Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tablescape Thursdays-San Francisco

Happy Tablescape Thursdays! For more creative and unique table settings, click on the above Tablescape Thursday logo, or visit Susan with Between Naps On The Porch.

This table setting is in the San Francisco apartment we are currently occupying for the duration of Dan's twin sisters hospitalization at UCSF Medical Center. I managed to set a table during the Little American's afternoon nap time.

It's a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condominium located on the corner of Baker and Haight Street directly across from Buena Vista Park.

I would describe the condominium's design as "contemporary Scandinavian minimalism". Surprisingly, although its far from my personal style preference, I really like the apartment and find it a refreshing change from my usual layered surrounding.

As for the table, I created a table setting that I thought was a good representation of the condo owner's lifestyle. The homeowners are a couple originally from Eastern Europe. They currently own a floral business called In Water with 2 locations in the city.

Although the apartment provided plates, I didn't think the pattern reflected the overall style of the space.

So, while out grocery shopping at a Safeway Supermarket,I jumped over to Ross which was 3 doors down to see if I could possibly find dinner plates that might make a better fit with the apartment's decor.

I found these earthenware dinner and salad plates for four for $12.00 total.

A close up of the pattern. The fork trays are actually the apartment's sushi plates. When I saw the plates at Ross, I immediately remembered the trays back at the apartment having a similar color which I thought would be a very complementary fit. It turned out well. The plates pulled out the same green in the trays.

Because this was somewhat an impromptu arrangement, there were no cloth table linens available. My only option for napkins was a roll of Brawny. The quicker picker upper. I thought the table looked fine without it.

I took the fresh Wheat grass I purchased for energy drinks and some votive candles and embellished the apartments oblong basket for the table centerpiece. I thought it also reflected the couple's zen like style.

Thank you for stopping by.


Anonymous said...

Just fabulous!

Martha said...

A very nice table!

GrannySue said...

How wonderful. Just shows that you can always set a beautiful table with a little thought. I think the forks are the plates were a true inspiration. What a great idea!

Karen@Table, Hearth and Home said...

Stunning! Thanks for sharing Julio!

Allie and Pattie said...

Love it. Like you, very different from my normal style, but I've been craving serenity and change. this is lovely
xoxo Pattie and Allie

Barbara said...

very cool and modern tablescape.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Contemporary Scandinavian is just what I like! I have always been attracted to Danish modern. This was just beautiful.

once in a blue moon... said...

love your look~

xinex said...

Hi Julio! So glad you posted. I have missed your beautiful and creative tablescapes. I love this one, so simple and contemporary but so pretty. What a deal on the plates! I know it is not what you usually create but it just shows your versatility and talent....Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful creation you've shown us! Love the forks on the plates.

Rettabug said...

Its been waaaay too long since we've seen your talented hands at work, Julio! This is so subtle & understated & yet, very elegant. I love the clean lines of it all & I can't believe you managed to buy DISHES while there! LOL

Knee-mails continue for Dana's complete recovery. I can't even imagine what her twin brother is going through.
HUGS to you both,

p.s. I really wanted to do something with wheat grass this year & I totally forgot. :*(

Tricia said...

Oh, that last photo is stunning! So elegant! I'm impressed you were able to set such a wonderful table with what was available. Great colors and textures!

Beth said...


Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Just beautiful! Love the centerpiece!

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

Beautiful tablescape!

Nancy said...

Fabulous. Love the centerpiece and the dishes.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Lovely table. Love how you made a strange environment your own with some creativity and ingenuity!

Christi @ A Southern Life

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

What an elegant table setting. Truly lovely.


Julie said...

Hi Julio,Thanks for sharing ...Beautiful just beautiful

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...



I am delighted to have discovered your fabulous blog!

Do pop by for a completely opposite kind of tablesacpe and 'look'..,

Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Gray said...

So pretty! I love your centerpiece. Great Job!!

Sharon Haynie said...

I love it when you can take what you've got and turn it into someting fabulous! Great table!

Johanna said...

This looks really like a zen style tablescape - its so reassuring and I am sure the owner of this flat would value it. The green and brown shades and the structure of the plates (reminds me on bamboo) makes a feeling of nature. Thats a very pure and clear design and I love it.

Wish you a happy Eastertime.

Shelia said...

You've set a wonderful table.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Julio, I have missed you! I followed your wonderful European adventures. Your little boy is just the cutest thing I've ever seen, and I loved your stories about him.

This tablescape could only have been done by you! I thought I was the only one offended by ugly dishes.☺

The centerpiece is so appropriate - all together, wonderful.

Best thoughts for Dan's sister, too.

Susan said...

I LOVE it! The dishes are beautiful and I love what you did with the long basket.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Am dying with your oblong basket as a centerpiece.

I been looking such but ceramics but to no avail.

Gorgeous every inch.

Happy Easter.

Atticmag said...

Very elegant and organic settings. A lovely table. Hope you'll have time to stop by and see ours. Happy Easter -- Jane F.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Beautiful table, Julio. You create gorgeous tables no matter the surroundings and no matter how different from your usual style.
I just went back and read about sorry this has happened. Will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. I hope her recovery is swift and sure.

Ann said...

Julio, I love the table setting. You have done a fantastic job. I realize the basket comes with the apt. but I have seen that basket at Tuesday Morning, really liked it but didn't know what I would do with it. Now I do!! I love how you turned it into a centerpiece. Thanks for sharing.

AshTreeCottage said...

Simple, organic and perfectly lovely!

Susan and Bentley