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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September Sunflowers

Growing up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina we always had beautiful flowers blooming from early Spring to the early Winter.   I must say the bearded iris is probably my favorite flower of all time, but the sunflower would be my second choice.  My Father and Grandfather always planted rows and rows of beautiful sunflowers on the first few rows of the family vegetable gardens and along the country road in front of our homes.   I always enjoyed walking through the rows of yellow flowers that were larger than my head.   One of my Grandmother's had a beautiful flower garden with a smaller variety that was perfect for smaller arrangements.   My grandmothers would decorate  their kitchen tables and living areas with the pretty blooms in the Summer and early Fall.     Grandparents Day is this Sunday, September 11th and my sunflower table will bring back wonderful memories of four lovely people that are no longer with me.   I'm also reminded of one of my favorite feel good movies each time I decorate with sunflowers.  Under the Tuscan Sun starring Diane Lane  was set in Tuscany and the sunflower fields in that movie were amazing.  Italy is on my bucket list to visit one day and I hope to do it when the sunflowers are in full bloom.  For now I will sit at my table and day dream of being in Tuscany while having dinner.  

September Sunflower tablescape. 

Sunflower place setting. 


Lemons, sunflowers and roosters.  


Credenza and assorted bowls, plates on display.  The cobalt blue vases were a gift from my Mother years ago.   The iris and sunflower bowl was found at a local art fair years ago. 

Bird eye view of the sunflower table. 

Place setting layers. 

Sunflower and lemon dinner plates purchased at Home Goods years ago.   The four hang in the archway in my dining area.  I love the vibrant blue and yellows.  


This was a sunflower and rooster table two years ago. The golden glass hen dish in the center belonged to my Grandmother. The rooster plates are from Pottery Barn years ago.  

Under the Tuscan Sun starring Diane Lane. 


Resources:

Top plate (saucer): Sunflower Sensation by Faberware
Glasses: Harvest gold (thrift store find)
Flatware: Reed & Barton ( my Mother's)
Napkins: Home Goods years ago 
Napkin rings: silk sunflower tucked inside a beaded ring made by my Mother
Wine charms:  Stein Mart years ago 
Charger plates: cork print fabric cover made by me - Walmart fabric 
Square dinner plate on credenza: Set of four purchased at Home Goods years ago
Runner on credenza: Home Goods years ago

29 comments:

  1. Fun to see the place setting construction.Love the lemons in centerpiece.Added in with the sunflowers, a nice touch.

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    1. Thank you Ani! I love those lemons. They are made of resin and very heavy. I bought them at Pier One over 15 years ago. Thank you for your nice comments.
      Catherine

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  2. Fun to see the place setting construction.Love the lemons in centerpiece.Added in with the sunflowers, a nice touch.

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  3. Everything is so beautiful. Gorgeous, vibrant, and exciting color combinations. Love the napkin rings.

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie! It is very vibrant and my favorite color combo is blue and yellow so I'm very happy with this weeks table. :)

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  4. Nice! Love sunflowers--visiting from Katherine's Corner.

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  5. I love to see the intense colors on your table. They echo nature's colors so well.

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    1. Thank you so much Sandra. I love the blue and yellow together.

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  6. Such a lovely, sunny table! The wine cork print on your charger covers is darling and they make a perfect frame for your vibrant plates.

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    1. Thank you Joy. I knew the moment I found this cork print fabric which table it would debut on this year. I also have a couple other sets of tuscany/wine themed plates that I will use it with one day.

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  7. What a beautiful tablescape! I love all of the gorgeous color! I adore sunflowers too! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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    1. Thank you Shannon. I love blue and yellow together and of course sunflowers are perfect this time of year. I hope you will have a nice weekend too!

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  8. Love Sunflowers, especially when done with blue. I use sunflowers for my August decorations and move to apples for September, but I am running behind and enjoying a few more "sunflower" days. I am from NC too and enjoy your blog.

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    1. Thank you Darlene. I normally do the sunflower table in August too, but I'm all over the place this summer. Too many ideas for tables and not enough time to put them together and decorate. It's nice to meet and fellow Carolina girl! I hope to move back there one day soon. I really miss the change of seasons and the friendly people. :)

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  9. This is a stunning table, and perfect for late summer (it still feels like summer in So. CA!). I love the brilliant colors of blue and yellow together and your sunflowers actually sing!! All your accent pieces are perfect and your charger cover is truly a winner!! Beautifully done, Catherine! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Rosie. It is still very much Summer time here in So. FL too. I look forward to cooler weather in Dec./Jan.

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  10. This is a beautiful colorful tablescape. Our son's wedding had all these colors in it and it was beautiful. Lemons are also a big thing in Italy so you scored on that too!

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    1. Thank you so much Liz! The blue and yellow combo is my favorite of all. I am sure it was beautiful at the wedding. I will take a look at your page and see if you have photos.

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  11. Wow, love this tablescape Catherine. Really love blue and yellow together and who doesn't love sunflowers. I love that movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. It makes me want to move there. My husband and I want to visit italy in the near future. Everything is so lovely and coordinated. A treat for any guest to sit at your table. I still want to know how you make the charger covers. I hope you share this on Sunday, Dishing it & Digging It. Have a fabulous weekend.

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    1. Thank you Linda. Italy is on my list to see one day. I will see you on Dishing It & Digging It this Sunday! Have a great weekend!

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  12. A Beautiful fall table! The blue with the sunflowers is just stunning. I love color so this pleases my eye very well! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much Lynn. I hope you're having a great weekend. They go by way too fast! :)

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  13. Wow those sunflower plates just pop in the photo! So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. I will feature this today at Home Sweet Home!

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  14. Absolutely stunning tablescape! I need to go grab my DVD of that movie now to watch it again. PLus shop for those dishes. LOL

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed having you!

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    1. Thank you so much Christine and I love the DI & DI Link Party! So many fabulous ideas and great inspiration each week! Enjoy the movie. I may pull mine out and watch again very soon.

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  15. O My!! Be still my heart!! The colors of this drop dead gorgeous tablescape are breath taking!!You have such a talent when it comes to tablescaping!! we eat at our Dining Room table so I do not do much tablescapes!! And with Joe retiring in 1 day ( yes, 1 more day of work), he likes to spread out the newspaper all over the entire table in the morning to read!! LOL!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Congrats on the retirement. If I had anyone else in the home with me it would be hard to keep a tablescape up. I only have the one small table, but I have breakfast and dinner at it daily. I just move the plate stack out of the way and use my daily dishes.

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