Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lilacs for Easter

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share a very simple and rustic table for Easter.

I used the vintage Noritake "Condoro" china my mom gave me along with Oneida "Golden Julliard" stainless flatware and American Stemware glasses.

I filled the box with four birch logs holding votive candles and three mason jars filled with lilacs.

I brought back the matelasse runner...

I also filled the box with burlap to soften the hard edges.

This is such a simple tablesetting but I love the combination of fine china and crystal with the rustic elements of the wood chargers, bamboo napkin rings, burlap and wood.

I have to say a big thank you to my new followers and also to those of you who have left such nice comments. We have been swamped with recording, Easter preparations, children home on spring break, and 7 baby chicks! Plus, I have been designing and making a line of vintage-inspired ruffly aprons, table runners and pillows I will have for sale soon. Needless to say everything is kind of crazy here!  I do appreciate each and every one of you and I wish you the best Easter ever:-)

I'll be linking up to:

Tablescape Thursday
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Inspiration Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Home Sweet Home



  1. Beautiful table. Love the china and centerpiece.

  2. Alycia NicholsApril 5, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Hi, Anita! Wow...very, very, very pretty! I love the combination of elements. That always makes for such a great table because there are so many unexpected pieces that complement one another. You did a magnificent job of that here! I have a long wooden box that I have been reluctant to use as a centerpiece, but seeing yours makes me want to at least give it a try. Filling it with burlap to soften it and add another dimension of texture was a wonderful idea! I love those birch logs...somebody's birch tree is in grave danger around here! :-) Have a wonderful Easter weekend, and best wishes to you as you work on your new line of aprons and other home accessories!

  3. Ribbonwood CottageApril 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Good morning Anita, I love your idea for the rustic and elegant. It turned out wonderful. And how can you go wrong with glass jars, flowers, is lovely. I'm your newest follower, on Pinterest too. I see that you like Melmac, I love it too and have collected a lot of pink...would like more pieces too. Lovely blog.
    Have a blessed Easter.

  4. Simply beautiful, Anita. I enjoyed some lilacs on my table this spring too. Their frangrance is so yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Carlene @ Organized ClutterApril 5, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Simple and elegant! That box is perfect for your table vignettes.

  6. Anita,
    What a lovely table! That China is stunning, I've never seen a pattern like it. the green in the china goes so well with the lilac green and purple! Just beautiful!
    dee dee

  7. ℳartina @ Northern NestingApril 5, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Very pretty Anita, your centerpiece is gorgeous!! Have a wonderful Easter!

  8. Phyllis @Around the HouseApril 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Your table is beautiful and the centerpiece is so pretty and the colors...

  9. I LOVE it!! Your tables are always so beautiful!
    Happy Easter!
    He Is Risen! He Is Risen, Indeed!!

  10. Judy BiggerstaffApril 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Beautiful job, Anita, love how the light is shining on your centerpiece of lilacs. I have been waiting for my lilacs to bloom so I can use them in a centerpiece. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Gorgeous table, I love vintage Noritake. I am collecting pieces of a certain pattern and hope to post about it very soon. I LOVE lilacs, my bushes here haven't bloomed yet. I remember you have gorgeous lilac dishes, too! I cannot wait to see your line of accessories. I am sure they are going to sell out quickly. Have a happy and blessed weekend with your family. xo

  12. i can smell them right through the screen! the scent always takes me back to childhood and fills me with cheer.

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  13. Leslie's GardenApril 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    this is so pretty. I love how you use the box for your centerpieces - you get so many different looks from it! A lovely place to eat Easter dinner.

  14. Absolutely beautiful Anita and I love the centerpiece!!! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  15. Emelia DiCarloApril 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Our Easter wishes to you Anita and yours. Thank you for your blog,
    inspiration and encouragement. Love the rustic elegant style. The lilacs bring back sweet memories and of course the burlap and votives gorgeous.The dishes and napkins so elegant and pretty. Much success in all you do! Love, Emelia.

  16. Your table is so lovely and how nice to have the fragrance of lilacs, and the rustic visual look of your birch bark candles and the burlap. So pretty. Happy Easter.

  17. Hi Anita!
    What a spectacular centerpiece! I love the runner too ~ it's perfect for under the natural wood.
    Your floors are also shine and glow ~
    Everything is beautiful ~ as always ♥
    Wishing you a holy and blessed weekend ...
    and a Glorious Easter!

  18. The Decorative DreamerApril 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Very pretty Anita! I love this mix too. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  19. Oh Anita, that centerpiece... I love it! That box is the best thing! My favorite part of this display is the birch candle holders. Glorious!!!! I am so behind with all this crazy moving business, but I wanted to wish you a very Happy Easter!

  20. Susan HawthorneApril 6, 2012 at 6:17 AM

    What a fantastic centerpiece- so natural and beautiful!

  21. Gorgeous, Anita! The combination of china and more rustic elements is very appealing. I especially love that overhead shot of the table! Have a blessed Easter!

  22. FABBY'S LIVINGApril 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I would say: beautiful, "kind of rustic" and elegant. I love your centerpiece box, it's fabulous! Totally lovely Anita, with pretty dishes too. Have a very blessed EASTER SUNDAY.

  23. Entertaining WomenApril 6, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I knew that I could find you by looking at the thumbnails for your marvelous box that your sweet husband made. Gorgeous table as always....nice to have the sun show up in just the perfect amount to kiss you centerpiece while you took pics. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Happy Easter! Cherry Kay

  24. I love your table runner. The centerpiece is gorgeous in your box. Beautiful china too!! Happy Easter!

  25. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLRApril 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Anita, as always, another beautiful table! The china, runner, and that fantastic box...wonderful!! I wish you and your family a Happy And Blessed Easter!!

  26. Excellent work, Anita! Your centerpiece is magical!

  27. Just beautiful, Anita. Happy Easter to you to

  28. Creations By CindyApril 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    As always you are amazing. Love your tablescape! I want me a wood box now! Happy Easter. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  29. Isn't is amazing that we had lilacs in time for Easter? I picked a bouquet for the living room and I smile each time I catch the scent. I imagine that your guests for Easter dinner were doing a lot of the same thing: smiling! Simply stunning, once again!

  30. Gorgeous Lilacs!
    Anita, I luvvvvv lilacs. One of my favorites and we had a super year for them to enjoy. They bloomed about a month early and took me by surprise. Your table setting is lovely and the table runner so very pretty. Dishes and all, beautiful. Hope you had a blessed easter.
    We serve the risen Saviour. Hallelujah!

  31. Creations By CindyApril 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I just had to come back Anita and take a peek at your lovely tablescape and the planter box. I have pinned it but will be posting it Friday on my Friday Favorites on the blog. Love this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  32. The Charm of HomeApril 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    How beautiful this is Anita! Really gorgeous! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  33. Oh my gosh, Anita. I'm just getting caught up with you and your beautiful tablescapes. So fantastically gorgeous!!! I love coming here to see what you are up to next. You have such a beautiful home. Blessings to you.

  34. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Joann

  35. Linda @ Life and LindaApril 16, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Rustic, yet elegant. Your dishware is beautiful. I think nowadays, we can mix and match.
    I see you using that fabulous planter box again. It's a wonderful addition.

  36. Beautiful table!!

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  38. Victoria MischeApril 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    STUNNING!!!! Everything is so beautiful. Your plates are gorgeous and your serving pieces are amazing! Love the napkins and burlap. This is quite enchanting.

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  39. I've just found your blog and I LOVE what I see! I'll be back again and again to read all of your posts. Your home is wonderful - so warm and inviting - and I love the way you put the rustic and elegant together. My nineteen-sixties vintage ranch-style home has much the same layout as your living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway but it is not open. I've dreamed of remodeling and opening up the kitchen - now I know that's REALLY what I want. Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. I love your table setting. Burlap is great and so are lilac's.I would have trouble finding birch wood, these day around here. I am seeing less and less of these gorgeous trees. My favorite picture is from a distance where it's easy to see just how large it is. You did a fabulous job !!! beautiful table!