Monday, August 29, 2011

Inspired by a Japanese Kimono

I saw a Japanese sash in the other vendor's booth in the store and I thought it would be a perfect table runner for an Asian tablescape. So that became the inspiration to my table setting.

I already have had this Asian dinnerware set called "Shima".

See the table runner? It is a Japanese Kimono sash. I think it's the one they tie around the waste of the kimono with a big bow tied in the back. It is really long and I thought for $20, it would be a very good buy. And I was right because we went to an antique festival last weekend in St. Francisville, and they had a few of them and they were selling for $110.00 each. The seller told me that the ones with designs all over on both sides, which this one has, are more expensive, because of the heavy workmanship.

I used my darker bamboo flatware. I think they are very Asian. I also used bamboo placemats but I only have 4 of them so I alternated them with gold round weaved placemats.

Oval wooden plate chargers....I only have 6 of these so for the 2 end settings, I used round gold wooden charger plates.

This is one of my most treasured possessions, a heavy solid jade urn I found in an antique store in Orlando in the 80's. I also have a small jade tea set. I thought they would look good together and of course, an orchid would complete the Asian ambience.

I placed an Asian figure on either side of the table, next to a candle. I think they are Chinese though. I do have Japanese dolls. I probably should have used them instead. In fact, I did replace the porcelain figures with them. You will see in the last 3 photos.

Here is the closeup of the kimono repurposed into a table runner.

A Japanese teapot with a peacock. I have matching tea cups but I put them away since I am using the Shima cups that came with my dinnerware set.

The jade tea set.

Japanese doll and black Jap. lacquered napkin rings.

Japanese vintage Nippon salt cellars.

The succeeding pictures will show the Japanese dolls that replaced the Chinese porcelain figures.

Which do you prefer, the Chinese figures or these? Here is a Japanese warrior.

I hope you enjoyed my Oriental tablescape. Thank you so much for coming. I am linking with:

Marty for Tablestop Tuesday at

Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at

Wanda Lee and Pam for their Tuesday Tea parties at

Sandi for teatime Tuesday at

Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at
Trish' Tea Party Tuesday at
Bunny's Blog Hop Wed at

Susan for Tablescape Thursday at

Miss Spencer's Teacup Thursday at

I thank all these wonderful hostesses. I really appreciate all your hard and dedicated work.


Unknown said...

AWESOME!!! Love it! Hugs...Loretta

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wow, gorgeous. I love your china and all of your accessories are just fabulous. You linens are stunning. So beautiful with such wonderful colors and design. You really do set the most wonderful tablescapes ever. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Cindy J. said...

So very beautiful Christine! I am nearly speechless.. Praying all of your dear mommies-to-be are doing well. Love you dear friend. Cindy

Olive said...

Christine, it is all beautiful but that huge piece of jade is my very favorite. My daughter is just crazy about Asian design so I will show this to her when she comes home this weekend. hugs♥O

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness, Christine! I'm drooling here! What a gorgeous table. Your china is so pretty and you have all of the things to go with it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your deep rich colors are always amazing! I just look and look and look! Simply gorgeous, Christine! Simply gorgeous!!!

Deanna said...

You have a lovely table! Like all the details you've put into your lovely creation.

What you have used for the table runner, the belt is stunning.

The figurines both Chinese and Japanese are very interesting and add a nice touch to your lovely table.

Very creative and colorful!

Would be fun to sit at your table,

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Stunning is the word! Love your china and those accessories are gorgeous.I am from orient and highly recommend this wonderful tablescape. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)


Absolutelly gorgeous christine! The china is stunning and everything you've used to stage this awesome tablescape, you did it once more my friend! I love, love the figurines, you know, I'm so crazy about Oriental and the kimono inspiration is perfect for this table!
Just dropped from TTT at, Marty's.

Sonya said...

Christine linda postagem!
Passei para desejar uma ótima semana.

A Hint of Home said...

Wow, you had everything to make a wonderful Asian tablescape!
Very pretty!

Bunny Jean said...

I just came by to see what your up to and was mesmerized by this beautiful tablescape! I love the colors and textures. So rich and opulent! It is right at home in your beautiful dining room.

I see that you will be adding this to my Wednesday Bunny Hop Party... so thanks in advance ;)

xoxo bunny Jean
Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party

Tara said...

What a delightful table setting. All the colors are so warm and inviting, everything glows!

Jojo said...

Your tablesscape looks so rich and elegant with a rich mix of colors and textures. Beautiful.

Savannah Granny said...

OMG!! This is so fantastic. I love the jewel tone colors. The detail is perfect. I do think I love the Chinese figurines best. There seems to be more action in them. You know I am an action girl. LOL.
The kimono is the prettiest thing ever. You were so fortunate to get it for such a good price.
You china is lovely and the Jade vase is breathtaking.
Thanks for sharing. Ginger

nenette said...

Christine, you outdid yourself again! Everything is just perfect.
Your tablescapes are to die for.
It will be a shame to put it all away afterwards. I can't make up my mind which one I like better, the Chinese or the Japanese dolls.
Either way, they are both delightful. I am coming over to steal your jade tea set! JK!
Wishing you well,
Nenette West

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Ohhh my! My friend, you have certainly outdone yourself again with the creation of this gorgeous Asian table! The kimono sash is gorgeous and makes for a perfect runner on your long dining table! It certainly is beautiful and I loved getting to see it through your close-up photos! The workmanship is truly exquisite! Ohhh...and your place settings are gorgeous as well! I'm thinking that this may be the first time that I have seen this set of china? It looks lovely with the kimono sash runner! Love your table centerpiece...of course, the orchids are perfect! Each and every detail is perfect, Christine! This was such a treat...thank you for sharing your fabulous Asian table with us!

I'm so glad that you stopped by for a visit earlier. Girlfriend, this summer has been especially busy for me and I'm afraid that my visiting and blog have suffered. So sorry that I haven't been by sooner! I hope that my note is finding you and your sweet family all doing well, my friend!

Warmest wishes,

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Christine,
you really have outdone yourself with that table. To use the Japanese Sash as tablerunner is such a clever idea. One can see the fabulous design and it matches perfect with all your pretty items. I love the Japanese figurines on the table and the china to that. Soooo pretty!
Best greetings, Johanna

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Christine!
That table is truly stunning!
The colors, the linens, the dolls, the everything!
You really amaze me with all your gorgeous tables!!!
Hugs friend,

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous table Christine!

I love the sash used as runner!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very pretty! You have brought together a wonderful collection of Asian pieces that complement each other very well. I love all the color! Beautiful! said...

Beautiful sash-perfect for a table runner. I love your wooden chargers, and I think I like the dolls instead of the figurines.Georgeous china!

Terri said...

Christine, your oriental tablescape is gorgeous! You have such a talent for putting things together. The china is stunning. So vibrant a pattern and looks great on the table. The tea cups too are fab.

Jocelyn said...

Oh my Christine, your table is amazing! Such a gorgeous display, and so beautifully put together.

Jocelyn @

Debbie said...

This is a gorgeous table, Christine! I love those wooden chargers and the napkin rings the best of all. But it's all just beautiful.

Unknown said...

Love it! Al the warm colors make the whole room so inviting! You seem to top yourself on every tablescape you do! Keep all the wonderful creativity and inspiration coming! Thanks for stopping by and you kind comments.
See you soon.

Donnie said...

You always have such beautiful and well thought out tablescapes. Lovely.

bj said...

O, Christine..this table just about takes you to the Orient. It is just magnificent. The sash looks as if it was made for your table and dishes. It all is so pretty. I am partial to the dolls. :))

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a clever use of the kimono scarf! Your table is brilliant and the colours are just wonderful. It would be lovely to sit and enjoy a nice meal on such a spread! Thanks for sharing this with Tea Time and have a delightful day.


Snap said...


I loved your Asian table scape. I often use the kimono sash as a table runner. Love the Shima; the tea set and the urn (what a find!). You've mixed all the various patterns beautifully. Well done!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

That is one gorgeous tablescape. What a great idea to use the sash...and your oriental pieces are lovely!

Richard Cottrell said...

The runner is perfect, the china yummy, I love the dolls. You always do such a great job. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape is gorgeous as always !! I also love all your Beautiful accessories to go with your dinner party. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, and your pray's for my friend Melanie so sweet of you. I hope you have a great week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a great idea for a table setting. Love the runner and those dishes are gorgeous.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a beautiful table. I love that sash and your figurines. Everything is just splendid. Beautiful china -- bamboo flatware is perfect!

Micupoftea said...

Gorgeous colors, nice details! The waist sash is called an Obi~ What a great idea to use it as a table runner. We have the same hanging lamp in our dining room! Happy end of August :)

Ricki Treleaven said...

This might be my favorite table top *ever* It is simply stunning, and I love the china!

Unknown said...

Beautufil! Love the colors

Unknown said...

Love the colorsand the table is beautiful.

Entertaining Women said...

Everything is perfectly conceived and executed. Both sets of dolls are stunning, but I'm partial to the Japanese pair. The jade pieces are spectacular. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous design. Cherry Kay

Marlis said...

Love your obi sash. what a perfect jumping off point for setting a table. An exquisite piece. Also love the dishes and the Siam flatware. Did you find anymore? I love both the porcelain figures and the dolls.. either is perfect. And the orchids are stunning.. wow. I love this table! One of my favorites Christine. xo marlis

our daily dishes said...

another beautiful table, so opulent~

Bill said...

This is undoubtedly one of your very best, Christine! When I saw that first image I thought it looked like something you'd see in a high-end coffee table book on interior design. Just amazing. I love the way you used that stunning sash as an inspiration piece (what a great buy at only $20!). I think I'm slightly partial to the Japanese figures, but both options look wonderful.

Warmest regards,

Kathleen said...

That is beautiful! Makes me want some egg rolls! :) Napkin rings are sooo cute, and the china and sash are beautiful!
And I saw the 3 butterflies in your post, do I win? :)

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, must have a huge house to store all of your china, glassware, flatware and table decorations for your tables!

Alycia Nichols said...

Whoa, Christine.....this table is beautiful!!! It is laden with such fabulous pieces! That jade urn...I can see why it's one of your most treasured pieces! It looks really heavy. The great thing is that it will never go "out of style" and will always be beautiful. And those dishes! Oh, my goodness...those dishes! This is just gorgeous, Christine. You did a really great job here! Get down, girl! :-) Have a great holiday weekend!

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