Wednesday, March 24, 2010

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY: IF IT LOOKS LIKE SPRING...

The bunnies are hopping all over the place and I had one hop right on to my table today and it told me to get off my bum and start playing with my dishes. So I am joining up with Susan and a bunch of other gals for Tablescape Thursday. Visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch to see what she and everyone have to offer this week.
My inspiration this week were these beautiful tulips I bought at my grocery store yesterday. The centers are yellow which you will be able to see in a day or two when they open more. When I was rummaging around through my dish cabinet I found candles that matched the flowers really well so they are on my table as well. The vintage candle holders go well with the bread or appetizer plates.
I received the dishes from my kids last Mother's Day. They are from the spring collection of '09 at Pier I. The water goblets are from the Butterfly Meadow collection by Lenox and the silver plated flatware is vintage. I just picked up the napkins and place mats from Steinmart last week. I love the texture. Have you noticed I am not big on tablecloths? I don't know why. Some of you have asked about my table and chairs. The set was bought from Pottery Barn about 20 years ago. Love at first sight.
Now I am dismantling my set up here to show you the individual plates.
Each piece is very versatile and I have made combinations with other dishes to get different looks.
All of the plates are fun but I think the dinner plate has a bit of casual elegance to it.
A birds eye view...
I had a lot of fun playing and now I just want to bring you up on a few things I have been doing. I found the book pictured below after hearing about it from another blogger. I haven't even begun to look at it, but the pictures of France are beautiful and if you are interested in French decor, this is a lovely book. I bought it on Amazon and I am so glad I bought a new copy because not only is it a great book to display, it has a padded cover and feels almost like a deluxe photo album. It's a wonderful addition to any coffee table. I'll tell you a bit more about it when I read through it more.
I'm not sure how I came upon this book, maybe I read a review. But I am a few chapters into it and I am loving every page. It's written by a blogger. Wait...are we a profession now? lol! Okay, the author has a blog and she was inspired to write her book after posting about her life, love of cooking and writing. I'll tell you more about this book after I read it and I will tell you what she said to me in the comments section of her blog! Fabulous book, so far! :-)
Finally, we have a lot of chaos going around in Blondie's house. I am having rooms renovated and painted and a big mess made everywhere. I have taken some 'before' pictures and I will post them next week. We are working on the kitchen, a bath and the family room. Lots of wallpaper coming down and a new look for all of these rooms without stretching the budget too much. Sounds ideal, right? I'll tell you more next week.

Thanks for coming by. And if it looks like spring, it must be spring! :-)

84 comments:

Paula said...

Your spring table is perfect for this time of year. I'm looking forward to your house update pictures.

Julie said...

Hi Blondie...Love the colors...Yes it looklike spring...Love Love Love the cute bunny...
xoxo
Julie

Sharing with Sherri said...

Sooo fresh and springy looking Jane, I really LOVE it!! Adorable dishes!!

Sherri:)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, what a lovely table for Spring. I love those dishes, and I have a similar bunny. Your flowers are stunning.

Karen

Theresa said...

Gorgeous table, those dishes... well they are too pretty for words. Love that little flower one:)

Spring is truly here on your table with those beautiful tulips!

Enjoy your evening dear friend!

Charlene said...

Beautiful table. That bunny really got you going! Those red tulips are stunning. I LOVE tulips! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your new book. HUGS! Charlene

Deb said...

The perfect Spring table setting! Gorgeous china & the bunny is adorable ♥

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

That bunny that hopped right up on your table is just simply adorable!!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

It is so great to hear about a bloggers success. I never heard of her blog or seen her name...but I am so happy for her.
Your hoppy bunny is adorable. :)

Stacey said...

Your table is beautiful. I love the dishes, the tulips, and the bunny. :)

Deb said...

love your spring table...love the bunny..

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Jane, you really ARE doing the spring cleaning thing, with all that renovation! Sounds like fun though, I love change in my surroundings, can't wait to see what you're doing. The tablescape is gorgeous, love those plates!
hugs,
Debra

Maryrose said...

Hi Jane
Love your table (no really, the table I love it) I can see why it was love at first sight...those tulips are the perfect inspiration to those great dishes.
Send those bunnies over when they are done so they can give me a good kick too...I have way to much to do and not so much time.
Truly love the tablescape, very spring, very fun and very inviting. What's for dinner?
Enjoy
Maryrose

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Jane,
Your dishes are gorgeous! Honestly, I just love those and with the beautiful tulips and pretty glassware what a lovely table indeed! Sounds like you've been a busy bee, come by and say hi when you get the chance!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Pondside said...

My but you've been busy, Blondie!
Your table setting was lovely - just the note that love...between garden-fresh and elegant. Perfect.
I look forward to hearing more about your house renos - you are brave!

Lori E said...

So much going on here. The dishes are gorgeous. I am glad you deconstructed the table so we could see all of it.
Now you have peaked my curiosity. Can't wait to see what you have done.

Suzann said...

Loving those dishes!!!
Books are my thing, so I will be looking these up for sure.

Kathleen said...

Jane that's a lovely table. I noticed the place mats right away! The dishes are beautiful!
Good luck with yur projects. I am having a crowd for Easter, so no painting till after that!
I am waiting for the reupholstery guy to call me back..then I will decide...

Karen said...

What a beautiful table! And I already told you that Bunny lives at my house too...

and I'm looking forward to your house renovation photos!

Denise said...

Love your table Jane, I now have plate envy, those dishes are beautiful. I got that book from my library a few months ago but never got in to it, didn't really try to be honest then it had to go back. Maybe I should try again?

Mimi said...

Jane, beautiful table...love those green plates, they are so pretty. The tulips are gorgeous.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You're an artist with your table setting. I'm going to have to go in search of the books you are reading...they sound fun. Please stop by if you get a chance and leave a comment as I am having a giving away honoring my 200th post.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, your table setting is so very pretty... I love the tulips and how they match the china... I loved seeing each individual plate... your table itself is wonderful! And your bunny is too cute! Sounds like you have alot going on with all of your renovations... thanks for sharing about the books, I love to read and they both sound great... Happy Spring to you! xoxo Julie Marie

Betsy said...

It's gorgeous, Blondie! Love the layers of plates and the tulips!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey how's my favorite Blonde today...Girl I just drooled over those dishes WOW!! you can use them for so many seasons love that...and I though your table was an antique one my friend...the 2lips are just beautiful Jane...mine are just coming up here and I'm loving it girl...Oh I can't wait to see what your up to at Dagwood and Blondie's house ha ha!! Thanks for a fun visit my Dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Beautiful! I have two of those same plates from Pier I that I'm going to hang on the wall as I redo a guest room. So pretty.

Cottage Cozy said...

Wow you sure have a lot going on! The tablescape looks wonderful...I love your dishes and your table. Your bunny is so cute! I have been to her blog before...and am anxious to read the book...tell us all about it when you finish...maybe a book giveaway? Just kidding...

Kathy said...

Hi Sweetie! LOVE those little white flower plates on top of the others...( which I also Love)!
Tulips!!!
We love tulips don't we!
Your bunny just sets it all off!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Lady Katherine said...

How perfect the tulips are with your wonderful dishes! Your Spring/Easter setting is so pretty! I just love the colors! The bunny is so Darling with the tulips! Just love this!

Linda said...

Jane,
Your SPRING tablescape is so stunning...luv those dishes! I'm so happy that cute little bunny told you to put it together:) Hope you have a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Linda

Kristy Carberry said...

I LOVE the dishes! Your kids did well! Thanks for sharing! I just joined in Tablescape Thursday for the first time this week! I'm excited to see all of the inspiring tablescapes!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Hi Jane, I love your wonderful spring table and adore those dishes, they are so colorful and beautiful....the bunny wow I should have just one more don't you think? Thanks for sharing your lovely table and the pretty flowers...Phyllis

scrappydee said...

Oh Jane, as usual a beautiful table. Thank you for the book recs...I'm going to B&N this weekend! Thanks!

Rettabug said...

What a wonderful pop of fresh Spring color those tulips bring to the table! Fabulous!

Your dishes are FABULOUS, too! I love each layer & appreciate you peeling them back for us to see.
I don't fault you for not using a tablecloth. I'd want that wood grain to show all the time, too.

Don't envy you the renovations but I know it will be lovely when completed. Hang in there!

fondly,
Rett

Susie's country cottage said...

I love your flowery china and the tulips really bring out the colours in it. I think when you have a nice wooden table like yours it is better to show it off than hide it under a tablecloth. That French book looks interesting. I love French shabby chic decor.
Susie X

Jacqueline said...

Oh, your table looks lovely. Perhaps you could rustle up some of Sophies dishes !! I thought that I would tell you that The Delicious Miss Dahl is on BBC iplayer if you wanted to watch it.
Go to www.bbc.co.uk/player. XXXX

Janean said...

Jane, adore your table. glad you let us see the individual plates - gorgeous! i too don't care for tablecloths, but those placemats, ooh-la-la!

Tati said...

What a pretty table. I love your take on spring. Tati

shannon i olson said...

love your table, and your daisy plates! thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

cottage and vine said...

The colors are all so pretty and I especially love the way it all looks on the rustic table. Very nice!

KarenB said...

Good morning Jane! Your table turned out beautiful! I bought tulips myself last week. They're starting to fade. I might need a new bunch soon. I also love your table and chairs. The chairs look really unusual. I don't think I knew what Pottery Barn was 20 years ago. Seriously. BTW, can you send the bunny my way. I need a serious kick in the pants.

Hugs,
Karen

Nancy said...

Beautiful table, as always! Ahh...flowers!

Can't wait to see your changes. I love decorating and haven't had a sec to continue on with my own.

Amy at http://keepnthesunnyside.blogspot.com/

is taking a trip to Chicago with her two teens and is looking for suggestions on activities. I also told her to stop by to see you.

On the Better than Bouillon, love it. Love homemade food more than eating out...it's really awful here and everything is chi chi resort prices. (Stowe is considered the Aspen/Vail of the east...go figure.)
Finally, I am going through PB withdrawals. Unabashed PB fan and proud of every single table, chair and doodad purchased there. Mostly I miss our weekly trips to walk around PB, Wm Sonoma, Restoration Hardware, boo hoo!

Cozy Little House said...

Tulips set the perfect stage! That table is perfect. I'd love to have it in my kitchen. The plates are lovely. The bunnies are cute. Why, I love every single thing!
Brenda

PAT said...

Beautiful table, Jane!

Looking forward to seeing the befores and afters.

My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning Blondie.....Your table is too pretty.

I've seen the book MY FRENCH LIFE many times at the stores; but as a result of your post I'm finally going to order it. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Blessings,

Jo

My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning Blondie.....Your table is too pretty.

I've seen the book MY FRENCH LIFE many times at the stores; but as a result of your post I'm finally going to order it. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Blessings,

Jo

Tricia said...

What a beautiful table! Those tulips are exquisite! Along with the candles, they really highlight the beauty of your china!

Dining Delight said...

Love that bunny! Your tulips make a wonderful centerpiece and go so well with the gorgeous dishes!

DD

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Beautiful as always!

Bill said...

Hi Jane,
The tulips are such a pretty color, and they obviously provided the perfect inspiration you needed to set a beautiful table for us!

Nicely done! Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Melanie said...

Your dishes are so pretty and the flowers are too.

I have Molly's book but haven't read it yet. I sent it to her and she signed it and sent it back to me. She is so sweet and has a beautiful blog. I heard the book is great.

Lou Cinda said...

Jane, this is sooooo pretty! I love those plates!!

And I can see green grass out your window sans the snow!! Yeah girlfriend, it is SPRING!!

Lou Cinda :)

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I haven't had a chance to get over here to see you as much as I would like too. I'm catching up.
I love your spring table setting.
Your dishes are so pretty, wish they were mine. Everything is so lovely and ready for a spring dinner party!

Thanks for the book recommendation.
I can't wait to see it.

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. You are always so sweet.

hugs
Sissie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This is so pretty. The china is beautiful, and I love that stemware. Your bunny, who inspired you to play with your dishes, is really cute. If I had as much going on as it sounds like you do, I would never have been able to put together a tablescape-much less something this pretty. I look forward to seeing the changes. laurie

GWENDOLYN said...

I love your tablescape! The tulips are a gorgeous color , love the dishes, especially the daisy one. It all looks so just right with the rustic table. I can just picture myself at that table having dinner. How lovely that would be!
Blessings!
Gwen

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is really beautiful! I love your china, lovely colors! The tulips are perfect for a finishing touch! Great job!

Katherine

Jen said...

what a beautiful spring table. looking at it made me forget that it is still 40 degrees here!

Thanks for the inspiration!
jen

Liz said...

First of all... LOVE THE TABLE AND CHAIRS. TO DIE FOR! Second of all love the dishes and table scape to.
Very pretty!!

~Liz

Becca said...

Hum...Steinmart, Pier 1 & Potter Barn? Well, just my cup of tea! I wouldn't cover up that beautiful table either, it's perfect just the way it is. Love your blog & Happy Spring! Becca

heartfelt living said...

Your table looks perfect! I love, love the pretty dishes and the bunny is so sweet.
Looking forward to seeing your room make overs. I bet they look wonderful!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love plates that co-ordinate but don't have the exact same design, the set your kids got you is so pretty! I haven't even begun to decorate for Easter yet, probably won't until next week. I'm looking forward to seeing your remodeled rooms too:>) Have a great weekend Jane!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Janie,
I can't believe the amount of comments you get girlfriend! Oh and the pics are from last May, my grass is not very green yet! Hope all is well, sounds like your busy with decorating decisions. So much fun though, except for the mess. Can't wait to see it!
Hugs, Cindy

Pamela said...

Hi Blondie ! ( I love your name by the way) It is so nice to meet you and I want to thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.

I just love those china plates! If anyone knows me I am crazy about china. I have so many different place settings...which drives my husband nuts.

I love your blog and it is so nice to meet another friend through blogging.

Have a wonderful weekend
Pamela

bj said...

I missed seeing this lovely table, Blondie girl. It is just beautiful.
I love your tulips...
Sorry to be so late getting around but....I'm OLDEN....and I'm SLOW !!:)
XO bj

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I absolutely adore the plates and the flower plate
how cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your table is stunning. I love the dishes and the linens are perfect, but of course the tulips just stole my heart. Love, love, love them. So pretty. The bunny is perfect. Beautiful table. Thanks so much for stopping by and always leaving such gracious comments. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Lori said...

Jane,
I love your tablescape. Your bunny is so pretty! I love the colors. Thanks for visiting I always enjoy your visits.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Jane, I love your tablesetting! Those dishes are to die for and just love the little daisy plate to top them off! Tulips are so so prettty too! mmmmm.... love it!

Kathleen said...

Oh my your table is lovely. I adore the dishes.

Marianne@Songbird said...

Looks like some great books you have there. I think the one and only thing I don't like about blogging is that I do not read as many books as I used too.
Your tablescape is gorgeous!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Blondie, I love your tablescape. Your dessert plate stole my heart along with Miss Bunny who greeted us. Looking forward to seeing all your re-do's around the house. Spring time is a perfect time for that...
hugs ~lynne~

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

What a stunning tablescape! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those plates! Happy Weekend! =)

Paula said...

Hi Jane!
love you table!! nothing says spring like tulips:)
shipped your signs yesterday....priority mail so you should have them Mon/tues!
have a great weekend!
paula:)

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane!! Happy spring!! You have the prettiest tablescapes ever!! I love your floral plates, those are gorgeous!! And that bunny is sooooo cute! I have a bunny that is similar only white and pink. I love him!
Big Hugs,
Amy

Sonia said...

I just love your spring dishes!! So pretty and springy! So glad you are getting so much accomplished with painting..you will be so glad when it's completeed and you look back after all the hard work is done! Can't wait to see your pictures!

Miss Bloomers

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Those dishes are so pretty! and I love the bunny. I'm so enjoying everyone's tulips this year -- I think I'll have to splurge this coming week!

Linda Q said...

Hi, thanks for stopping in my blog.
Lovely table, fresh, love the flowers and the dinnerware is to die for!
Linda

peggy gatto said...

I enjoyed my visit!!!
Thanks

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love that bunny in your first pic! Those dishes are beautiful. As I was looking at them it made me think of your house redo post {recent post}. Is that green like the green in your upholstered furniture in your family room? Maybe the colors in those plates would work for you there.

Susie Q said...

Your table is just makes me happy! I adore the colors and those dishes are all wonderful! The bunny is precious...not that I love bunnies mind you...nope.Not me! So if it goes missing, do NOT look at me...nope. Not at me! *grin*

Happy Easter!
Love,
Sue

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

I love it! Blondie, the table is simple elegance while being stunning at the same time. I love all the elements and they sure do SHINE!

Sandra said...

I love your beautiful tablesetting...so pretty...lovely job.

Nancy said...

I love this tablescape. The white flower plates are really set off by your floral plates underneath (I like those too!). That is a really cool looking table as well.

I'm your newest follower. Love your blog!

Lady Katherine said...

I adore the dishes, Oh, the linens!! The flower dish is calling my name. lol