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Wednesday, May 6, 2009


We all know what Thursday means in Blogville (some of our husband's even know what it means -- not mine, but I've read that some do.) Of course, I'm talking about Tablescape Thursday, sponsored by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, where you can get links to see fabulous inspiration for your table top. I have something very special on my table top today.


Thanks to Christine at Christine's Home and Travel Adventures, I have ruffle edge place mats! I admired these ruffled place mats on several blogs, including Christine's, and I had asked where she purchased them. In case you haven't noticed, Christine is the Queen of Shopping, and she found me some! Aren't they pretty? I'm just lovin' them. Thanks so much Christine.
The epergne I am using for a centerpiece was a wedding gift 40 years ago. I'm sure there is no chance that the kind person who gave us this gift is reading my blog, so I will tell you that this is only the second time in 40 years that it has graced a table in my home! (I am not ever thrilled about polishing silver). It wouldn't be on my table now, but when Lynn at The Vintage Nest recently posted one of her "finds", I told her I had an epergne just like that. I dug it out of the chest, where I keep some silver pieces wrapped in foil (which incidentally kept it in pretty good shape-I didn't even polish it before I put it on the table-although after seeing these photos, I probably should have polished it!), and found that I had not remembered it correctly.

So Lynn, it is not exactly like your "find" after all. Lynn talked about how sexy her legs were (well, she didn't talk about her legs being sexy, but the "legs" on the treasure she found were sexy-though I'm sure her's are too). My legs are not as sexy as Lynn's. (To be honest, my legs are not as sexy as anyone else's legs, but the legs on my epergne are not as sexy as Lynn's!) So Lynn, I don't know if your "find" is an epergne or not.

I had no idea 40 years ago, when we were selecting china for our wedding, that I would ever have more than two sets of china! At that time, I couldn't imagine that I would ever need the two sets that I was selecting! My mother advised me to select something neutral, so it could be used on any table setting. Apparently, she had no idea how many sets of china I would collect either! Our china selection, and the matching crystal, was Moonspun by Lenox.

I think these are little nut bowls, but, since I don't need any more nuts at my house, I am using them for salt cellars. I think I have 12 of these that I purchased at a gift store that was going out of business one time.

This table is normally our coffee table, but raises to dining height, so I frequently use it when we have an overflow of guests, or when I want a small, more intimate table. I use it at coffee table height for the grandchildren's table, and since I keep everything FOREVER, this table can grow with my grandchildren.

A visitor asked about the china I used on my Cinco De Mayo table Tuesday. I got the dinner plates at an outlet store for J.C. Penney merchandise. They are J.C. Penney Home Collection. The bowls that I used are Casa Stone by Casafina, and the pattern is Autumn Waves.

A couple of people asked about my "new" tablecloth in my tablescape posting last Thursday. It is not new, and I cannot tell you were I got it. Tablecloths are another addiction of mine. I live close enough to a Williams Sonoma outlet that when they have a sale, I try to get there, and I usually buy table linens at fantastic prices, because I heart the table linens at W.S. Most of my other tablecloths have come from estate sales, or they belonged to my mother or grandmother. (No, I don't get rid of anything!) The place mats on the grandchildren's table came from a Steinmart "going out of business" sale.


Recently, on "Sunday Favorites" hosted by Chari at Happy to Design, I re-posted two friend's rooms. I'd like to share with you the notes that they wrote in response to your comments about their spaces.

Vanna at Delusions of Grandeur wrote:

Laurie thank you so much for re-featuring my family room. I am sooo honored! And I deeply appreciate all the lovely kind comments. My heart is swelling. Love Vanna

Connie, Puddin on RMS, wrote:

Laurie, you are such a sweetheart! I know my style isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I do so appreciate everyone's kind comments! Love Ya! Connie

I just have the nicest cyber friends (including each of you). Don't forget to go by Between Naps on the Porch to find links for all of the wonderful tablescapes today. laurie


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laurie! I love your tablescape! Your plates are gorgeous! It was so sweet of Christine to find those placemats for you, too. I love that epergne. I have one, too....a glass one that was my mom's. I have never used it as a centerpeice, either. I will have to experiment with it. It's just so tall!! I hope you are having a great week...hugs...Debbie

Kat said...

This is lovely Laurie! Your china is so pretty. Bet Mom didn't know that she was laying the groundwork for a lifelong obsession tee hee! How sweet of Christine, those placemats are really nice. And I love that adjustable table, what a great idea. Hugs, Kathy

abeachcottage said...

G'day Laurie

this is the best one I've seen so far (shhh!) I love those napkins and the plates are quite unusual, hmmm, I would like some darker chargers like that too

happy tablescaping and yes blogland + thurday to me = tablescapes


KBeau said...

Laurie, your tablescape is beautiful. Maybe I need to take a tour or some wedding gifts that I've never used. That is if they are not still at my mother's house.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I had never heard of or seen an epergne until I saw this post. You'll have to tell me how to pronounce it☺

Some people have huge walk in closets for their clothing or shoes, but I imagine a huge walk in closet in your home that contains table linens and all the wonderful things you display on your tables!

Love the adjustable table, that must be so very handy!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh so pretty! I love your tablescape almost as much as I love your sense of humor! And what a great coffee table that grows (sort of like the tree in the nutcracker!) - great idea!

Dawn Marie said...

I love it all! I think that Piece whatever it awesome. I would have it out more often. I love tablecloths also, could be an addiction if I wasnt so busy doing other things.

Dixie said...

Laurie... love your tablescape... and how sweet of Christine to send you placemats!

I really love that table... where did you find it... will you find one for me and send it to me... I'd really appreciate that a bunch! LOL

have a Happy Mom's Day...
blessings. Dixie

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Good Mornin' Laurie! I picked an "epergne" (didn't know that's what they were called!) similar to yours for my parent's 25th wedding anniversary! I put silk roses in it and it's on top of my mom's china cabinet. I want to post my parent's china,crystal and silver one Thursday...I'll have to use the epergne as a centerpiece! Thank you so much for keeping us in your prayers! They're working! God's working on us all! Things have calmed down for the moment! It was good to hear from Vanna! I've been so worried about her! You take care and have a wonderful weekend! God Bless you today! Lauralu :) (still smiling!)

Chandy said...

Another lovely table, Laurie! Christine is such a great shopper. Oh, I've seen some of those placemats at Ross, I think I'll grab some. I love the colors on yours!

Thanks for answering the questions!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

The placemats are sooo great...lucky you that Christine was able to find them for you!!! The epergne is gorgeous...very sexy;)!!! My mom has one that she is always trying to pass on to me...after seeing how great yours looks...maybe I will let her.

I am a huge fan of the linens at WS too...especially when they are on sale!!!

Beautiful tablescape!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, but I always know your post will be that way. It is funny how our mothers told us to select things that will not go out of style. My silver pattern is still featured by Gorham so I think she was right! Have a wonderful day.


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

oK...didn't know what an epergne was...but I likey and I want one!
Beautiful! I have seen those placemats someplace and thought they were so cute...and I have Lenox teabag holders that would so match your "salts". Great tablescape!

Scribbler said...

This is a wonderful tablescape. It's been quite a while since I've seen an epergne. It used to be de rigueur on a proper party table here in the South anyway!

Hang on to it, by all means.


xashee's corner said...

Another WINNER! oh how i LOVE your table too!! Thank you so much for being such AWESOME inspiration and sharing such BEAUTIFUL tablescapes!! LOVE those placemats too!! GREAT job!! Have a TERRIFIC day! :)

ellen b. said...

Ok first of all I'm so impressed you know what an epergne is and that you can spell it! This is the first time I'm seeing or hearing the word I think. These days I don't remember lots of things. I'm not surprised there's something else new for me in bloggy land cuz this is where I found out about Cloche's for the first time, too :0) I'm so glad you got those ruffled
Oh yea why did I come your tablescape Laurie!!

Salmagundi said...

I really like those napkins contrasting with the delicate dishes. You really must get that centerpiece out more often - it is beautiful. Sally

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Laurie your table is beautiful my friend! I love those ruffled mats! Happy Tablescape Thursday and Happy Mother's Day~ Susan

Domestic Designer said...

Lovely tablescape! I love the ruffled placemats. I really wish I had your table. Great pictures and great post.

"Blossom" said...

This is awesome; the ruffled placematts are so cute. All your
dishes, especailly the lenox; I love anything lenox and their designs are so unique. Lovely tablescape.

Kim said...

Laurie - pretty, pretty, pretty! Now I'm off to check out Christine's blog!!!!

Unknown said...

Your table is so pretty!!! How fortunate that you have a tablescaping fairy to look out for you and find you your hearts desire!!!

Tammy said...

Beautiful tablescape and I AM loving those placemats! Great job!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Laure! I love your tablescape - those placemats are so great! I love table linens too so it's probably good I don't live by WS outlet!


Ginny said...

Laurie, I SAW THOSE PLACEMATS AND CANNOT FIND THEM ANYWHERE!! I WANTED BROWN OR RED. Where did you find them? I love your epergne. Your table was so nice, I loved it!

pudin07 said...

Laurie, I love the tablescape as usual! The ruffled placemats are so cute, and how sweet of Christine to find them for you. I love the epergne,it is lovely, and that table is so great and versatile! You certainly put it to good use, too! I also loved seeing a shot of your sofy, as Vanna says. I have always loved your Family Room! Love Ya! Connie

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your tablescape this week. It is so classy. But then Lenox china is classy. My hubby would also love your tablescape as he loves Lenox china. It was so nice of Christine to find those place mats for you.

Maryrose said...

Hi Laurie,
I loved your table as well as your entire post. Very fun and funny. I can't even say epergne but it is lovely. Linens are a passion of mine too, I can't pass them up. Thanks for sharing,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Dearheart...

Ohhhh myyyy...what a fancy table, Girl!!! I doooo love it! Of course, I always love all of your pretty tablescapes!!!

Love all of the pretty browns...including your new ruffled placemats!!! I had admired Christine's when I seen hers. They're really pretty and something different from the usual! Your china is absolutely gorgeous...exquisite! I just love the pretty creamy white pattern...tone on tone...of these plates!!! Love the napkins too!

Okay my friend, I had no idea what an epergne was when you first started talking about it...good thing that you had a picture or I would have had to go and look it up in the dictionary! Hehe!!! Well, you know that I love silver and your epergne is such a pretty piece!!! The flowers are beautiful in it! Now you'll have to tell me what it's used it a vase? Ohhh...I always learn so much from you!!! Hehe!!! Such a beautiful tablescape, Darlin'!!!

Sending you my very best wishes for a Happy Mother's Day!!!
Love ya,

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your tablescape today is really beautiful. I have never heard of a or seen an epergne. I have a lot of silverplate. I used to love to polish it. Now, not so much. Thanks for sharing. Happy TT.

The Muse said...

This table is so well done..I would use it (in a heartbeat) in one of our design showcases!

Four Paws and Co said...

Laurie, you've missed your calling... You are just too funny & I'm still laughing out loud - & very loud at that!

Love the placemats. I ALMOST bought 2 sets several months ago & silly me put them back. Can I find them now - NO!

Beautiful tablescape & love the coffee table. We were married 38 years ago on the 1st and my only concern about plates was to have enough to feed anyone who came over. Who knew I'd ever have so many dishes & want more... ☺ Diane

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Laurie,

I now want one of those epergne thingies! Never saw one before but now want one! I laughed out loud about the sexy leg thing!

But seriously, you have a pretty tablescape and I love your dishes. I can imagine my mother would have said "Get something neutral". Everyone was so practical back then, well, at least no pink flamingos in my family tree!

Hope to see you again next week!


Kathleen Ellis said...

What a fabulous piece...shame on you for not putting it to good "use" sooner than this! You do know that clean shiny silver is not really "in" right now, right? It is cool to let your silver show it's "patina"! Is that not wonderful news!!!

Happy Mother's Day!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your ruffles and posies! This is so pretty.

Miss Janice said...

This is just gorgeous...I love the placemats also and you really "prissed up" your epergne! I am also loving that sofa/setee in the background--gorgeous!

Carol said...

Once again, Laurie, you have amazed me with another gorgeous table setting! Love the little adjustable table!


Kathleen said...

I love that adjustable table too!
And you sexy legged thing is very pretty..I love your table and what a great idea to use your nut bowls as salters..
SO we may have some of the same tablecloths as I haunt the WSonoma PBarn outlet. They know me there..that is NOT a good thing.
Yesterday, Bob, the cashier said he hadn't seen me in awhile...:)
I go almost every week..searching out those bargains!..
Happy Mother's Day, Laurie!

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Laurie your table is simply beautiful. I love your ruffled mats..and I really love your china!
I think your legs are great too!

Ginger said...

You always have great tablescapes. I've never heard of an epergne before. You would probably laugh if you knew how I was pronouncing it.
Are you doing a mother's day dinner and using all these neat things?

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Sweet Laurie! Those placemats are so cool...and you did a fab job tieing everything together with them. The epergne you have, I just posted about a little silver holder that I bought for my lemon curd, it has the same lion on the item that your epergne has. I wonder if they come from the same mfg? Well done today friend! As usual... ;) ~CC Catherine

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
Isn't Christine just the sweetest! Love the placemats and the pretty china you picked out 40 years ago. I can't believe your old enough to have been married that long. Were you like 10? You have so many wonderful unique treasures and what amazes me is that you know where everything is. I am sure I wouldn't remember where everything is. Happy Mothers Day to you my friend, Cindy

Connie said...

Laurie ~~ Just gorgeous tablescape. Love your placemats and most of all your table with the adjustable legs. That is really neat and useful for homes that might have a space problem.
You do good work !

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Laurie, You are sooo funny! I'm still giggling about your legs, though I bet your dh would swear you've got the sexiest legs around! I think you should keep your epergne out and use it, it's gorgeous. I have to confess, I had to look it up because I didn't know what it was! :)
I love your coffee table. It's practical AND beautiful. I also love your little nut bowls. What a special touch to use it as salt cellars. Terrific post!

Linda in AZ * said...

* Thanks for "being there" to crack me up just now, Laurie! (The only thing awake at THIS hour here are PROBABLY some cactus!)~~~

Just "catching up" right now tho, & it's been SO FUN, w/ a great big F!!! You just had me in stitches amongst all the pretties, too~~~ (Your beautiful epergne's "legs" reminded ME of a cowgirl who has just been on her horse too long, & has ended up BOW-LEGGED! Yep, I MUST get OUT of this DESERT SUN more often, "lil' Missie"!).

Absolutely LOVED the tablesetting tonight~~~ sooo sophisticated n' yet warm & welcoming. Took the opportunity to also "read/look-back" at some things I've missed~~~ you NEVER fail to DELIGHT, Laurie!!!

Thank you so much for ALL you share~ with sooo many!!!
Linda *

Kammy said...

Hi Laurie,
I added my name to your followers list, Cuz I love a bargin ! I love
how your blog fits the whole screen and I want to know how did
you do it ??? Love your round ruffled placemats and I love that here in blogland the people are so nice to show and tell !
Hugs ~ Kammy

imjacobsmom said...

Well, you learn something new everyday. I have never heard of an epergne before but it sure is pretty! That was so sweet of Christine to find those placemats for you. You are right Christine is the ultimate shopper but YOU are the ultimate collector. ~ Robyn

Carrie said...

Lovely tablescape...the epergne is a fabulous piece -- hope you use it more often!
The coffee table is a great design and very versatile.

SmilingSally said...

Combine you and Christine and you tie up the market on all things for dining!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, how beautiful everything is! I can't even pronounce the name of your olden wedding gift, but it is truly beautiful! I love your wedding china too! Everything you touch turns to wonderfulness, dear friend!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Margo said...

Laurie, your sense of personal style is wonderful. I love the coffee table that goes up and down. And what a great way to use the barely used wedding gift!

Robin said...

Lovely your new placemats. :-)

Have a beautiful weekend

xinex said...

Hi Laurie! It's a good thing I stopped by here cause I just learned something new....epergne, though I still do not know how to pronounce it. What is it usually for? I am glad you used the placemats. They look good with your gorgeous dinnerware. Love your tablescape as usual, especially that lovely "what is it again?" LOL! Very nice unique table...Christine

Anonymous said...

thank you CX,those place mats are awesome.i'm looking also.but i have such a long list of wants.ha i doubt Santa even comes near me this yr.
you just keep getting better and better.and that epergne?now-i have to google it and find out if its a serving dish,or just a vase or either or what.
yall have taught me so much,but here's a new something to learn.and "just"when i thought i knew it all.haha...ann

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May you have a Wonderful Mother's day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The Raggedy Girl said...

Lovely dishes and I think the placemats are just darling.

The Raggedy Girl

Anonymous said...

Oh Laurie, You are so cute! I love what you did with the epergne and the plants. Cool! I saw another the other day and could kick myself for not buying it. Another person told me mine was the bottom of a carafe warmer but it's not. Your tablescapes are always the BEST! xo Lynn
P.S. I did get voted "best legs" one time at a tennis tournament. :))