Beautiful Tables with Victoria

Victoria magazine has always been the epitome of gracious living, hasn’t it? I know here at FrenchGardenHouse, I’ve gotten endless inspiration for beautiful interiors, stunning outdoor spaces, entertaining and antiques. You can’t imagine how honored I am to have a little feature in their latest book, The Art of Beautiful Tables, in the tastemaker’s section. Beautiful Tables with Victoria as inspiration is such a delight!

Setting a beautiful table, whether with antique snow-white linen cloth edged in lace, sterling serving pieces and delicately painted French porcelains, or setting a fun, casual outdoors table to enjoy in spring or summer, this gorgeous book has it all! The table shown below is a perfect mix of casual and formal. I love everything about it, from the blue and white color scheme to the large floral arrangement to the garden pots. Perfection!

Beautiful Tables by Victoria

I adore everything about the setting shown below. It’s outdoors, but that didn’t keep this hostess from using her antique linen tablecloth edged in lace, her crystal goblets, best dishes, and silver!  That extravagant arrangement of bright roses in vibrant jewel tones adds to an ambience of regal grandeur that both beguiles guests and reflects most favorably upon the hostess.

summer table setting in pavillion

the art of beautiful tables by Victoria Magazine

This casual table set amidst grape vines is stunning in its simplicity! Imagine having dinner there and lingering in the evening in summer with family and friends!

Beautiful Tables with Victoria

Provence France Country tablesetting

If you have read me for a while, then you know that while i DO cook, I don’t claim to be a fantastic chef. I can use a slow-cooker like everyone else, and can cobble together some great food, but my real love is to set beautiful, fun and inviting tables! {I’m still secretly dreaming of Mr. FGH turning into a world class chef, so that all I have to do when entertaining is set pretty tables. Hope springs eternal!}

the best green and white tablesetting with a French flair

From the photos I sent the editor of Victoria magazine of different table settings, the book’s editorial team chose my table set with antique Limoges and bright green colors for a January luncheon in the kitchen.
our year in flowers

And a Steeped in Love table setting I shared on one of my favorite Monday Morning Blooms. Beautiful Tables with Victoria, just time for entertaining this season, to help you get inspired to set your prettiest tables!


spring table with rose filled linens

The Art of Beautiful Tables

It’s a beautiful book, sure to delight you each time you open its pages!  I have exciting news, too…Victoria is sponsoring a Monday Morning Blooms GIVE AWAY that we will write about on Monday, March 27th!  You will be able to enter the Give Away then. If you are not good at waiting, you can order your copy of The Art of Beautiful Tables HERE >


The Art of Beautiful Tables




I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini-peek into this glorious book, and that you will be back to read and enter the give away on the 27th.

Are you more of a great chef or table setting whiz? {Or both?!}



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20 thoughts on “Beautiful Tables with Victoria”

  1. Good Morning Lidy, Congratulations on your beautiful feature as a tastemaker in Victoria’s The Art of Beautiful Tables! It’s no surprise to us that you are included! I was just perusing my copy yesterday and it is indeed a treasure trove of beautiful table and floral inspiration. Looking forward to sharing the book next week along with a giveaway. Happy Monday. <3

    1. Thank you Mary. Can’t wait to share our special Monday for the give away! See you soon!

  2. Lorrie Denning

    I was surprised when my copy was delivered yesterday, much earlier than the stated release date. It is a stunning collection of beautiful photographs. I will be falling down the rabbit hole with this one, many times over.

    1. Oh how exciting Lorrie! It’s such a lovely book, I haven’t put it down really since I received my copy. All the table settings are so inspiring. xo

  3. Love your contribution to the book about setting the table.
    You can and may be very proud of yourself .Congrats Lidy.

    1. Thank you Anja, it is such an honor to be in this book with women that I so admire.

  4. Lovely, congratulations! Hoffman Media does such a wonderful job curating their material. I’m happy they selected a couple of yours! Looking forward to your MMB group’s posts.

    1. Thank you Rita. I can’t wait to see what my uber talented friends share on their posts…they always inspire me!! xo

  5. lCongratulations, Lidy! You are so deserving of the honor of tastemaker in The Art of Tables by Victoria. Your spread is stunning! I am looking forward to sharing the book next Monday and the giveaway. Hoffman Media’s publications are always gorgeous!

    1. Thank you dear friend. I can’t wait to share the book either, and can’t wait to see your no doubt beautiful post next Monday. xo

  6. Good morning Lidy,
    This is such a well deserved honor to be featured in Victorias new book. You have impeccable taste and it is shows in everything you create. Congratulations Lidy.

    1. Dianne, thank you. I am honored, in all honestly there are millions of women they could feature, each with beauty they bring to the world. I think each of us have a special gift!

  7. Linda Hovgaard

    Oh Lidy, you so deserve for your gorgeous tablescapes to be featured in Victoria Magazine! You are the right recipe for the job…lol! I absolutely love the two tablescapes they chose to be featured and since I am a long time recipient of their magazine I will relish the fact that you are a star among the magazines pages. Beau travail!

    1. Linda, thank you, it is truly an honor to be in this beautiful book.

  8. Thanks so much Barbara! I’m really honored, as I know there are millions of other women who make the most beautiful table settings for their guests.

  9. Denise Carlson

    Congratulations Lidy I also follow the blog for Victoria. I have seen articles published before that you have shared. I love their books they are so beautiful I own a few and can’t wait to have a chance at another-thanks for a sneak peek!

  10. Alice Genzlinger

    A little late to comment but congratulations on being featured in my favorite magazine. Love all of your tables. Like you I enjoy pulling out long forgotten dishes to make a lovely table setting. I usually set the table a day before entertaining so that I have time to enjoy looking at it and cooking the meal. Beautiful!

  11. Gloria P

    Good morning. I like to think I am both but I plan the table long better details of the meal. All that’s left is serving plates. Victoria puts out such beautiful books. Congratulations on the recognition of your achievements.

  12. Jean Van Buskirk

    Bonjour, Lidy,
    Very nice and I enjoyed seeing all your Victorian table’s and glass, what fun you have with all your pretty table setting’s, I to love Victoria Magazine and they have the 2 French one’s out, I alway’s think of you when I see the photo’s, I wish you and your family a Happy Easter~~~~Stay safe with all this bad weather. Easter Hug’s for you~~~Jean V.B.

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