Table Bling!

The sumptuous charm of this inviting tableau has a dramatic effect in the room. A neighbour-friend once remarked, "You needn't even set up a tree!"...but for me, that's impossible!

Welcome!  Welcome!

How are you, my friends?!  While the tea’s brewing, I thought today I’d share with you something ‘out of season’!  Even though it’s nearly spring, I thought you might enjoy yet a little leftover holiday bling…

This romantic tablescape happily occupies the living room during the festive season, which now seems light-years ago!  The tablecloth is actually an upholstery remnant hemmed around the edges. I love its glorious rose-scattered pattern in richly saturated hues.

The warmth of this uplifting vignette in vibrant colours of plum, pink, green and gold adds instant holiday glamour to the room. The layering of patterns and  textures – from wool tapestry, velvet pointsettias and satin ribbons to glittered ornaments, reflective mirrors and the twinkle of fairy lights peeping out from a snowy garland that hangs overhead – offers a joyous feast for the eyes.

At the end of the holiday season (and, admittedly, oftentimes much later), all the items are neatly tucked away  in a single container marked “LR Tablescape” along with a photo/sketch so that I can easily bring back the magic the following year.  The photo inspires me to change-up or improve upon the previous year’s design.

And, yes! The ivory-robed ‘Fantasy Santa’ is yet another one of my friend Jean’s fanciful creations! I will keep my promise to reveal more of her jolly gents and tell you how she brings them to life in an upcoming post.

Along with others that hang on my tree, my friend Joan painted the gorgeous “joy-filled” wooden heart you’ll see in the video below.  I’ll show you more of Joan’s hearts, too, on another visit.

The mirror-framed photo (also in the video below)  is of my  stunning niece Ashley dressed in her floaty high school prom gown – in the years since, she has graduated with honours from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.   Where, oh, where does the time go?!  She and I share a love of teapots and all things pink, pink, pink! Muahhh, Ashley Rose!

I’ll see you again very soon, my lovelies.  And, even though it is March, I hope you still carry the spirit of Christmas in your heart.

Wishing you a beautiful day!


Click on the link below for a beautiful video vignette.  Enjoy!


Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself…
~Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976

  1. Gail Perry
    2011/03/07 at 7:51 pm

    Got the video! Lovely!

  2. 2011/03/07 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Linda,
    I love each and every post – the video is great – you go girl!

    • 2011/03/09 at 7:17 pm

      Oh, Rita! Thanks so much for taking time to read the posts. I can just imagine how busy you must be readying the Inn for spring opening. I can’t wait!

  3. Krista Moores
    2011/03/08 at 9:07 am

    Love reading your blog posts! Really great job!

    • 2011/03/09 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Krista. I appreciate the encouragement. Your name has been entered in a draw this month for ‘something beautiful’. Whenever you comment on a post, your name is entered each time. Stay tuned for more details about what you could win…

  4. Bonita
    2011/04/03 at 12:30 pm

    I relaxed with a cup of tea while listening to the music from your ‘Table Bling’ video…just love all your posts!!

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