Gone Dishin’

Now that I’m back from vacation, feeling refreshed and enjoying a little bit of spring right here in mid-Michigan, my thoughts immediately turn to my gardens. But I have one BIG problem. The deer eat everything I plant. Over the past five years {since we built} I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about deer deterrents.

R.I.P. my beloved hostas ….

I’ll save you some grief if you have the same problem. Just ask the deer what they like to munch on and plant it because nothing, and I mean nothing is deer proof.¬† Just plant them a salad bar and call it good. At least someone will get some enjoyment out of the gardens! I know I’ll never have the flowers I pine for as long as I have three unfenced acres in the middle of about 100 additional unfenced acres here in Smorgasbord Estates de Deer. This Stargazer Lily only survives because of the armed guard I have stationed underneath the pergola.

Believe me, if those deer could figure out a way to distract him that lily would be toast. He seems intent on his job. Sadly, at only 8″ tall, he can’t patrol the entire property.


So, while the decorating blogging world continues its’ love affair with all things white, cream, ivory, burlap, blush, gray and beige, I’ve decided to bring my garden inside and add a little C O L O R, by way of floral dishware, to your Reader! Up first, this new pattern by MacKenzie-Childs called Flower Market. Available in black, blue, green and white, this enamelware brings an effortless rush of spring to the tabletop.


I’ve long been a fan of colorful Kate Spade handbags, and this KS floral dinnerware in the Gwinnett Lane pattern by Lenox doesn’t disappoint in turquoise!

Check it out in this colorway! If this doesn’t wake up your table it’s a lost cause!

Named after one of my all time favorite flowers, Zinnia, available at Tar-Jay, is just the thing to bring some floral whimsy inside. Very affordable too!

Aptly named My Garden, Villeroy and Boch incorporates some amazing scallops and shapes into this lovely floral pattern.

A post about floral china could never be complete without mention of Emma Bridgewater’s flower mugs… I would love at least seven! One for every day of the week!

Tracy Porter kicks it up with this Pirouette pattern.

Last, but not least, these melamine Sorrento dinner plates from Crate and Barrel will chase away any lingering doubts that spring has sprung.

So, there you have it. The extent of my gardening this year. Those hungry little buggers probably already have their sites set on my dining room table.

Virtual unreality.

My house is a mess.

I’ve been working on repainting the great room {pretty much by myself} and I need a break. Even the 10′ high ceiling needed to be painted.

Up on a ladder. Looking up the whole time. I have an aching neck.

But I now have lovely, Bleeker Beige walls and a Manchester Tan ceiling!

I mean, why should I have to miss out on a party just because my house isn’t ready for guests?

I shouldn’t.

So I’m virtually tablescaping this week with my imaginary friends.

We’re having Caesar salad and mojitos. Maybe a little lemon mousse for dessert.

There are no calories at my party.

Here’s how my table would look if I was hostessing a lovely luncheon.

Can you tell I’m ready for spring?

Yellow Dinner Plate – Anthropologie (past season)

Green Bird Salad Plate – Pier One

Kate Spade Larabee Dot Crystal Goblet

Martha Stewart Floral

White Hemstitch Napkins (I would add my “W” monogram)

White Flower Bowls – Pier One

Pitcher – Fiestaware

Flatware – Villeroy & Boch

Farmer’s Market Tablecloth – Williams & Sonoma

Silver salt and pepper shakers – vintage, circa 1920

I’m joining the gang for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Please do stop by and say hi!