Monday, January 18, 2010

Formal Living Tabletops

This is Barb's second week of Tabletops Tuesday. To see a lot gorgeous vignettes, you need to go to her site at I am certain that you will enjoy everyone's creativity.
Last week, I showed you our family room mantel top. Today, I would like to show you the tops of our coffee table and a French server in the formal living room.
What I have on top of the coffee table is a Sevres compote held by 3 cherubs, a Viennese vase, a pair of Meissen figures, a Napoleon porcelain tray with 3 expresso cups on top of a gold mirrored tray and a crystal finial. All of these were either won from an antique estate sale or bought from an antique store.

I think the pictures on the cups are as follows: Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Josephine and his dad, Carlo. The tray also has Napoleon's picture on it.
We bought the mirrored tray from an antique store downtown and it included 5 different shapes of crystal finials. One of them is on this table behind Napoleon's cup and the other 4 are on the mantel of this room's fireplace.
Can you spot the crystal finial here?
Here's another view of the table, which shows the bottom shelf. On the bottom shelf, you will see a big Sevres egg compote held by 2 nymphs, a pot with faux flowers, a bejeweled bunny, a Meissen bird, a mini amber tree and a twin ballerina figurine. The latter 2 are not showing in this picture.
Do you see the large painting above the sofa? It's oil and I painted it.
Here is a close up of the cherub Sevres compote.
and a close up of the tray with cups

You get a little glimpse of the dining room from here.
Now, let's go see what is on top of the French server.
An antique clock, an old lampshade, 2 marble busts, a vase with faux flowers and another vase with faux ferns.
I love the ornate design of the lamp shade. I am not sure what you call this lamp style but I love the shade and its bronze figural base.
The clock was given to us by my sister in Illinois. We visited her one winter and after we got home and talked to her on the phone, I told her how much I like the clock in the guest room. The next time we met, she brought it and gave it to me. Isn't she nice?
The mirror is from either Indonesia or Malaysia.
Under the server is a wooden box of magazines, a chess set I bought from Greece and a bowl of natural crystals and stones, which is another one of my collections:-) I am just fascinated by the different colors, shapes and patterns.
Thank you Barb for hosting. This is really a fun party. I hope you all enjoyed how I decorated our table tops. We hardly ever use this room that's why I keep a lot of our breakables and collectibles here. Thank you all for coming by.


Shelia said...

Evening, Christine! Oh, I'm coveting just a bit! LOL Your vignette is so beautiful! You have such gorgeous things and you really do know how to set things up! The lamp is so beautiful and what a nice gal to gift it to you. I'd love to see your lovely home in person!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Beautiful things Christine.. I love the cherubs.. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.. hugs ~lynne~

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, everything is gorgeous! You have combined all of these treasures beautifully. I remember that footed glass tray. It is so gorgeous! I love those Meissen figures on the coffee table, and that Sevres egg with the cherubs under the coffee table is incredible! You were kind of a tease about your painting. You didn't show much of it! laurie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your collections are all so beautiful. Very fancy.

Sue said...

Once again you show us so many interesting and colorful things. I like how all of your things have a story.

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

You, my friend, have some of the most interesting pieces I have ever seen, especially your Meissen. You have a beautiful way of displaying your treasures, too. Every time I see your beautiful face, I think you are just too young to be a grandmother. Thanks again for joining in Tabletop Tuesday. Girl, this meme was made just for you. :) Have a blessed week, Barb

Janean said...

so beautiful words cannot describe!

Kathysue said...

hi C, I have said it before and I will say it again. You have the most amazing pieces. It is almost hard for me to even articulate,they are so gorgeous. Hugs Kathysue

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Simply gorgeous! I love going into a room and enjoying all the details... Love unique and unusual things.

Blessings & Aloha!

PAT said...

Absolutely beautiful vignettes, Christine!

Debbiedoos said...

What beautiful treasures! I love the mirrored tray, so many things you can do with that! I have a feeling you have:) Thanks for the inspiration and stopping by me as well:)

Debbiedoos said...

Oh and I see we have the same little Fall pot display...I know I bought that in Florida somewhere but I forgot. I miss Dockside imports, we do not have one here! We have a World Market though and I love it there too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Thanks for stopping by. Your vignettes are so ornate and colorful and beautiful. And its nice that they have special meaning for you. I can always count on being "wow'd" by your blog. lol. Rosie

"Blossom" said...

Stunning vignettes. I love all the accessories.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Christine, you have the most beautiful pieces and you always display them in such a beautiful and creative way. Your home is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing some more of your fabulous treasures. Hugs, marty

Southerncook said...

Oh my, I was quite simply blown away by your post. You have some extraordinary pieces to share. This is the most exquisite post I have ever seen. Beautiful and rare pieces. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous collections and also for visiting my blog.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Kim said...

Hi Christine! What stunning furnishings! Everything is just to die for. I have to go back and take another peek to make sure I didn't miss anything!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So many pretty things! Sure like those chairs also.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

What gorgeous pieces and what a beautiful room. This could be a spread from a magazine.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Hello, what a beautiful display. Everything is just lovely. I like all the colors you have displayed just looks beautiful!

KBeau said...

Have you ever thought about opening up your house and giving tours? It could be a museum with all the lovely things you have.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Absolutely gorgeous, my friend! Ohhh...I'm so glad to get to see your formal living room's such a beautiful room! Besides all of your coffee table treasures...I loved seeing those fabulous chairs!!! Ohhh...the french's really exquisite, my friend! I loved looking at each and every one of your beautiful pieces! And...I love that mirrored tray with the crystal finials...that is sooo unique...I love it!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us and a few of your treasured pieces...such a treat!!!

Love ya,

Christie Hines said...

Everything is so elegant and pretty Christine...I love that clock that your sister gave you too!
You sure did hit the jackpot at TJ Maxx with that polish pottery...that looks so pretty in your china and white always looks so fresh.
Aren't you glad it has warmed up now? Girl, I sure am! I know for sure, without a doubt, that I don't like freezing winters. I will always be staying in the south. LoL! When summer comes...I might change my tune some, but gosh that was some cold weather we had...LOL! I couldn't believe your slide. My bird bath stayed frozen for days. It's been a nice and sunny week and I am so thankful! Hope you have a great night...I have such a fun time visiting you.
Big Hugs,

Blondie's Journal said...


Your formal living room is just stunning. I have seen some of your tabletop pieces before, but again, I enlarged the pictures. Each piece is exquisite! And I love how you have a story for each one. The French server is awesome and I was wondering what was in the box below until you showed us!

I am constantly amazed by your home and collections. They say so much about you.

Again...I don't know how I am missing you on my blogroll. I blog for a little bit at a time all day and I must be missing you when I scroll back to the top. I will just have to check your blog everyday!! ;-)

BTW, I'd love a better look at your oil painting!!! Also, I left a comment on your last post...


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh Christine, everything EVERYTHING is just stunning in this room! The cherub compote is of course my favorite thing, but all the figurines, the clock, the furniture, the lamp, and your oil painting are all glorious!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Tara said...

Christine you certainly have some splendid things. My favorite kind of decorating is an eclectic mix of what one loves most! One question, do you have to dust all these things yourself or do you have someone to help!!! After all you need to have some time to blog!

Snowbrush said...

My but it is all so lovely that I can scarcely take it in. I take twice as much pleasure in getting rid of things as I do in acquiring them, yet I love looking at other people's acquisitions, even when their taste is bad, which, of course, yours is not. In fact, I am somewhat in awe of you.

Candy said...

Truly beautiful. Your pieces are wonderful, each one and put together they serve the eye a delicious display. Love the rich colors and details.
I can't wait to see more. Glad I came over to discover this 'new to me' meme.
Your home is a delight to see every time.
Midweek Blessings ;-)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have so many interesting things! Very elegant house! Thanks for sharing!


Cindy J. said...

Exquisite! Oh Christine, you guys sure have collected some beautiful, gorgeous treasures..and you have them arranged so artfully. Wow would I love to see this in person! Love, Cindy

Deanna said...

So many pretty and cherished keepsakes!!!

Have a great week-end.

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