Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tablescape Thursday...home sweet home

My dishes are finally all unpacked. I sorted through napkins and linens the other day and the lighting was pretty good...I still need to buy a tripod. I was using my brother's months ago, but he needed it back. 
A sweet friend of mine who has traveled to Romania on summer mission trips for the past ten years gave me this beautiful tablecloth she received from a store vendor in Romania a couple years ago. She would take clothes and undergarments for the woman and in return, she gave my friend Romanian cut glass, beautiful hand crafted dolls and linens. My sweet friend gave me a beautiful red vase and bowl one year also.
I think it's linen, but it has been starched rather stiff, so I was trying to let it settle before I took an iron to it. It is stunning and she said her table was not big enough for it. She has eaten many a meal at our house, so she said she knew I would put it to good use. It came with 8 matching place mats, but I will use those on another day.

Our dining room.
The real star of tonight's table is this Romanian Linen and Lace tablecloth...a beautiful gift from a sweet friend of mine!

I used Blue Willow dinner plates and Blue Danube luncheon plates.

Some of my grandmother's silver, wedding napkins and grocery store glasses...my eclectic mix
I bought the centerpiece bowl a couple years ago on clearance...made in Italy...from Home Goods. I had it there already, so I didn't change it. We ate pork chile verde tacos with corn and black bean salad.
I'm linking up with Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for 


Entertaining Women said...

I know that it must feel wonderful to have all those boxes unpacked! I sometimes mix my Miessen Blue Onion and my Burleigh Blue Willow just like you did! I love them together...and they are marvelous on the rattan chargers. You and I must have a similar eye for design. I have those chargers, too. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What a tablescape! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!
Love your stunning site.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Kathleen said...

What a beautiful table! The tablecloth is stunning!
Glad you are unpacked, more peaceful!


I love the mix of blue and white. My fav.?, the onion pattern one and yeah, it looks great with the Willow. They look wonderful on the rattan chargers! The chinas, they go elegant and casual! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

Janice said...

I love how you mixed the rattan chargers with the linen tablecloth. It is very inviting. And, I'm always partial to blue dishes. Thanks for sharing!

Tricia said...

Wow, what a fabulous tablecloth -- and it comes with a great story, which makes it even better! It really does shine on your table. Love the layered dishes and bright centerpiece bowl!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It's gorgeous! I love those plates. And dinner sounds delicious!

Alycia Nichols said...

Congratulations on a successful move! I know it can be stressful (we recently moved...sort of!), and I'm glad your children are adjusting well. There are just 2 of us and it took 5-1/2 weeks to unpack, so I can imagine what you went/are going through. Hang in there! And your table is lovely!

Marigene said...

Wow, that tablecloth is gorgeous! Blue Willow is probably my all time favorite pattern...beautiful tablescape.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a lovely table. The table cloth is beautiful. I love that the table is simple, yet elegant. Very pretty.

Jocelyn @

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Meredith, I love your eclectic mix! Congratulations on getting your linens all unpacked. I'm so glad you did -- so you could show us this fantastic tablecloth. I've never seen one quite like it.

Stop by if you get a chance. I'm celebrating my first year of blogging with a Vintage Linen & Dish Auction ... going on now!

Babs said...

Meredith, Your new tablecloth is so pretty and I love your mix of
Blue Willow and Blue Danube plates. I like the blue and brown combination, (or blue and linen).
Nicely done,

The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful tablecloth. Something to truly treasure.

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

Blue Onion was my mother's favorite pattern, and I love it too. It's so pretty on those rattan chargers. I love your wonderful gift - the tablecloth.. What an amazing piece. xo marlis

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