Wednesday, September 2, 2009

French Dining with a Little Russian Touch!

Thursday is another favorite play day for me. Why? Because Susan is hosting Tablescape Thursday over at Won't you come and join us? Let's play!
I wanted to use the blue and white toile table cloth that we bought from the French side flea market of St. Maarten. Let me show you the ones taken at night first.

And now, the day time pictures.

Salt and pepper shakers I bought from an antique shop in Destin last 4th of July.

Did you notice my Russian czar and queen vodka decanters? I bought them when we went to Russia and I would not allow anyone to drink the vodka. LOL! Can you blame me for wanting to preserve them? I think they are just too beautiful.

I had the white tray sitting in the garage since I bought it from a San Diego trip about 2 years ago. It was like 70% off and I could not resist getting it, thinking that someday, I would use it for something, and that someday finally came.A Russian couple in their horse carriage.
I am using my Bernard Limoges candle lamps again.

These are our everyday flatware. I think they look Frenchy enough. I used 2 kinds of white plate chargers, "Lace" from JC Penneys and another white chargers with a different pattern from either Horchow or Neiman Marcus.

I used a white and flow blue tureen for my centerpiece surrounded by 4 vases with flowers, Limoges candles, the small Russian carriage and a ceramic egg, all gathered in the white wooden tray.
I did not realize that we get a small glimpse of the pool from the formal dining room until I saw this picture.
Toile napkins I found on Ebay. I was so happy to win them and there were 8 of them.
I grouped 3 candle holders, a plain blue and clear glass from Princess House, a blue and white ceramic one I brought from our Florida home and my glass hurricane tealight candle holder.
I won the silver salt cellar from Ebay also. I have 2 of them and the tiny spoons I got from a local antique shop here.
Notice the tassel I added on the tureen lid?
I sure hope you enjoyed this tablescape. It's funny cause I started creating this because I had a set of dishes that I did not know where to put cause I am running out of storage. I emptied the cabinet where these were stored so I can store the other ones and then just started setting the table with these.

Thanks for coming by and thanks, Susan, for hosting another TT!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, you know I would love every single thing about this table. I love the linens, and your dishes are gorgeous. The white tray with the tureen and the vases, egg and the limoges candles is so perfectly put together. You always set such a beautiful table. It really is stunning and totally my favorite. Hugs, Marty

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is a very beautiful table.
I was going to ask you where you store your things, you have so much.

KBeau said...

I think this is my favorite table you've ever done. Love the Russian things you've mixed with the French. Great job.

Julio Muao said...

Christine I am screaming!!!!! I love love love it! Bravo my dear bravo! This is now my favorite of all your tables. This is perfect. Thank you so much for've really inspired me. You're one of my favorite tablescapers.


Ribbonwood Cottage said...

What a beautiful table. You have a lovely dining table...and those dishes are lovely. Have a great day.

LillyB said...

This is a gorgeous tablescape!!! Thank you for showing us!!!

niartist said...

simply stunning Christine! As usual! :) I hope you can stop by and enter your name in the giveaway at Color Outside the Lines. I know you could do some fantastic things with the loot! :) Cheers!

Tara said...

Your table looks so cool and crisp and elegant. I hope you actually got to dine at it! Your Brendan is just about the cutest thing! He is so beautiful, a little heart breaker in the making. I bet you can't wait until they are settled in closer to you at last. The you can really get your cuddles and kisses in and get some real one on one time with him. His video was lots of fun to watch, to see him grow up o 4 minutes. Thanks for sharing it!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful as always that Toile table cloth...and girl you are too funny running out of room for dishes ha ha!!I bet you'll still buy more tho...May you have a great weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Julie said...

I love everthing about your beautiful table.... I am having a give away please do try to stop by

Unknown said...

Oh this is such a lovely table. I would feel very special to be invited to sit at this table. I love the table clothe. Lots of pretties!


black eyed susans kitchen said...

I love how all of the blues and whites go together. The toile tablecloth is just perfect with the dishes. I also like the blue wine glasses.

Sarah said...

Christine, thank you for sharing this beautiful table. Everything from the linens to the china to the special decanters from Russia are perfect for this tablescape. Well done! ~ Sarah

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Christine, all your tables are so beautiful. I think this may be my favorite. You really go over the top with your centerpiecies and misc. accessories. I wouldn't let anyone open the vodka either.

Carla said...

Too cool! I LOVE these blues (guess thats why they say Russian Blue?) What super cool decanters!

Bill said...

Hi Christine,
What a fun (and fabulous!) post! All the blue dishes, the toile fabrics, the fantastic vodka decanters, the candlelight ...
all adds up to a very special, unique tablescape!

I love that you won't let anyone open the decanters and that your table was inspired by the dishes being placed on the table while you stored the new ones!

Great fun as always!


Melissa Miller said...

Christine this is truly one of the most gorgeous tablescapes I have ever seen for TT!!!! ~AMAZING!
You have created such elegance and beauty here. LOVE it! Every detail is beautifully done.

I have two of the Bernard glowing candle holders. The wedding one we got as a wedding gift and Alex bought me the Italian style in Italy on one of his deployements. They are so detailed. You have inspired me to pull them out and use them again.

I hope you try the delicious apple pancake soon. You'll love it!

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend.
~Melissa :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Girlfriend...

Just read the sweet note that you left for me on my happy to see you today and thank you so much for the compliments!!! I always enjoy our visits!!!

Ohhhh....WOW!!!...where do I begin? Girl, this table is absolutely fabulous!!! I love your Russian all of the blue and white...and I love that new toile's fabulous!!! You could pack that up right now and send it to me...wink! Hehe! It's gorgeous and your place settings look so beautiful with it! Love your white charger plates and ohhh...those beautiful blue and white dishes!!! Girl, the toile napkins you won on ebay is pretty and I love the little blue and white teapot napkin rings! The blue and white tureen that you used for the centerpiece...gorgeous!!! And I adore your Russian czar and queen decanters...what a lovely part of the centerpiece!!! My friend, you always...always...ALWAYS set the most fabulous tables!!! Thank you for sharing it with us today...such "eye candy"!!!

Love ya,

Lori E said...

This is a lovely setting. The daytime photos show the blue in the glass ware so much better but the low light is romantic.
Sadly, yes, I do have enough Santas to keep posting until Christmas. Lol.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Christine,
I can't imagine ever being able to replicate such a fabulous table! This looks good enough for a State Dinner with all kinds of famous people and dignitaries! Honestly, the blue and white is my fave but all the other fabulous items such as the Blue Tureen, well it's awesome!! Hugs to you, Cindy

Blondie's Journal said...


I think this is one of my favorite tablescapes you have ever done!! Love the blue and white colors everywhere. Your Russian decanters are beautiful~is the vodka still inside??!! I think the toile tablecloth and napkins looks great with your dishes and I like the box in the middle and of course, your Limoges lamps. How nice everything looks, including the pool!! :-)

I will not be in SS this Saturday but hopefully next (9/12) I am trying to find someone who has pic from a big family trip we took to Vancouver last year and I am putting together pictures of Kevin's graduation from Golf School in San Diego. You will see how boring my travels are, and wonder why you asked!!!

Have fun in Ann Arbor. Stop by us in Michigan and fly home out of South Bend!!


Brenda Pruitt said...

I love this color combination! Those plates are absolutely gorgeous. And so are the cloth napkins. Very elegant!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, You know I love blue and white and I love toile, so this tablescape is beautiful perfection in my opinion. That tablecloth is so pretty, and your place settings look lovely on it. Those vodka bottles are stunning. This is such a gorgeous tablescape. laurie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is one gorgous tablescape! Everything - every little detail is just lovely! Stunning.

Lady Katherine said...

Simply Lovely! I love love the toile tablecloth and napkins!!! Great find! The dishes look wonderful it! Chargers are great! I need a couple of more, I bought 4 white should bought 6. lol I still need to use them. Decanters, I wouldn't let anyone drink it either! They and the carriage just live them! The candlelight is lovely with the lamps!!! Now you left this tray in the garage! Oh, I love it!

I almost forgot, got carried away in your table. I so Happy you and John can come to the Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belles Luncheon!
Girl! Your in Florida again! Hubby says you'd better not say Destin. He was talking today, when are we going! lol Can't wait to meet you and John!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Just gorgeous, and some unique items there! Love those tea pot napkin rings!


Lori @ Dining Delight said...

What a fabulous 'scape! I have never seen such large print toile before and it is lovely as a tablecloth! I adore the blue stemware, very pretty! Your vodka decanters are so unique! I like using trays to tie things together to create a centerpiece and your white tray is perfect! Everything is so elegant together - great job!


Anonymous said...

You did a wonderful job with your table, so beautiful. I love your candle lamp.

Joyce said...

The napkins are so beautiful.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your tablescape & so did my hubby. He said I needed to do a blue & white tablescape using his Blue Willow dishes. I forgot he had them. Now I will have to dig them out. I love, love, love your tablecloth. Everything was just beautiful.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous tablescape. The tablecloth is beautiful and your dishes are so unique, I've never seen any like them. I love the way you put it all together. You have an eye for collecting beautiful things!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Wow--everything is soooooooo beautiful!! The napkins, tablecloth and dishes just set each other off nicely! I absolutely love those sugar things--so cute. All of the Russian things were quite beautiful too--I am wondering what you were doing in Russia (and come on break open the vodka!)

Unknown said...

OMG! What an absolutely exquisite dining room and table.

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