Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Chargers, Plates & Candles, Oh My....


Welcome to ~Catherine de th`e Cups Tablescape Thursday!

As always... "Hat's Off" to Susan from "Between Naps On The Porch" for hosting this special event today! Please make sure you meander on over her way by clicking on the link above so you don't miss checking out everyones Tablescape post. Every week I am amazed at what I learn from my fellow bloggers! ;)




My Tablescape for this week is being shot at my sister Becky's home here in GA. I spent a few days at her place last week while our Mother was in town, so we just had the best fun getting her Wedding china out to set her table so nicely.

What I love about Becky's china is that it's a simple basic white with gold and platinum trim and goes with every and any theme you would want to put together. The Noritake china pattern is actually called just that, "Gold & Platinum"; fancy that! ;)



This is a close up view of her etched wine glasses. Are they not just lovely? They are quite delicate. She only has five of them, so I substituted the one where the head of the house will sit. This way, it's not as noticeable. I've many times seen a hostess use a varied selection of crystal wine glasses and I always find that as an element of interest and very striking. I personally like it when we make the tablescape "our own"...it's so much less pretentious to our guests then.














Becky recently reupholstered the seats on her dining room chairs and used the same fabric for making two window treatments that are on the side windows where there is a French door that exits on to her second floor covered porch. She had left over fabric, and often she uses it as a runner like we did in this pic by tri-folding it. Other times she uses it as a full tablecloth topper.

I'm a firm believer in decorating with what you have to save on the $, so I used three large pillar candles that she typically has on black stands in her family room. The colors worked perfectly with this tablescape. As candle bases, I used Princess House crystal luncheon plates that she had in her cupboard, this way it didn't take away from the design on the runner and actually dressed the candles up just enough.





Here is a closer view of the matching fabric drapes that cover a pair of white on white striped sheers.
























I adore how the desserts look on the server to the left of her table. As you can seen the pic below, her walls have a custom faux finish that is absolutely gorgeous. She commissioned a good friend of hers to do the walls for her.










Another view on the right of the table is where her other server sits. This piece does not match her dining room set like the other server does, but the Shabby Chic finish on it really adds much to her room and is such a beautiful piece.
I set this server up to hold many of the main dishes so as to not have them sitting on the table. Many of the decorations on this server were able to be left over from Christmas since February is all about reds!

And finally...we see the entire table!











Well, it's nearly time for the guests to be called in to dine. We'd better move on over to Susan's to check out the next person on her list! Happy Tablescape Thursday everyone! Hope to see each of you next week!
Thanks Becky for allowing me to have fun with all your lovely things!
~CC Catherine

58 comments:

Susan said...

Beautiful table...love the classic gold/white!

Susan

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Beautiful! Isn't it fun to get together with your sister and play house. I love the classic white and gold china. Her glasses are very pretty. I love that her table runner matches the drapes.
Hugs, Terrie

prof en retraite said...

Hi CC...beautiful tablescape! The dinnerware is simply classic! I like the idea of folding the tablecloth to make a runner...good way to get multiple uses! My sister is also here in Georgia...nice to have them close by, isn't it? Please tell her thank you for sharing her beautiufl home!...Debbie

marty39 said...

Your sister's home is just gorgeous, and all her china and crystal is so lovely. What a beautiful tablescape. I love that you used things she already had and turned the tablecloth into a runner for a change. It really sets off the table and the china. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Catherine,

This was simply a beautiful tablescape & I totally agree with you on using what you have! I love Becky's china, I think food looks best on a neutral background (that is why restaurants use white). Please tell Becky I love her home. It is tasteful & elegant. She is a sweetie for letting you use her things for the tablescape and kudo's to you for the very original idea! :-)

xoxo
Jane

ellen b. said...

What a beautiful home. I really like that runner and those candles. Everything is so pretty.

Lana G! said...

Beautifully done! My sister and I love tablescaping together. It is so much fun.

mbkatc230 said...

How fun that you got to do this with your sister and mom. I love this, the colors are so rich, and the china is gorgeous. I love the candle choice with the runner, just lovely. I'm not much of a "china" girl. I did find some I fell in love with today in a magazine, then I found out the dinner plates were 185.00 (EACH), salad plates were 120.00 (again each) and the cup/saucer were a steal at 130.00 - after all, you got two pieces for that price, right? I started to add up the cost for 8 place settings and got a bit dizzy. Guess I'll be staying with my fiesta ware knockoffs and pottery barn basic white lol. Ya'll did a great job with this, thanks for sharing. Kathy

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Catherine,
~Beautiful and elegant.
The etched wine glasses are so unique.
I love the bow candlesticks on the buffet.
How lovely. ~Melissa :)

A Hint of Home said...

I love the china and the etched glasses. The runner and curtains are so pretty in the room.

ceekay said...

Gorgeous. The goblets are so pretty! She has a lovely dining room!

Margaret said...

Everything just goes so beautifully!!

Meadowsweet Days said...

Lovely tablescape, CC! Everything looks so elegant and inviting! I love the candles along the runner, they look so pretty.

Carol

Cynthia said...

CC,
I love your elegant table. That china with the gold is really superb. Your sister's home is lovely. Cindy

claudie said...

Good Evening CC
BEAUTIFUL
You were very creative at your sister's. Isn't it great having a sister that will let you do such arrangements?
My sister and I have such different tastes. She's a beige and black girl and I'm all about pastel.
That's what makes the world go round.
Love Claudie
xo

Ma'dame French said...

Fun way to get pics similar to me get someone else's stuff to use (smiles) Great job love the simplicity of the dishes and the intricacy of the glasses! French;) many hugs to you for making my day brighter yesterday with the prayer!!

Light and Voices said...

Simply divine....loved the table runner and candles, oh yes, the drapes too.
Joyce

Shelia said...

Hi Catherine! Oh what a beautiful table you've set! Love everything. You know, maybe you should give us a tour sometimes of your sisters home. It looks so beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CIELO said...

Gorgeous table... I love all the white dishes embellished by a gold ring... so pretty...

Have a blessed night...

cielo

Dixie's Whimsey said...

very classy gold and white CC... I love the server too... just beautiful! Dixie

Elaine said...

Your sister's china is beautiful, and those candles went perfectly with the whole setting. I think next tme I'm at one of my sister's homes we'll do the same thing.....geat idea! Elaine

Fete et Fleur said...

Simple items in a beautiful setting. Thank you for sharing all this loveliness and thank you for your visit to my blog. I would love to see your notecards someday.

Nancy

Miss Janice said...

I know your sister got a kick out of you china wardrobing and tablescaping her stuff...It's all so pretty. Her bridal china is similar to my bridal Lenox Eternal pattern, which I might add my mama MADE me register for..."'cuz it would go with everything"! 25 years later, I believe her! I love all the little touches you did to bring it all together!

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

How wonderfully blessed you are/were to have the two generations enjoy such fun TOGETHER & "making pretty"~~~ (I'll bet your Mom is STILL smiling inside at watching you gals do this!). Your sister's home is charming, & you are so blessed that you could all be together, at this lovely table~~~ "Life is good" isn't it? Blessings, Linda

LdyDy Loves Cake said...

I too like the classic look of white china with the beautiful gold trim. Hey...great idea for that runner!

Martha said...

A pretty table and there is nothing classier than white and gold china.

Candy said...

Very lovely, I really like the candles down the center.
Enjoy TT, Candy

Terri and Bob said...

Tres chic!

Love the gold, so elegant.

kiakai / Kelly said...

Catherine, hi there. I wanted to come by and thank you for coming to the "open house" party French threw for me. I looked around your blog, and it takes me back years ago when my mother was an antique dealer. Her stock was mostly Victorian womens clothing and dresser things. She would have loved bloging, and HGTV too. She would have loved your blog! My son used to live/work on a llama farm with an entrance like the one you posted, with the bradford pear trees. It was so beautiful. Well, I'll be back to check out your wonderful blog. Kelly

Wendy said...

Your sister has a beautiful home. Love everything about the table, and also that you used what you had. Love the candles with the table runner.

Wendy

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You set your sisters table beautifully!

If I were her & I had to give up one of my sideboards, it wouldn't be the shabby chic one, that's for sure. It adds so much charm to the room.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hey CC,
I love the color scheme, tablescape and decor of the dinning room. It's all so warm and inviting. You probaly know by now that I have a love affair with red, black and white. You just can't ever go wrong. I really like the tablerunner and the pillar candles you've used as the centerpiece. Very understated but very elegant. Everything is just done with such taste! Great work!
Warmly,
Alisa - Carolina Panache

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful table! I love the china. White with gold and platinum is so pretty and versatile.

Great post!

tardevil said...

Nice table! Even better that you got to "play house" again with your sister & mom!

Lynda said...

Absolutely lovely!

Fifi Flowers said...

VERY nice tablescape... love the gold plates... candles and runner combo!
ENJOY your day!
Fifi

Beaux Mondes Designs said...

beautiful tablescape. I'm coveting the stemware. Talent seems to run in your family. Thank you for sharing

ann said...

Beautiful.The colors are fabulous.I have truble with gold,mine looks boring.You do a fabulous job.And your sis is there to play wirh you.AAAAwwwwwwwww...Ann

Lady Katherine said...

So pretty! I love the candles in the middle with the runner folded from the table topper. The side board is so pretty. I love to shop in my home, and attic. lol You start looking at your things in a different way, and you get a great custom table. Great time spent with Sisters!

Kim Chalfant said...

Love it! I especially like the china. I think simple is so elegant. And you are right, it goes with a lot more tablescapes.

Isn't it fun doing this with your sister's stuff?

Becky Litsky said...
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Becky said...

I love your blog. Thank you for displaying my dining room table for your Tablescape Thursday! It is nice to have so many wonderful comments for my home. Thank you for including me in your blog.

P.S. Yes CC, you can come back at any time and showcase any room you desire. May I suggest my foyer for you to share on Meta-Monday where I took the carpet off my front stairwell and painted the steps and handrail black and the riser white. I also added black rod iron ballusters in place of the painted wood. Have fun sharing! Your sissy Becky

Karen said...

I will bet you had a blast going over to your sister's and using all of her pretty things. Good idea! And what a beautiful table!
Thank you so much for your beautiful comment to my blog yesterday. It made me all misty. (BIG HUG) I know we are "not supposed to become attached to" favorite things, but how can you not when they mean so much.
I just think it is awesome that you finished yours. Maybe this is what I needed to get going on learning to crochet. An afghan I can do - but a doilie? Never even thought about it.
I will be watching for pictures!
Stay in touch.
HAGD! Karen

Olive Rue said...

Catherine, this room is gorgeous. You did such an amazing job landscaping that table. WOW!!! The colors are so rich. I love the candles too.

lvroftiques said...

CC I sure wish I could join the guests *winks* Everything looks so lovely and inviting! I am so with ya on using what you have in a creative way. I love when old glasses and crystal are mismatched. It makes for such an interesting table. I love your sisters wedding china and stemware.
And on a different note, I am so happy to meet another chandelier crazy gal! I think I have one in every single room in my house...including the closets! I need a 12 step program! I hope you will share some of yours too! Vanna

Kathleen Ellis said...

What great fun to get to play with Becky's "stuff"!! LOVE that china!The wall finish totally distracted me...GORGEOUS!!!
Say "hi" to her will you, please!
;-D
xo

carolinajewel said...

What a lovely table! I love the dark runner with the lighter wood. Here china is very classic and those goblet are wonderful! How fun to get to tablescape with a sister! :D Jewel

janet said...

this is something my sister and i would enjoy doing together....your sisters table looks lovely as does her whole dining room,
thanks for sharing
janet

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Wow, That is a beautiful tablescape in a beautiful dining room. It looks like you and sis had a GREAT time doing it, too.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I'm so glad you did! You have a wonderful blog that I know I'll enjoy visiting again.
Patricia :o)

Mama said...

Gold and White is classic and you and your sister have created a beautiful tablescape, I love the idea of folding a tablecloth to make a runner, I will try that :), Kathy.

Raggedy Girl said...

First, Thank you for stopping by. I love this table. I think the gold is really beautiful and you did this at someone else's home, that is incredible. I think that the dining rooms done in the red and white make a beautiful background for dining.
Roberta Anne

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your table is out of this world gorgous. I too, believe in using what you have, and you did a fantastic job of doing that. Thanks for swinging by to see Miss Kitty and Mr. Mouse. I always enjoy when you stop by..
hugs ~lynne~

Charlene said...

The stemware is fabulous! When glassware is that fragile it makes me nervous to wash! But, that one is so pretty I would want to use it every chance I could. I do like her new fabric too. Have a great weekend.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So very beautiful! Very classy!

Katherine

shuu☆ said...

Goods!

Glasses!

Susan said...

When you get a chance please stop by my blog http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ and pick up your award.

Congrats

Have a great weekend!

~Susan

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

Catherine...thanks for sharing your sister, Becky's beautiful table and dininig room! Her dining room is so large...how wonderful to have that great space! Her walls are beautiful! Love the etched glasses and gorgeous Gold and Platinum china...everything was just lovely! Sounds like you guys had fun together. :-) Susan

Carrie said...

What a beautiful tablesetting in an equally beautiful dining room.