With no “real” dining room table yet in my new home, I was tired of looking at the dining room with just four chairs sitting in it. My chairs are very pretty, I had eight of them, but sold four with the condominium furnishings, because I know I will be going with a very different look as I begin to decorate the new place. As I unpacked box after box of linens and dishes, I came across an old beige tablecloth with beautiful bullion fringe. I know you can’t see the fringe in my pictures, but I see it whenever I walk in the front door now. I also found a beautiful topper made of this pretty French writing fabric trimmed with black fringe and backed with black satin.
Packed away in storage for three years, I had totally forgotten about these cloths. When I unpacked them I knew exactly the dishes I was going to use with them. A simple Eiffel tower sculpture was all the centerpiece this table needed. I used the same Eiffel tower for my Paris Valentine Dinner for Two, I just changed it up by painting the tower black. I don’t think the French would like it if I just kept painting their icon different colors on a whim, do you? Now when I walk in my front door, I at least have a pretty dining room to see on one side and my beautiful piano in the living room on the other side.
I had bought this set of dishes years ago and I can’t remember where I bought them, but I have a set of six place settings. The dishes give you a glimpse into the beautiful architectural marvels of Pars, featuring the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame in the style of hand drawn sketches. I will be visiting Paris at the end of the month, just for a day on the way to my son’s wedding in south west France. I look forward to catching a glimpse of these wonderful structures again.
The green goblets with the etched grapes and vines on them were a gift to my mother back in the late 1960’s. I always felt like it was a special meal when my mother set the table with these goblets.
Without a table, I hid a borrowed patio table under these lovely fabrics and dressed it with the pretty dishes. As much as I have loved my elegant purple and gold chairs, they won’t find a home in the redecorated house. If you haven’t seen my Cinderella party, you should look at it here and see how beautiful those chairs looked when set up in a local park. I think I will have to keep the four chairs I have tucked into a closet to pull out whenever a party calls for them.
My dining room has a long way to go: paint, chandelier, dining table and chairs. I would like to add a beautiful china cabinet of some kind to go on the dining room side of the big kitchen wall. I am also considering a swinging door between the kitchen and the dining room. My husband and I are kind of at an impasse on the window treatments. He thinks plantation shutters and I think elegant curtains in the living and dining rooms. You will have to hang around to see what we end up with! I look forward to sharing more and more of the house as it comes together.
I couldn’t find dishes exactly like mine, but here are some great dishes that could help you plan out your Paris tablescape fantasies. Click on the plates to purchase.