Friday, September 28, 2007

The Color Purple: stemware

"I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it." - Shug Avery from The Color Purple, a Broadway musical


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Forget traditional stemware, this season's tables are set in color. So let's raise a toast to this rich jewel tone and the sexy detailing of the best colored crystal stemware. Companies ranging from William Yeoward and Saint Louis to Iittala offer something colorful -- from shot and liqueur glasses to champagne and martini glasses. (Image above: House Beautiful)

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Adding purple stemware to your table is a fun way to update traditional china, if you have your mom's or grandmother's old china, you can really punch up your table with colored stemware. (Images above: Matthew Mead)

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If purple is your favorite color, you can incorporate purple champagne flutes or other glasses into your collection. Or you can mix it up more than that -- serve a tray of purple juice or liqueurs in a beautiful crystal glass. Using color can be a way of expressing your personality on the table, whether it's a big catered party or a dinner for six. (Images above: Brides.com and House Beautiful)

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( above: Purple glass Olivia, Horchow; Amethyst wine glass, William Yeoward)


The bold, vibrant shades of purple flaunted this season by the fashion industry has spilled onto stemware. Purple glasses are available in all price ranges, so start spreading the hues and strut some color on your table this season!

SPLUGE or

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(row 1: violet martini ,$550.00; violet flute, $370.00; Saint Louis Crystal; Michael C. Fina)
(row 2: violet goblet , $210.00; violet double old fashion, $225.00; Wiliam Yeoward;
Lux Bond and Green)
(row 3: purple double old fashion, $120.00; purple highball, $120.00; David Redman;
Gumps)

SAVE?
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(above: Kira martini glasses, $5.95, Crate and Barrel; Eclipse 5-ounce martini, set of 2,$194.99; Bed Bath and Beyond; dark lilac mari bowl, Iittala, $48.00, Skandium).

25 comments:

People St.Clair said...

I love the first picture that table is so beautiful. The styles from Saint Louis Crystal; William Yeoward and David Redman are wonderful. I love glassware that has character and these definitely do. Great post!

Sarah Dennis said...

I agree, I love that first picture also. It was one of the main inspirations for this post. The other inspiration came when I was attending a "Wedding Party" event at Bloomingdales and stopped by the William Yeoward section. Natasha, pictures don't do these glasses justice. His glasses are absolutely beautiful and the way they're cut makes them sparkle little jewels!

{RNVL} said...

That first picture is really beautiful--you've completely made me reconsider purple, not just for the table, but for anything!

perfect bound said...

I can't believe you found so many beautiful purple pieces! I'm in awe.

Hadassah Intisar said...

My FAV color!! This is beautiful, esp the very first picture. lovely lovely lovely

Lucky Designs said...

I found some beautiful wedding photography using purple! I love this color especially for fall.

http://tinyurl.com/25d59v

Tickled Pink & Green said...

Love that first picture and it looks so much like the table at a luncheon I went to earlier this summer (with tall skinny vases with a flower in each) I posted the picture of the table on my blog about 1 month ago, if you want to go back and look.

katiedid said...

OMG! Such Beeeauuutiful things! I love that first image. Nice post!

Ten Thousand Only said...

purple is so romantic and heavy. puts me in the mood for fall. thanks for the 'save' items...i may have to go snag the affordable beauties!!!

Sarah Dennis said...

Nouna, purple is such a vibrant, regal color, I love it on the table and off - - - from a purse to a pillow it's sure to add pop!

Sarah Dennis said...

Anne, thanks for stopping by! Don't you just love the variety of pieces.

I also tried to incorporate different price points - - - so which one is it "splurge" or "save"?!!?

For me, I have to splurge on the William Yeoward glasses, even if it means buying 1 at time. (smile)

Sarah Dennis said...

Hadassah, how are you? Thanks for visiting. I figured you for a purple lover, I know how much you love color! Glad you liked the pieces.

Sarah Dennis said...

Erin, thanks for the link. I love Amy & Evan's wedding! The way they used purple was absolutely spot on - - - her bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses, the cake and the table setting....all just beautiful!

I couldn't agree with you more - - - purple in combo with this season's must have color "Grey" is HOT! HOT! HOT!

Sarah Dennis said...

Hey TPAG, I saw the table from your girlfriend's birthday luncheon and thought she did a magnificent job of setting the table. The tall glass vases, the flowers and the tablecloth - - - the color scheme really worked. Thanks for the tip!

Sarah Dennis said...

Katie, glad you enjoyed!

Sarah Dennis said...

10k, I knew you would enjoy the "save" items!!! Thanks for visiting...

studio wellspring said...

ahh ~ falling off my chair over here. i love violet-colored anything and these are all so lovely. i'd love to grace my home with any of the bunch!

The Life Of A SAHM said...

I bought a set of two Kira martini glasses for a friend for Christmas and she loved them!

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