Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Romancing the Home !


Hello everyone,
      It is a good day to stay indoors by the fire as a snow storm is coming our way so I am taking comfort in a romantic afternoon tea close by the fire. So, I have gathered together some of my favorite things-roses,pretty china,pearls, candles and a few heart shaped sugar cookies.

Nothing like a hot cup of tea in a pretty china teacup.

Take some quiet time to reflect on the beauty around you and maybe take a few minutes to record your grateful thoughts in a journal.


Help yourself to a sugar cookie.

Candles always add a romantic touch to a room.

I love the dantiness of this creamer.


I love this teapot my husband surprised me with on Valentines Day a few years ago.



Sit and linger awhile.
I am still enjoying my roses from last week-they are holding up well as I keep them in a cool room at night.
You know I love collages!
Somehow, all these little romantic touches have made my afternoon tea taste so much better-hope it worked for you too!

Today, I am joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch where there are so many beautiful tablescapes to see.

Thank you for visiting me today,

Carolyn

56 comments:

Pamela said...

Lovely photos Carolyn! I love the collages the best.
How exciting a snowstorm is on its way! I always loved a good snowstorm...but only when I was safely at home!
Pamela :)

Mari said...

JUST BEAUTIFUL AND SOOOO ROMANTIC AND PINK :)

XO~MARI

Pretty Pink Cherub said...

Such beautiful photos, seem like they should be coming right out of a magazine!!!!Thank you for such beautiful words and inspiration today!! Many hugs! Tammy

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

You take the BEST pictures Carolyn!!! I love your styling. You should work for a magazine darling!

Joyful said...

You do know how to create a romantic setting :-) Very nice.

On Crooked Creek said...

Carolyn,
I'm a hopeless romantic and your post swept me away to another day and time! Thank you for such an elegant visual get~away!
Fondly,
Pat

Sherry said...

That is just gorgeous Carolyn! I love that color of rose!
Sherry

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Oh Carolyn your photos are always so dreamy! I love the roses laying beside your tea cup...so romantic.

Blessings,

Abby

Denise said...

Say. I thought it was Valentine's Day for a moment! Everything is lovely. Sweet flowers on you tea service.

Such great photography too.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Dear Carolyn,

Your tea things are absolutely lovely. I'll have to say that pink & roses teapot and the lovely roses teacup with matching saucer...very beautiful and romantic looking ;) :) Thanks for letting me stop by for tea :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

food for thought said...

you do romance so well...

Sharing Shadymont said...

So very beautiful and elegant!

A Garden of Threads said...

Stunning photos Carolyn! Tea does taste better in a dainty cup. I have not written in a journal in a couple of years, maybe I should start again. Take care, Jen.

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

Oh, that is food for the soul. Your ingredients are all favorites of mine as well. Pretty china with roses, real roses, lace work, pearls... That's a mid-winter dream away from the bizarre reality outdoors.
How we all long for spring and some warmth; above all -- LIGHT!
Your beautiful blog did spark some light on my soul though...

Have a great day and stay warm!

Mariette's Back to Basics

Southerncook said...

Your Romantic Tea is just gorgeous as always. As I have said before, you are so inspiring.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Love your romantic tea Carolyn! So pretty and comforting to look at! I wish I was actually there!~Hugs, Patti

Debbie said...

Without a doubt, this is my favorite one this week. I love every single detail. The colors are so delicate.

Really, it's just beautiful! I was to replicate it in my bedroom.

CareyAnn said...

What lovely pictures. I would love a cup of tea now. The pinks are so beautiful as well as your roses. Great details. Looks like pictures from Romantic Country Magazine
Careyann

Alycia Nichols said...

So soft and pretty and feminine...it actually made me sit up a little straighter! :-)

Susan said...

Your photos could not possibly have been more breathtaking, Carolyn. I wish I were the publisher of Victoria Magazine. I would hire you every single issue! You capture the essence of beauty every single time. Susan

countrycottagegirl said...

Your pictures are so beautiful Carolyn! They inspire me to get out the china and have high tea with my girls!

Dining Delight said...

I feel relaxed and thankful just looking at your beautiful pics! That tea and cookies alongside the gorgeous setting is so inviting on this winter's day! Getting lots of snow here too. I recognize the little pink floral votive holder as one of those that were sold awhile back as a cancer fundraiser. (?correct) I have a few around here and you make yours look so pretty, I should get mine out.

DD

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh such sweet little roses on all that china! Love the teacup and saucer!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Apuni said...

So beautiful and romantic photos.

✿ Hélène Flont ✿ said...

Very nice and sweet photos!!! Pictures to soothe blooger's heart!
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Hélène GLEHEN said...

Very sweet and romantic dear Carolyn.

Like you, I buy roses in winter or they are offered. Although they have beautiful colors and shapes , I call them "laboratory roses" : they all have straight stems, no scent for the most and they are often thornless and unlike the Old and English roses they last long in vases.

Belle journée.

♥ Hélène Glehen ♥

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Hi Carolyn.. your post really make my day! as I love all your beautiful china here especially the Royal Albert teacups! and my fave of course the Pink teacup from ROyal albert Invitation series. The one and only teacup in that series that I don't have! *sigh* teehee.. anyhow, I really love your post! thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Gilda said...

From you is always so perfect that there is no need to add anything. Very romantic. The teapot is fantastic. A big hug from Italy
Gilda

Luncheons at the Junction said...

This is sooooo sweet. The colors so soft and that teapot! Lucky lady to receive such a gift. Enjoy.

Custom Comforts said...

What a beautiful post!!! Everything soft and romantic. You feel like you could step right into the room and be surrounded by the smell of roses and fresh-baked cookies. You'd never know you are in the thick of winter at your house. Just lovely!!!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Carolyn, your pictures are always so beautiful :) I always enjoy my visits with you!

Raffaella said...

Very romantic images...

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how lovely -- what a wonderful setting for journaling and tea. These pictures could be framed!!

suzeeez said...

Such beautiful shots Carolyn. You made me wish I was sitting by your fire with a hot cup of tea and a little heart cookie. :o) Sue

Donnie said...

What a sweet post. I love all the gentleness of the photos.

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your pictures are so pretty and romantic. Love them all, especially the winter snow you have gotten. Truly a magical scene. Have a great weekend.

Sandy

lory said...

lovely photos and beuatiful post...congratuations lory
www.ilfilodelcuorericami.com

Carol said...

Carolyn, Your table setting is very lovely and romantic. I imagine the words that might float out of a person in such a setting. What a sweet husband to give you a beautiful tea pot! I especially like how it pours pearls!! Have a wonderful day.

Entertaining Women said...

It did indeed my experience here quite nice. You've achieved a beautiful blend of gorgeous treasures. Thank you for sharing your charming design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Trets Welt said...

Alles sooo romantisch!Bussi.Luciene.

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Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Beautiful! Love the teapot!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Carolyn,
What a breath taking Teascape! the tea pot is stunning as is the teacup! Everything looks so beautiful and summer like that you would never know that you are bracing for a snow storm ! I hope you all weather the storm well!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Busy As Can Be said...

What a beautiful post!

KATHY said...

Hi Carolyn, tea time looks so beautiful!!Your teapot is gorgeous.

Kathy

Rita M said...

Everything is lovely Carolyn , and the sugar cookies, hmmm ... delicious

Stay warm - love & hugs
Rita

Moments of Grace said...

Carolyn,
I have just discovered your blog today and immediately became a follower. I have looked at each photo several times and am still taken aback by the beauty of your lovely home and your beautiful table settings.

I did go back and look at some of your older posts and loved them all. I especially enjoyed the year of tea parties photos. I actually found myself in tears because it was all just so beautiful.

I am originally from Ohio and your snow pictures thrilled me---I am a real snow lover and your photos were lovely.

Thank you for adding such beauty and grace to my day. I am more determined than ever to make my home one filled with beautiful moments.

In Grace,
Marie

Shirley said...

You should open a tea room..they would be lined up at the door..
Love every picture..

Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful, romantic, relaxing, calming, peaceful and PINK! Love your post!

Marlis said...

Absolutely beautiful table. I love the dishes and the whole feeling you captured so well. It's beautiful.

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Romance is alive and well!
All of your photos are stunning, and what a delight it has been to visit with you!

Stop by and I'll put a pot on...and bring out some of my favorite tea cups!

Ciao Bella!
Creative Carmelina

tales from an oc cottage said...

I MUST say...you do own some of the pretties treasures in North America!!!

m ^..^

Tess said...

Oh my goodness...this is EXQUISITE!!! The china, roses, sweet treats, everything! Thank you for sharing!

Miss Char said...

What a beautiful sweet arrangement. Thanks so much for sharing.

AshTreeCottage said...

I always love coming to visit you ~ your pics are so lovely. What a beautiful christening dress and the ballet slippers filled baby's breath are precious! Love the dollhouse too. I just received a dollhouse kit for Christmas. Come see it after I put it together!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carolyn...

I have been doing a little catching up over here at your place, my friend! Just had to leave you a note on this beautiful and sweet post! Ohh my...a romantic tea is right!!! I just adore your beautiful pink rose teapot and pretty teacup...and all those gorgeous soft pink roses!!! My friend, you are such a creative and talented lady...these photos should be in Romantic Home of Victoria magazine...they are absolutely fabulous!!! Thank you so much for sharing all of your pretties with us! I love coming to your place!!!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design