A Heart's Desire...


Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
Happy Valentine's Day!
I am soooo excited today...the long awaited Valentine parties are here! I am joining Candy over at The Little Round Table for her "Color of Love" party, Laurie over at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for her Valentine party, and Jessa Irene over at A Holiday Haven for her Valentine party! Whew...I may be all partied out by the time I have made my rounds! Hehe! Anyway, you will find the credits for all three of these fabulous parties at the end of my post. I do hope that you will visit each party...I just know that there are going to be many, many Valentine pretties to see!!!
Three Valentine Table Settings...
Over the last couple of weeks, I have shared with you several Valentine place settings that I created for that special Valentine's Day table. I have had sooo much fun playing dishes! Hehe!
Place Setting #1..."Be Still My Heart"
In case you may have missed the first place setting..."Be Still My Heart"...
you can click HERE to see it.
Place Setting #2..."Romancing the Heart"
You can click HERE...to see the second place setting called "Romancing the Heart"
~~~Place Setting #3..."A Heart's Desire"~~~
I have been saving this third Valentine's Day place setting..."A Heart's Desire"...especially for the Valentine parties. I hope that you enjoy!
*Just a little note: I am not going to take the time writing on all the "how to's" of this third place setting, if you would like to learn more about how I put this table together you are welcomed to visit the posts for place settings #1 and/or #2.
For this third Valentine's place setting..."A Heart's Desire"...I really wanted to share with you a few of my favorite "heart" quotes! After all...Valentine's Day is all about the "matters of the heart"!

Valentine's Day in a French Country Dining Room

My Valentine's Day buffet...February 2011

"The heart in pursuit of oneness
will find the most inexplicable beauty."

"Love is the key to my heart."
Universal saying

"Steeping my life in beauty brings color to my days and a song to my heart."
Thomas Kinkade

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart."

Helen Keller

"What the heart gives away is never gone...
It is kept in the heart of others."
Robin St. John

"Find the seed at the bottom of your heart
and bring forth a flower."
Shigenori Kameoka

"Love is space and time measured by the heart."
Marcel Proust

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."
Charles Dickens

"Let your heart be your compass, your mind your map,
your soul your guide, and you will never get lost."

"Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart."
Alphonse De Lamartine

"In your heart, keep one still, secret spot,
where dreams may go."
Louise Driscoll

"The head thinks, the hands labor,
but it's the heart that laughs."
Liz Curtis Higgs

"It's beauty that captures your attention;
personality which captures your heart."

"The heart that has truly loved, never forgets."

"We were two but had one heart between us."
Francois De Montcorbier Villon

"Beauty is in the heart of the beholder."
Al Bernstein

"Love is blind only to the eyes...
the heart sees everything clearly."

"When we love...we admire with the heart."

"A memory is a photograph taken by the heart
to make a special moment last forever."

The publisher of Belle Inspiration magazine just sent me a link that I could share with you. It you click on the magazine below...it will take you to my photo/article layout that they published in their Jan/Feb issue. The article is called..."Beloved Valentine"! It was such an honor to be published in this fabulous magazine. And...my photo made the cover! When I found out...I squealed like a sissy girl! Hehe! I hope you enjoy!!!
"Beloved Valentine"
Belle Inspiration magazine...Jan./Feb. issue

Thank you, Mimi...for sending me this link so that I could share it with my readers!

I am joining these fabulous Valentine parties...

The Colors of Love...hosted by Candy over at The Little Round Table.

Valentine Party...hosted by Laurie over at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie.

The Valentines Party...hosted by Jessa over at A Holiday Haven.

Tablescape Thursday...hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
Thank you so much ladies...for hosting these fabulous parties for us to enjoy!
Well my friends...I am so glad that you stopped by today for a visit! I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Valentine's Day! May you experience all that your heart desires!!!

I hope that you enjoyed "A Heart's Desire" Valentine place setting. Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!!!
Warmest Valentine Wishes!


Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...


Your table is so festive! It is such a pleasure to see all of your beautiful pictures!

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day.

Vintage Gal said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures ~ just LOVE the table. ;-)

Daphne said...

Hi Chari.

Here I thought you might be sharing the Sango rose dishes for the Colors of Love, but you have a whole new table for us! It's just lovely. Very elegant and romantic. I love how the dishes have the feel of toile. Happy C2C Colors of Love!

Lynn said...

Just beautiful Chari! Great pics and I love your mercury glass hearts-enjoy:@)

Karen said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Chari! So glad to see that I have a few of the items you have shown, so that has inspired me to get busy and decorate a bit! Thanks!!
Ladybug Creek

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

So beautiful and so romantic. Everything is just stunning. Love the transferware, beautiful. I need to get my table done for the party. I've been so rushed, got to get my act in gear. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...


This is just gorgeous! You know how much I love all of your silver pieces. The hearts are adorable. You did a wonderful job again!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Chari, Your table and buffet are just beautiful! I love all the mercury glass and especially the little heart. I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day.

The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful Chari. I so love the red, white and silver. It just pops and looks so elegant.

Debbie said...

As always, I'm just loving it! I love your place setting the most. It's just stunning.

And the quotes? PERFECT.

Shelia said...

Oh, Chari! Nobody does it better - that's a song! :) Your Valentineness is gorgeous! Your mantle and all your pretties! Your table is just enchanting! Everything is so romantic.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marie Arden said...

I love the silver and red together looks fresh. Happy Valentines Day!

Marlis said...

OOh I love your mercury glass. Your buffet and table is outstanding. absolutely enchanting.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

So many beautiful things to see here...your tables are so gorgeous...the white and silver...everything is beautiful!!!
I can't imagine a more romantic setting!!!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chari, I thought this table could not get any better, but it has! This is gorgeous, and I'm so glad you are linking it to the Valentine Party! All of those gorgeous silver pieces are so stunning. Loved all of the quotations too. A perfect Valentine's post! Thank you so much for taking part in the Valentine Par-tay! laurie

Sarah said...

Chari, this is a gorgeous setting with all the silver and the rich ruby reds. You do set a beautiful table! ~ Sarah

Lana said...

You never cease to amaze me! What a fabulous Valentine's table and post! I love all of your layering as always and this table with the white flowers/candles is fantastic!

The quotes that you put in between the fab photos (with your Pentax like mine, right? I think you wrote that you have the same one--I'm still learning how to use mine--your photos are great!) are also just wonderful!!!!

MANY blessings to you dear friend,

Terri Steffes said...

Gorgeous, as usual! I think the settings are festive!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This....is....oh.....so.....lovely! The toile dishes, the beautiful mercury glass hearts, the cherubs holding the key to your heart for your beloved. This table just drips with romance and love.

Honey at 2805 said...

You are amazing. Love the beautiful love quotes intersperced with the pictures of your lovely dishes and silver pieced. Everything is exquisite. Thanks for sharing the lovely post!

Phyllis said...

Your mercury glass adds such a flair to your table! I love the reflective quality it brings. The reds are softened and come to a rich life. I want to commend you on your photography skills, also. Your photos are so interesting.

Candy @ The Little Round Table said...

Good Morning Chari -

Love the rich colors and the wonderful quotations! Always elegant when I stop by to visit.

Thanks so much for joining my first linky party on The Little Round Table and I hope that you will be able to visit again soon.


debbies said...

As a collector of heart ornaments, I just LOVE your mercury glass ornament. STUNNING

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Chari, I scrolled back through the other tables again, and all the posts are just beautiful. I did get out my mom's silver tray and polished it so maybe I'll use it soon! This time I noticed those gorgeous candlesticks!!! They are amazing! Stay warm! Linda

podso said...

Your photos are so beautifully taken, and such loveliness to photograph. Your table settings are so nice and love the silver hearts! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your honey!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What lovely red and white Valentine's holiday tableware - perfect for all the delightful Valentine blog parties, including at SandwichINK. :) Thank you for a sweet visit.

Kathleen said...

Just beautiful! Love the white with the seep red, so pretty!

shannon i olson said...

what a great table, you have so many wonderful little touches, the charges are really neat.

Beth said...

How stunning, Chari! I adore the red toile plates. The red is so rich. I also love the Rose Mist china shown in your previous post -oh, my, is it ever beautiful!
Blessings and hugs, Beth

Marigene said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Love, love, love it! You always do a marvelous job!


P.S. - to answer your question: I found the big red heart ornament at TJ Maxx about two years ago, at Christmas!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
Boy girl, you really outdid yourself this year! Every single table is just stunning and dreamy and romantic too!
I love the look of the silver with the toile, just so pretty!
Well girlfriend, your my last visit of tonight.
I am getting so behind but I am going to keep plugging along.
Dan and I are getting away this weekend and I can't wait!
I love watching the baby but I'm pooped!
Hopefully, I will come back recharged!
I hope you and Russ have a great weekend, maybe dinner out?
After all your hard work tablescaping you deserve a night on the town!
Hugs friend,

Decor To Adore said...

Oh how beautiful! Be still my heart indeed. I am visiting via the Valentine linky.
I wanted to invite you to the two linky parties I am planning. The first will be on February 23~ High Tea Tablescapes. Details can be found on my Wednesday posts. There will be PRIZES!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chari, I just wanted to come over to thank you again for linking this gorgeous post to my party! Have a great weekend. laurie


Hi Chari...I'm your new follower! I love what you've done, sooo elegant, I love elegant! Your mantel is stunning, the angels are so sweet. Your tablescape is also superb...what a great pleasure I had to see all your pics, love the china. Everything very romantic!
Come and visit me too, so we can be friends. Looking forward to more of you.
Happy Valentine's to you and your love.

Theresa said...

Love your beautiful and romantic table! I went to the link and looked at the pictures, CONGRATULATIONS on being published! That is ONE magazine that I don't subscribe to but I will certainly pick it up! Thanks for sharing with me! Have a blessed weekend, HUGS!

Jessa said...

This is so wonderful. So many great details. Love the teapot napkin holders, love the wonderful candles, and the angel with the key on a ribbon. Beautiful photos too. Thanks so much for linking it to The Valentines Party!

p.s. I will be by to join in your favorites party again soon, just got busy and had to cut out a thing or two, I am sure you know how that goes.
Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Chari...
So rich and elegant looking. You really have an imagination when it come to decorating.
Simply lovely!

p.s. would you believe I forgot to put my dinner plates on the table? :) Yeah..you'd believe it! LOL

Sandra said...

Hi Shari! How are you? Oh my goodness, I am loving everything. You are one of the most talented ladies in bloggyland. I love love your decor.

A Perfect Setting said...

Hello Chari,
I have certainly enjoyed seeing all three of your beautiful Valentine tables. Congrats on making the magazine! You deserve it! I love the mercury glass heart, there are so many marvelous details, and I loved them all! Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo

Denise Marie said...

absolutely lovely!!