The terraces of our Dublin residence are beautiful for one reason–they have been planted with a mixture of tiny, ground covering succulent plants. Come spring-batches of the plants start to flower. Right now it is full of little white flowers. (I don’t know what they are called-perhaps a sedum- have you any idea ?) It is like looking out on to a meadow ! Here is what the terrace meadow looks like-
Since we can see these pretty flowers from only two rooms upstairs – I thought I would bring them in and put them downstairs. And where else but on our dining table–my canvas !
This is what they look like on our table at close quarters-
Yes, I feel the table IS a canvas. You can start with any building block-flowers, leaves, grass, twigs–and keep adding fabric, pieces of wood, sculpture,plants, utensils–play around and arrange them till you are satisfied-and then, placing your crockery and cutlery-sit around it ,enjoy it, and eat a meal !
I had lots of red, cotton block printed fabric from India . They have been loyal companions , have traveled the world with me for at least 20 years and brought me immense pleasure every time I have used them on my tables. So I put them out this time as well- vegetable dyed, kalamkari block print cotton fabric from ‘Lepakshi,’ the Andhra Pradesh Craft Emporium in Delhi (click here to see their products) and block printed scarves from another wonderful shop in Delhi,’Anokhi'(find them by clicking here).
Here they are-
Fabric allowed to flow so they look like,well, fabric. Simple glasses to hold the flowers with the scarves draped around-
Another staple plant I have always had in my homes along with the Spathiphyllum-indoor ivy. They are hardy and make wonderful plants for the dining table-
Little brass bowls bought many years ago at Cottage Industries Emporium,Delhi (click here to see some of their products) with tea lights from Ikea-
A few green button chrysanthemum still fresh from an old bouquet of flowers (they have stayed this way for a month-what do they do to them ??)-
A glimpse of the garden in the background (the green of the grass has got a little over exposed-but you get the idea,don’t you ?)-
The mini meadow on the table-
Another picture of the table with the light from the candle caught in the glasses. Again, the garden in the background-
To see other tablescapes I have enjoyed making-click here.
You will find this article in ‘Tablescape Thursdays’ at another fabulous blog,’Between Naps on the Porch’-take a look here.
Hope you have a wonderful Sunday !