rings are at home with stainless flatware.

The design in this breakfast room is assertive. The tangerine-and-lemon striped draperies want to fight with every tablescape. To tamp down the wildly divergent patterns and textures, I united them with  color--black-and-white. Little splashes of yellow--the soup bowls and orange-centered flowers in Mason jars--added a fun element.

Layers, layers, layers.

My husband loved these darling zebra-striped glasses.
"A safari table!" he said.
Now there's an idea!
Mustard-and-brown sugar glazed corned beef
Apple-pecan salad with pomegranate vinaigrette
Fried Cabbage and bacon
Potato Bread
Shamrock Cake

Tablescaping Notes
. . .
black chargers by Jay Brocade
white dinner plates by American Atelier
black-and-white polka dotted plates--Spode "Baking Days"
daffodil soup bowls and saucers -- Horchow (bought in 2009)
zebra martini glasses by Slant

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  1. You always amaze me! Those stems in the simple jars are amazing. Dob't forget to join up with Shirley at Housepitality Designs for our Day 2 of the Egg-xellent Spring Party. I can't wait to see what you have to share next Friday. woohoo :)

  2. love the sunny flowers in the jars--very fun!

  3. i am so loving the black and white with the yellow! The striped napkins are awesome as well as the gorgeous black and white dishes..HELLO!! amazing! I love the mason jars mixed in with the whole look. Please come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share all this goodness!

    Karin :0

  4. Michael Lee, all the elements of this table make me smile. Love the zebra patterned glasses and the mix of color, texture, and pattern. The simplicity of the single stems in the jars is unexpected and delightful. ~ Sarah

  5. Wow, such a great mix of bold colors and textures! Love the black and orange! The zebra glasses are wonderful and of course being a southern girl I love those mason jars with tangerine gerbera daisies!! Nothing could be prettier! Hope you are enjoying your week!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. Stunning! I adore black & white and you have beautiful dishes as well as the amazing martini glasses. Be still my heart! :-) The touches of yellow are so bright and happy. LOVE the single stems in the mason jars ~ just perfect!

    Wish I lived close to you...maybe some of your talent would rub off.


  7. What a fun tablescape with the elements of surprise!
    I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

  8. Bold, sassy, unique, inviting, fun and totally fun!

    This is really a great tablescape - I have no real color in my world - always intimidates me, but I sure love looking at it!


  9. love this !! u r amazing love your style . Love the jars and the use of them wld have never thought of it !!

    love the rich play of colors !!

  10. Very fun! Love all of the layers.

    - The Tablescaper

  11. Beautiful combination of colors, textures, prints and patterns! I love it when one is not afraid to go a little "wild" and stray from the norm. Beautiful!

  12. How do you manage to do such amazing tablescapes week after week..I am in awe of your creativity and style..All of your tables are just stunning and this one is no different..I absolutely love the use of the mason jars juxtaposed to the gorgeous dishes...

  13. Blooming Fun! I love those cheery Gerberas in the ball jars paired with your cosmopolitan zebra glasses! Your black & white stack topped with the daffodil bowl is such a happy combination. I loved your b&w dishes paired with your spring green but the vivid yellow is smashing :)

  14. I love the black and yellow combination and the unexpected elements are great. What a fun table and guests would be sure to be oohing and aahing over those zebra glasses. I love the straws holding the flowers. Yes, the mason jar is amazing!

  15. I wish I had your eye for combinations. The table looks wonderful.

  16. This is just so pretty. I love your combination of colors and the napkins are great. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  17. Another awesome your style!

  18. Oooh, you just reminded me that I need to pull out some of my mason jars with the frog built into the lid. Your tablescape is wonderful. You had me immediately with the graphic design in the striped napkins. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  19. Beautiful!! I love the mason jars!!

  20. Love your tablescape, especially since I had just picked up the beautiful yellow plates at Pier 1. Have used them with green, with red and with blue. Now you've inspired me to formulate a tablescape in yellow and black.