Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dinner in Bologna Tablescape

We set the table for dinner to eat our delicious
dinner that our lovely teachers Victoria and
Antonella had made for us.

Tonya has great Italian dinnerware, goldware and
glassware that we used.

Her work of designing shoes and handbags takes
her all over the world, especially the Far East
so her decor reflects this.  She fell in love with
this massive table in Bali and found a way to
have it shipped to Bologna.

 Its sensual lines and thickness are so luxurious.

Don't you just love the legs?  They are
massive too.  They remind me of the leg of
some exotic animal.

She loves modern lines and the goldware showcases that.

Aren't the ends of the table just fun?

This white ceramic elephant is one of her many 
treasures she brought home.  We felt like it needed
to be showcased on our eclectic table.

This beautiful red and black box takes center stage and
adds color and drama.

The horns surprisingly enough are from Italy
and the black candy jar she brought from Seattle
her home town.

I love the black tableware with its free form edges.
This is Italian ceramic ware.

We pick up the red tones again in her jade napkin
rings that came from the Far East.

The smoky glassware is also from Italy 
and has sleek modern lines.

What a treat to be able to raid her home and
put together this fun table that we
enjoyed at dinner.

Thanks Tonya.

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  1. looks like great fun!! anne

  2. What a cool table with all kinds of unique goodies Jacqueline! It truly does look like you had a wonderful visit:@)

  3. Yeah, this is beyond cool, it is gorgeous!! I love all the elements they chose to set this besutiful stage! The table is fabulous, so unique, it goes with all the eclectic setting. I can imagin the yummy Italian food you also had!! Thanks for sharing. Come over, I have a black and white "stage" for Father's Day, you're invited! Hugs, FABBY

  4. It's all very beautiful and I am in love with that massive! :D

  5. Such an amazingly eclectic and multicultural tablescape!!!
    And that table...I LOVE IT!@@!!!! It must have cost a fortune to have it shipped to Italy...but oh so worth it! I really enjoyed the convergence of the more modern clean-lined Italian pieces joining with the Asian influences!!! Just wonderful!!!!!

  6. Jacqueline, that is an amazing table. The tablescape with it's international flavor is a delight. Like you, I'm very fond of the freeform black dishes and the jade napkin rings. It's fun to pull together a table with the items in another's home. Great job. ~ sarah

  7. MY GOODNESS WHAT BEAUTY! The table is exquisite and I am sure the food was MAGNIFICENT! Bravo Jacqueline! Anita

  8. That is such an impressive table! It reminds me of an elephant, especially with those horns on the table. Very beautiful and exotic!

    I'm still waiting for shoes and purses :)

  9. What an amazing, dramatic table! The table itself is incredible, and the dishes and other elements matched it with contemporary flair. Thanks for sharing it!

  10. Jacqueline, You must have LOVED to eat at this one-of-a-kind table. You are right, it is magnificent! I love the thickness, lines, legs and shape! I just want to rub my hands over the smooth top.

    Your tablescape (and your friend's) is so exotic and is the perfect choice for this table. Love the black and gold and the great centerpiece.
    It is a table to remember!
    xo Yvonne

  11. How neat to put together a tablescape from someone else's treasures!

    - The Tablescaper

  12. What a beautiful table setting !!

  13. Bonjour Jacqueline!

    Thank you for coming to visit me last night and for your lovely comments. Yes, colors can really move you, can't they? I love the combination of my favorite color, AQUA with the lavender, which is my absolute favorite scent. It is in the small things in life that I am now beginning to take much joy in, like ENJOYING colors, textures and tastes that I never noticed before! My body is getting older, THAT'S FOR SURE, but my spirit just keeps getting younger. Teaching does that to ya!

    CIAO BELLA! Anita

  14. Great table! Looks like a handmade wood cutting board..Reminds me of Ann T and Bali and Julia:)

  15. It is gorgeous...I LOVE that table...
    That pork recipe in your previous post is definately going to be tried looks scrummy.

  16. Neat table! Love the napkin rings!

  17. I have never seen a table like that! Stunning!

  18. That massive table is gorgeous!

  19. Bonjour Jacqueline
    This table have a
    "Petit air d'Africa"
    I love everything
    Have a nice Week-end

  20. What a fabulous table Jackie! LOVE IT and all the details of the setting. I'm also "IN LOVE" with the lay of the floor! My very favorite pattern of herringbone! LOVE IT!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us!
    Hugs to you,

  21. This is out of the box beautiful...that amazing European flair for design. Thanks for sharing. Cherry Kay

  22. I love the horns and elephants -- that table is so over the top. Joni

  23. What a delightful experience Bologna has been for you. The table is incredible. Can you imagine shipping it? Crating must have been a real challenge.

  24. Wow, what an exotic and gorgeous table setting! Beautiful photos! :)


  25. Oh, my... shame on me, but I didn't know you were on this marvelous adventure in France and Italy! OMG!

    I spent at least 1 hour reading your posts and I'm dreaming with a trip like yours.

    My friend, I hope you have all the fun and have a very safe and blessed trip. I'm so happy for you!

    God bless you always,

    Luciane at


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