Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wander Lust

There never seems to be enough time for relaxed visiting during the actual holidays. That's why January can be a prime time for extending the festivities.

But when isn't it a good time for friends and good food and conversation? I've pulled out my familiar things, added a bit of something new, and given it all a twist for this table.

The bit of new is the pear candles I got for Christmas. To me they lend a continental air to a presentation that's already leaning in that direction. 

I get the lust for travel at the first of the year, so a setting like this takes me away in my imagination for just a little while. My new vintage napkins are making one more appearance here this season. China is vintage Queensware by Wedgewood.

Flatware is vintage Wallace sterling. I love bit of glint and gleam at the dinner table.

My usual mix and match vintage bistro glasses.

My place card holders are simple slotted glass ones from the stationary store.

I'm using my Pottery Barn script napkins as placemats. I layered a tapestry over the table linens, and the placemats offer a little protection.

Urns and books are the foundation for more large candles for the centerpiece.

You may remember the travel motif bowls by William Sonoma.

Thanks for your visit! Come again soon!
Ciao! for now!


I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday


Kathysue said...

Jacqueline, this is all so lovely and simple elegance. My favorite kind of table. Thank you for sharing,Kathysue

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, this is my favorite kind of tablescape. Absolutely in love with your vintage linen and the script napkins. I didn't see those at WS. Need to go take a look again! Every element of this table speaks of contentment, and like you, it take me on a little imaginary trip. Thank you!
~ Sarah

Really Rainey said...

I love your blog and the concept of your tablescape this week... Your right, the holidaze are always fun but crazy for visiting... I am taking your lead and having my best friend and her hubby over for dinner next week end... slowing it down a bit... just the four of us... a sweet table setting like yours, some delicious food and some fabulous wine!
Thank you for the inspiration and reminder to slow it down just a bit and enjoy life at a slower pace.
Beautiful photos by the way! :0)


Linda said...

I love this table setting, is elegant with a touch of whimsy!

Amy said...

this table scape does look so inviting
What a peaceful setting after the holidays pass to just sit and enjoy and talk over the past year.
Those pear candles are so beautiful and elegant. I would love to find some.
Enjoy your New Year

Pattie T. said...

So chic! I love those travel motif bowls.

Vintage Gal said...

How lovely and inviting! Nothing like good friends, good food and a beautiful table.
Just beautiful.

Rosetta said...

Anch'io vorrei far continuare il natale,ma noi con la nostra fantasia lo possiamo fare.Bella la tua tavola!!!Rosetta di theromanticrose.

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh what a peaceful atmosphere to your tablescape! I adore all or the cream, white and taupe highlighted my candles. Thank you for sharing this lovely, tranquil post with us!

bj said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Everything you touch turns out sooo pretty.

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Beautiful photo's of your tablescape! Everything is so pretty!

Brenda Kula said...

Oh yes, love me some sparkle! Those pear-shaped candles really draw the eye in. Love them!

vignette design said...

I love this elegant, soothing tablescape! Perfect for January with the textures and colors. And love the travel idea too, because I think we are all fantasizing about getting away right now! ~Delores

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
You know I love Vintage sweet lady simple elegance.come see my Tablescapes.

Rochelle said...

Hi Jacqueline...this table setting is simply lovely. It is so vintage and I LOVE IT! I also have that "Rosepoint" Wallace set of silverware that was my grandmothers. Such a labor to clean though!

Lavender Cottage said...

Your table is so pretty and romantic looking - guess that's from the candlight of your new pear candles.
I really like your vintage napkins too.

Lynn said...

Such a lovely tablescape! Thanks for visiting and leaving nice comments yesterday. Best wishes, Lynn

Robin said...

So very beautiful! Everything looks so amamzing together.

Donnie said...

What a gorgeous table. Just lovely. The candle really made it look so romantic.

time worn interiors said...

What a gorgeous table setting! I think I could sit and talk for hours at that table! Nicely done!

Barbara said...

So pretty! I just love the simple elegance. I hesitate to say simple because there are so many wonderful touches. I think it is just a quiet kind of elegance. Happy New Year!

Alycia Nichols said...

I am absolutely salivating over that Wallace sterling!!! It's gorgeous beyond compare!

Amy Kinser said...

This is simply beautiful. Every detail seems so thought out. Lovely, for sure.

My Grama's Soul said...

Such a lovely table you have set for us today...I wish I were coming over!! (O:


A Toile Tale said...

Jacqueline -
Oh, I feel like one could take nice, deep breaths at this table. It is so serene, but very interesting. Those script napkins look great. I'm going to check into those!!!!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Tess said...

Oh my, oh my...this is just gorgeous!!! I love the queensware dishes (I have a very few pieces), love the monogrammed napkins, and the Wallace Rosepoint(I have a lemon fork...that's it)is gorgeous. My heart goes pitter-patter for this!!!

Marlis said...

I was already lusting over the napkins i thought were a tablecloth!! I love the look. It's amazing. the books and urns certainly make the table look terrific. I love the pear shaped candles too. It's very beautiful.

Kay said...

Dear Jacqueline,
Everything is so beautiful and inviting! So what did you serve for dinner? Maybe French onion soup (even though you have no bowls set out)? I remember it being delicious. Several Christmases ago, I received three pear candles. They are a beautiful rosy, pinky color. I've set them out many, many times but have never burned them. I know you did a post about using your rose candles, I believe it was. But there's something in my head that says, to not use them up. Kind of like using the last beautiful note card or piece of stationary in a box! I want to keep them for some reason---??their beauty's sake, I suppose. But then what do you do with them? So maybe I will burn them soon. But then, maybe not! As always, love your photography. So beautiful!
Love, Kay

david K said...

Fabulous Wedgewood plates: A bit of history encapsulated on an incredibly well-set table! The pear candles look quite at home, but I'm astounded at how you were able to capture the depth of your Wallace sterling!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Jaqueline~ this is beautiful! I just love the monogrammed linens and the vintage china- and It all looks so pretty together! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Marigene said...

Stunning table...beautiful linens.
Happy New Year, Jacqueline.

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