Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Elegant Adieu to Summer

Oh, to see the sun, fun, and warmth
of summer leave is just too sad for me
and we have had the coldest, rainiest 
August, so it just seems too soon.

So in honor of the last week of summer,
and since we ran off to St.George where
it is much warmer, I am creating this
Adieu to Summer

It was fun to just "shop around" the
condo to put together this tablescape.

I love the weathered wood table for
this.  It reminds me of driftwood and
makes a perfect base for this
end of summer table.

The dark aquamarine chargers
and glassware give the beauty of
the summer ocean to the table.

I started with these plates that
are bordered with dimensional shells.
I purchased these almost 20 years ago
from Spiegel, back when they had the
most beautiful home goods.

The shell border dinner plates are topped 
with a more recent purchase, these star fish
salad plates from Home Goods.

The stack is finished with these shell
bowls which were also purchased at
the same time from Spiegel.

Their off white color sets off the
aquamarine perfectly, like the shells are
floating on the beautiful ocean water.

I used the only flatware I have 
down here in St. George.

A cream napkin is tied off with
this rope like napkin ring.  I can almost
hear the waves.

Cream and silver placemats
go nicely with everything.

A little fish will be perfect for a
roll and a pat of butter.

I love the punch of aqua in the
room with all of the soft neutrals.

Aqua glasses that I purchased a few years
ago from Tai Pan match the candleholders
from Z Gallerie.

I love the simplicity of the five
candleholders for an elegant

Hopefully warm weather will return,
but summer is officially done.
It always goes too fast for me.

Hope you enjoyed your summer!

Thank you for visiting
Purple Chocolat Home.

No, I never finished posting our
remodel of our St. George condo,
but I promise I will finish taking
photos while I am down here and
get that done!

I will be posting with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. This is such a beautiful tablescape, Jacqueline! Love the pretty aqua. You always have such beautiful dinnerware and glassware!

  2. Oh my, this table for the Summer farewell is stunning!
    The color combo of white and turquoise is so by the sea Summer time. You did a wonderful. I love the blue tone glasses!

  3. The colors are beautiful Jacqueline! Happy Labor Day-enjoy:@)

  4. Jacqueline!

    This is GORGEOUS! Where do I start? Maybe that luscious color! You socked this straight out of the ballpark. It is a definite home run. And those goblets! SWOON.

    I am so happy to see you. It has been a while, but I thought the end of the old and start of the new season would be a good time to get my feet wet. :-). And it is always a joy to see your lovely tablescapes.

    Love to you and yours...


    Sheila :-)

  5. Just stunning, dear heart.
    I love every single thing on your table..I love your table itself..
    You and your namesake are both adorable. Love that sidebar photo.:)
    Yes, aqua, turquoise is THE color this summer. I am using it in small doses and love it. I guess I'll put it away for the winter and bring out my reds to warm things up. Right now, here in West Texas, tho, we are still in high 90's most days so I am not NEAR ready for fall and wintertime.

  6. Absolutely lovely---so serene and inviting. The picture for me is the view of the plate, with the candle-goblets reflected like jewels in the spoons.

    We're having our own little FROZEN birthday party this weekend, with a lot of pointers from YOU, dear one. Nothing so wonderful and elaborate, but our Birthday Girl is coming tomorrow to help cut out snowflakes and fold the menu cards. She's SO excited to be working on her party herself, as she has in little ways since she was a baby.

    Thank you for all the wonderful hints and pictures and the charm of it all.


  7. Love the classy tablescape, with the gorgeous Aqua accents. Its stunning!

  8. The colors and textures on your table are so pretty. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  9. I remember Spiegel's what a flashback! You've chosen the perfect color palette to create a seaside, lazy days of summer ambience.

  10. I agree the driftwood table makes the perfect base for the end of summer table. Your aquamarine chargers are a great reminder of the beach and the white dishes with shells couldn't be better. Can't believe you bought them 20 years ago. They look brand new.How neat your glasses and candleholders match so well.

    Great salute to summer. Your condo is lovely.

  11. An elegant,beautiful table! You have chosen the perfect colors for a seaside dinner.Romantic too!
    Blessings My Friend,

  12. Glad you are enjoying the end of summer with a beach theme! The white china in the shape of shells is so perfect for this tablescape. The touch of turquoise glassware is a great accent. I also am posting a seaside theme for the end of summer!

    Thanks for sharing,

  13. Beautiful! I'm so coveting all of your aqua elements...

  14. Be still my beating heart!! This tablescape is exquisite! I loved the way your explained your creation of it and your elements are perfect for a summer scape. The aqua elements are PERFECT and your dish stack is absolutely lovely. I remember ordering from the Spiegel Catalogue. Is that the same store? Thank you for much for sharing this table. You have outdone yourself. Bravo!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  15. You set the most elegant tables, Jacqueline, and they never fail to awe me. I love the turquoise glassware and yes, the simplicity of the centerpiece is just so gorgeous. I'll bet it is beautiful at night. Happy Labor Day to you.

  16. What beautiful dishes you got from Spiegel. I always loved when the catalog would arrive in the mail. The turquoise glassware is lovely too. I hope you get a blast of summer weather before fall weather arrives.

  17. The turquoise and white is so striking, and the rustic table is perfect with it! You always have such gorgeous table settings!

    Nice picture of you in the white dress!

    Have a safe holiday!


  18. Gorgeous setting as usual Jackie. Love the aqua. I know it is one of your favs. The dishes are fabulous. You really know how to set a gorgeous table. Enjoy your weekend. xo

  19. Z Galerie has the most wonderful pieces for creating tables, and you have used yours surprise there! It's hard to think about summer leaving so I'm not going to!

  20. Beautiful,beautiful, beautiful, Jacqueline! The china is so pretty. I especially like the shell bowls.
    Enjoy the holiday weekend.

  21. Jacqueline, your nautical tablescape is absolutely gorgeous.

    You have a beautiful dining room!

    Enjoy a fun safe holiday weekend.

  22. Oh, so pretty! Love the aqua and your glassware. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for your visit.


  23. Jacqueline as usual your table is stunning that aqua color looks perfect on the table. Have fun in St George I'll be thinking of you while I am at work in San Diego.Susie

  24. The beautiful aqua glassware and those gorgeous white plates offer a cooling nod to the end of summer. Another fabulous table from Jacqueline!

  25. I am in such awe right now, what a gorgeous table and dining room!

    Just stunning....I love it.

  26. Elegant, indeed! Love it all, so summery, just like the weather is here, at least for a few more weeks!
    Those glasses are fabulous!
    Thanks for taking the challenge!


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