Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Woodsy Transferware and Tartan Christmas Tablescape

Hello my dear Friends!  Before Thanksgiving I shared some pics from years ago when I put together a tablescape in fall colors using Brown Transferware with a base of a Scottish Tartan wool throw. I had so much fun creating that tablescape and then gave some pics of other Harvest tablescapes using plaid and transferware. You can read that post in a link at the end of this post.

After that I thought I might try putting together a similar tablescape using Tartans in Christmas colors and a Christmas theme. I'm in awe of all the wonderful talent out here in blogland of tablescape designers who are so creative and come up with fabulous themed tables.

I wanted to use elements that I had on hand, so I started with a Tartan Plaid tablecloth that I've had and used for several years. I fold my tablecloths in two, lengthwise, for more of a table runner look. 

I bought this Red/Green quilted table runner probably back in the late 80's. It's handmade and I found it at a small antique boutique. I've gone through stages of using it. Since it's basically "Country/Primitive" it didn't exactly work with my shabby/white/Frenchy phase, but this year it felt right, as there is a lot of traditional Christmas color around blogland.

I wanted to mix and match transferware and plaids, so I'm using several different pieces in my plate stack. I love all things Tartan, as my maternal grandmother was Scottish and from the Cameron family. Below is the Cameron Tartan.

I'm using two different red transferware patterns on top. Old Britain Castles from Johnson Bros England (above) and Mason's Vista below.

Next up is a Pottery Barn salad plate in a White Stewart adaptation, that I bought several years ago. They came in a set of 4. I just checked and they have several plaid patterns available this year.

The dinner plate is Myott's Bouquet of which I have a set of 8 dinner plates. I could have used a red transferware, but I wanted a contrast of white with the dinner plate and to have a bit of brown in the mix.

For a centerpiece I'm using the Lennox Log Cabin Balsam Lane Cookie Jar and salt and pepper on a large wood slice. I bought the cookie jar last year at Dillard's and keep it out all winter in my Cookbook Cupboard. I found the wood slice at Antique Farmhouse earlier this year.

Antique postcards stand on antique metal flower frogs at each place setting. Each one depicts a Christmas wooded scene.

I found the large antique linen grain sack French tea towels about 10 years ago. They are monogrammed, but monograms don't keep me from buying and enjoying things. I'm using them as a placemat of sorts, but could also be used as an additional lap napkin. Depends on how messy we are! Personally, I can't be trusted with fabric napkins because of red lipstick!!

Plaid pillow covers from Amazon are on the pillows for each chair.

This farmtable is in our casual dining area in the Garden Room. We don't use it daily but it's where we hang out when the kids are here.

Two tall faux cedar topiaries wrapped in burlap flank the cookie jar.

The water/tea goblets are newish from Libby I think.
 One of the Martha Stewart line.

You can read the post from last year about the cookie jar HERE.

The Thanksgiving Tablescape is HERE.

And here is my Christmas Greetings post from last week if you missed it.

Thanks so much for coming by. More fun coming this week with mini Gingerbread Houses DIY!!

Hope you'll come by the link party on Monday evenings.

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  Home Imagined at the Antique Journey
Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  Fabulous Friday at WM Design House 


  1. Love the tablescape, Debra. The plate stack makes a really pretty combination and is a classic look of yours I love. The centerpiece rounds it all out and makes a really nice, authentic-looking country French village scene.

    1. Thankyou dear Rita! I consider you tablescaping Royalty!! So praise from you means so much. I've learned a lot from you all who are "professionals"!!! It's harder than I thought and I had to edit my table several times. So fun!!!

  2. What a lovely table, Debra! I love your "house" on the wooden piece in the center -- perfect with the tartan!

    1. Thankyou Jeanie, so cute isn't it!? I love Tartan with most everything!!!

  3. I'm loving your tartan tablescape Debra! Your selection of plate patterns, and mix of plaids is just gorgeous! I have Scottish ancestry too, and gravitate to using plaid whenever I can!

    1. Michelle, I so loved your Tartan tablescape this week. I love the green patterns and all your fun accessories, the houses and bottle brush trees under the cloche were perfect. Thanks so much for coming by!!

  4. Oh my golly! I want to hang out in the garden room with you and chat about everything on your table! The French grain sack tea towels, the fun patterns on the layered plates, the oh-so-cute cookie jar... It's all so fun. I've never in my life purchased a cookie jar. Even when my kids were little. Now I need one or two along with some vintage flower frogs! Merry Christmas. :)

    1. well Girlfriend, get on your sleigh and head on up! Think of the fun we could have!! And the cookie jar?... that lid is so heavy it would take a grown up to lift it off. Better to deter cookie thieves!

  5. I really love the centerpiece. Your table looks so great. Have fun as we slide on down to the big day. xoxo Kris

    1. Thanks Kris, heading your direction. Hard to believe next weekend!!!

  6. Oh my goodness, Debra!! I just love all of it!! Those vintage Christmas cards on those flower frogs are AMAZING! I'm for sure in the market for flower frogs this upcoming year. The patterns that you used on your table play so nicely together!! Merry Christmas!

  7. A lovely setting in a delightful room Debra!

  8. Debra, your table is lovely! The country runner on the plaid is perfect and I love the tartan and transferware together in the dish stack. The centerpiece is darling and the whole table looks like it was made to go in your garden room. So pretty!


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