Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY: EVENING SUPPER IN THE SUMMERHOUSE

Today I am joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. After you have a peek at mine, visit Susan and see what she and all of our blogger friends have in store for us after playing with their dishes!

Today I am sharing a table setting I did in the Summerhouse up at the lake. I know there has been some confusion about the Lakehouse and the Summerhouse. The former is where we actually live and the latter is a sort of a guesthouse or a screened in building to run for when the mosquitoes invade! I have shown pictures of it before. It is very simple and I am slowly working on it bit by bit. Twin beds pull out of the wall hidden by double door closets. I have a couple of pieces of wicker furniture, a vintage cabinet and finally I have found a table and chairs. Goldilocks and the Three Bears can move right in! LOL!! Actually, it was The Husband that wanted the table and chairs; to have coffee and read the paper, do a crossword, play on the laptop... that last sentence was the magic one for me. I found my table at The Worlds Longest Yard Sale and I promised I would show you my big find soon and this is what it is. I do, however, have some work to do on it and the chairs, so I am only showing what you see in this tablescape (oh, the suspense!!).



I set my chippy (very chippy) little drop leaf table after dark one night last week. I used the place mats from Pier I, which I received from the kids on Mother's Day along with a set of dishes that are at this house. Oh, now you are confused. In our wee little house in Chicago where I now sit typing. 100 miles away from the picture you are looking at in the Summerhouse that sits a few feet away from the Lakehouse. Okay...

The white plates are my everyday dishes at the Lakehouse and are by Gibson, as is the soup bowl. The blue and yellow salad or dessert plate is from my grocery store. I had my eye on these plates for months. I patiently waited for them to go on sale and when they finally replaced them with something else and marked them down...I promptly fell in love with the new stuff. But I persevered and bought only the plates I originally wanted.


The napkins and wine glasses are from Marshall's and the water goblets are from The Dollar Tree. My flatware is from Target.



I found these tiny little bud vases at Target a few weeks a go. I believe they were only $3.99 for a set of 4. I love them. They are especially nice to have around if you have a bouquet of mixed flowers that is pretty much dead, but you don't want to throw it out because some flowers, usually the carnation's, are still full and plump and happy. Stick them in a bud vase. Or in this case, you have a perfectly new and healthy bouquet, but you want to spread the joy, so to speak...bud vases in every room!!




I have this little hurricane lamp from a thrift shop. It worked perfect in this tablescape.
So, this is my first tablescape at the lake. I hope you liked it. I want to touch up just a bit of the chippiness of the table, it actually looks battered! And I will show you what it looks like with the leaves, they have a really nice curve to them. And I think I will crawl under it and see if I can find the name of the manufacturer (that will be fun!!)
I leave you with a picture of the Great Room in the Lakehouse. You can see our harvest table (which I was in no mood to do a tablescape on) and the tall table by the window where I use my laptop. It is the only place in the house that gets a signal. But it is right by the windows where I can look out at the bay while I work. It doesn't get any better than that!!






Enjoy the rest of your week!!
xoxo
Jane







61 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

I love this Janie! It looks so crisp and summery. Love the blue and yellow plates. You cracked me up about falling in love with their replacements, that is SO something I would do. What a wonderful place to have an evening cup of coffee and listen to the water. Can't wait to see more of your yard sale find! Kathy

carolinajewel said...

Love the blue and yellow touches on the plates and the napkins.

I laughed when you talked about patiently waiting for dishes to be marked down on clearance, only to fall in love with the new dishes!!! How I can relate. Love your lake table. :D Jewel

Domestic Designer said...

So pretty! Great job!

Lori E said...

Where am I? Lol.
How fun to have more than one place to play with. I can't wait until our cabin is getting some inside TLC and not just the outside.
By the way, yes we would slice up potatoes and cook them on the black cooktop without any oil. They would blister and blacken and had a charred taste. Yuck but we were hungry. Funny thing is that is a fond memory? Go figure.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Jane, your table is lovely....just as you are!

I do hope something I said helped you. You are such a great person....you will reinvent yourself again and again in this life. We must all do that....if we are to survive and be truly healthy.

Aren't you excited......just thinking about what is ahead? Wow!

Again, beautiful table, sweetheart.

Big hugs, Barb

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What a view you must have! Oh Janie, the table is lovely and the Lakehouse looks fabulous! Blue and yellow is my fave always~ Cindy

Stacey said...

I love the blue and white too! It's such a timeless beautiful look. How nice to have that little get away. :)

Kammy said...

Hi Jane !
I love your 1st tablescape at the cabin ! Love the hurricane lamp and that chippy table ! So cozy !
Hugs ~
Kammy

Sue said...

Hi Janie, Can't wait to see your table re-vamp. Be careful poking underneath that thing! I love your blue/yellow grocery store plates- that color combination always seems so fresh. Tell your kids they picked out cool placemats!
:-) Sue

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Jane,

I have had you on my mind. If you would, email me your address. I would love to send you a card. I know exactly what you are going through with the adjestment to a child moving to college. Your in my thoughts.
What a beautiful tablescape, my friend!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Maryrose said...

Hi Jane,
What a fun place to eat... I love your blue and yellow. You do have such a knack with your posts, I always enjoy visiting. I would love to be sitting there knowing the lake was just outside. Sounds like heaven. Can't wait to see the reveal on the yard sale find.
On pins and needles,
Maryrose

Kathleen said...

That is so pretty..love those blue and yellow plates..Love your new table, perfect for breakfast, etc..

And yes, summerhouse, LAKE house by the BAY..yep, I AM confused..:)

Martha said...

Such a pretty table. Really pretty plates!

susan said...

I want those bud vases! Headed back to Target! There are bound to be fish in the lake and surely SOMEWHERE in Chicago..Thus, the need for fish S&P :)

Florida Sue said...

It looks so romantic! Was it? ha ha
It really is very lovely Janie. I have to go to Target and look for those sweet little vases. Well done!

XOSue

Sarah said...

What grocery store? Love those blue and yellow salad plates.

It was a real treat to visit today.

Happy Tablescape Thursday and hope to see you at my place to toast Susan on her anniversary.

http://hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Grace said...

The chippy table is perfect, and the table setting is beautiful:>) I love the story about the grocery store dishes, spoken like a true dish lover:>) Come over and get your name in my give away if you havent already!

Mary said...

Hi Jane - I love white/cream china and adding blue and yellow always looks good. Love those placemats, very unusual....and the bud vases, I use these for single blooms also. It all looks so inviting and quite romantic - especially like your chippy table, gives a vintage feel to a modern setting, I like that!

Hope your days are happy dear - I've missed you stopping by but know you are busy.

Warm hugs - Mary.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, what a beautiful place to sit and do a blog. I would love to be sitting there with you looking out and enjoying a visit. I adore your tablescape. All the vintage items on your "wonderful" table are great. What a wonderful memory each and every time you sit at it to know you got it at the Longest Yard Sale. I adore the placemats and your darling hurricane lamp..Don't you love waiting for things to go on sale you've had your heart set on and then to actually find they are still there and get them? I always love hearing from you darling. Have a super day today. I'm off to run hubby to doctors appts...
hugs ~lynne~

Grits414 said...

Love the table!! and those placemats are to die for!
Thanks for stopping in...

Chari said...

Hi Jane...

Oooh...love your new chippy table, my friend! It seems so perfect for your beautiful summer house! Your photos are gorgeous...what ambiance! Love your pretty placemats that you got from your kiddos for Mother's Day...the place setting is absolutely beautiful! Your new blue and yellow plates....I love! They really make this tablescape! I need to look for some cute little vases like these...just perfect for this tablescape!!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful evening table for two with us...sure looks romantic!

My friend, thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my mountain camp photos and leaving me such a sweet note...sure do appreciate it!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Julie said...

Love your tablescape. love your house. Love that you support and encourage animal rescue. Identify with your TIME "feather" post.
(another season of life to ponder)
Thanks for sharing.!!

April said...

Your tablescape looks like something you'd see in a 5-star restaurant! BEAUTIFUL!

Dana and Daisy said...

It's almost as confusing as your name, Jane, Janie or Blondie? lol!

I think I understand it all now, and admit I was a bit confused, too. The summer house is kind of like your playhouse in the backyard of your lake house! I like that you have a spot to go to escape the mosquitoes where coziness and casual life are premier!

I love the blue and white bowls and have to say that is so sweet your kids would get you something thoughtful and useful like placemats for Mother's Day.

Have a great Day Jane!
Love, Dana and Daisy

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

I love this! I think I may have to participate in Tablescape Thursday, too!

You have a great blog and I'll definitely become a follower!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition

LillyB said...

Beautiful! I used blue today too!!

Karin said...

Blue and white will always be one of my favorite combinations. I love chippy tables. Very peaceful especially with the candlelight.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is very pretty - at whatever house it's in! Thanks!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is a great TT! I have those little vases too, love them!

Katherine

xinex said...

Beautiful tablescape, Janie. I really like the blue and white dishes, I am glad you bought them and I like your bud vase set and the hurricane lamp. But my favorite is the table where you blog. I can imagine the amazing view from there....Christine

Lady Katherine said...

I love your dishes, and the ones you got from the grocery!! I need to start going to the grocery! lol I love love the drop leaf table and placemats. Love your new kitchen, love the tin idea! New table from longest garage sale is great! I went on the longest garage sale in the motor home one year, it rained and rained! I did have fun. As I can see you all did, love the B&B.

Bill said...

Hi Janie,
You were very patient in explaining about all those many houses ... I think I get it now!

Enjoyed seeing your pretty setting and hearing about how you acquired the salad plates. Looking forward to seeing more tables ... in all the houses!

Have a great weekend!

Bill

SmilingSally said...

Ah, what a view!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Jane I would love to see that table...I have been looking for one at the swap meet now for 2 years...I hate the big oak one I have in my kitchen too big for the space...but hey had to made Len happy it was his before we got married...I have left it here for 4 years so that's about as happy as he needs to be ha ha!! Loved the blue/white is is my favorite color combo...Now I also have 2 house but mine are both on my 11 acres rent the other one out...May you have a GREAT weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Janie! I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit and enjoyed my "biker" story! Wow what a gorgeous great room!!! and a view of water - what could be more perfect!Someday I hope to have a view too! I don't blame you for not wanting to set that huge table! Looking forward to the reveal of your Long Yardsale find even though you teased us a little. My second favorite color combo is blue/yellow so I can see why you picked up the plates; everything goes on sale sooner or later!!!lol As far as not catching the "black" bug - I catch a new one every few months!!!lol I'm running out of colors to try! Hope you have a great weekend and you'll stop by again! Sincerely, Jeannette

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

Whata wonderful tablescape! I love the placemats and that fabulous chippy table!

Dawn said...

Hi, I noticed your comment at Bella Vista about fall colors and pastels. I just posted yesterday about some wonderful fall fabric I found that helpd me solve that same problem. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to visit.
Dawn

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I love blue & white together. Presentation is lovely!
Isabelle x

Pat said...

Hey lady! I've been working like crazy around the house. Moving things around...again. Yes we live at the bottom of Bays Mtn Park so there are all kinds of creatures running around. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my! Hugs

Susie Q said...

I love ow seasonal...so Summer-y...it all looks. Perfect for a late Summer meal. Love the colors too!
That table is TOO wonderful!
Have a sweet weekend!
Love,
Sue

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Janie,
I liked your tablescape very much. It looks very romantic especially with the candle light. Great job. Oh! and thank and so much for dropping by at A Petite Cottage and for your very lovely comment. I truly hope you enjoyed your visit and hope you will drop by again. Have a wonderful weekend.

♥Ana

P.S.
I love, love, love, your header!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Loved seeing your summerhouse tablescape, Janie. It's so fresh and crisp.

Checking in from break to say, "Hi"...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning darling, thanks for swinging in to see my "fall" bite.. lol. I keep getting comments that it's too early.. Guess not for me huh? I love the fall season and all the beauty it brings before the snow starts to fly. I hope you're having a super Sunday.. hugs ~lynne~

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

Hi Leslie,
What a sweet, romantic table...and in a "summerhouse"...that has such a wonderful ring to it. :-) I love the little flowers in the center...and the placemats are perfect for a vacation/lake spot...they kind of look like fishing net. Love 'em! And...I love your sense of humor! :-) Ok, the tease was torture...we are looking forward to seeing more of your table and your summer house!
Susan

Tootsie said...

this is just beautiful...I so wish I could do a table so lovely!
as for my patio post...I am thinking that it is going to need me to do another post about it...there are so many questions coming in that I never even condsidered!!! lol
a bag of cement here is about $6 including tax. I just used plain old cement...there is a type that is called quickset..but it is about a dollar a bag more...and...it dries to s slightly different color...so you can tell if you use both types..lol

Patti Cakes said...

While John was gone this weekend I pulled everything out of the hutch. I have no dishes!! Oh well!! He is home safe and sound. Sound...well?

Martha said...

What a summery table -- I love it! It's beautiful!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Beautiful table...Thanks for stopping by to see me. Good luck in the contest. I'll be back to visit your blog OFTEN. Kat has excellent taste in blog friends, don't you think?? LOL

Mary said...

You were SO sweet to stop by and catch up with so many of my posts Jane - I do appreciate you taking all that time.

I'm hoping life continues to be full and fun of lakeside Summer memories.......and that Fall will be another special season for us all.

Hugs - Mary.

Chari said...

Hello Jane...

Just wanted to come by to say thank you for the sweet note that you left for me on my Sunday's Favorite...Brume de Rose tablescape post! You were so kind and complimentary with your comments...you just made my day!!!

I also read the sweet note that you left on my "Celebration Giveaway" post...thank you so much for the birthday and blog well wishes...sure means alot to me, my friend! I really appreciate that you are a follower of Happy To Design...I really look forward to getting to know you better in this coming year! It's been such a pleasure meeting you...

Best wishes on my book giveaway!
Have a marvelous Monday, my friend...Chari
PS...it was lovely seeing that beautiful table that you set at your lakehouse once again...it's simply gorgeous!!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Jane, my darling friend,

I am not using Mr. Linky. You will use the links on my sidebar....simply click into them. A fellow blogger used this system for her huge party (150 blogs) and it worked great. Mr. Linky goes down too much and there are too many problems with him!

Jane, I have been thinking about you.....wanted you to know that I have thought about your question about how I work Fall colors into my decor which is mostly pastels...as is yours. My answer is: I make it work because I love it. Life is short and I don't let things like colors working together disturb me. I adore pumpkins and they really don't go in my home....but I don't care. They make my heart happy and they seem to make my friends and family happy and no one seems to notice that they don't go. I truly believe that when we are happy...others will be happy in our homes.

If one really stopped to think about it.....a tree is a funny thing to plop down in our rooms at Christmas! But it works, doesn't it?

Makes yourself happy.....your heart will sing with joy and then you can make others happy.

So happy you are my friend!

XOXO Barb

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Janie.... ok, I admit I am a tad confused about which house I am visiting... but nevertheless, I love everything... the little thrift shop hurricane lamp is precious and the Target mini bud vases are adorable... Hope you are relaxing and enjoying the lingering days of summer... wish I was typing on my computer looking out at a lake... xoxo Julie Marie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So charming! What a fun place to play house. laurie

Liz said...

A perfect table for two! Love it!
Especially the shabby table. Cute!

~Liz

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Jane,
I am trying to catch up on some of your previous posts, since I have been gone . I must say I enjoyed each of them, but the one that touched me the most was the one you wrote on Aug.11, about Time. This is one of the most heartfelt and well written post that I have read in a long while.
I agree with your last friend this is a time for you to be still, and when the time comes you will know which way to go. I have been in the same place, and it soon passed, but while I was there I rested.
Your tablescape was so restful and beautiful, i got the best smile of the confusion between the Lakehouse and Summerhouse. Now lets see which is which. LOL. anyhow they are both so beautiful and I know you enjoy them both.
Sue

xinex said...

Glad you stopped by, Janie. I was wondering where you've been cause I've been missing you.I have been searching for a receipt so I can tell you where I bought the chargers but I cannot find it. I cannot even remember the name of the web store. Marty gave me the link so maybe you can ask her. The flowers aren't real. The chargers, candle holders and vases are not a set. I just kinda put them together. Are you back in Chicago? Yoo bad you couldn't join the "white" blog cause I know you have a lot of white dishes...Christine

xinex said...

Hi! Me again too! I am sorry you aren't feelign well. I hope you feel better. I just read all your comments and want to reply to your questions. My HS class has an email distribution list so when I found out that Evelyn (my HS classmate) is visiting Chicago from the Philippines and I knew my sister and niece and family are driving to visit, I asked her to come along and she did. We had a lot of fun seeing each other again.

Glad you like the arbor and gazebo. And no, neither John nor me is an architect or landscaper, lol, just ordinary people with full of ideas.

Christine

mysteryhistorymom said...

Absolutely lovely! How fun to have a peek inside.:)
Thanks so much for entering my giveaway, Sweetie! Lori

Deb said...

What a lovely table setting! I love your chippy table ♥

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your tablescape is beautiful!! Blue and yellow are such a wonderful, happy combination, I just love it! Especially in the kitchen :)

THANK YOU so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet and supportive comment! It means so much to me and I am so happy you stopped by! Your kind words about my box meant so much to me! I had so much fun creating it for Julie and love to do anything I can to help Parker :)
BIG HUGS,
Amy

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I started to round up a pile of "stuff" I bought this past year at yard sales to turn into a tablescape. Mike was really questioning my sanity when I told him I was just getting stuff together to "stage" a table. "Huh?" I guess you have to blog to appreciate. :-)

Yours looks great. I love the colors for the Summerhouse!