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25 February, 2009

Tablescape Thursday...or...Dinner in Provence

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Welcome to Tablescape Thursday with our hostess with the mostest, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! Please be sure to pay our gracious hostess a visit to see one of her wonderful tablescapes and to find a list of this week's participants!


Once again, our co-host is Baby Kitty, who is very busy checking out the placement of the flatware. He is a big fan of Miss Janice and wants to be sure that everything is done properly!


Tonight, imagine that we are having dinner in a little restaurant in a village in Provence! I am using my favorite colors, yellow and blue, because they remind me of the sunny south of France! Do you see my new Spode plate and spice jar on the sideboard? I won those in a giveaway from dear Diane at Four Paws and Co. Don't they just look right at home?


I am layering my yellow Vent du Sud tablecloth with Waverly placemats in a provençal pattern and, at the center, my very special table scarf that I found in Fontaine de Vaucluse, France! In Provence, it is common to mix patterns in fabrics and layer with coordinating colors.


The simple centerpiece is an arrangement of faux paper whites and a pair of blue and white candlesticks. I cannot use real plants for fear of having them eaten by my staff! lol


I used placemats at the two ends of the table and let the scarf serve as an interesting touch at the other places. I am using crystal goblets because there is already so much color on the table. These are actually my everyday dishes that I bought at HomeGoods about 6 years ago.


My friend Linda at Nina's Nest took me for my first shopping trip there. I walked in and these plates were on a big cart, not even on display yet. I squealed so loudly when I saw them that the manger came over...no kidding! Women started gathering around the cart to see what was so wonderful! Poor Linda had to explain...her first trip to HomeGoods!! lol They match my placemats which match my window treatments and the wallpaper in my kitchen!!!


There are four different salad/dessert plates that feature little shops you would commonly find in France. This one shows a wine shop.


This one is a boulangerie...a bakery that sells bread, not sweets.



This is a little grocery store/ fruit market. You can see from the name that the shop is in Provence!


And here is my favorite... a pâtisserie....a pastry shop! It's called Le Chat Blanc...the white cat. In the window is a croquembouche, which is a pièce montée...a pyramid of profiteroles or cream puffs held together by hardened caramel drizzles! Can you guess what it is? It's a French wedding cake!!!


I am using my pewter flatware again because I like the way it looks...chunky and old-fashioned. It just seems like the kind of flatware you might have in a tiny restaurant in a little village in Provence!

I have added an Italian egg plate because I love the colors. This one usually hangs above my stove.


I like to use these pots for breadsticks or condiments. They reflect the pattern in the candlesticks.


Well, there you have it...my dinner in Provence! I hope you have enjoyed our little outing and will continue your tour de tablescapes by visiting Susan at Between Naps on the Porch!
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86 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie! I love every part of this fabulous table from the linens to the dishes and accessories. And that hutch in the background with that plate rail top is calling out to me.

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  2. Oh this is just beautiful! I love the way everything coordinated so PERFECTLY!! Big Sigh!! :-) L~

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  3. I am in awe of this post. Everything is beautiful. The salad/dessert plates are especially nice. I love your hutch in the background. I was in Boscov's shopping today and, of course, was in the home decor section. There was a lot of yellow and blue. Now I wish that I would have at least purchased a table runner and some napkins.
    Sweetie

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  4. Great table -- love the blue and white and yellow and there is nothing better for February and a paperwhite centerpiece!

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  5. Hi Deb, Wow you have been a busy girl. This is just a sunshiney as you are.It is so perfect .I love it!! I can see why you squeeled when you saw the dishes and I bet all the ladies there just knew why because we have all found that perfect piece at Home goods. I always look over my shoulder like someone is going to take it from me,hehe.You did a beautiful job and I loved thinking about being in France. Hugs Kathysue

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  6. OMG, Debbie! Your plates match your placemats perfectly. How cool can that be! Love everything on the table. The quilt in the center is so pretty and so is everything else of course, Love all the plates! And yes, the Spode "May" plate and spice jar are perfectly at home there....Christine

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  7. This table is so provence! Every detail is absolutely perfect!!! I love that you actually got the scarf in France. This dishes are wonderful!

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  8. Ok Debbie, now THIS one really is my favorite (do I say that every week?) I just love the colors and patterns. If I walked in to a dinner party and saw this table I would be so impressed. This is really beautiful. I still can't believe that you were ever nervous about doing this, you have a real flair. Hugs, Kathy

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  9. Hi Debbie...great minds do think alike!! I can't believe we both did yellow and blue along with more of the ladies this week. I adore those French themed plates....I want them!! I never find anything good at HomeGoods...I must go to the wrong one....See you Monday...Oh, and send me how many people you have on your list...Susan has 10, and I have 5....

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  10. Debbie, this is such a fabulous tablescape! The layering of gorgeous yellow and blue fabrics creates such interest and perfectly highlights the china patterns and blue and white accents. And I tell you, those paperwhites look completely real. The kitty cats will be shocked if try to sample the foliage! :-)

    You are so right about that flatware...it really does look like something you'd find in an out of the way little gem of a restaurant in Provence. And yes, I did see the new Spode treasures on the sideboard...they look like they were meant to perch in that very spot. :-)

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  11. Love your table. I still squeal when I walk into HomeGoods and I have been there dozens of times. Love the yellow and blue and your detail, as well as the music. Thanks for sharing, Maryrose

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  12. Oh, Debbie and staff! I think this is one of my favorites! It does look like a little eatery in France! I understand about the squeals in HomeGoods! :) Those little plates are just wonderful! Oh, I just love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  13. You've captured Provence to the last detail. Oh, this is tres magnifique! I LOVE those dishes!
    See you soon!

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  14. WOW-OH-WOW-O-WOW!!!Absolutely perfect in EVERY sesnse of the word, kiddo! Just wonderful, and so VERY "Y-O-U"!!! (While I have the same tablecloth & napkins, I do NOT have all the "french yummies", such as your WONDERFUL PLATES, to go with them, & THAT is what MAKES this all so very special, and so very YOU!!! KUDOS, kiddo!

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  15. Debbie, that table is DEVINE! Wow, there is a lot of blue and yellow going on with the tablescapes this week. Everyone must have spring fever! I love those dishes. I {heart} HomeGoods and drop in one every chance I get! Ya'll make me want to tablescape too.

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  16. I can't decide if I love the tablescape or the way you describe it the best. You do have such a wonderful way of telling the story of your tablescapes. Your dishes are all just gorgeous and the linens are just wonderful. I really love it all. Hugs, Marty

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  17. Very nice, I love the yellow and blue, I feel like I went for a nice dinner with no calories LOL

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  18. Well I'm a real fan of this look and you nailed it. The layered look if fabulous and the lemons are just beautiful. That egg dish is great - I sometimes pass deviled eggs with a couple of different stuffings for appetizers.
    I bet you did scream when you found that china - why it had to have your name on it! Great tablescape.

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  19. Oh, my my so pretty! I love the plates, and well, everything! Great table, and the narrative was wonderful!

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  20. Very french. I love the colors. I really am craving some brie and bread right now!
    LOVE your blog!
    I love new friends! I invite you to drop by mine too, Tales from Bloggeritaville.

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  21. Gorgeous blue and yellow scheme! I love how you show every element of the design. And I think you were completely justified, in screaming when you saw those dishes in HomeGoods!

    Beautiful. Thanks! Cass

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  22. You nailed it right on. The yellow and blue are so very French. I love it. Blessings.

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  23. Debbie, this is just fantastic! I love every bit of it! Every detail is perfection. I would have squealed, too, if I'd found those cute dishes! Everything is just so adorable.

    Great job! Your staff was cute, too, as usual.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  24. Just looking at this table makes me happy! My favorite so far!

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  25. Your dishes are fabulous! Blue and yellow must be the color of the week. I didn't get the memo!! Great job!

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  26. Debbie,

    Thanks for stopping by, we are very fortunate to have a lot of good walking places, this is in our Heritage district, but we have several parks with nice walking trails.

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  27. Debbie, This tablescape is so sweet. I love the blue and yellow. Those little plates are adorable. I think the faux paperwhites make a perfect centeroiece. You did a beautiful job.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  28. I think this is my favorite color combo... so pretty! have a wonderful week.. Dixie

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  29. Oh, Debbie Its all lovely! I love the linens and the dishes. The paper whites are lovely! I bet them smell so wonderful! I want to set down at this table! I went to TJMax and Marshalls, which I am told HomeGoods owns all these stores. I got attached on the rooster aisle, by four ladies. Wanting to know what and why I was choosing the dishes. I also found two of the ladies live 5 miles from me, and have the hens I been hunting. Also they down loaded my blog, I had a hard time leaving the store. Hubby was waiting in the car. For the stores are 50 min or so away. I want to go back so much! My girls said they may take me in a week. Love this table I have to go back and just look.

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  30. Hi Debbie, this is soooo pretty! The bright blues and yellows are so striking together. Love the dishes too! Kristen

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  31. Love the bright colors. Beautiful dishes.
    Happy Thurs, Candy

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  32. Between the tablescape and the music, I going to run away to France or your house. lol I do love it. I am OK, still have my grandchildren everyday, but for now my children and grandchildren are more imporant to me. I will have to let all doc wants done wait. Trying to stay away from Hospital, may have a blood clot, or another tumor in the leg. Lots of pain, we hoping it will settle down soon, this happen after my bad fall. So you see why I want to run away to France! lol I will get it check if it keeps up, for two days of it with children,no fun. I really want to run away and set at your lovely table, I keep coming back for more. Love the egg dish, and the little buckets! Good night I have to get up early for my Grands, to take over my computer, you would not think a 4 and 5 year old could do that to you! I have two baby chicks born.

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  33. I love everything about your tablescape. The dishes are to die for, you lucky girl. Your very Provence table cloths are just to sweet. Love the vibrant colors.

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  34. There are quite a few yellow and blue tables today... very nice combination! LOVE the plates!

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  35. Another beautiful table. Set for dinner in yellow and blue. And everything so perfect. Berautiful.I have a provence tablecloth and scarf but no matching plates.Must have a look when we visit the provence in June .

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  36. Oh Debbie, ça me donne envie d'aller à Aix-en-Provence! :)
    Magnifique table et superbe choix de playlist! J'adore Amélie!

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  37. DEAR DEBBIE,
    MY OH MY DEAR ONE...THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. THE PERFECT SHADE OF YELLOW WITH THE PERFECT SHADE OF BLUE WITH THE PLATES IN YOUR HUTCH..IT IS A GUARANTEE YOUR GUESTS WILL NOT BE ANXIOUS TO LEAVE.
    BEAUTIFUL JOB...THE DISHES...THE PEWTER...BABY KITTY AS THE MATOR DEE.....STRIKING....YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS TO PARTICIPATE IN TABLESCAPE THURSDAY
    YOU DID GOOD GIRL
    HUGS
    debbie

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  38. Gorgeous, vibrant colors. I love this theme! It's beautiful to the last detail.

    Very, very nice presentation. :) Thank you for sharing.

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  39. Debbie, Just love how you layered and placed your fabric pieces. Your post has given me so many ideas! :)
    Elaine

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  40. Debbie,
    I have told you this before, but this is my favorite ever!! Blue and Yellow are my absolute favs and those dishes and all the wonderful x-tras make it perfect. How french, how blue and yellow, how wonderful.. I want to come for dinner. Cindy

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  41. ça, c'est peut-être mon couvert préféré! Les couleurs sont magnifiques et les assiettes sont parfaites! (Je me rappelle bien notre visite à HG - rire sur ligne (?) ) Bravo, mon amie! Linda

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  42. Fabulous table! I love, love, love your blue and yellow theme. Those plates are absolutely perfect for you. I can't believe you just stumbled across them in Home Goods!!!! The bowl with the lemons is a lovely touch. :D Jewel

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  43. Stunning table linens! I love it all.

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  44. Hi Debbie,
    I adore your yellow & blue French country table! I think everyone is longing for spring - so many sunny, yellow hues used in today's tables. I love yours! The dishes are fantastic. Great job!
    Smiles,
    Alisa

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  45. Debbie, you scored big time with this tablescape! I can't believe how lucky you were to find those plates matching your placemats & napkins...it was meant for you to have them. As always, I love your storytelling! ;-) Bo

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  46. Oh Debbie! It looks like something out of a magazine! Those plates are tres vous!! I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed your tablescape today! It really is beautiful! You really have some beautiful things! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

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  47. Ms. Debbie,
    I love your tablescape--the yellows and blues are a breath of fresh air. We are all ready for spring, I'd say. Lovely table, lovely dishes, and lovely design. Bravo!
    Linda

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  48. Wonderful tablescape! Your dishes are adorable! I love the yellow and blue; your kitchen will be so cheerful!

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  49. Absolutely wonderful Debbie! I love the colors!! Beautiful tablescape!

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  50. Debbie, I just love this tablecape. From the linens to the dishes and the candle holders, well it is so colorful and makes me want to dig out all the spring stuff. This tablescape is stunning! Your friend.
    blossom

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  51. Debbie, I love all your tablescapes, but this one is my favorite! I just love the blue and yellow together. Those plates are adorable and you have captured the true ambiance of being in Provence. Thanks for sharing!
    Deb

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  52. So very pretty Debbie! I especially love your dishes. They are prefect for you. I can see why you got so excited. They are different and something special. I also love all of your napkins and tablecloths you have been showing us these past weeks. Every thing is just beautiful :>)

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  53. Oh Debbie, you KNOW I love this! I WANT those plates (the dinner plates AND the salad plates). Of course, I love your wonderful scarf, and that egg server is SO pretty! I wish we had a Home Goods store close by. I've never been to one, and I would have been screaming too if I'd found those plates. A reenactment of that would make a great Home Goods commercial (with your friend saying "It's her first time at Home Goods"! I loved that. laurie

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  54. Debbie,this is superb.Everything,I mean everything is awesome.The colors are perfection.Everything matches,And I can totally understand you sqealing when you saw those plates.They LOOK like you.Well done, my freind,well done...Ann

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  55. Gorgeous tablescape! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Once again everything is perfect!!! Are you maybe just a little OCD? If not, you missed a good chance. Every detail is in order. I love it!!! Though it is all very French, my favorite it the little Italian egg plate. Of course, the delicate candlestick, too. And then there's the pewter ware ... oh I love it all. Thanks.

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  57. Debbie, Thanks for my Dinner in Provence! ;)I adore your yellow and blues...we have to dine together some weekend! We'll make an "All about French Theme" for sure! ;) Can't wait to get to meet you next Monday. (I'll email you about what time I should get to your place) Please grab a tissue and stop by my place today for a Nostalgic teapart I hosted at a couples house yesterday. The couple have been married for 67 years., and I didn't write it in the post, but he's in the early stages of Alzheimers., which makes the story even more heart wrenching. I wanted the post itself to celebrate the day., not to mention his illness...I'm going to print off the post and mail to them. Elouise was excited when I asked her if she wanted me to feature them on my blog today for Tablescape Thursday. She will one day write their story... ~CC Catherine

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  58. I love those vibrant colors. The table is just gorgeous! Thanks for doing that today...

    Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

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  59. Debbie - do you ever vist these two blogs - I love them both. Paris Breakfast and French Garden House? Thought I'd pass along if you're not familiar with them. Enjoy

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  60. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Ohhh my...I see that you and your co-hosts have been busy!

    Girl, if this isn't the prettiest table I've ever seen...I just adore all of the bright/sunny blue and yellow of Provence!!! Your tablesettings are so beautiful! Can't believe you found those pretty salad/dessert plates...they really are soooo purrfect with the dinner plates! Love the tablecloth, placemats, napkins...simply gorgeous!!! It's all so purrfect...right down to that pretty blue & white bowl full of lemons!!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my little frenchy studio/office...loved your sweet comments!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  61. It is so very french and so very perfect!!!

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  62. Can I pretty please come have dinner at your house? I LOVE all of your dishes...trying not to covet them! I also love your kitties. Beautiful colors. I have always loved blue and yellow together.

    Love it, Debbie!

    Donna

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  63. Debbie, I immediately thought of Provence when I saw your table linens.. you certainly captured every detail.. I "love" your flatware...perfect touch..and your staff is absolutely wonderful... Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts Debbie.. they mean the world.. hugs ~lynne~

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  64. Debbie,
    I would have squealed over the dishes too! Your tablescape is stunning!
    Baby Kitty deserves a raise for the superb job of overseeing placement of each element!
    ☺♥☺
    Diane

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  65. Debbie, wonderful table. Love the whimsical plates and the bright blue with yellow.
    Linda Q

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  66. Dear Debbie. There are one or two awards for you and your staf waiting for you at my blog

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  67. Beautiful vibrant blues and yellow! The combinaion of patterns looks just perfect!

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  68. Well Miss Debbie, I think you have perfected the art of tablescaping. You can never go wrong with blue & yellow! Love the little pots.

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  69. Happy and beautiful just like you dear Debbie, what a thrill to sit at a table like this. I would of squealled too finding those wonderful dishes.. Isnt't Home Goods such a fun treasure hunt? Hope this finds you well, I am feeling so much better now that my baby is doing so much better. Love, Cindy

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  70. Okay...you are OFICIALLY MY FAVORITE! I spent so much time looking at this table. It is tres belle! Oui, oui!

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  71. Oh Debbie, every week I think you have done the best tablescape of all, but this week I really, really mean it. This is beautiful and so "Debbie". I love every single thing about your table and wish I could be there to enjoy it with you. Your blue and yellow is so sunny and cheerful, perfect for a gray February day like we are having here in St. Louis. You brightened my day. Bravo! Jeanette

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  72. Dear Debbie,

    Love your tablescape! I couldn't help but notice the yellow and blue china in your hutch. I have the same plates and blue and white serving pieces to go with them too. I just love them. Your table looks gorgeous. I think I need your tablecloth----and I definitely need your gorgeous hutch! Love, Paula

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  73. Running late this week visiting blogs....again... LOVE IT
    Hope you had a great Tablescape Thursday
    Susan

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  74. Your tablescape is very French! and very lovely. I like your plates. I too am a "plate-a-holic". Actually, I'm a "dish-a-holic". I absolutely cannot resist buying pretty dishes!
    I was looking on your sidebar at all the pics of your kitty cats. I, too, am a cat lover - have four of them. Your Baby Kitty looks similar to my boy, Prowler. And I have Miss Cali Cat, who resembles your Isabella. I used to have a black & white Manx named Baby, but we think she was dinner for the local coyotes. I also have Lucy (who's the mama of all the others), and George, who's just a big ole' dork.
    Oops, this is supposed to be about tablescapes, and I really do think yours is lovely. But I like your cats, too.
    Have a great weekend. :) Brenda

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  75. Oh how I loved our little outing today. I noticed your new Spode plate right away, it is very pretty. And, those dishes you purchased at the Home Goods are too cute!!

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  76. I absolutely adore this setting. Love that french dinnerware and the linens are awesome. This is a great color theme and very chic and french country. Love it! Please give kitty a treat from Miss Janice!

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  77. Absolute tres chic! Takes me back to my Provence visit. What a lovely table. Peggy from PA

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  78. Your salad plates are adorable! So is Baby Kitty!

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  79. I would have been in serious trouble in the Home Goods store. After my initial squeal, I would have grabbed the dishes and made a run for the checkout. Security in the store would have been unaware of my intention to pay for the dishes, so would have hauled me into their back office for questioning. They would have considered my behavior suspicious at best and larcenous at worst.

    Glad you made it home with the booty (valuable loot). It enabled you to do a magnificent tablescape. I have already told you in a previous post how much I love the table scarf. Everything either matches or coordinates beautifully. Wonderful presentation.

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  80. Thanks, Glenda! Iam laughing picturing you in security trying to explain yourself! That was a beautiful spread you gave your sister...just gorgeous! It looks like she is enjoying it, too!! Have a great weekend...Debbie

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  81. Wow, I enjoyed this tablescape!! I , too, love yellow and blue together and this table is striking!! As far as the flowers , my Bishop Boots (cat) is the same way!! He eats all flowers. If I want real ones I have to sit with the flowers...or put them under a cloche!! That is the one bad things about cats---I would love to have lots of fresh flowers....I even tried spraying them with a cat repellent...didn't work.

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  83. Hi Debbie,
    I found your site when look for examples of still iems to show my art students. I love your table setting and your lovely French music. I would like to know who the lady is that is singing and where I might get a CD or the name of the CD. My mother used to hum "la via rosa". I am not sure I am spelling it right. Hope to hear from you. Have a great day.

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  84. OMG, I want some of those dishes!
    Can you tell me what it says on the back?

    Janie
    Romantic Domestic

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  85. Beautiful! beautiful! beautiful !
    Ilove your tablescape , I've just changed my cupboardscape for spring from warm colours to blue and yellow. So you can imagine how delighted I was to see yours.
    Bernice

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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