Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentines Day Table of Toile, Music & Transferware

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~


I'm joining:

Jennifer Rizzo
Common Ground

Between Naps on the Porch 
Pink Saturday
Charm of Home
Romantic Home
Finding Fabulous 
Funky Junk Interior
French Country Cottage
At The Picket Fence
Ivy and Elephants


  1. Incredibly beautiful centerpiece. Gorgeous table!

  2. Nancy, everything is over the top as always! I just love the theme and I love the centerpiece! I have a couple of my father's violins that I have decorated with. Your linens are beautiful too.

  3. Lovely table! I especially enjoyed seeing your pretty transferware and the gorgeous pink chrystal, but your linens are also stunning!

  4. Such a beautiful post! Love the violin in the centerpiece, tablecloth, and gorgeous china!

  5. What a beautiful post....thank you!!! hugs...cleo

  6. Nancy - I love your blog! This one is especially near and dear to my heart. My entire family are music lovers and I so enjoyed all of the quotes!

  7. You had me at toile...and then you incorporated transferware AND music....wowza! DOUBLE AND TRIPLE WOWZA!!!

    Gorgeous as always!!! TRULY!!!!!

    When can I invite myself over!?!?! :) (sorry to be's just so inspiring!!!)


  8. PS Please don't think I'm copying you....but....I'll be doing a violin and books table soon!!!! You are awesome!!!!!

  9. SO pretty, Nancy! I loved reading each of the quotes, too. Music is a huge part of my life (always has been!), and it is an absolute part of romance. Beautiful!!! The centerpiece is really right on!!!

  10. Just beautiful centerpiece and table! I love quotes and enjoyed reading these.

    Robin Flies South

  11. Stunning as usual! Beautiful floral arrangement!

  12. What a gorgeous table. The music incorporated into the design is lovely. Flowers are gorgeous...the dishes....the toile... an all around stunner of a table.

  13. Wow! That is one beautiful centerpiece, I love it! I also really like your pretty engraved heart. This is such a pretty tablescape and I enjoyed the quotes so much too!

  14. Aaah, I love music, good music is truly food for the soul.
    What a lovely post, if this post was set to music it would be a lovely refrain.
    Amazing centerpiece and I would like to know how to make the little music placards.
    Hugs, Cindy

  15. Incredibly romantic table...the centerpiece is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent for putting together fantastic tables.

  16. That centerpiece is stunning, Nancy! Brilliant idea to incorporate the violin! It looks like a beautiful French romantic table ~ I could just see bewigged men and woman in their silken finery sitting down at it.

  17. What an absolutely gorgeous and romantic setting! You always do masterfully artistic designs! Thanks so much!

  18. Magnificent composition. Wolfgang would have been impressed. Cherry Kay

  19. I ADORE this post!! Your centerpiece is stunning and the tablescape-just gorgeous. But best of all, I love the musical quotations. I'm a classical music lover and can imagine something lovely playing at your beautiful table!

  20. Gorgeous, gorgeous table!!! I love the tablecloth and of course your beautiful dishes! The centerpiece is just so romantic! Great job!!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Miss Bloomers

  21. Absolutely gorgeous post! Love the violin and music paper mixed in with all your flowers and beautiful dishes. And the quotes! Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

  22. Gorgeous,so sweet and romantic,love it all,have a nice weekend and a happy valentine`s day,greetings Musje.

  23. This is my first time visiting your blog and I really love it! Your Valentine's Day table is stunning!

  24. Fantastic centerpiece! Lovely, lovely post! Visiting from Pink Saturday...

  25. The violin and music theme is so sweet for Valentine's Day. The transferware china and pink toile linens are lovely together. Always a pleasure to view your post! Happy Tea Party! Pam

  26. Beautiful tablescapes so romantic! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane (I am #16)

  27. Beautiful, Nancy! This is a gorgeous Valentine table. Hugs, Sherry

  28. Happy Pink Saturday Nancy Sweetie...
    Oh how I love your arrangement with your violin, the florals and the music. It is so romantic and stirs my heart to see such beauty. It allows you to feel the music.

    Your table setting is exquisite. What a lovely share. Any guest would feel like royalty sitting there to dine. It is breathtakingly beautiful. I can't thank you enough for allowing me to come along for the ride. I have so enjoyed myself this evening.

    Have a glorious weekend and Happy Valentine's Day sweetie. Country hugs, Sherry

  29. Nancy, I love it all! The setting is TDF! You amaze me! Thanks for linking with us at WIW, we can't wait to see what you share next week!

  30. Beautiful table-I'm your newest linky follower-stop by for a visit!

  31. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  32. Stunning!! You always amaze me with your creativity! Thank you for sharing at POtpourri Friday!


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