Thursday, May 26, 2011

Black, white and the clearest of crystal

I am not going to waffle on about this table today as it is very evident what I have laid on for this evenings company. I am very close to finishing my Arcopol Coquillage, black glass dinner set. I just need one more dinner plate and then I am done.

 On this table I have used four of the plates on top of silver chargers. Then my white with silver rim side plates. For the two end positions I used the Coquillage serving platters as chargers and then white dinner plates and the Coquillage side plates on the top. It brought all the place settings together and nobody noticed the difference untill I told them. Can you see the difference? I must admit I actually liked playing around a bit with the settings. I am definitely a bit odd. I always seem to like uneven or different settings.

White cotton napkins (again all slightly different, I collected them over a period of time) were placed at an angle and adorned with some rather whimsical napkin rings which I made from dull and very plain, plastic rings and hair accessories. See if you can spot the two different kinds that I used......Did you notice that 3 of them had one rose and the other 3 had two roses. I know they are a bit over the top but they add a bit of fun to a very monochromatic table.

I'm not going to describe everything in detail, as I said earlier, I am sure you can see for yourself what I added, but I will just draw your attention to the gorgeous pearl handles knives. They are EXTREMLY difficult to get hold of here in NZ, but.... da da...I got a set of six from my favourite antique shop.

Oops looks like the candles had one too many in this picture.
Now, why not stay a bit longer to see how it all came together by candle light?
Take a look at the candles in the background. More about them in another blog!

 I hope that you enjoy the table which was laid for very dear friends, please come and join us!

By the way if any of you lovely folk have any Coquillage (in this pattern) and want to sell it please let me know.

I will joining Susan for tablescape thursday at


  1. Now this is a stunning table. I love the roses as napkin rings, just the right amount of pizazz to add to this elegant table. Thanks for dropping in and visiting. The pebbles add so much sparkle to the table.. great idea. Your night photos are amazing. Great skill at work. Loved my visit, would have loved to have joined you!

  2. Stunning! Love the pearl handles. I collect those myself.

  3. Those whimsical napkin rings are my favorite! I could raid my daughter's headbands for gorgeous flowers like that. Thanks for following me, I will follow you back, you are the 2nd one tonight that followers didn't open up, but I will return and try again!

    So nice to meet you. What a lovely region of the world you get to live in!

  4. Thank you for coming by and leaving me such lovely and generous comments! This stunning tablescape with black has inspired me so much for a Father's Day table setting, for real!, as m our daughters and families will come see their father. The napkin rings are wow and the china is gorgeous! This is the 3rd. time I write you and can't seem to be able to send you my comments, don't know what's wrong with blogger! Have a nice Memmorial Day.

  5. Adore!!:*~:*~How very elegant!:*~:*~ The knives are "to die for".....well maybe I will have to hunt some down. The thrift stores will not have them here in the USA, but I know the antique store will....I don't know if I wanna pay a lot of money for them though ~giggle~I love a good bargain as you know!! Thrifting is my passion!

    Okay I know it gets lonesome for you and I hope I helped make your day a little brighter being away from home....I thought that little sob story was adorable ;)