Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TABLE TOP TUESDAY & TABLESCAPE THURSDAY AT THE LAKE

We spent the weekend at the lakehouse and I had a little fun playing with my dishes, so I thought I would join my two favorite parties. Visit Marty and Susan to see more pretty vignettes and table settings.


Since we don't use our harvest table at the lake for every cotton picking thing that we do at home with the dining table, I am able to make a different tablescape every time I'm there and leave it until the next time. I like having that luxury. It gives me a chance to tweak it a bit, too.

The dinner plates are my every day Gibson and I picked up the pretty fleur de lis salad plates at my favorite floral/gift/ antique store in White Pigeon, Michigan. Don't you just love shops with a little of everything? Topping everything are dessert cups from Anthropologie in a very pale pink and I plopped a few Godiva truffles in them. Yum!

A few weeks ago we were in another little Michigan town and I found a set of silver plate in the original box for $40.00. Not a big savings, but it gave me a formal set for the lakehouse. The napkins are Rachel Ashwell.
I don't know why I included this picture, it looks cluttered. I wanted to get a long shot of the table with the centerpiece. You can see the table runner I bought from Sissie at Sissie's Shabby Cottage. I posted about it last week, but it wasn't a good fit on my table here in Chicago and looks so much better on the harvest table at the lake, so I used it in this tablescape.
I love the ruffle and the applique. The soft French bow is also the lining on the reverse side. I can't stop singing the praises of this runner!

Finally, I have a set of vintage salt and pepper shakers and a small hurricane lantern.


Everyone seemed to have glorious weather this weekend. Well, it was sweatshirt weather for us. I cleaned up the Summerhouse and The Husband cleaned up the grills. We started putting patio furniture out. Of course, we can still have snow, this being the crazy Midwest! But we enjoyed ourselves, had burgers on the grill and cozied up for some television when the nights turned cool. Lovely weekend. Hope you had one, too.


93 comments:

Lori E said...

The first bbq burgers of the season? They always taste the best. I think $40 is a good deal for a set in a case.
Nice job on the tablescape. I often leave my dining table set. When we eat there I just clean off the two spots we messed up and reset the table. Works for me.

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Cottage country with elegance! LOVE all your pretties.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Oh Jane, it looks like you had fun setting it up. I love the look you came up with. Everything is very pretty. We had sweatshirt weather this weekend too, and we're supposed to be sunny So. Cal.
Have a wonderful week.
Blessings,
Marcia

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You always do a wonderful job. I love the tablerunner from Sissie. Goodness, for a lake house it is just elegant! :) I love that you do things so beautifully even away from your everyday home. S'great!!
Have a wonderful Tuesay!!

stefanie said...

oh, it is soooo gorgeous!!!!

Kim said...

Yep, that table runner looks as beautiful as I knew it would when you showed us last week. Lovely tablescape Jane. Sounds like you've been busy. I don't know how you manage to keep up with more than one house! You go girl!
xoxo,
Kim

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Jane, just lovely....such a soothing table. I love the calm feeling. Your table runner is divine.

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather.

Hugs, Barb ♥

GWENDOLYN said...

Your table setting is so pretty. Love the chargers you have and the silver set... I have one passed down to me , but I am too lazy to polish it. so it sits in the box in a room.
Have a great week!
Gwen

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Blondie!! Love the lake house table top!! It's so very inviting!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just awesome girl...I'm so glad you got back to your lake house...did you get to work in your yard...Girl I should fly in there just to have dinner with you ha ha!! Girl I was just dusting my flowers from you and thinking about how kind and sweet you really are sighs...Hope your having a great day on your side of the mountain my Dear Jane...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Maryrose said...

Hi Jane,
I love this table at the lake...I am so jealous. You new runner looks devine, and will have to do a bit of shopping too.

Have fun and enjoy your lovely dinner on that lovely table.

:) Maryrose

Theresa said...

Oh how lucky, a lake house and a gorgeous table:) Love the setting and LOVE the ruffled runner. Enjoy your day my friend!

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

What a beautiful table setting. I love the napkins...so pretty. It all looks so elegant.
Hugs,
Penny

Denise said...

Very pretty Jane. We are having lovely weather here too and am enjoying being in the garden more.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Jane, love that table. You did a beautiful job...I love the white and the silver. Hey I learned from experience...unfortunately....not to wash anything burlap in the washer even on gentle. Just thought I'd let you know I ruined a great slipcover (what was I thinking) that I made. It had turned out perfect too. oh well....Love your table.
I do the same as your first poster I set the table and slide things down when we eat and then slide it back when done. Yours is so pretty I would definitely leave it. Tres Beautiful!
Blessings,
Debbie

Designs on 47th Street said...

I love the simplicity of this. So classy.

Karen said...

Love your tablescape. So calming.
Love your blog!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Bonnie said...

Hi Jane, I love the table runner too! Actually, I love the tablescape period. Fabulous job!
We are enjoying great weather in between the rain!

Have a great week, Bonnie

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
Your tablescape is so lovely. I love the plates with the fleur de lis and those darlin little bowls from Anthro, (love that store)!

I am so pleased to see how pretty the tablerunner looks on your table. I am always tickled to see someone take something I made and make it look even better. And, thank you so much, once more, for the compliments. You are a doll.


I am so glad that you are one of my blogger friends and I just adore you and your blog.

hugs
Sissie

Monica@The White Bench said...

Lovely tablescape in white, love your dishes! The runner is very pretty too.
Monicaxo.

Pat said...

I love your table and all the decor. The dishes are beautiful! I'm sure it's fun to play with all of them there when you don't have to move anything or put it all away quickly. Glad you had burgers on the grill ~ so tasty aren't they?

Have a wonderful week!

xoxo
Pat

scribbler-unfocused said...

Thanks for stopping by! You have one elegant lake house. I do well to get outthe silver salt and pepper shakers on Christmas!;-D

Scribbler

Shelia said...

HI Jane! Oh, your table is so beautiful! Love that precious runner you're using! You do such a beautiful job.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your centerpiece with the swan and the gorgeous cloche on a pedestal is just stunning. Your dishes are beautiful. I love the fluer de li plates. Everything is so pretty and inviting. The table runner is indeed a fabulous piece. Such a lovely tablescape. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

I love the table setting, the runner, the fleur de lis plates - EVERYTHING. Beautiful job! Linda

Stacey said...

Looks very pretty and inviting. What's for dinner?

Pondside said...

At this rate you'll have all the bits and pieces ready for summer fun at your lake house when the good weather arrives for real.
Gorgeous table!

The Lazy Peacock said...

gorgeous! love love love the fleur de lis plates and the table runner. everything looks fabulous!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Jane, you have such fancy and pretty china and flatware at the lake. I love it! This tablescape looks so pretty, and I love that long table. laurie

Karen said...

I love it all. And I think that is a good deal for silver plate - no? It would be here in California!
The fleur de lis plates are GREAT! the just finish the setting.
Isn't Sissie the best? I've heard wonderful things about the quality of her work. Love that runner!
Happy first BBQ of the season. That sounds so funny - here we BBQ all year long. LOL.
Have a great week! Karen

Kathleen said...

That looks so pretty! I love those bowls! Hope all is well there, Jane!

Crystal said...

Everything looks just gorgeous. That tablerunner is to die for. I love your cottage country style with a twist on the elegant side. Who would think this was a lakehouse :) I love those fleur de lis chargers too.
We could still get snow here in PA, too. I pray no more snow.

Have a great week.

Debby said...

Gorgeous, beautiful post.
debby

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love everything about your table setting, but I especially loved those salad plates! The runner is fabulous. Thanks for coming by for tea.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I think this is beautiful, very unique! I love those fleur de lis plates! The tablerunner is wonderful, and the silverplate as well!

Good job!

Katherine

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Blondie, This BEAUTIFUL serene white table makes a huge statement on style. Oh, I love its clasic details mixed with the up to date elements found in the tablerunner and salad plates. You have quiet a good eye for making a stunning table. And I think your silver was a huge bargain. It looks beautiful on your white napkins.
So happy to stop by tonight.
Yvonne

Cate @ A Tree Lined Street said...

Love that table runner and that silver! I have just passed on the Beautiful Blogger Award to you. Come by to get the button. I can't wait to hear more about you!!!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Jane
Well.. I just love all your silverware and linen... I always seem to want everyone's salt and pepper shakers..and yours makes my list also!! haha... it looks so beautiful!!! is it ready for me to come visit?? haha.. I wish... well I think you will be enjoying your summer soon.... I'll definitely have to escape here then!!!

thank you SOOOOO much for your lovely comments..... it's been such a pleasure having you as my blogging friend.. have fun xxx Julie

sewingseeds4U said...

What an elegant table you've set and that runner is absolutely stunning. So fresh and clean. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, it is really appreciated.

Vintage Simple said...

Oh, it sounds like a wonderful weekend, Jane..! So glad for you both. And your table looks really pretty. Noah insists on eating with Bill's great-grandmother's silver every meal. I think there's a really old soul inside my six-year-old... I love that little boy..!

xoox,
-maria

Tennis Girl said...

Jane,
Thanks for sharing a little of the lakehouse with us! I love those salt and pepper shakers. So classic. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. :)
Robin

Dana and Daisy said...

Jane, I think it is all just so beautiful and feminine.
I've been looking for a reasonable set of dishes in white with the hobnail edging. So far the only one I've found has been too expensive for every day. So, I;m going to look for the Gibson set like yours! Thank you for the tip!

I hope all is going well getting your finishing touches on the remodel. I've run out steam, but there has been some family issues going on that took the steam out of me. Hoping to get back with it soon.

Love, Dana

KarenHarveyCox said...

What fun you must have getting the lake house ready for summer. I adore that table runner, it is lovely. We are back to sweatshirt weather one day and the next it is unseasonably warm. It's difficult to know what to wear, and my mom did get a bit of snow on evening recently, but she is in Vermont.

Your table is lovely.
Karen

Atticmag said...

I think it's difficult to use metal really well on the table but you've mastered it -- superb Jane. Very pretty runner, too. -- Jane F.

susan said...

Jane-This is not your average lake house tablescape!! We always had paper plates or mismatched china! I love the fleur de lis plates. We had burgers on the grill last weekend too--I never eat fast food burgers so it was a real treat! Love that runner. I see you are busy as a bee remodeling--looks good! Take care!

Janean said...

sooooooooooooo wonderful! those bowls and salt & pepper...frisk me before i leave your blog. *wink*

the table runner is beautiful. can you run it the opposite direction?

have a great day, jane!

Lou Cinda said...

Jane, I am behind so I am catching up!

Love this table setting! I have a thing for salt and pepper shakers and I LOVE these!!

The runner is FAB and looks great!!! Love that ruffle!!

I know you are so glad to see Spring on the way and getting the lake house ready for summer memories....

It has been in the 80's here this week and I am lovin' it!!

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thank you, Jane! I love your pretty table and you're right about the runner. Gorgeous!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

I have the same salt & pepper shakers Jane! Love them! Love that silver as well - we think that's a good deal as well!
Let us know when to come over for supper :)

podso said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You "get" letters too! I love your tablescape. The lighting from the window casts such a pretty light on it.

I grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago and my sister worked in the same field as you, and still does, downtown. Small world!

Your silverplate fork on the left, I wonder if it has an initial. It is so similar to the place settings I have of my grandmother's.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely, Jane! You know I love all the frenchy touches! Your lake house is so pretty! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Stunning! That runner is amazing! I think I might have to "borrow" it
Take care
Kristin

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Your weekend sounds perfect!

The thing about sweatshirt weather is ~~ If one gets too warm, you can always take the sweatshirt layer off. But when outside work is too warm, you simply have to kind of "broil." ,-)

^_^
.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Love love this style! Wonderful work. xo

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

brilliant, so sweet

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Oh I really do love those silver plates. And the little dessert cups are just adorable. Such a pretty tablescape!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a pretty table!!!

Tammy said...

Absolutely love the settings. You have wonderful taste - every piece is just gorgeous...

Allie and Pattie said...

LOVE this fresh summery elegant table! And I'm going to check out where you got the runner- I adore that!
xoxo Pattie

Chatelaine said...

Yes, we are enjoying the weather here too. We certainly deserve it, a harsh Winter followed by Spring floods.

Anyway, I love your tablesetting especially the fleur de lis plates. I like to use clear plates with my china so when they're stacked you can see through them and they don't compete with the china pattern.

Like the Rachel Ashwell napkins too.

Very pretty tablescape.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Came back to take another peek at your pretty tablescape!

Thanks for your sweet comment!

Katherine

Charlene said...

Pretty table! Looks like your decorating is coming along. It is a lot of work to get that kind of stuff done. And to live in the upheaval takes courage. But, it is so worth it when it's done. Have courage my friend. HUGS! Charlene

Johanna said...

Hi Jane,
because the time difference I am little late to visit you. Your table is very nice. The white dishes with the silver looks very festive. I love fleur de lys in any form and so your plates, too.
Thank you for stopping by and your friendly comment.
Greetings, Johanna

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

So beautiful...You are amazing...I am sad it is about to end. Stop by for a visit...just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET! I am going to draw Friday night.....

Rettabug said...

I am in love with your fleur de lis plates, Jane!! The whole table looks lovely & not at all cluttered.
I think you got a bargain on the silver & you'll get lots of use out of it there, too.
We're finally warming up here, too...Yipee!!

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your french plates, all looks so pretty.

Hugs
Charo

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Oh this is gorgeous!! LOVE the color. That runner is fabulous, I missed it when you posted it. Love the silver and the s & p too. I leave mine set a lot and we just eat at the breakfast bar which is huge. I love the candles with the bark...I have been looking for something like that to use with the Ivy. I'm planning on doing a moss runner with ivy wound through cream candles. We are enjpying some great weather, but now it's getting too dry. Go figure:-)

Penny said...

The table looks great. Did you get your plates from my favorite shop in White Pigeon. Can never think of the name of it. The owner is Linda? or Karen? She is a florist and does great things with fabric, like pillows and recovering antique benches etc. Would be interested in where you found the pretty silver. Glad the weather has been good for you.

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Jane, your table designs are so elegant and relaxing to the eye. I am glad you had such a warm and enjoyable weekend barbecuing and relaxing. I hope this weekend is a lovely one too!!
xoxo
Bunny

Cozy Little House said...

That would certainly be a welcoming and elegant table to come back to when visiting the lakehouse! I too love the runner.
Brenda

Tommie Jo said...

One word~Scrumptious!

Lady Katherine said...

How lovely the dishes are with the linens. I love the napkins! The runner is wonderful! Great set of flatware! This table is just so pretty! I love all the whites!!
Your going to Chritine's? I'm just out of Jackson. So I want to know when and where you are coming through our state! lol

Tricia said...

What a wonderful harvest table! I love those fleur de lit plates. The overall mood is so serene and elegant, yet relaxed. Lovely!

My Grama's Soul said...

Such a pretty tablescape. It is so great you can leave it out on display until the next time you go to the lakehouse. Isn't it fun messing around with decorating?

Jo

bj said...

I love this table...you did a great job on it, Blondie girl.
Your runner is so so cute..I just love it.And...your flatware is going to work great at your lake house. bwaaaaaa...I WANNA A LAKE HOUSE, TOO....SHOOT..out here in West Texas we BARELY have a tiny little lake that no one would want a house on. Oh, well....*sighhhh
xo bj

Rubyred said...

Hell sweet lady,
how lovely to be having BBQ's already, a lake house sounds wonderful too! Love your table and the silverware!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel x

Fifi Flowers said...

VERY pretty... would love to dine with you at the lake!

Mimi said...

Simply elegant, Jane!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Jane, thanks for being such a kind and thoughtful friend. You mean more to me than you know. I appreciate your comments and that you care.

Sending you hugs!!!!!

Barb ♥

xinex said...

I like your fleur de lis plates, Janie. You know I have plate chargers just like them which I have not used yet. Your runnner is really pretty and the silverwar and S & P shakers.....Christine

gnee said...

What a delightful tablescape. Your silver is elegant and the table looks ready for a romantic little dinner for two!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

What a lovely table, my friend! Your place settings are beautiful...I especially like that pretty fleur de lis salad plate!!! Ohhh...and that table runner is gorgeous!!! Well my friend, it sounds like you had a wonderful time at your lake house! Oooh, and a grilled hamburger sounds sooo good! We haven't fired the grill up yet...hopefully soon!

Just wanted to thank you for coming by for a visit and taking a peek at my "Springtime" table! I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, dear lady!!!

Have a fabulous day...
Chari @Happy To Design

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh I just adore this tablescape. So pretty and peaceful. I also love the thought of having a place by the lake. Sounds so romantic!

Hugs,
Joanne

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Very pretty table Jane! I love the vintage salt and pepper shakers, too cool! Hey girl, I spent the week-end in the hospital having surgery! Come by and say hi, when you get a chance! I'm sore but still a kickin!
Hugs, Cindy

Sarah said...

Jane, I'm envious of your house at the lake. It sounds like a perfect retreat. Your tablescape is beautiful. I'd leave it up too. I've done that here several times, but like you say, the dining room table seems to be in constant use. LOL
Thanks for stopping by to visit. Good luck with your monkey bread!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Blondie --

Thanks for your sweet visit. $40 for a set of silverware sounds great -- your lake house looks so pretty and I can certainly see why you are so charmed with your pretty new runner!

Ridgely (Grandma J @ Dear Angelene) said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love that you used white and then played with texture -- and how the silver sets off the white. And -- that you're from CHICAGO!! I was hoping to find fellow tablescapers from the city. The southern girls all seem to know and live next door to each other! The United Center is out my dining room window so that gives you an idea of where I am. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and your kind words!

koralee said...

Your table looks amazing...I so love all your dishes and linens...hugs for a great weekend.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Blondie? All your sweet collection on your table is to die for. Loving them.

Very special and very unique in it's way.

Have a blessed w/end.

once in a blue moon... said...

oh do i love your fdl plates, pitter patter in my heart!

Kathleen Grace said...

I just love the cream and silver of this table and that runner is to die for! Gorgeous!

Miss Janice said...

Love this tablescape and my eyes went straight to the fleur de lis pewter plates. They are on my 'short list' to buy--LOVE them! Beautiful setting!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I really like your everday white dishes, Jane! I never thought I liked white dishes, but I am really liking the ones that have a pattern on the edge. Love the fleur plates ~ I think I'd use those every day!