Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Longing for Spring: A Tablescape

I'm in the midst of a major cleaning blitz, but I wouldn't miss Tablescape Thursday for anything. It all started on Metamorphosis Monday when I began organizing a dish closet in the basement. The project expanded into a craft space for blogging. You can see how the dining room looked Sunday evening
HERE.

I'm still hunting and gathering dishes, but when I spotted four leaf platters, a longing-for-springtime theme was born, but with bugs & frogs.






Tablescaping Notes
Leaf platters -- Big Lots
Napkins -- April Cornell
Flatware -- Gorham "Hotel" stainless
Old crystal
Frogs-- gifts from my family (Mother's Day)

To view 100s of beautiful tablescapes, visit Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

64 comments:

  1. How adorable!! I love it! I am SO envious of that space!
    xoxo Pattie

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  2. If we all decorate for spring will it come any sooner? I sure hope so.
    You two chairs look like they have little dresses on. Cute.

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  3. I was longing for Spring even before seeing that wonderful tablescape. Now I have the fever! Love those leaf plates and the frogs!!!

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  4. Hi Michael, just look at how perfect your tablescaping area looks already. Love it and I love the green. I did a flower post today for all of those that still have snow on the ground. I am taking out my Spring decor this weekend, Yippee!! Kathysue

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  5. Your metamorphasis tablescape is amazing! And why am I not surprised? Lovely as always -- you would adore the frog S&Ps I found treasure hunting yesterday!

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  6. Beautiful tablescpae as always, I love the ferns and the Big Lots leaf dishes. Thanks for sharing. hugs, Marla

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  7. Ooh, this is right up my alley with the frogs! I love the whimsy!

    Justine :o )

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  8. Very nice table...it feels like spring! Your "blogging room/table" is wonderful!

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  9. This is sooo beautiful! I'm still not over the bedroom pictures you showed! Hahahaha...those moved me deeply! But I love this spring beginning in your dining area. Just lovely.
    Have a blessed day!
    Debbie

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  10. Evening, Dear Gollum Michael Lee! Oh, look what you've done! I love it! This looks like pages from a mag! I love your new play spot and those bugs on the wall! Fantastic! Lovely tablescape and those little frogs!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  11. Michael...I ADORE those buggy prints on the wall...they are soooo perfect there! Love your tablescape! I think you have spring fever...I know I do!

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  12. I absolutely love that fern on the table! HOW CLEVER. It has NEVER occurred to me to use a fern, but you can bet I will in the future. The green stemware is precious GREAT job!

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  13. you are bringing joy once more :)

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  14. Whew, got here!!!:):) Love the prints on the wall as well as this beautiful table in the NEW SPOT!!!! I am jealous! Can't WAIT to see the dish room!!!!!!!! My dream! I have a NEW pantry for dishes that my DH created for me but could use a ROOM!:) I have spring fever SOOOO bad, this really helps! XO, Pinky

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  15. That is beautiful! That room is amazing and quite refreshing! Great idea on the theme!

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  16. Oh I just love that you have this space you can do this in Gollum! :) Oooo, and the "bugs" on the wall - DIVINE! Love all of this! You can deliver it M-F from 6-10! LOL! :)

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  17. The room is lovely! Love the prints and the frogs. Great job

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  18. What a space and what a tablescape! Very spring-like, it will be here soon!!!

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  19. I'm trying to catch up...so comments on 2 posts here. First, I love your tablescape, the frogs are darling. In your new space you can even change the pictures to go with the tablescape...how cool is that?

    As for the basement...I rarely go down to ours. My husband lives there (well not really, but he loves it). Ours is entirely underground. We have 2 small windows that let in very little light. It is finished, has bedrooms and a wet bar. The furniture isn't bad and the main room is large, yet I still feel confined down there.

    Sue

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  20. Oh what fun...the frogs are fun and funny and soooo green. Perfect for the upcoming holiday. I'm still shopping the house for St. Pat's Day stuff. This is my first year at it, so I don't have a lot of green {yet}.

    Thanks for sharing your tablescape and resources.

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  21. Love the green stemware.

    - The Tablescaper

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  22. What a lovely space and a beautiful table! Yes, I am so ready for Spring.

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  23. Great tablescape! I love it! The frogs are so cute!

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  24. Gosh, your home is so beautiful;. my favorite! mishelle

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  25. Love the green! Maybe spring will get here soon, with all these lovely tablescapes.

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  26. Your first tablescape in your new blogging space is wonderful. Wah, I just went to Big Lots a couple of days ago and didn't see those cute platters. I, too, am ready for spring!

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  27. It is not spring here, Michael. It is snowing again. So this is such a welcomed table. I really think your table and chairs (and the area) are fabulous to use for tablescapes. I'm now researching white slipcovers for my chairs in my dinning room. Love the girly ruffled chair pads.
    Back to the table- that little frog with the flower in it's mouth is just as cute as can be!
    Thanks for bringing a little spring to my winter wonderland.

    BTW I am enjoying your daily blogs so much. I don't know where you get the energy and time to consistently produce such quality work. Thanks, it is very inspiring.
    Yvonne

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  28. A beautiful, springy table, dear one. Everything looks lovely and i love your little frogs...:)

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  29. The minute I read your title, I knew I was goin to like this table. Love those leaf platters and all the little frog accents. I'm so envious of your space with all that natural light.

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  30. What a beautiful dining room! There is so much natural light...so warm and welcoming!!!

    Your tablescape is lovely...very "springy". I love your frog collection!
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  31. Love the tablescape. I have a party planning and ideas blog called Maddycakes Muse. I'm currently having a Easter/Spring Tablescape and Parties contest with prizes totaling over $300. I think your tablescape would make a great entry!
    http://maddycakesmuse.blogspot.com/2010/02/easter-tablescapes-and-parties.html

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  32. Adore the majolica frogs! I have a frog fruit bowl - and a fish jug that 'glug glugs' when pouring..

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  33. You do whimsy so elegantly it aint true. I never thought I would say this but I love your bugs and I spotted those napkins (being a total napkin addict). to gorgeous for words. (sigh).

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  34. Your table is stunning, Michelle. Love everything about it.

    The header on your blog is beautiful. When I finish my studio/office I want to experiment with the look of my blog. Yours is one of the most elegant ones out there!

    Carol

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  35. Thanks, I needed that! Is Spring ever going to come??? The frogs are the cutest and it's off to Big Lots today to see what I'm missing!

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  36. The best tablescaping this *Thursday!

    Not so much frills and knick-knacks yet so pretty and elegant.

    Thanks for giving me the ideas on how to set my table simple nxt time.

    Greetings from a snowy Stockholm.
    xoxo

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  37. The little frogs are precious! I'm anxiously awaiting spring also, and the return of all of our outdoor creatures!
    Cheers, Andrea

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  38. Ahhhhh Spring. To us in the Great White North, we ask ourselves will it ever come? :)

    I'm not generally a big fan of frogs or bugs, but yours are absolutely adorable. -Brenda-

    P.S: Left you another comment on your February 16th post.

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  39. It's great and I love those frogs... I have a thing for cute little frogs. thanks for sharing.

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  40. How Pretty! I am not big on bugs and frogs, but you made them look good! :-) Bring on Spring!

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  41. I'm loving your space. I can see the possibilities...the setting is perfect. The frogs are great and the theme is right on target for spring. The grass is always greener......

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  42. I love the open, airy atmosphere in this room...
    Adding the reminders of the "first life" of spring was perfect for this theme...

    Michael, your blog continues to unfold each time I visit here. So much to explore and thoroughly enjoy~
    So grateful for a day of rest so that I can visit here~
    ~Maria
    ps. I spotted your little kitty creamer... I have the same one~ purchased it in a little shop in New England (trying to remember the store & state we were visiting ;o)
    I couldn't leave without it!

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  43. Michael Lee.....I LOVE your tablescape. Great bugs and frogs....as a Mom to boys, I've never seen either looks so elegant :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  44. What a beautiful room, Michael. Accessories really set the mood, don't they? And lovely sunshine coming in through the windows helps too. I love your touches of whimsy too.

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  45. The April Cornell site is GORGEOUS!!!

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  46. Your dining area is to die for. I love the colors and the chair slipcovers. Just beautiful. It is very warm and inviting with the colors you choose.

    Carey from Chicory Nits

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  47. Beautiful ~ as usual! I love the touches of green.

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  48. Well you didn't waste any time using your new table,,,,,looks great and the green is pretty.

    Barbara

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  49. What I'd give for that natural light in that kind of setting! I was so inspired by this I read back to Monday and am even more inspired now. I shall look around at my own spaces and rethink some things also. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Brenda

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  50. How Adorable love it...thanks for sharing....Pat H

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  51. The light is wonderful in that gorgeous room. Your table is a just a perfect pick-me-up at this time of the year!
    I have a very similar, almost identical table in my studio that was my Grandparents it dates back to the late 50's?? I think. Is yours old or new, well anyway it is just gorgeous.
    xoxo
    ps, I'm trying to get Oliver all set up to post for Foodie Friday, he just loves it!

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  52. Love your tablescape. So beautiful. Come by and watch our vlog version. Have a great day. Holly:)

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  53. Love those platters, think of all the delicious salad we could pile on it!
    The stems are fabulous!

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  54. Wow this is amazing! The vivid green just draws you in!

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  55. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. -Lia-

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  56. Michael,
    What a beautiful spot, I love the prints and the platters, not to mention the fern.....OK I love the whole thing.
    Nice job.
    Donna

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  57. I have to get to Big Lots for those leaves, so cool. Outside on the patio too.
    Oh yes, the 12" copper skillet, I can see it in my kitchen and will adore cooking in it.

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  58. love this,I too am wishes for early spring.

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  59. Michael Lee, I love your springtime tablescape, especially those whimsical little frogs. They remind me of Mimi Little!

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  60. I knew this was going to be a wonderful spot for creativity! What a fabulous place for a tablescape. Love all of the fun frogs. Those leaf plates are gorgeous. Did you say Big Lots? The BL's I visit never has anything that pretty. I also love that green stemware. Have a wonderful weekend. laurie

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  61. How pretty! That just says "Spring" to me!

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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