Robin Flies South...

A blog about decorating and tablescaping with an emphasis on creativity and smart shopping over cash!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Peacocks are Popular!

A few months ago I picked up four salad plates from Marshall's with peacocks on them.  It's about time I did a table with them before they get lost in dish purgatory (that place where dishes disappear for months at a time wondering if they will ever make it on to a table?)  I pretty much google anything and everything (just ask my husband) so I put  "peacock" into google images.  Whoa!  I never realized how popular they are (so now you know where my post title comes from).  Here's just a small sample of the things I found...

Peacock wreath ( I think I remember seeing one of these at Pier One)

Peacock chair (this would be quite a commitment to the theme)

Peacock pillow (a safer choice)

Peacock vase (it looks a little blurry but trust me, it's just beautiful!)

Peacock wedding cake?  I didn't know this was such a popular theme for a wedding!  Most of the google images involved weddings.

Does that eventually lead to this?  Ha!

You can adorn yourself temporarily with a headband, earrings, eye makeup or nail polish.

Or make the ultimate commitment to peacock love with a tattoo!  This makes that chair look a bit safer.  You can always recover the chair!

I think I will stick with setting a table. More my style!

This table is bright blue and dramatic.  Kind of like the peacock himself. 

Here is the plate that started it all.  I had several different options for the dinner plate (brown, lime green) but decided to go with the blue that has a brown edge to it.

I used my rattan chargers and a blue placemat (Christmas Tree Shop)

Clear glasses to give your eyes a rest.  Water goblets are from Goodwill and the other glasses (wine? flutes?  not sure?) were a wedding gift.  Just luck that they are similar.

I found these napkin rings on clearance at Pier One.

The jewels remind me of the design on the plate.

Can you see what I mean?

I used my mother's teak silverware. Recently I had a reader ask me if they were Dansk.  So, of course, I googled it and sure enough they are.  That lead me to looking on ebay and with my service for 8 and serving pieces they could be worth something.  Not that I would part with them (mother rolls over in grave!)

The centerpiece is where I had some real fun.  As you may or may not know, feathers are really expensive.  I  picked up a few at a time so as not to blow my tablescaping budget ( I don't really have one of these, but I should!).  Some are from Z Gallerie, some Michael's and some Pier One (the peacock place!)

I couldn't resist these peacock balls (no giggling!) and since I had a 20% off coupon I bought 2.  I always try to keep my centerpiece attractive from all sides so I placed one in the front and one in the back..

Then I added fake greenery, a few silk flowers, more feathers and some blue things from one of those dried arrangement bundles that have a little bit of everything in them (great value in those)

It takes a lot to fill this rattan pedestal bowl but it looks so nice with the chargers.  I have already decided I will do a peacock Christmas table so I can justify my expenses on this one!

I added candles in coordinating colors.

I bought these salt cellars at Ross (yes, at Ross, you just never know!) and haven't used them yet.  Since they have no color, I thought they would be okay with the color intensity here.  I think they are cute but I'm from New Jersey, where they aren't common.  You southern girls have a distinct advantage with these things over us northeasterners!  Do you see the rainbow in this picture?  Not sure where that came from.

I think I've done justice to Mr. Peacock here.   It's so vibrant that when you pass by my dining room you can't help but look in. This table struts it's stuff pretty well if I may say so myself!.

Note:  I'm embarrased to say this, but after completing this post and looking it over, I have determined that the bird on the plate is not a peacock.  I googled blue and green birds and came up with a few that looked close but none that are a perfect match.  So I suppose this is the artist's interpretation of a blue and green bird.  The maker is Prima Design and the pattern is Daphne B but I can't find it on the internet.  Since the plate designer imagined this bird, for the sake of this post, I will imagine it's a peacock.    Otherwise I have to start over again!  Thanks for understanding as I continue to collect material for my future "blooper" post!

Make sure to stop by my sister's blog, Creating Wonderful Spaces, to see what she's done this week.

Mr. Peacock (or whatever bird he is) will be showing off his stuff at the following parties...
Let's Dish at Kathleen Cuisine
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Thrifty Thursday at Thrifty Decorating
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Inspiration Friday at At The Picket Fence
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll thru Life
Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order
Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine's Corner
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Show 'n Share at Southern Lovely
Vintage Inpiration Friday at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Sunday Blog Love at Cherished Treasures


allisamazing said...

Your table is just magnificient! Love the centerpiece and the colors :)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Robin, I love the peacock blue! It's such a vibrant, pretty color. I can totally see you doing a Christmas table with the peacock accents. It would be gorgeous!

Aledia said...

Love it!! It certainly looks like a peacock, I am drooling over those plates! The napkin rings match perfectly and I just love the color combo!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment! I hope you have a wonderful night!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Suzy said...

Oooh - such a beautiful table, Robin! I just adore peacocks - sadly the only place that I ever see them are in a zoo. You did a wonderful job of creating your peacock themed table. Love it!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Robin this is a stunning table! I love the color and your attention to detail is amazing. Love the 'bird' plates and the peacock colors and feathers are so eye-catching. A beautiful table once again!
xo Linda

Kathleen said...

Hooray! You win, your sister forgot to put her blog name first again! LOL
Love this, the colors are fabulous! Peacock or not, it looks great! The napkin rings and all the other details are well thought out!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish! You have the home court advantage over Elaine next week for At the Beach at Let's Dish!

Mary said...

"You can always recover the chair" LOL! Peacock or not, I love your table~ your plates and napkin rings are wonderful! I DID know that feathers are pricey~ love your centerpiece :)

Entertaining Women said...

I'm claiming that it's a Peacock Wannabe...or a Fantasy Peacock...that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. You and I both had turquoise on our mind this week; I adore your peacock centerpiece...beautiful! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You should be proud as a peacock with this glamorous tablescape! I just love the color and the design! You centerpiece is over-the-top fabulous!
You deserve to strut your peacock stuff!

Marlis said...

Love this table. It's designer perfect. Even if the imposter is sitting on the plates.. He's still charming and looks like he was meant to be. I totally love your creativity. have a fabulous week.. xo marlis

Elaine said...

Wow, peacock blue photographs so well! It would be a great bridesmaid color! Does Allison like this color? *wink wink*

This is a glorious table and your centerpiece is my favorite of yours! Like you said, it just demands attention (kind of like those showy male peacocks!) Should be great at Xmas. I will probably have to re-use my beach stuff. :)

Sarah said...

I'm still giggling about your comment about dish purgatory. That definitely happens here at times! Love the image of the peacock wedding cake. How did they do that?
Those cute peacock plates would have followed me home too. Love the whimsy of the design and the color pallet. This is a gorgeous table. You pulled in some great textures!

Debbie said...

It's just stunning. I love the inspiration plate, and that exact color of blue and brown are the colors of my guest bath. I had seen that plate just this week and considered buying it for a shelf in there. Now, I wish I had some for a table instead. I love the linens, and I love the use of the napkins rings. They DO look like the design and fit perfectly.

(I didn't think it was a peacock when I originally saw it, but when you said it was, I decided it was. Don't confuse me by changing your mind now. LOL)

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Peacock or not, the peacock blue color is a fabulous inspiration, and you were certainly inspired! You didn't miss a thing. I can definitely see a Fall or Christmas table... Can't wait!

joanne said...

OMG....I don't think I have ever seen anything so beautiful! Your photos are superb - the blue and green shades of peacocks are astounding...

Dish Girl said...

Love those peacock plates! What a find!

ann k said...

It doesn't matter whether or not it's a peacock or not!! The table is absolutely gorgeous!!! Wow, I think it would be hard to dismantle this one!

Marigene said...

Wow, I ♥♥♥ this table, blue/green combo is my very favorite. It never fails to put a big smile on my face! I would be walking by the table every 5 minutes...

Meredith said...

Beautiful! I love the color combinations!

xinex said...

I love, love, love this Robin. I love peacocks and have done a few tablescapes with that theme myself. Just love the colors...Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What fabulous colors! I do think your table design is stunning. And those are cute peacock wannabes on the china.

Bohemian said...

I'm still smiling about your last paragraph... but the Beauty is that the Mystery Bird on the Plates Inspired you with a Peacock Theme that turned out magnificently! Plate pergatory exists in our Home too... and though we have stashes of real plates, at this Season of Life, and with a still full House, we often opt for paper plates anyway! *Embarrassing Blush!*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, isn't it funny how one thing leads to another? I love that you have a place called pergatory for dishes, I'm slowly discovering the same thing around here. lol Your table is incredible, the stunning colors pop. It would be so much fun to dine at such a festive table.
hugs ~lynne~

Katherines Corner said...

your peacock inspired table looks beautiful! Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party xo

Jennifer said...

love your tablescape with the peacocks. very rich and elegant looking.


Kathy B said...

Hi, found you on Katherine's Blog hop. I joined your blog so if you will, please join mine!
You are Welcome to come visit anytime. Kathy B.

Diann said...

Wow, lots of beautiful peacock things out there! But, girl, your table steals the show! It is totally stunning~! One of my new all time favorite tablescapes out there in blogland! Thanks for joining TTF and have a great day!

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!