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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Outside Elegance tablescape

An elegant table set outdoors. Who says you can't use your good china, silver and crystal outside? It's so totally unexpected and the outdoor setting makes it so much less formal than if it were set inside. 

I was over at Artie's beautiful blog, Color Outside the Lines, where he showed these fabulous tables all draped in cloth. Layers upon layers created a beautiful mosaic commanding your attention. He made me do it! I pulled out a Frette square cloth as the base. It's a very light shade of beigey-taupe. Layered a blue linen next to coordinate with the placemats. The icing on the cake, is an antique damask with drawn-thread work. Looks like a parfait or layers of clouds, doesn't it?

Silver chargers, my wedding china, estate sale silver, silver goblets, crystal napkin rings, and my new to me favorite, the epergne. Click HERE to find out more about this wonder!

I layered two vase arms and inserted the vase into the uppermost center holder. Filled each vase with baby's breath (gypsophila), some creeping jenny, some wood snippings and blue thistles.

Bottom tablecloth - Frette
Blue Cloth - linen from Stein Mart
Top Damask cloth - estate sale
Blue wavy placemats - Tuesday Morning
Silver trays and plateau - estate sales
China - Lenox Snowlily
Silver - Beloved; Wm Rogers-International Silver*; estate sales
Epergne - Cambridge; estate sale
Crystal napkin rings -
Napkins - Tuesday Morning
Crystal - French Countryside by Mikasa

Thanks so very much for dropping in. I'm honored and humbled by your visit.
Please come back Friday for a delicious guacamole with crab recipe!

I'm joining the hostess with the mostest, the lovely Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her 
Tablescape Thursday party. Do drop in and see the other lovely tables set just for you.
I'm also linking to Seasonal Sunday at the Tablescapers.. see you there!

*The International Silver Company was organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey on 19 November 1898. Immediately upon organization, the company bought the total capital stock of the following companies: Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), *Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), *Manhattan Silver Plate, (Lyons, New York), *Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), *Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), *William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford), Rogers Cutlery (Hartford), Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury), Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury), Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden), Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford), Standard Silver Company, Ltd. (Toronto, Canada).  The Beloved pattern began production in 1940.


Lana K. W. Austin said...

Oh, YES! That gorgeous formal table is PERFECT outside!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your centerpiece!!!!
Oh, this is divine!!!!!


Jeannine said...

Gorgeous table with the layers, good idea to lift from Artie! The brown and blue together are calming set out under the tree for summer.

Tricia said...

Oh, those layered tablecloths DO create an elegant, lush feel! Just gorgeous! I also really like the brown napkins with the blue and cream and now want to rush home and try brown napkins with MY Lenox, which is somewhat similar to yours. Lovely! Did you dine outside in this horrible heat? We're on Day 27 of consecutive days over 100 degrees!


Oh, what a lovely tablescape, al fresco! I'm in love with the layers and the colors of the linens! My fav is baby blue with brown, such a rich and elegant combo. Gorgeous flowers in your center piece and lovely china. Hugs, FABBY

Miss Char said...

Love the layers of the linens, the last picture with the corner draped out a little is perfection.

The elegance is all your pieces makes this table perfect for this outdoor setting rather than looking out of place. Love it all.

Tanya@takesix said...

I love your layered tablecloths. What a beautiful elegant look they provide! Your table is gorgeous, Marlis!

Dianne said...

Marlis, You table looks like a restful and cool oasis in the desert. I think blue and chocolate brown is about my favorite color combination. The layered tablecloths elevated the entire look. Well done! Dianne

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Marlis, this table is so amazing. You have such a beautiful eye for detail. I love everything about your tablescape!

Jocelyn @

Anonymous said...

I am loving all the layers, colors and textures of this table Marlis. Gorgeous!

Mary said...

Dreamy layers from your linens to your china on your silver chargers! So wonderful alfresco~ love, love, love how the light plays across and highlights areas of your table! Beautiful!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I agree! Setting a table in the garden with good china and exquisite linens makes for an unexpected and special table. Your colors are FABULOUS! The blues and browns look so cool and calm outdoors. I was fascinated with your post about the epergnes and I see that it is even prettier in a set table.
Just beautiful, my friend! This is a table to remember!

once in a blue moon said...

very pretty, love the layers like a petticoat~

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How stunning! Love your new glass centerpiece -- it's a dazzler for sure! Enjoying your browns and blues making a beautiful outdoor statement. The layering of the cloths adds wonderful texture to your beautiful table.

Sarah said...

Marlis, your layers of starched linen look gorgeous. Alfresco dining is always my first choice, and I agree that taking the elegance outside is a great idea. Your silver try with crystal candleholders is a lovely choice for this table, and the ruffle placemats over the linen a splendid addition. A+++++++
~ Sarah

On Crooked Creek said...

Exquisite dining! Layering of your table linens is elegance at it's finest. At a second glimple, the epergne is a remarkable art piece. The baby's breath so ethereal and delicate in nature, a perfect choice for the centerpiece. Color choice is calming for the soul. Thank you for this lovely tablescape!

Lizabeth said...

This turned out just beautiful! I love all the layer table linens, so elegant looking! I love the blue ruffled placemats the the repeat of the color in the 2nd layer of the linens! Your Epergne is lovely! I've never seen one like that before! I'm wasn't familiar with the term but I am now! THX for the info on your other posting! This is a very romantic table!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful as always! I think you can use whatever you want whenever you want, wherever you want. That' what our "stuff" is for. I do love the layers of cloth. Are you returned from your time away?

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your setting in the garden is wonderful. I love the use of your crystal and wedding china. You've given me so many ideas. :-)) The layering of the tablecloths stole my heart... I see a mission coming on. hugs ~lynne~

Dining Delight said...

How I want to dine at your gorgeous tablescape! I love everything about it, from the layering of linens, the colours you chose, the centerpiece, the unexpected elegance in the setting to the ruffled placemats! You've made me want to copy YOU now!


we three dogs and me said...

Love your epergne. What an elagant setting for and outdoor meal. I can almost feel the warm sun and gentle wind on my face.wish I was there.

Debbie said...

I think this is absolutely beautiful. The first thing that I noticed was the layering of linens, so I liked it that you told where you got your inspiration. I'm definitely going to flatter you by imitation. Everything is beautiful, and what a perfect centerpiece.


Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Truly love your centerpiece! Actually, I love the while tablescape...great job! Visiting from Between Naps..

A Toile Tale said...

Marlis -
You managed the impossible. You brought a cool thought to my head. This looks like the most refreshing little oasis. Those linens are devine, especially that lovely pale blue you used.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a pretty setting Marlis! Great choice of colors, somehow they make it feel cooler out! Love your new centerpiece-have fun with it:@)

Maria said...

Oh, my! How utterly charming! It looks elegant and serene. Those brown napkins were the perfect selection to speak to the outdoor setting. I love the way you pulled the napkin through the ring. I've always had trouble with the end looking too pointy, but I'm going to try it like you did the next time. Beautiful!

Jane said...

Your outdoor tablescape is so elegant! I love the centerpiece and the combination of the blue and brown against the neutral backdrop--gorgeous!

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Barb~Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Marlis, your table is lovely! I love the peacefulness of it. The silver platter is stunning....such a lovely vignette.

You did a great job!


Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful! The outdoors is a perfect setting. I love your blue & brown, very elegant! Thanks so much for visiting me. I appreciate your kind words.
Blessings My friend,

Pattie T. said...

Elegant indeed! I love the colors and that beautiful centerpiece.

Mom of 5 said...

Beautiful table setting! You stopped by my blog the other day. I've just started out doing tables capes recently. I love it and am trying to do it on a budget since I have five children. I'm looking forward to purchasing a real cloth table cloth one day soon LOL

xinex said...

Elegant indeed and so beautiful, Marlis!...Christine

Karin Şen Cankan said...

I always enjoyed china, silver and crystal, your outdoor table looks so wonderful and so elegant!

And the colars of the tableclothe takes my breath away.

Loved the crystal napkin rings, must get 12 of those.

Thank you for sharing.

Lots of Love,

Karin Şen Cankan

Nancy said...

I love layering cloths and fabrics also. This is stunning, with your epergne centerpiece. Love the flatware to! Just gorgeous!!!


Meredith said...

I love this setting. The layered look is very pretty underneath that beautiful oak tree. I too wish it weren't over 100 degrees or we'd be dining outside too!

The Tablescaper said...

Ohhh, ahhh.... How beautiful. I LOVE (maybe even covet) that epergne!

- The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad Artie made you do it! Your layered linens are gorgeous. The combination of the blues and browns is so pleasing to the eye; it just draws you into the tablescape.

I love the idea of using the fine china, crystal, silver and linens in the garden. It truly is an elegant setting.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Marlis, I love everything about this table! The venue, linens, dishes, colors... Just stunning!

Kuby said...

I love your lavishly dressed table. Your china is just gorgeous. The table dressing is just wonderful! My favorite is the blue bonnet place-mats. Thank you for sharing this work of art!

bj said...

Such a beautiful setting, Marlis. I've not been able to do a single outdoor tablescape this summer. My grass is brown, my flowers, dead, even the hearty ROSE OF SHARON are dying. Pretty pitiful around here.
Let's keep praying for rain.
xo bj

Jo's This and That said...

Fantastic! Your table setting is just classy.

Victoria Mische said...

Awesome! Though this table was taken last year but I can't resist to write a comment in your blog. You impressed me so much with this table on your garden. I love the napkins, the decorations and how you put the extra touches on each vingette you decorated! Ti's was the best table I've seen far this week. Awesome!

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