It was a moment of clarity. After really thinking about using my "Chelsea/Grandmother's China" collection in a tablescape, it came to me. I had an unopened roll of Laura Ashley toile wallpaper in lavender. It would be the perfect backdrop for antique dishes with lavender markings, right?
I carefully cut 4 large pieces from the roll and covered them (on both sides) with clear contact paper. Then I sewed a simple lavender ribbon trim down both sides to give it strength (and incentive) not to curl. It probably would curl a bit on a plain wood table, but placed on my while matelasse tablecloth, it clings perfectly.
So pretty! And I feel like a design genius for coming up with this idea. It is interior design, recycling and DIY all rolled into one. Magnifique!
Tomorrow, I'll show you how I painted the coordinating plates.