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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Casablanca Lilies For My Dining Room Table

 
 
 
 
 
 
 I wanted to share my lilies before they took a turn for the worse. I like how long lasting mums and lilies are. I thought I would do something arty with them, but turns out a big bouquet in the center of the house was arty enough for the kind of week we've had.
 
 
 
 
 Everything happens around this dining room table that my lilies stand on. I pay bills and craft here. I do blog shoots and tablescapes, and even feed an army sometimes. I'm always loading it up, and clearing it off. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Most of my dish collection is in this room, and I like being surrounded by favorite things as I go about my business. I cross this space a hundred times a day. For the moment (and for a while now), even though I have a room for the purpose, this functions as my office space.


 

 
I like the play of light in here at different times of the day. And I like having a nice big work surface. Even though this room is small, I keep the table almost fully extended all of the time. (There's even one more leaf I can add for a houseful of people.) It's easy to push a project to one side and still have a meal at the table.
 
 
 
 
 
I didn't completely intend to talk about my table in this post or I would have shown it to you. But maybe you can imagine it. It's not an antique. And I've owned it for the thirty five years of its life, and raised a family around it. It's a solid, dark oak, English style trestle table with fat turned legs. Its top was refinished once about fifteen years ago and is still in pristine shape.





It's been the de facto foundation of daily life for a lifetime. Nearly always under cover. My silent, almost unseen partner. But it's not so fashionable as it once was. On occasion I think of substituting something else. An antique farm table for instance. But here it still is. And even if I did replace it, I could never part with it now.



 
I never ever take it for granted. In fact, it gets a big bunch of lovely flowers sitting on top of it on a regular basis!
 
 

 
Oh the stories. . . .
  Don't you wonder what your furniture might say if it had the chance?!
 
Well, I'm off to make more history.
 Hope your day is good!
 
Jacqueline
 
 
 
 
 
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31 comments:

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Oh Jacqueline, I wish I had an app for smell on my laptop :-) I can only imagine the fragrance....
They are luvly.
Thanks for sharing..
Cheers, Gee

Jacqui said...

Jacqueline, I love, love love this room! Everything about it says peace and beauty. The flowers are beautiful!

chanson said...

Magical... very nice! :-)

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jacqueline: The room is so beautiful and even though all that busy stuff goes on in and around it, there is a very peaceful quality about the pictures. Your eyes can rest there and that is something very worth while..Happy Tuesday..Judy And you lillies are just beautiful and very fitting for your busy tabletop.

Willow said...

Your flowers and table setting is so pretty. I like my dining room, but it gets horrible light to take pictures in.

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
I adore "gathering" around the dining room table! Life is important...no better place for the day in ~ day out than the dining room table! Your flowers are tranquil! I adore that you have all the things you love surround you when you create!!! Have a blessed week, dear friend!
Fondly,
Pat

janice15 said...

Just beauty at it's best, so lovely the white lilies and mums...All your white upon the dark brown hutch looks pretty. . . Lovely Post ...Happy Tuesday with love Janice

Olive Cooper said...

I had never seen these Lilies prior to this week. They are beautiful.

June said...

I just love getting peeks into your beautiful home Jacqueline. These are such lovely shots.
Your table sounds like my table...it serves so many purposes that I am sure it is so confused!
sending hugs...

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful as always. What a glorious tablescape.

Jann Olson said...

Yes, our table is the hub of our home also. We gather often just to visit or play games. Have to admit, hubby and I don't sit at it much to eat anymore. Usually fix a plate and head outdoors or watch the news. Your Lilies are beautiful and your table sound lovely.
Hugs,
Jann

Bella said...

Hi J,
I love getting a look around your dining room, the sideboard, the dishes, yummy!! And the new sparkles of the chandy :-) I have an old waterfall dresser that was the first piece of furniture I bought when I got married, it was white, I stripped it and stained it dark, haha it goes with nothing else now, but it is an old friend, I know just what you mean :-) Ohhh Lilies, the smell, ahhhh!!
Hugs,
Bella

Deb said...

Your Lilies are beautiful but I never tire of looking at your cabinet of gorgeous china. I would be doing the same; enjoying this room as much as possible. Deb

Barbara Jean said...

Beautiful whites. Those flowers are amazing!!

blessings
barb

Linda said...

Beautiful lilies. I adore your collections. It must make you feel so special having them. Truly gorgeous!

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh, those white lilies and chrysanthemums are heavenly. I loved hearing about your table and this room. The browns and whites are just so yummy. I love the incredible scent of the lilies, but chrysanthemums have the most wonderful musky spicy scent too, for some reason that scent really moves me...

Cindy

Katherine Wolak said...

Oh dear I am loving the whites!!! I love your room and your decor so much, :D

Hugs,

ImSoVintage said...

What a wonderful room, Jacqueline. I think the dining table along with the kitchen is the heart of the home. I've always done so much on mine that my now grown children thought it was normal to have the sewing machine as a fourth person at the table.

Hugs,
Laura

Coisas da Vivi said...

Jacqueline. I'm from Brazil. I love so much all things you do. I think your work so beautiful.

hugs,

vivi

Ironstone and Pine said...

I think I would find myself in there most of the time too, what a beautiful backdrop......and it's just so much more pleasurable to have room to spread out! Beautiful post Jacqueline, as always!

Haworth said...

What beautiful lilies, Jacqueline, and such a loving retelling of your table's history, function and place in your home. I love thinking about the life stories my belongings have witnessed, although I have so many hand-me-downs and "found" pieces that their histories are unknown to me. But I like imagining who might have owned them and what they've seen. I agree that a dining room table is the best possible surface for crafts, office, writing. When I redid my office upstairs I purposely chose an old dining room table that had been in storage as my "desk". Wishing you a happy day!

Cynthia said...

What a lovely table and the flowers are just beautiful. I love the dishes behind the flowers on the hutch just beautiful and perfect.

Cynthia

Jen said...

The lilies are beautiful--and so are the glimpses of your dining/everything room. I love the white brick walls.

Kay said...

Dear Jacqueline, I'm glad I am not the only one always clearing and loading my "dining" table. I have spent the day clearing it so I can have a brunch this weekend. I believe I remember your table--with different chairs back then. What a treasure and what memories!!
Love, Kay

20 North Ora said...

Jacqueline - What a beautiful dining room. Love your lilies but really love all of your white dishes. They are displayed so beautifully. Really pretty.

Judy

Cozy Little House said...

What a beautiful space to work and gaze at while doing so.
Brenda

SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful with just a little hints of your chandelier. Teasing us.

victoriantailor said...

Love all the white, everything in the cabinet, are those lillies from your garden? they bloom late?
Beautiful!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Your lillies are so beautiful, I can just imagine the wonderful aroma! Love your china cabinet filled with all your sweet finds. So pretty!
Nancy

Karie's Chic Creations said...

OMGosh! What beauty! The lilies are so pretty. They are breath taking. Thank you for sharing. I love the beautiful hutch and the loveliness of your room. I agree never take it for granted, and what stories our furniture could tell. Delightful thought. Thank you again for sharing the beauty. Karie

Sherry said...

Love this view of your room.
Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

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