Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ralph Lauren-inspired Spode Woodland

Hello everyone! I'm very excited to have a tablescape this week as I'm in the middle of planning and executing my parents' 50th Anniversary reception this weekend!! But, I had to get all the silver out anyway, so I wanted to share this table with you. After all, what could be better than Ralph Lauren, sterling silver and Spode Woodland American Horses?

 I posted a table with this china last year, HERE, so I wanted something different. I headed to the fabric shop armed with a dinner plate for inspiration. I decided to go with this beautiful floral pattern and a coordinating plaid. I have become really fond of double runners because of the added texture, so I layered the floral over the plaid. For a little added interest, I added a pleated natural ruffle and a strip of the plaid. The top runner is lined, but I did not line the bottom one so it would not be too bulky.

Here is a little inspiration from Ralph Lauren's home collection, "Lake House" bedding collection. Although my color choices were different, the soft plaid/floral concept inspired me.

Let's get to the china! I bought these dinner plates last year for my girls because they love riding horses.

The American Quarter Horse...

The Paint...

The Arabian...

The Standardbred...

The Thoroughbred...

The glassware is Hazel Atlas El Dorado green and was only .50 a water glass and .25 for each wine glass. I found 8 water glasses and 7 wine glasses at the Haywood Christian Ministries Thrift store.

I finally got a silver champagne cooler! This one is the "Lancaster Rose" pattern from the Poole Silver Company and was $20. After I got it, I looked on Replacements to see that they have it for $299. I filled it with dried Hydrangeas from the summer.

The cruet castor set belonged to my great grandmother and only comes out on occasion.

I used the Wallace "Louvre" 1893 sterling flatware as the repousse pattern is so nice with the floral edge on this china.

The sun was starting to set...

I hope you enjoyed my Ralph Lauren-inspired table with Spode Woodland! Although I bought the plates for the girls, we are all enjoying the horses. I hope to start a collection of the Spode Woodland "Hunting dogs" for my son eventually!

Be sure to sit down with your family at the dinner table and find out what is going on in everyone's lives!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love reading your lovely comments then getting around to visit you!

I'll be participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch so be sure to go by there!!


Spode Woodland "American Horses" dinner plates
Hazel Atlas "El Dorado" green glassware
Wallace "Louvre" 1893 sterling flatware
vintage silverplate chargers
vintage crocheted napkins
Poole "Lancaster Rose" silverplated champagne cooler
Mother of pearl napkin rings from Walmart


  1. Your tablescape is gorgeous, Anita. I love all the silver pieces and the spode dishes are classically beautiful. You put everything together perfectly. Happy 50th Anniversary to your parents!...Christine



  3. The Charm of HomeFebruary 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Oh, Anita. That is gorgeous! I am just loving the layered runners. So pretty!

  4. Oh, I love this table, Anita! Your table runners are lovely and look greatlayered like that. The Spode is a wonderful pattern -- my sister has the hunting dogs version. What a great find those green glasses were -- I think they're the perfect color for these dishes.

  5. ANITA! ANITA!..your tablescape is just incredible...and I love the new profile picture, you are a lovely lady.
    And Happy 50th Anniversary to Mom and Dad!..yall have fun.

  6. I always love visiting your have the most gorgeous tables. This one did not disappoint. The plates look lovely with your new runners. My favorite, though, is the green stemware.
    Happy 50th Anniversary to your parents, that is quite an honor.

  7. At The Picket FenceFebruary 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Oh Anita! My little girl would be in absolute horse heaven sitting at that table! She has a slight obssession. :-) Everything it all so lovely and it was so fun to see a new post pop up from you. Best of luck with your party planning and I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your parents amazing milestone!

  8. Dear Anita,
    May you have a sweet Valentine's Day!
    Your table is absolutely lovely in every way!!!
    You have done a terrific job.

    I like the plaids and colors you have used. And now I'm gonna have to get one of these pretty coolers!!!
    Like what you did with yours.

    God bless,
    d from homehaven

  9. Hello Anita, I am speechless!What a stunning gorgeous table scape. You are "Far Above" Ralph Lauren. The materials for your custom runner are just magnificent.The dishes and silver serving pieces marry so well together.I ove your green goblets. I am always searching for green grandmother gave me goblets with beaded short stems but they all broke when a kitchen cabinet literally fell off the wall in a previous home and I lost all but two! Your children are blessed with such a loving and thoughtful mother to plan dishes for their present and future.This table will out shine any English manor soiree! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.Congratulations to your parents and many more years!Have a wonderful party with all.

  10. Red Couch RecipesFebruary 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Anita -- this is such a beautiful table. I have a 10 year-old daughter that would love these plates -- she's horse crazy. Everything is pulled together so nicely! The table runners are just gorgeous and the glasses, at such a deal! just set everything off. Joni

  11. Another beautiful tablescape! I like the double runners you made. Your champagne cooler is beautiful and a real bargain. I have a similar cruet set but it's about 18" tall and is missing one cruet bottle. Needless to say it's in the cupboard! Where would I use it?
    Blessings, Pamela

  12. Dandelion and DaisyFebruary 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Oh! Would my granddaughter LOVE those dishes. She graduates from high school next year, a starter set might make a nice gift. Everything Ralph Lauren does is so stylish and your choice is perfect with the table setting. Thanks for visiting me today and enjoyed your comment.

  13. Hi Anita,this is a beautiful table The dishes and silver, the Ralph Lauren runner,and green goblets all together is beautiful.
    !!Congratulations to your parents on 50th Anniversary!!!.
    Happy Valentine's Day....

  14. Lori @ Dining DelightFebruary 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    That runner is terrific and just 'makes' the table! The green stemware is pretty and goes nicely with the china! I really love it when I see individual votives/candles at each place setting, they just make it so much more special!


  15. A lovely tablescape, Anita, I hope that you will also share your parents Anniversary table with us. Please let me know the name of your other blog as I've not visited in a long time
    :o( Take care and remember to rest :o)

  16. I just watched the Secretariat movie last night so I am excited to see your horse plates today! They are so unique. Your table looks very pretty as usual.

  17. Anita~~ What a beautiful "Ralph Lauren" inspired table! Your textiles blend perfectly! What a very thoughtful way of giving a little piece of you to your girls and eventually your son!
    Best wishes to your parents on their 50th!

  18. Your table is gorgeous and I adore your runners! Thanks so much for sharing! ~~~Shine

  19. Anita ~ gorgeous table scape and so lovely in candlelight ;-)

  20. Wow! 50 years for your parents! Tell them congrats and your table is beautiful...they'll have such great memories.

  21. Karin ┼×en CankanFebruary 9, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Loved your china plate-ware, the table is beuatiful and the pictures look great, I also have couple of old pieces from my grandparents which I love and the silver cruet castor is a lovely peice.
    Karin Sen Cankan

  22. Gorgeous table, Anita. Love your horse plates.

  23. Ann@A Sentimental LifeFebruary 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    your table is beautiful! Love your ggrandmothers cruet set! Dosen't it make it extra special to have that there? I have the same champagne cooler

  24. What a gorgeous table! And me, being a horsewoman, these dishes are to die for!! I've never seen them.

  25. Mid-Atlantic MarthaFebruary 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    How wonderful -- my SIL would love those horse dishes. I love all your silver!

  26. Designs on 47th StreetFebruary 9, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Be still my heart!!! I LOVE, LOVE, Love, LoVE this!!! I love your plates, I love that you mixed in gorgeous green goblets, I love your silverware AND I love the beautiful centerpiece and all your layering of fabrics in your runners, etc. Very, very well done and congratulations to your parents.

  27. Pam - @diy Design FanaticFebruary 9, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Somehow I missed your post in my reader. So glad I came over and I'm so happy you finally got your champagne bucket! Yay! What a fabulous price!!! Your vintage chargers are amazing! The rest of your table is gorgeous, too!

  28. Love your plates! I've never seen the horses. Your table runners are certainly very RL!! I totally agree with your comment to sit down, share a meal and find out what's going on!

  29. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart)February 10, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Such a beautiful table, so full of inspiration. I've started buying the plates for my girlfriend, they are beautiful. Congrats to your folks on their milestone anniversary..
    hugs ~lynne~

  30. I am so glad to finally be able to sit down and look at other tables. I would have hated to miss this. I love the whole look of the table. Those plates are wonderful, and I know your girls love them.

    My favorite thing is that fabulous double runner for the center. I'm totally hooked on the look. I now want to make a double runner, too.

    Look at that. I'm an Anita Wannabe. (Try saying that three times fast.)

  31. Beautiful table, Anita! Ralph himself would be delighted to sit down here! This would be perfect for a Kentucky Derby party, too! Gorgeous! Oh...I was watching a DVRed episode of "Dateline" the other night with a segment entitled "Far Above Rubies", and I thought about you! Have a wonderful Valentine's weekend!

  32. Hi Anita...
    Everything always looks so wonderfully together here...
    The dishes are fabulous... love the different horses on each plate!
    The green goblets are perfect with them too!
    Your runner is great... it really blends all the colors together.
    I want to wish your parents a wonderful 50th anniversary!
    How beautiful to be together that long ~ a love for a lifetime!
    Happy planning! Happy anniversary to them!
    *blessings always*

  33. Entertaining WomenFebruary 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    So many elements to love here...the silver and crystal cruet set makes my mouth water...and the shade of green in the Hazel Atlas goblets looks like it would work with so many settings. My son and daughter-in-law have the Woodland Spode, too. It is always so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous design. Cherry Kay

  34. Just superb, Anita! Your choices of fabrics and colors, the layering, the gorgeous silver (heirloom and otherwise!), the wonderful dishes, the softly colorful dried hydrangeas -- perfection! As always, you photographed it all beautifully.

    Congratulations to your parents on this milestone anniversary! They're fortunate to have such a loving, talented daughter to make sure their celebration will be beyond special!

    Have a great weekend and a very happy Valentine's Day!


  35. I'm your newest follower, I looked through your tablescape and loved it all, that's why I want to be friends and a follower to such pretty lady.
    Your Spode horse dishes are gorgeous, your Atlas goblets are stunning, your runner blends beautifully with everything; you would make Ralph very proud Anita. I wish your parents a very happy Anniversary and happy Valentine's and may their love keep producing many, many anniversaries.
    Hope you visit me, thank you in advance.

  36. Hi Anita,
    I just love your tablescape! You did a great job with the double table runner and ruffle ends. I really love the Spode Woodland, but I did not realize they had the horse pattern; have mostly seen birds. These are great. And you were quite lucky to get that gorgeous silver champagne cooler for $20. I only go to Replacements, Ltd. when I'm absolutely desperate. I'm afraid I'll end up having to sign over my first born son or something. Your dried hydrangeas look lovely in the champagne cooler, your flatware is beautiful and the crocheted napkins as well. Congratulations on your parents' 50th anniversary. Both mine and my husband's parents celebrated their 50th anniversaries a month apart last year. I'm really proud of them. I'm new to blogging and I posted my first tablescape yesterday, so if you have time, please stop by.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  37. What a stunning table, Anita! You make putting the elements together look so easy, when I know it took a lot of effort. I adore your silverware, your new wine holder, and the lovely green glasses... I'd love to come over for dinner!

  38. Sarah @ Modern Country StyleFebruary 13, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Hi Anita,

    This is so beautiful. I really love your care and attention to detail. It all looks completely stunning.

    Name the date and I'll be there!!!

    I'm your new follower.


  39. Beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  40. So many beautiful posts since I last visited. Living in Kentucky, this would be beautiful for Derby Day.

  41. Parsimonious PerfectionDecember 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I just found this post via Pinterest. My goodness, I LOVE, LOVE,LOVE it!!! You are so talented...I recognized the Ralph Lauren theme right way before I even read this post! I Love the napkin holders which look so similar to Ralph's Pearl collection!!! Just a sublime interpretation!! ❤❤

  42. Amber Lyon FergusonMay 2, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Anita this is just stunning! I included one of your photos from this post in my Kentucky Derby post from last year.

    As a KY girl and a lover of mixing plaid and florals to create cozy English cottage style, this post makes my heart sing!