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Monday, August 24, 2009


I ADORE white dishes...
especially olden ones, and whites can be mixed and matched with such ease.

a chance to play with our white dishes...
Be sure to go over and see her white table and all the other in Blogland that are joining in.
KATHLEEN has the cutest blog and, better yet, her personality is so so precious.
Stop by and read a few of her'll see what I mean !!
I'm just nuts about her !!
Thank you for coming to see me today.

I decided to set up my all white table in the library end of my living room. One whole end wall is shelving and I am so proud of it and I do call it THE LIBRARY. (the shelves were a THRIFTED buy).
I STILL have room for more books and I know that I will never, EVER be able to read all the books I already have. It's just nice to "pick a book" when I feel like reading without searching all over the house for, I LOVE the way books make a room feel grounded.
I've always wanted some pretty LEATHER bound books and I keep a watch over at Ebay for just such books.
I've not found any I can afford as yet....but .....I WILL !!

I am using a mixture of vintage, white dishes. The plates are FEDERALIST IRONSTONE, purchased at the BEST thrift store. I am always on the watch for pieces to put with them. The smaller plates are marked INDEPENDENCE IRONSTONE..all made in JAPAN. The vintage rhinestone bracelet on the napkin belonged to my mother. I just like the bling it brings to my table.

A beautiful, little hand towel with a pretty border and an awesome monogram that I have placed beneath one of the settings. I don't care one bit that it isn't OUR monogram. This came from Ebay...and I want some more. ONE is never enuf for me!

The beautiful silver candle stick was given to me from Beautiful Daughter, the green goblets were my mother's. I sure would rather have my mama than these old, green goblets !! The pretty little glass paperweight with the rose etched in it that says LOVE GROWS was given to me by my kids when they were little bitty. *gulp

The olden ironstone pitcher...a thrift store find. Silk tulips..from the local craft mall about 13 years ago. I still love them to this very day.

Ironstone gravy boat and the Johnson Brothers olden sugar bowl are from Ebay.
My flatware is by Oneida and the silver sugar spoon belonged to my mom.

Thanks so much for coming by to see my WHITES...

What a fun time I had putting this together...
and MR SWEET got to eat every bit of that fruit because he is feeling bad, sore throat and sniffles and he
"I hope you feel much, MUCH better really soon, sweetie."
He is feeling MUCH better!!


xinex said...

Very pretty tablescape, BJ. Love how you added the pearls, makes it look very elegant. I also love your octagonal dishes, so unusual...Christine

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

There's nothing prettier than white - and pearls :) Bling with class!

I love your white-shelved library and what a great background for your post.


Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

BJ, I am soooo glad we are dining in the there anything more romantic and perfect?! I love seeing all your books and lovelies on the shelves! I feel your pain on the leather bound book search...I haven't been able to find many that weren't a ridiculous price. Oh, you must visit the library in Biltmore one day...oh. my. gosh! I can't imagine the expense in that one room. Ok, I digress.
:-) I love your's beautiful! And your monogram napkins are wonderful! Isn't ebay just the most fun! I've just recently begun to collect monogrammed napkin rings...don't you love the thrill of the hunt. I'm with you...who cares the's just so special that it has one. Beautiful table setting!

ellen b said...

Good evening bj! I love the table in front of your library in the living room. The splash of pink and green is wonderful. The pearly strands are another great touch. I love mixing vintage with modern. Have a wonderful week!!

Dining Delight said...

Very pretty! The pearl garland is a wonderful touch. The silk tulips add such a great colour! Aren't faux flowers great? Even though we aren't suppose to have them anymore, I still love mine!

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Tootsie said...

oh is just so pretty!
love the library!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just Awesome BJ, and girl I loved seeing your mama's stuff the best...Oh girl all the things from my Mama are PRICELESS to me...Loved seeing all your wonderful things and I love the way you have your mantle done...Glad to see you back home and safe my friend...did you get my email?? May you have a great week my friend....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Shelia said...

Oh, BJness! Your whiteness if so beautiful! The pearls the pinks - so pretty! I love your library shelves too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathleen said...

What a great library, thrifted is even better!

Love all your whites, so much character, and the cute!

Beautiful table..
Thanks so much for playing, and your comforting words on that dirty rat Mr Linky..:(
He is a NUT case for sure!

arkie said...

Love your centerpiece!

Theresa said...

Gorgeous as always! Love the library. Hope Mr. Sweet feels better and have a blessed day!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh this table is so pretty BJ ! I have been hunting me some pretty whites, I want some with the pretty lacey edges, but can't find any.
I sure am glad you are back girl !! I missed ya !

Sue said...

Hi BJ, I love all white, too. The shape of your plates is so cool- you don't really see it much. The addition of your Mother's green glassware brought a punch of color to an already elegantly set table. :-) Sue

Sandy said...

Very beautiful, warm and inviting tablescape. Everything was perfect.
I don't think anything makes a table or room more warm and inviting than things that have been gently used or we can remember
from our youth. You have a beautiful home.

Diane Duda said...

Love your whites!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

So beautiful, BJ!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a pretty table -- and I've always loved the green and white combination.

Marsha said...

Your tablescape is beautiful and I am going to remember adding "extra bling" like your bracelet. It sure adds an unexpected but very fun touch.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj!!! You outdid yourself on this one! Just gorgeous! It's one of those posts that makes you want to go back and really..really study it. Look just ONE more time because you may have missed something! You know what I mean? I LOVE that kind of post!
Yes, indeed!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What a beautiful setting for a beautiful table BJ! Love those shelves...lucky, lucky find!

And that sweet. little etched heart paperweight is a treasure!

Kathleen said...

Hi BJ, came over again via MC Linky just to make sure it worked..You are No 1 on the list...

marty39 said...

Stunning. I love all the pearls and bling and the pink flowers are so pretty with everything. Your ironstone is gorgeous and your monogramed linens are wonderful. Such a beautiful table. Hugs, Marty

Chari said...

Mornin' Dearheart... glad that Mr. Sweet is feeling better!!!

My friend, your all white dishes are absolutely gorgeous! I've seen that old Independence pattern of the octagonal sides (or how ever many sides it has...hehe!) Love the pretty pink and white tulips and that you pulled the green from the leaves into your use of the green goblets! So very pretty! Ohhh...and I just love that you set this table in your library...that just feels sooo special! I was just thinking that I need to find a different place than my red dining room to do a few tablescapes...I'm sure everyone is getting bored with seeing my same ol' settings!!! So this is wonderful!!! I love your the looks and feel of it! I don't know...there's just something that books can do for it a homey, lived in look, I think! Sure hope you can find you some leather books!!! I'll help keep an eye out as well, Darlin'!

Loved seeing all of your sweet memory momentos too!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful table with us today, my friend! It's truly lovely!!!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Love ya,

Chris said...

GM BJ, you have such a knack of staging for a photo. You're very talented. Loved your library, so neat and beautiful. I would enjoy living in your space. :)

Love YA,

The Tablescaper said...

So fun! Love the shape of the ironstone plates. That's one of the wonderful things about white, it makes us appreciate the overall design of the plate.

I too went with pearls!!!

- The Tablescaper

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi BJ....your table is great. Haven't seen you at Bella Vista for forever and a day....I miss you!

See you on Friday for the Rooster Party.

Hugs, Barb

Betty said...

Everything is just so pretty. I love the way you put things together and if you know me by now you know I love the sentimental pieces.
Have an awesome day!

Stacey said...

Hi BJ! Your tablescape and your bookcases are just gorgeous. I love the touches of silver and pink on the table. Gorgeous. :)

Thanks for your sweet note this morning. I grabbed your button and put it on my sidebar.

Brenda said...

BJ, I want to tell you that your home makes me want to sit down and have a good chat and a tall glass of iced tea. And a bite or two of whatever confection you have baked. Because I know you cook like a dream. I love your white dishes. And your bookshelves are spacious and heavenly. I love my bookshelves. Just like to glance over there, as I'm doing at the moment, and gaze at my books all orderly and stacked up waiting for me. I think I'll just take your button along back with me to Cozy Little House. And maybe I'll take that Texas Blogger thing too if it's okay.

santamaker said...

So fresh and elegant. What a charming setting to be in the library! The pearls and flowers are so romantic and the dishes in their creamy goodness are sublime!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful place setting! I love that you set the table in the library. That seems so cozy and romantic.

Eva Gallant said...

What beautiful place settings!

Lovely photos.

Just stopping by from SITS to say hi; hope you'll do the same/

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi BJ!

Your table looks so elegant set with the white dishes and those lovely pearls! You know how to create a beautiful setting!!

Oh that fishing looked like fun!

Hugs, sherry

SmilingSally said...

So special! I love it.

Dishesdone said...

Love your shelves and your dishes! Very pretty!

Brenda Eason said...

Girl I mean you get better each week. this looks like a bridal tea for sure.
I have my shop,but haven't changed it.they have a deleted it has been so long. People only ordered in the holidays. I still can and will do and thing you want and ship to you. if you need reminders let me know.

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Great tablesetting! The white and pearls look absolutely lovely. Everything is just perfect! I really love the ironstone.

Justine said...

Oh BJ, this setting is exquisite! I love the white and silver and the bling is just the right touch. And ooh, I'm jealous of those shelves. girl, I have got hundreds of books and really nowhere to display them pretty like that. But I have to say, I think I've read all but one or two of mine! I love love LOVE reading!!!!!

Justine :o )

Jackie said...

BJ, you have such a way with decorating. I love what you did with the pearls.

God bless.

DeniseMarie said...

BJ, what a terrific post! I love everything you showed us and told us about!! I love your mamas green goblets, the olden sugar bowl, the silver pieces. The library area is awesome. I also love monograms suddenly. I thrifted a set of 6 J sterling napkin rings for 2.99. The U is gorgeous...tell hubby, "U Rock, Dude" when he sits there.

Gretchen said...

Your book shelves are wonderful. What a beautiful addition to your library with all your beautiful books.

The white dishes you've collected are so very special.


Bill said...

Hi BJ,
Thank you for stopping by and leaving the thoughtful comments.

Your white collection is wonderful, and you displayed everything beautifully! I love the way you included your mother's things. The family heirlooms and the jewelry add extra substance and sparkle to very special table.

Your library looks great! Glad you had an enjoyable trip to Colorado!

Warmest regards,

Nancy said...

Hi BJ, This Tablescape is GORGEOUS!!! The pictures are just gorgeous! Nancy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a pretty spot for a dinner. I think being surrounded by books is just so comforting. Your tablescape is so pretty. The bling of your mother's gorgeous bracelet is the perfect touch. laurie