Thursday, July 28, 2016

Blue and White Alfresco Dining

After I freshened up the furniture on the screened porch I was anxious to make a blue and white tablescape.

Blue and white table 1

We eat supper out here most nights although we have had to eat inside several times lately because the heat has been unbearble even with the fans going.

updated porch dining area

My first thought was to use my blue willow but you can see from the photo below that the blue willow clashes with the blue and white cushions. Ugh!

blue willow clash

I moved on to plan B.

blue and white table 5

I used square blue plates on top of round white dinner plates. Both of those were purchased at Homegoods several years ago.

blue and white table 7

The woven willow chargers were purchased online from Nell Hills some time ago and the bubble glasses were purchased from One Kings Lane. The flatware is another weakness of mine, vintage silver plate.

blue and white table 4

The vintage double hapiness ginger jar was purchased in a second hand store for $10.(FYI I am told by my resident Chinese major that while the double happines character is a Chinese character, it is never used in the Chinese language except for decorative purposes. You would never use that character in a sentence. You can file that under “fun facts to know and share” that cost me a lot of money to learn!)

blue and white table 6

The little pagodas were purchased separately even though they are just alike. I splurged on the first one for $59 at a beautiful design studio then I lucked up when I ran across the second one on a clearance rack at TJMaxx for $5!!! Yes, you read that right. They are identical except that the $5 is missing one of the tiny foo dogs on the front. You would never know unless you examine it very closely. Apparently I did not get that in one of the photos.

blue and white table 8

blue and white table 2

I love it when a plan comes together!

blue and white table 3

If you missed the post on the porch update you can see it by clicking here.

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Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Blue and white is a very favorite of mine, I have been collecting blue and white pieces for over 30 years! Your table is gorgeous! Love ALL the blues and the pagodas are great. I never knew that about the double happiness symbol, I have several of those jars too. If you would like to come see some of my collection, here is a link for you:

Sandra Lee said...

Very pretty! I have blue and white Asian inspired plates and have never considered using them on a summer table. Thank for planting the idea and sharing this beautiful table. said...

So pretty! Glass tables can be tricky! Beautifully set table, and gorgeous spot for a leisurely dinner-

The Little Yellow Corner Store said...

I love your square plates and the various shades of blue. Lovely and elegant.

Positively Southern said...

Your tablescape is absolutely perfect! You have incorporated all my favs in one spot!

Summer said...

Those square blue plates are stunning ♥

Laura said...

Lydia- we love the same things!
I love your tablescape.

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