Luscious Layers of Lavender

INSPIRATION: A beautifully-crafted and much-cherished quilt in shades of purple received from wedding clients way back at the start of my wedding design career.

INSPIRATION: A beautifully crafted and much cherished quilt in shades of purple received from clients way back at the start of my wedding design career.


Thank you for stopping by! This is a short and sweet post this week. (I know many of you are cheering and doing the happy dance! ) I’m getting ready for CHIEFS football tonight and a very busy week ahead!
(Click on any photo, then click again to enlarge/enhance it.)


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: Full tableThis casual table for 4 began with a 108″ round white tablecloth on a 48″ table for full-length coverage. The table was then topped with the pretty quilt in varying shades of purple on a white background. This tablescape would be perfect for an evening in with the girls to celebrate a birthday or any relaxed occasion.


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: Place setting



Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: petal pink "Bread & Butter - Lola" bowlThe place setting begins with a grape-colored Bormioli Rocco glass charger. The dinner and salad plates are simple white Corelle. The crowning touch is a petal pink “Bread and Butter – Lola” bowl with softly curved and generously beaded edges found at Home Goods.


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: Flatware, flatware detailing, napkin collageThis Oneida flatware – my everyday service chosen way back in the 70s when I married my 1st husband – has floral detailing that mimics that of the tiny florets in some patches of the quilt. The napkin, like the bowl, is a soft petal pink and coordinates with the pink patches in the quilt.


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: Purple stemwareThe stemware is 2 different designs and in 2 slightly different hues, but they work well together. The taller stem is from Stein Mart and the shorter wine glass is a recent purchase from Home Goods. I was bummed they only had 6. I could have easily used 12-20 of these! (“Art of Tablescaping” students: Remember what we discussed about considering using pieces that complement rather than match.)


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: Centerpiece


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: Centerpiece from overheadI like to occasionally do something a little dramatic in the center of the table. (Seriously? Who do I think I’m kidding??!?!  For me, a day without drama on the table is like a day without sunshine! 🙂 ) In this case, it’s a large, curvy white glass vase filled with flowering branches. Note that the floret shape complements the flowers in the quilt and on the flatware. (Note: This part of the centerpiece is great for showcasing the table as guests arrive, but can be easily transferred to a side table once the meal is about to start.)


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: Small floralsA trio of smaller white ceramic vases can be left on the table during the meal should you opt to remove the larger piece. This continues the look without compromising it and allows guests to freely converse across and around the table.


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: purple glass votiveI found these beautiful purple glass disc votive holders at Hobby Lobby. At 50% off, they were just $1 each. Quite a bargain with a lot of impact when strategically scattered at the base of the centerpiece.


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: squatting ceramic white frog


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, Luscious Layers of Lavender: slithering white ceramic frogWhy frogs you ask? Because I saw one out in the yard, had these white ceramic ones in my stash, and figured, “Why not?”. That’s the long and the short of it! Nothing too deep! 🙂 (“Art of Tablescaping” students: you may recall our discussion about bringing something unexpected to the table for whimsy.)

That’s all folks! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and I so appreciate your visit!


Other tablescapes on this site featuring quilt toppers or runners:
“Summer Luncheon for Two”
“Midsummer Shabby Chic Apple Tablescape”
“My Sister’s Wedding China”
“Kaleidoscope Christmas”
“Casual Fall Harvest Tablescape”
“Love’s Arrow”

Other tablescapes on this site with purple:
“Purple & Pastel”
“Pink & Purple Chocolate Christmas”
“Purple for Spring”
“Easter Floral”
“Purple+Green=Happy Birthday!”
“Planning in Purple”

This week I’ll be joining Christine at Rustic & Refined for “Table It!” (goes live on Sunday evening) and Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for “Tablescape Thursday” (goes live on Thursday morning).





44 thoughts on “Luscious Layers of Lavender

  1. Oh how I’m loving this lavender. And those frogs just make it so much fun!
    Totally inspired now to finish my grandmother’s quilt top and use it.


  2. Oh, Alycia be still my heart! I love the purple and white combination and I’m drooling over that precious pink scalloped bowl. And as far as the centerpiece goes: exquisite! Your frogs are perfect for toning down the elegance for more of a casual feel. It’s absolutely perfect! Bravo! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch


  3. Lovely Alycia. Love the lavender and the frogs are a hoot! I think we can create a tablescape out of almost anything. Who says there are rules, except for the snobs…..LOL The centerpiece is beautiful…Love the view from the top. The quilt is so pretty. What a treasure to have. My husband’s favorite color is purple. Great find with the votives.


  4. I’m so happy to see that people are beginning to appreciate the restful nature of the family of colors called purple. This setting surprised me, I was imagining sitting with a friend, as you said, and then I saw the big white frog with his hand on the napkin and I love it! That touch of humor took me from serenity to serenity with giggle attached.


  5. Purple is my favorite color so I love this tablescape! The glassware, the votives, the chargers…all making me smile! Did you know purple is a soothing color to calm patients? I did my first office all in shades of amethyst. Must be the February birthday influence! Love the dramatic flower arrangement of white flowering branches and especially the whimsical frogs.. Adorable in an alfresco setting. Even when you throw a tablescape together the details are all there and nothing is overlooked Alycia! Go Eagles….and Chiefs! 🙂


  6. The purple color is so soothing and restful, Alycia, and the frogs add that special touch of humor and whimsy. I love it!! I love that you set the stage with the inspirational quilt. Of course, I love the dramatic centerpiece in the pretty vase, with all the minis surrounding it. Enjoy your Chiefs!


  7. I’m so loving purple for Fall, or for any season actually! Beautiful table as usual Alycia dear and the glasses are gorgeous, along with the wonderful tablecloth which brings it all together. The flowers are just the perfect touch.
    I am so very inspired with purple, as I do have purple stem glasses and chargers.
    Have a great week ahead my friend.


  8. Purple is my favorite color!! That quilt is a treasure, so glad you used it! This is just a lovely summer evening setting! I have the safe flatware. We got it when we got married, too. Enjoy you’re week! Don’t work too hard.


  9. I’m loving this table. Purple is really starting to grow on me this season (I am usually the last one to wake up and smell the coffee when it comes to style matters). You have done a beautiful job of creating this table by using the colors of that beautiful quilt. The deep purple charger and the wine glasses contrast beautifully with the Corelle and complement the sweet petal pink “Lola” bowl. And of course the frogs add a marvelous whimsical factor. Gotta love those frogs.


  10. Thanks for the great tips! Your coordinating stemware really does look good together. The centerpiece flowering branch blooms look similar to dogwood, only without the dark center. Of course you love drama! The huge vase is beautiful and makes a striking statement. I love the smaller vases, too. The frogs are a wonderful surprise! They are so expressive. 😉 The quilt base for your tablescape is so pretty and holds a sweet memory from your career history. It’s all beautiful! Have a great week!


  11. Hi Alycia – “A day without drama on the table is a day without sunshine” – love it! Love all of the purple and lavender and the quilt! Another beautiful tablescape. Happy week! Hugs, Holly


  12. That quilt is a knockout that I’d have great fun with. Is it handmade or store bought? No matter, it was great backdrop for your lavender table so full of happy color and a touch of whimsy thanks to Mr. Frog. As for football, bring it on!


  13. Alycia, this tablescape is so pretty! It reminds me of my mother – she loved purple and looked so good wearing it. The soft pink always reminds me of my ballet days. Your overhead photo of the table is simply gorgeous! The quilt draws the eye perfectly and enhances the tablescape just so. A really nice assemblage of your glass charger, stemware and coordinating textiles, dishes!


  14. Alycia so beautiful.Love that little froggy.The colour of the table is gorgeous and the stem wear simply awesome.The tall flowers just apt for the should come out with a book on tables capes Alycia.Love and hugs sujatha…:):)


  15. Love it Alycia! There is something cooling about these colors too. What a pretty backdrop the quilt makes. The floral arrangements look fabulous and I like the cute frogs- they are adorable! Love that touch of pink you chose- beautiful job!


  16. Your table this time is so sweet and simple that it really draws you in…you had me with its simplicity, Alycia (but almost lost me with the frogs…I DETEST them). It’s proof of my love for you and your art that I hung in there LOL. (And I can see as I glance through the comments that I am waaaayyy outvoted!) I really, really, really like the purples and whites, and the quilt is just beautiful!


  17. Gorgeous! Love love love this table!! I’m loving lavender lately and it looks so great as we hold on to the last bits of summer. I’m a big fan of using quilts and blankets on the table so I’m so with you there. Your purple goblets are stunning too. Such a nice sheen, especially on the larger ones. Pretty votives and fabulous floral centerpiece!!


  18. The quilt is beautiful. I don’t think I have ever seen one with these colors, but it is just lovely. Wonderful coordinating pieces you put with it. I love the purple chargers and the glassware is amazing. Dianne


  19. That is a beautiful quilt.. you accented the table perfectly without taking away from it. My mom would die for those frogs..(she has a frog fettish). The beautiful white bouquet is perfect for the table.. As always – two thumbs up and a double snap!


  20. Alycia,
    Love this purple & pink tablescape, dear friend!!!
    The gorgeous tall centerpiece surrounded by lavendar
    in smaller vases is stunning! Oh, and those white frogs. . .
    truly a conversation piece!!! At first glance, I thought
    they were the “Yoga Frogs”!!!
    Love the stemware and the votives to carry out
    your color scheme!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    P.S. I’m a Chiefs Fan. . .but seldom watch them on TV!


  21. What a tablecloth and in my favorite color too! It is so pretty out on the deck with the white. Your stemware is gorgeous, such a pretty shade of purple. Enjoy the Chiefs all season. I do love football!


  22. Lovely table and you can’t go wrong with lavender. Using a quilt or throw is definitely on my to do list. I have to admit that I had to look real quick because the critters on the table really freak me out. My least favorite thing in the world.


  23. Whimsy, drama, elegance?! Sounds like textbook Alycia to me! The lavender looks so lovely against the white, and I have to say, while I’m not typically a huge fan of purple, that stemware may have just converted me.

    Enjoy your upcoming busy week. Go Chiefs!!



  24. Trying so hard to get some balance back in my life so I can do the things I like to do, like visit blog friends and get inspired. I’m late here, but I’m so glad I didn’t miss this because the shades of lavender are just beautiful to me. I think I have done exactly one purple hued table in the time I have been playing with dishes. I don’t have a lot of stuff in those shades, which is a shame because I really love it. The centerpiece of this table is just fabulous, and I love the part about frogs. Yeah, why not???

    (And though I said it there, I LOVED LOVED LOVED your ALS video.)


  25. Lovely purples and lavender layers Alycia and you know how much I love quilts on the table! The goblets are such a pretty amethyst shade and I think they’re so much more interesting together complementing each other, rather than matching!


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