Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lilacs and Lace


We've had a nice spring, and the lilacs are in full bloom. When we are on the back deck, the sweet fragrance surrounds us. While I was picking bouquets, the lilac fairy was whispering  "save some for my bed please".


The inspiration for this table were these lovely lilacs and the purple iris table that Susan at Between Naps on the Porch set.


A small table is set in the sunroom, and is dressed with leftover lace that I used to make panels for my sidelights in the foyer. Before we bought the house, the builder put a coat closet at the front entry, and you can actually see the coats through the sidelight. So I put up the lace panels to diffuse it (to please me). No one else seems to notice it ;o)


The layers upon layers of plates sit on wooden chargers. The dishes are a mixture of Vietri and "lace" plates from Crate and Barrel.


I added a purple napkin so the top plate could show off its beautiful pattern.


A tea pot from the Christmas Tree Shop is being used as a vase to hold lilacs. I wanted extra fragrance, so I added another bunch of lilacs to the table. A scent of sweet heaven on a Spring day. Clear cut crystal water goblets  flutes and salt and pepper shakers finish the table.

Thank you for stopping by! Each time I post a table setting on my blog, I chuckle because I am rarely taking photos of the food that goes on the plates. I have six binders of tried and true recipes and two bankers boxes of file folders with the recipes organized by category. I also use all 50 cookbooks that I have on my book shelves.  In the morning before work, I grab one of the binders or cookbooks for inspiration and/or choose a recipe.    I shop for any ingredients I may need on my lunch hour since the market is so convenient. Now you know my style!

I am joining these hostesses:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

xo
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

THello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Lilacs are a favorite but after Sandy we only got one teeny bloom. Yours are so pretty, beautiful table.

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  2. I love your style and you melted my heart when you said the fairies asked you t leave some for heir beds, oh thats lovely, everything looks perfect, beautifully perfect and you have quite a recipe collection wowsa!!!!

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  3. What a beautiful and elegant tablescape! I love lilac and it's my favorite color as well. And you just don't know how much I adore your table setting. Very artistic and pretty. :)

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  4. Your setting is very pretty! Love the lilacs, ours are done for this year-enjoy:@)

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  5. Oh my Debbie, how I miss the scent of lilacs, but I can close my eyes and smell them through your post!! We used to have them in PA, OH, and MI, and I always looked forward to them in the Spring. Your layers of dishes are so beautiful and I especially love the lace ones from Crate and Barrel that let the colored napkin show through. Thanks for the whiff of Springtime from you pretty table. xo

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  6. Debbie, just gorgeous. Love those Vietri dishes. And all things lace. I can understand you covering the window panels with lace. I'd constantly be rearranging coats to make it look appealing. Great idea. The tea pot and pitcher filled with lilacs.. swoon. I love that the napkins and candles are such a perfect match. I can smell those lilacs from here! xo marlis

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  7. First, Debbie, your lilacs are absolutely gorgeous. I can almost smell them from here!!! I WISH I had a lilac bush...or 2...or 3! :-)

    THOSE PLATES!!!!!!! I have not been in Crate & Barrel in forever because I have been on a buying hiatus. I find that I can't even drive by my favorite stores without getting a cold sweat going, so you KNOW I can't actually go into the store!!! The reason: because of plates like these!!! I would want to buy 30 or 40 of them, and I would be in trouble! They are SO pretty!!! The whole table setting is pretty!!!! Using the purple napkin to better show off the pattern of the plate was an excellent idea!

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  8. Absolutely enchanting Debbie! I love that 'Fairyopolis' book soo much, (and lilacs and lace), and your plates and fabulous MacKenzie-Childs table. Ooh la-la, I could live with that in a heartbeat. xo

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  9. Such a pretty spring table - love the lace dishes! I think I could smell the lilacs on your table, too!

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  10. Just gorgeous, Debby. I can imagine the fragrance too. I don't think I have ever seen a lilac tree or bush or plant in person. Beautiful color!.....Christine

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  11. This is a beautiful table! I love lilacs & lace....just beautiful!
    Blessings My Friend,

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  12. Debbie, your lilacs are beautiful, love those plates...oh..I love it all!!!

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  13. I have that book:) My daughter gave it to me..
    The scent of lilacs brought me to you too.

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  14. Debbie, this is surely a lovely table! Love the lilacs and the plates an the napkins.. just wonderful. xo marlis

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  15. Lovely table. So neat to see the purple napkin through the lace plate.

    I love that you have so many recipes in use! I have one trusty binder and many cook books and torn out recipes for inspiration.

    - The Tablescaper

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  16. Debbie, I thought I left a comment at this post last Sunday, but don't see it.
    Lilacs are something we can't grow, and I always admire them when I see others posting them. Heavenly! Loving the layers here. Those lace plates are so unusual and pretty with the napkin below. I'd love to be sitting at this table.

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  17. Gorgeous Debbie! Two of my favorite things, Fairyopolis and Lilacs! I so wish the flower fairies would send some magic and fairy dust my way so we could grow them here, I love the blooms and their fragrance is indeed heavenly! Your lace plates are beautiful paired with the lavender and your Vietri!

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  18. So pretty! Love the lilacs and lace. Those glass dishes are awesome! I want them!! I have one branch I cut of lilacs are it smells great, I can't imagine how good that many cuttings would smell like!

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  19. Beautiful table...the detailed pattern really shows up on that purple napkin. It is sad the season for lilacs is so short...and windy, rainy weather makes it even shorter!
    Have a wonderful week, Debbie.

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  20. Pure loveliness!! I would love to sit at this table....food or not. ;)
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

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