Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Je t'aime





It's spring, and love is in the air.

Can you tell that this young Breton couple

are smitten with each other?



A beautiful French themed table set to celebrate love was created by my friend, Twila. Layers of exquisite textiles, a large Quimper vase of red roses, elegant silver, red glass stems, and a mix of red and white dishes topped off with Quimper bowls ~ I think this is one of the prettiest tabletops I've seen. It offers the perfect romantic touch with a French twist.



Not only do the layers of textiles offer a lovely contrast of red and white, did you notice the wonderful edges and details of the white matalise and the sweet heart appliqués on the square topper?



Each place setting layers a white dinner plate bordered with red checks, a scalloped edge salad plate of red glass, and a charming Quimper cereal bowl.



The settings alternate with a bowl that

features a Bretonne, the female figure . . .



And one with the Breton, 

the male figure.



White linen napkins embroidered with the same typical Quimper figures are held with clusters of tiny glass grapes and add a touch of fluff to the border of checks on the dinner plate.



Here is a closer look at the beautiful

embroidery and the stunning napkin rings.



Charming cherry place card 

holders mark each guests' spot.



Fragrant long stem red 

roses echo the theme of love.




This sunny dining spot offers the

perfect setting for a meal that celebrates love.




And just for you ~ a cart full of hearts with a hug and a kiss, too, all delivered in a Breton miniature wheel barrow that was made in Plozévet, France.

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Quimper and Heart ~ Definitely Favorite Things

Including this for Pink Saturday
for both the REDS & PINKS
Sarah
Sarah

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.

69 comments:

  1. OMGoodness, Sarah...this whole entire tabletop just took my breath away. It is just stunning.
    xoxo

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  2. What a pretty table that is!I love the layered look - so crisp with the red and white.

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  3. That table looks gorgeous and would love the white quilted top too to go on my table.

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  4. Love your tablescape! The cherry place card holders are too cute!!!

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  5. Sarah, I am so SMITTEN! The table set with the Quimper Breton Couple and The AWESOME Quimper Vase was love at first sight here. Love the way the red and white layers work so well for this look. Makes for a beautiful tablescape.........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  6. What a fun table! The matching napkins are just too cute:@)

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  7. *le sigh* J'aime votre serviettes de table!!! :D

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  8. The napkins might be my favorite part. You make me want to scoot to my mom's house and dig through her linen trunk today.

    I love the freshness of a red and white table anyway, and this one is particularly pretty to me.

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  9. Lovely table setting! I adore the cherry placecard holders.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  10. Ahhh, everything is so elegant and lovely with a touch of whimsey....just like you sweet Sarah.
    xo,
    Sena

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  11. Stunning, down to the tiniest details.

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  12. Wow! all those pretty layers make it just beautiful
    mary

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  13. What a delightful table, the linens are beautiful.

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  14. Wow, what an amazing table. So pretty; I'd want to leave it like that all the time. Thanks for sharing and for visiting with me.

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  15. I have been toying with the idea of beginning a new collection of Antique Quimper. I LOVE your friends Quimper vase. Beautiful post.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  16. This really is a lovely table, and it all starts with the pretty layers! I would love to sit at this table!
    Happy REDnesday,
    Carol

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  17. What a GORGEOUS tablescape, Sarah! You must have felt very special to have a friend go to all that fuss to make it so unique.
    Those napkins are delightful. I'm going to see if I can find a Quimper figured machine embroidery design someplace. They really looked nice.

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  18. Beautiful table - love the elegant cranberry glasses.

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  19. Well, you know I loved this tablescape, Sarah! The textiles are divine and, of course, I adore the Quimper! What a pretty and fun table! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  20. Sarah, There's lots to love about this table! The little wheelbarrow, the napkins and the cherry placecard holders are adorable. I really love your goblets too - red is a favorite color of mine!
    Blessings, Beth

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  21. What a wonderful table! Love all your details!

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  22. All of it is lovely! What a wonderful tablesetting. You did such a good job. Loved it.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  23. What a gorgeous tablescape, Sarah. It is so romantic. But those napkins are to die for, just gorgeous! Love all the Quimpers...Christine

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  24. Oh Sarah, you KNOW I LOVE this table! Not only the wonderful Quimper on it, but I Love that matalise table topper. Shoot! Now I want an authentic little wheel barrow and a pretty French couple ~ not to mention the wonderful napkins. Was this a b'day celebration for you? It was perfect! laurie

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  25. What a delightful table. If it weren't for you, I would not know about Quimper. Those place card holders and the wheelbarrow...ooh la la! Joni

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  26. Such a wonderful quilted piece! extraordinary. I love the bowls and the check plates together. perfect. Great vase and lovely cart too. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous table!

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  27. Wow! This is so beautiful! Love the red and white.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  28. I am so in love with those napkins that I just don't know what to do with myself!!! Fabulous!

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  29. What an exquisite table. The white topper is just gorgeous. I love the little Bretons and the matching napkins, how fun. I wouldn't want anyone getting grease marks on those though! Thanks for sharing her great table. How fun.

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  30. Such a pretty table...gotta love red! I love those red wine glasses! Jo

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  31. Hi Sarah! Oh, my jaw just dropped to the floor! I love your precious table. Those lovely Quimper dishes are just amazing and you even have napkins to match! Your linens look perfect too. The little place card holders are darling! You've just outdone yourself!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  32. Tres chic and tres unique!! J'adore votre table.
    So nice to have creative friends and to share.

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  33. Sarah, I am such a huge fan of Quimper so you know I adore this tablescape. Love the vase and Breton couple and the napkins are wonderful. Thank you for sharing this beautiful table at my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  34. Well Twilas tablescape has got everyone all a flutter and I know why!
    It is truly gorgeous, will be see Beverlys soon?
    Just a thought - we could repost this on the old QCI blog if you like?
    Maggie

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  35. Exquisite! What a lovely combination of linens and china. The white reminds me of a giant snowflake! Detail on the napkin is wonderful!

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  36. I am a lover of the deep red color. Love your photos so creative. how about some cute painted turtles crawling around your garden table scape. pop on in to my blog and see the results of trying out some silicone molds that I ordered from a shop on etsy. maybe you would be interested too.Butterfly, frogs, bees, turtles she makes a lot of molds
    KAT Griffin

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  37. Oh My this is a gorgeous tablescape!!! I REALLY LOVE the figurine in the first photo! Hmmm, I can think of a hundred and one(PLUS) places it would look at home!!! All the details here are perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    Have a wonderful weeks end,
    Big Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  38. Such a beautiful tablescape! I love the Quimper pattern joined with the red dishes and the matching napkins are so wonderful! The placecard holders and the wheel barrow are such sweet touches.

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  39. This table just screams my name...I love every moment of it. Matelasse is always one of my favorites, and the red and white topper is so wonderful with the Quimper. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

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  40. Sarah, this is just a gorgeous table! I'm particularly drawn to it as I just got back from France. The little wheelbarrow is TDF. Don't you just want to sit and look at the whole table for a long time?

    Becky

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  41. Beautiful, love the use of all fabrics, glassware, faience, Plozevet wheelbarrow, all of it is stunning!

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  42. Oh I adore your napkins ~ swoon!

    I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  43. This table looks beautiful, I like especially the napkins and the mini cart full of hearts. I really enjoyed this post. (-:
    Cheers!

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  44. This is such a gorgeous table Sarah! I am absolutely in love with the cherry placecard holders! I would kill for those!
    I've always had a thing for quimper too.
    Hope your weekend is fabulous! ~Delores

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  45. Simply adorable Sarah! Again you have the cutest touches. The cherry place card holders make the table complete.

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  46. Sarah, Your friend Twila sets a pretty table. I like the embroidered napkins and the little grape cluster napkin rings and of course the little Breton couple.

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  47. Lovely set up there~ and sweet friend as well..
    Happy PS!
    Smiles~

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  48. Just beautiful, Sarah. How neat to share the table setting with a Friend. Your photos are all so gorgeous! Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Texas Spring! So far so good with the weather...I think the Mesquite have made good weather predictors this year!

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  49. Oh how gorgeous! And perfect timing for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny and her senior mom as it goes so well with our thoughts of gardening. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  50. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescapes are just so Beautiful sweet lady. I love all the colors, Yes Happy Pink Saturday. I hope you have a nice weekend sweet lady...
    xxoo
    Diane

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  51. A gorgeous setting!

    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Xoxo
    Charo

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  52. Hi Sarah~ Your tablescape is gorgeous! Love your Quimper with the red and your tablecloth is beautiful! I thought I was already following you along-am now :) Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  53. Beautiful table, Sarah. I love Quimper although I don't have any. It is so fun!

    XO,
    Jane

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  54. This breathtaking table is rich with detail and beautiful things!
    There is enough lovliness in the linens to do a post on them alone!
    And the dishes, just gorgeous.
    The quimper theme running through this table makes it something so special!
    Red and white sets a most cheery table.
    A delightful post!
    Yvonne

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  55. I love, love this beautiful spring table. All the gorgeous details and things are just enchanting! The embroidered napkins are sooo pretty and unique! This reminds me I should go and get some embroidered napkins they make locally with scenes like this! Thanks for showing it.
    Thank you for passing by and leaving such nice and lovely comments, I appreciate it very much.
    FABBY

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  56. Your table is just beautiful. I have to admit, I am in love with your bowls. The edges are just so pretty.
    Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  57. This is beautiful Sarah! I love the layers of linens & scallops! The embroidered napkins are beautiful and the miniature wheel barrow is so sweet~ what a treasure!

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  58. Absolutely stunning!!! I am suddenly in the mood for swedish fish. :) I am your newest follower!!

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  59. Sarah,
    This is really pretty. I love the red and white and the little matching napkins. Just wonderful! Thanks for linking up!
    Sherry

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  60. Sarah, that is such a cute table setting. Love the linen napkins! Thanks for joining WUW. I am late getting around.

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  61. Spectacular! Spectacular! What a charming French table! Love that quilted cover! Yum, yum. SO you got to go to Roundtop. Well of course you did! Right in your backyard. Thanks for the suggestion. You could be my guide! I know I'll make it someday.

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  62. Wow, Sarah. I love it all. And, I am "in love" with those napkins.

    You never cease to amaze me. Thank you for your inspiration.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

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  63. Sarah!

    This is absolutely and utterly adorable. I love every single detail, and those embroidered napkins that match the Quimper... how perfect! I also love the setting... those red walls are perfect for a dining room. The Quimper, of course, it wonderful. Such attention to detail!

    Thank you and your friend for sharing this with us.

    Have missed you. Craziness abounds in my life, but I hope by the end of the spring, things will be better.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  64. Hi Ms. Sarah,
    A beauitful tablescape indeed! Just popping in to say hello. Hope you are doing well my dear friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  65. What a great table. I love all of the details - the embroidered napkins and beautiful place card holders. Just beautiful.

    - The Tablescaper

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