Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Year In Tablescapes



Seeing the seasons laid out on the table is an interesting way to chronicle the year. The soft winter whites give way to the pastels of spring. My crisp summer tables have a pop of color which carries into fall. And then all is repeated over again. 



It's been a satisfying year of gatherings and departures. Of celebrations and commemorations. All laid out and then put away again in a sort of ceremonial ritual which brings a comfort all its own. 




Table people are a breed apart. Hardly anyone fusses this way anymore. It's become its own thing, and is now almost all about the beauty of the object. The heft of a fork, or the hand of a linen napkin. No one in their right mind irons a tablecloth these days.



But the art of the table, like any other art, is about self expression and taking joy. Interpreting events through combinations of glass and china, or a bit of cloth and silver. A way of making sense of the days. Of keeping order. 


If that's too philosophical and heavy-handed, you can always say that it's just fun. And a lot of it, if it's your thing. . . .






































































































































Happy tablescaping in the New Year!

Jacqueline



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34 comments:

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Setting a beautiful table is definitely an art form. You have a knack. I love so many of them, but the tablescape with all the lace really speaks to me.

PinkGranny said...

Simply elegant...

Jen said...

Wow, that was amazing. So very lovely.

I have never paid attention to tablescapes, except in the most cursory way. You have inspired me to try some new things. Or old things in a new way.

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Elegantly exquisite! I could stay here for days admiring each tiny detail on every table. Definite "eye candy" for this one who loves all things vintage and is a hopeless romantic! I may borrow an inspiration for setting up the dessert table for my Ladies Circle Gathering in the Spring! Truly creative and talented, you are! Visiting from TT!
Fondly,
Pat

Cozy Little House said...

I simply adore your photos! Your dishes are gorgeous. And what is more, you have just the perfect way to display them. Each and every time.
Brenda

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

beautiful tables
beautiful china
beautiful silver
beautiful linens!

Maria said...

I so agree with your philosophical musings about the art of the table. Life is lived so rushed nowadays. Fewer and fewer people even take time to make their beds, let alone set a pretty table. I am drooling over the keyboard over all your gorgeous lace!

Tess said...

I ADORE your philosophy of tablescapes! Very thoughtful and lovely!

Thank you and a Happy New Year!

Linda said...

Dear Jacqueline,

Seeing daily life through your eyes is a beautiful gift. I wish I could nest inside your china cabinet and live there for most of the year. I'd only move to summer in your linen closet! Haha Thank you for all your joyous eye-candy posts!!!

Happy and Healthy New Year.

Hugs,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Jacqueline said...

What a great idea! You have such an enchanting collection of tableware and tablecloths! You are definitely blessed and gifted! Have a wonderful New Year and hope to see many more lovely tables! (This was a great idea, and I know it took a lot of work to put together!)

Fågel Blå said...

Wow so wonderful photos!!!!
I love Them all!
happy New Year!
And I have foud another lovely blog!
Coming back soon
Kathrine

Linda said...

Such eye candy, Jacqueline! I'm always inspired by your beautiful tablescapes and would love to dine at any of them!

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ LOVE your tablescapes and your pictures are just beautiful. Thank you for the walk down 2011 memory lane ;-)

Susy said...

That was a labor of love ~ and so appreciated. Viewing your blog has the same benefit as enjoying a cup of tea. Happy New Year xo

Ms. Redo said...

So much beauty. Soooo much beauty. Love it all, every piece of it, and the lace. Thanks for the awesome inspiring pictures.

Mary

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful photos of beautiful settings! The last table setting is my favorite.

Passionate for White said...

Each and every one....picture perfect!

Cottage and Broome said...

Sooo many beautiful table settings, it would be hard to pick a favorite out of those. It does seem to be something that people are doing less of. My problem is where to store all the pretty dishes… so many pretty patterns so little space. Looking forward to this years display, Laura

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a lovely way to revisit the year.
I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite!
Thanks for sharing!
:)
~Becca~

giovanna said...

All is beautiful in these pictures!
I wish you an happy new year!
giovanna

vignette design said...

I really enjoyed visiting all your tables capes for 2011.
One word comes to mind: pretty! All of them are pretty. Oh, and feminine too. Happy New Year!

Marlis said...

Oh your exquisite tables just warm my heart. They are music for the soul. Wishing you warmth, good cheer and many, many blessings in the new year.

Jacqui said...

Jacqueline, every picture is a work of beautiful art. One could spend all day looking at each one and savouring the contents.

Marigene said...

The only word I can think of is exquisite, from the china, to the silver, to the glassware, to the beautiful linens, Jacqueline...thank you for sharing each week.
Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Absolutely love the laces and tablecloths. Susan

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a treat! So many gorgeous settings. Please share them with us at "What's It Wednesday", too.
We'd love to have you!
Hugs and happiness in the new year!
Patti

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Honestly I don't think I have ever seen anymore gorgeous settings and tablescapes in my entire life!
I am so impressed by your talents and skills and your collections of beautiful china etc.
Happy New Year!
Cindy

blhitchcock901 said...

Love the linens, love the pink, love the cherries and everything vintage. Love, love all the white. Your blog is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Hi Andrea...you had some amazing table scapes this year. Hard to pic a favorite, they were all so different and unique! You have some gorgeous dishes too. Happy New year!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Jacqueline, what a beautiful post. I drooled through the entire thing. Each and every photo is filled with just the kind of eye candy I love. Total gorgeousness!

Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing what beauties you have in store for 2012.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Jacqueline, this is a fabulous post! Such a beatiful collection of table art. Consider the Year In Tablescapes idea borrowed as I've been working on something similar. Great minds...

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Honey at 2805 said...

What a beautiful post, Jacqueline! You are such an artist! What a terrific year of tablescapes!


Thank you for being a friend to me and 2805 and for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

Sherry said...

Your linens make me swoon! So gorgeous! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Haworth said...

I inherited many beautiful linens from various family members and I use them at the table all the time, even for the most ordinary occasions. Keeping them washed and ironed is one of my favorite passtimes. Neither of my grandmothers would ever dream of having a cup of tea without making sure the milk was in a proper pitcher and a neatly ironed napkin was tucked under a pretty spoon! They would certainly approve of all the beautiful tablescapes you've shared here. Thank you for this touch of beauty on an otherwise drab winter day.

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