Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Few Table Things

This corner holds a few of my favorites in the shop. A birdcage in a classic design, for one. I have a rubber stamp of a birdcage just like this one, right down to the curlicue design on it. And that French lace curtain panel back lit perfectly for this shot. The window seems naked without it.

Most of the time I simply enjoy living with a few beautiful things, but when I talk about them I tend to get philosophical. A dressed table, for instance, is my symbolic equivalent of an ordered world. No matter how much chaos reigns beyond the window panes, a draped table speaks of comfort and security.

A few disparate gathered objects feels like nurturing to me. Saving the world one article at a time, and making it beautiful to boot.

A pretty table reminds me of a time family sat together for a bit each day. Of wonderful meals with friends. Of keeping house rather than merely doing housework.

Aged things want to reassure you that good things happen. Life goes on. It's a small world after all. Even if it only sounds cliched.  

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, whatever you're about.
Ciao! for now!



Jacqui said...

Lovely pics and wonderful sentiments

A great weekend to you too!!

Bloggymom said...

Just beautiful!! Love the white dishes with the pink flowers.

Rosetta said...

Tutto beautiful!Delicato e dolce,Rosetta

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ beautiful photos ~ have a lovely weekend ;-)

Pamela said...

Lovely photos Jacqueline!
I love your new banner too!

Happy Weekend!
Pamela xo

Anonymous said...

Simply lovely!

Cozy Little House said...

You always manage to make the world a far more beautiful place!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

I love what you've said here!
And the photos are pretty fabulous, too. :-)


Amy Kinser said...

Hi Jacqueline. Your photos are beautiful and your thoughts about each one are wonderful.

Blessings for a wonderful day.


trash talk said...

Table dressing is your calling card and you do it beautifully.
I love your thought on keeping house rather than house keeping. It is fast becoming a lost art.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful as always. I love those dessert plates with the rosebuds and the white urn. It would be so lovely to visit you and your shop. Wishing you weren't so far away. Blessings, Pamela

Blondie's Journal said...

I would LOVE to visit your shop! Everything is so pretty. I can tell you arranged it all! And I really adore that pretty tablecloth!

Beautiful post, Jacqueline!


Kay said...

Jacqueline, I love that corner of your shop! It's just beautiful! Also, your lovely table setting. And your new header and pics of yourself and daughter. Coming to your blog is my escape from the chaos of the world! Thanks!

salmagundi said...

I love the phrase - 'keeping house'. We don't do enough of it - everything is such a hurry these days. Enjoy the upcoming Easter week. Sally

Danielle said...

Jacqueline, your photos are beautiful. I would love to visit your shop. Also your sentiments made me smile : )

Debra@Common Ground said...

Always beautiful, JQ, xoxo Debra

Magpies and Magnolias said...

While I was digging out my garage for a week or so, I wasn't able to visit any blogs. I can't tell you how much I have missed the lovely serenity of your photos and sentiments. It's so good to be back!

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, that table vignette with the lace curtain in the background is so romantic. Serenity, indeed! ~ Sarah

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How beautiful this is...I love the mirror hanging on the wall to the left in the first photo ~ just lovely.

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I love to visit your shop, and am crazy for the pair of chandies, cute!!!
Great saying about keeping house instead of housework too.
Your blog design has changed too, love the color!

A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful sentiment today and I too love your new header!

Va said...

Life is too short not to surround yourself with lovely things, or at the very least admire them as you pass by. I too am fond of items and activities that make a place a home. I'm determined not to lose the art of homemaking and have passed it down to our daughters!

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