Off the coast of Maine are many islands, each seeming to have a different kind of rock. I must confess that with each visit to an island, I come home with a rock as memory, and it is added to the growing collection in these stemmed vessels.
It is amazing how different rocks are. Some are smooth, others are more textured; some are flat , some are chunky; some are black, others are gray etched with white bands; some are small pieces of granite marked with subtle color.
The rocks have not been used on the table, but with mussels being on the menu, it seemed the right time to introduce them into a tablescape. Mussels, after all, are attached to rocks.
With the rocks being so subtle, I can’t resist adding a bit of color to the table at the same time keeping touches of black that will tie everything together. Black plates from a garage sale combine with harlequin bowls and salad plates that also have hints of black. The patterned dishes are among my favorites and were purchased some years ago in NYC’s Soho.
The black napkins are gathered into straw rings that are actually meant to go around glass stems, but hey, who says things can’t be used for multiple purposes, and they did add to the lightheartedness of the table.
Tablescapes don’t have to be fancy. Mine are so often an eclectic mix of things that work together, hopefully, to create a warm and inviting table.
By the way the mussels were really good, and I will share the recipe tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy visiting Thursday Tablescapes.
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