Let me show you what I mean. Here's Delores' original design:
Isn't this just beautiful? But, wait! Here's Linda's interpretation, inspired by Delores' design:
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Fabulous, isn't it? Linda took Delores' Valentine vision and gave it a Christmas twist to celebrate her daughter's engagement and holiday homecoming. What a lovely way to celebrate such a romantic occassion! Ah, love!
I owe a huge debt, not only to Linda and Delores, but to so many other wonderful tablescapers who generously share their ideas and wisdom and inspire me with their amazing talent . . .
However, it's all well and good to want to copy a design . . . but then comes the hard work - and the challenges . . . like the red chargers . . . I'm sad to say I don't have any . . . a travesty, to be sure, one that needs to be remedied very soon!
So, if red is not going to be the inspiration . . . perhaps then it has to come from the beautiful salad plate . . . I love these pink floral dishes - Chintz Rose by Johnson Brothers . . .
I also have rattan chargers that match the napkin rings, and our everyday Traditions dinner plates from Williams-Sonoma are very similar to the ones Delores used . . .
It so happens that I have some lovely linens from Horchow that I've yet to use . . .
I fell in love with the lacy pattern and its heart-shaped edging . . .
It looks so frothy . . . One can easily imagine Anne of Austria giving a handkerchief trimmed like this to the dashing Duke of Buckingham as a token of her love . . . although it might have been more difficult to replace (after all, lacemaking takes so long!) than the diamond necklace she gave him instead, and which almost cost young M. D'Artagnan his life . . .I'm referring, of course, to The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas . . .
If you need a good novel filled with interesting characters, handsome musketeers, a queen in distress, and plenty of court intrigue, this book is for you! It's also a wonderful study of the manners of the court of Louis XIII . . . I've read it in both, English . . .
and Spanish . . .
I wish I was more fluent in French to be able to read it in its original language . . .
And, believe me, just because there are many movies adapted from this novel, none of them comes close to capturing its essence, the intricacies of its plot, the sense of humor of the author, its . . . je ne sais quoi . . .
Oh, my, I've digressed! Don't ever get me started on M. Dumas! I can become quite tedious! So, back to tablescaping. Linens . . . Check . . .
Napkin rings . . . check! I have the same ones that Linda uses . . . I decided to leave the little button exposed, instead of tucking it underneath, like Linda did . . .
Linda's silverware is just beautiful, but the Monticello by Reed and Barton has a similar “feel” although it's stainless steel, not sterling. The thread pattern delightfully forms a heart shape at the heel . . .
Delores considered roses and candlelight as being absolutely essential to her design . . . This table needed delicate pink roses to match the salad plates, and mercury glass vases, so I contacted Robert, of Robert's Floral Design Studio in Chicago - my florist and friend - I've known him since high school and he's been doing arrangements for me since Lee and I got married . . .
For a quiet dinner at home, I'd normally go to my local grocery store to buy the roses, and then spend an enjoyable half hour arranging them myself, but I've been out of town attending my son's graduation from Basic Combat Training in South Carolina . . . and the table really needed to be ready today! So Robert received an SOS - Save Our Sanity - and he came to the rescue!
I pulled out the stash of mercury glass votives . . .
The glasses were an easy choice: My mother's crystal goblets . . .
The table was set with both, water goblets and champagne glasses . . .
Of course, a rose was tucked into each of the napkin rings . . .
Which was actually a very tight fit . . . Delores’ napkin rings would have worked better!
And now the table is set . . .
Ready for a summer romantic celebration . . . such as an anniversary, perhaps . . .
What do you think . . . ? Does it pass muster . . . ?
When darkness arrived, we lit the candles . . . It was important that the mood be just right . . .
Roses scented the air . . .
Candlelight cast a soft glow on the table . . .
The champagne was poured . . .
“Unchained Melody” played in the background . . .
Joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Stop by for inspiration!