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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Flowers and Birds: Spring Table for Two

by Heather

The middle of the week sounds like a good time 
to make an easy meal of pasta and salad. 
One of my students several years ago introduced me to a 
combination of sauteed fresh tomatoes,
olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar 
(no recipe -- just keep adding ingredients to taste) over linguine 
and it has become a favorite in our household. 
While husband Tom is doing the grocery shopping on his way home, 
I have time to set the table.

This was going to be done outside, 
but the temps weren't cooperating by dipping quickly enough
so inside it is.  
I did move a few things inside that live outside: 
the large white birdhouse
(that I dragged back from a girls' trip to La Jolla years ago) 
and the window-paned mirror
(which I got from Sheila's mom at the last swap party). 
I thought the birdhouse was the perfect centerpiece
for these bird-and-floral plates and bowls from Home Goods.
 I've paired the fairly new green, white and black floral pieces
with old Banana Republic black chargers
and large white and small black square plates. 
I like mixing and matching china; it's a fun way to create more looks. 
I've used the green floral dinnerware
with a solid green runner and plain white napkins,
but I'm kind of liking the mix of the green striped runner and napkins
with the floral pattern of the dishes.
The black candle holders are also from our last swap party,
courtesy of Sheila.
Pewter flatware
 Pottery Barn birdcage napkin rings were found during a trip to Connecticut several years ago. 
 A spot of tea, anyone?
 Bowls are ready for our dessert of fresh berries
(and probably ice cream if he remembers to pick it up).

Hope your week is going beautifully!
Mine is "flying" by :)
Love,
Heather

37 comments:

  1. Hi! found you over at a party at the Style Sisters - love the post! The green floral dinnerware is wonderful and we love all the decor items that you have selected. When you have a minute stop over at BeBetsy we'd love to see you there! Sharon and Denise

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    1. Thank you, Sharon and Denise. Will definitely stop by BeBetsy.
      Heather

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  2. I love your green floral dishes...just gorgeous! I am visiting from Debra's party over at Common Ground....hugs, Penny

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  3. This table scape is really cute! I would love for you to link up at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thank you,
    Angela

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    1. Thank you, Angela. Will definitely link up!
      Heather

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    2. Thanks for linking up at Assets and Efforts on HickoryTrail

      Angela

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  4. fantastic dishes! love the green and black with your weathered birdhouse, adorable!
    Jenna

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  5. This is so cute! I love bird houses and it makes such a great centerpiece. The dishes are wonderful and I love the black and green combo! Diann and I thank your for joining TTF this week!

    Linda

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    1. My pleasure to join TTF and thank you for the lovely remarks.
      Heather

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  6. Your floral dishes in green are so pretty, I love them! Your setting is so pretty and with a little whimsy with the bird houses, perfect! Have a nice weekend.
    FABBY

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    1. Thanks, Fabby. I really enjoy seeing your tablescapes, too, so I appreciate your comments!
      Heather

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  7. Oh, I forgot! The teapot in the chinese stand is gorgeous, too!
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you again. I love having tea so there's always a teapot close by.
      Heather

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  8. This is stunning! I just saw those amazing plates last week and thought about how to make them work, well you just showed me. Thanks again for your wonderful inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, Trina. Those plates are now in yellow and black, too. Really cute but Home Goods here is pretty much out of them already. Just got the salad plates and the bowls.
      Heather

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  9. Stopping by from You're Gonna Love it Tuesday (you were linked up 2 before mine). I love this table decor! It is so my style. I love bringing nature inside. The dishes are gorgeous. Such a cozy little scene for a nice meal :).

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rebekah. I'll make sure to visit you, too!
      Heather

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  10. Your teasetting is stunning. Love your birdhosue, it is so gorgeous and the dishes are perfect for a garden theme. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks, Marty, for hosting "Inspire Me" each week. It's always so much fun to see what everybody has been up to!
      Heather

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  11. Hi,
    I found you in Marty's party.

    Wow... my fave color on your tabletop? Amazing beauty.

    Hope you have a great week.
    /CC girl

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    1. Thank you, CC girl. Visited your post; love the green and pink tablescape. Beautifully done!
      Heather

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  12. Heather, love this sweet table! I have a bird fetish and have a lot of bird items in my home. Black and green is a wonderful color combination. Those dishes are to die for! I saw them at Home Goods and wanted them so badly. I had to resist because I am over run with dishes. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Sweetie, I do not see a link back to the party.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks, Jann. I can't seem to get the hang of linking back to the party. Will keep trying, though.
      Heather

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  13. Love, love your Spring table! So pretty! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

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  14. These dishes are amazing! Love the pattern and the happy green color. That birdhouse is fantastic too! Beautiful tablescape! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. Always a pleasure to link with your Home and Garden Thursday!
      Heather

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  15. love your wonderful tablescape! the green toile plates are just amazing!!

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  16. So very pretty! You will be one of the features tonight at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. The party will go live tonight instead of tomorrow. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Oh, what a very pleasant surprise, Kathryn! Thank you!
      Heather

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  17. I love your table setting! I'm really into birds and I just love those little bird cage napkin rings. Everything looks so fresh and pretty. I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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    1. Thank you, Peggy, for your sweet comments.
      Heather

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    2. Beautiful table! Especially love the dinnerware. Can you tell me who the maker is? I read that you bought them at Home Goods. Thanks so much

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    3. Thank you. The back of the plate says "222Fifth, PTS International, Adelaide Green and White Fine China" made in Indonesia. Hope this helps.
      Heather

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