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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


The tablescape this week is a magnolia theme.   My childhood home in North Carolina had a beautiful Magnolia tree in the front yard.  My Mom would often cut a few branches with blooms to use in a vase in our home.   When I married I carried a bouquet of beautiful magnolias cut from our ministers tree.   We have magnolia trees here in South Florida, but they are smaller trees.   Greenery from a magnolia tree is perfect for decorating inside your home all year round and especially in the Fall and at Christmas.  

Magnolia tablescape. 

The place setting.  The flatware is the Napoleon Bee by Wallace Silversmiths and is in stock at Horchow.   The wine glasses are from Dollar Tree several years ago. 

The pottery birdhouse in the centerpiece is from a pottery in Seagrove, NC (also know as Jugtown to the locals).  If you ever have the opportunity to travel through Seagrove you should stop in and visit a few local potters.  I have a massive magnolia framed print in my living room and purchased the plate (shown on the server) there in the late 90's.  My friend Christina gifted me with the birdhouse from the same pottery.  

The little blue bird on the bird house is so cute. 

The pink illuminated pedestals are by Valerie Parr Hill.  The magnolia with hydrangea candle rings and illuminated etched quatrefoil hurricanes are also part of her collection. The ivy candle ring around the birdhouse is from Lisa Robertson. 

The Spring Raspberry Rose and Magnolia Garland is available at QVC.  

This is the pottery plate that I purchase in Seagrove NC years ago. 

My Mom made this ceramic dogwood years ago.  It's not a magnolia, but it's another one of my favorite Spring blooms up in North Carolina. 

The dinner napkins. 

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack.   The charger plates and the green basketweave edge dinner plates are from Pier One years ago.   The tan salad plates are from HomeGoods or TJMaxx a few years ago.  The magnolia plates are made by Gibson.  


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  1. I love magnolias, and you have set a lovely table!

    1. Thank you Joy. They are so pretty and smell fabulous. I'm sure you have a lot of large magnolia trees up your way. :)

    2. Greetings from North Carolina. What wonderful memories you have relating to magnolias. I loved reading your post and loved your beautiful table setting. I have a love hate relationship with magnolia trees. lol Love their beauty but they make a mess!!

    3. Thank you Beverly. Their leaves do tend to make a huge mess under the tree, but their blossoms are so pretty. I look forward to moving back to North Carolina one day soon and enjoying the change of seasons. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.

  2. Such a pretty table! Your dish stack really highlights your lovely magnolia plates perfectly!

  3. Beautiful tablescape Joy. I am so excited for my garden this week. I bought my first magnolia and can't wait for it to bloom and come close to your beautiful dishes!

    1. Thank you Christine! I hope you will have lots of beautiful blooms on your magnolia tree. :)

  4. Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite films lol. Your tablescape is beautiful. I live in the midwest -- wonder if magnolias would grow well here? Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

    1. Thank you Kathleen. I would think they would grow in the Midwest. We had so many in North Carolina and the climate should be similar. We have them here in So. Florida, but they are much smaller trees.

  5. So pretty Catherine as usual.
    My magnolia plates do not have any other color than the green leaves and magnolia blossoms and I do believe I like yours better because of the "extra" color.
    You can see them here, if you want to check them out.
    No matter I love magnolias which always remind me of the movie Steal Magnolias...guess it is just a Southern thing.