“No matter what the season, a bouquet of flowers can always be found in my country house.”
Photos by and Written by Nora Murphy for New England Fine Living
Flowers are a natural part of my home, so setting my old Irish farmhouse table for a spring brunch with bright yellow bunches is only natural!
To set this cheery table, I start with woven grass mats for each place setting. I love how the texture and hue of the mats works in seamlessly with the old mellowed pine tabletop. All white dinnerware helps to keep the look fresh while cotton kitchen towels, with a pretty tasseled fringe, add a homespun country feeling. Hand blown glasses with grass green rims from Mexico and bee glasses from France add more spring-inspired elements.
Once the table’s set, I add the pizzazz! I casually place, here and there, small pots of grocery store bought daffodils that get dressed up in small metal pails. [photo NM 5]
Keeping the casual feel going by using the same metal pails as the potted, freshly cut daffy’s make the most impact when the stems are cut down to create miniature cheerful bouquets.
When brunch is served, I love how flowers surround us, as if we’re outside seated in the garden!
Nora Murphy - Connecticut Country House