Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love Gone Wild ..... A Valentine Tablescape


Happy Valentine's Day


Do you have your hankie handy?
A love story that makes me SOL ...... that's Sob Out Loud .... sigh ......

I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the North, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up, near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.  ~ Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa


 

Enter Vera Neumann with her endless talent.
Vera created thousands of beautiful textiles, many of which were based
on her extensive travels around the world.  Many of them featured animals
she saw during her travels.

Red spotted giraffes and red striped zebras .....

The print on these vintage Vera napkins was the inspiration for a Valentine tablescape here on The Little Round Table, which in this case is actually a rectangular table. So, courtesy of inspiration by Vera and shopping my house, here is:

LOVE GONE WILD - PURE ANIMAL ATTRACTION





























Tablecloth - the flat sheet from a $7 Twin set. That's where the metamorphosis comes in, from sheet to tablecloth in the blink of an eye!
Napkins - eBay
Chargers, candle holders, napkin rings - Pier 1
Polka Dot Fiesta plates exclusive to HLCCA
Goblets - Home Goods
Vera Neumann resources:

Thanks so much for coming to visit!
Happy Valentine's Day

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34 comments:

  1. WOW!!! This is spectacular. I love how bold that you made everything on your tablescape. I know that this took a long time to set up, and that you worked very hard on this post. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Kathy

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  2. When can I move in?..Just to see how your creative brain works is worth a million. I can hardly wait to see what's next. Thanks for your hard work to inspire us all. Thanks
    http://twotulipstalking.blogspot.com/

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  3. Wonderful Candy! Out of Africa is one of my favorite movie and It's for the sheer joy of the all over romance that Explodes on the screen. Every element is Perfect! I LOVE the Safari British Colonial look...Your table draped with the sheet THEN topped with the two Straps gave it a TRUNK appeal. LOVE IT! Vera has a fantastic POP here. Love those napkins!
    Thank you for sharing...
    Happy Valentine's Day,
    Hugs, Donna

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  4. wow! This is something Miss Candy! I love your creativity!

    Mary

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  5. Hi Candy,
    your table is oh so lovely. I loved Tania Blixen's book "Qut of Africa" decades before the movie came out. I didn't knew that she used the pseudonym Isac Dinesen before. But it is truly a love story. And you catched the spirit of her life so wonderful, I just can hear the lions roaring in the bush. Mrs. Blixen would haved loved it, too.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  6. What a creative take on a Valentine's theme. Really like what you did with the side board. Thanks for brining your Valentines to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  7. Very imaginative! Out of Africa is one of my all time favorite romance movies! Happy SS!

    xo
    Jill

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  8. Candy, this just may be my favorite you've created, though you seem to be one who can always top the previous. Out of Africa is a favorite movie and you have set the mood perfectly. I may need to order it and watch tonight.
    Love each of the details and your photography is perfection. Each frame tells a story as if one is reading poetry. Thank you for continuing to create and share with all of us. ~ Sarah

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  9. Wow, your are really talented at table scaping! I love anything that includes burlap and it goes so well with the African theme! I also love the zebra stripes and the really cool vintage photos, everything looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing this on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. Mary :O)

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  10. Hi Candy.

    What an amazing tribute to a special movie! I recognize things I've seen on the little round table before, but they look so different in this unique setting. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  11. Your tablescape is beautiful! Lovely photos! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  12. Gorgeous tablescape...love the fabrics that you used. I also loved that movie! Happy Valentines Day

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is simply amazing, Candy! Now this has got to be the most inspiring thing I've seen in a long time... :)

    Oh, and how gorgeous is Meryl Streep in that movie?! She went to high school near our town, and I've always felt a special connection with her for that...

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  14. Wow, that is a great table setting. Love the animal printed fabric.

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  15. How awesome! Your photos are wonderful! WOW! ♥♥♥

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  16. You put in a lot of work to make that table look so delightful. Lots of colour.

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  17. AMAZING!! You are very creative and talented!!

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  18. This is by far the most original and truly fascinating Valentine's Day talbescape or any day....I love the movie and I love this table.

    You have incorporated myriad colors and textures reminiscent of Africa and the movie, all while bringing in romance and elegance.

    Truly splendid!

    Sublime!!!!

    Hugs,
    Lana

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  19. Love your blog. I am participating on Metamorphis Monday this week. Stop by for a look. Sheila @ junkandjewels.blogspot.com

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  20. WOW, your pictures look wonderful. Happy Valentine Day

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  21. Your metamorphosis is absolutely fabulous. I so hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

    Have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

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  22. Thank you all for your generous and sweet comments on this flight of fancy for Valentine's Day. I'm glad you all enjoyed just a taste of that British colonial look that I find so appealing.

    Happy Valentine's Day,
    Candy

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  23. Thanks Mama Z and SWD! It was fun to put together, but have no idea what I'll do with those zebra sheets! LOL

    Candy

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  24. Awesome -- so romantic -- I love, love, love the movie and your scapes.

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  25. I so love you style and the colors are so vibrant!
    thanks for playing along....
    hugs
    Beth

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  26. Oh this is woulderful, this is one of my favorite patterns. I have several items of clothing that matches your tablecloth.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

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  27. Thanks ladies, I am so pleased you enjoyed this little fantasy.

    Candy

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  28. Out of Africa is one of my all time favorite films, and Meryl Streep is amazing in anything! And the music for that film! John Barry composed for that film. He has done everything from James Bond to Peggy Sue Got Married. Ooo! Ooo! Getting out my iPod now! Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Andrea
    http://tablescapex3.blogspot.com

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  29. I didn't care for the film...but, oh, how I love this table!

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