Thursday, February 10, 2011

Musical Inclination ~ Romantic Valentines Day Table

Toile de Jouy, music, the Violin, English transferware, sentimental inherited items, poetry, antique linens, roses and lace...some of my favorite things are all gathered here for our 2011 Valentines Day table.  All of these things, to me, create an alluring table filled with romance, nostalgia, and love of music and family.
I hope they bring some of the same feelings to you.
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
~Ronald Reagan~

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
~Maya Angelou~

If music be the food of love, play on.
~William Shakespeare~ 
I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
~Robert Frost~

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

  If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
~Henry David Thoreau~

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
~Napoleon Bonaparte~ 

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
~Lao Tzu~
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
~Martin Luther~ 

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
~Soren Keirkegaard~

I call architecture frozen music.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
~Victor Hugo~

I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.
~Pope John Paul II~
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
~Oliver Wendell Holmes~
 I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more.
~William Wordsworth~
 There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.

Music can change the world because it can change people.

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.
~Martin Luther~

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
~Ludwig van Beethoven~

Music is what feelings sound like
~Author unknown~

You are the music while the music lasts
~T. S. Eliot~

Tablescape Sources:

Sheet Music: At each place setting I displayed an antique, hand written piece of sheet music sent me by a wonderful Etsy shop, La Pomme.  These came from a music school in Aigues Mortes, in the South of France.  They all date to the very early 1900's.   You must visit this Etsy shop La Pomme  where you will find an array of vintage sheet music and wonderful French antiques.
Toile fabric:  Either Schumacher or Waverly.  This is a large remnant, at least 15 years old, left from some custom draperies. 
Red Transferware Plates:  My Etsy shop
Creamware Plates: Crown Ducal

Flatware: Barenthal, France (I have two sets left $67.50 each)
Violin:  Ashton's ;-)
Wine Hocks: Waterford Clarendon
Tumblers: Indiana Glass, Ruby Flash, Kings Crown Thumbprint
Pink Damask Napkins: vintage and found at a yard sale
Beige cocktail napkins: Cayman Islands gift shop...long time ago
Pink Lace under centerpiece:  Kalyn''s a vest, all scrunched up.
Heart Confetti: Walmart
Silver Heart Shaped Bowls: Inherited from my Great Aunt and Uncle.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Some of you probably know this already, but in case you don't... I carry a selection of hand carved mahogany furnishings.

  I am having a first time ever sale of 50% off of all furnishings shown in my Etsy store. 

Just click FURNITURE to see the selection.
There are about 50 pieces listed currently.  
*All furnishings are 50% off now through Valentines Day.
*This offer is for readers of Nancy's Daily Dish only. 
*This offer is good for direct purchases through me so you will have to contact me directly to purchase so that I can invoice you for the sale price.
*I accept credit cards through Paypal or through the credit card processing I use at my physical store. 
*This sale is good towards the cost of furniture only, and does NOT apply towards the shipping price.  
*Expires  2/14/2011 at midnight CST

Here are some of my favorites:

King Size Jacobean Bed.  Truly, fit for a King.  The carving is immaculate.  This has a full paneled headboard and canopy.

Set of 6, cane backed and seated chairs.  Two arm and four side chairs.  These have pretty floral carvings at the top and along the skirting.

French Dressing Table  Every girl needs one!

A palatial Tudor Styled Bird Cage.  This baby is over 6' tall!  I used to have one at home and kept candles in mine.  It looked so pretty with them lit, especially in the evening.

French Escalier  This is accessible from either side.   Everyone that sees this seems to like it.  Makes a great room divider.

I hope you'll click on over to my Etsy shop, English Transferware and check out the furniture.  Contact me through my blog (there is an email button at the top of my right side bar) if you're interested in purchasing any of the furnishings.  Remember. This offer is good only through Valentines Day. 

The CSN $70 gift certificate winner is:
Lisa Cannon
 Congratulations Lisa!  Please contact me through my email and I will give you the code to use at CSN!
I will have another giveaway soon so please stay tuned.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Master Bedroom Part 3 ~ Romantic Dresser Vignette & Purple Transferware Plates

Before I begin, I want to remind you to enter my CSN $70 Giveaway, if you haven't already.  It ends tomorrow.

Between the two windows in our bedroom is a long, triple dresser.  It plays host to a vignette of sentimental and vintage items all displayed on a pretty antique table cloth.  Oh yeah, there is also  purple transferware in my vignette.

The large cloche is filled with notes and letters written 25 years ago between Shawn and myself while we were dating.

In one of my previous bedroom posts I showed that I'd clipped one of my Grandma's brooches to a ribbon tied around a candle.  Here, the matching clip earrings are attached to the ends of the ribbon tied around the cloche.  I love to display vintage jewelry in unexpected places, especially pieces that have sentimental value to me.

You may remember these figurines from one of my most popular posts, "Toile de Jouy and Transferware,  A Black & White Tablescape".
A small, purple transferware bud vase holds a trio of miniature lavender roses.

There is something about hand shaped pieces I am so drawn to.  I think they are romantic.  I chose the hand shaped piece in my header not only because of it's uniqueness as a piece of transferware, but because I wanted to evoke a feeling of offering to my readers.  Here on the dresser,  this gold leafed, plaster hand gently grasps a Victorian inspired necklace created from scanned images of antique transferware.   How cool is that?  I'll tell you more about it later.

 The decanter belonged to my Great Aunt Anna Lee & Uncle Art.  Draped over it is an amethyst beaded wine bottle cover.  The clear, lidded jar in the back?  I have one on each end and they both contain scarves that coordinate with my bedroom colors.

I made a little cloche using an individual trifle dish turned upside down and placed a flower on top.  It rests on an antique transferware plate.

The ashtray by Mason's holds a silver trinket box.  This transferware pattern is called Ascot...isn't it pretty?

And below, a unique piece by Royal Worcester, this purple transferware jug has a figural spout in the shape of a mans face.  Very English looking.  I have two of these, one at each end of the vignette.   These hold loose change and a few dollar bills aka The QT Fund.  QT stands for Quik Trip which is a popular convenient store here that offers a large variety of fountain drinks, coffees, shakes, etc.   QT is sort of like 7-11 but  nicer.

Hanging above the dresser are two oblong paintings and an arrangement of transferware plates.

To this arrangement I also included a vintage wooden box decorated with some sort of green stone.  It resembles jade but it does not seem as heavy.  I am unsure of what it is, just knew I liked it when I saw it.  I bought it years ago and paid just a couple of dollars for it.  I decided to use it mixed with the plates to tie in with the other dark wood furnishings in my room and to add more dimension and texture to the wall.  I simply nailed a hook to the back of the box in one corner so it would hang at an angle.

I've had this triple dresser since the 5th grade. Shawn and I both have a piece or two of bedroom furniture from our childhood in our home.

And, here is the vignette!


Oh, and the before pic. 

You can view more of the Master Bedroom by clicking  
Part 1(armoire and purple transferware plates) or Part 2 (seating area).

Until next time,

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