A tablescape can begin in unexpected ways. This one is thanks to three days of drenching rain which is hard on top heavy blooming plants. It made me sad to see all of a tall columbine’s beautiful flowers flattened on the ground. I staked as many as possible, but most I cut and filled bottles and vases with them. It’s no surprise that some became part of a centerpiece.
It was a wonderful surprise to discover how sculptural the flower was. I don’t know whether that’s normal or whether the shape was in part due to the rain. No matter, it’s lovely!
The beautifully designed woven textile from Italy became the influence for an Italian themed tablescape.
A collection of large plates with scenes reminiscent of Tuscany served as chargers,
perfect backdrops for new square black bowls from Ikea. The flatware from TJ Maxx was a great accent color, far more interesting than the silver I first put on the table.
I couldn’t resist once more using these napkin rings, also from Italy. Without question, they will show up again and again on one or another table as they are among my favorite things.
Preparing this table brought back so many memories of time in Italy, a place that, like Maine, has a piece of my heart.
All that is missing now are the friends who will join us for a dinner of risotto with Italian sausage and caprese salad.
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