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Holiday Place Settings

November 18, 2019

As the Holiday season draws near, we have contemplated what it means to gather. Aside from beautifully adorned tables, timeless dishes and home cooked meals, it is a time to be with those we cherish most. To honor that, we have compiled some of our favorite dishes and table setting ideas to prepare for gatherings large and small. Whether it is a night with you and your spouse, or Thanksgiving dinner with 100 of your closest relatives, we hope you find inspiration in the table settings we have created. And above all, we wish you joy and peace this Holiday Season- may you enjoy every moment spent with those dear to you...

Table Setting One

Salad Plate: Parkland Accent Plate Wedgwood

Bowl: Parkland Oatmeal Bowl Wedgwood

Dinner Plate: Convivio Dinner Plate Match Pewter

Wine Glass Small: Red Wine Glass Match Pewter

Wine Glass Large: All Purpose Wine Glass Match Pewter

Table Setting Two

Dinner Plate: Spode Woodland Series Dinner Plate

Salad Plate: Spode Woodland Series Salad Plate

Table Setting Three

Silverware: ETU Home Silver Plate 5-piece setting

Dinner Plate: Spode The Blue Room Collection Dinner Plate

Cocotte: Staub mini round cocotte

Table Setting Four

Silverware: ETU Home Silver Plate 5-piece setting

Glass: Match Pewter DOF glass

Dinner Plate: Royal Stafford Hayride Black Dinner Plate

Salad Plate: Royal Stafford Hayride Black Salad Plate

Bowl: Royal Stafford Hayride Black Cereal Bowl

Trompe l'oeil

November 13, 2019

One of my favorite things I saw in Italy was the use of Trompe l'oeil. Here is a little history!

Trompe l’oeil, (French: “deceive the eye”) in painting, the representation of an object with such verisimilitude as to deceive the viewer concerning the material reality of the object. Although trompe l’oeil never achieved the status of a major artistic aim, European painters from the early Renaissance onward occasionally fostered illusionism by painting false frames out of which the contents of a still life or portrait appeared to spill or by creating windowlike images suggesting actual openings in the wall or ceiling

Trompe l’oeil is French for “to deceive the eye”, an art historical tradition in which the artist fools us into thinking we’re looking at the real thing. Whether it’s a painted fly that we’re tempted to brush away, or an illusionistic piece of paper with curling edges that entices us to pick it up, trompe l’oeil makes us question the boundary between the painted world and ours.

The earliest account of trompe l’oeil comes from ancient Greece, where a contest took place between two prominent artists, Zeuxis and Parrhasius. The story goes that Zeuxis painted grapes with such skill that birds flew down to peck at them. Not wanting to be outdone, Parrhasius painted an illusionistic curtain that fooled even the discerning eye of his fellow-painter, who tried to draw it to one side. This famous anecdote was repeated in later art treatises, encouraging artists to emulate their classical predecessors. (royalacademy.org.uk)

This use of trompe l'oeil is seen on the ceiling located in Vatican City in one of the museums. It looks like a relief, a dimensional piece of art and decoration, but is actually a flat ceiling that the artist painted to look like it has dimension through the use of shadow, depth and detail. It is so hard to imagine that this is just a painting because of how real the shadows and depth look. You would almost have to touch it so your mind knows that it's flat!

But what was fascinating for me to see was the use of trompe l'oeil in architectural elements on buildings and homes. Instead of using actual stone pieces, they hand painted stone on the building with the detail and depth that we would expect to see from a piece of stone cut with a beveled edge and actually placed there. Another example shows window casing and a pediment above the window that would normally be made out of wood and then painted, but is only painted on. The painting is so incorporated into the actual architectural elements that one may not notice the difference! I love to see this fun part of art used in so many different ways!

These next images aren't exactly trompe l'oeil but just some fun decoration with color and paint!

Allie

Rosemary Beach, Florida

September 12, 2019

Sharing architectural details from this corner of the world. My family and I enjoyed time at the beach and taking in the wonders of this neo-traditional town. I am returning home grateful for time spent with those I love most, flooded with inspiration.

Kimberly

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