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?