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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A French Romance




Occasionally it's nice to embrace a romantic table with abandon and go for the frills. For me that's a table that tends toward a little more detail, a bit more pattern, and lots of movement. I'm always thinking French, but in this case, giving over the simple country style for more of Marie Antoinette.



The tapestry, cherubs, and fabric flowers give me the mood I'm after, and my domed centerpiece glittering in candlelight transports me away like a crystal ball.




What lies ahead in the new year? Who will have graced this table? 



The future always seems to play a little better than the present reality. But we can get off to a good start!



Rose napkin rings are Simply Shabby Chic. A great fill-in when I can't place fresh white roses on the table.



The foundation plates are vintage Wedgewood with Anthropologie salad plates in the palest pink on top.




The set of four are all different, and feature flowers, birds, and architecture reminiscent of transferware of the Aesthetic Movement.







My oversized cake dome was a lucky marriage with the antique plateau mirror. The matching cake stand was lost in a mishap years ago, and the glass dome has languished without a mate until now. The fabric flower napkin rings are gathered with a ribbon in the center like a wedding bouquet.


Pressed glassware, flatware, and fringed damask linen napkins are all vintage.




















Italian linen tea cloth, and a tapestry from a local vintage shop.









Thanks for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline



Linked to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

Be sure to visit all these fun parties!



47 comments:

Linda said...

This is just beautiful...love the pink plates and the charming flowers under the cloche... all the elements just come together wonderfully!

Amy said...

this is so pretty! I love the pattern on the plates - classy and vintage, yet it still looks trendy.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Yes...you are right this is so romantic. Beautiful chargers and the small plates, georgous. All ~ wonderful a visual feast.

Patti's Artful Design said...

I do love your style, Jacqueline!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Perfect touch of romance this week! I love your tablecloth. (I have a favorite like that, too.) The "marriage" you performed was a really good one. I suspect you tied that knot very well -- and that we'll see the gorgeous domed centerpiece used sometime again in the future. I certainly hope so!

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

How elegant! I love the pale pink plates.

Deborah in NC

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a beautiful romantic table!

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Everything about this post is beautiful. Especially how romantic the lighting is! Those plates are stunning....

A Toile Tale said...

My kind of post!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

A Toile Tale said...

My kind of post!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Faded Charm said...

Such a romantic tablescape.

Kathleen

xinex said...

I love your plateau mirror, Jacqueline. I have been looking for one. Love the plates too and everything else on the table is so lovely....Christine

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love your linens too. Just makes me want to go out and get more WHITE pretties!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Gilda said...

Everything is so perfect that there is no need to add anything. It's all so romantic. A hug from italy

KATHY said...

Your table looks beautiful,and romantic!!

Kathy

Vintage Gal said...

Such a lovely table, so romantic. I love the pink plates. Very pretty ;-)

trash talk said...

What a lovely tablescape to have a Valentine dinner for two on. Love the repurposing of the cake dome and the flower underneath remind me of the corsages of a time gone past. Beautiful
Debbie

sissie said...

Your tablescape is so beautiful and romantic. I am in love with the Anthro pink plates but of course, I love it all.

hugs
Sissie

Carolyn said...

Beautiful!!!

High Street Cottage said...

Oh I think that cake dome/plateau mirror marriage will last a lifetime ;) Beautiful table scape, and post. You're off to a good start Jaqueline.

Southerncook said...

Such a charming post and I love your blog. Glad I found you on TTT.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Donnie said...

What a lovely, romantic table.

Dana and Daisy said...

my absolutely favorite part is your glassware. Both of them, but especially the oval ones I shall call "those bubble glasses". Pretty!

Libby said...

I really like the pinks and browns. Very romantic!

Chrissy said...

Everything is just so beautiful and those linen are perfect. I love brown and pink together. You definitely created an atmosphere of romance.
Thanks for sharing

Claudia said...

Just beautiful. Those pale pink plates are stealing my heart.

xo
Claudia

Debbie said...

This is beautiful and SO romantic looking. My favorite part is the cloche you made with the cake dome and that pedestal. It's perfect.

Jeannie B. said...

Lovely. I would like to sit right down at that table.

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacquline,
So~o~o romantic! AND I'm a hopeless romantic! I adore, darling, how you mixed the vintage with the new. Your centerpiece is an original, creative idea. Lovely and the light that reflects must be totally breathtaking. I was smitten with the pink plates. Thank you for warming my heart and giving me a "feast for the eyes" at my visit today!
Fondly,
Pat

Bella said...

Hi JQ,
Love the soft pink pops on the table! The marriage of the cake dome and the mirror bottom make a great pairing!
Romance must be in the air down there, this is gorgeous!!
Bella

Nancy said...

So soft and elegant, absolutely beautiful! I love the combination of the Wedgwood meets Anthropologie!

Nancy

Janet said...

All of your photos are just beautiful and so romantic!
Blessings,
Janet

Mary Ellen said...

Oh so pretty! I love the covered cake plate- the silver plate is gorgeous!! I see you are from New Mexico! I lived there most of my life till 3 years ago though I lived in the southern part of the state and it looks like you may live up in the northern party.

I'm in CO now but make trips home whenever I can as New Mexico will always be home to me!

Love your blog and am becoming your newest follower!

bee blessed
mary

Secret Garden Cottage said...

What a beautifully romantic table setting, Jacqueline... no detail overlooked! Just gorgeous!
Have a wonderful weekend coming up!
xoxo,
Jo :)

Bella said...

Hi JQ,
I was coveting Courtneys books too, trying not to buy anymore :-) Everyone raved about Jo-Anne Coletti's Feminine Home, so I bought myself one... such gorgeous photos.. I try to drag my feet, not wanting to get to the end:-)
Hugs,
Bella

Carol at Serendipity said...

Your post today is just absolutely lovely. The pink salad plates are perfect. The vintage glass (sort of ribbed) may be the pattern National by Jeannette glass.

Again, just beautiful.

Carol

Audrey Pettit said...

What a beautiful, romantic tablescape! Love your mix of plates and love the cake dome. :)

Lana K. W. Austin said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO gorgeous!!! Truly!!!! Elegance and softness and light@!
Hugs,
Lana

Debra@Common Ground said...

Those anthro plates were a surprise, I thought they were old! They look gorgeous with your table. Love the intimate romance of it.
Thanks so much for being a regular VIF-er!
xoxo,
Debra

Susan said...

What a gorgeous table setting! I love your linens and cake dome especially.
- Susan

julie miller said...

So beautiful and inviting! Can I come and eat at your house? Almost too pretty to use! Smiles, Julie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ I just love this setting! The chargers are just gorgeous and the plates are perfect on top of them. I love the cloche too- dreamy! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Red Gate Farm said...

Beautiful table! I love those Anthropologie plates...

~Chris

Marlis said...

ooh how did i miss this post??? OMG, it's divine. I love the tapestry on the table. what a great idea. Your dishes are gentile and quite lovely. The flowers under the cloche are perfect.. I'm in awe of the beauty you created.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! Those chargers are the best. Love the detail on them, and the smaller plates are charming. Beautiful combinations!

The Paper Mulberry said...

My goodness I love your blog!!!!! What fabulous pictures, I'm definitely following!!!

Cindy said...

God, that's gorgeous! Those plates are from Anthropology??? I'm soooo going to their site to look for some, they are beautiful!

Cindy

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