Purple: the color of good judgment; the preferred color for people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is believed that if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind.
Purple, the color for royalty. It reminds me of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns and purple robe when he was presented to his accusers, a form of mocking by the Roman soldiers by dressing Jesus in a royal fashion. The story is in John 19, if you’d like to read about it. Fascinating!
The outside of our house is accented with purple flowers of all types. You saw that in yesterday’s What’s Blooming Wednesday #2. Other colors are in the mix, but purple is growing on every side of our house, and not by accident. I love purple (but still not as much as soft powder pink!).
Every week, I’ve had a different color on my mind. I’m traveling through thought in trends of color, and it comes out in my decor. This week, the trend is purple. The newly blooming purple iris started it.
Actually, there are more greens and blues than purples in this tablescape. But the centerpiece highlights the purple hydrangea blossoms in the window treatments, not normally of much notice.
I cannot believe how Victorian my tastes have become, y’all! Maybe it’s a Southern thing, but I love flowers and floral fabrics, varied textures, and color.
The “runway” for the votive cups holding the purple blooms is clear of any interference. Just a simple tablecloth with clean lines of soft yellow. I had the idea for the plate runners this week when I was dressing the table. Plate runners?
With leftover fabric from making the window treatments, I thought I’d bring some of it to the table. A runner under the line of blooms would detract from it, too busy. A runway needs to be light and clean, allowing the focus to be on the line-up.
Individual place mats seemed too busy, also. That’s how the plate runner was born – a strip of fabric for the plates to rest on – a runner of sorts. A clean strip, for symmetry. The continuation of the window treatment fabric provided more symmetry.
The room has a couple of accessories heavy-laden with purple. PAM (Painter Artist Mom) painted these fruit and veggie water colors several years ago (please excuse the crooked snapshots, y’all).
I went shopping in her art room one day and came home with these for the dining room.
Do you see why I call her PAM?
I visited a new thrift store last week and discovered some
new old table wear.
My secrets of thrift store shopping:
- Search through all the shelves, over the entire store. You’ll find matching items six rows over, trust me.
- Load your buggy (Southern term for shopping cart, y’all) with many different items. Stuff it full!
- Then you go to a counter and spread it all out.
- Count your pieces, play with your dishes, frighten the workers with your over-excited hysteria.
- Finally, pay a whole $19 for your coordinating set of seven each of dinner plates, soup bowls, bread plates, and fruit-imprinted stem ware.
The plate is Royal Norfolk. The pattern name is microwave safe, which is a bonus. The bowls have Totally Today, Made in China printed on the bottom (so classy), so I took it to be a sign that I should buy them. That day. Totally.
With no other labeling, this must be cheap stuff, but at fifty cents a bowl, who cares? It is cheap.
Y’all know I love to dig in the dirt, so these garden-themed plates fit my style very well. See the little bits of purple in those plates? Not that I bought these specifically for a purple-highlighted tablescape, but they fit my mood during this time of year. I really like the fruit pattern imprinted in the stem ware, too.
Wait! I said seven and forgot to explain. Our dining table seats six comfortably, and the store had seven (former sets of eight, perhaps?) of most pieces, so why not get all seven? If one gets broken, I’ll have a spare.
I scrubbed them real hard when I brought the dishes home, because there was a film of
gunk dirt, making them look hazy. (Don’t let the grime condition scare you off when shopping in thrift stores.) Now they’re all shiny and clean!
Speaking of clean, I decided not to use the bread and butter plates. They would have caused distraction on the runway.
Because it is all about the runway.
Don’t you agree?
I’m joining several of these parties this week:
SEASONAL SUNDAY at The Tablescaper
MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY at The Dedicated House
MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY at Alderberry Hill
ON THE MENU MONDAY at Stone Gable
CREATIVELY TUESDAY at The Rustic Pig
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY at A Stroll Thru Life
TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY at The Gunny Sack
ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY at The Dedicated House
WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS at Crafts ala mode
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