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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Luneville & Toile

First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

Luneville faience, French tin-glazed pottery, has intrigued me for a number of years.  It is beautifully designed...so feminine and romantic.  I've been just a bit leery about the original Luneville because I have been told that it was produced with lead based glazes.  With that in mind, I was pleased to discover Copeland Spode's interpretation of the French faience.  Their pattern is named "Luneville".  I usually purchase the Spode for plates, and I'll mix in the original Luneville faience serving/display pieces.  Today, I've used my Luneville for an early Spring luncheon.

   Every once in awhile, I find some neat fabrics for great prices on eBay.  This yummy green and white toile is called "Central Park".  I was able to obtain enough yardage to make a 120" round cloth and a 144" oblong cloth for the dining table.  I like the way that the fabric pulls the green leaves through the window into the vignette.

 With the addition of the "Flip-top Tabletop", the game table is easily converted to a table suitable for seven to eight guests. Today, I'm seating seven for lunch.  Many of you have asked about the pair of green crystal lamps in the background.  We've had them for 26 years, and given the opportunity, I'd still choose them again today.  They are made by Wicker Works, and they are named "Baluster".  They are still in production.

The Luneville faience tureen, placed on a Luneville chop plate, served well as the centerpiece. Flowers are simply small pots of Impatiens from a local nursery.  They'll be planted in the garden later.  Today the pots are placed in reticulated creamware cachepots that I found on clearance at Michael's several years ago.  Tip:  When I find containers like these...and at a great price...I tend to buy quite a few of them.  They stack, so they're easy to store.  I bought 8 of them to use when I'm seating larger groups at multiple tables.  See that one pink goblet?  I set them out in the kitchen for my guests who wanted to have a pre-lunch glass of wine.  They were brought to the table when lunch was served.  I was just doing a dry run here.

I've always been drawn to the detail work on the old Luneville serving pieces...what a wonderful shade of pink!  These Elfin Impatiens are called "Lipstick". Tip:  Elfin Impatiens grow profusely!  They become HUGE, and they are quite hardy.  I give them extremely high marks.  Give them a try! 


Today, I used the Godinger, "Sutton Place" goblets.  They were an eBay purchase, less than $5.00 per stem at the time that I bought them.  I still see them offered in auctions; I don't see them at that price any longer.  The individual lead crystal salt and peppers were a wedding gift many years ago.  Guests always seem to appreciate easy access to the condiments.

The Caspari rattan chargers lend an organic texture that speaks of Spring.  Spliced between the charger and dinner plate, the vintage Damask napkins belonged to our dear Nana.  She blessed us with so many beautiful things.  I think that it's really important to be a good steward of our family treasures.  I'm a strong advocate for pulling them out of cabinets, drawers and closets and using them as often as possible.  The softly rounded handles of the Towle, "Antique Bead" stainless steel seemed a good match for the gently scalloped shape of the Copeland Spode, "Luneville" dinner plate.

We were out of town last week.  We had so much fun taking our grandsons, 6 and 5, to Disney World with their parents.  I was exhausted when we returned home.  It will be so nice to sit and have a restful meal and visit with dear friends.  I think that everything is ready...and if I've forgotten something, no one will know unless I tell them.  

There's the doorbell ringing...I wish that I could walk to the door and find you crossing the threshold...I'll keep hoping!
   








Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, "Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "Tablescape Thursday."   Click HERE to hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 9:00 pm on Wednesdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.


You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "Orchid."  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!   



33 comments:

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful tablescape. I have never seen this china before it is wonderful.Beautiful goblets, you did get them for a good price! It is nice to sit and relax over a meal with friends-something we sadly don't do often enough.

Miss Char said...

Beautiful spring table and I'm in love with the new tablecloth. Thanks for sharing.

Martha said...

Very pretty spring table. I like how the Spode mixes with the French tureen.

Pondside said...

What a beautiful spring table. I'd love to be ringing your doorbell, and re-visiting a very happy time we had when we lived in your city. We were part of the foreign military community, but lovely Oklahomans took us into their lives and homes and entertained us royally - I have fond memories of wonderful Sunday brunches a beautiful old club that reminded me more of our time on the Main Line than of a city in the wild west!

Tricia said...

Lovely table! I like the way you've brought in a garden feel with the wicker chargers and potted impatiens -- in the perfect shade of pink for your pretty dishes!

Marlis said...

I have that same fabric! But certainly not that much of it. It's the perfect shade of green. And goes wonderfully well as a background for the Luneville. Your crystal is so pretty. Oh my, and I sigh. The little reticulated pots are charming and blend perfectly with the Luneville. you bless us each week with your lovely settings and detailed descriptions..

Mabel said...

Beautiful setting! I love your collection of Luneville and Spode's Luneville. The same pattern is called Marlborough Sprays in Europe. The combination of pink, white an the green Toile de Jouy is spectacular! Thank you for sharing.
Greetings from Switzerland
Cornelia

Meredith said...

I love this setting...looks like the perfect picture for a luncheon! The colors are so pretty and go so well with your beautiful impatiens.

Sonia said...

Oh so pretty...I love the dishes and those gorgeous goblets! The green toile tablecloth is so pretty for a spring table! You do set a wonderful table!!

Miss Bloomers

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love this table with such beautiful elements, such as that great toile tablecloth, you did a great job with it. The tureen is gorgeus! Beautiful dishes and goblets. The whole table has such great coloring and the impatients just go perfect!
Happy Easter!
FABBY

Susan Hawthorne said...

I love the soft green toile tablecloth as the background for the floral dinnerware. You have set an enchanting table.

swedecollection said...

I love how you put the potted Impatiens in the cachepots. I will look for that Lipstick color at the nursery. How nice to see you bring life to the Luneville china that has been forgotten with so many older patterns. I enjoy rejuvenating patterns and bringing them up to date in a new way like you have done. You even have the huge soup tureen! I am a caretaker of linens also and notice when women like you mention that you do too. Pretty stemware. The pinks in the china and Impatiens make a beautiful harmony.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Thank you for dropping by Merry Kay, and for the sweet and lovely comments on my daughter's things, yes, she likes the decorating and the entertaining as she is a prophesional photographer, she loves beauty. I will do the same when I go to visit my other daughter Sofia, she asked me once, next time you come mom, lets make a tablescape, she also has beautiful dishes from our ex-factory.
HUGS
FABBY

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, the china pattern is lovely...but my favorite is the toile tablecloth. It certainly is beautiful.

Mary said...

I love your sweet pots of impatiens & your beautiful Luneville china. Your tureen is stunning~ lovely table!

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay.. Are you okay? Did the weather affect you? You guys are in my prayers.

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful!!! I agree with you that we are blessed to become the keepers of treasures from those who have gone before us. I cherish every piece and handle with great care. I don't like to put those pieces "out of sight, out of mind." You brought a piece of your Nana memory to the luncheon table! The Luneville pieces are gorgeous, and I'm sure you feel much more at ease knowing they are produced by Spode. You did a marvelous job with the table linen!!! I have yet to tackle a round one on the sewing machine! I may have to goad my sister or niece into doing me that favor! I don't know that I have ever heard of the Elfin impatiens. Funny...their name would imply that they'd be tiny little things. I guess it's like calling a 6-ft., 250 lb. cousin "Tiny." :-) I love the containers in which you displayed them. I have 2 similar containers and wish I had more of an occasion to use them. They have such a pretty, feminine quality about them. Cheers, and have a great weekend!

tammylovesdishes said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Your green and white toile is absolutely beautiful and your dishes look great with it! I like the idea of having individual s&p shakers; yours are so cute. The whole table looks very inviting, so much so that I, too, wish I was crossing your threshold!
Tammy

Kathleen said...

LOL, my mom was an avid gardener and would only use elfin as they don't get leggy!
I love that tureen, is is gorgeous! Beautiful table, CK! Love the stems too!
My son has 3 sons 7, 5, 3 and a dau. I am exhausted when they leave! A day at the beach with them and I need 2 days to recoup!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Cherry Kay, I have never made my own tablecoverings although I often think I should--yours is beautiful! The china looks so bright with the soft green tablecloth and the matching tureen with its little fruit handle is wonderful! Disney is an exhausting place. We are going in June. Your grandsons are the perfect age and you are lucky to have been able to share the experience with them! Linda

xinex said...

Your table looks wonderful Cherry Kay. I also love tha cache pots, good idea about getting a lot. Beautiful dishes and tablecloth...Christine

Scribbler said...

Pretty fabrics really can make a table, and they can also perk up some other things that maybe we have grown tired of. I think you have inspired me to revisit my stash of fabrics. Thanks for visiting as always.

Barbara said...

Cherry Kay, what a lovely table! I think you have the most wonderful collection of tureens. I love seeing them and this one is so wonderful too. Beautiful dishes! I haven't been around much lately but I wanted to check in and see one of your beautiful tables!

Kathy said...

This is really beautiful - a terrific version of the French Faience! Lovely table setting,
Kathy

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescapes are all ways Beautiful sweet lady. You know just how to put it all Together for a lovely Evening with your lovely dishes. yes you have the most wonderful collection of Tureens. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new tablescape.
xxoo
Diane

Denise said...

Hi Cherry Kay,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments! I have looked at your tablescapes several times, and I regret I did not leave a comment sooner. One week I tried commenting on most of the tables, and it literally took me hours! Your table is beautiful this week (or last week, I guess at this point). I love your Luneville pieces; that is a gorgeous shade of pink, and I think you can count on excellent quality when you purchase Spode. And your tablecloth -- oh my. I have a serious obsession with toile. It blends beautifully with your dishes. I just happened to notice the picture of your little Yorkie, Dickens. What really caught my eye is that we have always had Scotties at our house, and years ago, my husband started calling them Scottish terrorists. I did a double take when I read your description! Terriers really are a handful aren't they? Evidently, that must be the appeal for our family.

Take care,

Denise @ Forest Manor

Designs By Pinky said...

HI CK, this is a beautiful table! I love your dishes and the PINK wine glasses!!!! Love the impatiens, I just bought mine today and will plant tomorrow! I can't wait! We had MORE tree work done today and I ahve been TRYING for over an hour to post pictures but Blogger is not cooperating:(. Have a great week! XO, Pinky

Farica said...

Thank you for visiting my blog tonight! I appreciate your sweet comments so much!! Love your tablescape as well. Gorgeous dishes and flowers. LOVE IT!! So glad to be your latest follower!
Farica @ Southern Charm

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You always have lovely and inviting tablescapes!

Thanks for your sweet comments on my chick and egg collection. I just posted my cross collection, please come back to see!

Katherine

Jacqueline said...

Oh, Cherry Kay, that tureen is just the absolute star. What a beauty. That combination of pink and green are just breathtaking. I love the little florals you did with it in their cute planters. This just makes me happy today as we were socked in and drenched. We usually have beautiful springs. I needed the gorgeous pink and green today!

Desire Empire said...

Such a pretty table and congratulations to your daughter for supporting such a great cause
Best Carolyn

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

What a beautiful and So "Spring Refreshing" table! I love the dinnerware and that tureen is "To Die For"!!! LOVE IT ALL! The rattan chargers give the table the Easter basket boost. "It's Perfect"!
Love your daughters talent and thoughtfulness! She's a Gem!
Have a wonderful Holy week,
Hugs,
Donna

Sunny said...

Hello Cherry Kay! My goodness your table is absolutely stunning. Love, love it. From the spot where your napkins hung to the delicate laced, footed planters. You have such flair! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment. :) Happy Easter! Sunny109