My first blog on tablescaping
Last year I lucked up and found twelve 5-piece place settings of Copeland Spode (old mark) Buttercup pattern at our local flea market. I paid $50 for 60 pieces of this china and it's in excellent condition. Each place setting is worth what I paid for the entire set - like I said, it was my lucky day. With the right setting, this china can be used for Fall, Spring or Summer by just changing the tablecloth, napkins and accessories to match the season. When I saw it, I knew I wanted it for my Thanksgiving table. I always go all out for Christmas, but never do much Fall decorating.
I have a mixture of old and new in my dining room. My table and buffet are new and made from cherry wood, the small little tables are probably walnut, and the main pieces are late 19th century oak. The mantle in my dining room is original to the house and is oak also.
This tablescape was done on a shoestring budget - most of the things I already had - a few things I've picked up over the years from flea markets, auctions or yard sales. I like old things and love to give them a second chance. I did make a few seasonal purchase from our local Home Goods Store - I find that I can find just about anything I want there. The only thing I didn't find that was on my list was seasonal napkin rings - but I found those on Ebay - a vintage set of 8 for a total of $4 including shipping. I spent a total of about $50 for my Fall themed decor to supplement what I already had.
One thing I regret is not getting a new camera when I ruined mine this summer - my little "point & click" just doesn't capture how warm and inviting my little room really is.
But, here goes - I'll give you a little tour surrounding my tablescape.
|This is my buffet with an antique brass oil lamp that has been converted to Electric. The conversion was many years ago. I love this lamp - It has a fabulous glass shade. It's a leaf design so perfect for my Fall theme.|
|Close-up of lamp|
|Notice these great old metal curtain tie-backs. I picked them up at an auction years ago in a box lot of stuff. I think I paid $5 for the whole box.|
|Even my Fleur de Paris picture is of a Fall decorated storefront.|
|My little antique marble top washstand holds my International Stainless serving pieces. I don't remember the pattern but they are silver with an outline of gold. A vintage iridescent vase that I bought for 50 cents holds some eucalyptus leaves.|
|See the cute little funky napkin rings. They are made of wood an I think probably from the 1970's.|
|Real gourds add such a nice color to the table. The silverplate candlesticks are part of a pair that I picked up at a consignment shop at the beach this past weekend for $5 for the pair.|
|I don't know how I got this photo so off-center!|
|This is a very large antique brown pottery jug that I picked up in Pennsylvania on an antiquing trip about 15 years ago. I love it. It's perfect for holding arrangements.|
. Here's the pattern:
|An antique oak hutch holds a matte green McCoy cornucopia vase, a plaque of The Lord's prayer that belonged to my mother.|
|...and this great metallic candle holder that lets the light shine through the leaf design. It came from the Home Goods Store and puts out such a warm glow!|
| And finally - one last look at the tablescape. I hope you enjoyed your tour.|