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A Tablescape with a Glowing Centerpiece

By 09/10/2009January 27th, 201737 Comments

I received the most stunning candles as a gift from Black & Light Co. so I decided to include them in a Tablescape Thursday post hosted by Between Naps on the Porch.  I chose the ones with polka dots because I love them, dots are happy 🙂

These are my new green placemats from Crate & Barrel, I just love them!! Next to yellow and orange I love green, especially in these shades!

I am showing a combination of white dishes (the most timeless colour for dishes in my opinion) the dinner plate are ones I bought to add to my china collection (from when I was married years ago) which is Strawberry & Vine Wedgewood. 
It’s more traditional than I would chose today (that’s for sure) but because it’s white it’s still works for me!  The flatware I would love to replace, these are just so everyday!

These napkin rings I bought at the Pottery Barn!
The hurricane lantern (one of the best ways to display a candle) with this beautiful candle is all you need for a quick centerpiece!  See how it glows right to the bottom?  This is what makes their candles so special.
They come with all kinds of different patterns on them which is also really unique.  I love these leaves as well!  Candles make such great gifts because they create light and atmosphere and one size fits all!  My readers just need to post the code ZAP120 with your order to receive 10% off your order and free shipping!
Here is another angle from the dining room looking into the living room.  Don’t look too hard for colour on the walls (and the drapes are not mine either) as I rent but when I buy this house (because I love it so much), then it will have colour on the walls!  The hurricane lantern is Brian Gluckstein. 
Hurricane Lanterns are such a great accessory, here’s a decorative tablescape with all 4 elements for a tablescape.  A  tray, book, candle and a coral instead of flowers, click here for my post on How to create a Tablescape.
Another room by David Jiminez with two hurricane lanterns.  Notice how regular candles are lit at the top though, and not all the way to the bottom?  This is why Black & Light Co. candles are so special!
Check out Between Naps on the Porch to see more beautiful tablescapes!

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How to Create a Tablescape
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  • sallymandy says:

    Lovely tablescape. Serene and natural, and fun to see it from your own house.

    Maria, I have Wedgwood white dishes from when I got married, too. Different patterns…I can't remember the names. But like you, since they're white I still like them. That was the idea. 🙂

  • Julianne says:

    Beautiful as always. Would you tell me where you got that chaise? I need one, and a new sofa and am not sure where to look. Thanks!

  • Liz says:

    A lovely table and a lovely home for sure. I would want to buy it too! 🙂


  • Tammy Tant says:

    Oh how I wish I had gotten white dishes when I was married. Mine were Lenox and had pink and blue flowers and will never see the light of day again. Love yours though !

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    I love the polka dots, Maria! Very fun! You're right about white plates ~ classic and timeless, and you can set just about any scheme table. New dishes are on my list of things to get when we move and I've been considering white {that list seems to be getting longer!}.

  • Linda/"Mom" says:

    * Simply CHARMING, kiddo!!!… SOOO clean n' fresh n' happy~ just like your personality!

    Happy Thursday!
    Linda in AZ *

  • susan says:

    You are right–white dishes are timeless and everybody should own a set of some kind. Isn't is funny how our tastes change over the years? I love that chaise–have wanted one all my life–Guess it's my southern upbring–I want a "fainting couch" 🙂

  • Kelee Katillac says:

    Hi Maria!

    Those candles make a great centerpiece! You work is so lovely and I like the "space" in the setting for the people–guests! Very open and welcoming.

    love, kelee

  • Lauren says:

    oh love it!!! (and am LOVING the green of course!!) the polka dots are adorable!!! beautiful as always maria!!


  • Allison says:

    Very pretty. Love the simple dishes. Lovely home.

  • Rebecca Sherman says:

    Polka Dots are chic. I've seen some fine linen napkins with really large dots on them that would look great on your table. As for white plates, there's a reason why chefs only use them. Food looks best on a white background. Those wonderful Wedgwood ones you have are fabulous by the way. I love that look.

  • Greet says:

    Yes the hurricane lanterns are a good decoration pieces when you have unexpectable visitors !
    I have a lot of these lanterns in as outside my house! I love them to see at the outside by night! Beautiful!


  • black eyed susans kitchen says:

    I just love white dishware! The table is serene and inviting and the polka dot candle adds a fun and whimsical touch.

  • Rebecca says:

    Fun tablescape!

    I like your strawberry vine dishes. I find it a good mix on your table. The candle is so fun.

    One of these days I will do a tablescape or two. I use my white dishes daily – always classic and always in style. My Mom, two sisters, my daughter-in-law, and my daughter each have a different set of white dishes. Most are everyday but a couple are their formal sets. It must be a family thing! There is just so much you can do with them.

    Villery & Boch have discontinued their Manoir pattern. A couple of my pieces have been broken so I am thinking it may be time to look at new dishes. After 15 years or so they still look good.

  • Jane says:

    Love the polka dot candle! This table is so serene. And I love the green placemats…my favorite color.

    Thanks for sharing the candle company. I was recently introduced to them. Black & White has so many designs from which to choose!

    Jane (artfully graced)

  • LaurenFaythe says:

    I love the crisp white and warm green combination – and the polka dotted candle too!

  • Janie's World says:

    Simply beautiful!

  • Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    Yes – I see the difference in the candles — I never knew about that! What a lovely house and I am a lover of Green and white together.

  • Rachel says:

    mood lighting has always been fascinating to me. the way it changes the atmosphere in a space, adding a soft, warm glow… So much better than exclusively using harsh overhead lights. Do manufacturers send you samples often? nice benefit to being a blogger!

  • Tracy @ comfortandluxury says:

    Pretty table, Maria! (I appreciate how you overlapped your placemat corners the same way all around) Love your flatware… I'm shopping for new and there are just sooooo many choices I'm finding it very difficult to commit!

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    I forgot about tablescape thursdays! I made the nicest dinner for Aaron last night and I was going to set the table really nice . . . but then . . . I didn't. If I remembered the tablescape thursday thing I would've done it. Arrgh!

  • honeysuckle says:

    Green is such a versatile color as well as white. Love those napkin rings as well. Thanks for your inspiring pictures. Have a great day!

  • Karena says:

    I love your design,the candles are fab and those Napkin rings!! David Jimenez is right here in Kansas City!!

  • Kitty Valerie says:

    Light green and dark brown is definetely a winning combination. I like it so much!!!
    Warm regards from South America,

  • Ideezine says:


    You're setting the scene for fall celebrations! O how I just love all the fun entertaining that happens starting right about now. Great snaps too! It makes me happy, that's for sure.


  • Kathleen says:

    Very pretty! The candle is just lovely!

  • Rettabug says:

    Beeeeautiful!! You make me want to run out & buy white dishes & new candles & come to think of it…redo my whole look!! Your home is tranquil & so inviting. Thanks for letting us take a peek.
    Oh & I've bookmarked your info site on doing tablescapes…much to learn there. 🙂

  • AB HOME Interiors says:

    I remember you mentioning these while you were on vacation. I think you said crate and barrel wasnt in Vancouver. We dont have one either. It is a great store. Table looks beautiful!

  • VictoriaArt says:

    Lovely, lovely!
    I am a big fan of candles of all sorts, hurricans too, great examples!

  • Pinky says:

    BEAUTIFUL table! So simple but elegant! LOOOVE those candles! I may have to jump over there and get some! Thanks for sharing this! Hugs, Pinky

  • Naomi says:

    I like the napkin rings against those placemats.
    And I just seem to adore every room by David Jimenez!

  • nannykim at SPINDLE COTTAGE says:

    I love it. So clean, so uncluttered, and strikingly beautiful. I like that green!

  • Marlo says:

    Beautiful tablescape! I love that shade of green – so fresh and happy – and the polka dots match the placemats! So cute!

    I like seeing how you put it all together and where you purchased each item. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Trell says:

    Your posts never disappoint. And thank you for mentioning the Black * Light Candles, I'm definitely going to try them!

  • Brillante Home Decor says:

    Ahhh…I know that table!
    I am able to use wi-fi at the moment at my hotel on the island of Ischia so I try to read my favorite blogs!
    Ciao from Italy…

  • Maya@Completely Coastal says:

    Black & Light send me a couple of candles too…, and I just love the way they glow!! Also their business ethic are pretty cool!

  • urbansardines says:

    I <3 these tablescapes! I still want to follow your instructions on how to create a tablescape.

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