Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Plain and Simple



A bouquet of queen anne's lace was the inspiration for this simple trayscape. The fields around our Little Red House are filled with the flowers right now, and I couldn't resist picking some.




I love the simplicity of this country bouquet in it's clear glass antique bottle.




A simple vintage embroidered napkin is paired with a bone-handled knife and German silver spoon. All from area thrift stores and antique shops.




A Waterford goblet in the Donegal pattern is part of our wedding crystal. And gosh, do I need to wash it!




The simple white plate is by American Atelier at Home. I am really craving simplicity these days -- getting a little tired of anything too colorful or fancy.




And what could be simpler than these beautiful gifts from the sea?

Many thanks to the fabulous Susan, of Between Naps on the Porch, for making Tablescape Thursday such a fun time for all! Visit Susan for lots more wonderful tablescapes.

68 comments:

  1. Oh my I love your simple tablescape today. You have quite a beautiful touch to your display. It is wonderful. Now to learn the photo mosaic I am looking forward to trying it. Thanks

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  2. Your bouquet in the antique bottle is perfect!! I would love to see these growing in a field!

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  3. Simple, yet so very elegant...and beautiful!

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  4. I heart those plates ! Great photos ! I heart those plates - didn't I already say that ? I really do.....
    Kammy

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  5. Simple and beautiful, but I've been meaning to ask you... just HOW MANY sets of dishes do you own. *laughing very loudly*

    Di
    Snappy Finger

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  6. Beautiful plates. I love the Queen Anne's Lace. It is one of my favorites!

    Christi

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  7. Hi Mary, my goodness your tablescape is just beautiful!
    if you would be so kind to stop over at my blog I have a couple of things there waiting for you. Thanks so much and I hope that you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs...
    Bobbi

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  8. So pretty and soothing. I too, enjoy Queen Anne's Lace -- it certainly lives up to it's name and your tablescape is a wonderful compliment to such a lovely flower.

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  9. Plain and simple is a good thing, Mary. I love it all, but I really focused in on that beautiful old fashioned napkin and your mix of silverware. I love how you do that. Oh! I love this!

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  10. This is just perfect. The simple setting would not detract from a lovely meal. Thanks for reinforcing that simple is many times the best.

    Charla

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  11. So lovely the white and crystal. I love that Donegal pattern...beautiful.

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  12. The vintage flatware is wonderful!!! Perfect simple setting. Happy TT!

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  13. Plain and simple is beautiful! Great photos!

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  14. This is gorgeous and calming. I love the muted colors and the antique pieces. Fabulous!

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  15. Perfect. I think that says it all.

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  16. beautiful table mary - i do so love the white plates

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  17. Simply wonderful and relaxing.
    Joyce

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  18. Simple elegance is so classic! I love the mix of vintage flatware. Beautiful table!

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  19. Very pretty, Mary. I take it by spells...sometimes I love simple other times, I favor gaudy!! tee hee...
    Love your table today!!

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  20. Very pretty girl...love the flatware and the napkin...we also have the Queen anne lace growing wild here...loved it all...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  21. classic beauty, but that last shot... oh my, perfection~

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  22. You did simple really well -- it's a beautiful table.

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  23. Oh but I love it's simplicity. It's like it is beckoning you to just relax. Everything is just easy and relaxing to the eyes.

    Li

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  24. That plate may be white, but it's anything but plain or simple! It's gorgeous.
    - The Tablescaper

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  25. Beautiful, charming, elegant, and simple all in one!! I love it- the mixed silverware, sparkling crystal, that lovely plate!

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  26. Simple eligance!!

    thanks for sharing.
    I couldnt make tablescape thrusday but stop by and say hi if you have a moment. :)

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

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  27. Very pretty, and simple.
    I feel like you some days, and then I see a new pattern I want...Would be so much easier to stick with one..someday I will Simplify!

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  28. This is absolutely lovely! Who wouldn't want to eat from this beautiful setting.... (although I really wouldn't want to mess it up with food of all things!).

    It makes me want to get out there and visit some antique shops....

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  29. Queen Anne's lace is such a beautiful wildflower, and you've made another lovely tablesetting!

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  30. Such an elegant tablescape. And the Queen Anne (I didn't know about such a regal name) sets it off beautifully.

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  31. Love your tablescape! As a new blogger I have learned so much from these postings. I am gathering "stuff" to try Tablescape Thursday myself!

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  32. Simple and elegant! The plates remind me of lace.

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  33. Mary, Beautiful....sometimes plain and simple are the best.

    Happy Thursday.
    Barbara

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  34. Everything looks just beautiful. I have also switched my attentions to white- it is so much fun.

    Laura

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  35. These creamy dishes and the sparkling silver and crystal look just right against the rustic wicker of the tray. Beautiful!

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  36. Plain and Simple can be the most beautiful, plus I love white! I've photographed the Queen Anns Lace this year in the wild but have yet to pick any. Good idea Mary! It would look sweet with some ferns from the garden thrown in too. Hmmm .... maybe I'll just have to do that.

    Everything is lovely : )

    Sharon

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  37. I adore the cutlery! And now I'll have to go check my goblet to see if it too is a Donegal!

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  38. What a wonderful tablescape or should I say trayscape ;) I would feel so pampered being served on that setting.

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  39. Your tablescape is just my style- love the simplicity and the neutral colors. Your plate is gorgeous as is your crystal. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. this is right up my alley on tablescapes...i adore white on the table.

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  41. Simple yet elegantly beautiful. Love the embroidered napkin and how lucky to have the queen annes lace growing nearby. I love white.. I have never done an all white table. Time to step out of my box... your table is lovely.
    Maryrose

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  42. I LOVE Queen Anne's Lace! Your tablescape is lovely.

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  43. Simple and elegant, casual and charming. Love it

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  44. Beautiful. I love queen anne's lace... it is so often overlooked...
    Your setting is simply stunning!
    ~Amy

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  45. This is so elegant! And your words "craving simplicity" and "getting tired of colorful" really speaks to my heart! I've been feeling this way for months! On my personal blog I've been complaining to all my blogging friends that I want pastel pink, pretty lavender, pale green, and baby blue in my life, and I'm surrounded by Tuscan jewel colors! I've been craving a pink kitchen! Oh well.
    Great post!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  46. Everything you do warms my heart! Simple and sweet and just a delight for the eyes. What attracts me is that it is something we all can accomplish. No, not like yours, of course not, but it gives a feeling of...how wonderful...I can do that!!
    Oh..lol..never mind. I know you know what I mean!
    Hugs to you, Mary!
    Mona

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  47. You have such elegance! I love the simplicity of old bottles with flowers tucked in. Seashells from the ocean. Nature in all its goodness.
    Brenda

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  48. Hi Mary...

    Simpy beautiful!!! I love those pretty "Queen Anne's lace" flowers...they're perfect in your antique bottle! The place setting is gorgeous, my friend! Ahhh...simplicity...there's alot to be said about sweet and simple!!! Thank you for sharing this lovely tablescape with us today! As always, your photos are magnificent!!! So inspirational!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  49. Well, I wanted to say simply beautiful but Miss Chari beat me to it! :-) I love seeing all your sweet treasures that you've collected...you have a great eye for spotting the good stuff! :-)
    Susan

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  50. Mary, after seeing ALL the tablescapes over the months, I have to say, this is one of the MOST beautiful ever. Love all of it, the silverware, the plates and with the touch of my childhood fave .... Queen Anne's Lace. A lovely post!

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  51. I don't think it's plain and simple at all, I think it's elegant and classy! Love the antiques!

    Katherine

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  52. Very elegant and oh so classy. What a wonderful job you did on your tablescape...

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  53. Plain? No way! Very beautiful. Hope your hands are feeling better.
    Dawn

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  54. That is lovely! I love all the white. I've been in a subdued, low color mood myself these days.

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  55. Pretty in White can be the title of your table! I enjoyed the antique flatware for an elegant touch!

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  56. I liked everything about your setting today! Just beautiful and photographed very effectively ... wonderful post!

    bill

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  57. I love Queen Anne's Lace. I tried planting some one time, but it didn't work in my flower bed. To think that you have it all over the place. I'm jealous! The place setting is so pretty and dainty. laurie

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  58. Beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing!
    /Jackie

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  59. Hi Mary,

    What a pretty table setting. Love the Queen Anne's lace too. My mother in law would dry out the flowers in an old telephone book, and sprinkle them with clear glitter. The very fine kind. She would hang them with thread from the chandelier at Christmas. Sooo, very pretty and delicate.

    Debbie

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  60. I agree with another bloggers comment.....Simple but Elegant....love the dish.

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  61. Simple, yet elegant. This is how I see you, as well.

    Please don't laugh.

    I know you are laughing, so stop!!!

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  62. Just lovely! Wouldn't that be the perfect tray to perk someone up who is sick in bed! ::Jill

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  63. Beautiful I have the same dishes that I got from my mother who got them from a friend.

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