Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spring Tablescapes

A delicate Haviland Limoges china pattern is perfect for a spring table. But all of my pastels and florals come out of the cabinets and dressers this time of year.

Laid on a pale pink tablecloth of Madeira linen, this setting is a little dressy. Sweet details like the rose cutlery, and a lace trimmed napkins keep it soft.

Mixing patterns and textures liven up a different table set with yet another Limoges pattern. The lacy foundation keeps things light and breezy, while the vintage glass bowls add sparkle. Salad plates from Anthropologie provide a subtle punch of color.

White on white napkins are also vintage. 

Just a touch of brown transferware in these few china accessories coordinates with the salad plates, and serves as a low key centerpiece.

Is there a better time of year for a bit of frothy lace?

I only have a few pieces of this cheery vintage Knowles floral china. But I think it's the happiest pattern I own. The background is a yummy creamy ivory. The vintage creamware bowls are similar in tone, and warm up all the whites.

Another lacy cloth is laid over a vintage pink Bates spread which both highlights the pretty pattern in the lace, and lets through a suggestion of color. I also just like the look and feel of layered linens at the table. A solid linen napkin tones down the lace.

More china accessories on an ironstone platter serve as a centerpiece here.

It's time for me to pull out all my flowery vintage print tablecloths. I don't think I would be exaggerating if I said a spring table requires almost nothing else! But just in case, a few springy teacups and saucers are set up and ready for tea time.

These are such busy May days. So many final exams, and graduations, and spring recitals. A small pause at  lovely little table can make any simple ceremony a sweet celebration.

Thanks so much for stopping by during such busy days!


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Tablescape Thursday


d e l i g h t said...

Lovely! The mix of colors, textures and patterns is so perfect!

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Such a lovely mix of linens, china and roses! Those roses are such a beautiful soft color- love love 'em!
You have a great collection!

Linda Keaveney said...

I think I have some of the same tea cups, as you...
inherited from my Mom and my Great love love them...
You certainly create a beautiful tablescape...Shall I bring some biscuits!!!

Linda :o)

rosarod said...

Hi Jacqueline, beautiful pieces. Everything looks so delicate and romantic, dreamy! You have pieces that are true treasures! Your pieces are so delicate linen! I love your posts! Greetings from the Caribbean! Rose M.

pilgrimscottage said...

Is there anything so delicious as a table setting with roses, pink and white?! Your table setting is gorgeous!

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Jacqueline,

I love how you mix you romantic dishes with the glasses.

Roses are so pretty in times like this, isn't it?

Happy T´S,

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


You have shared so much eye candy goodness, Jacqueline!

Everything is so gorgeous!

I actually gasped at your large vintage lacey white tablecloth. It is a real beauty!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jacqueline: This is one beautiful post. Did you notice that in first picture it looks like the plates are joined by the pattern. I bet you did! I have a full set of dishes like your little salt and pepper shakers. It's Royal Dolton and I use them on my Thanksgiving and Harvest table. This one was really pretty..Happy Thursday..Judy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Such a pretty post filled with frothy and feminine images. Love your linens and china patterns! So romantic! Somehow I always get caught up in a fairy tale when I visit you. It's always a pleasure!Have a beautiful May day.


Olive Cooper said...

The yellow table cloth is charming. I am feeling another tablescape coming on here. You are inspiring me.

Deb said...

I had to look at this post over and over. There is so much beauty here. Your tablecloth is gorgeous. Deb

sissie said...

Oh my you do set a pretty table. I'm in love with everything and it's all so sweet and romantic.

Love the tea setting too and that lovely tablecloth.


Alycia Nichols said...

You have such beautiful vintage pieces, Jacqueline! You are quite right... with linens like those, who needs all the rest? Fabulous, fabulous linens and china. I love Limoges and the way you mixed the patterns is really cool. Beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Gretchen said...

You have wonderful china and your linen collection is to die for! You style things so well. The piece of transferware with the little cow on top has to be my favorite thing in your photographs.


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I'm in love with that tablecloth you have over the round wicker table!

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely! It's so pretty :)
Greetings from Australia♥


How totally gorgeous! I love your dishes Limoges and your great mix of them too, but your linens are making me drool, as I am a linen person. Adorable piece with the little cow, just to darn sweet! Thanks for sharing. I also have a post with Limoges. Hugs,

Marie Arden said...

That lace white table skirt or over skirt is lovely. I love white and layers of it on a table looks wonderful.

Danielle said...

Loved how you mixed and matched all your patterns in this post. All your pieces are so pretty by themselves but somehow look amazing togehter. And what doesn't look beautiful with roses? Not much : ) Love your tablecloths too. So pretty~

Danielle xo

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Breathtaking linens and soft lofty colors! What a joy!

Deserae said...

Just gorgeous....every single bit of it :o) Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Bella said...

Hi J,
I love seeing all your amazing spring pretties... together! Limoges, sigh... Knowles always knocks my socks off with cheeriness too:-) And that white tablecloth with the lace edge, I am glad to be seeing that again, delicious!!!

jeanetteann said...

aaaaah, lovely xx

Shabby chic Sandy said...

so pretty!

Linda said...

Delightful! your china is gorgeous... I agree the Knowles is happy ... I love the pink and white petunias with thos amazing roses! Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings L.

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Oh Jacqueline I love all your gorgeous things. Can I be in your will? I am so tired as it is so late here but you just made me even more relaxed with your beautiful photos. Are those your pink roses? I am so jealous. Everything is just so lovely and charming. I want to move to your house!


val's alentejo said...

Dear Jacqueline,
I am amazed at how you make your table look so so inviting. I always enjoy reading your posts.
Your limoge is beautiful.. i love the rose plate..
Its all beautiful.
I would love to set a table again..but i think i have forgotten how.
beautiful linen.
happy May days Jacqueline.

Rowan said...

You have some gorgeous linens and china - the Limoges plate is especially lovely. The Knowles china looks Art Deco in shape - my grandmother had tea plates that were the same shape.

Marlis said...

Jacqueline.. wonderful frothiness! Oh the linens just make get all light headed. I love them. Your collection is amazing. I am in awe with each piece you reveal to us. Sweet dishes to.. I love spring and the lightness of the colors.. (I think we passed spring in March around here.. it's 98 and 99 already)
have a beautiful weekend.. xo marlis

Haworth said...

So beautiful, Jacqueline, and the perfect colors and textures for spring. I love our vintage cloths, and the way you use platters. I was given 2 beautiful platters and didn't know what to do with them, so I use one on the kitchen table to hold the creamer, sugar, S&P and butter; the other I use on my vanity in the bedroom to hold pieces of jewelry and ring boxes. I love that they're not packed away and can be seen. Have a lovely weekend!

Barbara said...

Jacqueline, you have such a gift of putting together things in such a charming way. I look forward every week to see what you have done. Spring, indeed. Delightful!

Sherry said...

Gorgeous! That yellow teacups is beautiful!

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