Sunday, June 6, 2010

Summer Shimmer

Last week I wrote about summer simplicity, but I can't be content with an uncluttered table for long. This table celebrates regal purples and golds with my first cuttings from our new garden and a wonderful garden in vintage printed cotton from Wilendur.

Now purple is a funny color when it comes to photographs. At the Homer Laughlin China Collector's Association a few years ago, a professional photographer actually gave a seminar on the difficulties of capturing Homer's darker glazes like plum. He recommended very bright lights and contrasting filters. I decided to see what would happen with a much softer light with a glow that provide a natural yellow balance...candlelight!

These photos were shot during a severe thunderstorm. The dark afternoon increased the shimmer on the tabletop.

These heather-hued tumblers from Pier One sparkle with tea lights inside. Heather Fiesta dinner plates and chartreuse salad plates are accented with marigold napkins.

My great-grandparent's Gorham Buttercup sterling lends its own shimmering blooms to the placesetting.

American Potter vases from the 1939 World's Fair provide the perfect golden base for a centerpiece of hydrangeas, roses, petunias, yarrow and purple spikes.

I could not resist getting out the lilac pyramid candleholders to celebrate a new acquisition, a lilac disk pitcher that was a surprising on-line bargain.

None of the purples in this pottery are an exact match for the Wilendur cloth, but I love their contrast with all of the golden flowers.

The lilac glaze was very troublesome during production, and collectors will find a lot of variation in the color. I wanted to see how well my few pieces in this color match.

Not bad at all! And here's a look at all of Homer's post-86 purples together.

I had one last curiosity about the color in this cloth. If lilac is not a perfect match, how about Harlequin blue?

Not quite, but a blend of lilac and this blue could be one for the color wishlist...we could call it "what periwinkle should have been!"

Sparkle approves of this tabletop time, and I hope you enjoyed it too!


  1. I really LOVE that tablecloth and enjoyed all your shades of purple.

  2. A very colorful table, that's one way to brighten up a rainy day!

  3. Awesome colors!!! Gorgeous tablecloth and exquisite amethyst tumblers.

    I'm hosting a new meme called "Summer Sundays" and it's all about what summer means to YOU! It could be a beautiful summery tablescape! Hope you'll come and join us.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. Beautiful Daphne. Even though the purples aren't a perfect match for the cloth, I think they go very nicely with it.