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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Setting A Casual Farmhouse Table


White is a hard habit to break. But why would you want to?




Setting a casual table with what is at hand is always going to have a lot of white in it at my house!



But casual doesn't mean uninteresting. What's the use of being surrounded by things you love if you don't use them often?



I have recently acquired enough transferware platters to use them as individual service at the table.




Things will be moving more to the indoors soon, and a platter makes a beautiful charger, or a handy way to serve soups, stews, or one dish meals with enough room on the side for a crusty slice of bread and a bit of crudite.





Up close and personal is a good way to appreciate your favorite little used china. Each pattern here is different, but the bowls on top unify everything for a beautiful table.












Since the platter colors are subtle there is no conflict between the differing hues.




For casual company I don't always have flowers, so I'm using additional favorite things in the center of the table for interest. In this case, more vintage china with a few shells.


 



Glassware is simple everyday vintage jam jars.





Coffee service is standing ready, and can even be whisked off elsewhere, if desired, in this sturdy and secure farm basket used as a tray.




A sweet little pot, a special gift, serves as a sugar server.




Antique creamware coffee cups.



 


An antique homespun tea towel.








A metal garden pot stand elevates dessert plates. But it could just as easily serve the dessert instead.












Quilted placemats are Williams-Sonoma. The stripe napkins are this season Potterybarn.





The woven cloth is a South American cotton stripe that I got from an import shop years ago. I love the way it coordinates with the newer napkins.




The long fringed cloth is layered over a canvas dropcloth underskirt.





 


Coffee anyone? Thanks for coming by again!
 The door is always open.
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline


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47 comments:

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This is an especially lovely post...and chalked full of good ideas, ie. the plant stand ~ love that! All very, very pretty and so charming.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Gorgeous...that plant stand is yummy as is the wire basket!!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Beautifully arranged and photographed! I would love to have cake and coffee in this setting! Love using your transfer ware platters as chargers.
Great idea! :)

Deb said...

I just love the tray idea. The dishes..all of them..are gorgeous. The table-runner..takes my breath away. I just love all of it. Love, love, love it. It's all so inviting.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

LOVE...LOVE. as always....also love that you added your photo......pretty.

BECKY said...

This is soo lovely, and refreshingly casual! Just love it! You have a wonderful eye for creating beauty! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Becky

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Very pretty ... love the cream as a background for this lovely tablescape. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela said...

I love the china in the wire basket!!! Fantastic way to display it all!
Your table setting is just beautiful!

lynn said...

beautiful table, beautiful dishes!

Maria said...

I love white, too, but you do white like no one else does. Who would have thought that it could be so rich and nuanced? I love your white tablescapes.

Town and Country Gals said...

Jacquelin,
Your tablescape is gorgeous! Love the mix of transfer ware and ironstone, everything is pure perfection!
Rebecca

Revi said...

I totally agree with your "why would you want to?" position! So glad I found you. I'll come back soon and see older posts.
Revi from www.revisionarylife.blogspot.com

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

You've set a beautiful table. I wouldn't say it is too casual-- looks fancy to me, right down to those wonderful vintage jam jars!
The wire basket is a nice touch too.
Pat

Custom Comforts said...

As always Jacqueline ~ I love your table setting. I always feel like I could pull up a chair and have a good bite to eat and a good chat. Your posts are always so inviting and homey. I especially love how you used the platter with the soup bowl. What a great idea and you're so right ~ gives you enough room for the bread on the side. Love it!
Cindy

d e l i g h t said...

Lovely! I like to use items in the middle of the table other than flowers at times also.

mary beth said...

Wonderful! I just want to sit and soak it all up! I am dying for that wire basket you used for a centerpiece! I am not usually gung ho for all white, but today it just looks so soothing and calm at your table! I'm coming right over...in my heart that is! :)

Marlis said...

Jacqueline, this table is delightful. The striped cloth drew me in and the platters bowled me over.. What a great idea.. Need to find some and I like the brown tones.. so perfect with all your other pretties. Those coffee cups are great - are they wedgwood? very soothing and calming.. xo marlis

trash talk said...

Casual chic is what I would call it. Just beautiful.
Deb

Katherines Corner said...

beautiful xo

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Beautiful as always and thanks for bring back the memory of drinking out of jelly glasses!

Alycia Nichols said...

Such a neat table, Jacqueline! I love all the muted colors. Great idea to use the platters as chargers, too! The Pottery Barn napkins are so great....they just look so soft!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love the tray. Where did you get that? I love the sweet floral border on the plates. Splendid tablescape!

Marigene said...

Your photography skills are fabulous...so is your table. I love the use of platters as chargers. This table is just begging for your guests to sit and linger.

Olive Cooper said...

This is one of my favorite settings of yours. Love the wire basket especially. I just bought some vintage pillowcases and need to get busy washing them! Have a splendid weekend♥

Beeutiful by Design said...

Looks so good!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful! I like your idea of using your pretty serving platters for the meal. They look pretty with the plain bowl and spoon on top. Very nice! Pamela

Kay said...

Hi Jacqueline, You have such beautiful platters! They are so pretty and sweet! And I love the unique shapes! Everything you have set out is beautiful! Would love to join you at your table! As a side note referring to your post about the chilis at your village market---our Whole Foods got in Hatch chilis!! And this weekend they're roasting them outside at specific times, plus serving burgers with chilis! I do believe Stevie will be wanting to get a supply! I've never seen them do that before. Woohoo!
Wish you could be here Saturday to go with us to the Camas Antique Faire. Maybe I'll find a cute, unique platter like yours! Love, Kay

Gwendolyn said...

You have certainly set a charming white table!
Lovely and welcoming.
BLessings~

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How rpetty -- love your summer whites. Those platters are perfect for your chargers.

Kansas Amy said...

What a beautiful and inviting tablescape!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your table setting is like a big hug. What a warm and inviting. I love it.

Mary Ellen said...

What a marvelous idea of using a platter for an under plate! Such a pretty setting which is so you!

Micupoftea~ said...

SOft and welcoming...love the jar glasses and subtle florals~

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

So beautiful and perfectly farmhouse! I love all the layers of neutrals and textures. I adore the subtle differences in the beautiful transferware platters. What a collection! The linens and coffee grouping are also very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Miss Gracie's House said...

I love your table...but I always do!! We do like the same things :)
Rene

Sarah said...

All the beautiful details that we've come to expect in a post from you. Love the idea of the platers as service plates. Clever!

Ruth Sagrario Macotela said...

Everything is gorgeous! but my favorite, your china with blue and pink flowers detail, I just ♥ it.

Thanks for been so sharing. xo

Susan said...

I just adore this table scape! The cream ware and tranferware platters are so pretty~

Karen said...

Beautiful, I love the idea of platters for chargers.

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

LoVe the darling little WIRE BASKET!*!*!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

NYCLQ said...

Beautifully done! I especiacillay liked the fringe cloth layered over the drop cloth. The old plant stand being used to hold plates - or even better - dessert, is an EXCELLENT look and idea!

xo Lynda

Katherines Corner said...

one word...Beautiful

one more word hugs!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your china is beautiful. I just love the plant stand holding the gorgeous plates. What a fabulous idea.

Paula

Sherry said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I love how you had enough platters that you used them all around the table. They look ready for a fall soup. Just a beautiful table all around. Love your wire baskets too! Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

The Vintage Chateau said...

I love the way you've used small platters as an underplate for the soup bowls, I've never seen that done before, what a great idea! I plan on using it as soon as I have enough platters!
Thanks for sharing a beautiful table setting!
Karee

ohiofarmgirl said...

I am so happy to see that your woodwork is not white. I just can not paint my woodwork and it is so difficult to find white walls with wood not white trim. I want to paint my walls white...I am getting ready to start looking at shades of white for paint. It could be a slow process. Dianntha

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jacqueline!!! LOVE this beautiful setting and all the pretty details!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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