Fireside Dining in the Library with Spode Woodland

Welcome to the 27th Tablescape Thursday!

When I came across this room in a magazine, the thing that really caught my eye stopping me dead in my tracks, was the gorgeous tablecloth. It was just so over-the-top and impractical, which of course, was exactly why I loved it! I started pricing lace tablecloths online and quickly realized I would not be buying one any time soon–some were over $1,000!

A few weeks ago, when I visited my sister, Glenda, she offered me a pretty spread she had bought for her bed but had decided to not use.

Won’t you join me for an intimate dinner for two in the library. Okay, it’s the living room but for this evening, it’s the library.  This side is “library like”…so dream along with me. I’ve always thought the perfect dining room would be lined with shelves of old, musty, leather bound books and of course a crackling, hot fire.

Family Room with Hunt Nature Themed Judges Paneling


So here’s our fire…and how do you like our “lace” tablecloth. Notice how it sprawls across the floor like the inspiration photo.


This room has a bit of a doggie theme.


Make a Doggie Lamp


So, I’ve carried this theme right onto our table…


Spode, Woodland seemed the perfect china for our evening in our cozy, hunt themed library…


The salad plate…


And the dinner plate…


We’ll sip our wine from crimson glasses, in front of a glowing, hot fire…


Of course, there must be candlelight.


In the library we’re surrounded by incredible tales and beautifully written stories…

As we create our own story…


A perfect evening for a cozy dinner.



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  1. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Susan, This tablescape was beautiful and very creative. I love those dishes. They are perfect for your theme. You never cease to amaze me.
    Hugs, Terrie

  2. Susan! I love this cozy romantic table in front of your fireplace. The lace is fabulous and I love the woodland theme. Love all your accessories. The dishes are very special. Thanks again for hosting this fun blog carnival. I look forward to it every week!

  3. Beautiful…. love that round table with the pretty crocheted tablecloth! I don’t see your “Mr. Linky”, but my post is up! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks you Susan!


  4. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    STUNNING, SS, as always, but even MORE so I think because I sooo love the thought of dining amongst often-read & lovingly-used books, and all things pertaining to "that wonderful escape"! And, Woodland IS one of my FAVS~~~ Simply beautiful in every way, and soooo charmingly written!! Many thanks, once again! Love, Linda

  5. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    (P.S. Tablescape day is my FAV of all to see ~ can't wait to go to the other sites, WHEN they're UP & running, that is!!! XOXO)~~~

  6. Oh Susan…it’s beautiful…looks straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalog…love the dog painting…Sue.

  7. Kathleen Ellis says

    What a wonderfully cozy and romantic fireside dinner! The “lace” tablecloth is beautiful…and you truly captured the feeling from your inspiration room!
    Beautiful! Will you be dining in the library more often now?!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. prof en retraite says

    Oh Susan! This is just gorgeous! How sweet of Glenda to give you the spread and how clever of you to use it as an elegant tablecloth! I love the glow of the red in the firelight! Just beautiful!!!…hugs…Debbie

  9. Janie's World says

    So very beautiful! Delicate, indulgent (in a good way) and romantic. I love your theme. Dogs are man’s best friend, what better way to spend an evening than in a representation of their loving presence!

  10. I used to have that bedspread πŸ™‚

    This is my first time participating… I’m hoping to make it a weekly tradition. My kids love having a theme dinner/tablescape. They are already giving me suggestions based on the costumes they wanna wear. Yeah, we’re weird like that!

  11. This is STUNNING!! I love the warmth and intimacy you’ve created here…and the red touches make it look “Ooooh la la Glam”! Beautiful! L~

  12. Beautiful (as always), creative and so romantic. What could possibly be better than fine dining among fine books? What a perfect setting. Kathy

  13. Just gorgeous. The lace in the library is so unexpected and so perfect. Your tablesetting is just so beautiful. What a beautiful romantic setting. Hugs, Marty

  14. Hi Susan! I’m so thrilled to be finally taking part in Tablescape Thursday this week for the first time! I love your table set for two in the *library*, it looks so cozy and inviting, and yes, the Spode Woodland china is gorgeous in this setting. The lace spread is very reminiscent of your inspiration photo…how clever! Your doggie accents are so sweet, and as I’ve mentioned a while back when you featured the crimson Waterford glasses, I absolutely LOVE them! Your tablescaping talents are second to none. πŸ™‚

  15. So charming, Susan! You have my doggies! How did they get to your house and on your table? lol I love everything about it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

  16. You are amazing. You never run out of creativity and it translates to perfection. You have inspired me to step out of my comfort box and explore my creativity beyond the box. I am still on the edge, but I am looking forward to each step. Thanks for sharing, Maryrose

  17. Oh, that IS beautiful! I love the china and stems..just wonderful…a real treat!

  18. carolinajewel says

    Beautiful Susan! I have some Woodland Spode also. It’s DH’s favorite. The spread makes a fabulous table covering. πŸ˜€ Jewel

  19. Sigh! Susan,that is what I did when I saw the lovely setting.the warm glow of the candlelight and the fire just glowed on the dishes and glassware. I love this room in your home and I agree it is a perfect place to dine. I am so glad you set your table in there and shared it with us. Hugs,Kathysue

  20. So gorgeous! Everything is so pretty! The crocheted spread is beautiful and so are the plates, they all go so well with the hunt theme and the wall paneling…Christine

  21. Susan,
    You've outdone yourself this time! It's fabulous! Of course I was hooked when I saw the first dog figurine! I'm still drooling over the cocker lamp! Where do you find them???

    BTW, I've run across your nuthatch, etc dishes in Marshall's & Home Goods. Let me know if you need more….


  22. Good things come to those who wait! Love how you turned Glenda’s coverlet into a dream lace table cover. You are one creative lady. Don’t you love to think outside the box?
    Dinner looks wonderful… so cozy!

  23. Ok, Susan, once again you inspire me. I love your post and how the stpry unfolds. Mine is just a table. Next week, I promise I am beefing things up! Of course I dont have all the nice dishes you have, so I am at a disadvantage, but I am going to work with what I have. You amaze me! I get such inspiration from you!

  24. Susan… This was such a cozy romantic dinner… I loved your idea of a dinner for two and the table was perfect…and the lace tablecolth was just beautiful


  25. This is exactly where I want to be on this cold, cold night. It’s gorgeous, Susan!

  26. Fabulous tablescape. i am going to try this — although I don’t think I’ll be very good at it!

    Especially love the Staffordshire dog statues; I have two of the real living, breathing, barking Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and they are quite flattered that you included them in your lovely vignette.

    Best, Cass

  27. Omah's Helping Hands says

    What a lovely, creative idea. So enjoyed our dinner for two. Elegant and cozy all in one, along with an adventure in reading. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. Thank you for another enjoyable view.

  28. jerseygirl211 says


    I only wish I could take pictures of my tablescape as fantastic as yours.
    Your table looks beautiful, I’ve done the same thing with some of my crocheted spreads, they make great tablecloths.


  29. Lady Katherine says

    I felt the peaceful cozy romantic touch with this lovely make over tablecloth. The velvet chairs added the perfect touch to the table. Oh and the fire…. The place to be for a lovely dinner with your hubby. The china fit like a glove to the atmosphere you have created in this lovely room.

  30. Susan, that is just a perfect table, everything coordinates so well with your theme! The lighting is amazing, you have thought of every detail.

  31. Donna@designson47thstreet says

    Such a beautiful setting, Susan. I am always in awe of your creativity. Love your tablecloth, the dogs and you know I love those dishes!

    I’m excited to be participating in TT this week. I hope you’ll stop by and see me.


  32. It looks much better on your table than it did on my bed. So glad you were able to find such a beautiful use for the covering, whether for a table or a bed.

    I really like the china and the crimson stemware. The reflections from the fireplace is gorgeous and I’m sure the heat was welcome on what was probably a chilly evening.

  33. Very sweet and fits the room perfectly. I love the lace tablecloth.

  34. Son of a gun Susan…You did it again. WOW
    Happy TT
    Love Claudie

  35. So beautiful! I haven’t finished my post yet, so I’ll just comment and salivate for now… I love that bed spread! Those doggies are just so darn cute!

    Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

  36. once in a blue moon... says

    oh what a beautiful story, loved every pic and nuance… you are living the good life indeed~ fab pics!

  37. Kathy's Red Door Welcome says

    The rich wonderful colors and fire burning beakon you to a romantic dinner. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

  38. Hi Susan! What a beautiful table you have set! I love the fire in the background. Your plates are so pretty and I love the napkin rings with the little birds on them!

    You have such a way with decorating! Thanks for letting me come by!


  39. Maya@Completely-Coastal says

    And before you knew…, your dream had become true! Wonderful how a nice lace spread just made it’s way to you. What a wonderful ambiance.

  40. Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey says

    Hi Susan, Love your cozy little table. I have a spread similar to yours and I put it on the back of my couch as a throw.

  41. GORGEOUS!!! FABULOUS!!!! Absolutely breathtaking!!!

  42. What a romantic table setting. I would love eating in front of the fire.

  43. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, this is fabulous! Should be in a magazine. In front of the fireplace in your lovely room is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner with a gorgeous, flowing tablecloth. And your story just makes it even more special. laurie

  44. Beautiful table and I love the story.

  45. Wow! That is just beautiful.

  46. SUSAN! I GOOFED!! Can you remove me from #49? It’s the wrong tablescape!! #50 is the right one!
    Sorry for the inconvience! πŸ™

    Love your tablescape! I was inspired to do a ‘fireside’ dinner, too!!
    Thanks again for hosting this!!

  47. Susan, I just love how you think! The lace tablecloth…..just beautiful. And dining in the library…so romantic….especially with the fireplace. And I am just absolutely going to have to get my hands on some of those dishes! πŸ™‚

  48. Those dishes are stunning! Your table would be perfect for my dinner tonight. It’s a cold day with a big snow storm expected. Nothing would be nicer than having dinner at your cozy table beside a flicering fire.

  49. Absolutely beautiful! The room is so warm and cozy feeling, perfect place for your intimate dinner. And all the special touches are great.
    Happy Thursday, Candy

  50. Styling by Coty Farquhar, Australia says

    Hi Susan,

    You really have a very glamorous table setting this week, very beautiful. I actually have a set of the the same phesant dinner plates, I have had them for years and I bought them when I worked at Vogue Entertaining Guide Magazine many years ago.

    My post this week is really quite different, very rustic and Australian, using simple Aussie country style objects for outdoor entertaining.

    I have also been photographing today a very glamorous tea party, I plan to have it ready for next week.

    Have a fun day,
    xxx Coty Farquhar

  51. Southern Lady says

    Absolutely exquisite, as always, Susan. Your “library” tablescape is the epitome of what southern hospitality is all about. Thank you for taking the time to host our “Tablescape Thursdays.”



  52. I love that look in the “library”. So warm, but rich. Love the dogs – remind me of our cocker spaniel. By the way, I saw a picture of Ina Garten’s dining room in a magazine and it is like a library – bookshelves and books….and she spreads stuff all over the table and uses it. Very nice! Linda

  53. Another winning tablescape to delight the senses Susan! I’ll just bet we’ll be seeing that gorgeous lace coverlet again in the future…at least, I hope so!
    πŸ˜‰ Bo

  54. Terri and Bob says

    Very beautiful and cozy… just what is needed in February!

  55. I’ll be you were all over that spread, and I figure we’ll see it again. Beautiful.

  56. Wonderful table, Susan! So warm, inviting, and cozy. Perfect for a cold winter night with our DH. Wonderful idea with the bedspread!! It makes the tablescape, for sure. Loved everything–as usual!


  57. Great theme.I loved it all,especially the velvet chairs.How DO you come up with these ideas?I loved the spread Glenda gave you.She’s such a doll..Ann

  58. Thursday is my favorite day of the week! Love the little cozy table. Those red velvet(?) chairs are perfect w/ it. And great job getting a “deal” on that tablecloth. Sure beats paying a gazillion dollars! I always love that red Waterford, and your dog lamps are adorable.

  59. I just loved the library theme. Your description was exquisite! Loved the red Waterford goblets and the dishes. Thanks for letting us play along. I really enjoy these tablescapes; it allows me to use all of the pretty things that I’ve had for years. I hope to join you one of these weeks.

  60. Hi, Susan
    I love your blog and your pictures of tablescapes are just gorgeous. I would love to participate in Tablescape Thursday, but have not been able to figure out how to add your logo to my sidebar and I don’t know how to do the Mr. Linky thingy. I printed out your instructions, but I’m not very computer “literate”. Maybe you could give me some pointers and I can try again next week. Thank you for your help, and thank you for helping bring a little more beauty to life.
    πŸ™‚ Brenda

  61. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    I didn’t get a scape ready for this week. We are back home, from the lake, and I hope to get a couple ready and schedule a post or two!

    Now….I just have to say, I absolutely love love love this setting. It takes my breath away!

    Everytime I see your double bonnet secretary, it makes me want to e-mail Richard Cottrell, see if he still has the one at his shop and ask if he does lay away. What would I do with it? Where would I put it? I don’t know, I just love it!

    Great post!

  62. "Blossom" AKS Anita says

    I fell right into your story of this library dinner for two. The table dressing that your sister gave you is perfect…………
    You certaily created the perfect tablescape and include a theme for the party of two with the birds.
    Another great tablescape as usual from you Susan. Oh, no need to answer me on the question of the delayed posting; Helen was so kind to read my question to you on your site and she helped me and thanks to Helen.

  63. Breathtaking!


  64. I have tablecloth envy!

  65. Susan …. I SOOOOOO love visiting you … may I pull up a chair and join you for coffee? And brandy?

  66. Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 says

    Susan, your table is beautiful! How romantic! Thank you so much for trying to help me on that question about social security and assisted living for my mom! God Bless you today! Lauralu

  67. ~CC Catherine says

    Hi Susan! The tablescape in the Den is perfect! And, how creative to use the crocheted linen bed covering instead as your draped cloth trailing, I love it! The dog theme was perfect, and especially the little one holding the posies! I hope you get to visit my “Nostalgic Tea Tablescape” today… It totally took on a different turn than I’d imagined. I didn’t write it in my post., but what made the experience so rewarding was knowing the man I spoke about is in the early stages of Alzheimers. You’ll have to grab a tissue and go check it out… See you next Monday! Very excited about our GA luncheon! ~CC Catherine from “Catherine de th`e Cups”

  68. kari and kijsa says

    What beautiful inspiration! love the dishes!
    kari & kijsa

  69. Another beautiful post. Those dishes are wonderful.


  70. I wondered why I was getting all these hits on an old post, and then I discovered I had entered the wrong link. I guess everyone wondered why it had nothing to do with Tablescapes (LOL!!)

  71. The lace worked just perfect! Love the tablescape! It was so cozy. I have a wonderful handmade crochet tablecloth my husbands grandmother made us. I need to pull it out & use it sometime for a tablescape. Thank you for sharing your dinner in the library!

  72. How cozy, food by the fire. Those napkin rings are really a hit with me. Love, love, love. Peggy from PA

  73. Wonderfully romantic, love the room and the setting Susan!!
    The English in me loves dog hunt themed rooms!
    I can hear the words of Whitman, Twain, Dickenson and more in this room.
    Lovely, hope you had a nice dinner there!
    Linda Q

  74. LdyDy Loves Cake says

    Hi Susan…I truly enjoyed your tablescape and the beautiful library setting. Very warm and welcoming.The lace looked beautiful with your Spode Woodland china. Your little doggie is too cute. You did the magazine inspiration picture proud! Huggy Hugs!

  75. Kathy's Red Door Welcome says

    I am such a dufus. I am so sorry but I entered the wrong thing for the third time on Mr.Linky. 71. is the correct link, but I’ve messed it up so badly, I just don’t know what to do anymore. I apologize. Kathy p.s. I think I’ll just go back to bed.

  76. Susan, just beautiful….your detail to detail is amazing.


  77. There is nothing more romantic than a dinner for 2 in front of a roaring fire….well, unkess, for me, it is set up on a beach:):) But since it is cold outside I am loving the fire, plates, dishes, crystal, and the spread/tablecloth is GENIUS!!!! Can’t wait to see what others have come up with too! TTYL, hugs, Pinky

  78. Cottage Rose says

    Hello Susan; Oh My Gosh! I just love your table setting. How elegant looking is the table cloth. Love the dishes. well I guess I love every thing. lol How romantic.


  79. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Oh Susan, I just love your china. This is too funny you have got to stop over and see mine! It is Spode too and you will notice a resemblance. The edge pattern is the same and I guess we both love it! The centers of your dishes are sooo pretty and Lace. . I love it too.
    What a score with that bedspread!
    Very lush.
    I have wanted to join you for your Tablescape Thursday. I’m so glad it worked out today.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  80. When you have time, please come read a story I posted about my husband and keep him in your prayers.

    Beautiful romantic dinner!! Love the Waterford!!!

  81. Such a wonderful tablescape, Susan! The fire is so warm and inviting, the room's dog & hunt theme perfect, and the crystal & china stunning. I hope that in real life you and your hubby took advantage of this romantic set up for your evening dinner date!

    Looking forward to participating in this Monday's Meta event!

    Victoria @ DesignTies

  82. Chloe's Couture says

    Ok, so I am addicted to your blog! Not only do you have amazing photos, and great ideas, this Met Monday is so awesome! I could sit here for hours just going from blog to blog! I want to enter next week!!! Also, I love that RED DOOR! I told another blogger that I am inspired by these red doors that I keep seeing!! How to convince the hubby is the hardest job!!!

  83. Kim Chalfant says

    Fabulous!!! I love how you tell a story with your post. I was totally drawn in & was waiting for Rhett Butler to escort me to the table. Thanks for the fantasy!

  84. Charli and me says

    How lovely. Everything is just beautiful! You have a knack for putting everything together just right.

  85. Running late this week visiting blogs….again…and I finally visited all the blogs (took me a few hours)…I think I’ll sit and rest a spell…perhaps we could go out on the infamous porch and have an after dinner drink or two (or more, LOL)
    Hope you had a great Tablescape Thursday…Thanks for hosting this fun event.. I learn something new (ideas,etc) every week!

  86. Table for two. Me and Jean-Claude

  87. I know in an much earlier posted comment, I had suggested that a curtain panel makes for a beautiful tablecloth but your Bedspread is sublime and just perfect.

    Noticed your Hurricane Lamp. I also have one the same which I’ve had for a number of years. It’s one of my favourite accessories.

  88. Miss Janice says

    Susan, the china and crystal is just lovely and bless your sister for giving you this cloth! This is such a lovely setting! Thanks for hosting the tablescape event for all of us to see such awesome settings:-)

  89. Tamara Jansen says

    That looks sooooo cozy! What are you serving? Port? Wine dipped cigars? I love it.

  90. The Muse says

    Excellent design eye…
    as a matter of fact, EXCEPTIONAL!

  91. TattingChic says

    Oh, I’m so honored that you invited me in to the “library” to “sup” with you!

    What a lovely tablescape! Loved it! πŸ™‚

  92. Oops, almost forgot Mr. Linky! I would love to spend even one hour in your oh-so-lovely home!

  93. You outdid yourself, Susan! Your library is so cozy and inviting. I especially love your linens and how you draped them so elegantly. And your selection of china is just perfect! Thank you for sharing!

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