In 1930, Emily Post wrote, “In its brightest tones, red is the most brilliant, stimulating, and approaching of all the colors.”

Red is one of my all-time favorite colors. I am starting to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day so I could not resist a vivid red tablescape this week. I started with a crimson tablecloth (Crate & Barrel) which I received as a gift from a dear friend a few years back (thanks Kim!). The placemats, napkins, and red beaded napkin rings are from One King’s Lane. The placemat and napkin set is Couleur Nature designed by Bruno Lamy. His signature Provencal designs have a touch of whimsy and feature various floral, fruit, and fauna prints (you can find more patterns at

napkin ring

For my place setting, I selected a set of four vintage plates by Copeland Spode with birds and floral and red trim, Pattern 2/5813, circa 1913. I love the beauty and vibrance of the plate’s colors. (Back Marks: In black, Rd. No. 494242, Copeland, Spode, England and Maple & Co, London; Hand numbered in red; Impressed mark of a crown and the word “Copeland”). The stemware is vintage Villeroy & Boche Boston Red (Ruby) Claret Wine glasses (eBay). I am very fortunate that my husband’s grandmother passed down to us this beautiful, timeless, sterling silver set which I love. It is 1942 Watson Sterling Silver Windsor Rose.

place setting

pattern close up

place setting

spode mark

stemware close up

For the centerpiece, I chose a faux holly berry swag which I brightened up with a few red votives and a set of 3 small crystal vases-each with a single red gerber daisy and a little baby’s breath.


tassle close up

Now I just need to invite some folks over for dinner to enjoy this table!