~Shades of White~


whitetableV Welcome to Cuisine Kathleen’s table setting party, where tables are set entirely in white, including linens and florals.

Stop by Kathleen’s, June 23, for a list of participants.

cuisine Kathleen

Also stop by Between Naps on the Porch, each Thursday, for Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan.


I set the dining room table, using a mix of white and creamy white dishes and accessories, from my “tiny” collection of dishes. I decided to leave the table uncovered. I like how the white dishes look against the dark finish.

The center vignette is tall and a tad large. A little bit over the top, especially when considering dinner table conversation. I decided to throw caution to the wind and created away.

I personally believe it’s quite alright to use silks.











Silk flowers, bird cage, shells, and birds, from Evergreen Mfg., Osage Beach, Missouri.

Floral container, Haeger Pottery (garage sale find).

Pedestal, candleholder, dinner plate, and salad plate, HomeGoods.

Target 99 cent flatware.

Small gingko leaf dish, Pier One, Osage Beach. Saucer, Oneida Outlet clearance.

Glassware, Mikasa Outlet.

Small pitcher, Marshall’s, Osage Beach.

Large pitcher, Michael’s.

Silk flowers, with dark centers, Michael’s.

White pedestal bowl and covered butter dish, Mikasa.

Bee hive place card holder, Nell Hill’s.

Shell napkin rings and apples, All About Home (local shop).

Vintage napkin.

Wall paint color; Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua, ceiling SW Topsail. These are on the same chip card.

The botanical prints are calendar pages, matted and framed in Michael’s stock

The dining table is Lexington Long Cove Fall River. A system of extensions allows the table to extend and remain round.

The dining room chairs are Lexington Long Cove Summerville. The slipcovers were included, when we purchased the chairs.



Alas, at the end of the day, I could not resist a tiny bit of color. The table is done, all in white, but just before publishing, I threw these little lime green silk blooms on the gingko leaves and snapped a couple of quick photos! I haven’t much will power, when it comes to color; especially this color.


Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I love so many things about your home (and lake home) and I am really drooling over your white tablescape. Perfectly beautiful.

Donna @ dh designs said...

Stunning!!! The combination of the dining room walls, table and chairs and the white table setting - to die for! That little splash of green is gorgeous! Well done!

I love white china and accessories. A couple of years ago I replaced my colourful china with a completely white set - china and accessories. And I've never looked back. It is so versatile - you can set the most elegant or most casual of tables.

I will be re painting my dining room over the next 6 months and will definitly look at these colours! I did a post a while back on my Dream Dining Room - and I think it's in your house!!

Thanks for sharing :D

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Pat this whole thing is just beautiful my friend...Oh its stunning to look at and again your photos are just magicical...Love it all...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow just beautiful. That blue paint color really pops with all the white in the room and I love all the attention to detail in the table settings. When can I be invited for dinner? :)

prof en retraite said...

Pat...This is just beautiful! White is sooo elegant and classic....but, like you, I loved the pop of green at the end! Gorgeous....Debbie

Linda said...

Amazing what you've done with items in affordable prices.

Often these kind of settings are done with items outside my price range.

Thanks, beautiful post.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Awwww Miss Pat! I still am in such awe of that aqua room. I dont think I will ever get over this color. Maybe I should try it in my bath.....just maybe...hehe

GrannySmithGreen said...

Absolutely beautiful. Now, I'm itching to go to Home Goods. The embossed plates are show stoppers!

Cathy said...

Stunning!!! This may be the most beautiful table in all of blogland!!! The centerpiece is a wonder...soo beautiful!!! The flowers look positively real!!!

I love the little surprise of color at the end...just stunning!!!

I am so glad I came for a visit today!!!

Happy Monday!!!

Terri and Bob said...

Absolutely gorgeous. The different lighting in the photos is so stunning.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Simply stunning! Your photos are so amazing - I love the mix of B&W and color. Just beautiful! ♥ Diane

Dana and Daisy said...

I think it is the dark wood of your table that really makes these place settings sing!

imjacobsmom said...

Pat, I too love those embossed plates and I'm hoping our Homegoods still has them in stock. I love how you left your table bare and just used your dishes - it really did make them pop. My favorite is the pop of color at the end. Afterall, I am a green girl, too. ~ Robyn

Bonnie said...

What an absolutely gorgeous blog you have! (I sound like Little Red Riding Hood). Seriously, I'll be a regular visitor now that I've found you.

Thank you for visiting cottage hideaway and for your nice comment. It's nice to meet you!

kimmcl said...

This is your HOME????? I swore I was looking at pages from an issue of House Beautiful! Wowee!!! Luv it!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Very pretty! I love the black and white-toned photo. I don't know where to begin - I love it all from the ceramic apple to the elegant white chair overlays.

Marla said...

Oh my heart be still!!! I knew there was a reason I love your blog! Fabulous whites, just fabulous!

Kathleen said...

Just beautiful, so crisp! And I love the pop of green too! It was hard for me not to put some color in! Thanks so much for coming to my party!
I appreciate it, and that's no WHITE lie..:)

ellen b. said...

Oh so gorgeous...every detail. What a fabulous room for the setting too along with that great table. I'm in love....

CurtissAnn said...

Beautiful! I so loved seeing your setting. I'm actually having the urge to take time for a tablescape for DH and I. But with two active grands visiting often, it will be special occasions. :)

The table can extend and stay round?! Amazing. I love Lexington.

Oh, and your header is lovely. The ice tea glasses make me feel cool.

Cindy said...

There are so many things that I like here. First of all is the dark table and NO tablecloth. And I wouldn't have been able to resiste the color of the flower either. And how neat, the white on the silverware. Hey, I even adore the paint color of your walls. Thanks for the look see!

Shelia said...

Evening, Dear Pat! You've done it again, my sweet friend! Your table is outstanding - so lovely and so perfect! Your dishes pop on that black table and those napkins look vintage - so pretty! I could stay in your dining room all day - the color is so beautiful! Great job, Dear One!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

D said...

Beautiful tablescape and beautiful dining room. :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Great job. Looks better than a photo from a magazine. Perfection.

You must enter your bird cage in the I Love Birds Party @ Pretty Organized Palace is hosting on June 29th.

Traci said...

Your white tablescape looks great on your black table. I love the black and white photos! Very beautiful!

Michelle said...

Wow Pat! This is really awesome!!The table is stunning and I love those B&W photos thrown in! Beautiful job!

bj said...

Just stunning..everything is perfect.
xo bj

printersdevil said...

Your white on the black table is gorgeous. It is so crisp looking.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

I came back for another peek & just realized that I need to add white faux flowers to my stash! ☺ Diane

Allidink said...

That is pretty, I want to copy it now lol. I like the all white idea with the pops of color like that.

All the best,

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

You always have so many inspiring ideas and lovely photos to drool over, Pat! I love your dining room!!!

abeachcottage said...

a woman after my own heart lol!

can I come for dinner?


Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Beautiful! Crisp and Soft all at once. I just love it!! Wonderful!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Wow, this table setting is stunning. Love all the shades of white and the chair covers are beautiful too.

Mary said...

Like you Pat, I have a love affair with white china - I know we both use French Countryside!!!

Your pics of this stunning tablescape are gorgeous - you are the best when it comes to setting a table!

Thanks for stopping over and glad you like the new look on my blog - I just decided to change it yesterday - looks lighter for the hot Summer weather!

We will be traveling a lot in July - New England and then the West - hope to get some good pics of this vast country to share.

Enjoy your week.

Deb said...

Gorgeous as always Pat!
Your black table makes the perfect backdrop for white dishes!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Applause! Applause! Love it, Pat!


Sheila :-)

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, this is lovely. Again, I say you have such a talent for beautiful and clean design; I am impressed!


Foley said...

Gorgeous!! Everything is absolutely perfect in every way..from the cute apple to the bird cage! Your photos are amazing, beautiful home!

salmagundi said...

I'm loving all of these white tablescapes, and yours is outstanding! It really stands out with the dark table and the yummy blue on the walls. Sally

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Ohhh I cant wait to see what y'all picked up!

Catherine Holman said...

Beautiful Pat!

Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, yes, home at last. We did have a wonderful trip. I thought of you as we passed St. Charles. A very pleasant memory. This morning I was unpacking your gifts and admired them all over again. The flower photo is wonderful. The cup traveled with me and it was used every day. My S & P's love their new home. Thank you again. I am going to the pottery place to get the info for you and probably buy myself another piece.

Your white on white table setting is lovely. I love your center piece's and it definitely adds personality to your table setting. I too like the wood as a back ground. It is all beautiful. What is most pleasing is the green flower. That made me smile. I have a hard time loving all white even though it is a very elegant look.

My multitude of laundry and a nap is calling my name. Thank you for keeping up with our trip and your many comments.


PS How is J's neck? Did the sock help? Big smile.

alice said...

Just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous Pat. Befitting a magazine cover.
You always inspire me and never cease to amaze me.
Karen (2)

Chandy said...

Pat, you are so good with your camera and your choices in dinnerware. So lovely to look at!

Blue Creek Home said...

Your dining room is gorgeous! And the white/cream tablesetting is so nice. I love love love your chairs. And the white china apples are too cute.

Brenda said...

Heaven knows I don't have any will power when it comes to color! That's why I couldn't join this. I don't have enough white to set a table! This is gorgeous. I went back through your list to see where you got the apples, as I missed them on the first go-round. Looks like a local place. I love those goblets. You could set tables as a career!

The Tablescaper said...

Just beautiful - every bit of it. Absolutely love the glasses - I've got to keep my eyes open for those. I can't believe the flatware is Target. I've gone by it many times. Next time I won't be going by it. I too am a color person so love that splash of green! - The tablescaper

Picket said...

Oh my word girl...I don't even own white dishes and you make me want to buy some!!!! This is just glorious and just makes your mouth fly open with all the ooooohing and aaaaahing..every little detail is just so beautiful it makes me hurt!!!!! lol lol Love this post much inspiration!!!! I hope you're having a beautiful week as well!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Wow! Lovely dining room and gorgeous photos!

Country Reflections said...

Love your tablesetting! The bare wood makes it really stand out. All the details are gorgeous!

Dishesdone said...

Just gorgeous, your table settings and your pictures! Absolutely gorgeous!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So very beautiful! Perfect!


RobinfromCA said...

I'm having definite dining room/dish/talent envy going on here. When we downsized I gave away 4 sets of dishes and only kept 2. Every Thursday I have remorse.

Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Ree at Prairie Rose Cottage said...

Absolutely gorgeous and a treat to the eyes. What an inspiration!


Pat - This is just lovely! I so agree with using the white dinnerware and accessories on the dark wood table. It makes such an elegent statement. Don't you just love the flatware from Target. I bought four place settings to use on our breakfast table. They almost appear to be antique!

Try to stay cool!


Suzy said...

Your dining room is just so classic..crisp and clean. Love the wall color. Your table is beautiful and the touch of the bird cage is sweet.

Southern Lady said...

Pat, you have outdone yourself! Your tablescape is the epitome of perfection and gracious hospitality. I especially love the first picture which shows the beautifully embossed salad plate. Every detail is truly exquisite, from the lace napkins with the shell napkin holders to the elegant bird cage centerpiece.

Beverly said...

Pat, this speaks to my heart. I am a lover of white from way back. When we got married (almost 39 years ago), I chose white as my "every day" dishes. I still have them, still love them, and still use them every day.

Jeanne has always teased me about my love for white, but I do love it. I love the many shades of white, and the combinations of textures.

Your table is exquisite! Thank you for sharing.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

All I can say is GORGEOUS!! I LOVE the white against the dark of the table. I love how you list everything and where it came from at the end. It all looks so expensive and yet it's such a nice mix. How gorgeous that 99 cent flatware from Target looks on your table! As always your pictures are the best!


Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Chuckling at your "tiny" collection; I love that you don't take yourself too seriously and just love to have fun, Pat! Great choice to set the white against the rich dark wood; looks stunning! And the pop of green - yes!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Between the last two posts (I'm late reading blogs this week), I feel like I've just been looking through a gorgeous shelter magazine. Your photos, your home, and your tablescapes are worthy of magazine publication. Thank you for all of the inspiration you share. laurie

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dec0r8or said...

Wow, Pat....I think this is some of the best photography I have ever seen from you. These shots look totally professional!! Your dining room looks beautiful. I love the white on white--gorgeous!!

Miss Janice said...

I absolutely love this clean, crisp, and class tablescape you have created! The table, chair covers, china, wall color all works together to make this a stunning, magazine-worthy group of photos!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Wow, your table looks awesome and your pictures are beautiful! I wish I could take pictures as beautifuly as you do.

Thanks for stoppin by my blog and commenting on my finds! Have a wonderful week!