Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Azzurro Renaissance

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Welcome to The Tablescaper.

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If you’re a regular reader of The Tablescaper, you know that I’ve been embracing a month of BLUE.

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In an effort to buy less and enjoy what I have, I resolved to make January a month of BLUE.

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I love BLUE dishes and have an awful lot of them. (Side note: I planted these paper whites weeks ago in anticipation of this post, but they still haven’t bloomed. Close, but not quite there. Argh!)

As part of my effort to use what I have, I decided to dedicate January to BLUE.

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Since I have a lot of blue dishes, that sounds like an easy challenge.

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However, the real challenge was to myself, as I love change.

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I love to vary my tablescapes.

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Some are elaborate. And some are simple.

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So to have all of my tablescapes for a month be of the same theme…

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…that being BLUE, was a challenge to myself.

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As I wind down my month of BLUE, I have to admit that this tablescape…

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…doesn’t actually have a single thing  from Italy, (albeit it’s name Azzurro Renaissance)

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but to me it feels Italian.

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Like an Italian Renaissance.

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However, in a very  non-renaissance way, I purchased these plates in an antique store in the Hamptons.

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Clearly, these plates don’t have a prestigious past. Personally, I was a bit surprised at their lack of lineage but, I’m no snob.

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The plates that pair with them best…

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…are none other than by Gibson.

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Along with one of my very first Dollar Store purchases.

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It just goes to show…

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It just matters what you do with yourself.

I’m having a GIVE AWAY to celebrate my month of January BLUE ,which I’d love to have YOU win. It’s very easy. All that you have to do is:

  1. Go to my GIVE AWAY post and make a comment on my GIVE AWAY post telling us what you would do with the GIVEAWAY; and,
  2. Become (if you are not already one) a FOLLOWER.

Now that’s not bad. Pretty easy in fact. The winner will be announced this Sunday at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper


Entertaining Women said...

I love all the linear elements that you have employed in your tables cape...and the point/counterpoint of the loopy round handles on the trays. I could sit here all day. Thanks for inviting us to the's gonna get crowded when we all show up! Cherry Kay

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

That is a truly stunning tablescape. I have enjoyed your month of blue!

Everything in this setting goes just perfectly together, is absolutely gorgeous.

Tricia said...

I have really enjoyed your January blue posts! This table is very appealing to me -- love those tray placemats! The blue and white dishes definitely add the Italian feel -- so pretty! I enjoyed the "rim shot," showing the different textures in the placesetting. You'll have to feature your paperwhites as soon as they're in full bloom!

Pat said...

This table is absolutely breathtaking. I love Azzurro Renaissance. Gorgeous!

Decor To Adore said...

The bowl in which your paperwhites sit is completely amazing.

I would feel like an Italian Countess if I dined here.

Kathleen said...

Ah, Alma, we can control many things, but nature isn't one of them! They will bloom in their own time, and they will be beautiful!When they do bloom you can do a table, Paper Whites and Paper Plates, LOL. I know, nevah!
Your table is lovely. I love how you mix the lofty with the lowly, myself having more of the latter!
I love blue, so I am enjoying your monthly tribute to it. You have been true blue! Next week is February. I am looking into my crystal ball and seeing RED, or pink? :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow is all I can say. Once again a gorgeous table and so elegant! This has been a fun month watching you challenge yourself and make gorgeous tablescapes in blue! I've enjoyed it so much. Hugs, Linda

Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

Wow this one really speaks to me! I would leave it set up just to gaze at it a lot! Those tall blue stemmed glasses are gorgeous as well as the gold accented ones! I would have thought those dishes were straight from an Italian designer! What a great find! I love every inch of this!!

once in a blue moon said...

enjoyed singing the blues with you~

Alycia Nichols said...

I'm not a dish snob, either. I buy things that I really like, that feel good in my hand, that make me smile. It would be nice to just have dishes with a rich lineage in my cabinets, but then I would miss out on all the more humble but fun pieces that are out there. You have done a really great job with your Month of Blue series! I know it was a challenge, but you knocked it right out! Every table had its own distinct feel and look. I think that's part of what we want to impart to readers: Not everyone has an extensive repertoire of dishes as you do, but they can use what they have in a mix & match fashion to create different, exciting looks. Not all of our readers are "tablescapers" but rather people looking for guidance. You did those people a real service this month! I'm gushing over the candelabra displayed on this table!!!!!!!!!! It looks fantastic, and I love that you used colored candles in it! Perfect choice!!! LOVE the plates, too. The table DOES have a real Italian feel to it! Like Kathleen, I'm looking forward to seeing what the coming month's color will be. Have a good weekend!

Jacqueline said...

I don't care what their lineage is, those fabulous plates can come live at my house anyday! Wow, they are so incredible with their gorgeous cherubs. These were really a find. I love the heavy flatware that pairs so well with them.

I know, I need to use what I have too and even repeat some things because absolutely no one saw any of my first 6 months of posts!

I think I could only do a whole month of white!

Denise said...

I love this table! Your Azzurro Renaissance is lovely! I think so many women like blue and white; I know I do. This shade of blue has an elegant, yet wintry look to it. My favorite things are your beautiful votive holder and the exquisite container holding your paper whites.

Hope you have a great day!

Denise at Forest Manor

Mary L said...

Oops, forgot to say but I am a follower.

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Marigene said...

Beautiful did the color blue proud!

Robin said...

I have enjoyed your "blue" so far and look forward to more. I have my mother in law paper whites for Christmas and hers aren't much further along! Great mixture of elements in this table for 2 in Blue!

Robin Flies South

Eclectically Vintage said...

I'm no snob either and your plates are great finds! I planted some paperwhites in a beautiful Italian container but only 3 of the 5 bloomed! It's hard getting them to all bloom at the same time!

Magnolia Blues said...

This tablescape is gorgeous. I love cobalt blues. Is it crazy to say that this tablescape literally made my heart skip? I'm drooling over your plates. You did such a beautiful job putting this one together.


Leslie's Garden said...

This is a very lovely table, I'm really enjoying all your "blue" posts! Those dishes are wonderful!

Elaine said...

I love your commitment to use what you have! I am trying to do the same. Blue is MY color, and I love it in all shades. This is a very elegant table! Bravo to blue!

Creating Wonderful Spaces

Texas Tea Party said...

Rhapsody in Blue is very appropriate for the blue elegance of the "Italian Tablescape". There is always a point where you begin a tablescape and the antique store blue and white cherub plates were a gorgeous element. Bravo, Bravo on the beautiful collection of plates and the accessories you used so elegantly. I have enjoyed the blue phase of January and am waiting with enthusiasm on the next. Happy Tea Party! Pam

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

ANOTHER great tablescape this month..truly stunning in every way!..You have such a talent of combining all types of you stated, no matter what the cost, each piece of china has its own remarkable beauty.

Chandy said...

Wow, that's a great blue table! I am so inspired by everyone's great talents! Thank you!

Sarah said...

Another beautiful blue table! I'm going to be sad to see the month of blue tables end. Love all the textures of this table. Fantastic! ~ sarah

A Perfect Setting said...

I have truly enjoyed your blues. You met the challenge with flair and creativity!! Every single one was stunning!! said...

I absolutely love your stemware! Gorgeous!

Susan said...

Sorry I'm a little late in posting!

I love this table setting, and you're right - it does look Italian!