Painting a Tablescape

Welcome to the 72nd Tablescape Thursday!

How was your Memorial Day weekend? We were furloughed on Friday and have Monday off for the holiday, so I’m relishing my 4 day weekend.

Metamorphosis Monday:

A few weeks ago, I posted this tablescape for TT. Here’s the Before:

And here is the After once our talented Fifi worked her magic. Fifi took this romantic setting and with her amazing, creative talent, turned it into a lovely work of art. Check out Fifi’s site for more wonderful paintings or to commission your very own.

Looking forward to seeing your Before and After! Please link up to MM at the bottom of this post.


If you are participating in Metamorphosis Monday: Please be sure to add your permalink below, and not your general blog address. To get your permalink, click on your post name, then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top, into the “url” box for the picture linky. You’ll also need to put your e-mail address in, but don’t worry, it will not be visible to anyone.

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Please include a link in your MM post back to the host blog, Between Naps on the Porch. Why is this important? When you include a link back to BNOTP, it ensures your regular readers/visitors will find the other awesome “Before and Afters” linked for this Metamorphosis Monday. If everyone links back, this maximizes the opportunity for visits for all who participate.
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  1. Red Door Home says

    Your tablescapes are always so incredible. Thanks for listing them all for us to enjoy. Thanks for hosting.

  2. says

    Oh how fun to go through all of your tablescapes! This is wonderful reading/browsing! Also love the drawing of your tablescape. so cute!!


  3. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! Wow! Fifi did a fabulous job of recreating your tablescape…so pretty! And that's a great tool you have there for viewing past tablescapes! That mush have been really time consuming…thanks! I hope you are having a great weekend…hugs…Debbie

  4. Yoga Gal says

    Susan, I love the quick links to the tablescapes, thank you!

    I wanted to let you know that I am working on linking back "Little Girl Room" to here. I am having a problem with Windows Writer, but as soon as I straighten it out, I will link. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

  5. Fifi makes things look magical! I just got one of Fifi's cards from Penny at the Comforts of Home and immediately I knew it was Penny's, but with a new French look.

    The tablescape thumbnails are fabulous!

  6. amariaf2000 says

    I love FiFi's work! I have a couple of pictures of hers and just love them!

    ~angela @ peonypatch

  7. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

  8. That is a great idea. Everyone loves looking at your tablescapes. Anything you can do to make them easier to ogle is a good thing.
    Please don't ever make us choose a favorite because it wouldn't be possible.

  9. That is a great idea. Everyone loves looking at your tablescapes. Anything you can do to make them easier to ogle is a good thing.
    Please don't ever make us choose a favorite because it wouldn't be possible.

  10. Hi Susan! Oh, our fifi is so good! I love how she's captured your little seating here!
    Now this post of yours is exactly why you are the Queen of Tablescaping! Every single one is a work of art! You are really gifted at this and you have the eye for every detail! You are amazing, sweet friend!
    Be a sweetie and enjoy your weekend,
    Shelia 😉

  11. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Thanks soooo much for putting all these beautiful tablescapes in one place…I always luv seeing what you have done:)


  12. Fifi's rendering of your tablescape is so pretty! What a special momento to have of your blog. It was fun being able to see all of your past tablescapes at once. What a great idea! Have a great holiday.

  13. Susan, I love that painting of your tablescape. What a great piece of art to use.

  14. Fifi's picture was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing the picture and her art!

    The tablescapes…I am always challenged so I truly enjoy and appreciate what you are able to create!

  15. Susan, Fifi's work is always delightful. How much fun to have her paint one of your tablescapes. Very appropriate! And what a fabulous idea to link to all the TT post with the thumbnail. Technology is forever improving. I think I've visited most of your TT but this will make it easy to return to specific ones in an instant. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. Glad you got to have some fun during your extended weekend! ~ Sarah

  16. Peg @ Bloomfield Farm says

    Don't you just cringe when someone leaves a comment and you can tell they didn't READ your post! I must admit it really "bugs" me when someone says how much they like something in my "before" pictures, because HEY! I just got rid of all that!

    Your blog is getting spiffier every day! Great job!!!

  17. Susan,
    Thanks for taking time to do this. We appreciate it.
    Fifi did a great job on your little tablescape!


  18. You said you wondered how many people actually read your MM posts. I do! I enjoy reading them! Thanks for hosting.

  19. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Oh how fun to have that lovely painting of your lovely tablescape. Fifi did a fabulous job with it. And how nice to be able to find one of your wonderful tablescapes so easily. laurie

  20. Sailing Simply says

    This is wonderful…I am going to enjoy looking at these for some time. I was reading and thinkin I am going to have to copy a link to keep so I can easily find this post again and again. But I don't have to because you've already done that for us too. Thanks so much!

  21. scribbler-unfocused says

    You must never sleep! How great is your new organization idea for the tablescapes!


  22. Lana K. W. Austin says

    Ooooh…God bless you for taking the time to do a retrospective and having links to all your tablescapes!!!


    Oh, and I love that you incorporated a little Lord Byron into your blog, too!!!

    You know I'm a poetry fanatic!!

    Many blessings to you,
    Lana in Huntsville, AL

  23. The Fresh As A Daisy and Day At The Beach tablescapes look so fun. I can't wait to check more of them out. Thanks for always hosting a fun party.

  24. Rosie@Journey to Charm says

    That is great that you've set up all your tablescapes for easy viewing. I love this party. Thanks for hosting.

  25. Thanks for the party. You tablescapes are so amazing. You've opened up a whole new creative world to me, thank you.

  26. Fifi's rendition of your table is beautiful. Hope you get one to frame!!!! Thanks so much for creating this wonderful link so we can all just pop right over to one of your tables!!!!Have a great Memorail day! Thank you to all out soldiers, past and present! XO, Pinky

  27. The Shiny Pebble says

    Hi Susan,

    Your tablescapes are so gorgeous! I wish I had known you before the designer challenge started so i could have convinced you to do one tablescape inspired by each of the designs for my dining room. 🙂

    I will be having a finale party on June 16th and would love for you to join in. The theme of the link party is "Designer Challenge Finale Party" so all of the desingers and a few friends will be linking in with ideas for parties… what to wear, what to drink, serve, hostess gifts… you know the drill.

    Wouldn't it be awesome if your link was a tablescape for the occasion?! I'd die.

    Hugs and Kisses

  28. SmilingSally says

    Fifi is a special talent! Have a great day, Susan.

  29. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    How wonderful to be able to view your tablescapes again — always so perfectly set. Love Fifi's painting of your pretty table too.

  30. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) says

    Very cool! Wow, I bet that was a lot of work! I really think you should publish a book on creative tablescapes.

    I finally finished the deck It's linked up to today's Met Monday. Thanks for hosting!

    Happy Memorial Day!


  31. Very cool how she did that!~ Hope you are enjoying your Memorial day. Susan, I love participating in your weekly meme party when I have something to share. I would love a visit from you sometime…I have never seen you over at my blog…and I know it is difficult to get to all…but with participating for a couple of months now, I would love a quick visit from one of the most awesome blogs around.

  32. Mama Zen says

    I love Fifi's picture!

  33. I absolutely love your tablescapes ! When I was a young bride, we did lots of entertaining and I loved fixing the table with different sets of China, centerpieces and favors for my guests. It's a lost art and I so enjoy the obvious pleasure you get from your home and your entertaining !

    Thank you for stopping by Lavender Hill and your sweet comments !


  34. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend, Susan! I was happy with a three-day weekend; four days off is positively decadent! Thank you for taking time to make your wonderful tablescapes so easy to access. I think I've finally seen them all, but perhaps I should look at them one-by-one … just to be certain. I'm inspired by them all!

    Fifi's painting is fun! It really captures the romantic feeling of your beautiful setting.

    Hope your week goes well.

    Bye for now,

  35. ImagineCozy says

    Fifi's art definatly captures the feel of a space and she does it so uniquely!

    Loved your piece! And thank you for hosting.

  36. Loving all of your table scapes. Maybe one day I will finish our dining room and actually make some scapes of my own to share!

  37. nannykim says

    Ha! Great idea to enable your readers to visit your old Tablescape posts easily. The pic by Fifi is delightful!

  38. Shugee @ Blue Heron Cottage says

    Susan, I love this post. The art is so beyond charming. Her talent is spectacular. It's one of the top three posts of yours, for me, and that says a lot because you have done some incredible memorable posts. Also, the linky thing for your tablescapes, I love that a lot, also. I've been thinking about you a lot lately and how many of us you have probably spurred on to stop thinking about doing things we've always wanted to do and just do them! Thanks for always being here, I know you are such a busy lady and that you continue to inspire us and are so kind and helpful, I just want to say, I really appreciate you, even if I don't always remember to say it.

  39. susan, wow! you went to a lot of trouble this week for a fabulous party!
    Everything is beautiful!
    thanks for hosting.

  40. Wow Susan, you table scapes are always soooooo beautiful and elegant!
    I want to come over and take classes! You should do a tutorial on how to make a table look so good!
    You are a genious at it!

    Hugz, Dolly

    come visit I am having a give away you might like!

  41. GREAT idea with the tablescapes!

  42. once in a blue moon... says

    i LOVE your little previews to all your tablscapes, fabulous way to share the fun~

  43. Rettabug says

    I was just tickled pink to see all your lovely tablescapes gathered into one place!! I know there are several early ones that I have missed.
    I'm going to sit down with a cuppa tea after tonight's supper & spend a delightful evening going back over ALL of them.

    I keep telling you, they should be done up into a book. It would sell like hot cakes!! Southern Living-LOOK OUT!!!

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