China and Crystal


Photo Credit: Edward Dullard, Kilkenny, Ireland

As March comes to a close, I am still thinking about  “The Emerald Isle”!    

I suppose there is never a time that I do not want to return to Ireland, with its tapestry of green everywhere you look.  This week, I spent a great deal of time in my friend Kristen Anderson’s tabletop shop, Quintessentials, in Raleigh, N.C.  In thinking of the “Emerald Isle”, I pulled some great crystal and china in shades of green.     


A  casual table set with several patterns of green from Juliska  screams Spring!     


 I love the crisp white napkin with treads of several “shades of green” and the  great “grass” napkin holder , or used with a rattan napkin holder…    


Or a beaded napkin holder…    


An old oak cutlery tray, circa 1865 can hold several “shades of green” , from bottles of Perrier to lovely white tulips, or some grass green jelly beans for your sweet tooth!    


For a more formal table, I love the subtle  “shades of green” in Bernardaud’s  pattern Phoebe Constance.  Paired with an apple green round capiz placemat from Kim Seybert  you can achieve a traditional looks with a punch!    



My most exciting find in “shades of green” was Royal Crown Derby’s new pattern “Titanic” released to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.    


RMS Titanic built for the White Star Line by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland is perhaps the most famous ship ever built. Obviously the finest ship ever built had to have the very best china in its finest dining room-Royal Crown Derby of course!   This pattern was selected by the ship’s owner over 100 years ago and it looks as fresh today as it did then!    


The pattern consists of a band of encrusted gold work with painted ornament of Chaplet and Festoons in the style of Louis XVI, delicately finished in tints of green.  The new Titanic tableware pieces features the original 1911 pattern and each piece will be handmade in the very same factory that produced the first Titanic tableware collection.    

This pattern can look splendid on a formal table or can be given a traditional or transitional look on a toile placemat , and a toile napkin held in a square contemporary napkin ring.    


Or maybe your style calls for a “garden” look like Haviland’s “Jardin Francaise”    


Or  a cozy cottage style where Gien’s Fleur de Chine would be right at home.    


Or Mottahedeh‘s “Lace” in green    


And don’t forget your emerald stemware like Saint Louis’s “Tommy” tumbler or “Apollo Gold” hock or their “Bubbles” stemware for a more contemporary look.    



Not only is the landscape of Ireland a tapestry in green, but all of the great options in green tabletop can give your home the same tapestry of shades of green!    



Stay tuned for out 2nd book giveaway! We will draw a lucky winner On April 7th !!!!!!!

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