Last week I broke one of my everyday basketweave mugs. I know that that "accidents happen," but I was still slightly annoyed because I knew that I would need to replace the mug over the weekend (just one more thing to add on to my ever-growing to do list!). In an effort to try and save a little money, I decided to venture out to the Williams Sonoma Outlet in Leesburg, VA. It's about a 45 minute drive from the city, but well worth the trek because you can find great cookware and tableware for a fraction of the regular price.
I ended up having quite a bit of success at the outlets on Saturday. I was able to obtain a replacement mug at 40% off and found a set of beautiful Ginger Jar napkins that were 60% off! Sold and Sold! If you have a Williams Sonoma Outlet within an hour drive of your home, I highly recommend making the trip out there. The savings are mind-blowing!
Inspired by the newest acquisition (my ginger jar napkins), I was immediately compelled to create a blue and white themed tablescape. Starting with my classic navy blue quilted placemats (similar here). I then framed my everyday dinner plates with these rattan chargers. For this tablescape, I opted to forgo napkin rings. I wanted to have the pop of print displayed prominently, since the rest of the table was primarily a sea of solid colors. For drinkware, I chose to use low Riedel water goblets paired with my taller William Yeoward Fanny wine goblets (which can be used for red, white or rose wine), which were set on top of Gunmetal Chilewich Dahlia Coasters.
For the table decor, I transformed 4 of my decorative Two's Company Canton Collection Tea Jars into bud vases with vintage glass votives interspersed throughout the table. For the centerpiece, I opted for a simple yet robust bouquet of white hydrangeas paired with a vintage cut crystal vase and framed with a silver-plated tray. At first the look wasn't quite right. After thinking about what could be missing, I realized that the bud vases were in need of a hint of color. The addition of a single pale pink rose to the center of each bud vase completed the look.
I love this tablescape for three reasons. The first reason being that it is a ginger jar themed tablescape and I absolutely love the ginger jar aesthetic in every shape and size. The second reason why I love this tablescape is because, like this previous tablescape, I was able to create an entirely new look for my table with the only new additions being napkins and flowers. And last but not least, I am a fan of this tablescape's versatility. This could easily be used during both the spring and summer months for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
Don't be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to decorating your table. My Canton Tea Jars usually sit on shelves solely for decorative purposes, but as I have found out with this tablescape, they can also be re-purposed as bud vases. I hope this tablescape has inspired you to look at objects in your own home differently. Most likely you will realize (like I have) that items you have used for one particular purpose, can actually be used in a variety of ways.