Wednesday, June 24, 2009

post 101! an unfussy tablescape


This is my 101st post! How can that be? Perhaps I lost track because it has been so busy around here. Last week my guys all took turns being sick. In between keeping everyone comfy and keeping the house in a decent state, I decided to fit-in a little down time, oddly enough, by playing around with a tablescape. I say "oddly enough" because I must have wiped-down the dining room table a million times over a few days but what did I choose to do while the boys watched a movie? Set the table! Last week was my first Tablescape Thursday and I thought it was so enjoyable.


As you can see my "dining room" is small and so I keep things very casual and simple.


And even though I love details, I don't care if say, the metal of my flatware matches the trim of my dishes or not.


I am using a valance as a table runner. For a quick centerpiece, I grabbed a potted plant from outside.


The floral patterned place setting is a lovely mis-match of pieces inherited from my Nana and my husband's great-grandmother.

(My boys drank water from the glasses pictured that night at dinner. They felt very dignified!)

LinkSmall clippings in bottles grouped together on a cake plate complete the "unfussification" of my tablescape. How about a simple champagne brunch?

For more tablescape fun, please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. It really is fun!


This was my original inspiration photo for the dining room. As soon as we bought our house, I placed an order with Pottery Barn: different table but I have the chairs, chair pads, valances and etagère.

This is how the dining room looked after we settled in. As you can see I have painted the walls (and went with mint instead of blue), removed the border, painted the top of the sidebar and changed all of the hardware. I am currently using different valances, too. Just thought this would be fun to share! Thanks for indulging me!

Oh, and one more thing ... there is the most beautiful giveaway going on right now at Vintage Bella Studio. You will not want to miss this!

xo

46 comments:

fairiemoon said...

Happy 101st! I am getting close. But I just cannot think about it right this very second.

Erin :)

Shelia said...

Congratulations on your 101st post! If it weren't for Susan and tablescapes, I may not have met you! I love your simple sweet table! So chariming! Your dining room is so sweet! I love those chairs!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Lori said...

Elyse, your table~scape is pretty and sweet...i love everything about it!!!

Laurie said...

How absolutely beautiful Elyse, you've inspired me to do something with mine, thanks for sharing and congrats on you 101st post! Mines coming up shortly.

debi @ life in my studio said...

Your dining room is very sweet and cottagey. Love the mint green walls...that's such a pretty, soothing color.
Your table setting is beautiful...I love your china! And the silverware looks lovely tied with a bow...I'll have to swipe that idea. *wink*

Glitter and Bliss said...

Hello!! OK.. I have two questions to answer for you. The first one is about the salsa. I use a few fresh...cooked...
tomatoes plus canned because I think it makes my salsa taste a little fresher. The other one is about my time I lived in Warwick. I got married...right out of college...to a med school student. After medical school, he matched at Brown Univ. for his residency. We were so excited!! We lived in Warwick during that time. Unfortunately, our marriage did not last. I think he is practicing medicine in Chicago now. Anyhoo... I returned from R.I. to Tulsa (completely heart broken), where my sister lived. My parents were also here in Oklahoma. I have been here ever since. I met Mark..and the rest is history. Everything worked out. It was a hard time for me, but I learned a lot. In the process, I fell in love with New England. Everyone has a story....right? Hugs... Leslie

Kammy said...

I loved your setting ! Those linens are to die for......
Congrats on your 101st post !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Melissa Wertz said...

Pretty pretty! And congrats on your 101st! Happy TT!

TattingChic said...

That is lovely! I love the pinks and whites. It's very sweet and so you! Very pretty! :)

stefanie said...

happy 101!!!! your table is beautiful, mine consists of craft projects and walmart foam plates, how divine.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This looks so sweet. That china is lovely, and the centerpiece container is gorgeous! I enjoyed seeing your inspiration picture for your dining room. I like the way your room turned out better than the inspiration pic! laurie

Karen said...

Thank you for your sweet comments on my boring tablescape. LOL. But you know - it was all worth while, because Justin and I had SUCH a GOOD evening! And you look for those opportunities when they get to this age. They are so busy, and their agenda is not your agenda, and . . . you just have to learn to let go. So to sneak in a few moments of comfort and just being "friends" was totally great. I love him so. And I know he loves me. He has our "values". He is an awesome kid.
Thanks again. Your table scape was just perfect.
Isn't it fun?
NEXT time - I'm going to try something FANCY!!!
LOL. Have a good weekend!

LiLi M. said...

Your dining room is lovely! I love the mixing and matching too! It's almost symbolic how the pieces of one family fit together with the pieces of another family. Of course the valance is the matchmaker ;-)
Have a nice day!

Really Rainey said...

Cotton candy, light and airy, non fussy pretty! LOVE it!
Have a good rest of the week!
~Really Rainey~

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Love your table setting Elyse! The centerpiece is my favorite!!! You did a wonderful job on my dinning room make-over sweetie!

Happy 101 posting!!!

Hugs,
Maryjane
xox

Pearl said...

Your table scape is beautiful, I love the flowers in the old compode. Just lovely, and also Congratulations on your 101st post!

Holly said...

Very sweet, Elyse! ♥

Jen Kershner said...

I absolutely adore your centerpiece. What a creative soul you are!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

What a lovely tablescape! I love every element. Your dishes are beautiful. You have made very good use of your space. Simply elegant!

Happy 101st post!

Tina

Sandi said...

Love your tablescape! It is so pretty!! Thanks for sharing it wit us ~
Blessings~

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Hi Elyse.. congrats on your 101 post! may hundreds more to come. btw I really like your table setting.. infact am falling in love with your centerpiece flower pot. so beautiful and makes me want one.. hehehehe

have a nice day!
xo
fitty

Michelle said...

Very pretty unfussiness! I like the cuttings in the bottles on the cake plate! Happy TT and 101st post!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Lovely table. I cant believe you had the energy for that with sick kids!Have a great day

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Elyse! Happy 101 post! I am so sorry your boys have been sick :( I have a little guy with a fever today. You arent supposed to get sick in summer, lol!

I LOVE this post!! Your home is so pretty, I lovey our dining room! The tablescape is just perfect. I love mismatched china! The flower cuttings on the cake plate are so cottage perfect!! Love everything!!

Big Hugs,
Amy

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Soooo gorgeous, Elyse!!! Very crisp and sweet.

Hope the boys are better.

xo
Becky

Claudia said...

Your tablescape is lovely - I love seeing your dining room table and chairs! It is so welcoming, Elyse. Congratulations on post 101!

Cathy said...

So pretty!!! I think it is perfection!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Brenda said...

Elyse, I love your sweet blog. And I love this tablescape! Isn't this so much fun? I didn't think I'd love it as much as I obviously do, as I can barely cook! I love your delicate details (which you're known for anyway), and my dining room is tiny. So I know just what you mean there. Please come back and do this again. I look forward to seeing another one!
Brenda

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

What an absolutely beautiful. Your attention to detail is very inspiring. Congrats on your 101th post.

Lisa said...

Happy 101!! I'm almost to 100! I can't believe it! I've only been doing this since March!!
Your table is lovely!!
Hugs, Lisa

Mary said...

Very nice!

ellen b. said...

Hello Elyse! So nice to meet you.
Your table is so lovely!! Happy 101st! Blessings....

fairychildheirlooms said...

congrats on 101 posts! I love your tablesetting and your entire dining area. the dishes are so exqisite... the 'runner/valance' is so pretty too!
:) Missy

Stephenie said...

Congrat's on your 101st post!!! Time really does fly when you're having fun..Anyway, Your table setting is just gorgeous...I love it...
Stephenie

Vintage Amethyst said...

Congratulations on 101 wonderful posts!
Ooohh your table looks so sweet & lovely ~ just perfect!
Have a lovely weekend
love
Alison
x

Shellie said...

ahh... the VISION.

I can't believe how much your house has changed. So beautiful!

:)S

Chrissy said...

Hello!! Just found your lovely blog, so glad I did....this table setting is stunning!! All the best,Chrissy

Cathy said...

Hi Elyse,

All these beautiful tablescapes. I hope you plan on having lots and lots of parties.

xo Cath

Liz said...

Happy 101! A very lovely table. Sometimes simple is best!

~Liz

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

It looks beautiful and I love that dish you have the flowers in, so pretty! Happy 101 posts(;
Hugs~Kelly

Claire said...

Beautiful setting as always! Cheers on your 101th post =)

LaurieStar said...

oohh... I so much love the newer color on your walls than in the "before" picture. What a huge difference! Congrats on your 101th post!

Willow said...

Your table looks wonderful. My next project is to get my diningroom in shape.

Willow

tales from an oc cottage said...

That tureen is to die for!!!! Fabulous table!!!

m ^..^

I'm Julia said...

So glad you stopped by... I'm thinking you saw me on Barbara Jacksier maybe?

I love the unfussy table, right up my alley. So pretty without being overdone. Love the gentleness of the entire room... you've taken it in a beautiful direction.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

It looks beautiful. I love your plates. What wonderful memories you are creating by letting the boys use the fancy glasses! I really like your redo, and the mint green is very calming.