Thursday, January 31, 2013

Romance on the Table






The calender seems to call for something a little romantic on the table so I have recruited my Haviland Limoges for the task. I love an old-fashioned feel for romance and so everything you see here is vintage except for the tablecloth.




Even the paper place mats are vintage. Except for a decorative use here and there I have managed to save a packet of them I found at the thrift store years ago. But I'm sure there is still something similar available out there. Just a touch of lace goes a long way for me, and I like the contrast of a dark surface to bring out the details. I've been using my damask linen tablecloth from Williams-Sonoma a lot since Thanksgiving. (It gets softer with every wash, and I don't iron it.)



Ruffled napkins in a milk glass compote are part of the centerpiece, and daffodil silver plate adds to the suggestion of spring.



I love vintage glassware and am using a lot in this setting. It makes more of a statement when you use a lot of it together. I love the romantic etched pattern of this drinking glass.













I wanted a bit of a farmhouse feel too. The shakers under glass are certainly not a novel idea, but I like the whimsy they add with all the frou frou.


















I was looking for a way to use the papers I found at Rue de Lillie Antiques a few weeks ago. They are from a pad of paper I thought I might make napkin rings from. I just love the designs. (And some of you were wondering what I bought from that fabulous place, and this was it!) They make a nice menu card or place card. I love this garden theme. (That post is here.)











Each packet has two pads.









Are you thinking of romance too?
Have a great weekend whatever you do!

Jacqueline




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25 comments:

Patty Wiles said...

lovely photos Jacqueline, I really like the pads of paper. The images are wonderful. Knowing me....I would have them enlarged and framed! Love the shakers under glass too! :)

Bernideen said...

Lovely vignettes! Lovely table.

Rosetta said...

Troppo bella e romantica la tua tavola!Meravigliosi anche quei centrini di carta!anch'io li uso come sottopiatti,ma i miei non sono così belli!Buon fine settimana,Rosetta

Haworth said...

What a stunningly romantic table setting, Jacqueline! I love your Haviland, and the pressed glass bowls are so lovely. I just picked up a packet of small round white paper doilies yesterday to use under biscuits and sweets for Valentine's Day. Beautiful post!

Pamela Gordon said...

This is all so pretty Jacqueline. I love the glass plates with the bumpy edge and that teapot shaker under the cloche is really unique. The Haviland is so romantic by itself. Beautiful!

Cozy Little House said...

You always have the prettiest and most romantic of tables!
Brenda

Jaybird said...

ahhhh and I think I have all of the items required except the adorable coffee pot shaker!! You have the very neatest things!!
I have been secretly polishing silver items after my sweet hubby goes to work, so that I can set a really pretty table for Valentines. We always stay at home and cook for one another :^)
Thank you for all of the nice ideas...
Blessings,
J

Shabby soul said...

Adore the idea of the shakers under glass bell!
Have a nice day darling
Silvia

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh, so pretty!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: So pretty and really romantic. I love how you put things together, I've surely said this about a million times before, and I am giving you fair warning, someday when I enter a 'copy-cat' challenge, I just might try to do what you do. If only I could..Happy Thursday..Judy

Pondside said...

It's fun to set a romantic table - to indulge the softer side and play with pink and white. Lovely!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty table, Jacqueline! I am thinking about setting a romantic table for Valentine's Day dinner. I'd like to set up a small table in front of our fireplace in the living room. I'm thinking of using my red and white transferware plates. I just need to plan the menu!

June said...

Oh Jacqueline you have such beautiful taste and style! I wish I could visit your lovely home someday. I know I would feel right at home there. You have so many beautiful collections. I love that you have these lacy paper placemats. What a find those were!

I have to tell you how much I LOVED your previous post of your beautiful room in white. It is so pretty. I wanted to snuggle into your lovely chair and ottoman and stay all night :)
sending hugs...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You have the most wonderful pieces, Jacqueline! I love finding vintage paper placemats and doilies...they are so fun to use! The shakers under the cloche are pure whimsy!

Kay said...

Had some catching up to do and oh my! Such beauty! Loved your pink post last Saturday and the beautiful winter white---your scarf is fabulous! And that blue key in the Valentine post is so pretty! Your photos are just so gorgeous! I love all your close-ups, magnifying beautiful stitching or sweet flowers on china. Thanks for a lovely break from the stress and fog! (not just brain fog but literal fog-ha ha!) Love, Kay

Sarah said...

Everything is so pretty! You add a touch of romance to all you do. Love the papers!

SizzleandZoom said...

This is a beautiful post. You are always giving me wonderful ideas. The pads are delightful. Would make great gifts.

Maria C said...

I'm drooling over your Haviland dishes. So, so beautiful! I'd like to have some dainty floral dishes and I was looking at a Mikasa pattern called "Endearment." It's very pretty but it has very limited accent pieces. Then I see yours and I want to hold back and see if I can find some like these . . .

Jennie said...

Love the way you've mixed pieces with romance being the unifying theme. Beautiful!

Cynthia said...

Love this table setting, it is very romantic. I also like the salt and peppers under the cloche.

Cynthia

Marlis said...

So gorgeous! I wistfully remember the paper lace placemats from long ago. The setting is so pretty. I too tend to go more vintage for Valentine's. Did the tablecloth shrink on washing?
xo marlis

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

I just love everything about your tablescape today! The dark tablecloth does indeed set off the lace paper placemats very nicely, as well as all the pretty light-colored china. I am in love with all the salt shakers under the cloche, too! Have a lovely weekend!

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
I am quite smitten with your romantic tablescape!!!
I love the salt & pepper shakers under the cloche!!!
The etching on your stemware is so impressive when seen from atop the glass!!!
BUT...all that being said...I
L O V E your papers!!! The paper cut~out placemat and your note pads!!!
Thank you for sharing this ever so romatic post with us !!!
Ah~h~h. . .
Fondly,
Pat

Bella said...

Hi J,
I almost missed all this sweetness! Limoges always a favorite, and I always love your glassware, I never find nice glassware... The teapot saltshaker is adorable :-) and I love those notepads, I alway buy pretty notepads then use the ugly ones and hoard the pretty ones, haha! Thanks for all this sweetness:-)
Hugs,
Bella

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Jacqueline, Your table looks absolutely divine! Your lace edged glass bowls are gorgeous and your daffodil flatware brings back memories of my grandmother. She had that pattern and I when staying with her I always set the table with those beauties, unfortunately I didn't get them at her estate auction though. :(
Thanks for sharing! Gina

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