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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

C is for Checked

C is for . . .

Checked dishes to set the stage for Valentines.

Courtly Check hearts hang from the brass chandelier,

Courtly Check balls fill a silver bowl,

and Courtly Check bows are abundant.

C is also for Change . . . just for fun each place setting is different.

A black woven mat below a pewter charger anchors this setting.

Layers of red mix between the black and white checked pieces,

and are topped with a sponge ware heart shaped bowl and a crown themed cloth held by a checked ring by Round Top Collection. Flatware is antique bone and silver.

The color block mat holds a Courtly Check charger by MacKenzie-Childs

and is topped with layers of red mixed with black and white checks.

Red and white flatware is from Pottery Barn.

A small square decoupage plate holds a Round Top Collection jar of red hot hearts.

This perky little Courtly Check rooster is the work of talented blogger Linda @ My Shabby Rose Cottage.

More of the crown themed textiles anchor this setting. A white charger in Vintage Garden from Ambiance Collection holds the stack of red pottery mixed with the checked pieces. Sterling is Sir Christopher by Wallace.

Layers of red and white with a touch of the black and white check.

The footed bowl is from Crate and Barrel.

A square woven mat, a gold charger from Home Essentials & Beyond, and a red square Waechtersbach plate from Germany contrast with the round checkered pieces.

The squares are topped with layers of plates in the Queen's Rooster from Neiman Marcus and Royal Stafford's black and white checked. Christophe silver is in the Talisman pattern.

A small checked heart from Round Top Collection holds a cloth napkin.

Sweetheart topiary ivy take center stage . . .

along with this key to my heart,

this spiffy red shoe . . .

and a little mercury glass.

The charming Courtly Check hearts are the creative efforts of Linda @ My Shabby Rose Cottage.

This week I'm linking my Thursday post to two fun weekly memes. Stop by Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday for more Letter C Lessons, and don't forget to head over to Susan's to see her beautiful valentine table set for Tablescape Thursday.


  1. Hi Sarah! I though C is for Christine, lol. I love your geometric dishware. Pretty colors and lovely mixed with red. The checked rooster is very cute...Christine

  2. I'm in absolute awe of your post. I LOVE all of the combinations of dinnerware and your complete tablescape is breathtaking! I must have the black and white checkered hearts, etc. Your presentation gets an A+ from me, a real retired school teacher.

  3. The checkered look shakes things up a bit for Valentine's and looks great! You have some wonderful V's decorations!


  4. Good morning Sarah,
    This is my favourite tablescape of all the ones you've shown, it is just scrumptious!
    How you pulled everything together amazes me, I love your "stuff", you have so many beautiful things.
    Have a wonderful Thursday,

  5. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I could move right in there and feel perfectly at home!

  6. Good Morning Sarah!

    OMG..I have died and gone to black/white checker board heaven!! I love your tablescape! Would you believe that I have never seen black/white checked dishes? They are stunning!!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. I love the checks Sarah and the centerpiece stole my heart! Creative table, love it! Cindy

  8. Sarah, this is fabulous! I love all the different place settings, such a fun and festive table. But that bone and silver flatware just makes me sigh... And the centerpiece - gorgeous! Kathy

  9. So fun! I love how you have made each place setting unique yet they all work together to make a beautiful table!!! You are sooo creative. What a very festive and happy post!

  10. The table looks amazing. I love the checks and all the detail.

  11. Oh wow. I love this combination. And it is so hard to pull that look off with flair and you definitely have flair, girl! What a neat and interesting and lovely table for a C elebration!

    Now I need to go buy some dishes.

    But don't tell my husband...sssshhhh....

    A+ AND you may be the Hall Monitor today (if you are old enough to remember such things!)

  12. Beautiful table setting! Love this post!

  13. Those checkered things all look so beautiful. It even gave me an idea for some hearts I have. Thanks.

  14. C would be for creative! I love Mackenzie-Childs work, and think that this table is just perfect.

  15. I absolutely love the black and white checks mixed with the valentine things. Really sets everything off beautifully! Love, love, love this post. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  16. Oooo La La to the checkered ornaments in the bowl!!!

  17. What a FUN post...checks rock!!! Thanks for sharing! Pop on over and visit me when you have a chance.
    And be sure to ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!
    Happy Alphabet Day!
    C is for Coralie

  18. I LOVE this table...and I don't usually like pinks! Your use of the black and white check is perfectly paired with the pinks and reds.

    Jane (artfully graced)

  19. I love this setting it is so well put together..you are saying red and on my computer it is hot pink and black and white checked, maybe it's my computer color, anyway it is stunning, It is so pretty I think I have to go back and look at it some more, thanks Sarah for sharing this...

  20. Ohhh, Sarah, this is my favorite...I ♥♥♥ everything about this tablescape! Thank you for sharing this fun table.

  21. What a romantic and beautiful table you've set! I wonder what the menu will be. It seems almost too pretty to mess up with something so mundane as eating!

  22. Sarah, this is divine. I love black-and-white checks, and your tablescape has captured my heart. The different tablesettings remind me of what my mother did when I was a child. The mixier the better, she'd say. Thanks for the sources for your lovely checks and dishes. That's invaluable for checkered souls!

  23. What a "checkered past" you must have, Sarah!! LOL Past shopping, that is. :p

    The delightful combinations in your table settings really keeps it interesting. You've got so many lovely items to choose from, too.

    I followed one of the links at the bottom to one of the original posts of HFTS...how interesting it was to go back & read. I have lots of catching up to do around here.


  24. Hi Sarah!! Oh, and I think C is for Cute Cute Cute! I love your precious checkered table! You have left nothing undone - adore you dishes, love the hearts, the topiary - everything!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,

  25. Oh, Sarah, what a delightful table. With the difference in place settings, there's so many different pretties to look at. I love the courtley check ornaments.

  26. what a whimsical fun tablescape :D

  27. This was so much fun to see! I always love looking at everyone's tablescpaes...I wish I had more room in my home to collect different sets of china like so many do. Your checked set and accessories are charming!

    Happy "C" day!

  28. Sarah, your tablescape is absolutely gorgeous! I love the look of black and white together; it really pops! I love all your special Valentine touches, and those checkered roosters are adorable!

  29. So clever and cute!!~ I love it!!~ Thanks for coming by as well, hope to see you again soon!!~

  30. Your table scape is stunning! Love, love the checks with all the red accents!

  31. Love those checks! and the black white and red are always nice together.

  32. LOVE checkered items... especially floors!
    Your table looks lovely!

  33. Wow! What a great table scape! You certainly know how to pull it all together.

  34. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!

  35. Wow..gorgeous checker things, and your tablescape are out of this world! Beautiful...

  36. BEAUTIFUL!! I love the checked with red or pink. I have a set of plates that are checked around the rim. Got them as a wedding present 20 yrs ago. They've outlasted the marriage by 8 years! LOL

    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    I look forward to reading more of your's!
    (and I'm a first grade teacher, former kinder teacher, too)

  37. I love checks! What a beautiful table, those pink plates are really lovely.Love this table!
    Nice blog you have here.

  38. Fabulous mix of color and texture! I was with two friends today and we were discussing MacKenzie Childs! ~ Angela

  39. Great post! Love the dishes and all the great tablescapes you put together.

  40. Soooo sweet! Love the shoe planter! Thanks for visiting me as well!~Nana

  41. Wow,that is so beautiful! I just love what you come up with. Thank you for coming by to visit. I can hardly believe your good fortune at finding a Pierre Deux shower curtain. I think I would have cried! Have you ever shown a picture of it on your blog?

  42. Oh Sarah, I love this tablescape! So much fun! Love all of the checks, and that each place setting is different. You have so many accessories that are perfect for this tablescape, and I love the way you used all of them. That centerpiece is so pretty. You have outdone yourself with this wonderful table. laurie

  43. This is absolutely adorable!!! I love the different place settings! I love it all!! You are making me want to start a new collection! LOL!

    Wonderful tablescape!!


  44. Sarah, these are just absolutely adorable! I can't get over how cute those place settings are. Neat! Neat! Neat! And I adore the black and white checks. Fun tablescape!


    Sheila :-)

  45. I am just BESIDE MYSELF over this BREATHTAKING and MAGNIFICENT table.
    You might know this...I live, breath and dream of Mackenzie Childs. This is the most awesome collection, sister friend. I just love it all...and don't you know I am on my way to see this talented lady that did some of this for you.
    xo bj

  46. Thank you for stopping by 504Main. I just adore your tablescape. The mix of the black and white checks with the red and the crown textiles is really wonderful. All the details are just gorgeous.

    Holly @ 504 Main

    PS-I am going to check the back of those basket weave plates...this is all new for me...so I don't usually check.

  47. That is so beautiful Sarah! You have me so hooked on the courtly checks and MacKenzie Childs stuff! My catalogue came the other day and quite frankly I want it all! I also want to go New York just to see that amazing store! I just absolutely love centre piece with the I think you call it a footed cake stand! I just love the fluted edges! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful Valentines table setting you have done an amazing job and inspired us all! I will be back with a post for PS! I have been super busy lately! Bye for now! Sherri : )

  48. Hi again Sarah,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. To answer your question, no I did not crochet the hearts. I wish I was that talented. They were found in estate sales and antique shops, some covered in hundreds of pins and needles, which I had to pull out one by one. (luckily my tetanus shot was up to date.)

  49. That tablescape is unbelieveable! You are so talented!

  50. Very pretty!!
    Love the contrast with the black white too:)

    Bless you for sharing with us all in blogland~~~


  51. I just love your tablescape. These colors speak to me and the way you have arranged a different setting for each place is awesome. Very visually pleasing.
    Tammy in VA

  52. WOW FACTOR!...this is so creative,love these checks and color combo's..this looks amazing!

  53. nice mix of red, black and white, it's certainly makes a charming valentines

  54. Very smart and creative. Black, white and red is so fantastic combination-lovely...

    Happy week-end.

  55. What talent you have!!! This table is so beautiful! Seeing this table has given me some inspiration for my daughter's upcoming birthday!

    Thanks for sharing!

  56. This is so cheerful and creative! Love the checks! Perfection!

  57. Wow! This is beautiful. Talk about eye candy. This is really exceptional. I totally love how you mixed up all of the red and courtly check!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  58. Well I just don't know where to start! This is just the cutiest table ever! I love all of the place settings. You have outdone yourself on this tablesetting. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by. And before I forget, I loved your red sky, wish I could see one, maybe even a blue sky.

  59. Hi Sarah
    You have the most beautiful china. Your tablescapes are fabulous!
    I hope you're having a great weekend.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  60. Sarah,

    Beautiful tablescapes -- they definitely convey "love is in the air!" :)

  61. Oooohhhh, Sarah, how I LOVE and HEART this look! I am a big McKenzie and Child's fan and have just one piece but I treasure it. You have created a very fun and very creative tablescape! I love it!

    Happy Sunday, Bonnie

  62. i have been out of town and trying to catch up, omg do i love love love your tables, soooooo cute i never wanted the fun to end!

  63. Love the pink and black combo on the table. Over the top, but so much fun!

  64. Love....Love....Love....Love....Love....your tablescape and decorations!! As always...perfection and style! Don't you just love CC and the red together?

    Have a Creative Day!


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