“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him”
Welcome back to our dining table where we love having family, friends, and you…our readers! English country has long been a style that I have embraced and often replicated through my years as a decorator. The look emphasizes coziness and function while exuding warmth and comfort! Furniture is usually traditional and rooms are full of color, pulling hues from nature. The color palette usually features three or four colors with plenty of patterns, especially floral! I admire that the English are more interested in a room showing its age, rather than the latest fad! Nancy Lancaster, the doyenne of English country, said it this way:
“If every piece is perfect the room becomes a museum and lifeless.”
I would definitely describe today’s tablescape as English country…with its floral tablecloth, abundance of color, and warmth! The vintage style floral tablecloth was the inspiration for setting this vibrant table! As you all know…I love mixing patterns…paisley salad plate juxtaposed with a floral cloth! I gathered Queen Anne’s Lace from our pasture before it was cut for hay – and snipped lilies to add cheerful color to the trio of vintage mason jars!! How simple and easy is this little floral arrangement! The water hyacinth placemats are a new purchase. I couldn’t resist a bargain! The placemats add texture…napkins bring out the yellow in the floral cloth! The stemware, mason jars, and votives are the same color and are perfect for the vintage-look tablescape! The pair of English porcelain figures complement the cream dinner plates!
A cheerful setting on a very cloudy day! “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
Jane Austen This tablescape could move outdoors to my garden! “It’s the sense of what family is at the dinner table. It was the joy of knowing mother was in the kitchen making our favorite dish. I wish more people would do this and recall the joy of life.”
Paul Prudhomme Some of life’s greatest pleasures are shared around the table!
Indian cotton tablecloth/napkins – April Cornell from TJ Maxx (last year)
Water hyacinth place mats – Tuesday Morning (recent)
Dinner plates – American Atelier “Baroque”. Horchow.com
Salad plates – Tracy Porter “The Artesian Road” Horchow.com
Stemware – Tuesday Morning (a few years ago)
Flatware – Reed and Barton stainless
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