Wednesday, June 10, 2015

European Tour Table Setting

It's been quite a while since I was last out of the country. Truth be told, I don't miss it. I have visited a lot of different countries over the years. In some cases, as a part of a grant or fellowship received by my husband, so not only did I visit the country, but lived and worked there, like a local. I feel very fortunate to have seen and done all that I have, but these days, I am pretty content to stay at home for a while, basking in my avoidance of the TSA.
That does not mean that I don't love setting a table with an international flair. I love maps, I love plates that feature text and postage, and picture a destination that I have visited. So when I found these at Pier One I could not resist buying them. I knew they would go beautifully with the chocolate brown plates that I had been given for my birthday last year, and would stack nicely with those black polka-dot-edged Christmas (yep!) plates that seem to enhance almost every table setting, and that I have used here, and here, and here, and here, and actually for Christmas here. What I didn't know is that they would be nicely complemented by the salmon rimmed chargers that I have had since I was in college.






I am in love with this table setting. The plates represent London, Paris, Rome, and New York.
The wine glasses with the Eiffel Tower are among my favorites and are made in France by La Rocher. I love their glassware!
The map candles are from Pottery Barn, I believe. I have had them forever, and used them for the first time
here.
The antique crystal candlesticks were a Christmas gift from my husband, years ago, purchased at a favorite local antiques shop that, sadly, closed its doors years ago. Despite their very elegant and formal look, they go nicely here.


The birdcage is a consignment store purchase. It spends a lot of time in the center of this table because I love it so, but here it sort of reminds me of the Taj Mahal, particularly with those tall taper candles on either side.


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18 comments:

Linda said...

Love every single thing on this table! Great mix of colors and styles. We have a map theme in our living room; it's timeless and always interesting.

Jeannie Marie said...

What a beautiful tablescape! I love the theme and all the little details!

Sarah said...

Pattie, I can see why you are smitten with these plates. Love the way you accented them with the brown, black, and pink, the maps, and the fun Eiffel Tower themed glasses. Love the touch of the polka dot border paired with the beaded rim on the dinner plate. Great stack!!!

sweet violets said...

What a beautiful compliment of colors!!!

Angelina B. said...

I love the theme of this table! The plates to nicely with the Chargers and those map candles are fun!!

Rosie M. said...

You have hit the ball out of the park with this tablescape! LOVE those salad plates: I can't decide which European spot I like better. You've coordinated colors and textures so very well. This table is inviting and warm. Bravo!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Barbara said...

What a pretty table! I just love your plates, so different and pretty. The black and white with a touch of pink is just wonderful. I am impressed that you had chargers in your college days! I am so glad to see your map candles. I have some of those, somewhere. I need to find them!

Tea in Texas said...

So glad you had the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the world! Your tablesacpe represents some of the most picturesque places in Europe. The Peir 1 plates are just the correct addition to your stack of plates. Enjoyed traveling to your post and hope will enjoy my post whis week!

Pam

Karen Luvswesavory said...

Lovely ! I truly enjoy viewing these lovely pictures so much ....love the pairing of beautiful plates ... and that elegant bird cage too :D

eileeninmd said...

Just lovely! I love this theme, colors and the pretty tablescape. The plates are beautiful! The birdcage is cute! Have a happy weekend!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Ooooh, I love those plates. Did you buy them recently? I would love to find them.

Christine Graves said...

Stunning tablescape! Love those dishes you got and that sweet little candle.

Chloe Crabtree said...

What a beautiful tablescape! I am so very impressed! I have pinned this to my tablescape board. I would love it if you would stop by and share this over at my very first link party! http://celebrateanddecorate.com/celebrate-it-sunday-link-party-1/

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

I feel like I've just gone on a trip looking at this wonderful tablescape! The plates are perfect as are the map candles. Your birdcage centerpiece looks great in the setting. Would love to sit and dine here! Visiting from MIP at The Dedicated House.

Jennelise said...

I love your table setting! What beautiful plates! So special!
Jennelise

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Such a gorgeous table setting! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/06/the-sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_21.html Hope to see you tomorrow for Make it Pretty Monday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

thepaintedapron.com said...

Oh your plates instantly took me away Patti! I was instantly transported to someplace magical and enchanting~ I'm with you I'd much rather stay home and travel virtually these days...LOVE your Eiffel tower glassware and how you've put everything together!
Jenna

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Hi Patti! The Weekly Feature Series is live on the blog which you are apart of. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/06/weekly-feature-series_26.html Have a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse