For as long as I can remember, these decanters have been a visual presence. My mother got them from from my great grandmother’s house which makes them well over 70 years old. If my guess is right, they probably once held Tennessee or Kentucky whiskey! I have no idea why I’ve held on to the decanters other than liking them and appreciating that they are some part of my family’s history.
Now that I think about it, the decanters are always out. Filled with colored water, they are pretty anywhere they happen to be thanks to their differing shapes and sizes. Today, and for the first time, they are on the dining room table. Combined with some of the bells from my extensive collection, a colorful cloth and some candles, they become part of a centerpiece that is likely to inspire the next table setting.
It didn’t take long for that to happen as yet again friends are coming for dinner. You know by now that I’m crazy for color and texture, and the centerpiece provided ample inspiration. Garage sale dishes, World Market salad plates and Anthropologie napkins playfully combine.
Clay and glass add touches of texture. Around the table the wine stems don’t match. I’ve never had crystal, but for years I’ve bought an etched glass or two or three at some antique show or garage sale. I so appreciate the uniqueness of each piece and can’t help but wonder how and why it was chosen/used by the original owner.
A finished table often suggests what food should be served. This one, I think, says something like paella that also combines a variety of ingredients. What do you think?
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