Monday, January 26, 2009

Spring is In The Air


Tablescape Tuesday is hosted by Susan at Between Naps on The Porch. If you want to see some fabulous tablescapes, go to Susan's blog at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/, check out one of her gorgeous tablescapes and then, click on the links to other tablescapers and enjoy their creations as well!


Although I have participated in TT before, this is the first time I can participate from my very own new blog, naturally, I am quite thrilled.


I don't know about you but I can hardly wait for spring to come, which is my favorite season. You know, both John and I were born on the same spring day. So for this tablescape, I chose a spring theme.


I am not home yet but I did this table setting before I left just so my hubby would have something fresh and springy to look at.


Below is a Venetian decanter from 1900 which I spotted at an antique shop downtown. I fell in love with the cameos on them and the colors. The set includes 4 small cups but since there are only 2 of us, I set 2 of them aside.

If you have seen one of my past tablescapes, you must know how crazy I am about peacocks. I found this napkin ring on ebay. He is a pewter and I negotiated with the seller to give me a special price for 8 of them since they were quite pricey. Still, I thought they were worth it, so I bought them. The napkin has a yellow tulip stenciled on it.
Do you see the tiny turquoise and orange Meissen bird and the Costa Boda tulip that I added on the table? The bird is from ebay and I brought back the tulip from Stockholm, Sweden. Sorry it is barely visible but I cannot retake the picture because as I have said earlier, I am not home.
I love the tea candlelights. I thought they were artichokes at first but when I clicked to enlarge the picture, I saw the veins on the leaves which makes it look more like a cabbage. See what you think.

I have had that potted planter for quite sometime. Sorry the plant is fake but I think the color blends in well.

The plates are antique Bavarian Tirschenreuth dinnerware, ca 1880? I bought them from the same antique shop where I got the decanter but from another time. The store only had 6 dinner and 6 salad (or dessert) plates. If any of you can spot this pattern somewhere, please let me know.


I got the ruffly placemats at TJ Maxx for $5.99 plus an additional 15% off for a set of 4. The white lacy plate chargers are from JC Penney, also on sale. And below is the completed look. I hope you enjoyed my contribution for this week as much as I enjoyed setting it up.


I would like to thank Susan again for hosting Tablescape Tuesday. Don't forget to check out some wonderful tablescapes by going to her blog at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/



I have enjoyed having you all around!






50 comments:

ceekay said...

Stunning! The dishes are gorgeous and it all goes together so well. Great job on your 1st official Tablescape!! Have a wonderful week.

Dixie's Whimsey said...

I love your antique china... sooo pretty. Love the peacocks too... we use to have some on our farm when I was a little girl and we'd find their feathers on the ground all the time.. We'd take them to grandmother and she kept them in a vase in the livingroom... she was my first decorating inspiration! Now you've inspired me too! Dixie

carolinajewel said...

How beautiful! Love the individual elements and how you have put them all together! :D Jewel

The Bliss Journey said...

A very pretty table. I love the decanter, the blue is amazing.
Kathleen

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love your tablescape. You have so many beautiful things. The napkin rings are my favorite. But, I really adore your dinnerware.
Great job!! Terrie

ellen b said...

What a beautiful table. I really like these dishes and what you chose to add to the setting!! Lovely...

Lady Katherine said...

Just so lovely! The decanter, the dishes! I had forgotten about all your lovely peacocks! I remember them well now, for they are so beautiful as your tablescape.

Belinda said...

I love every single element of your gorgeous tablescape! The decanter is stunning...the turquoise blue color is wonderful. Your antique dishes are beautiful, and the peacock napkin rings are so unique and very striking. I'm inspired now to set a pretty table for two...I don't have children, so there is usually just the two of us here unless we are entertaining, but I'm determined to join in on Tablescape Tuesday anyway now!

Envoy-ette said...

Oh my goodness - the dishes are GORGEOUS! The decanter is very nice- I'm surprised you split the set since it's more valuable as a set. My luck, I would break one and need an extra! LOL! The peacocks were well worth whatever you spent!

marty39 said...

Christine, as usual your tablescape is just gorgeous. You do have so many beautiful things. I LOVE your china, it is just gorgeous. I'm taking notes, I am going to learn how to do this. Hugs, Marty

Ma'dame French said...

That decanter is stunning! What a lovely table setting;) French

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine this is just beautiful girl. I love the peacock candlering holders. so unique. Your plates are just gorgeous.. don't you love the chargers from Penneys? I have those as well and love them. I know John loves the table.. hugs ~lynne~

Libby Murphy said...

This is my first time to view TT and wow it is impressive. Isn't it fun to bring back special finds from far away places, kinda like bringing back a moment of time with you. Your antique china is eye catching and what would we do without TJ Maxx?

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Oh Christine - I am so happy for you that you can finally post TT's on your own blog. What a fantastic start. That is some of the prettiest china I have ever seen. I love unusual shaped dishes like the square salad plates. I have the same placemats and used them in my own TT. :-) You were so sweet to set this table for your husband before you left. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Barb

Glenda said...

Your white chargers look gorgeous against the green of the ruffled placemats. Your napkin rings are very striking. I would have mistaken the candle holders for artichokes, if you hadn't set me straight. Thanks. I know you have enjoyed your visit and the occasion that brought it about, but everyone is looking forward to you coming back to your other home real soon.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, this china looks so gorgeous on the table with that beautiful decanter. And yes, no matter what you had to pay, you had to have those great peacock napkin rings. They are so perfect! Congratulations on your first tablescape on your blog! laurie

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

Hi, Christine! I'm sooo HAPPY to see you HERE!!!I have tried, mannnny times, to reach you before, to thank you for visiting me at RMS, & NOW you have a blog & I CAN!!!! WONDERFUL posting~~~ it's certainly not apparent that you are "new" at blogging, as you've done such a beautiful job here! You have the prettiest things & a such a LOVELY way of putting them together, & this was a JOY to see n' read about! And, I just received the Peacock Napkin Ring I, too, bought from E-Bay, as well as 5 other figurals by the same maker, so I can mix mine all up together! ("Great minds...?)~ Loved it all, especially the fun artichokes! ~~~ THANK YOU for sharing, friend! Love, Linda

Chari said...

Hello Girlfriend...

What a lovely "Spring" tablescape!!! I just adore everything about it...but that cameo decanter and glasses are "out of this world" gorgeous!!! Your china is is lovely...I made a mental note to keep my eyes out for it, my friend! Christine, aren't you just the dearest and sweetest wife...setting this lovely tablescape for John to enjoy while you're away...I think that's so sweet!!! Thank you for sharing this lovely "Spring" tablescape...I think I'm getting Spring Fever now....hehe!!!

Love ya,
Chari

mishebe said...

Gorgeous pieces. Mishelle

mbkatc230 said...

Christine this is beautiful, and you know how I feel about the peacocks! That china is gorgeous, I'll keep my eyes peeled haha. Kathy

~CC Catherine said...

Christine, Welcome to blogland with your very own blog! You are going to have so much fun! Your china is gorgeous! One place you could try to locate additions to your china is Replacements Ltd.(quotes@replacements.com ). You can also put your name on an email list so when pieces become available, you're notified. The decanter is lovely.....and the Spring tablescape a beauty too! ~CC Catherine

PAT said...

This is a beautiful tablescape, Christine! The decanter and glasses are gorgeous, as is everything else about your table!

A Hint of Home said...

The dishes are a beautiful pattern. Everything is put together for a lovely tablescape. You found some real bargains, too.

Cynthia said...

Hi Christine,
thanks for your nice comments on my met monday posting(bed), and welcome to blogging. I added on to your followers and I remember you from RMS! Your beautiful china and table setting is really wonderful! I just love that china and those glasses and peacocks are just adorable!. Thanks for sharing--Cindy

Momovthree said...

What a pretty table! It looks great.

Thanks so much for coming by to see Hailey's room for Met Monday. To answer your question, I didn't make the frames with the plates. They were a steal at Target a few years ago. I think I paid around $3 for them so I took them and ran to the register. lol!
~Michelle

Susan said...

ooo I love the Bavarian dishes...and the peacocks (oh my)... I would have to have a flock of them!

Gorgeous table!

Kathysue said...

Hi C, You always make everything so special.I am so in love with these dishes and the decanter and the turqouise is such a nice touch.Always elegant,always lovely,always beautiful.That is our Christine,Hugs,Kathysue

Beaux Mondes Designs said...

beautiful dishes and table setting. Thanks for the inspiration.

Miss Janice said...

Oh my goodness! You had me at the deacanter...and the china is just beautiful. You did a wonderful job and I look forward to seeing more of your tablescapes.

ann said...

Fabulous job on your first OFFICIAL Tablescape.it is AWESOME.Everyting is exquisite...Ann

Melissa Miller said...

Oh my Christine your dishes may be the prettiest I have ever seen! ~WOW~

Amazing tablescape my friend! :)

Nicole ~ said...

Oh my goodness, it is all so beautiful!! First of all I must say that Venetian decanter is so, so gorgeous. Those peacock napkin rings and the Bavarian Tirschenreuth dinnerware are beyond wonderful!! I love it all....

Kathleen Ellis said...

OMG!!! I love, love, love...EVERYTHING!!!
The decanter, the dishes, the napkin rings, the ruffley placemats, the chargers...everything!
GORGEOUS!!!
So glad you are blogging now...so much easier to see the beauty you create!
Have a happy week!
;-D

Linda said...

Well you did great for first tablescape. Gorgeous things that you mixed so well together.
Love it!
Linda

Carrie said...

You really put together a gorgoeus table. The colors and varied textures makes it very special.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

This is lovely. great job, I like how you mixed things together. It really looks nice!
Debbie

Doodles said...

The antique plates are so pretty, and I love the white lacy plates. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too.

Tomarie said...

What a beautiful table setting Christine! Love all the vibrant colors! The decanter is gorgeous and the placemats give it such a cute whimsical touch! L~

Kathleen said...

The plates are just beautiful! What a lovely table...

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Yea Christine...your first TT on YOUR blog...whooo, hoooo! Your blog is fab, btw! I LOVE those plates! Wow...they are stunning! Have you checked Replacements.com and eBay for more? Great score on those beautiful napkin rings! Love 'em! Susan

prof en retraite said...

Oh Christine...Everything is perfect! You have so many beautiful things! I love the little tea lights! Beautiful job...but we are not surprised because you are very talented! Hugs...Debbie

Happy To Be said...

Just stunning Christine...and its so spring like...love those dishes have to be the most beautiful antique one I have seen..thanks hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I kept a grandson yesterday so I am just now getting around to some of the TT tables....sorry!

Since my name is Cami (camille) it stands to reason that I collect cameos so you can imagine my envy over your decanter. I mean, I am suffering from some major coveting. ;o) Amnd those plates are gorgeous. I love your whole table...the history & the elegance...it's just beautiful!

I have those same lace chargers & use them often.

niartist said...

What a great tablescape Christine! I too, love peacocks! This year, while everything was on sale, I bought some great ornaments to do a peacock inspired tree in my foyer! Love those napkin rings, and the plates are just great too!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine, thanks for swinging by to see the "cover up".. are you still in Florida? I'm sure it's beautiful down there.. It's down right cold here.. have a super day..hugs ~lynne~

JudyBug said...

Your plates are just beyond beautiful! What a stunning job putting it all together. Wow!

Bo said...

Oh Christine, I hope you are as glad you joined Blogland as we are that you are here! Your tablescape is such a joy to see...I only wish I could be there in person! BTW, thank you from me & Lil Bear for voting for this little abused, orphan dog...we send you love & hugs...;-) Bo

Linda said...

I love the combination of antique plates, white chargers, and ruffled green placemats. Beautiful job! Linda

The Muse said...

i have found your setting to be delightful and unique...a real gem for two! excellent design !

LdyDy Loves Cake said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I love the beautiful green dishes. Your table looks very beautiful and inviting! Toodles!

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