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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kitchen Cafe



I love the romance of cafe life. Even if the cafe has to be at home. The Paris cafe life of the twenties began when starving artists living in unheated flats gathered to the social scene found in cozy warm little cafe's with all the comforts of home. Like hot coffee.



In our new century, cheap coffee is more likely to be found at home! And who has time for talking literature, art, and philosophy these days anyway? Well, bloggers do. We just don't do it all at the same time or around the same table!



So when you do get the chance for friends and talk at your own place, where better than the kitchen table? Potterybarn has made an industry of the concept. Aren't we all here because we're all out of our minds for pretty table stuff?



Staples for the cafe scene are white linen napkins, and lots of hefty ironstone. I'm using my thick new found vintage striped tablecloth.



These tall vintage tumblers are the largest I've seen and are perfect for water or tea and are tucked into a wicker basket with the Pellegrino.





A vintage lidded creamware tureen for the main offering.



More hefty vintage linen for the tea towels. Everyone should have piles of these.



Johnson Bros. Asiatic Pheasant transferware teacups.





My wall plate fetish shows on my kitchen walls too. Spanish cafes sometimes have whole walls filled with hanging blue plates. So of course some of mine are souvenirs. Some of my white pitcher collection is housed here too.




My favorite vintage dinner knives ready for their closeup.




Glad you stopped over!
Hurry back!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

I'm linking to

for Feathered Nest Friday

for Home Sweet Home

for the Open House Party 




30 comments:

Phyllis said...

Your little cottage cafe is soothing and inviting me to linger to sip my coffee in one of your blue and white cups, and let my eyes feast on your lovely plate collections. Your vintage knives are most interesting. Everything photographed so beautifully.....love the oranges in their close-up.

Martina said...

Love your cottage cafe!! You have the prettiest table lines! Martina

Pattie T. said...

Beautiful! These pictures look like they belong in a magazine spread. I love the quiet peacefulness of the colors. I really must get some more white pieces, they add such softness to pieces with color and pattern. Very nice.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty...I love it all, but especially the little bust of the girl. You have put together so many textures, colors and patterns and they all compliment each other.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your pictures are stunning and I love your kitchen (paris) cafe. Hugs, Marty

Bloggymom said...

Love your tumblers... I have similar ones :)

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Your kitchen cafe delights me! I love it. In my little fixer upper cabin cottage I've started fixing up the kitchen area like a patio style cafe. Nothing fancy, just fun. The place is coming down except a couple of walls for rebuilding. I love reading your blog. Happy Wednesday!

Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

I have the same tea cups. This is a beautiful tablescape.

**Anne** said...

You make everything look so pretty, welcoming and calming. Can I visit your cafe? :) Thank you for post these gorgeous images, it's just what I needed.
Have a lovely day,
Anne xx

Blondie's Journal said...

You have brought to life that cozy cafe look! You are so right about us bloggers doing the artsy thing together, yet apart. I always blog, coffee in hand.
Love your pretty dishes and linens. Beautiful post!

XO,
Jane

Custom Comforts said...

Love the pretty blue and white linen tablecloth. So soft and soothing. So nice to sit down to.
Cindy

Vintage Gal said...

What a lovely cafe setting ~ I would love to come over for a cup! ;-)

Robynne's Nest said...

Jacqueline, your 'stuff' is great...could I come for coffee...I like it very strong with milk and preferably in a pretty cup and saucer...of which you have plenty...oh and a lovely linen napkin to catch the crumbs from the cake (the one you are going to bake me). Robx

p.s. I must start collecting white ironstone...if I can find it!

rosarod said...

Hi Jacqueline, pretty pictures! as much as my attention is the variety of "treasures" you own! every detail makes your home special, you know how to put every detail in place for us to "talk" Greetings, Rose Marie

Suzann said...

These photos are truly delightful. Thank you for the pick-me-up this morning.

LadyV said...

I'm sitting here sipping my tea and enjoying your wonderful setting. How nice everything is. Thanks for inviting me to take tea with you.

bikim said...

your statue is so pretty!
love the tea set and the table decor!
happy eve,
Rosa

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I just love your little statue. And the blue and white cups are always such a classic. Lovely.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a beautiful setting and fabulous photographs! I love the vintage tablecloth and your white pitcher collection. I would love for you to share your beautiful home at my Open House party sometimes.
Hugs,
Sherry

Linda said...

You have such an eye for for charming and beautiful tablescapes, Jacqueline! This is SO lovely!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jacqueline, I just wanted to drop back by to say thank you for sharing your beautiful table at my party. Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Sherry

Marigene said...

Jacqueline, love your Paris cafe table, the tablecloth is gorgeous.

Kathy said...

You have a way of zeroing in on exactly what it is we like and why we get together - what better way to visualize it than at one's kitchen table - or a cafe - so very inspired....
you've got me thinking!
Hope you have a great day,
Kathy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Jacqueline~ Absolutely charming little cafe you have! :) Love your pretty table and that sweet tablecloth and your pictures are lovely!Thank you so much for sharing at FNF! :)

Marlis said...

This is the look I love, so reminiscent of a french cafe, minus the smokey air! Totally love the new tablecloth. Your plates in the kitchen are perfect and have given me an idea for when I finally rid the kitchen of it's hideous wall paper. Thanks for dropping in with your very kind comments.

Entertaining Women said...

Beautifully conceived and artfully executed. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Deb S. said...

I love the tablecloth. This table is wonderful. Just dripping with charm!!!!

Sherry said...

Jacqueline,
This is so sublime. It is just wonderful! I love the blue and white and the vintage table cloth. Such nice compositions to describe the cafe scene. It has me wondering where all you have traveled? Thanks for linking it up!
Sherry

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How charming your Cottage Cafe is. This would be the perfect spot for friends to gather. I have the plates that match those teacups.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Lovely table, Jacqueline! I love your white pitcher collection. I've been eyeing a few white pitchers myself at Home Goods and one of the local thrift stores. They come with such pretty details.

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