Tablescape Thursday ~ A tête-à-tête in the Cool Shade

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Fall is officially just around the corner ~ our days remain warm; 70's to 80's. Just perfect for sipping a cool drink, having a little sweet nibble and visiting on one of the garden pathways.

This is actually an elevated wooden path, it is 'hugged' on each side by mature Douglas Fir trees, fern, rhododendrons, azaleas, columbine and fragrant lilies (all have completed their bloom cycle for this year, so things look a little ragged but it is very cool and comfortable in this spot.)

Memories linger here ...

Mosaic tray ~ HomeGoods, Wine decanter ~ Pottery Barn
Quilt used as tablecloth ~ Neiman Marcus/Horchow.
(All from a year or three ago.)

Plates and Latte/Cereal Bowls ~ POSH Chicago
Silverplate flatware ~Fidelio by Christofle, Paris

3 tier wire basket ~ from a local shop a couple of years ago

Vintage French Olive Oil Bottle

And because I like to play :D ...
~ a colored pencil effect image filter

Tiny cupcake for a sweet bite.
Small pedestal, upturned, Nell Hill's
Glass domes... Oops, I forgot where they came from.

Old chippy garden chairs from the 1950's

From a local antique/collectible store ~ we purchased the chairs and a matching leaf-motive table a few years ago. This time I just placed them around a small, round, wooden Bistro table.

Vintage English Luncheon Plates, rosebud pattern ~
Wine Glasses La Rochere (a la The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.)

Antique Postcards

Full-Blown "Double Delight" rose

Napkins ~ Jacquard pattern by April Cornell

Waterford Crystal "Alana" Napkin Rings

The roses have nearly finished blooming for the season, the last flush is happening right now.

Cool Shade in late afternoon.

Thank you for coming by to visit ~ please come back often.

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Tablescape Thursday.


  1. Absolutely beautiful! Wow. This was inspiring.

  2. Just stunning, so pretty and elegant-enjoy!

  3. Gorgeuos, love the way you display the pretty flowers!


  4. Mari, This is the most beautiful Tablescape I have every seen! I love all the soft delightful pinks, reds and whites.

    It is so feminine and fresh and perfect for girlfriends to chat.

    YOu have spectacular roses. YOu must have many different kinds!!!

    This must have taken ages to create. The detail is just amazing. Especially those darling cupcake, cloches and pedestal.
    Mari, I'll be back several times I'm sure.
    Just perfect and beautiful, my friend! A true confection!

  5. It is all so serene and peaceful. I love all the soft pinks together. Thanks for sharing

  6. Mari, this tablescape looks good enough to eat. I love all the delicate colors, the roses, the textures of the quilt and the metal chairs. Your roses are exquisite! I could go on and on about the detais of this table. Love the cupcake under the cloche. My "memory will definitely linger here." ~ Sarah

  7. Hi Mari,
    Charming garden tablescape-i love it all!!!


  8. What a beautiful tablescape! Our summer weather is pretty well gone and it's only been in the low 60's here the past week and a half. Looking at your lovely 'warm' photos makes me wish for more warm weather days here in New Brunswick Canada. Enjoy! Pamela at

  9. I am COMPLETELY enchanted by this table! Pink is my favorite color, and this is perfect to me down to every last detail.

  10. Magazine worthy...I want to sit right down & dine in the rose garden! Love those cereal bowls :-)

  11. Magazine worthy...I want to sit right down & dine in the rose garden! Love those cereal bowls :-)

  12. My my my! The table skirt! Pink! French! So so lovely! Congratulations my dear!

  13. I am glad you showed a lot of pictures because I enjoyed each and everyone of them. Your table is just lovely. What a pretty setting in the woods! Love your centerpiece!..Christine

  14. I am glad you showed a lot of pictures because I enjoyed each and everyone of them. Your table is just lovely. What a pretty setting in the woods! Love your centerpiece!..Christine

  15. I am glad you showed a lot of pictures because I enjoyed each and everyone of them. Your table is just lovely. What a pretty setting in the woods! Love your centerpiece!..Christine

  16. girl you had FUN! look at all your roses, no deer snacking with you this summer. is that evelyn haunting me?

    your little bowls are so sweet, its all a beautiful little slice of paradise,

    sorry i missed you yesterday, so funny, i googled the glasses i called you about, they came up on YOUR blog, you already have them, you are already a true frenchy!

  17. So romantic and so glamourous - what a special, special table. Just lovely. The quilt, the flowers, the dishes, all your special touches. Just lovely.

  18. Goodness! This is beautiful and looks so refreshing. I adore all your pinks and those lovely roses!

  19. Oh how pretty! I really just want to sit and stay a while. Everything is so soft and inviting. Your flowers are gorgeous. I really love this one!

  20. Aboslutely gorgeous. Each detail is perfecso . I love how you used the bed cover as a tablecloth, so pretty. Your roses are the stars.
    Also like the colored pencil sketch.
    Thanks for sharing and giving us so many ideas...

  21. Stunning stunning stunning! I love the pinks, and the flowers! I would love to have my morning cup of tea there :)

  22. I just love your beautiful table. I love all the gorgeous pinks....Kathy

  23. Mari

    What a beautiful table. The latte/cereal are wonderful. The whole table is just outstanding and elegant. I love the color pencil effect - I like to play with photos, too.


  24. This is so pretty and inviting! I hope you don't mind. I linked your post to my Porch and Garden Party at

  25. Only one word to describe this...

  26. Oh what a gorgeous table! What a blessing anyone would get to sit at such a delightful place.

  27. This table is so beautiful that I don't really have anything I can say about it! It's perfect! Wow!
    Thanks for sharing your talent.

  28. Really beautiful. I love the dishes and those crystal napkin holders are so wonderful.

  29. What a beautiful visual treat! I love the outdoor setting and the beautiful roses and the details you've thought of...lovely!
    Have a beautiful day~
    ;-D Kathleen

  30. So elegant! So beautiful! I could sit here for hours.

  31. Mari, this table is beautiful, serene and welcoming. I can just imagine sitting under the trees and sipping the pink beverage, nibbling the cupcakes so charmingly served under the cloches! I always want to use quilts for table coverings but never quite get it right like this! Beautiful! Linda

  32. Hi Mary,
    What a lovely table! So very feminine and pretty!

  33. This table is perfection on so many different levels...each detail is of paramount importance to the extremely successful whole of the design. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous tablescape. Cherry Kay

  34. What a gorgeous blog you have ~ I'm a new follower from Tablescape Thursday.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  35. what a beautiful tablescape! This is truly inspired. I'm so glad I found you, I love your blog!

  36. Oh my goodness!! thats simply gorgeous.. Its the most beautiful one I've ever seen.. *sigh*

  37. Your use of color here is perfect! I love how you've combined all the pinks, reds and white. Your cloche is beautiful too!

  38. beautiful tablescape. Love all the details.

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  40. I think this may be my absolute favorite Tablescape Thursday post of all time. It's ethereal and gorgeous and interesting and intriguing (I so want to know what you are drinking!!) and lady-like. *sigh* I will be dreaming of roses and garden luncheons tonight. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...


  41. Breathtaking. Angels stepped down from the clouds to dine here.

  42. Hi Mari,

    Can you see my smile all the way from the East coast? You have put together a tablescape that will always be embedded in my memory is is my favorite. Love the quilt!

  43. Stunning! Absolutely beautiful!
    You have a lovely site here, I cannot wait to visit again!


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