I recently loaned a large quantity of my blue and white to a friend for her daughter’s wedding reception in Asheville. When she returned the blue and white, with it was a lovely gift of 12 twenty two inch blue dragon dinner napkins! These beautiful table linens came from a lovely shop in Savannah, Georgia called Number Four Eleven. This shop could REALLY get me in trouble. For instance…custom monograms!!
These beautiful napkins are very inspiring for me and really got my creative juices flowing! I was recently invited to do a book talk and signing in Washington, DC at the Washington Design Center in the Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig and Fils Showroom on October 1st and these napkins have inspired one of the tables I will be doing for this event!
I love the orange/terracotta combination with the “shades of blue” and thought this would be the perfect starting place for a fall table. After the event, I will certainly share with you the finished table, but I thought that you might enjoy the process of designing this tabletop…starting with these exquisite napkins.
In that I will be in the Kravet showroom, which includes an English company called GP and J Baker, I selected one of their fabrics for my tablecloth fabric. The fabric is called “Clouds” in Terracotta and has both the orange and reddish terracotta colors that are in the dragon napkins.
One of my favorite old Mottahedeh china patterns is Blue Canton and I thought it would be a perfect fit for this tabletop.
But who would just want to use one pattern…..?! Not me, of course! So I will mix Blue Dragon salad plates with the Blue Canton dinner plates and mix the two for the bread and butter plates!
Another Mottahedeh pattern that would mix well with these patterns is Imperial Blue! Who knows, I might just decide to have all three of these Mottahedeh patterns on the table!
I will most likely use a fun bamboo cutlery pattern to give the table a bit of an informal dimension.
A nice fall invitation, with wonderful fall colored flowers and a great fall menu will put us in a fall entertaining mood when we are in DC.
So stay tuned for the “finished collected tabletop” after my trip to DC. If any of you are in the DC area and would like to attend this event, I am certain that I could make that happen! So stay in touch and stay tuned for some fall “shades of blue”!