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April 5, 2022

Floral Easter Dining Table 2022 (T)

 

Welcome to my Easter dining table!

I've used my Anniversary fine china again since it has great spring colors and mixed it with some casual elements.

The gold flatware picks up nicely on the edge rim of the dishes.  

Here's another view showing the colors up close.   
Noritake Yoshino

I've kept the table simple but I think festive enough!

The crystal is a pattern from Mikasa that we picked up at the Mikasa Outlet in 2003 our 25th anniversary along with another set of everyday dishes.  I elevated the basket of flowers on a cabbage leave placemat which is on an upside down serving platter.  I can just remove the flowers, flip over the serving platter and VOILĂ€!

I've had this tablecloth from Kohl's for quite a few years.  Love the cutwork and scallped edge.

Big giant magnolia stuffed in a collection of hydrangeas, tulips and lily of the valley!

I decided to put an egg on top of the candle holder since I already have candles in the votives.  A Pier 1 purchase several years ago.

I love the cheerful spring colors!  
The candle votives were from Pier 1 a while back.


The napkins, placemat and the charger lend a casualness to the table.  

There you have it my Floral Easter Dining Table 2022, I hope you enjoyed it!


March 14, 2022

Thinking of the Ukraine (T)

 

I thought I'd do a tribute table to the Ukraine.  Since their flag is blue and yellow I concentrated on those colors. 
 I feel like the whole world is looking at the situation from afar and feeling helpless.

As you can see we still have snow here, not unlike the Ukraine. I can't imagine being forced away from my home and to live out of bags and backpacks.  It's unreal.

I didn't have sunflowers for my arrangement but I added them through my place settings.  Ukraine is a very large importer of the world's sunflower oil exports.

This would be a wonderful summer tablescape but I felt the need to do this now.

My hairdresser is from the Ukraine.  She's been in America for 10 years.  She and her daughter came over after she married an American.  None of her family could come over to America and both her parents have since passed as well as her only sister.  I know she is overwhelmed with emotion about all of this.  The salon is sponsoring bake sales and other fundraising efforts.

Footnote: I didn't use napkins to help keep the design simple.
 

Pray for the Ukraine, they sure can use it.  
  


I'm including a link that her daughter has set up for donations.  
She has been able to deposit money directly to their family and friends through a banking app.
 
 

 
 


March 7, 2022

Easter in the Kitchen 2022

 

Hello everyone!  I've decided to go ahead and put some Easter decorating up in the kitchen area. I've used the rabbits and tree before but this time I decided to add some floral and foliage to the scene.

I recently went up to Petoskey to my favorite floral and decorative elements store called Monarch.   I picked up the little blue and white planter and faux violas.

I love this planter and know I'll get a lot of use out of it.  I also have on order some new curtains for the slider which is to the right. 

The bunnies are made by Fitz and Floyd, Poppies.  I've had them for many years. The blue and white egg is from Marshall's.  I bought three (each different) on line because we don't have a Marshall's.  They are made in Turkey.

I got the tree from the Hallmark store probably 5 years ago.  The eggs are from Pier 1 from several years back too (when they still had a store!).  The runner is new from Home Goods, I'll be able to use it for a good while!

I'm delighted to look at this and feel there is hope for spring to come!  We are currently getting a snow storm with 6" of fresh snow.  

I decorated the tray that I often have on the credenza.  I wasn't intending on this but it started when I set the tray over here and the wood top by the stairs, then I set the two potted tulips just to see if I'd like it. I was working on the carrots in a terracota pot and it went on from there!  
I like cute displays, what can I say!

These rabbits were also from Pier 1 back a while, I sure do miss their stores.  That big fat rabbit always makes me laugh!

Well that's all I've done so far! 


February 3, 2022

Wintry February Tablescape (T)

 

Winter greetings!  
I clustered a bouquet of mums into na artichoke tulipiere vase.  
Theoretically I should have used smaller flowers but it turned out kind of fun.

You can see the layers of the tulipiere

This is top but the holes are so small I couldn't get the stems to poke in them.

The crystal with ice and water represent the outside weather.  I kept things cool with lots of white and the stainless flatware. (glasses are called  Trellis by Fitz & Floyd)

The white mums are like a snowy foundation highlighted with a rich palette of colors.  I love how the dishes pick up on them.

These are by Pottery Barn with no name (from a few years ago). 

I chose antique pewter accented flatware and napkin rings, white napkins, white chargers and  white dinner plates.  Keeping it cool!
 
These two metal patterns always go together nicely!


Williams Sonoma tablecloth called Vintage Floral Jacquard, a real favorite of mine!

I love these colors and their texture.  I hope the green ones will open up too!  I've had them home since Sunday.

As you can see we are still snowy here and expecting more!
 

I'll just stare at these instead! 

I'll be joining:
Between Naps On The Porch


January 28, 2022

January, Sorting and Emptying my Office and Dish closet.

 

To start with i'm showing you my credenza.  I brought the white rooster back and built the look from there.  I try to find things that go with the picture.

These flower pots are new.  I got them from Terrain.  When I saw them I knew immediately where they were going to go.

So I began emptying out the dish closet in the small bedroom that I took over quite a few years ago.  I emptied everything (in several stages) and determined what I actually used and things that had been just hanging around.  This is just a sampling of everything I went through.  It truly was some of the hardest decisions I've made to let go of a lot of this.  There are stacks of chargers and placemats by the closet too.

 
This is one side of my closet now.  I also let go of a lot of wine glasses that I had accumulated and kept what I knew I would use for my tablescaping. My husband put this all together and it's supported heavily to take on the weight of all of this.  He made the wine glass rack too.

This is the other half.  I got a whole bunch of metal racks designed to hold pot lids, and rather than storing everything in stacks I was able to get all of the dinner plates on the racks, leaving the salad/dessert  plates to put in front.  I also went through a ton of placemats and chargers that I had accumulated.  I was heavily into Tuscan when I started blogging and I've transitioned to a different style over the years. 

Believe it or not this is far more organized than it was.  These are commonly used decorating items and I got them all on this shelf.  I've got more downstairs and that's on the project list too.

There are 4 napkin containers (there was 7) so I let go of a lot of them. Extra silverware is on the bottom and some more deco stuff.  The art on the right lower area is from my Grandson.  Forgive the dust I hadn't taken care of that yet.

Thi is a backed up view of my office which also serves as storage for the dishes and deco items.  I was too ashamed to take a picture of it before.  My sewing machine is stuffed underneath the printer.

My backyard garden area is in a frozen state!


Sigh.... can't wait for winter to be over!


ABOUT ME



Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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