Wednesday, December 11, 2013

High Point Christmas Inspiration

I took the challenge!

December Challenge @ Cuisine Kathleen

I found a photo of a tablescape that inspired me 

to create and share a tablescape of my own.

My inspiration comes from a beautiful table set at 

the North Carolina home of Debbie Jones,

founder of French Laundry Home and featured in

the premier issue of Holiday Cottage 2013.

As with all of Hoffman Media's publications, 

Holiday Cottage 2013  is excellent, 

filled with  holiday decorations, recipes, and 

tours of ten gorgeous homes, 

including the home of popular blogger,

Holiday Cottage 2013 available here @ Hoffman Media.

I don't begin to imply that my setting 

is as elegant and classic as 

Debbie Jones' exquisite setting shown above, 

but when I saw the vintage cream and sugar in this photo,

I was immediately inspired to use a similar set of my own.

Though much smaller 

and certainly not fine pieces, 

the petite creamer and sugar are older

 than my 65 years and are definitely showing their age.

Regardless, they are treasured in my heart, for

they once belonged to my mom. 

When I was a little girl, she let me use them

for tea parties in my play house.

As you can see, 

my tablescape is on the casual side, 

set on the wicker table on the sunporch. 

A vintage silver bride's basket 

holds the linens and silver

just as in Debbie Jones' presentation.

I used a red Christmas china,

Saint Nick 

by Spode for William Sonoma.

I have plates in two different patterns.

This design was produced in 2006.

This one of Santa checking his list

was produced in 2004.

Each of the patterns have similar

but distinctive borders of their own.

I don't have the graceful cups and saucers

 used by Debbie Jones, but rather casual mugs

to fill with a rich hot chocolate.

My touch of elegance is presented 

with antique linens and 

Sir Christopher by Wallace.

The open pulled thread work on the

edge of the linen napkins, and the elegant monogram

offer soft compliments to the lovely chased

work on the silver basket.

~ Red Roses ~ Hydrangea ~ Christmas Greens ~

Just as Debbie Jones used to fill her own

lovely vintage cream and sugar set.

This was a fun creative challenge.

My compliments to Debbie Jones for sharing her

beautiful High Point Christmas tablescape.

Kudos to Hoffman Media on their stellar publication, 

~ Cottage Christmas 2013 ~


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