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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Cuisine Kathleen has issued a challenge for a tablescape using white and one other color.  When I started setting this table, I was going to use brown and white, but then I saw Sarah’s beautiful brown and white table at Hyacinths for the Soul, and it made mine look so shabby, so I did a quick change to gold and white.  I hope none of you posted a beautiful gold and white tablescape.  It’s too late for me to change it again.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Some of you may recall that, in my old age senility, I actually started out with a black and white table for this challenge.  Two weeks ago I posted the black and white tablescape, thinking that was the week of the challenge.  My Gibson white dinner plates just keep coming back out of the cabinet.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

These clear glass chargers, with gold beaded edge, were a Joss and Main purchase.  I panned to use them during the holidays, but I couldn’t wait that long.  That’s how I ended up with a gold and white table today.  The sticker on them read, “Charge It by Jay”.  Clever.  The gold flatware was purchased at an antique store years ago when a stranger tried to sell them to the store owner!  Some of you may remember reading that amusing story about what a gullible push-over I am!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The gold rimmed, monogramed salad plates belonged to my grandmother.  The WC was granddaddy’s monogram.  They are Nippon.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I used these plastic water goblets, because they have a gold ball on them that mimics the rim of the charger.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I have no idea what these things are that I clipped onto the gold striped napkins.  I’m calling them napkin clips, but I suspect that were supposed to be used to make jewelry.  Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I bought them years ago at a flea market.  They had a basket filled with them for ten cents each.  This is the back of the “napkin clips”.  When I purchased them, I thought I was going to do something crafty with them.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I unfolded a white (rimmed in gold) cocktail napkin to use as a coaster.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I used grandmother’s gold salt cellars.  I pulled some gold mesh out of the Christmas closet to use as a runner on the table.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Gold-rimmed drink glasses, with a white etched pattern, became votive candle holders.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I stuck a plant from the sunroom, along with some faux white flowers, into a gold and white planter for the center of the table, and I elevated it with a gold metal stand. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

It was so nice of you to come visit my blog.  laurie

I’m linking this post to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


Sarah said...

Laurie, I can't believe you reset your table. Can't imagine that it wasn't wonderful, but this gold and white table is stunning. Love the combination. This is a Blue Ribbon table! Looks like you went to a lot of trouble to pull out special details for this table. It's a treat, so thank you!

Sarah said...

Laurie, I can't believe you reset your table. Can't imagine that it wasn't wonderful, but this gold and white table is stunning. Love the combination. This is a Blue Ribbon table! Looks like you went to a lot of trouble to pull out special details for this table. It's a treat, so thank you!

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Anonymous said...

Oh, Laurie! Your table is beautiful and can't imagine it any prettier! You do have the nicest pieces. I love everything about it even down to the little salt cellars!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ginger said...

The gold and white really looks festive and beautiful. No one sets a table like you do!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Laurie, Sarah's table inspired me, too! I love the idea of using gold as your accent color. Those salad plates with the WC monogram are incredible. The entire table is beautiful. Great job on the challenge! Linda

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

It is beautiful. I haven't done any of the challenges. I think I am getting lazy!!

Diane said...

Laurie - you are amazing! You rose to the challenge twice! Love your choice of colors and my very favorite things on the table are those gorgeous gold salt cellars - wow!

Cathy said...

You should receive two A+ for setting two tables for this challenge. I think they both were A number one.

Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <;)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a stunning gold a d white table, Laurie! I can't believe those gold rimmed water goblets are plastic. They're beautiful!! Cute napkin clips, too.

BECKY said...

Laurie, your table is soooo pretty! What time is dinner? I'll be there! LOL

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous, Laurie. I love those chargers! It all is wonderful.

Debbie said...

I giggled at the intro here. That's exactly the kind of thing I do, too. I guarantee that your brown one was lovely, but I'm glad you switched to the gold theme because this was so beautiful and full of ideas. I would love in a huge way to own some of those chargers. They are beautiful and unique and really steal the show here in my opinion.

So, after not one but two false starts, it looks like you came up with a winner!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What an elegant and festive table Laurie!
I really love those charges you bought!
I can't imagine any of your tables not being superb, you just seem to know how to make it all work.
And your creativity always shines through,
Big Hugs friend,

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Gorgeous table....I love the gold and white. I don't think anyone has done one...yours is wonderful. I love that little pedestal for your flowers in the center and your dishes too!

Jocelyn said...

Wow your table is so gorgeous!! So stunning and elegant.

Jocelyn @

Kathleen said...

I love your gold and white table. very regal! The chargers are so pretty! I have chargers by Jay, they are mirrored and I got them at They sometimes have good prices!
Thanks so much for putting so much into the white challenge, TWICE!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

ellen b. said...

Beautiful answer to the white challenge, Laurie! Love the white and gold. Those dishes really are special...

Tea in Texas said...

Your elegant tablescape is a definite winner. I love how you used gold for the accent in a summery and light feel. The flowers are a wonderful centerpiece in the elevated container. The beautiful chargers and the lovely family plates are the perfect addition. Have a great week!


Phyllis @Around the House said...

The table is just so beautiful and is sooo pretty and simple with so many interesting it...

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

Laurie, this is a gorgeous table!! All of the gold accents make it look very luxurious! How nice that you have some family plates with a monogram on them. I have always admired those beaded chargers, hard to believe that the water goblets are plastic -they look like they were made for owe chargers!! said...

Hi Laurie, I loved your confession a few weeks ago when you posted the black and white table, and now you quickly changed from brown to gold, that's hilarious! Your hard work paid off, you have created a beautiful table, your gold bead edge chargers have me drooling. You are so lucky to have the monogrammed plates from your grandmother, those are something to treasure, they are stunning! Love the gold salt cellars too!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Sigh it's so pretty! I love the chargers and the salt cellars the most! Do you remember where the goblets are from - I can't remember that you said? They are wonderful and I can't believe they are plastic -I must have misread that in the post. Jennifer

Dewena said...

It is such an elegant table. Your grandmother's monogramed salad plates are lovely. The chargers remind me of the old candlewick glass plates.

Mimi said...

Incredible, Laurie, how you change it up so often and each time is more beautiful and creative than the previous! I love you used your grandmother's salt cellars- that is such a sweet personal touch.

I would love to spend time wandering through thrift shops and flea markets with you- I am sure you would spot many great pieces I would completely miss!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
You have once again created an amazing table. Love your details and the gold is stunning. Love those charges and the sweet salt cellars are darling. Anyone would love to take a seat at your table.

Hope you are enjoying a great summer. I will be gone most of August but will catch up when I can.
Have a great weekend.

The Tablescaper said...

Laurie, I too can't believe you reset your table! But this one is gorgeous. I love all of the detail - including your napkin clips. The new chargers are spectacular but the monogrammed plates really make my heart swoon.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Pat said...

Well, dear one. . .I don't know what you had on this table before. . .but this Let There Be White Challenge Tablescape is exquisite!!!
I love all the accessories that have come from your family members!
Those "napkin clips" are the first thing that caught my eye!!!
Simply elegance at its finest!!!

Marigene said...

Beautiful and so elegant, Laurie. I have the same plates, they are so versatile. I use them often. Love the napkin clips.
Have a wonderful week...

Jewel Sauls said...

Beautiful! I would have never known that the goblets were plastic and I love the "napkin clip" idea!