Wednesday, June 3, 2009

3 Degrees Of Decoration

Welcome to my tablescapes for Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan of Between Naps On The Porch.

Below are 3 tablescapes I created over the weekend. Yes, I had way too much time on my hands this past weekend. However, I had a great time. All the florals, with the exception of the blue Hydrangeas, are artificial.

Tablescape #1 Tableau Rouge
Stemware-Waterford, Murano & Mikasa

Notes: I really love the pair of cobalt porcelain horses and how well they compliment the Noritake dinnerware. The Noritake pattern is Valhalla. I also like the dramatic blend of red,white and blue colors complimented with gold. For me, the deep rich colors evoke a masculine and regal setting.

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Tablescape #2 Tableau Vert
Dinnerware-Lenox & T. Sevres Bavaria
Stemware-Waterford,Faberge & Arte Italica

Notes: I love the vintage dinner plates. The plates were manufactured by Lenox and decorated by the W.H. Tatler Company, the company that decorated the Lenox tableware before Lenox began developing their own in-house decorating department. This particular design was created in the early 1930s exclusively for a wealthy jeweler named Millard F. Davis who lived in Wilmington, Delaware. I also like the Thomas Sevres Bavaria(1908-1939) bread plates that I purchased from a good friend's lot at a local antique store. They compliment the dinner plates beautifully.

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Tablescape #3 Tableau Bleu
Dinnerware-China Export Canton Blue
Stemware-Mikasa,William Sonoma (blue glasses)

Notes: I love everything about this setting. My initial intention was to create a "shabby chic" display. However, once I began setting the table, it evolved and took on a more formal note than I anticipated. It turned out to be my favorite of the three that is why I have additional photos of this tablescape. I couldn't decide if I like the plates better with or without the silver plated chargers. Also, the setting was like a natural born supermodel...almost every picture I captured came out beautifully making hard to decide which ones to post. Simply put, Blue,White and Silver with hints of green is just a spectacular color team that could never go wrong. It is a timeless combination.

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Thank you for visiting my tablescapes. For more creative and unique table settings, visit Between Naps On The Porch.


xinex said...

Julio, I love all of them. So hard to pick a favorite. The first on is very simple and yet very elegant. The second one is kinda Grecian and european and is regal and fit for royalty and the third one is very classically Asian, very pretty. I did a blue and white tablescape for today too....Christine

ellen b said...

Oh my word!! You blew me away with the first two and then you added the third. So elegant, so put together. I love them all but the last one is my favorite!

Shelia said...

Hi Julio! Oh, my goodness! You can truly set a gorgeous table! It's a hard decision, but I think my favorite is the blue and white! You have so many gorgeous dishes and I hope you will join us every Thursday to share your gorgeous settings!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Maryrose said...

Hi Julio,
Oh my, three perfect tables. What a dream. I can't pick a favorite so maybe you can pick your favorite. They are all just lovely.

Maryrose said...

Hi Julio,
Oh my, three perfect tables. What a dream. I can't pick a favorite so maybe you can pick your favorite. They are all just lovely.

Kathy said...

Seriously!!! Three! I'm ready for dinner, just tell me which table to show up at! Love the second one best, amazing....Great job on all three. ~Kathy~@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing! God Bless! Lauralu :)

ceekay said...

Julio, they are all three beautiful..but that first one is my fav...I love the plates and those goblets are fantastic!

Peacock Blue said...

I love the 3rd blue place setting! And is that Mikasa Park Lane in the first one? That is my stemware pattern as well and I love it!

Feedsack Fantasy said...

Breathtaking ... what time is dinner?
TTFN ~ Marydon

movingonlady said...

I love it all it truly is gorgeous. I love the different color's for each tablescape.
I did a tablescape with my Grandmother's China. Drop by and take a peek.

niartist said...

GORGEOUS! Absolutely gorgeous - all of them. And since I'm now crushing on blue and white - it hurts to say that the yellow and green is my favorite. They're all fantastic - but for some reason that one just said: PLEASE TAKE ME HOME! :)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow, Julio...three gorgeous tables...I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried. I LOVE them all! I'm insanely crazy about the green Lenox different and just stunning! You have an amazing eye for putting together beautiful tablesettings! And your collection of stemware always leaves me breathless! I just love your choice of flowers for each tablescape...real or faux...they are just perfect! Thanks for another wonderful TT! Susan

Passerby said...

These tables look like something you'd see in a department store by a professional designer. You definitely have mastered the talent for creating the best tables. My favorite is the first table. I really like the red and blue together.

Kammy said...

Wow Girlfriend - you did great ! I have only done 2 in one day....3 is outstanding ! I love all 3 and I can not choose a favorite. They are so elegant and charming !

Linda said...

Oh my Julio, I love them all, just stunning but I think the first jewel tone one is my fav.
All so rich , Bravo!

Paris Atelier said...

It is so hard to choose a I chooses them all! I especially love the details as well as the florals. Breath taking! The Noritake tablescape reminds me of you and your (oh so fab) style very much! I love it! What time is dinner? :)

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

They are all exquisite. I love the last one the best.

Chari said...

Hello Julio...

Ohhh my...I don't even know where to begin...each tablescape is absolutely exquisite!!! I am in "awe" really!!! I absolutely love your dining room...remember it from a past certainly sets a fine and proper background to these beautifully set tables!!! My goodness gracious, you have so many beautiful many beautiful pieces!!! I loved the china in each tablescape but I must admit that it was the exquisite glassware that had me drooling (sorry but it's sooo true, hehe!) It's just so difficult to really comment on all of the beauty of these three tablescapes in this little comment box..hehe!

I am very hard pressed to pick a favorite, however I really love the colors of the second...the greens mixed with the yellow is just stunning! I loved the pretty bunch of yellow tulips paired with the large horse for the centerpiece!!!

Ohhh my...I really could just go on and on!!! Thank you so much for sharing all of these fabulous tablescapes with all of us...I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!!!

Warmest wishes,

Martha said...

They're all very pretty but I'm partial to blue and white -- I'm a blue and white addict.

You set a very pretty table.

Brenda said...

They're all uniquely lovely. The first one, rich with beauty, masculine and formal. The second a little more Southern, with the colors evocative of summer suppers on the porch. The third; well, I love blue and white! So for me it would be a tie, being a woman, between the last two. Wonderful job on all three. You set a charming table!

bj said...

OMIGOSH...all three of these are so so pretty. How regal and elegant...
I could never pick a favorite as they all are magnificent.
Thanks so much for showing us these lovely tablescapes..
And, you are NEVER wasting time when you are doing something you have fun with!! :O)

Scribbler said...

Your blog is always so informative -- I love that.

You have to be one of the most talented people in the world -- such a gift.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and beautiful collections with us.


marty39 said...

Wow, they are all three just stunning. You have such beautiful pieces and your accessories are just gorgeous. All of them are so pretty and perfect. Such wonderful inspiration. BTW, we are having a "Cloche Party" on the 19th of June. Check out my blog for details. I would love to have you join us for this event. Hugs, Marty

Janie's World said...

Hi Julio, Stunning and elegant! I think they are all absolutely gorgeous, but he green and yellow is my favorite. You have such beautiful china and stemware.

Bertie said...

Be still, my heart!! All three are stunning, my dear, just STUNNING!

What a fabulous talent you have and what beautiful pieces you have to work with. I hope you entertain a lot!!

Hard to choose, but I really love the third one best.

Aunt May's Cottage

Zelda said...

My dear Julio
You word touch me very deep , but I'm telling you , if you see how and were I eat , you wish you would never be the male version of my female version … I'm so much never home !and fare away from civilization , I can spend a half a month without having a meal sit at a table with a human being seating and eating with me . my favorite place to eat is at my desk in the factory , very inviting for fine china and sophisticate cuisine
When I see this tables I wish I was YOU ;-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh My! One lovely table after another after another! These are all worthy of being in a home deorating magazine! These are done to absolute perfection. I would love to play in your dishes!

honeysuckle said...

Beautiful tables! Beautiful pictures too, they are so professional. Thanks for sharing.

Motherof3 said...

Gorgeous tables. You should create a coffee table book with all your tablescapes. They are timeless beauties. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Chari said...

Hello Julio...

Just read the sweet note that you left for me on my ~~Water~~tablescape...thank you so much for coming by! I sure do appreciate your generous comments...I consider that a great compliment coming from such a fabulous tablescaper such as yourself! Also...thank you for the well wishes on my anniversary!

What a pleasure to come back by and get another peek at your fabulous tablescapes...I still hear that pretty green & yellow table calling to me! Hehe!

Warmest wishes,

Chris said...

WOW! I love these. It is very hard to choose, but I'd say the tableaux vert is my favorite, just in terms of the warmth of it. But doesn't the bleu make you hungry? It just looks like something incredibly tasty is coming up!

tartanscot said...

Oh my - I couldn't begin to choose a favourite if my life were to depend upon it . . . lol.

Nicely done!

niartist said...

Julio - I had to come back to look at this, and check to see if perhaps you were playing along this time, too. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all three of these, but still, the tulips are my fave. You're definitely an inspiration.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh My! I would not be able to pick a favorite. They are all stunning! What gorgeous china (all 3 tables), and your centerpieces are so entertaining. Thank you for sharing all of them. You're going to have a lot to live up to if you do this again next week! laurie

katiedid said...

My socks are officially blown off! These are simply amazing. I think I like the Green tablescape...but then again....nope, I can't decide. Let me ask a question: How did you accumulate all of your beautiful China and Crystal?!?! And where/how do you store it? And your accessories...strunning!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I am so in awe of your tableware. My dream is to have Waterford enough to go around, let's start with 12 each and I have yet to purchase one. Ah, we all need something to aspire to. It would be an honor to dine at your table in such luxury. I'm sure your guests appriciate it. I love to walk into a home for dinner and see a beautifully set and sparkling table. This night will be very good. Have a fun Sunday
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

lady jicky said...

I thought the three settings were all wonderful but if I had to pick one - I would put the blue ribbon on the green and yellow table.

Melissa said...


I just found your blog and have to tell you that I am in sheer Heaven.

Never, have I seen such a beautiful blog. It's simply gorgeous and ever so elegant.

Thank you for creating such an eye-catching blog to come and visit.


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