Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Faded Roses ~ A Vintage Tablescape

I find a sweet romance in faded roses. They have a softness that goes with anything vintage. Maybe there is a touch of nostalgia that passes through any setting in which they are gathered.

I probably like old things for the same reason. That hint of mystery. The unknown hand that put the beauty into old worked linen. A worn surface. Signs of age.

A drooping flower can serve merely as a signal that fresh ones are due, or help us appreciate the fleeting things of life. Old objects do the same. 

My little appliqued table square is perfect for a picnic, and reminds me that I have that pleasure yet to look forward to this season. Draped over a wire basket it lends a casual mood to the table.

And I'm in the mood for something a little rustic.

A rustic table takes you away from the ordinary, to a world apart. It helps you appreciate a little bit more the romance in a faded rose. . . . 

My glassware is a vintage bistro set of four.

Creamware bowls are gathered in a vintage wire market basket. A creamware jug holds vintage cream handled knives.

The vintage Spode jug has a raised grape leaf pattern.

I've never seen a tiny enamelware pot quite like this one. Anyone know what it was used for? Melting butter??

Homespun towels from the 18th century have hand crocheted trim-- one of them in a pale pink thread. My tablecloth is a cotton canvas drop cloth from the hardware store. I'm liking the putty color which is a bit like unbleached linen. This cloth is going to be a workhorse!

Wishing you a little vintage Summer Romance at your table!

Ciao! for now!


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podso said...

What a wonderful vintage table complete with those gorgeous roses! I love all your old lace and tea towels, and hand work detail ... and it all looks "summery." I enjoyed visiting!

Sharing Shadymont said...

I love what you have done here. The roses look so beautiful in the metal bucket. Love the embroidery too.

Have a great week!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

beautiful vintage linens!

Shine said...

Absolutely gorgeous! No other words needed:) Blessings~~Shine

Marlis said...

Aaah.. this is so beautiful. I love to keep faded roses too. Your applique pieces are adorable. I love to imagine the time the ladies had to make those pretties. The little enamelware piece is so cute! I have no idea what it might have been used for. Thanks so much for creating this beautiful vision for our enjoyment. Many blessings, marlis

Pattie said...

This is such a beautiful table I love the vintage table cloth..


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So pretty, Jacqueline. You make me want to go buy some roses. I bet they smell good. I am going to say it again. You have the prettiest linens.

Bella said...

Hi J,
Homespun towels!! You make the greratest linen finds ever!! and the faded roses, yes pure romance!! I love the bottoms of the stemware, they look like a carpet of flowers on the tabletop! You never fail to have the best details!!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What loevely photos!
Your vignettes are so layered
and each a work of art.
Thanks for sharing.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Beautiful sweet post. Lovely linens.

{ T G L } said...

So pretty and delicate!

Actually, all these interior decorating blogs inspired me to take some photos of my own home for my blog. Look what the internet does! :)

This Good Life

Miss Char said...

Love your table, all the elements appear to be filled with wonderful care of times gone by. I'm always a sucker for vintage linens and yours are very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

What I wouldn't give for the homespun towels with pink edging on them, how blessed you are to own them, oh, if they could only talk:) Always love your photos!


Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I've been resisting the drop cloth look for my home decor because, well, I'm not sure why but I think it is because I have covered so many of them with paint over the years and they remind me a little of work and unfinished projects--BUT--your table has changed my mind. The texture is so pretty and the contrast with the other whites is absolutely beautiful. Love your linens. And I have no problem with slightly fading roses. I love the way they fill out like they are so full of experience and have had a full life! Linda

A Rosy Note said...

How pretty! I really love that basket :)

Tanya@takesix said...

Such a lovely vintage table!

The Paper Mulberry said...

Oh Jacqueline that's absolutely beautiful! I couldn't agree more about the charm of 'faded-ness' letting age shine through and just 'be' is so much nicer than new. Warmest wishes and thanks for such a lovely message and stopping by my blog! Glenda xxx

Olga said...

Wow, homespun towels from the 18th century! How great to have something that could've been in a museum. They are beautiful just like everything else in your vignette.

Faded Charm said...

Beautiful photos. I love faded roses as well and probably wait too long to throw them out. They are so hard to part with:-)


Ivy and Elephants said...

OMG! What an absolutely gorgeous post! Your photos are amazing! I should be working but I can't stop looking at your beautiful blog! Following you.

RobinfromCA said...

What a beautiful post! Every photos was a feast for the eyes and I love your sentiments about the faded roses - all so true! You have a wonderful collection of treasures!

blossoms vintage chic said...

Hi Jacqueline, Your post and photos are just beautiful! I must say that I absolutely adore the photo with the Homespun cloths, roses, wire basket and putty colored bowl...I'm with you, I'm loving the putty color!!! You put together such wonderful vignettes!
Have a great weekend...hoping it's not too hot!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a beautiful collection of items and textures. Love that vintage tablecloth and your pretty roses.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

so, so pretty!!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Stunning settings! Love the vintage tablecloth and pretty roses! Beautiful shots. I totally love your style. Thanks for sharing:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Gloria said...

SO very beautiful! You have the prettiest dishes, linens, and roses!! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Entertaining Women said...

Wonderful, time worn elements for your lovely vignette. I always find that the 'velvet rabbits' of tableware remind me of those who survive hard journeys...overcomers. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

Sherry said...

Your roses and linens are beautiful! Thanks for linking them up at Home Sweet Home!

Eileen said...

Hi Jacqueline. all your photos are so imspiring. The linens, the roses, everything is put together so sweetly. If I had to bet, I would say that enamelware pot was an old chocolate pot, perfect for melting chocolate over an open fire, or cast iron stove. Yum, I can smell the smores.

Wanda Adamczyk said...

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