Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--Van Gogh Sunflowers in Reprise

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Most art lovers think of this image when they hear the words, Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

That iconic painting, as well as Flowers In A Blue Vase

and The Starry Night

are among my favorites.  However, when I think of Van Gogh's Sunflowers, I really much more appreciate his painting, Four Cut Sunflowers, with its highs and lows, rustic oranges and yellows, all set against beautiful blues and green.  

The weather here in California has decided to stay lovely, at long last....I hope Spring has finally arrived for you as well wherever you are.  In California, the weather is sometimes unrelentingly HOT, which means I begin thinking about Summer décor well before it is officially summer!  The warm weather and Van Gogh's Four Cut Sunflowers serve as an inspiration for my first Summer table of the season.  I hope you enjoy the post.  

I began on my rustic outdoor table, all sanded, painted with one coat of stain, and free of linen.  I didn't continue the stain, because for this setting, I kind of liked the weathered, rustic way it looked.  

In the middle, to create a centerpiece, I set a woven charger,

upon it, a lovely navy pitcher with rattan detail to serve as a vase,

and filled it with what else?  SUNFLOWERS!!  :)

To bring in some initial "sun" to the setting, I placed yellow placemats.

On top of the placemats, rustic chargers.

Closeup...love the intricate detail of these!

Next, I set navy chargers. 

On the navy chargers, I set a tan napkin folded length-wise. 

Simple white plates

were followed by lovely yellow petals, bringing in more sun. :)


On top of the petal plates, I placed a battenburg napkin adorned with fruit napkin rings.  There's nothing quite like lemon and fresh blueberries in the summertime!

Finally, to complete the setting, I placed one of my pre-painted sunflower flutes, and adorned each with a little raffia.  Raffia is a great way to bring rustic charm to the table!

All set!

A few closeups of the setting:

If you'd like to view the tutorial to create these simple flutes (and the paint is removable!), visit the post on my blog The Crafting Table here.

From my collection:

Yellow petal saucers, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
White plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Blue Chargers, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Blue Pitcher, Ralph Lauren Somerset Island Collection
Rattan chargers, Target
Centerpiece rattan charger, HomeGoods (liked these better, but there was only one...boo)
Tan napkins, HomeGoods
White napkins, local vintage shoppe
Yellow placemats, generic
Fruit napkin holders, Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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  1. Oh, how this reminds me of Provence and the trip we made to St. Paul de Mausolee, where Van Gogh spent time for his mental illness. You have captured the spirit of this beautiful region and Van Gogh's works. Your petal plates and flutes are gorgeous! Love this post!,

    1. Diane, you have me pegged, exactly. :)
      That's just what I was thinking and going for in this post, so glad you see it! Thank you so much for visiting! I'll bet Provence was spectacular, you're very fortunate to have gone! ❤❤❤

  2. Oh, this warms my arthritis after a long, cold winter and brings a sunny smile!

  3. What a lovely tablescape! I love your dish stack: the white napkin and fruit napkin ring are PERFECT as the final touch. So colorful and welcoming. Bravo! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch