Wednesday, April 25, 2012

FABBY: Italian Tablescape

 Hi my dear sweet friends!  Here is my Italian tablescape for Let's Dish at Kathleen's and Tablescape Thursday at Susan's.  I will enter more parties too, as I am such a party animal!..hahahaa
 The tablecloth is an Italian antique silk brocade, all embroidered in silk threads, with bows, butterflies and flowers. This beauty was my dear MIL's and we're so lucky to have it to enjoy.
 The dishes I chose for this table are from my Italian Tognana set, which is one of my very favorite. I used my Turkish glass chargers in gold, as I love them with the silk, gold tablecloth.
 The etched-stems comes from an antique set we have from my Mil's also and I always liked to use them for shrimp cocktail. The other stems I chose for this table, to continue with the Italian theme are Bormiolli Rocco, from several years ago.
 The pretty crystal flower vase it's also Italian, from several years ago.

Some of you are asking me if I have used the tablecloth before and I'm so happy to say yes, on two occasions, for formal dinner parties. I washed it once in cold water and it also irons well. My Mil also washed it, I would think, several times even, as she had it for, I don't know how long, as this is an antique.
 The antique brass candle holders were a gift from my Mil and she said they were from a church, originally. I don't know where they're from, but Martine Aleson said they looked "British", not French..which is what I thought, because they have "Fleur de Lys" on the feet.
 I love the center embroidery of the tablecloth...I took this shot from high up so you can appreciate it better.
 The tablecloth also has ribbons and flowers woven throughout.
 Here you can see the butterflies embroidered on it too, along with the flowers.
 The cups for some coffee, or tea after dinner. The putti tray is Capodimonte.
Our dining room set is also Italian style, it has brass angels on the buffet doors and it has marquetry on the table and buffet as well.
 This painting of the lady with our pug, Benito, who died almost two years ago, was made specially for us,seven years ago, by a famous lady artist, Adela Tobar, who likes to paint dames from the fifties and sixties holding dogs. I just couldn't take a good, clear shot, it kept on shining, with or without the flash, oh well... so Ben didn't come out to clear. My daughter Sofia has a beautiful painting of the same artist with a pretty lady with a shitzu dog, so cute! You can see it on her home's post I did a couple of months back.
Here is the center embroidery of the table cloth. The crystal Italian flower vase.

The weekend is getting closer than ever and here I thought I was wishing everyone a great week just yesterday, Tuesday! April is practically over and soon it'll be Christmas, at the rate we're going! Therefore, I hurried on making a table scape with all my Italian goodies, starting from my dining room set, which is Italian style too, with brass angels in the buffet doors, and marquetry. I might add that the brass chandy is also Italian. 

As always, thanks so much in advance for all the wonderful comments you always leave me, my dearest blog friends.. they are sooo very appreciated!


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ms.composure said...

o wow very very nice...and def loving the flowers! that was a nice touch

Kathe said...

Stunning! I am speechless! The tablecloth is just so beautiful as is your china. I hope you share this at my party on Tuesday!

podso said...

Fabby, your home is so beautiful and gracious. The table setting is so formal and lovely ... it would be a special occasion to dine there I'm sure. Now what would you serve? :-)

martinealison said...

Je dévore encore avec ravissement ce merveilleux patchwork de photos... Elles déploient une avalanche de richesses. Une table généreusement bien dressée. Aucune fausse note... Si! cependant, je ne trouve pas ma place!!! (sourire...)
La nappe en toile de fond sur cette belle table est un véritable bijou qui se distingue divinement et précieusement avec ta très belle vaisselle... BELLISSIMO !!
J'aime aussi et je crois te l'avoir déjà écrit, ce magnifique portrait accroché à ton mur. Bien que l'une de mes peinture conviendrait tout autant!!! (sourire bis!...)
Finalement tu m'auras beaucoup fait sourire aujourd'hui avec cette dernière publication qui sonne la joie italienne.
Gros bisous à toi, ma chère Fabby.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, this is beautiful Fabby. love your china and the flowers are stunning. Beautiful linens too. Hugs, Marty

ellen b said...

What an elegant table! Love the room!

Marlis said...

Fabby, this is so spectacular. I am in awe of the exquisite workmanship of the tablecloth. It's amazing. Breathtaking. The dishes are perfect on the table.. crown jewels! Love that vase with the flowers too.. wonderful... xo marlis

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Fabby! Your table looks beautiful. I like your pretty china with the gold flowers. I hope you are well. Hugs, Pamela

NanaDiana said...

Fabby- I just can't believe all the pieces you have to set so many unique and wonderful tables. This Italian tablescape is just gorgeous. The embroidered cloth is amazing, too.

You certainly have an eye for putting a table together- xo Diana

Ellen said...

Oh Fabby, you've done it again, another brilliant table. I almost cried when I saw that tablecloth. I've never seen anything prettier. You were certainly blessed to receive that gift. I think the dishes are just precious. Have a great day!

Deanna said...

absolutely beautiful!!! Classy!!!

Sweet Spring to you,

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful job Fabby.

Alycia Nichols said...

So pretty, Fabby! The candlesticks immediately caught my eye! I don't know if they're French or English...I just know they're pretty!1!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think this is one of your prettiest tablescapes because of the gorgeous silk embroidered tablecloth...the colors in it and the figures of the butterflies and flowers are exquisite. I love the china you picked to use as it really does compliment the tablecloth with the similiar patterns and colors.
Whichever the candlesticks are..
English or Italian, they are a gorgeeous pair! And the Italian vase and stemware are equally so. I love your glass gold chargers under the dinner plates, too. You have elegnant taste and a great eye with the use of things, Fabby....
Of course, your Italian dining room furniture shows off to perfection anything you put on it!
I could not see the painting of your little deceased dog Ben too well but I know this is a treasured painting to your family of a much loved dog.
Thanks you for sharing all of these beautiful things with us, it is always such a treat to have a chance to see inside your wonderful house.
Yes, it is nearly the weekend again, and I hope you have a pleasant one with your husband
Until next time, fond hugs and love, Francy

Aledia said...

Wow Fabby,
That tablecloth is stunning! Your dishes look so lovely with it. I like how you have a side table for coffee and tea!

Have a wonderful day my friend!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Meredith said...

Your china is stunning. Just beautiful!

Johanna said...

Hi Fabby,
this tablecloth is a precious treasure, not only because of the memories. It is beautifully made and I am sure that the photos not show the whole beauty. You are lucky to have a table with the correct size for it. And your china and crystal is great with that tablecloth. Wonderful luxury Italian table.
Best greetings, Johanna

Mary said...

I would live in fear that something would be spilled and soil that GORGEOUS embroidered tablecloth! They set off your dishes beautifully!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Breathtaking Fabby! Your table is gorgeous!

Diane said...

Fabby, the table setting is beautiful, but I could not take my eyes off of the tablecloth. That gorgeous piece is a work of art and a real treasure - oh, my! The candlesticks are wonderful, too, and I love the little serving piece with the cups and saucers. Thanks, again, for sharing your lovely tableware!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Fabby, that is the prettiest tablecloth I have ever seen! Everything sparkles on top of it. It is a lovely setting for a dinner party!

Laura said...

It looks gorgeous! I love your candle holders!


Thank you always, you make my day with your kind and generous comments! Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Anything Italian captures my interest, and what you have shared inspires lovely memories of a place I love.

Jacqueline said...

Fabby, you certainly are lucky to enjoy that unbelievable tablecloth! What treasures you have and your taste in putting things together is magnificent. These are beautiful dishes. I don't know how you could pick a favorite and yours are all so unique and upscale! Have a
FABBY-lous day!

Helen's Decor said...

Fabby, I'm loving everything you have in that room. That cloth is out of this world gorgeous. Are the flowers live? They remind me of weigelas that are blooming now. Thanks and please,come for a visit soon, Helen

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Fabby, Your tablecloth is beautiful! Blessings, Tammy

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Cristina Garay said...

What a beautiful setting! The tablecloth is amazingly gorgeous!

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

What a beautiful, elegant table! It just leaves me speechless. I'm always overwhelmed by all the gorgeous items you have, and how you put them together to create such fabulous tables in your beautiful home. The tablecloth is absolutely stunning.

Barbara said...

Fabby, your table is so rich with beauty and elegance. How wonderful that you treasure your mother-in-law's beautiful things. You have put together a timeless table. I think it would please anyone from any generation. Gorgeous!

xinex said...

This is truly exquisite and quite stunning, my friend. I am in awe at the beauty of your tablecloth. I must go to Italy to find one but then it's probably not available anymore cause it looks either vintage or antique. The whole setting is so elegant. Love the dishes too.

Kathleen said...

What an amazing tBlecloth! Imagine the work that went into that. It is a piece of art!
The tBle is beautiful, fit for a Queen or someone whose name rhymes with Queen, lol!
Thanks so much for linking this Fabby lous table to Let's Dish! Don't start Cmas shopping yet, please!

Maria said...

Fabby, you had me at the tablecloth! How utterly beautiful! Everything is so lovely!

Entertaining Women said...

Sheer elegance d'italia! The tablecloth is a masterpiece! I'm thrilled that you have such a magnificent piece. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Cindy said...

Hello dear Fabby,
What a beautiful table you have set once again. The embroidered table cloth is amazing, what a beautiful piece of work.
Hugs, Cindy

Nezzy said...

Oh darlin' it's great that you have your MIL's lovely tablecloth...what a grand treasure that is!!! It's beautiful.

I love the way you made everything come together in your amazin' Italian settin'!!! Great job!

God bless ya and have a fantastic weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Victoria Mische @ Your Chair Covers said...

Your table is stunning! Every time I visit your blog, you always impress me by your tablescape. You always give a very wonderful inspiration on how to decorate my own table. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

PS. I am your newest follower. It's nice being here!

Sweetladyelaine said...

BEAUTIFUL as always!
Blessings My Friend,

Shelia said...

Hi Fabby! Oh, your table is so pretty! Beautiful tablesetting with the most gorgeous dishes! You always show the most beautiful things.
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Beautiful tablescape! Thank you for sharing and have a lovely weekend.

LV said...

You do marvelous table settings.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Fabby you come to tea and I'll come to that beautiful dinner !!!

bj said...

I am always sooo impressed with your beautiful tables.

Tammy Henderson said...

Thank you for the nice comment you left me and inviting me to your blog, always fun discovering new blogs... I absolutly love your tablecloth and the tablescape you have created...BEAUTIFUL!

Ms. Burrito said...

So beautiful! Come and join my Color Connection meme too. The linky is at my Pink Dinosaurs entry. Have a lovely weekend!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Fabby...

My friend, your home is sooo very beautiful! I always enjoy getting a peek around...hehe! You certainly did set a FABULOUS table. I do believe the the beautiful brocade tablecloth was the star of the table! It's simply gorgeous! I love all the swirling gold ribbons on it! I think the Italian china that you chose looks perfect with the table covering...beautiful place settings, dear friend! And...I hope you don't grow tired of me telling you how much I love the brass candleholders...they're awesome!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely table with us today!

Well dear lady, I'm so sorry that I'm so late at getting by for a visit. I hope that my note is finding you and your family all doing well. Take care and have a wonderfully sweet weekend!

Love ya,

PS...thank you so much for coming by for a visit! I always enjoy your sweet notes! You are always so uplifting and kind!

Michele said...

Oh, my gosh, what a beautiful table and gorgeous room! Very, very impressive.

chubskulit said...

Such a delight to see gorgeous pink every week, yours are lovely!

My PINK please come and see when you have time. Have a safe and happy weekend!

Designs By Pinky said...

Hello sweet Fabby! Your tablecloth is just exquisite! SO beautiful. I have a similiar tablecloth that was MY MIL's and I only use it at Christmas. Your china goes pefectly with it. The glassware is gorgeous. You have so many beautiful treasures. XO, Pinky

Carolyn Robbins said...

Love this Italian Tablescape. Being from Italian heritage, I appreciate your sharing. Happy Pink Saturday.

Snap said...

Goodness, Fabby. Your tables are always so elegant. Love the butterflies!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a stunning table Fabby...I just don't know how you do it. The styling is so pretty. I especially love your crystal drink glasses. The shape is so unique. Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. You are the best. Happy Sunday!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your tables are ALWAYS MAGNIFICENT!!! I love your romance of the Old Country!!! Italian just is SO incredibly gorgeous...LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your Capodimonte. You have captured the perfect mood, and to me "This is Romance"!
Thank you so much for sharing,
Big Hugs to you,(Oh Yes, I know we will meet one day, and won't that be SO MUCH FUN)

At The Picket Fence said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)

The Tablescaper said...


You are so lucky to be the caretaker of this amazing cloth. Wonderful to have them at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Dolores said...

Oh Fabby, EVERYTHING is soooooo beautiful!!!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Beautiful, Fabby!

Sarah said...

Fabby, your set a beautiful table! My eye went right to the Adela Tobar painting. Thanks for sharing the information on this artist. I know it must be special to have this piece of work that includes your precious Benito. ~ Sarah

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful tablecloth Fabby and so is the China.

Jessica Cassidy said...

wow! what a beautiful and facy table setting :-) very impressive :-) Dropping by from CC

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful dinning room. Your table is stunning the table cloth is lovely and I love those chargers.

LDH said...

Hello Fabby!

This is a table so elegant and so gorgeous it seems prepared for a king! The tablecloth is exquisite and everything is most lovely!

Thank you for visiting and linking to Think on These Things each week :)

Your friend, Lorraine

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely table and i love the painting.Joann

4 Sisters @ said...

You are so talent - this is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday! We hope you'll be back again next week!

-Four Sisters

Beth said...

Hi Fabby, Elegant tablescape and beautiful china!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Fabby, your table is just stunning! Thanks so much for joining me for tea. Love those chairs!


Sherry said...

Fabby, everything is so stunning and your tablecloth is gorgeous!

Deb said...

I believe 'elegant' is the word here. I really love those little tea-cups for after dinner, also. Hugs,Deb

Deanna said...

Oh my goodness, Fabby, You have outdone yourself. Absolutely beautiful table you have created!

God bless,
d from kansas

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a gorgous dining room you have. Your table setting is fantastic and would be a joy to be invited. Thank you for sharing,

jessica said...

This is got to be one the most elegant table settings I've seen in a long time!! You did such a beautiful job!!! Everything is perfect!

Recipes We Love said...

Found you on Bringing Beauty party. this is beautiful!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love anything inspired by Italy! I would love to visit there some day! Beautiful my friend!