Wednesday, October 16, 2013


A brown and white tablescape is my attempt to meet the challenge issued by Cuisine Kathleen this week.  Kathleen keeps us on our toes with her challenges.  This week’s challenge is a tablescape using only white china, with the addition of one other color in the table accessories.  Bargain Decorating with Laurie-Brown and white tablescape

The chargers are “Lace” by Kennex, which I bought at J.C. Penney about four years ago.  The dinner plates are by Gibson.  I’ve probably had them for six years.  I bought them at an outlet store.  The soup bowls (Mammoet, Hotelporselein), which I bought at an estate sale some time ago, are on top of the etched glass dessert plates that I used in a tablescape a couple of weeks ago.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie Tablescape

Both the crystal water goblets, and the milk glass goblets (which I’m using for wine) were purchased from estate sales at different times.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie-Brown and white table

I tied the white, restaurant napkins with brown and white herringbone ribbon that I had in my stash, and attached an acorn ornament that is part of my Fall d├ęcor.  I ordered the faux bamboo flatware on line a few years ago.  It may have been from One Kings Lane.  I love that place!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie-Brown and White Table

Following the soup course, I’m serving baked potatoes with our dinner.  Small brown and white pitchers will hold melted butter.  This pitcher, which I purchased at a flea market, is Berkeley Pattern by Sterling China Co. 

Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This one, purchased at auction for $8.00, is Brier by Royal.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Our centerpiece is our first course – soup, served from a tureen I have had for a very long time.  I think I bought it at a junk store.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie


I hope this confession doesn’t get me kicked out of Cuisine Kathleen’s challenge.  After the soup course, I will remove the tureen, and replace it with this beautifully painted faux pumpkin that I ordered from Celestina Marie Designs Etsy. 

Bargain Decorating with Laurie-Brown and White Table

Celestina is so talented.  I love this painting, and I know I’ll love bringing this out every Fall.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Your table is so pretty! Love the mix of different pattern white plates. The pumpkin is so awesome! You surely will enjoy it for years to come. Visiting from Let's Dish. Pam

Tea in Texas said...

What a wonderful table, and that pumpkin is great. Also love the acorn as a napkin ring. Keep up the tablescapes. We all enjoy them.

Kim Hood said...

Your brown and white is beautiful!! I love those acorns on your napkin ties. It's all gorgeous and delicious like chocolate. :-)
His blessings,
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love your chargers! You did a great job with the challenge. Your table is very pretty. The pumpkin is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.
Blessings My Friend,

Ann Krucek said...

Laurie, your table is beautiful. My two favorite things are your fabulous chargers and those oh so cute acorns adorning your napkins!!

Candy S said...

Your brown and white tablescape is so pretty. I really love your white chargers. The acorns look so cute with the napkins. This is a job well done. I think you have met the challenge admirably. ....Candy

Lulu said...

I love all the textures in your whites and how you have kept your table understated even with all the lovely pieces that you've used. Well done.

Phyllis Stanko said...

I love all the white and I especially love it when you mix the chocolate with it, so pretty and fresh, love the table.

Sarah said...

Great job, Laurie. Love the textures of this tablescape. I'd love to find a set of pretty bamboo flatware. I like that your handles are dark. Beautiful painted pumpkin!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Laurie, your table is beautiful! Love the color scheme; and that pumpkin is beautiful!

Carol said...

I love the simple beauty of your white & brown tablescape. The painted pumpkin is so pretty.


Rosie M. said...

I love your table. I'd love to find ceramic chargers like the ones you have. They would enhance any tablescape you produce. GREAT job on the "napkin rings'! Well Done!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Laurie, I just love all your dishes - they are stunning. You have so many beautiful sets. Dinner sounds yummy also. Have a wonderful Fall weekend.

Tricia said...

Yay, another brown and white girl! I've enjoyed seeing everyone's take on a white + one color table. I love your acorn and ribbon napkin holders, and your "plate stack" is lovely, with the different textured plate designs. Love the painted pumpkin! What a great idea!

tablescapesbybev said...

Simply beautiful! Love that tureen.

Diane said...

Laurie, you did a great job with your table. Those acorn napkin rings wonderful (I have a "thing" for acorns! The whole table is set for Fall and thanks for showing us that great pumpkin - wow!

Lady of the Manor said...

Laurie, I love absolutely everything about your table setting!! From the chargers to the napkins to the vintage pieces, gorgeous!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a beautiful table, Laurie -- and I LOVE the stories behind the pieces you used. I also love that you used things that for the most part you have had for years.

Very nicely done!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
Love your brown and white. Everything is so Autumn and inspiring right down to your napkin holders. It is always fun to pull together items we have had for years and they take on a new look. You do this beautifully.

You are so sweet to show your pumpkin. My goodness I am honored for the mention. I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, CM


There is always magic in White tables and yours is gorgeous, elegant and so inviting! Your dishes are lovely and that White tureen is perfect as a centeroiece! You did great for the challenge! Hugs,

thepaintedapron.com said...

I think dark brown is my favorite combo with white that I've seen in this challenge. You have so many beautiful white plates and the brown and white pieces are perfect~you have such an eye for collecting! The painted pumpkin from etsy is so different, reminds me of Cinderella's carriage!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Super love Laurie!
Such a warm and pretty table for Autumn. Love the pumpkin!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Lovely table! love the acorns wrapped around the napkins and, of course, that gorgeous painted pumpkin!

Jewel Sauls said...

Such a pretty and warm table! Love the tureen and the acorn accents on the napkins!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A very pretty Fall table, and the pumpkin is a perfect center piece.
Enjoy your evening.

Dewena Callis said...

All of those different white dishes patterns are lovely. I'd love to touch them all. It makes me realize that there's more than a design to consider in dishes, there's texture too.

Marigene said...

Laurie, your table is gorgeous! Those chargers are awesome...love all the textures in the different plates you have used. The pumpkin is so unique.
Have a wonderful week...

Debbie said...

I just love this one, Laurie. The thing that *makes* it to me is the way you used all different shapes and patterns of white for the place setting. It gives it that tone on tone texture that goes so well with the browns. I also love the little acorn on the ribbon with the napkin. It's the little extra touches that give the oomph to tables, IMO.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I love your brown and white table! The brown and white ribbon is so pretty tied around the napkins, and what a great idea to use the tiny pitchers for melted butter! I just love to see all of your tablescapes! Pinning!

Kathleen said...

I love it ! Very inviting, and so interesting with all those different pieces. And I will pretend I didn't see that ORANGE pumpkin, lol! Actually the tureen as the centerpiece is stunning!
Thanks for taking the challenge! No more white for awhile!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

White is such a beautiful color mixed with the tones of Autumn! And I love everything Celestina makes....she is an amazing artist! Enjoy your weekend my friend!

Orange Blossom said...

The acorn napkin rings caught my eye... Your Tablescape is very cute!