Wednesday, February 1, 2012

French Cream Tablescape

French cooking can include a lot of cream, but I love creamy dishes on the tabletop too.

I want to please the eye as much as the appetite, and creamy vintage plates and bowls really do it for me. When there are only a few of us at the table there are a lot of entertaining options in my mix and match china. Today it gets to be red transferware, and creamy French bowls.

I love informal family style dining. Place the napkins and flatware in the center, and everyone can find what they need. Big linen napkins are a staple.

I always love using my fat and heavy French ironstone bowls at the table.

 I wish I had a dozen.

A darker lace runner defines the place-setting on top of the white matelasse tablecloth.

Another vintage lace runner dresses a wooden tray.

Ironstone jugs can serve water or drinks, but I just wanted them to look at. Without them there wouldn't be nearly enough of the creamy look I was after.  

It's February!
I hope it's off to a good start for you!


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  1. I love the mix of red transfer-ware and cream or white dishes. Just beautiful together. Deb

  2. Love the creamy ironstone and red transfer ware. They really look nice together!

  3. Ironstone, the perfect mix of humble and beautiful. Lovely table.

  4. So pretty and inviting. I'd love to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. So pretty! I love the French plate, the pitcher,and linens. All classics and so elegant. Thanks for sharing.


  6. aaahhhhh,Lovely,all Lovely
    xx jeanetteann

  7. Jacqueline,
    This "creamy" French tablescape is beautiful! I adore your white ironstone bowls, dear! I can imagine them filled with French onion soup! The blending of the white and cream (ecru) linens is magnificient! The soft hue of the red adds the passion for a romantic February tablescape, indeed.
    P. S. Loving the change on your header with those creamy ivory roses.

  8. Love your creamy french tableware! I also loved your beautiful linen post-I have a thing for linens too.


  9. I too am a sucker for the creamy whiteness of old dishes and linens. You've captured the essence of that so well in this post. The creamy red transferware just makes the rest of the whiteness stand out even more.. so very pretty. xo marlis

  10. Beautiful Dishes and lovely photos! Very Romantic! XO Cindy

  11. So pretty!! Simple it!

    Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your ideas.


  12. Jacqueline, Your tablescape is Beautiful, I love all the shades of White & those flower pinky dishes are Perfect, are those Bone knives? Lovely Display, Thanks for stopping by & Thank you for sharing...

  13. So pretty - I love that you used just a bit of red - there's a lesson in there for me.

  14. It is such a treat to visit just to see your lovely linens! Beautiful table...the plates are so pretty, just right for the upcoming holiday.

  15. What a lovely blog!
    I love New Mexico! I was there when I was 15 and I'll never forget it, I found the worlds most beautiful spot in Chimayo and 21 years later I still remember it clearly!
    Anna (Sweden)

  16. soo dreamy..all of it! WHERE do you store all of your gorgeous tableware???

  17. Hi J,
    You know you set the best tables. Cozy and inviting, a treat for the eyes and a great place to linger!
    I love the edges of the transferware! YUMMY!!

  18. I just love using a mix of vintage and ironstone dishes. It makes your table setting a one-of-a-kind! Your red transferware is so pretty.
    Mary Alice

  19. Creamy AND dreamy!!! You always have such a way with these soft, ethereal colors. I love it! Those chunky bowls are fantastic. They have sort of a dual personality going on: chunky and hearty, yet the white lends to an airiness about them. Given a choice, I'll take the chunky kid every time! :-) I hope you are enjoying a warm and wonderful weekend!

  20. Beautiful pictures! And I love your idea of 'informal family style' dining, while at the same time using elegant linens, cutlery and dishes. The juxtaposition says "You're worthy of my best tableware, but I want you to be comfy and feel at home!"

  21. So pretty! Thank you for joining me for Home Sweet Home!


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