Monday, August 24, 2009

Let There Be White...One Lump or Two?

I 'm so happy to be joining Kathleen At CuisineKathleen today for Let There Be White Part II! I missed all the fun last time, so I wanted to share a little of both my white tablescape and my white space. They both meet Kathleen's specifications--white plus one color! I am also linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Click on her button to visit!


Our family room is really Beloved's den--library paneling, old leather, and overstuffed chairs. I love it, but sometimes a girl just needs a place to call her own. Our living room/study provides that haven for me.





It's one place in the house I can always count on to be uncluttered and calm--a refuge from people and projects. It's the place where I keep my pretty keepsakes and knick- knacks so I can see them and linger over the memories that go with them. It's a place where I come for a quiet cup of tea and a few chapters of whatever book I'm reading at the moment.



Today I'm using simple china, just the Gibson cups and saucers, but it's a nice change from my usual clunky mug! The roses in a cut glass vase and candle on a crystal pillar holder bring out the red accents of the room.



Simple red linen napkins tied up with pearls just for today.....Burgundy by Reed and Barton to stir our tea....a tiny red and yellow teapot, a gift long treasured.







The white teapot holds just enough for two. I'm splurging today. No little yellow packets; real sugar cubes in my mother's sugar bowl with hobnail handles just seems a little more elegant.





I'd love it if you'd join me for tea...one lump or two? Kathleen is waiting here with lots of others to share their visions of white loveliness!

55 comments:

  1. What a lovely den/library you have. I love the teapot and also I spy a teeny tiny red teapot too. Since you are having tea at your home and I am invited I will splurge an go for two lumps of sugar please:)
    Joyce

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  2. Oh, I love your living room. White with a touch of red is always so pretty. I love having a place that is all mine too. (except when company comes). It is really wonderful to just relax in peace and quiet and enjoy your treasures. Your tea service is gorgeous. Beautiful roses and the pearls on the napkin is lovely. Thanks for the invite to tea. I will take just lemon thank you. Hugs, Marty

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  3. This is quite lovely! I missed the party last time too - and I'm going to try and join this time -- you've made a lovely sanctuary and tablescape.

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  4. What a pretty room and setting for good conversation. Loving this weather - but suppose to start heating up again tomorrow. Have a great evening.

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  5. Hi Susan,

    What a beautiful room and I enjoyed my visit today.
    I loved the roses and pearls and white tea set.
    Thank you for the invite and no sugar for me thank you.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  6. How very cozy and inviting. I notice that I have the same rug as you in my dining room! Thank you for sharing such lovely photos.

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  7. Oh Susan, it's just beautiful. I would be so happy sitting here. I love a nice cup of tea with lemon and a Peak Frean biscuit. It's in my British roots, and I can tell you that this lovely setting would call out to any of us.

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  8. I once had an all white luncheon...table settings and flowers all in white and then "white" food....homemade potatoe soup, cucumber sandwiches on white bread, cottage cheese and pear salad and a coconut cake for dessert! My friend had just had her teeth whitened and this was her birthday lunch as she couldn't eat any staining food for a few hours! We all had a good laugh over it.....didn't taste bad either! Toni

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  9. How nice that you have a room where you sit, relax and enjoy. You can just savor the tea while enjoying all the beauties in the room...Christine

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  10. What a great space you have for your "me" time and it does totally fit the white/one colour theme Kathleen has going. Your tea tray looks so inviting too! Very pretty!

    DD

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  11. Susan, it looks lovely! What a cozy little spot, and such a pretty tea service..Love the colors!
    So glad you joined in..Mr Linky is still not working..I emailed him! Where is that man?? :)

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  12. Oh how great is that with that pop of red! Very nice. One lump please...

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  13. How pretty! I can't remember the last time I used sugar cubes but now you make me want to splurge too ;) How I would love to join you in this beautiful white & red tea party, I'll take one lump and a slice of lemon please.

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  14. Charming setting! The wee teapot is charming as well as the pearl napkin tie. Of course, I love the red touches ;)

    ~Susan

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  15. What a lovely setting for a tea. I'll take one lump w/ mine please. ;o)

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  16. Susan, What a lovely, relaxing and elegant retreat!
    I love everything about it ~ it is simple and so beautiful. I would love to take a cup of tea there with you. :)

    Very nice!

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  17. Oh Lovely tea! I'll be right over!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  18. So pretty! I love red and white ... and love the setting, too!

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  19. White and red is such a lovely combination. Your living room is such a wonderful space. Thanks for the tea..it was yummy! :) Amy

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  20. Hello Susan...

    Ohhh my...and what a fabulous haven you have!!! Love the beautiful whites accented by my favorite color red in this fabulous room!!! You set such a lovely tea...I don't mind if I do...one lump please! Hehe! Girl, it would be a real splurge for me too...getting sugar cubes instead of the faux stuff! Love your pretty teapot and the beautiful crystal vase! The red roses are absolutely gorgeous!!! So very beautiful, my friend!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  21. Oh my, loving the white set! It really pops with the reds!

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  22. One lump :) You set a lovely table! So pretty!

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  23. Over the rainbow is playing by Israel :-) Perfect for reading at your blog! What a lovely tablesetting, love the reds and pearls!! Thank you for leaving me the website to check out my fish plates. I'll see what I can find out!!

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  24. I am not a tablescape person, but I wanted to say that I love your table!

    Thanks for your comment on my ottoman. Remember Ebay when you are looking for fabric the next time. Some great deals to be found!

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  25. Susan,
    I'll take two cubes in my tea. You have a beautiful place to escape from the world. I love the red and white together.
    Sandy

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  26. Susan, this is such a pretty room, and what an elegant tea you are having. I love that sugar bowl of your mother's, and the red accents are so pretty. I think tying the napkin with pearls is so smart and so decedant looking. How is Adrian doing? laurie

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  27. I love your teascape! And I love red, so I'm really liking the reds you worked in. That tiny red teapot is so cute!

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  28. Love the red and white room...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  29. I love the tea, I love two lumps with a little milk please!

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  30. I think it's so much fun to get out the sterling silver. Even if it's just for a cup of tea.

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  31. We've owned 4 homes since we were married and I don't think my husband has ever sat in the living room of any of them! You are right everyone needs a special place with nothing to remind of what needs to be done!

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  32. Beautiful room! Very elegant!
    I'll take two lumps with my tea, thank you!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  33. I wish I could come and share a cup. Love that little tea pot!

    - The Tablescaper

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  34. So pretty and cozy, love the sugar cubes and bowl :)

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  35. This is so pretty. I really like the red and white! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. What a lovely setting. I love the pearls...nice touch. Happy TT to you!

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  37. Susan, I could so use a sweet tray of tea like yours right about now! It is so sweet and peaceful looking. Happy TT!

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  38. It is so pretty here I almost want to drink tea. Lol.
    By the way...Fantasia absolutely killed that song and I mean that in a good way. I have it by about 4 or 5 different artists and this is one of the best. Janis Joplin, Billy Smith, Billie Holiday.

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  39. Charming white tea setting. I'll have one lump please! Thanks for asking.

    Hope to see you at Hyacinths For The Soul for some rooster fun.

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  40. Very, very elegant. Some lovely music in the background and a good book and I would be there most of the day!
    Carol

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  41. Oh Susan, I'd love to join you for tea today! I love your sweet little setting with reds and roses! ~tina

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  42. Such a pretty tea set! It is very inviting.

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  43. Oh, it's all so elegant and pretty with those pearls around the napkins! Lovely tea set. I could sit and stare at that one for hours I think!
    Brenda

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  44. Beautiful. So inviting. I have always loved sugar cubes---some in the old days would hold the cube between the teeth as they were drinking the tea in order to sweeten it!

    ps. I have several blogs--the one for my tablescape is the spindle cottage one;

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  45. What a lovely spot to sit and sip a cup of tea. and just relax and talk or not talk.. thank you for sharing..

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  46. What a great setting! Two girlfriends could just spend the afternoon catching up!

    ~Liz

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  47. Love your setting - the pearls on the tied on the napkins is such a perfect touch for a tea party!! Beautiful post! (we all need our own special room)

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  48. What a nice setting, love the sugar cubes too! So pretty the pearls and the red. Great job~
    Donna

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  49. I love this lovely tea! Oh so pretty in white with a touch of burgundy! I love, love it!

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