Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring tablescape

Playing with dishes makes me such a happy bird. This week I am sharing a small transitional table design. Spring green and soft yellow are two of my very favorite color palettes together. I just love these earthy tones. Those colors together are serene and natural.

These little square plates with the cute chintz birds were a delightful find. I bought them during winter's dark cold and grey days.....and could hardly wait for the time for them to find their way to the Finch Rest table! Spring has finally arrived, and now these adorable plates get to come out and play too!

They were definately the inspiration for this entire tablescape color scheme.

At first I used a white vase with tall lanky branches of freshly cut forsythia. It was exactly the look I wanted and was very excited to show you. BUT it rained for a few days, and I couldn't get any decent lighting for blog-worthy photos, and I am still (yes I know) dealing with this stupid lingering illness. So I worked around my rare and few "feeling ok-for-a-millisecond-perhaps-I-can-actually-do-something-productive" moments, and in the interim the forsythia sorta up and died on me.......finding that overnight it wept most of its precious yellow blossoms all over my tablescape.  Sigh.

I really didn't have the nerve heart to ask my wonderful DH to trim any more branches for me. He's sick too, now. And I sure as heck am not up to anything quite so excerting yet. So I simply  got my "floral design groove" on and made this arrangement, telling myself the whole time that the red in the lilies would (hopefully) tie in with the red in the chintz on the bird plates and all will be well with the world. Maybe it's a stretch, but hey, it's sincere and came from the desire to not go bugging my poor Mr. Finch Rest anymore about trimming the verge. I think even Samwise Gamgee would agree it was the right thing to do. Even MR. Finches need rest, too!

I kinda pushed the envelope with using these "teacups." First off, I have never use them as coffee or tea cups - their shape to me screams SOUP cups. But they having those sweet soft yellow daffodils I just wanted to use them one last time before packing them away for next year. I think plain white would have made a better statement at this table, but white was just too boring for me to use today, this is SPRING! See? I am practicing my Comfort with Color lessons and putting them to good use!

Just look at all that beautiful amazing color!

And yes, I am showing this cup-gone-Eastery again, sorry -  (I used recently in a vignette)  because, well, it seems to just belong with this post too! And perhaps you missed it, and that would be just too sad! We at Finch Rest cannot have you miss anything now, can we?

It is really time for me to get with the program and start planning my Easter this pic helps me get more easily into that groove, too.

Call this my "closing segue" pic.  That segue is sure a weird word, ya know? 

Chargers: Fiesta
Bird plates: 222 5th Ave.
White plates: Mainstays/Home 
Green salad plates: Pfaltzgraff
Green ruffled placemats: Joann Fabric's (I think)
Daffodil "soup" coffee/teacups: Farberware
Flatwear: Gibson
Green glasses: old Franciscan Masterpiece made in France

Linking up at The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday!
Linking up at BoogieBoard Cottage for
Masterpiece Monday!


  1. Hi Michele, Your tablescape is gorgeous! They always are...but I LOVE those square plates with those cute birds!! You must have one large china cabinet to hold all of your beautiful dishes!
    ps...Have these pic's been Picmonkey-ed?

  2. Hi Michele, Such a bright and cheerful tablescape. Most of my home is decorated in shades of green. I especially love the whimsical bird plates. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

  3. beautiful! I especially love the napkin rings.


  4. Love all your dishes, Michele! Such a pretty Spring table in those colors. I got your last email but with the granddaughter here it's difficult to get on the laptop ~ she keeps grabbing my hand, so I'll respond either later tonight or tomorrow. Your plan sounds good, but my anniversary is on the 5th and since it's a Saturday that might be difficult to do. We'll figure something out! : )

  5. Hi Michele! You have a beautiful blog and I'm so glad to find you over here from that nice comment you left for me. I particularly enjoyed seeing the shamrock dumplings your husband made for you. So sweet and creative too! ~Lili

  6. Your tablescape is lovely and perfect for spring. Can you believe it's almost Easter!?!
    Hope you and your DH start feeling better soon. We all had the flu and as soon as we thought we were getting better it would come back and hit us again...and again. Take good care of yourself!

  7. Beautiful tablescape, love the softness of the colors and the fabulous square plates. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Beautiful table setting. I love those green goblets and the dishes are gorgeous!!

  9. Michelle, You set a sweet and serene table! I know what you mean about lighting... soooooo frustrating. I am going to read up and learn how to use artificial light to take good indoor photos... for those gloomy days!!!!
    Your dishes are adorable. I love the way you set the table and used subdued colors to make them the stars!
    I hope you are feeling better!!!!

  10. Michele. that is such a serene and beautiful table that you created and not feeling well, to boot!! I love your new birdie plates...they are ADORABLE!!! Hope you and your Mr. Finch feel better soon.

  11. Love this tablescape with all the different colors. Green is becoming my new favorite everything. I also really like that flatware.

  12. I love how soft and pretty this tablescape is and those napkin rings are wonderful. The bird plates were made for you, obviously!!

  13. You are so right, this table is serene and beautiful. Just lovely. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Gorgeous spring table. The little bird dishes are fabulous. I love your napkin rings. I'm having a hard time finding any I like right now. Your cups and saucers are brilliant! I love the colors. I'm working on my spring table now. It's so much fun. I'm so grateful for your inspiration.

  15. You know I love the Fiesta. Lovely table! I sure hope you get to feeling better soon. Sorry that your hubby is now sick.

  16. Hello my precious friend....This table is simply gorgeous and again not 'overdone'. It is once again understated elegance. Its all really beautiful and SO spring. I feel so bad that you and Mr. Finch are both still ill. Please know my lovely, that a little something is winging its way to you as we speak. Hope it will help you 'to be all better soon.'

    Great Big Hugs,


  17. Just found your blog recently, having lots of fun reading it. Lovely table Michele, I particularly like the flatware you chose for this 'scape and I think the freckles of the lillies compliment the birds on the plates wonderfully.


  18. Love this tablescape! You did a lovely job! Hope you guys start feeling better soon!


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