Wednesday, April 20, 2011

At the Table of Grace

I wasn't completely sure that I was going to show a table this week, but then I kept playing with that vignette that I was working on last week and kind of fell in love with it. Thanks for all your suggestions by the way.

It hopped back and forth from side table to mantel. Then, I had a notion to bring it to the dining room while the girls were home for an Easter weekend table.

Here it is.

Actually, that's not my dining room table. It will eventually make its way there, but I'm just not a solo act.  Unfortunately, the Duchess is housebound with a knee injury.  I had no choice but to load up my stemware, and linens, and dishes, and accessories and play with dishes at her house.

I brought the inspiration too.
It was inspired by the book
 One Thousand Gifts

It's a table of  gratitude...


And  grace.

That's not a place card.
The grace of God is the centerpiece
of the Easter table.


The rest is just decoration.


The floral salad plates are mine.
I found them at  TJ Maxx. 


I was planning to use some other blue plates to sandwich between the white when the Sister offered up with these perfect turquoise ones. She bought them at the local grocery store.  

This is why I love a group project, folks. So much better than what I had planned.


Brown ruffly placemats.
They're supposed to look like nests.

The sister gets credit for that too.
The flatware?  It belongs to The Duchess


The stemware belongs to me. It's Aurora Blue by Denby and has been a fixture in this house since the Great Wedding Adventure of '84. 



I love the sunshine on those napkin rings. It makes them look like a sea of glass. They belong to the Duchess. I think she got them at Bed Bath and Beyond.

The cross stitched napkins are mine, though. They're a treasure made by my grandmother. It's actually a butterfly. You can't tell when it's scooched up like that.


Eggs painted blue
to match the ones on  the book.



There's absolutely no reason for this shot other than the fact
 that I thought it looked cool with the egg in the glass.


Brown candle sticks from Willow House belong to me.


But those turquoise blossom votives belong to the Sister.


That slick-eared bunny doesn't belong at all.

The Sister stuck it there to see how long it would take me to notice. Then she stood there with the exact same pose and expression. She's such a twerp.

Growing up, her nickname was Thumper.

He got the thump.


That about sums it up. It was definitely a shared effort
and creative therapy
 for a stir crazy Duchess.

The table in the sunlight...


And by candlelight


And even though it was set it for my family,
won't you join us too?


You're always welcome
at the
The Table of Grace

*****
I'll be sharing this for Tablescape Thursday
and for Seasonal Sundays
at The Tablescaper


70 comments:

Sue said...

Beautiful"Table of Grace" tablescape Debbie, I love the colors you have chosen. But what I love even more is the relationship you have with the Duchess, and your sister.Awesome!! i will be praying for healing for your mother.
I think the Duchess and my mother would get alone fine. I also think it is time for the Duchess to start her blog, as I have been trying to get my mother to start a blog.~smile~
Wishing you and your dear family a most blessed Easter.
Sue

elizabeth said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I saw those same plates at our TJ Maxx and thought they were lovely too. I still want to know your storage secrets for all of your dinnerware and linens. Just bought a set of transferware...three sets of dishes to store in my tiny kitchen now!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks great Debbie! The blue is so beautiful and peaceful, I'm sure you all will have a wonderful Easter dinner! Lovin' grandmom's napkins-enjoy:@)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Love the blues and whites together. You girls pooled your talents as well as your belongings to come up with a beautiful table!!

GRACE. No greater gift!

blessings ~ tanna

Denise said...

The blue/white/brown combination turned out really pretty. Many thanks for your inspiration tabletop. Aren't we so thankful that we also share our grace in the SONshine?

I'm so excited to have everyone home for Easter (well, our soldier won't be home). Wish the Duchess were up for her annual Easter egg hunt extravaganza but will settle for her being able to come to church with us. Hugs sister for your inspiration.

PS I always thought the design on those napkins was a flower but I don't think I've ever really looked that closely. They really are beautiful

Pat said...

Hi Debbie, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your comment at the Back Porch. You absolutely recognized something I have been trying to do over the last month or two. Getting back to the real Pat and J and their home. It started with the kitchen area redo and went forward with the living room redo. I am hoping all my posts will soon reflect our real home and events in our lives, rather than trying to fit a certain mold (that can get expensive!).
I began this year reflecting on the notion of continuing the Back Porch or taking it down. I think with the changes and the change of seasons, I might be able to keep it all going.

And now to your gorgeous table. The colors are amazing, the photos beautiful! I love it all.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh just so beautiful and inspiring. I love every bit of it and I am sure Duchess enjoys it being in her house...what a joy!

Now give me the practical of using your table..remember I am a mother of five boys...how do you serve with all the plates...do you serve that many courses? Do you start from the top plate and go down with each course? Just curious...my boys just laugh at me, eat the meal in the wrong plates and we have plates all over the place as the move them out of their way...just wondering how it works.

Happy Easter...love the napkins from grandmother

Crickit said...

What a beautiful table! I love the blue and white! And...the table of Grace!

Happy Easter my Friend! He IS RISEN!

xinex said...

How nice of you to haul all these to your sister's house. She will definitely feel better after seeing the table. I love the play pof colors. Your plates are so pretty and so are all the accessories, love the mix of texture too.....Christine

Debbie said...

Oh my dear Janette, there's nothing at all practical about the table. LOL

That's why we usually do them for invisible people and why half that stuff comes off if and when it's used for real meal. (Remember too that I have girls who will say "oooh that's pretty" instead of boys who will try to crack and eat a faux egg.)

I can and do leave stuff in the middle, though. Our table is bigger than that one. Plus for our family of four, I never serve family or farmhouse style. We always fix plates in the kitchen and bring them in, even when we're having a casual meal in the kitchen.

To be completely honest, I hate washing dishes. Adding serving bowls to the mix just wigs me out completely. Plus, it helps with portion control. When that food is sitting in front of me, I have no check valve whatsoever...

And Elizabeth: We spread the wealth among three houses, four if you count the newlywed niece. I should maybe do a post on all the cupboards and nooks and crannies. hmmm.

April 20, 2011 9:

bj said...

What a beautiful Table of Grace. I love everything about it...even that little slick-eared rabbit. :))
Your blue and white dishes are beautiful.
Thanks so much for the prayers for rain. I appreciate it so much.
xo bj

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh Debbie! It's beautiful, it just speaks to me! I've been on a blue kick lately, which is hard since my whole house is reds, yellows and blacks. But I am trying to work it into the new kitchen. This tablescape is just fabulous...and a tribute to it's "makers" and The Maker...what could be better than that! I love the word GRACE spelled out and the photo of the egg through the glass is wonderful. Beautiful artistry my friend. Happy Easter Season to you!

Heather

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Debbie, I love your table and the theme! It is gorgeous with the blues and your eggs.
Happy Easter to you and your family.
~ Julie

Barbara F. said...

I think this is a very beautiful and spiritual table, just perfect. Loving the blue theme! xo,

Denise said...

So did you wait for me to comment and THEN throw in the bunny picture? I thought he was cute but didn't exactly go with the grace theme. And, I am NOT a twerp. Just sayin'...

Kathleen said...

Oh I love it! And you got your eggs the perfect color blue! Those salad plates are so pretty. The whole table is just lovely!
A very blessed Easter to you!

Miss Char said...

Where do I begin on this one Deb!!! I'm in love with the colors, the place mats, the array of beautiful plates and the "message". Happy Easter.

Nezzy said...

Girl, your table of grace is simply a masterpiece! I had to giggle at the orneriness of your sis. They are like that! Heeehhee!!!

God bless ya and have a fantastic day!

BTW: Happy Easter Giveaway...my place...ya'll come! :o)

Alycia Nichols said...

Aw, man, Debbie....this is gorgeous!!! I'm so glad you DID play in the dishes this week!!! Sorry to hear about the Duchess, though. Please send my regards. Knee injuries are NO fun!!! Your sister's vision of the "bird's nest" placemat was fantastic! Kudos to her, and kudos to you all on the group effort!!! I really liked the photo where the egg can be seen through the stemware. That looks really slick!!! Gorgeous and soothingly pretty table!

Joan said...

Now this is just beautiful. Perfect place for the inspiration.

Blessings,
Joan

Carol said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Debbie!!!
I'll just load up my 3 tons of tiramisu and be right over!

Chatty Crone said...

Debbie,

I am not sure whose table it is - but it is beautiful and it certainly is a Table of Grace. It is beautiful - gorgeous! I love the blue blossom votives. I'd love to get one!

Have a blessed Easter.

Sandie

Red Couch Recipes said...

Debbie -- I love blue for Easter and I remember your vignette with the book. Have a Happy Easter! Joni

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

Beautiful table!!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Debbie, this is a beautiful table! It's hard to imagine that the real Table of Grace could be any more inviting, yet somehow... Thank you for your focus and invitation. May you have a blessed and happy Easter!

Mary said...

Debbie~ I so love this table...the colors are so soothing & serene. The lighting is beautiful playing across your dishes & linens! What fun to collaborate and create together~ love your & your sister's sense of humor!

I popped over to Amazon to check out the book and just added it to my wish list! Happy Easter to you all~

tammylovesdishes said...

Oh, these colors are totally beautiful and perfect for an Easter tablescape. You have created an amazing table. It's so nice that you can switch up with family's treasures to complete your settings.. and that your setting travels well. ~smile~

I absolutely love your Table of Grace!
Happy Easter,
Tammy

Sharon Kirby said...

Debbie - I liked Thumper!! Now he's all sad, sitting somewhere crying at being left out. Tell him that we invisible people would love to have him at our table!! (By the way, older sisters love to be twerps - just sayin').

Are we just the luckiest people or what?? God invites us to the table of Grace - and sometime in the future, we've got a place setting at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb! I can't wait!!

Loved the lighting in your photos - the subtle look was really nice.

Thumper liked it...for awhile.

xo

Kelli said...

Grateful you shared this today. The sneaky bunny and sister--ha, ha, ha. I must admit, I'm the sneaky sister! The blue is vivid and oh so lovely!

Entertaining Women said...

A heavenly shade of turquoise...appropriate for this weekend's celebration...the most important day of the year as far as I'm concerned. Everything is perfection...you're right collaboration is always so much fun. A survivor of five knee surgeries, my heart goes out to the Duchess. I pray that she'll heal quickly and successfully. Thank you for sharing your, as always, gorgeous design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Janet said...

Beautiful! Just love that shade of blue! The stemware is gorgeous!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

It certainly came together beautifully! Those egss add so much. And I think the salad plates add quite a lot. Love the napkins and napkin rings!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Beautiful, beautiful, tablescape. The colors are wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your nice comment.
Randee

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

This table is grace-full for sure. I love the inspiration, colors, candle holders, and just the coming together, common consent, I feel from all of you. Have a beautiful Easter that will be cherished by all.

Marigene said...

This table is fabulous, it is one of my favorites to date! Turquoise and white with a little chocolate are so perfect together
Thanks for sharing.
Happy Easter!

SavannahGranny said...

Absolutely love the color combo. You probably know any kind of blue is my favorite color. This table is so beautiful and to think that you guys got to do it together. The blossom votives are so unique. They will go with so many things. The scrabble rest is such a great way to set the tone. I love that you painted it. Love, Love the color.
Thanks for your visit and kind comments.
Have a joyous Easter. He is risen indeed. Ginger :)

Dining Delight said...

Loved seeing this! The colours are terrific, love the brown placemats (do look like nests)with the blue! Your pictures have a "Grace" like quality to them the way the sun is streaming on to the table. Great "theme" for your table and the Scrabble words are perfect!

DD

D said...

Hi, Debbie,
Thanks for stopping by. I think you can get the silverware still at "Victorian Papers". Probably pay more for them there, though.
Your table is so pretty and serene. Blue is such a pretty color.
D

Rettabug said...

Oh poop....I just had a long, wordy comment & it disappeared on me! Grrrrr!

I SAID how much I loved the way your write, your wit, your gorgeous use of this color...which matches my eyes, BTW & a whole lot more.

Lovely sentiments as well as accoutrements!

Have a Blessed Easter, Debbie!
Hugs,
Rett

sarah said...

wow. it all looks so beautiful and the color of Israel is blue and white....so I thought how appropriate on easter to have these colors. Happy Easter/Passover

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescapes are so Beautiful sweet lady I love blue !!! I hope you and your family have a Great Easter. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Easter Tablescpae also.
XOO
Diane

Karen said...

Your table looks lovely! I love the beautiful blues...and the word "GRACE" really completes it. Happy Easter!

Jennie said...

I love the blue and most importantly the theme, but my *favorite* part is the team effort. I just love how close you all are! What a treasure. You make me look forward to an empty nest. (ha!)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Turquoise! I love it! Gorgeous color combination. I love those ruffly placemats. Where are people getting these? They're great!

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Oh my goodness ... I adore the stunning table setting. Can I come to dinner too? So much creative juices ... love that about you and of course the Dutchess.
How perfect is the centerpiece ... HIS GRACE. Thank you for sharing your table with me today. It is a treat for my eyes.
Happy Easter to you my sister in Christ.
Blessings too,
Bren

Atelier de Charo said...

A gorgeous setting, love the colors and the beautiful plates, and also the cute little blue bird!

Happy Easter!

Marlis said...

I love your table!! absolutely love the grace table. Oh my. the blues and browns and the ruffled placemats. I love your glasses! You are right to have removed thumper. This is lovely. Thanks for dropping in and good luck with the giveaway. Have a Happy Easter and hopefully many blessings.

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie,
I love the beautiful blue and white on the brown placemat. How they compliment one another. Also, I really would like to see all the cupboards and closets as it has crossed my mind where you would store it all!
Have a blessed and wonderful Easter, dear friend.

~Jean

FrouFrouBritches said...

That reminds me of the hymn - Grace, grace, God's grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within - do you know that hymn?

Beautiful! I love the placemats. They do look like nests. Those WH candlesticks are adorable and I love, love, love the cross stitched napkins. What a treasure! It's all gorgeous! My favorite picture is the egg in the glass. HA! It looks cool.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE your setting... BUT...I think you should have let the little bunny stay! hehe, OK, I'm weak when it comes to bunnies. I think they belong EVERYWHERE!!! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE every detail here but I'm going to pick a favorite thingy AND that is the ruffled chargers. They make the table POP and remind me of Easter Bonnets! LOVE THE EFFECT!!! I Must go find some!!! I Hope your knee is better REALLY Soon!!!
Thank you so much for inviting us in.
Have a wonderful Easter Week,
Big Hugs,
Donna

Christa said...

Wow! I love that table. It's beautiful. My favorite part is the napkins from your Grandmother. But, really, every element was perfect. When my blog grows up it wants to be like yours!!

Tricia said...

Debbie, you and your family do the best group projects! This table is just gorgeous -- love the soft turquoise, and you even dyed eggs to match! The ruffled brown placemats are perfect!

Denise said...

Hi There Debbie,

This is such a special table. I so appreciate your Grace and Gratitude centerpiece! Your blues are so soft and springy, and I LOVE the ruffled placemats and the faux bird's nest. I agree with you about the sunlight on the glass napking ring, and I think your cross-stitched napkins are so pretty! Please visit my blog if you get a chance. I didn't get to post my Easter tablescape until this morning, but I am at Susan's TT waaay down at the bottom.

Hope your Easter is blessed with Grace from Above,

Denise @ Forest Manor

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Yes! On so many lovely levels. Thank you for this.

Happy Easter to you and yours!

The Tablescaper said...

This is glorious! The many layers of white and aqua settled in a nest of brown - just glorious!

I hope to see you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

*The Old Geezer said...

Wow! That looks great! And guess what? Blue is my favorite color. What time should I be over for dinner? :-)

Take care Debbie and have a wonderful Easter :-)

~Ron
*******

Garden Lady said...

Hi Debbie,
This is such a beautiful table, loved how eveything is layered. The brown placemats work so well with the blue. Thanks for sharing this

Luncheons at the Junction said...

I just love how your tables are a group effort - the love just radiates. This table is lovely! The blues are striking. Thanks for stopping by my blog this week and leaving such a sweet comment - wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter.

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous! How fun to share and to share inspiration! I love your new blue floral plates and the stemware is fantastic.

What a great idea to have GRACE placed on the table for truly that is the centerpiece of Easter. Have a blessed Easter Weekend.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a gorgeous joint effort! I need to have a siiiiiiiiisssster! I'm an only girl with two wonderful bros, but probaly not the same as a sis, I asume. The tablescape came out lovely, I love all the soft blues on the groegeous plates and love the place mats of it, very different! Love all the beautiful elements that made it!
Happy Easter and bunny is just perfect!

Splurgie said...

I love your spin on blue and white. Usually it's royal blue or navy. Turquoise is different and beautiful. Your eggs are jewels!

The Tablescaper said...

Hope you are having a fabulous Easter. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Frieda said...

Magnific Blue time!

Angel said...

You have me Ooohhhing and Aaahhhing with this one. I love this grace table. Too beautiful to eat at, I think I would just stand around admiring the beauty of it. Congrats on an outstanding tablescape!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! This is truly stunningly beautiful and perfect ~ The Table of Grace. Oh, I do love my visits to Words on Wheels. I agree, it's always fun to work with a team. Beautiful stems, flatware, plates, and details. A++++
on this one! ~ Sarah

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful Debby. I love the collaborating that you and your sister and mother do to create such wonderful tablescapes. how wonderful to have 3 homes full of wonderful tablescaping tools and 3 women sharing the fun of setting the table. These blues and browns are such a lovely way to celebrate the ascension of Christ. laurie

taping solution dvd said...

Such wonderful tablescapes!!!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I'm in love, I'm in love! This table is just so gorgeous!! So glad our found you. We both of dish fever, I do believe. :)

Donna

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Oh Debbie,
You have outdone yourself on this table.
It is gorgeous, I loved everything about it the color, the theme and the layering! Simply Beautiful!!
I love that book and have it too, in fact, my
coffee table was done as a theme for that book as well. If you didn't see it and want to see it....look in April for the crowned chirps Party & Tabletop Tuesday.

Love that you used the scrabble pcs. to write out Grace. That was very clever and creative,
and perfect for the theme, and the nest and eggs everything was wonderful....so enjoyed it,
and would love to sit at that table!

You have a delightful week hon,
Nellie

Kathleen said...

I always love your tablescapes and this is just as lovely as all the others. Maybe a bit more special though because of the effort you put in taking it to the house of The Duchess!

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