I wrote last week about finding my old photo archives from before blogging, and I have another of those tables to show you today. First, I want to admit my faults, and one of them is watching too much tv. Especially since we got the flat screen for Christmas this year, I just can’t seem to get enough.
I have already admitted to you my addiction to Swamp People, and you have probably figured out that I also love Food Network (current addiction: Worst Cooks in America), HGTV, and the History Channel. Recently I changed my satellite program and got a few more channels that I had previously not received, one of those being Bravo. I had seen some Top Chef here and there over the years and always knew that I would love it. I even tried renting it on Netflix, but it only had a couple of seasons.
Now I have Bravo plus the DVR: a dangerous combination for me! There was a season 10 marathon on a few days ago, and I dvr’d every episode. Then last week when the weather was unseasonably cold, I spent two solid days in the house watching every episode. No laundry, no housework, no errands. Just Top Chef.
My name is Beverly, and I am an addict. I loved this season and was on the edge of my seat at every episode. I watched Last Chance Kitchen on line. I cried when Josh’s baby was born and he was not there. I cringed at Josie’s bad behavior. I rejoiced when Kristen ended up back in the competition. I hated to see Brooke lose. I loved that Kristen won!
While searching for a treatment for this addiction, I will continue to tablescape, blog, and share my deepest, darkest secrets. I did this table in January of last year, and it is still one of my favorites. I chose a silver, white, and blue color scheme trying to evoke the cooler temps of winter. I started with the blue and white placemats and matching napkins that my son and his wife gave me for Christmas.
Then I added my Nikko white plates.
I used my Grosvenor silver and mismatched silver plate napkin rings.
I topped these with my Blue Willow plates. I thought that since the plates and placemats were so similar, the white plates provided needed contrast.
I topped the small Blue Willow plates with milk glass sherbet dishes. These could be used for fruit salads or ice cream.
I chose two types of glasses. The blue ones are from a vintage Danish company called Doyen. I picked them up inexpensively at an antique mall. I found the silver goblets on eBay for a great price.
I use silver accents such as this nut dish and spoon (wedding gifts) to continue to play up the cool theme.
This silver tray is another wedding gift.
For the centerpiece, I used my Spode reproduction pitchers. I put a white pillar candle on a black candlestick and stuck some glittery silver ornaments left over from Christmas around the base.
I continued this blue, silver, and white theme on the buffet with two more silver trays from the wedding, two more Spode reproduction pitchers, and a set of three silver candlesticks with white tapers. The candlesticks are Art Deco style, another inexpensive antique mall purchase. I added a vintage milk glass jardiniere and my favorite cobalt blue Depression glass refrigerator dish in the Criss Cross pattern.
I continued this color scheme onto the Hoosier with another wedding gift, the silver compote topped with a few more glittery Christmas ornaments. The vintage milk glass Fenton Silver Crest candy dish is one of my favorite pieces. I added the small cobalt blue dish, another antique mall find.
I still love the look of this table. Ironically, I will never be able to recreate it. As I wrote earlier, I don’t bring anything in unless I take something out. When I fell in love with the Salem English Village Old Staffordshire, I put the Blue Willow in my booth at the mall. It did not last long! I also put the milk glass goblets (from this table) and the milk glass sherbets in the booth. The goblets have sold, but the sherbets have yet to sell. But I am sure that they will; I just have to be patient. I am planning on putting the blue glasses in the booth in the summer since I since purchased some different blue ones that I like better (remember nothing comes in without something going out). I did a similar table in January of this year, and it ended up looking good. But it is just not the same as this one! I really like it and hope you do also.
Thanks for putting up with my ramblings and tell me in the comments if you like Top Chef (or what show you are addicted to-if you can admit it).
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