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Thursday, June 14, 2012

French Blue Father's Day


 






I think Father's Day is supposed to be all about leather and tools, but I don't see why it can't be a day for a pretty table too! My husband's favorite color is blue. And I've been really drawn to blue this summer. So blue it is!






I always believe I am going for simplicity. But by the time everything is arranged, my table often betrays the truth about my love for layers and details. Lately a sweet small bunch of different flowers has pleased me more than anything else. And Bella's Rose Cottage's  garden blues have had a big influence on me.






The pale hues are where it's at for me, and I've had this light blue check cloth from Williams-Sonoma for several years now. The soup/salad bowls and plain cotton napkins are WS too. You can take basic whites in any color direction. The frenchy quilted mats underneath are a fun foil for all the straight lines. And I love a padded surface for meals. The rose napkin rings are old Rachel Ashwell from Target.






The soup tureen is a family heirloom.





Vintage flatware.





















The "Father" plate is an antique saucer for a large cup. The smaller plate is an antique butter pat. The flowers are dried larkspur stocks.






There are almost always layers of linens on the table. I like to change things a lot and also have a bit of drape.


















 























I hope you have a lovely time on Father's Day whatever you do!

Jacqueline



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31 comments:

Willow said...

It looks like you all will have a very lovely Fathers Day. Everything is so beautiful.

Bella said...

Hi J,
Thanks for the garden love :-) It's gonna all be pink soon, so catch the blues before they are gone!
Like ALWAYS your table is beautiful, from the soft plaid tablecloth, to the amazing tureen! Your soft blue tablescapes always inspire me to love blue a little.
Love the long shot and seeing your hutch loaded in whites, yummy:-)
Hugs,
Bella

Bella said...

Oh, I forgot the Larkspur... OMG perfect...

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous! I love the tureen!

Linda said...

Love that little creamer...I buy LOTS of those...
the white and blue is wonderful...
We will be dining lakeside for Fathers day...but I will imagine sitting at your lovely table setting...

Have a great weekend...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Sarah said...

I've obviously been focused on blues of late too ~ French Blues and Bay House Blues. ;-) So this table is definitely making me smile. Beautiful flowers and dishes. I love the way you capture the special details in your images. Very artistic, as if these are exquisite oil paintings.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Beautiful, Jacqueline!!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Those white flowers are special! They look like what we used to call football mums, but it seems too early for mums. Everything looks so pretty.

Olive Cooper said...

The stripes, soft blues, roses, and then just the right Father plate. Perfect All.

Sherry said...

Oh my word this is beautiful! I love the dusty hue of blue here. I am in love with your cupboards! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Deb said...

So many beautiful pieces here, right down to the cutlery. That is probably the most gorgeous soup tureen I have ever laid eyes on. Oh, and there is my favorite cupboard. I can't ever get tired of seeing all your beautiful whites on that cupboard.

Gloria said...

Oh, I love this post! Your tureen is a beautiful treasure. You set such a wonderful Father's Day table. What a restful mood that is going on with the blues and whites here!

xoxo...Gloria

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

What a delicious table! I love the soft blues you are showcasing.
I agree that your tureen is just about the prettiest ever!
I always enjoy my visit here!!!
Big Smiles,
Lynn

The Zeigler Homestead said...

With 4 small children, a fancy table is only a dream :) Your setting is beautiful!!

Maggie Ann said...

Your photos are exquisite! The little plates for butter pats caught my eye. I just picked up some at a rummage sale....I thought they were tea bag holders....thats what I'm planning to use mine for.. they are all darling.

Cottage and Broome said...

Blue is such a calming color, everything looks beautiful. Laura

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Very tranquil and pastel purity tablescape!I adore the blue plaid tablecover mixed with the floral placemats. The layers of linen beneath are so soothing! Your husband is a fortunate man to have you design a table around his favorite hue! Hope his day is spent with those he loves around your table!
Fondly,
Pat

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Layers of lovely...beautiful in blue!
Kari

chateau chic said...

Jacquelyn, your blue and white is lovely and soothing. Gorgeous soup tureen!
Mary Alice

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Blue! I've also been attracted to blue lately. Ya know, I think your blog is becoming one of my all-time favorites. I love everything you post!

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is such an inspiring post. I would love it if you would share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Your table is beautiful! I love the soup tureen. It is even better that it is a family heirloom.

Hugs,
Judy

jeanetteann said...

I so love that muted blue,especially the heirloom tureen. The whole table setting is so pretty and my favourite colour too. Our Fathers Day is in September,and yet our Mothers Day is the same as yours. xx

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

A beautifully arranged table, I especially like the quilted mats and the flowers. Your dresser is lovely as well, I have severe dresser envy!

Rowan said...

It all looks very summery, I like the tabelcloth and place mats but most of all I love that little antique butter pat - it looks really nice on The Father saucer.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You have linens and dishes for every occasion! The soup tureen is just gorgeous. And your furniture pieces too!

A Super Dilettante said...

My dear Jacqueline,

This table spread for Father's Day is so very vivid and breathtakingly beautiful. The still life imagery of reflective surfaces, blue quilted placement mats and pink flowers petals scattering across the table...you pull me into a world, without any hemming and hawing, where I can never see the mystery coming to an end.

Best wishes, ASD

Lori Miller, Round barn Potting Co. said...

Hi Jac,

Love the vintage flatware.

I am also so into blue this year. Love your photos

Susy said...

Jacqueline ~ you're a gift to the blogging world, and especially to those of us that love vintage. Thank you for helping make our world beautiful.

SizzleandZoom said...

The photo of the cupboard was marvelous. I love vintage flatware!

Haworth said...

Beautiful table, Jacqueline! I hope you had a lovely Father's Day.

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