Oh, the things we do as tablescapers, when we are on a short timeline! Recently, I purchased some new chocolate Fiesta luncheon plates for our Florida place at a great price at Dillard's. I have never owned any Fiesta, before we furnished the condo, and had no idea how small the salad plates were. We like to eat breakfast and sometimes lunch on salad plates and the ones that came with the place settings were way too small!
Anyway, we were headed to Florida in a few days, so I decided to shoot a post using the luncheon plates, before they moved to their new home. I had already done a brown and blue blog, so I started to look around for other ideas.
I spied my Royal Doulton "Samarra" plates and realized that they had enough brown in them to work. Whoohoo! I would do a green and brown tablescape. This is where being in a hurry usually clouds the brain and it certainly did mine on that day!
Green and brown - why didn't my brain scream out warning signals?? What was I thinking??? To help you understand this situation, I must leave tablescaping for a moment and write about travels.
In 2007, my husband and I made a trip to California. We had been there on other occasions, but we had never traveled to the wine country nor Yosemite National Park. We had a wonderful time, but I remember complaining the whole time that we were in Yosemite that everything looked just "brown and green". Actually, there was gray, too, but all I saw was "brown and green". Maybe, the park is prettier at other times (we were there in early June), but I was used to parks like Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, where the variety of colors is much greater!
The very next year, we took a trip to France and spent most of our time in Provence. We went in the fall and guess what? Everything in the countryside was brown and green! I remember commenting that this landscape reminded me of Yosemite, because of the colors. Now, I loved the cities in Provence and I understand that the countryside is not to be believed, when the sunflowers are blooming. However, I was not impressed with the landscape in the fall. Normally, I am not a complainer, when I travel - I love to travel and usually only see the good in the places, where I land. There was just something I did not like about all of this brown and green, which brings us back to, "What Was I Thinking"?
Well, I was thinking that I wanted to get this post done quickly, due to the time constraint. I hurriedly pulled out new placemats from Dillard's (also, on sale), bamboo flatware from Steinmart, Raymond Waits napkins, wooden beaded napkin rings from Kohl's and Fostoria "Mesa" glassware.
The green tablecloth is Ralph Lauren "Waitsfield" and the centerpiece is a peace lily that usually resides in my family room.
I finished the table, shot the photos and immediately repacked the luncheon plates in bubble wrap for their trip to Florida.
After we returned from the trip, I started really looking at the table and suddenly realized the error of my ways. Brown and green - oh, no! The table looked so boring and there was nothing to be done! The Fiesta plates were five hours away (did I mention the chocolate color has been discontinued??). I could not re-shoot the table (sigh). What to do? I finally decided that I would not post this week and start over next week. After mulling over that solution, I thought my mistake might be fun for you other bloggers to enjoy! I guess most of us are guilty of doing things quickly and not really planning well enough. The place settings on my table are O.K, but the overall table is blah, blah!! I could not add anything, since I had no plates, so I am trying to tell a cautionary tale for the rest of you - lol!!
I certainly hope your tables are more interesting than mine this week. I am looking forward to seeing your pretty ones!