Thursday, August 11, 2016

Memory Tablescape

Mr. O-P was a fan of neutrals. In fact, I often have to laugh to myself when I think about the 1995 film “Get Shorty” (the first we saw together as a married couple), where Bette Midler walks into Gene Hackman's apartment, looks around and says, “My favorite color...putty.” That was Mr. O-P. So, I was mindful of that when I put together this table setting in his honor.
 He was not the fan of tabletop “excess” that I am, so I tried to keep things simple and meaningful. Paying homage to him, his past, and his studies.
The black plaid placemats were purchased at a local shop called Three French Hens and are extremely versatile. They make up the first layer here.

The spice colored dinner plates are from Pier One.
 Topping them are these wonderful salad/appetizer plates featuring illustrations by William Hogarth (1697-1764).
 Hogarth was an 18th-century English painter, critic, social commentator, printmaker, and editorial cartoonist. Mr. O-P's specialty was 18th-century British literature, history, as well as bookmaking (the actual making of books, not placing bets), printmaking, and periodicals.
 When I found this set of plates at Williams-Sonoma, years ago, I was absolutely thrilled. It's hard enough shopping for men, I think, but Mr. O-P was particularly difficult, and these seemed so fitting.
 He was very pleased, as you can imagine, as was I because, hey, more plates! We kept these on display and easily accessible because we often served snacks with cocktails, and being neutral, they went with everything.
 The cups and saucers are part of my rather meager collection of restaurantware, these being Incaware. I love these cups and use them every day for my morning coffee.
 The knobby glassware is from Uncommon Goods, a fun catalog filled with unique items.
 The centerpiece features an old jug that he bought while in Spain back in the 60s. I had forgotten all about this until my son unearthed it during one of our cleaning expeditions. It seemed the perfect addition.
 The books are from the 18th century, and a part of my husband's collection and now, I guess mine. He'd have been horrified, I am sure, to see them on the table, but they were only there briefly and then put back onto their specially designated shelves. The eyeglasses were his.
This little salt and pepper set belonged to his mother, as did this coffee pot, a part of a rather large tea service. The silver has all but worn off, but I like it just the way it is.
 My sister-in-law, now gone, along with all of the rest of Jim's siblings was quite concerned as to what would happen to her mother's tea set. Mr. O-P and I talked about this, and I was more than willing to ship it to whomever he saw fit when the time came. No, he told me, no one would love it the way that I do, so it was already in the proper hands. I'm sure his mother would have agreed.


Cee Pluse said...

This table is such a touching tribute. You did a wonderful job. Those salad plates are so unique and perfect -- who would have thought to use 18th-century illustrations as plate design? And my husband feels the same way about color. If it were up to him, everything in our house would be beige!

jmac said...

So thoughtful of you!! And I know as you layed each piece, you were thinking if that's just how he would like it....and the book?? How happy that has made him! Cuz you know he watched you as you worked and knows it is just another way to heal yourself. He admires your strength. us what meal you would have prepared to go with that sweet setting!!!

Marigene said...

What a sweet tribute to Mr. O P. I really like masculine tables much more than pastel frou frou tables.
The Hogarth plates are quite unique and perfect with the lovely brown plates.The alstroemeria looks really nice in that pitcher.
Have a great weekend, Pattie...looks like the really hot weather may be on its way out, finally.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I loved how you set the table in memory of your husband. He would have liked it very much. The tablescape is very lovely.


Linda said...

Awww Pattie, your love of Mr OP is evident. What a healing thing for you to do, and we get to enjoy it. Nicely done.
I love the coffee mug. The handle is just the right size, and it is perfect for morning coffee. If I had the space I'd collect right along with you - old restaurant-ware, transfer-ware, tons of Homer Laughlin plates, and colored depression glass. said...

This table is not only a work of art, it is a masterpiece tribute to your beloved husband- First of all it is an incredible tablescape anyway, and the fact that all the elements are so meaningful and memorable makes it all the more special. The small plates are truly unique, and I love the books and old pitcher. That is so sweet that you added his mother's things too, that you obviously love. I love the way you began this post with the funny quote from the movie!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful post and beautiful table!! And such a lovely tribute to your husband...what memories!!
This was such a feast for the eyes - thank you for sharing it at Coffee and Conversation last week :-)

Unknown said...

Love how you worry about the little details. :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Edye Nicole said...

What a beautiful tablescape, Pattie! You did an amazing job :)

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