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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

French Farmhouse Style Buffet



Johnson Bros. Staffordshire Bouquet dinner plates set the spring tone of this table with the hint of pastel in the brown transferware design. 




We are having an intimate family style one dish supper tonight.




The antique gathering basket full of last season's lavender made me decide to do a farmhouse theme. But my mind never wanders awfully far away from wanting to actually sit down to dinner in a French farmhouse.




Strewn candles always help with the transition from field to table. Whether your "field" has been five o'clock traffic or just the back yard.











A stack of family linen napkins and a quilted tablecover say tres francais.





My dried bouquets seem to work better than fresh to accompany my lavender for a centerpiece.






A hearty stew (Irish?) with veggies and crusty bread is easy to serve after a hard working day, and seems like fancier fare when served in a pretty tureen.





The promise of a simple dessert waiting at the end of the meal is made with the service already set up in a wire basket. But this arrangement would also work for a salad.










Crystal is Williams-Sonoma. It doesn't need a stand, but elevating it makes for a more interesting table, and actually gives you more surface room if you need it.









The family monogram of the Master of the house.





The family monogram of the Mistress.





Attack!
(Said with a french accent, and meaning "lets eat!")
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

I'm joining




28 comments:

Karen said...

Your tablescape is wonderful and I'm drooling over your transferware. So nice to have such pretty dishes.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Kelly said...

Very lovely! I love the silverware.


Kelly

Martina said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Martina

Magpies and Magnolias said...

Whenever I read your posts, I can feel the stress just dissipate. Your images are so soothing and calming.

Thanks so much for creating a sea of calm in the middle of my busy, busy life!

Debra@Common Ground said...

You always have the most wonderful table settings, Irish stew sounds delish!

Sarah said...

Irish stew and a table full of beautiful details ~ who could resist an invitation to dine with you? Your silver, linens, and china are all gorgeous, Jacqueline.
Happy St. Pat's Day ~ Sarah

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Pretty tablescape. I love the picture with your centerpiece showing! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sherrie said...

I love your French Farmhouse buffet! Perfection!

Robynne's Nest said...

Hello Jacqueline, I love your table setting, can I come for dinner too? I don't eat much (just everything in sight)...and would wouldn't talk too much as I would be too busy trying to take everything in on your beautiful table! I'm sure I could be there in lets say...24 hours..from the U.K...no?...well then perhaps next time...Robx

James said...

I can never get enough of the wonderful images you share.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Gorgeous plates, and your setting is lovely! Happy St. Patty's Day:@)

Pat said...

Perfection Jacqueline!

Martha said...

A very pretty table and I love all of your things!!!! The tureen is really very pretty and the china goes well with everything else.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

So pretty...such nice china, I love the pattern. It is all just lovely.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Looks lovely...that sweet little cake stand is so pretty!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful table, Jacqueline! I love your dishes and the pretty tureen.

XO,
Jane

Donnie said...

Very pretty. I bet the lavender smelled lovely. Happy St Patrick's Day.

Counting Your Blessings said...

Oh, I just adore that Stratfordshire pattern! And your basket of lavendar is so pretty I can almost smell it from here!

Thank you for sharing your French Inspiration with us!

Blessings... Polly
French Cupboard &
Counting Your Blessings

Kelly_Deal said...

Beautiful tablescape!
Kelly

Pamela said...

Gorgeous!
I love your flatware and oh the napkins are so lovely!!

southernhomesweethome said...

Lovely china.. I love your linens as well.. beautiful blog.

Through My Red Door said...

You create such gorgeous settings! I've probably told you this before, but I love your blog! It's so inspiring!
Sheila

Olive Cooper said...

I love your tureen and it would elevate a can of something very far. It is all lovely.

Brenda Kula said...

You always, ALWAYS have gorgeous posts!
Brenda

Red Couch Recipes said...

Such a pretty table. I love the tureen and the Johnson Brothers plates as well as the embossed fruit plates. Joni

Marigene said...

Beautiful china and linens. Thanks for sharing.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty -- what a beautiful tureen and love your vintage linens!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Jacqueline~ I absolutely love your gorgeous tablescape!! Those dishes are so pretty & love the lavender! The silver, the linens, everything all put together is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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