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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Van Gogh Irises

I enjoyed the Easter tablescape so much I didn't want to put away the blue and white tablecloth.  I decided to add in a little yellow and use my Van Gogh Irises plates I purchased many years ago.  I'm a huge lover of irises and the Irises painting is my favorite van Gogh piece.   
Van Gogh Irises Tablescape

Overhead view. 

Place setting. 

I used silk forsythia, white pussy willow and cherry blossoms stems inside the cobalt blue vase in the center.  I smile each time I unpack the yellow forsythia.   My Grandmother had several of these bushes around the farm and they were so pretty in the Spring.  
The tablecloth was made using fabric from the Ballard Designs Outlet.   The cobalt blue stemless wine glasses are from Dollar Tree this year.  The cobalt blue vase is a Goodwill find. 

In the early 80's I joined my Mother in ceramic class. My Mother made many beautiful pieces and I'm fortunate to have a few of her creations.  I made several pieces during the classes and the pitcher above is one that I hand painted with my favorite flower.    I always found it difficult to paint on ceramics as the paint you use changes color when fired in the kiln.  If I recall, the blue color in the iris was a dusty pink color.  It was really difficult to shade and highlight, but someone how I created it and this was the final result.   I have this stored safely in my curio cabinet and it rarely makes it out on open display.  I remember painting other pieces with the same blue iris, but I cannot find them now.  It would be nice to paint some dinner plates to match one day. 

The iris pitcher is displayed on the server along with my Grandmother's antique cobalt blue vases.  

Overhead view of the place setting. 

A few iris themed accessories used with this tablecsape.  The tea pot on the top left was found recently at a local bi-annual indoor yard sale.  It was only $5.00.  The iris plate on the right is from Home Goods years ago.  The porcelain iris figurine was a gift from my Mother.  

The plate stack starts with a lace edged charger found at Michael's a few seasons ago.  The yellow plates were found at Goodwill. They are branded HOME on the back and I'm not sure where they were sold new. I love the vibrant yellow and royal blue rim. The Irises salad plates were purchased at either TJ Maxx or Home Goods at least 10 years ago. They were wall decorations at my previous home for many years. 

I love the vibrant blue cobalt blue stemless wine glasses and the canary yellow rimmed plates together. 


This post is linked to the following parties: 
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #144 - Life and Linda
448th Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
Thursday's Favorite Things - Katherines Corner
44th Edition TADA! Thursday's - Chatham Hill on the Lake
Celebrate Your Story #73 - Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
Inspire Me Monday – Week 276 - Create with Joy
The Scoop #271 - Confessions of a Plate Addict
371st Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
Wow us Wednesday #322 - Savvy Southern Style
Home & Garden Thursday #70 - A Delightsome Life
Vintage Charm #79 - Blue Willow House
Home Sweet Home #319 - The Charm of Home
Grace at Home No. 246 - Imparting Grace
Share Your Style #114 - 21 Rosemary Lane
Foodie Friday & Everything Else - Rattlebridge Farm
Home Matters Linky Party #132 - Life with Lorelai
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday - April 22, 2017 -How Sweet the Sound
Creative Inspirations Linky Party and Features - Embracing Change
Flaunt it Friday 353! - Chic on a Shoe String


  1. This table is stunning, Catherine! I love your choice of colors you've used together, and your accent pieces are striking! What treasures. Bravo!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

    1. Thank you so much Rosie! The Iris is my favorite flower and I love to use them in my decor. I only wish I could grown them here in South Florida. I had hundreds in my yard in North Carolina. It doesn't get cold enough down here in the sand. :)

  2. I, too, love irises! Several varieties are blooming in my garden -- all shades of blue. Thank you for sharing this charming table.
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

    1. Thank you so much Sandra! I'm sure your iris garden is so pretty. I had a nice one when I lived in North Carolina. Sadly they will not grow here in South Florida.

  3. Your table is so colorful and vibrant. Who doesn't love irises! I think you did a great job on your painted ceramics as well. Very pretty. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank you Donna. I wish I could find the time to do ceramics again. It would be so much fun to paint plates to match the pitcher one day.

  4. Such a special table with memories of your mother all around it. Those iris plates are stunning and the yellow and white underneath are lovely. I must make a trip to Dollar Tree soon to see if I can find some of those pretty cobalt glasses!

    1. Thank you Joy! The Dollar Tree near my home has a few similar on the shelf. Things go so quickly in DT. I had to pull myself out of the isle the other day so I wouldn't buy the newer ones. lol

  5. What a beautiful tablescape!Love your blue iris too!Hugs.Maristella.

  6. Beautiful transition with the blue and white tablecloth. I love your iris dishes and your beautiful vase. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely tablescape with us at Vintage Charm.

  7. I want to eat on those plates! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing your artistic settings at TADA! Thursdays

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  8. What beautiful plates! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. Thank you so much and thank you for hosting the great link party!

  9. Happy Pink Saturday, Catherine. I am so glad you joined us and shared this stunning tablescape. It is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the blue/yellow combination.

    This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one with the most clicks".♥

    1. Thank you so much for the feature Beverly! It's a great honor to have one of my tablescapes featured on your beautiful "Anything Goes" Pink Saturday blog.