Our weather has swung like a pendulum this winter, with unusually mild temperatures in the 60s and 70s, followed by more normal temperatures with the mercury dipping to the low 20s.
Some welcome January sunshine and blue water views inspired my table this week, with lanterns filled with shells to join tropical flowers at the table, in contrast to a winter woodland table last week.
Gray geometric shapes provide a contemporary pattern and raised texture surface of the Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Aurora Grey dinnerware.
Rattan chargers with a gray wash add some additional texture and contrast to the patterned stoneware.
A Threshold Aztec tablecloth from Target provides some additional pattern and gray color for a foundation for the table and accent colors of aqua and navy.
Whelk shells found at the Outer Banks add a darker gray accent to the table, and provide vases for white alstroemeria blooms from the grocery store.
Gray lanterns filled with shells join an orchid on a tray for a centerpiece for the table. You can find orchids for as little as $15 at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s that will provide you with some welcome tropical blooms in January when the weather is gray and gloomy outside! I added some shell “mulch” for a decorative accent to cover the roots and bark potting medium.
Orchids will bloom for three to four months using the ice cube method of watering. Just three ice cubes added to your orchid once a week is enough water for your orchid. When ice is fully melted, drain any excess water from the decorative outer pot so your orchid is not sitting in water that might have collected at the bottom or the pot. Place your orchid in a bright, well-lit location avoiding direct sunlight, and away from drafts.
I comb the aisles of HomeGoods regularly like a shell seeker :) where I found the gray tray for the table. The decorative edge of the tray reminds me of arches of Gothic windows and the pattern on the Aurora plates and mugs.
I added shell napkin rings to dress up plain glass votives for a decorative accent.
International Silver Capri Frost Flatware adds a frosted soft polished finish to the table with a scalloped tip handle.
Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Aurora Grey dinnerware is microwave and dishwasher safe.
*Dinnerware / Aurora Grey by Mikasa Gourmet Basics
*Flatware / International Silver Capri Frost
*Goblets / Stephanie Iced Beverage Glass, Mikasa
Rattan Chargers / Target, several years ago
Threshold Aztec Tablecloth / Target
Napkins / Pier 1
Tray / HomeGoods, several years ago
Lanterns / Pottery Barn, several years ago, used here
*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.