Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY: A MOTHER'S GIFT

I am happy to join everybody for Tablescape Thursday. I have to laugh because some of you ladies have teased me that thus far I have only done tablescapes with dishes that The Husband has bought for me. Well...here we go again!! I would like to add, and this is important, my daughter Emily truly deserves the credit for not only choosing the dishes, but for making the tablescape and photographing it herself. Some of you may know that she is in school studying interior design. She and I do not have similar taste and sometimes we have even clashed over paint colors or furniture arrangement. But I think that not only is she realizing that her work in the future will not be about her taste, but her clients. And she is starting to take quite an interest in some of my collections and finds, and she has become much more open minded. In fact, she enjoys looking at the tablescapes on Thursday! So, this entire table was my gift for Mother's Day. Emily & The Husband were able to sneak away to Pier I, and Emily chose all of these pieces, put the table together very quietly and early on Sunday morning, and this is what I awoke to:
A beautiful centerpiece of anemones and Bells of Ireland in a green, crackled vase. It's very large and will work just about any place in my home. I love it! She added candles I already had as well as two of my cast iron birds.

A view of the table on a misty morning...



She chose paisley place mats that reverse to stripes and over that layered woven straw mats, set on an angle.


Isn't this pretty. Not only did she choose what she knew I would like, but she was loving everything as well!! :-D




The salad plate... please note, the above picture barely shows the bread/dessert plate in the shape of a sunflower. It is the white plate under the napkin. Just beautiful.





The dinner plate...






And a Capiz shell charger. The pattern of the dishes is Audrey, made exclusively for Pier I.







Here is Emily with Mike at his house where they also celebrated Mother's Day with his mother. I hope she made out as well as me!! ;-D
And I have to thank my wonderful husband who had this idea in the first place, knowing how much I love to play with dishes. And a big thanks to all four of my children who contributed their hard earned money to buy this gift.
It is my hope and wish that all the mother's out there were honored in some special way. I am blessed beyond belief with the beautiful family I have.
Now everyone has to go visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch to see her pretty porch tablescape and then visit all the ladies who worked so hard to create beautiful tablescapes for all of us to see!
xoxo
Jane









56 comments:

Martha said...

Cannot believe how well your placemat and dishes coordinate -- they look like they are part of a set! Good job.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the plates... ADORE those anemones!!!

The Muse said...

The centerpiece!
So architectural...so ...
breathtaking!

Casabella West said...

I love that your husband buys you dishes...Mine bought me a teapot for my birthday...but he couldn't choose dishes. Beautiful table, your daughter has good taste.

Paula said...

What a sweet daughter you have! I love everything she chose. Your new dishes and placemats will be perfect for summer meals.

Cindy said...

Hi Janie,
Your beautiful daughter did an amazing job on this wonderful tablescape. I love how she layered the placemats and the china is fabulous~ Those sunflower plates are the cutest! I definately would love to come to Chicago it's been quite awhile since I have been there. Maybe this summer,it would be a great week-end get-away. Hugs, Cindy

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

And you get to find a placemat that really matches your lovely plates! Love the mush-like placemat and the shell charger.

Sunny Daze said...

Very pretty dishes. What a wonderful husband and daughter!

carolinajewel said...

What a great Mother's Day gift! I love everything!!! :D Jewel

mbkatc230 said...

What a wonderful gift! It is so you, they really did a beautiful job. The centerpiece is gorgeous, Bells Of Ireland are one of my favorites. And those dishes are just wonderful, the colors and pattern are really lovely. What a wonderful surprise! Hugs, Kathy

Kammy said...

Hi Jane !
You have a very lovely daughter and so sweet ! My middle child is
18 and she also loves it when I set a tablescape - isn't it fun ? I think you are very lucky to have a hubby that buys you dishes instead of one that says "no more !", lol ! I love what your daughter did and please let her know that she has my compliments on the tablescape and being a great girl !
Hugs ~ Kammy

prof en retraite said...

Hi Jane! I love your tablescape! Your daughter is such sweetie to do that for you! The centerpiece is gorgeous! I love bells of Ireland. What a wonderful surprise that must have been! I hope you are having a good week...Debbie

Kathleen Grace said...

What a wonderful Mothers Day gift! (I think I'll show this post to my family:>) your daughter did a beautiful job making a beautiful table for you!

April said...

Simply beautiful! What a wonderful Mother's Day gift! I'd say you've been blessed in a BIG way!

"Blossom" said...

Your daughter fits right it with us her for tablescape thursday.
She did a wonderful job and the plates are lovely.

xinex said...

What a wonderful Mother's Day present, Janie and I know you are most deserving of it. It's not only the gorgeous stuff used but the thought that went into this and having everybody being on that thought that make this gift so special. You have a very thoughtful family and your personal interior designer is very talented. I love how the woven placemats were set on an angle, adds some interest. And the dishes are very pretty...Christine

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now that is a great MD present! And your whole tablescape is so well coordinated, Janie! I know you are thrilled with those dishes! Your family gets big brownie points for making their mom/wife so happy!!! :-)

Missed you on OW, but I can see that you were busy playing house which is loads of fun to do. And we get to enjoy it, too. :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

Michelle said...

Love the layered placemats...such a great idea! Love it!

Shelia said...

Everything is so lovely! You mixed well! Lovely daughter, too!
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful table..love the dishes, centerpiece...Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Lou Cinda said...

These are beautiful!! And the flowers are gorgeous as well!

Lou Cinda :)

marty39 said...

How lovely. I love the way you've layered all the elements. The dishes are stunning and the arrangement of the linens is gorgeous. Love it. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Now this is one pretty set table! I think it's so cute that your hubby will be you dishes. That is just too sweet!

Stacey said...

Jane, your table is beautiful. I love those dishes! Emily and The Husband did a fantastic job. I'm so impressed that they surprised you with all of this. That's the kind of gift that would never happen in the house full of boys that I have here. Enjoy!

Joyce said...

Glad you liked my book suggestion. Sure you can copy my pet logo. It came by way of an animal shelter some place in the midwest I think? They did not say that you could not copy it so I did. So many people have commented on how cute it is and how it touched their hearts.
Joyce

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi this is Emily, thanks for viewing my moms table and for the wonderful compliments, it was very fun for me!!!!

linda said...

What a beautiful tablescape and a very thoughtful family! They did great!

Sharing with Sherri said...

How beautiful! and what a great job your daughter did! I love the all the layering! I especially love the paisley placemats and how well they coordinate with the plates!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is breathtaking! I know that you're so proud of your daughter - and what a thoughtful gift!

Kathleen Ellis said...

How FABULOUS!!! what a perfect gift! and what a great job they did!!!
I LOVE those chargers...love, love, love them!
Talk about little elves...you've got a couple of your own!
I love how she layered the two placemats, too...she's got a good eye!
happy holiday weekend!
;-D

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

What a beautiful Mother's Day gift. And to think that they actually set up the tablescape too is fantastic. You are one lucky wife & mom. I love all the plates & especially the capiz shell chargers. I think I am in lust.

Lady Katherine said...

Love the layers! The placemats the dishes are wonderful. The flowers are lovely! Napkin rings, I adore! You both did a lovely job! So prettt!

Charlene said...

Great tablescape! Glad you entered my Give Away! Hope you are enjoying this warmer weather.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Wow! What a wonderful and very thoughtful gift. Yes, you are so lucky to have your beautiful and thoughtful family. Makes me smile...
Mona

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful table setting...your daughter did good!!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful dishes! Lovely tablescape..
Happy Memorial Day!

Smilingsal said...

Emily made some good choices. That was a sweet Mother's Day gift.

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

Jane...this is wonderful! I know you felt totally spoiled...I would have cried over such a sweet gesture! What a dear DH and daughter you have!!! I love the tablesetting...it's beautiful and the flowers are wonderful! Love your new china!

bj said...

Everything is just PERFECT, Blondie..I love every bit of it. What a fabulous job she did!!
And, I just was looking at all the treasures in your other post..fantastic treasures...I am really loving that ironstone!!

Carrie said...

Your daughter did an excellent job in designing your Mother's Day setting!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Your table is beautiful. Your husband sounds like a keeper, and husband who buys you dishes is a hero.

Karen

Sofia Striffler said...

What a lovely present to wake up to. Your daughter is learning great ideas for interior design. I wish her lots of luck. Thanks for visiting my blog.

xinex said...

Hi Janie! Congrats to Abby! What a great accomplishment. You all have a nice holiday. It's been nice here too but we're leaving early in the morning for Pensacola, just for the weekend....Christine

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a wonderful surprise! I love the way she layered the place mats, and those plates are gorgeous. And I really want some of those lovely chargers. Your daughter is so talented and such a pretty young lady. I'm sure her future in design will be wonderful. laurie

Chandy said...

Blondie, you got one of my "wish list" dinnerwares from Pier 1! You lucky duck! I, too, got to play with the dishes my family bought for me that I found on Ebay. I just love how your daughter put it all together! What a beautiful table! The pictures didn't do it justice...

Oh, btw, if ever you like any of my tablescaping ideas, feel free to copy and let me know how it fared for you, ok?

Mary said...

Jane, thanks so much for keeping up with my blog during my travels. I've been remiss and owe everyone a comment - it's just been hard while traveling and now so much to do at home/garden since returning. I have lots to blog about - England was the prettiest I've even seen it this year!

Thinking of you though - enjoy Springtime.

Patti Cakes said...

I find all these tablescapes amazing. So many beautiful things.

I'm feeling a little better today and we are suppose to go to my mom's for a cookout. My sister is in from Nashville. Haven't seen her since Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Hugs

Liz said...

What a lovely table scape! You did a great job! I love all your great bargains below too. I went to Good will the other day and they were asking $50 for an incomplete china tea set... Whats up with that?!

Thank you for your kind comments and wishes for my daughter! : ) Happy Memorial Day!

~Liz

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Janie, your tablescape is truly lovely. I love, love the plates.

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family.

Barb

Deanna said...

Hi Janie!
What a beautiful tablescape. Your daughter did a wonderful job in choosing those dishes and tablemats. I love the flower arrangement. It's modern but still feminine. I love that shell charger. I'll have to make a trip to Pier 1 for sure!

Deanna :D

Kelly said...

Such a special day! What a beautiful table. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

What a wonderful surprise to wake up to! Wow, she did a fantastic job! All of the plates and linens are just perfect. She has some talent, that is for sure!

Kady

Linda Merrill said...

Hi Jane - love, love the capiz shell charger - so dreamy!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your daughter did a wonderful job on the tablescape. The dishes are really pretty. I like how she layered everything.

Libby Murphy said...

Oh those chargers are such fun. Everything layers up beautifully and really looks great together. I think your daughter did a great job and I hope your family enjoyed a memorable time together around this table.
Happy Twirls

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

That is one of the most thoughtful gifts EVER. I love it. You are a lucky woman, Mlle. Blondie. :-)