Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Apple Picking

Although the mornings are beginning to feel quite cool, and the afternoons are not as oppressively hot as they have been, I am not quite ready to indulge in the autumn decorating that I love. As a prelude to the beautiful golds, crimsons, oranges, and browns of fall, I thought an apple tablescape was in order.


Back when I was in teaching in public school, I received a plethora of apple-themed gifts. One of my favorites has always been this apple candelabra that my sister gave me. I love the dark russet colors of the apples dangling from the boughs.
Anchoring the candelabra is a linen tea towel printed with apples that echo the dangling fruit.


The china used is this setting is one of Franciscan's most famous patterns: Apple. My mother's mother was one of three sisters. My mother and one great-aunt had the Desert Rose pattern, while the other great-aunt opted for the Apple pattern. For some reason, my grandmother did not jump on the Franciscan bandwagon. I recently found these four Apple dinner plates and hope to add to this pattern.


The iced beverage goblets are Noritake Perspective.



An Apple teapot, awaiting a creamer and sugar and cups and saucers, graces the hutch.



The flatware is Reed and Barton Tara.


The cotton napkins echo the leaves on the china. The oft used straw placemats pick up the dark reds of the apples.

Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more tablescape inspiration.

20 comments:

Anita said...

Ok so you have Franciscan Apple, AND Noritake Perspective on the same table! I am loving it! My maternal great grandmother had Desert Rose, then my mom got that and passed it to my neice. My dad's mom had some of the Apple, then my mom got an estate set, so I "borrow" that occasionally. I have the Ivy. Those three are definitely "family" patterns is seems. I love your table with that beautiful china!!

Kathryn said...

Ahaha! I forgot about that apple candelabra! So glad you're still enjoying it. :-)

I love the apple tablescape. Perfect for the transition between summer and autumn. :-)

Kate Dickerson said...

I love those plates, and especially how beautifully they go with the tea towel! Thank you!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty -- my mother had the apple pattern too. This looks beautiful on your table and perfect for fall (and a teacher to boot!)

Mikey said...

Very lovely celebration of Fall--I'm from VA and apple picking is a big thing this time of year!

Marlis said...

thanks for the sweet words while visiting! I love old Franciscan! Especially the apple set. You've got a great start!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

I always loved Franciscan Apple- my aunt had it and I remember how beautiful it looked on her table when I was little. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment!

Jo said...

Love the apple candelabra!..all your apples look fantastic!Great theme!Thanks for sharing.
-Jo
-LazyonLoblolly

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

That apple candelabra is darling! I've always been drawn to the Franciscan Apple pattern, and you've shown it off beautifully in this post. I especially loved the photo of the teapot perched on the (conveniently red) Southern Living cookbooks!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks great, my mom had a ton of that apple dinnerware!

Gail said...

What a beautiful table setting. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment about my inspiring acorns and especially sweet that you want to use the quotations. Whenever I see an inspiring quotation I always write them down.

Happy Autumn Day,
Gail

Debbie said...

I agree that this is just perfect "Apple" weather. As another former teacher, I have tons of apple things too, but what YOU have is really wonderful. Love that candle centerpiece!

And I have never seen the apple pattern of those dishes. Aren't you glad your great aunt chose them so you could have something different in the family collection? I hope you can find more because they're really pretty.

Great "apple season" table!

D.B. said...

Very pretty! Apple projects have begun in my son's kindergarten class! It's definitely apple time and your setting is perfect!

bj said...

Blogger is messing me up today. I just left a comment and...where did it go??

ANYway...I love your apple table..so cute. The dishes are amazing.

Dining Delight said...

I agree that an apple-themed tablescape is a good transition into the fall decor and its vibrant colours and you've created a wonderful one! Your candelabra and apple plates are perfect!

DD

Debbie said...

What a great tablescape that aids the transition from summer to fall.
Everything is beautiful!
Debbie@houseatthelake

Scribbler said...

Now you've got me all inspired -- I might do apples next week. Thanks for stopping by.sershyr

Mimi said...

I love your apple-themed table. The china is my favorite Franciscan pattern.

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Entertaining Women said...

The colors against the beautiful wood of your table are warm and really wonderful. You've used this well known Franciscan pattern to great effect. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay