Plaid, Pine Cones & Pommes

I gathered some plaid, some pine cones, and a few pommes ~ apples :)  to bring a little color to the table, surrounded by a grey & dreary landscape.

Cold & rainy weather has me reaching for a few warm layers, both inside and out~

A grey and black plaid throw, that kept the chickadees  cozy, is layered over a red matelassé coverlet~

I took a page from Winter World and filled my lanterns with snowy white orbs & pine cones~ but with some red botanical accents (vase filler found at Target) for a punch of bright, cheery color.

 My lanterns are surrounded with bits of reindeer moss, a few nuts, and some shiny, red delicious apples for color and~ confession time~ for camouflage. The bases of my well-used lanterns to beginning to show signs of pitting & rust since they’re either on our porch or sit outside by our chairs.

Santa’s sleigh made a pit stop at HomeGoods to deliver these Lauren Skylar & Skylar Rose plates to my table this Christmas.

Not only does Santa see you when you’re sleeping~ he sees you when you’re shopping too~ a scary thought :)

I found these plaid cupcake liners online and whipped up some Red Velvet cupcakes from a box mix, with cream cheese frosting.

Inspired by Gum Drop Roses from What’s New Cupcake~ I embellished my cupcakes~ a fun & easy project, especially with Valentine’s Day approaching.

For fast growing roses~

Start by planting your gum drop or fruit slice in the microwave for 5 seconds. Next, fertilize~ on bed of sugar~ to prevent your candy from sticking, and roll out with a rolling pin. Prune your gum drop with kitchen shears and shape~ adding additional pieces and watch your rose bloom :)

Best of all they are easy to grow~ no thorns, pesky insects, or black spot to worry about with these roses :)

I blended some green gumdrops with red to mimic the colors in the leaves on the plates~

Plaid table details:

Plates/ Ralph Lauren Skylar Rose/ HomeGoods

White Chargers/ HomeGoods

Napkins & Red coverlet / Kohl’s

Grey & Black plaid Lauren throw/ T.J. Maxx

Woven Chargers/ World Market

Flatware/ Horchow

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  62 comments for “Plaid, Pine Cones & Pommes

  1. February 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Oooooo, I just LOVE this look!!!!! So cozy & inviting, Mary!

    Get out your spray paint & fix up the bases of those lanterns quick before the rust spreads. (oil rubbed bronze, maybe?)

    My DD would go bonkers over those beautiful plaid plates…she LOVES anything plaid. I think its because she has black scottie dogs. LOL

    Beautifully arranged, as always.
    I know we’ll BOTH be happy to see the sun again. *sigh*

  2. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    February 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Another “jaw dropping” tablescape..I can just imagine “Ralph” sitting at the head of the table with a “thumbs up”..!! Stunning beyond words. Just love the cupcakes and will definitely have to try a hand at making those gum drop roses…Awesome, awesome!

  3. Laura
    February 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Love those cupcakes! Have a great weekend-Stay Warm! LL

  4. February 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

    This table is perfection. You are a master, Mary!
    I love your gorgeous plates , you must have been good all year round for such a present from Santa. I love the sophistication that colors grey and red bring to your table.
    Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day !

  5. February 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Mary, the plaid paired with roses is perfect. Love it. The gum drop roses are darling too. hugs, olive

  6. February 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Oohs and aahs from me! I love everything about your table and I mean everything. The plates are so different, I’ve never seen anything like them. The colors are breathtaking. You have such great ideas! I am in awe of the cupcakes, those roses, wow! I can’t say enough about how perfect this table is. When I grow up, I want to be a great tablescape designer, haha.

  7. February 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Another simply beautiful one, Mary! This should go in that coffee table book I think you should publish.

    I want to try the gumdrop flowers.

  8. February 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Just when we thought winter might not be so bad, here come freeze warnings and snow. Your table is perfect to warm us all up and cheer us all up. Beautiful! I happen to have the same RL plates and keep looking for more to add to my collection. I love them! I am amazed at your gum drop roses and will have to give them a try. You have given us another glorious post. Thank you, Mary.

  9. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    February 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I sooooo love your pretty rose and plaid plates Mary! Also lovin’ those beautiful gum drop rose decorations-great job:@)

  10. February 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    No one, I repeat NO ONE can make plaid look elegant like you can.

  11. Suzi Lapere
    February 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Seriously, you have the prettiest dishes! I want to buy all the ones I have seen…this table is amazing, really.

  12. February 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I never tire of you gorgeous tablescapes. This one is so warm and inviting. I love your attention to detail. Good for Santa bringing those lovely plates, I am mad for plaid right now! The cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat…almost :) I am now on the lookout for lanterns since I’ve seen so many pretty uses for them. hugs, Linda

  13. February 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I am eating breakfast at sea dream struggling for your pics to load… OMG SO WORTH IT! Your gray day looks better than mine… AND I AM IN PARADISE! One your prettiest… The rose cupcakes, be still my heart…

    Just heading to beach in wind, fog and 30 degrees to shoot for food for thought, the things we do for art ;-)

  14. February 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Another fabulous tablescape, Mary. I love the gum drop roses, terrific idea. xo

  15. February 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Oh, my gosh! This may be my favorite tablescape that you’ve done. I love those plaid dishes with the roses. And thegumdrop roses on the cupcakes are just darling and easy enough for me to attempt!

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  17. February 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    not only is the tablescape lovely, but the photographs and the way they are collaged and layed out is truly beautiful! i loved it! p.s. also, loving those dishes!
    i couldn’t post this from my blog, so i am enclosing the address. just wanted you to know i am a fellow blogger!

  18. February 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    No, really you are the best!! Your tablecapes are what I want to create when I finally learn how!
    You are so inspirational, whether it be books, or table settings or just about anything.
    I adore your blog!

  19. February 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Another homerun! Love everything…the dishes, the gray paid with the colorful plaids…the lanterns….the gumdrop roses!
    For you, verything seems to fall into place beautifully.
    Today it is rainy, gray and drippy here…your post perked my spirits!

  20. February 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought of it, but red and plaid looks really well with a grey landscape :) Those cupcakes look really good too!

  21. February 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    More yummy inspiration from you on a gray day. You know plaids make me smile! I have six of the RL plaid plates, but mine are plain white in the center. These look so delightful paired with the sweet rose cupcakes. You are a master! Thanks for sharing this delicious tablescape. ~ Sarah

  22. February 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I was just thinking that it is a VERY good thing there is not a HomeGoods store anywhere near me or I would go broke in no time at all…

    I would love to have just the plain white center Ralph Lauren Skylar plates to mix and match with others I have…

  23. February 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Verra bonnie, lass….I love all things Scottish as my ancestry is Scottish and Scotch-Ulster…..

    Stunning Table top! I love the combination of plaid and flowers.

    Ricki Jill

  24. February 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Love, Love Love.. wow. the plates are so stunning. The pinecones certainly are the unexpected and go so well with the plates. Love the darling gumdrop roses too. Great table.. xo marlis

  25. February 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I love this post. I purchased the same plates at HGs but I didn’t get the ones with the roses in the middle. The addition of the rose certainly lets them transfer out of just being a Christmas plate. I never could get enough of the dinner plates. If you ever see 3 more please pick them up. I’d be more than happy to reimburse you.

    The gumdrop roses are such a perfect match to the plates. And I love the bit about camouflaging the lanterns! This certainly happens to things we love.

    So nice to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  26. February 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Those plates are so beautiful; I love the juxtaposition of the plaid with the roses. Your cupcakes are darling! The roses really add the perfect finishing touch.

    Thank you for sharing yet another fabulous table scape!

  27. February 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I really love your red plaid rose plates, Mary, and your gum drop roses are beautiful!

  28. FABBY
    February 12, 2012 at 1:27 am

    What a gorgoeus plaid table. The dishes are stunning with the bouquett in the center, I love them! Your centerpiece is fabulous Mary, I’m loving your Valentine’s table! Hugs,

  29. February 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I’ve always loved plaid, and, of course, red!

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  31. February 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Lovely tablescape. I love the lantern, a beautiful idea. Your cupcakes look yummy. Wonderful post and photos, Happy Valentines Day!

  32. February 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Well Mary, you’ve outdone yourself this time. I’m amazed and in awe of your creations!

    I admired those plates at Home Goods before Christmas. I am so smitten with tartan plaids, and the roses add an elegant note. These plates really set a beautiful table!

    Your cupcakes with the gumdrop roses are sooo pretty. What a great idea, and thanks for sharing the instructions with us.


  33. February 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Love that you’re still celebrating winter. As much as I love my southern California climate, we seem to miss the seasons entirely. Another beautiful table with my favorites being your collage and use of plaid blanket to anchor the table. I’m going to borrow your idea in an upcoming table! Enjoy your time indoors. Happy Valentine’s Day. ~CJ

  34. Liz
    February 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Goodness! I love these dishes. You have done a beautiful job of carrying out your theme. A truly stunning table! :)


  35. February 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Plaid, pine cones and Ralph Lauren…three of my favorite things. Your tablescape is perfect and I just love the Lauren Skylar plates. Plaid and roses are so great together in the pattern.. Love the little gum drop roses and the plaid cup cake liners, too. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mary.

  36. February 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

    You’ve done a magnificent job displaying your wonderful and warm design against the snowy have of the winter storm just outside your window. The opening mosaic is spectacular! Thank you for inviting us for a peak.Cherry Kay

  37. February 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Make that ‘haze’….my snippy computer self-corrected…sigh. Cherry Kay

  38. February 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    This is lovely, Mary! The plaid wrappers and gumdrop roses, wonderful!
    I love the plaid plates too, saw them at HG this year but they disappeared in a flash!
    It looks very cozy and warm, have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  39. February 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    So pretty and inviting! I love your cupcakes. I made roses like those last year, aren’t they so easy and fun. Yours in red are fabulous!

    I didn’t take time to read all of your comments, but I was just on Chocolate Chocolate’s website and they have your and Hyacinths listed with a direct link. I thought that was so fun and didn’t know if you knew!! Happy Valentines.

  40. Pondside
    February 14, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Just like the tiny red piece at the centre of a log house square, your red table in the middle of a grey landscape is all about heart. I love it!

  41. February 14, 2012 at 5:01 am

    As much as I love all of your pictures, I do believe I love those roses even more!!! You are THE most creative person I know…you always knock it out of the park!!! Just lovely Mary!!

  42. FABBY
    February 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I love those dishes!! I came back from TTT as I’m loving your tablescape and to wish you a REAL Happy Valentine’s and enjoy this day. Hugs,

  43. February 15, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I’m visiting from TTT and I just LOVE your dishes!!! I love the plaid throw that you used as well.

    Happy Valentines Day!

  44. February 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Mary, I can never get enough of your tablescapes or your photography!! I love the plaid with the posie plates!! Those cupcakes are so adorable with the plaid liners & gumdrop roses…mmmm!!

  45. February 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I love your mix of plaids. the black plaid throw stole my heart. Your dishes are just out of this world.. hugs ~lynne~

  46. February 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

    My lanterns have “aged” as well. Still love them tough. Have often contemplated trying to paint them. But how??? Never thought to fill them with anything other than candles. That’s a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial on the gumdrop roses. I’ve bookmarked it.

  47. February 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Great post, love the look, perfect mix of plaids, dishes are great too. You are so talented and impressive. Thanks for the post.

  48. February 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Just beautiful, Mary. The weather might be dreary, but your table is warm and welcoming. We have the same Scottish throw–one for each guy, lol!

  49. February 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Gorgeous winter table…love the cupcakes.

  50. February 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Mary, Mary Mary! You never cease to wow me. Everything is beautiful and one compliments the other so perfectly. I love the color combination. The throw is fabulous with the dishes! VERY well done, my friend!

  51. February 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Very pretty! It made me think of Christmas! I do love it, all cozy & warm. Your dishes are pretty and so are your cupcake roses! Great idea.
    Blessings My Friend,

  52. February 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    As always, your centerpieces leave me breathless! What a beautiful table! The grey plaid goes so well with the grey winter background, and the red makes the whole thing pop! Those gumdrop roses must have taken a while to make! They are beautiful!

  53. February 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Teeny Templeton would kill for these cupcakes. :-)

  54. February 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Magnifico!!!! Absolutely gorgeous! You really put together a uniquely beautiful table! I can’t even begin to think about how much time it must have taken to create all those tiny gumdrop roses!!! Beautiful!!! You sure know how to brighten up a gray day! The plates remind me of when I was in my 30s. I loved to pair “masculine” patterns in my wardrobe with highly feminine components. It was perfect for the workplace and could take me from day right on into evening. Same here. Perfect!

  55. February 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I absolutely love this table-you are so talented! I enjoy reading your delicious blog.

  56. February 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I am in awe of you. You continually outdo yourself and your tables are amazing!!!!!!I love your lanterns, especially used as the centerpiece. The plates are GORGEOUS. Your Home Goods must seel different things, I never saw those. LOVE the cupcakes with the roses, you are THE most creative person I know, I think. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents with us. I am home now and SO happy to be back. TRYING to catch up:):) XO, Pinky

  57. February 18, 2012 at 3:14 am

    This post is comforting to my soul – love everything about it!!

  58. February 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

    You are so creative! Love how you pulled this all together. I love the RL plates from Home Goods—I’m sure you will enjoy those for years to come. I love that they can be used throughout the winter-not just on Christmas.

  59. January 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I just love the wintry look of your table. I’ve always loved plaid and being a floral designer your lanterns were perfect with all the white-tipped pinecones, reindeer moss and orbs. I loved your dishes too. Thanks for sharing.

  60. Marie C in Arizona
    January 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

    What a lovely winter tablescape! All your components are wonderful, and I especially love the goblets. I have been looking for that goblet for a loooong time, but haven’t been able to come across some to buy. May I ask where you found them? I am in Arizona, so we might not have the same stores, but I will give it a try! Love your website!!!!!

    • January 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

      I found mine at HomeGoods but they’re available on Kohl’s website in all colors here.

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