Welcome to the 18th "Sunday Favorites"

"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click on the "Sunday Favorites" info photo in the sidebar of my blog.


Hello my friends!
Welcome to the 18th run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!
Wow...this has been a really exciting week for me! For those of you who don't know...I am celebrating the one year anniversary of Happy To Design! Yes...it was in August of 2008 that I started this blog and published my very first blog post!!!
In honor of my first year anniversary, I am having a "Celebration Giveaway"...for more information on the giveaway you can just click HERE.
I have chosen a couple of great interior design books, "The Art of Accessorizing" by Christi Carter and "English Country" by Julie Fowler...as a little gift to show my appreciation to all of you who have shared in this fabulous blogging journey with me!!! You still have time to enter the "Celebration Giveaway"...it will go till August 26th and I will announce the winner on August 27th.
Thank you...thank you...thank you, my friends...for making this such an enjoyable year!!!
Well my friends...Have a super Sunday! Thank you so much for coming by today!!!


Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!

Love ya'll,

Sunday Favorites

My favorite post: March 25, 2009

Tablescape Thursday...

"Brume de Rose"

Bonjour mes amis et bienvenue à Tablescape jeudi ! Oh cher, excusez svp mon français! Oh dear, please excuse my french...Hello my friends and welcome to Tablescape Thursday! This fabulous fun-filled Thursday event is hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch! Susan' la maison de s est fabuleuse et elle met toujours la table la plus belle! Oh yes, as I was saying, Susan's home is fabulous and she always sets a beautiful table! You must go and see what she has going today and while you're there, you can check out all of the other beautiful and inspiring tablescapes! Here's à faire une belle table...here's to making a beautiful table!!!


"Brume de Rose"

Today I present to you, "Brume de Rose" or Rose Mist. I decided to "break out the china" as they say...in my Ode to Spring! Ahhh...Spring! Un moment pour les promenades romanes et longues, et les nuits de diner d'amende et vin… et un rose simple a monté! Ohhh yes, Spring's ode to romance, long walks, and nights of fine dining and wine...and a single pink rose!!!

"Brume de Rose" Tablescape in My French Country Dining Room

An evening of intimate dining for four. Not to formal but comfortable and cozy! Candlelight, a vase of beautiful flowers, and a dinner shared with good friends. A glass of wine and interesting conversation...

"Vivez bien, riez souvent, et aimez beaucoup!" *

"Live well, laugh often, and love much!!!"

"Les bases grandes au bonheur dans cette vie sont quelque chose faire, quelque chose aimer, et quelque chose espérer pour."
"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
by Joseph Addison

"J'aime cet endroit, et volontairement pourrais perdre mon temps dans lui."

"I like this place, and willingly could waste my time in it."

By William Shakespeare

Les Toiles...The Linens

For the "Brume de Rose" tablescape I used a white lace tablecloth. If you look closely, you can see pink roses on the tablecloth. This beautiful lace tablecloth was a wedding gift from my Mother and Father! I just love it and it's perfect for the "Brume de Rose" china.

The dinner napkins are a very pale lt.green damask...they belonged to my husband's mother, Mary Alice.*

Ambiance and Lighting

"Ahhh… dans la lueur douce de la lueur de chandelle, toutes les choses sont beau!"

Ahhh...in the soft glow of candlelight, all things are beautiful!

Mood lighting for a special ambiance is essential for an evening "Brume de Rose" tablescape! With candles aglow in crystal and silver candleholders, a softly dimmed chandelier overhead and the soft glow of light from the buffet lamps...the lighting is perfect!*

The Stemware

I used beautiful pink stemware...a goblet for a beverage and a matching wine glass. I really know very little about this stemware. I have had them for many years, they were a gift from a friend! What I do know...is that they go perfectly with the beautiful pink colored rose on the china.

The Place Setting..."Brume de Rose"...Rose Mist

The place setting consists of a white lace charger plate from JC Penneys called Classic Lace. They were on sale after Christmas for just $27 for four...not bad and they make the perfect backdrop for the Rose Mist china.

The "Brume de Rose" or Rose Mist china is made by Sakura and was a part of the Hallmark Home Collection. I purchased them in the 90's. They seem to be "one-of-a-kind", I have never seen this pattern offered again. I'm just thrilled to have them, they really are beautiful...the lovely shades of pink in the rose (with just a hint of pale yellow) and the soft greens of the leaves against the white are just breathtaking...so very soft and very romantic!!!

Le bol de potage...The soup bowl

Le plat de dessert/salade...The dessert/salad plate

The dessert/salad plate is done in a coordinating pattern...a soft, pale green and pink plaid with a small single rose in the center. As if the beautiful rose wasn't enough to sell me on this set of china...the pretty coordinating green and pink plaid dessert/salad plate was the "glaçage sur le gâteau" or icing on the cake so to speak! I just love this pretty little plate and how it looks with the soup bowl and dinner plate!!!

Ahhh… les nuances molles du rose et du vert me rappellent le ressort!

Ahhh...the soft shades of pink and green remind me of Spring!

Le plat de dîner...The dinner plate

The "Brume de Rose" dinner plate. Just look at the colors...have you ever seen a prettier rose?

The "Brume de Rose" in all of it's glory!
"La rose parle de l'amour silencieusement, dans une langue connue seulement au coeur."

“The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.”

Just a peek of the back label...

La pièce maîtresse...The centerpiece

I used a large leaded glass vase filled with white Spring flowers for the centerpiece. The pretty flowers were perfect...with subtle hints of pink and light green! The glass vase was a special "treasure find" from an Antique Market...it was only $6 and ohhhh soooo beautiful! It called to me as I walked by it...Chari, mon amour… vous avez besoin de moi! (Chari, my love...you need me! And believe me, I heard it in French...how could I resist?) Hehe!!! It stands a stately 11" in height and is made from a very heavy glass!

To each side of the vase of flowers...I added candles to silver and crystal candleholders and my newest "treasure find" from Hobby Lobby, mercury glass goblets. They were marked down to just $4 ea...again, they whispered my name as I walked by...Mon chéri, here je suis...I' le VE attendant juste vous! (My darling, here I am...I've been waiting just for you!) Seriously!!! Hey, did you notice that my name is french for darling? It's no wonder that I love everything French! It's destiny...I think! Hehe!!!

Well my dearest friends...have you wondered who is invited to this "Ode to Spring - Brume de Rose"...intimate dinner for four?

Well it's YOU of course!!! I just can't think of anyone that I would rather sit down and spend a leisurely evening...wining and dining with!!! I do hope that you enjoyed your visit...enjoyed the beauty of a sweet, Spring evening...enjoyed the conversation...


that you can say, " Vécu bien, ri souvent et aimé beaucoup!"
That you lived well, laughed often, and loved much!!!


Au revoir jusqu'à ce que nous nous réunissions encore…

Good bye...until we meet again!


Shirley said...

That is one of the most beautiful posts I've seen. And what makes it even more beautiful than the table setting was your commentary throughout it, ending in that I was the one invited. I'm telling you, I had tears in my eyes!! The room, table cloth and place setting is gorgeous and I loved the little desert plate. Thank you for running this again.

Unknown said...

Absolutely lovely. The red walls are delicious! Love, love, love the stemware and chargers!

Salmagundi said...

Always nice to see this tablescape again! The French language makes everything more beautiful, even if I can't understand a thing!! Have a great weekend. Sally

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

This room beckons you in. Truly lovely from start to finish!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey this was all frnech to me...But I loved the pictures ha ha!! oh girl I forgoy just how pretty this was...one of my all time favorite ones you have done...so romantic...Now get the paper plates out and sit in your comfy chaie and eat dinner ha ha!! I just hooked up Chari thought I would play with you this wee...Love ya sis...Hugs and sniles Gl♥ria

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I am still so happy for you on your anniversary,and I look so forward to many, many more years. Your tablescape is just stunning. I love your dining room. It is so pretty and your dishes are wonderful. The pretty roses and the green check border on the salad plate are so beautiful. You always do everything with a ton of detail and pure perfection. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

My Chari!
I loved this the first time and I loved it again! Just gorgeous china and the french makes it so fun! Are you fluent? Any other languages? I am impressed! Nothing real exciting here, hubby is watching the Green Bay Packers Pre-season game and he's mad at Brett Favre (like the whole state of Wisconsin) (hehe) for joining the Vikings. Should be a long season! Have a wonderful rest of your week-end and again I love this table and I bet your hubby did too! Hugs, Cindy

Tootsie said...

great post to choose to share!!! I have decided for the first time to join you girl....thanks for hosting!

Simple Man Makin It Do said...

This is one lovely setting! Just beautiful the cloth, the dishes the flatware, stemware. The wonderful chargers! Oh, did I say how I love the dishes! I love it all! Your dining room is so pretty!

Lady Katherine said...

I just realized I forgot to sign out of my hubby site, it using his name Simple Man and not mine Lady Katherine on your comment. I added him on to your Sunday favorites, I been signed in for a while, I sure I do this all the time. No wonder everyone thinks I missing! lol

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Unknown said...

Oh please do make the brined chicken Chari. You will not be disappointed (and then you will never again have to say that you've never roasted a chicken).

Anonymous said...

Chari I remember how impressed I was with all the french going around!!

I just realized when I saw this post again that I have the cups and saucers to this set in my booth!! They are so sweet and I almost kept them-

I really am going to get back into your sunday meme one of these days! I am taking a little break right now from trying to get our ministry newsletter typed up- then next week it's the printing sorting, stuffing licking, mailing thing going on!!


Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I loved it as much the 2nd time as the first. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tablescape again. And I posted about your giveaway on my blog with my Sunday Favorites entry. I want to win real bad. Have a great Sunday.
P.S. Thanks for the nice birthday wish. It really meant a lot. Even though we have never met. I treasure our friendship.

Barbara said...

Morning Chari, This is absolutely one of the prettiest tablescapes yet to be posted,,,of course it is a good thing you translated, since I don't speak French.
Hope you have a wonderful and Blessed Sunday.


Lady Katherine said...

Hi, It'ts been so funny, I was commenting using my hubby blog. So I decided I better link him. I do all the work for the blog. He tells me what to say, well I add a little! lol My washer I just got before I took the pictures. All I know so far is the one tub is for washing and think the little one is for rinsing. Gloria Happy to be says she has used one, We will have to ask her! Carol at thewriters porch.blogspot.com says she used one a few years too. We may try and hook it up, but I do not plan to wash in it. I do have the old washer that has a tub with a wringer. I use to wash wool and mohair, to spin from my sheep and angora goats. Glad your hubby liked the saw. He had so much fun and he has lots of old stuff he does. I working on several post for his blog. Got go feed the chickens!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

So beautiful, it deserves a second time around. I love the that green border on the plates! Everything is gorgeous!


Blondie's Journal said...

I am so glad I got to see this post and tablescape. How absolutely beautiful!! I love pastels and roses and lace. So you have my whole heart here, Chari!!

I would never think Hallmark would have dishes! And I love your stemware also. How lovely to receive the tablecloth as a wedding gift. It's gorgeous!

Beautiful French verse...didn't understand a bit. Thanks for the translation!!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari, this was truly beautiful girl. I loved seeing this room again. Hard to believe it's been awhile ago since we've seen it. Where has the time gone too? Happy Anniversary darling... mine is coming sooonnnn... realllll soonnnn... Stay tuned..
hugs ~lynne~

bj said...

OO, you have the most beautiful dining room. Not only pretty but so warm, friendly and inviting. Just what every room in our cottages should be.
Your dishes are just to die for...the table setting is so pretty. I am loving every bit of it.
hugs, bj

Cindy said...

Chari, you are quite the lady and I remember why I loved you the moment I read your post on the day I found your blog. You have a big loving, thoughtful heart and you express your heart very well This post was truly beautiful and I can see why you wanted to use it today. Your commentary was warm and sweet (and even funny) and your table setting was truly TDF! Such a gorgeous table, everything was so perfect. I love, love that dinnerware and the chargers and the stemware, just everything. It is one of the prettiest table scapes I have ever seen. And I have seen many since I started reading blogs!
Thank you so much for your sweet, warm and kind remarks on my blog. I appreciate it so much and it means alot to me coming from someone like you. I am so happy to be one of your followers! Please don't be a stranger, come back and visit me soon. Big hugs, Cindy S

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Chari...love this tablescape...your china is gorgeous...as is your whole dining room! The stemware is sooooo pretty and I love the chargers. I'm so glad you posted this one again...just beautiful!