Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Let's Dish ~ Tuscan Inspiration

Let's Dish ~ Tuscan Inspiration

I've been out of town and have had little opportunity to create 
a table setting for this week, so I reached into my photo files for something to share.  It's been more than ten years since we've traveled in Italy, but our time in Tuscany is still vivid in my memory.  When I saw this beautiful tablescape at Pottery Barn last year, I was immediately drawn to the rich warm colors.

Reproduction olive jars set the 

mood in the center of the table.

The olives may be faux, 

but they looked good enough to eat.

~ apricots ~ browns ~ golds ~ 

~ olive greens ~ rusty reds ~

~ natural linen ~

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

  The depth of this tablescapes' color palette 

immediately transported me back 

to the richness of a Tuscan landscape.

Textures and layers offered 

the rich look of aged stucco. 

Both color and texture 

spoke for themselves.

Each place setting offered 

simplicity with a touch of flair.

Heavy glassware and chicken wire 

votive holders offered a contrast of texture 

atop the loose linen weave of the textile.

Flatware was presented within a white linen napkin.

Smooth ceramics atop woven reed chargers 

brought in more layers of interesting textures.

Metal napkin rings encircled a duo of linen napkins.

 ~ One a beautiful printed linen, 

the other a simple fringed ecru. ~

I find the contrast of colors and 

textures very appealing.

Add in the white details and . . .

It all stacks up to be very inviting.

A loaf of bread along with a few bread sticks

Was nestled in with more textural linens.

A natural reed wine coaster 

held a bottle of red close at hand.

So tell me, does this table make 

you feel as if you've escaped to Tuscany?



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  1. Sarah,your theme & presentation is absolutely romantic & gorgeous.

    Have a great eve ~
    TTFN ~

  2. Beautiful tablescape Sarah! Your attention to detail is amazing.

    Susan and Bentley

  3. Another winning table arrangement, Sarah. I expected no less from you :-) The colors and details are so warm and inviting. I would not mind being a guest at that beautiful table! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  4. A beautiful table and so many pretty elements!

  5. Sarah, what a wonderful Tuscan table. I'm in the planning stages for a trip to Tuscany, and would love any input you may want to offer :-) Also interested in hearing more about your trip to Rhode Island. xxoo Debbie

  6. Sarah, we were in Tuscany in 2003. We loved it of course. Yes this table, with olives, white and rustic elements is very Tuscan to me. hugs, olive

  7. Sarah,
    This table transported me to some old villa in Tuscany! The pottery, sunflowers, soft muted warm colors and lots of woven elements!
    Your napkins are real show stoppers!
    I am going to remember to tuck my flateware in white napkin like that and add a napkin with flair too!
    I can just feel the Tuscan sun on my cheeks!!!!
    Beautiful table, Sara! Well, well done!

  8. I don't think one ever forgets Italy..I remember vividly also..Etched in my mind forever I hope..
    Had to make sure you read my little note to you..I envy what you did..the class..and cannot wait to hear and see :)

  9. Sarah, I just found some PB Italian made rooster plates and I've been wanting to do a Tuscan tablescape. Thanks for the inspiration photos. Love the napkins and all the textures. Hope you're having a fun time.

  10. I remember Tuscany with so much love and longing. We must have visited around the same time!

    I would love to return - we did a road trip through the villages including Cortona to see Frances Mayes' (Under The Tuscan Sun author) house. Florence and Sienna were beautiful cities, everything was so lovely - it's always calling me back but there are so many new places yet to see before I can return. Meanwhile dear Sarah, loving your images here - very elegant yet truly Tuscan.

    Hope life is good dear. Hope you were somewhere fun!
    Hugs - Mary

  11. Yes, it brings me back to Italy. I loved Tuscany and hope to return someday.

    This table setting is lovely Sarah.

  12. Gorgeous! Takes me to Tuscany, although I've never visited, your photos certainly make me feel as if I'm there!

  13. Sarah, I've never been to Tuscany, but feel like I was after seeing your beautiful tablescape! Loved it!!

  14. I have seen the display at Pottery Barn and it led me to buy some olive jars. Such a pretty tablescape, really takes me back to Italy...Christine

  15. Sarah,
    What a lovely tablescape! I adore the reds, greens, kinda' colors! Not having a Pottery Barn store close . . . I have to drool over their catalogs as they arrive! Thank you for this trip to the edge of Tuscany!

  16. Beautiful table, I love the Italian touches.

  17. Oh my, this is so lovely.


  18. Oh my, this is so lovely.


  19. Such a beautiful tablescape! Love the Tuscan theme! Makes me want to return to Italy!


  20. Just lovely, many pretty things going on here. I love Tuscan ANYthing. :))
    xo bj

  21. Sarah, Your table is so inviting! I love the textures and colors you've pulled together here. I keep seeing the olive jars all over blogland...they are really growing on me! The chicken wire votives are adorable!

  22. Such a lovely table, Sarah. Gorgeous napkins.

  23. It does!!! It reminds me of the luscious colors of the region. Love that you shared this with us and took us along on your faux trip. I am such a PB gal.. I should buy stock in the company. sorry wasn't here earlier,, had some internet issues. have a wonderful weekend, xo marlis

  24. You nailed this one, yes very Tuscan to me. Each detail is perfect, love the texture in the napkins.

  25. You can repeat your Tuscan table any time as I love the colors, smells and textures it invokes of one of my very favorite places.

  26. This tablescape looks amazing. I love all the warm colors and the attention to detail is absolutely amazing :)


  27. Hi Sarah,
    I am never tired to see your posts again. And I am so fond to Tuscany style. I just love this post, the textures and rich colors. Thank you for sharing this holiday feeling post.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  28. Sarah, what a beautiful table setting and blog! I adore all your photographs. You have wonderful taste. I have yet to visit Tuscany, but it is on my Bucket List! As is Provence. I will get one step closer this autumn though as the Toddster and I are going on a cruise Med Cruise in September and there are stops in Corsica and Italy, as well as Cannes, amongst a few others. I am looking forward to it a lot! xxoo

  29. Hi lovely lady.
    Wow So Gorgeous! Takes me to Tuscany, I've never visited, your photos certainly make me feel as if I'm there! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Nautical Tablescape.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  30. What a wonderful post, it really took me back to our visit to Tuscany & Sienna over 20 years ago.
    I would love to have a store, such as PB, near here where you can browse a while and be inspired.

  31. Welcome back Sarah! I always go to Pottery Barn when I'm feeling like a bit of inspiration! This table is wonderful!

  32. Oh how I wish bloggers could have a meet-up in Tuscany and enjoy a nice long visit at a beautiful table with Tuscany as our backdrop. My imagination gets away with me looking at your beautiful table.

  33. ooooo you are perfectly preparing us for when we hover over ITALY!!!!! Oh how I love a Mediterranean tablescape!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH SARAH for participating in the party!!! Have FUN! Anita

  34. This is just beautiful! What a wonderful stack, and the napkins are gorgeous! I love the glassware and the chicken wire votives too, so pretty and rustic!
    Thanks so much for linking this to Let's Dish. I looked at it the other night on my ipad, but it was being bratty and wouldn't let me leave a comment.
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend, the weather here was fabulous!

  35. Great table setting! I love the colors, the textiles, and those great little chicken wire votive holders.

  36. Sometimes we must all dip back into our files. Such lovely photos and wonderful inspiration. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  37. Sarah, these photos certainly deserved to come out of the files. Just gorgeous pottery, linens and vessels. Sure reminds me of beautiful Italy. Sunflowers are beginning to bloom in my neighbor's gardens. Your photos are inspiring me to think of creating an Italian tablescape.
    Hoping to find some sunflowers at the farmer's market.
    Have a great week Sarah.

    The French Hutch

  38. Sarah...I love this tablescape so much because of all the texture! I love to see texture on the table...those chargers or placemats just make it feel like you are in Italy. I really like all the colors you chose as well. The vases are spectacular with the sunflowers in them. Great job capturing a Tuscan dinner look.


    Thanks for linking up to Centerpiece Wednesday and sharing your ideas with us.

  39. Oh my Sarah, you have created an amazingly beautiful tablesetting... just gorgeous! I love how you added color and texture to create a feeling of the Italian countryside... love those olive jars as centerpiece and the chicken wire votives.The printed linen napkin is so pretty... love all the colors in your table setting. Thanks for the Tuscan inspiration:)Have a lovely week!Hugs,Poppy

  40. Sarah,
    What a beautiful table. I love Tuscan style and you have depicted it perfectly in your accents and tablescape.

    You always set a lovely table.


  41. Hi Sarah! Oh, your table is so pretty and I love all of your Tuscan touches! Your dishes and accessories! Love the faux olives! :)
    Hope you've had a wonderful weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  42. Lovely! Love the rich textures! Thanks for sharing Joann

  43. AMAZING POST:) Your blog is so wonderful and I want to follow, do you have twitter or facebook??

    If you want some décor inspiration from Sweden, check out my blog:)
    Have an awesome week.

    LOVE Maria at

  44. A lovely set of vignettes and time you planned another trip to Italy :)

  45. Dear Sarah,
    absolutely incredible!You have the most amazing tableware and an even more amazing talent in styling !!!!
    Oh, to be a guest in your home....
    I smiled about the pottery jugs. I purchased them from PB, when I made my pompom arangements for the mantel. Had to bring them back, because they were too big. I loved them. And did you get your chargers at William Sonoma? I bought 8 last year. My settings never look as beautiful as yours.
    Sarah, have a wonderful week,

  46. I have never been to Tuscany but this really makes me want to go! Lovely table and photographs! Simply gorgeous!
    Miss Bloomers

  47. I love everything inspired by Italy! I've never seen the faux olives...I would love to find some! Beautiful table!

  48. Of course Miss Sarah, I love this table. Sunflowers are one of my favs. Those are very pretty napkins too.

  49. I just love Pottery Barn and their beautiful table settings, don't you? I always leave there wanting to redo my whole house! But, I don't...occasionally though, I get a little something to add to my decor (usually when it goes on clearance!).

    Have a great week Sarah,

  50. What a beautiful table setting! Love all of it!

  51. I totally remember those olive jars from Pottery Barn last year. I can't believe one didn't come home with me. I love all the colors and textures in this setting!


  52. I feel transported! This is a beautiful Tuscany inspired tablesetting - love the sunflowers, olive jars, dishes, napkins, all! Perfectly done Sarah! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  53. Sarah~ I could bankrupt myself at Pottery Barn! I have a version of those olive jars and those same napkin rings I have yet to use! I've never been to Tuscany but it's on my bucket list~ thanks for transporting me there :)

  54. Sarah, PB always has the prettiest vignettes. This is a beautiful Tuscan inspired tablescape. Thanks for sharing this at my party.

  55. What a beautiful table. Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting :)

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  57. Bravo!
    I was transported to Tuscany with each photo for sure, Sarah!

    So pretty!


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