What a name for a china pattern: “Blooming Opulence”. It reminds me of the Ascot horserace scene in My Fair Lady where Eliza Doolittle bellows “Move your blooming arse!”.


The mark on the back of the plate says Blooming Opulence by easylifedesign.it, A bit of Google research tells me it’s an Italian company, located in Brescia, Italy. Not a lot more information is available, and I haven’t come across their wares before. Update: I found EasyLife’s website in Italy, and it looks like they ship all over the world!



I found the salad plates at Bowrings in Canada around Christmastime. I’d gone in to find a couple of extra charger plates for our Christmas Eve table and the pattern caught my eye. The salad plates and some cups were all that were available (at a hefty markdown!) although it seems that there is a dinner plate. The pattern comes with a white background, too, it seems.


I styled the plates with black placemats and peach napkins from Pier 1.  With so much floral happening in the plates, I stuck with fairly simple centrepiece arrangements of dried Annabelle Hydrangeas and some alstroemeria. 



My oft-used bakelite handled cutlery and Venetian “basket glasses” completed the place settings.



Black and white salt & pepper shakers in the form of a barn and silo added a whimsical touch. They are from Pottery Barn several years ago.


Apologies to everyone for the delay in getting out some posts. I’m travelling right now and secure internet is fairly scarce. I made the mistake a few years ago of working on open wifi and my website got hacked, so I’ve been very cautious ever since. I’ll try and catch up over the next few days. Stay tuned for some Entertablement Abroad posts from sunny Spain.

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.