Friday, February 10, 2012

Toile, Transferware and Music for Valentines Day

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 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 is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven
~William Savage Landor~
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~
Where words fall, music speaks.
~Hans Christian Andersen~
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~


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  1. Another beautiful tablescape, Nancy. The hue and shadings of reds and pinks is just beautiful. And of course, I love the transferware peeking out!

  2. I love your table Nancy, another beauty. I love your toile tabletopper and everything makes it so romantic...perfect for Valentine's month! Seriously, I was looking thru your Etsy and saw some things I like, in red, pink transfer, life a set of dishes for 8. I saw a plate for 10,05Euros, soup bowls and salad plates and 7,73 Eu. cup and saucer. I'd like teapot, sugar bowl and creamer too. I also would like a ovalg tray and a salad bowl for serving. Please etme know, it's to be sent to Ecuador, SA. Thanks Nancy.
    Happy Valentine's.

  3. Love everything about the table setting, so pretty. Every time I see your feminine tables I think of your boys! NIce they are getting to enjoy beautiful setting too. Laura

  4. Nancy, your tablescapes are always lovely but this is exceptional! Can you please tell me about the white dishes on the transferware? I would appreciate it.

  5. Your tablescape is wonderfully romantic! Every piece is so pretty, especially your centerpiece. I love your attention to detail, and the quotes under each photo. Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day.

  6. WOW! That is an AMAZING tablescape! Thanks for stopping by Harrison Home, and for letting me know about your etsy shop.. I will definatley be stopping by!

  7. Nancy,
    I think you outdid yourself this time. Absolutely beautiful!

  8. Your Valentine's table is beautiful! Could you please tell me where you got those little lace covers for the bottom of your stemware!

  9. Absolutely the best visual treat. Thank you for making such a wonderful valentines post with such special quotes as well.

  10. What a beautiful table. I love the mix of your wonderful collection of dishes and inherited items. Just lovely. Happy Valentine's Day.

    - The Tablescaper

  11. Beautiful tablescape. Love the touches of music.

  12. I'm a musician and everything you have said is absolutely true.
    "Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life".
    The table settings are absolutely gorgeous as well!!! Thanks for posting.


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