Deep, clear pink is a gorgeous colour; no wonder it’s so popular around Valentine’s Day.
A perfect counterpoint to the gritty grey winter landscape, the rich rosy tones lift our spirits and beguile our senses.
This table setting began with a trip to the local greenhouse, where I was looking for parrot tulips, having been unsuccessful at my usual sources. No luck here either, but they did have a huge walk-in fridge with blooms of every description, many of them in this luscious shade of pink. Ok – twist my arm!
Cherise roses, ranunculus and white tipped tulips caught my attention. Scanning Pinterest, I’d seen some examples of flower arrangements employing chunky bunches of flowers and decided to give that a shot. The idea is to group several flowers of one type together in sections, rather than spreading them more evenly through the bouquet. That helps balance the larger blooms, such as hydrangea. I liked it!
The flowers naturally called to mind these Royal Doulton hand-painted pink cabinet plates I bought many years ago from Elise Abrams Antiques. There are twelve different designs, all signed by C. Horton, and made in England for Ovington Brothers of New York. The heavy gilding is typical of the aptly named “Gilded Age”, so beautifully depicted in the Martin Scorcese film of Edith Wharton’s novel, The Age of Innocence, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder, my go-to movie whenever I need an elaborate tableware fix,
I have both large and small cabinet plates. They’re both Royal Doulton, and while the the patterns on the rims of the plates is slightly different, they coordinate well. I’ve shown them here with two different types of antique soup cups and a St. Louis cranberry glass decanter.
I styled the table with glassware from the same period; both goblets are antique Moser.
The small compote forms part of a set of antique Venetian glass, which includes two candlesticks, two small compotes with under plates and a large version of the compote for the centrepiece, all from Elise Abrams Antiques.
You can see the big centrepiece in Pretty In Pink, a table I did many years ago when the dining room was painted deep cranberry colour. It’s hard to see the colour of the Venetian glass with the oasis which anchored the exuberant display of tulips. I had a blast putting those arrangements together, I recall.
I see I used the same flirty porcelain place card holders. They’re part of a collection of a couple of dozen, some with coloured flowers and others in white and green only. They’re a ladies lunch or bridal shower type accessory, I think, and go well in this setting.
The cutlery is Chantilly by Gorham. The placemats and runner are from Pottery Barn, and are still available. The embroidered napkin is part of a set I picked up in Bermuda a long time ago. I love how crisply it sits, adding its mite to the table.
One last look at the whole table 🙂
Stay warm, everyone! Looks like we’re back in the deep freeze for a bit. But it’s rapidly getting lighter by the day, so that part is very heartening.