It was a lovely warm and sunny Easter morning and we sat down to brunch just after opening our be-ribboned Easter baskets. This French toile Easter table started with the chocolate brown French toile napkins. I picked them up several years ago at Pottery Barn…I just wished I have purchased more!
The grass in the trough grew lush and green which is something I can’t seem to do in parts of my back yard…go figure. I posted about planting the grass in the trough here. I painted ceramic eggs in gold leaf type paint and burnt umber craft paint. I didn’t get too worked up about how to do the designs…freehanded them mostly. My favorite part of the centerpiece is the little iron bunny peeking out. So charming.
French toile and easter really seem to go together for me…well, actually French toile and any holiday go together for me. Red for Christmas, brown for Thanksgiving, Black for Halloween. I easily could have a post for each holiday, French Toile Easter Table, French Toile Christmas Table, French Toile Thanks….well, you get the idea.
There are few things in life that I look forward to more than the Olympics. Every two years I sit down in front of the television and get up two weeks later. Actually this year the Winter Olympics were 18 days long!
Our tradition is throw an Opening Ceremonies Party comple with food from the host country (although some years are much more difficult to plan than others…this being one of them). In years passed I have used the traditional Olympic colors: red, blue, black, gold, green and white and the 5 rings.
This year I decided to change it up. No colors at all. I thought just gold with touches of white and black and a spash or two of silver.
I first assembled the bar (Bien sûr). A Russian Vodka anchored the bar followed by a bottle of wine, glasses (gold of course) and a silver bowl of gold wrapped chocolates. My favorite touch was the gold lit twigs in the clear vase. Usually in use at Christmastime they reminded me of the Olympic torch and so they were a fun addition.
Next I tackled the sideboard. My father has this great greek reproduction bust. I can’t remember a time it wasn’t in our home growing up. I think it is Apollo. He seemed a fitting addition and so I borrowed him to rule over the festivities. Next came the clear candlesticks with green mini wreaths on top. I bought them years ago for use at Easter but in reality I use them all year around. They reminded me of the wreaths put atop Olympian’s heads.
I needed something special for the center of the sideboard. Rings. Five. Gold. Olympic rings. Off to the craft store I went for 5 styrofoam rings and a can of gold spray paint. I used Design Master 731 Brilliant Gold Colortool Spray. This is important as regular spray paint will dissolve styrofoam. A quick spray, some toothpicks between and hot (low melt) glue and the rings were ready to go. I especially liked how the bright gold spray paint turned out to be a deeper antique gold look once on the strofoam. A roll of gold glitter tulle for the table and the decorations were complete.
It was fun to have the Olympic decorations out throughout the games…not that we needed a reminder that the games were happening…Figure Skating on TV all day nearly every day (bliss) took care of that! And on the “non skating” days I learned all I’ll ever needed to know about curling.
Anyone who knows me understands my great and enduring love for all things Hermes. I’ve been collecting Hermes scarves since the love of my life gave me one on our honeymoon (a couple of decades ago now). With that in mind I thought I would brighten the pre-spring table with some Hermes Colliers de Chiens Table Inspiration. Colliers de Chiens is a new (er) Hermes scarf design which I am in love with.
In my quest to add a bit of spring into my life one of the 5 steps (from this post) is to add some color to the dinner table.
What better starting point than one of my newest silks? What makes this “Colliers de chiens” (AW 2013) 90 carre so extra fun (in addition to the riot of color) is that the design is dog collars. Adorable. I don’t even have a dog…almost makes me wish I did! Almost.
The thing about having such a specific inspiration for a table (or outfit for that matter) is that it tends to pull together colors which I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of myself. I let the masters at Hermes do it for me. In this case the bright fuchsia along with slate blue and teal. There are so many colors in this scarf it would be easy to use any combination actually. Fuchsia and yellow, red, slate blue, cobalt blue, teal (both light and dark), gold. You name it.
I was drawn to both the fuchsia and slate blue and also the fuchsia and teal. I began with a cocoa colored grasscloth place mat. I wanted the colors to really stand out against a neutral base. For the fuchsia and blue I started with a linen blue place mat. My cream Wedgwood china goes with absolutely everything. Then the punch of a bright fuchsia napkin. I anchored it with a brown water goblet and a bright pink wine glass and in this case opted for the Be. Bright wine. I find it impossible to resist a cute wine label. And how uplifting is wine called “Be. Bright”?
I honestly wasn’t sure what exactly these napkins would go with when I purchased them but I use them all the time. I don’t know how I lived without this fabulous color in my arsenal! It must be calling to me because soon after I got the napkins the scarf ended up in my closet. It isn’t exactly the Pantone color of 2014 “radient orchid” but it is somewhere on that spectrum.
Adding color to the table brightened up the mood around here. It is positively amazing what a few minutes thought and a fuschia napkin can do to life one’s spirits. And did you catch my obsession with colored glassware? Yep. Add it to the list!