Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Red-ed Bliss!

Thank you to my sister, Robin, for introducing me to Between Naps On The Porch! This is my first Tablescape Thursday (and my first post to my spankin' new blog) so thanks also to Susan, for making it so simple. I have a humor blog, but I am looking forward to the creative outlet this one will provide.

I'm Elaine, a real estate stager, and my business is all about making things pretty. My favorite part of the job is working with what the homeowner already has, but over the years, I have collected quite an inventory of accessories. My basement looks like a store--a very messy, disorganized store!

I chose the title "Red-ed Bliss" because I was just married in May, and my sister gave me most of what is in my tablescape as a wedding present. I had been complaining about the lack of pretty patio dishes. I know she had fun picking them out!



When she asked me what color I wanted, I really didn't have a clue. I tend to shy away from red, but look how glorious this table looks!


I found the bowls and the lantern on clearance at Pier One. Reds are often hard to match, but I had no trouble with this shade (I call it Chinese red, but I don't really know why!) and the salt & pepper shakers I bought at TJ Maxx fit right in!



The glasses are part of my inventory and they were a fabulous find! Eight of them for under $3 at Goodwill!




Red is such a strong color, it definitely needed the yellow flowers to break it up!



Layering the plates couldn't have been easier! I went with white napkins, though I had tried green.


As the sunlight started to fade, the table took on a very nice pinkish glow.



I hope you enjoyed my first post! Come back any time! Next up: My favorite Parade of Homes features!

18 comments:

Robin said...

This turned out great! And you know I'm not a red person either. Great wine glasses, too. I'm so happy you are with me in Blogland! Now, if only we weren't 2000 or so miles apart, we could share dishes etc.

Sandy said...

This is beautiful! And I'm not much of a red person either. Those are some pretty awesome patio dishes.

Gina said...

This is a very pretty tablescape. I love the vibrant red. I'm sure your first Tablescape Thursday won't be your last...it's addicting! :)

Bonnie Bee said...

Welcome aboard.. Your talents are already showing.. I will be looking forward to many more fresh and festive table on your 'spanking new blog'

Marlis said...

Congrats on your first tablescape for BNOTP!! it's a very lovely setting with those fabulous red and white flowered dishes.. love your glasses too. The table is great.. xo marlis

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful table! love the red! iam new too. Thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

This can't be your first try! Your table is beautiful!!! I do love your dishes, they are so happy!

A Perfect Setting said...

You nailed it, girl!! Congrats on joining tablescaping blogland, prepare to become addicted!! Your first table is awesome, and I love how you added in the yellow... the lantern and dishes are great!! Very fun!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Elaine, and welcome to Tablescape Thursdays and the fun of "dishing" about dishes! We are always so glad to see new folks here, and you are going to have a ball with all the fun people who post here. I love the red! You're right...it's one of those colors that can often be difficult to match, but you got it just right here for sure! Your sister has a good eye with all the pretty items she purchased for your gift, too! I wish I could have gotten my hands on a few of those clearance lanterns from Pier 1. I love that store, and I wanted those lanterns...but only after the price came down. By the time I got there, there was nothing left of them. Rats! Congratulations on your new marriage, your new blog, and all the great things to come! Have a great weekend, and see you soon!

Sweetladyelaine said...

Hi Elaine,
I think you had fun playing with your dishes! You did a fab job. I love red. It's so bright and cheerful! Your dishes are so pretty and different. Congratulations on your new marriage and your blog. You will love blogging. come visit me! I have been blogging since June of last year.
Blessings to you my New Friend,

once in a blue moon said...

Very pretty~

Cat Martin said...

First off, Congrads on your marriage. Secondly , congrads on your new blog! Now onto the fun stuff...love the red!!!!! They look absolutely gorgeous! Hope to see more of you!

Buttercup Bliss said...

What a cheerful tablescape!! So pretty! Welcome to blogging. I started a few months ago and I am having so much fun with my new adventure!

Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ said...

Love Love it!! So happy and cheerful! I adore the lantern.
It's going to be great fun watching you become addicted....wink wink, the dishes will pile up quicker than you think!!! lol I will follow so I can watch your excitement :)

~~Wendy

S said...

Very pretty - bless your sister for providing the goods. I love red as much as she does!

Marigene said...

Welcome to TT, Elaine! Your red and white table is eye-popping beautiful!

Entertaining Women said...

I'm not going to be surprised if the patio dishes make it to the table inside. They are darling! You have a good eye for design, and you are going to love Tablescape Thursday. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Welcome to our wonderful world, you will have a blast.

Its so much fun and you will meet such lovely ladies.

Your table setting is beautiful.

Love,

Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com