Old Tablescape and New Addiction

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).

Read my review of The Bible here.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday (vignettes, tabletops, tablescapes), Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life (decorating, gardening, recipes, collecting), Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   Sunny Simple Life (decorating, projects), Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday (tablescapes) and Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage (crafts, home decor, thrifty finds),  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday (deocrating, garden, projects),  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase (any project or idea made by you this week), Gratitude Sunday at A La Carte, The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home (home & garden), Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish (tablescapes), Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill (home decor, projects, recipes), Cottage Style at Lavender Garden,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday (tablescapes),The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday (thrifty decorating, tablescapes), What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now (recipes, crafts, home décor), Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much (projects, decorating, recipes),  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter (recipes, crafts, home décor), Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage (decorating, crafts), Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound (anything pink),You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E (recipes, crafts, home décor), Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor (projects, decor, recipes), Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style (recipes, crafts, home décor),  Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House (decor, projects),Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Farmhouse Style at Green Eggs & Goats,  Creative Things at The Vintage Farmhouse,  Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring (decor, projects, recipes),  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia (projects, decorating, recipes),  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life (home decor, projects), Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters (centerpieces),Open House Party at No Minimalist Here (crafts, home décor), Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage (memories, projects), Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable(projects, home décor, recipes),Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner (projects, home décor, recipes), Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design (home décor, projects)

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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23 Responses to Old Tablescape and New Addiction

  1. Diane says:

    Those placemats are amazing! I adore blue and white and silver is one of my major obsessions. Love the way you used the white plate to separate the placemats and blue and white dishes. I love reading about your television obsession – I have never been very interesting in TV my whole life, but I do DVR some programs on HGTV. However, I am all about obsessions, whatever they my be and yours are very entertaining!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Your blue and white tablescape is so beautiful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  3. Bev this is a lovely table. I must say I like your idea of nothing comes in without something going out, it helps keep the dish obsession under control. Still I don’t have a good place to sell my dishes so they keep accumulating unless I donate them. As for you obsession, you are not alone! I love TV, there I’ve said it. Top Chef is one of my fav’s and this was a great season, so glad you caught up. I’m addicted to Project Runway, Survivor, Amazing Race and then there are the Dramas! So yes lots of evening TV for this gal!! hugs, Linda

  4. Bev, what a really pretty table. Lucky you to have a son and DIL that gives you pretty things like the placemats and napkins. so very pretty. I wish I was as good as you about if something comes in something goes out.. I am trying to do that now.. I need to purge big time!! xo marlis

  5. FABBY says:

    Your blue and white tablescape is gorgeous..I adore your dishes!! Your lucky, I might add too, to have such a son and dear Dil. I love the placemats, they are so perfect with the china. Happy Let’s Dish!

  6. Christine says:

    I love your tablescape. The blue and white is so classic and never goes out of style. Pretty!…Christine

  7. Lucky you, to have a son and daughter-in-law with such great taste! I love those placemats and napkins, and they look wonderful with the blue and white dishes. You’ll just have to collect a different blue and white pattern so you can recreate this pretty table!

  8. Rennie says:

    Ohhhh! I’m a Top Chef junkie, too! Have watched every season but the first one. They just get better and better. Love your blue and white tablescape! Blue and white are so classic! Enjoy your new TV and keep tablescaping!

  9. I absolutely LOVE the blue & white. My utmost favorite color combo!! My kitchen is blue & white!!

    Thanks for sharing this… I’m putting it in my inspiration book!!
    Kate @ Uniquely Undone

  10. Sarah says:

    Blue and white is always a winner. Love your table filled with these delights. Those placemats are gorgeous. No TV for me. Just don’t watch TV around here, but I do love to play in the dishes.

  11. Very pretty tablescape. i love the combo of blue, white and silver! And your silver pieces are wonderful!

  12. I enjoyed seeing this tablescape in my favorite blue and white color scheme. Silver looks great with blue and white transferware.
    I no longer have Bravo but when i did, I watched Top Chef regularly. Also, on Bravo, I used to be addicted to the various Real Housewife shows!

  13. Marigene says:

    What a beautiful table…Blue Willow is probably my most favorite pattern.
    I do hope you will come visit my little blog…thanks!

  14. Becky ENGELHARD says:

    Love your placemats, can you tell me the label name? Thank you in advance!

    • Bev says:

      Sorry, checked the tag, and all I saw was the washing instructions. I got them so long ago that I don’t remember what other type of tag might have been on them.

  15. Debbie says:

    Love this tablescape!! I especially love the placemats!!


  16. another gorgeous table my friend, Absolutely love all of the blue. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  17. Zuni says:

    The table is lovely; the dishes are lovely, as are the placemats, but I have to add that I’m so impressed with your discipline to take something out when something comes in! It helps to have a booth where you can take it, of course, but it still takes discipline! Lovely table! ~Zuni

  18. Beverly says:

    Happy Pink Saturday, from one Beverly to another. I am so glad you joined us this weekend for Pink Saturday. I’m a Beverly, not a Bev. I don’t know why, but everyone has always called me Beverly

    Your tablescape is lovely, and I especially love your napkin rings. I hope in the future you will share your pink with us.

    I’m watching Worst Cooks, too. How about The Taste? I guess we will find out the finalists tonight on that one.

  19. Linda Colantino says:

    Blue and white is always a winner in my book…just beautiful.

  20. Kathleen says:

    I love your blue and white table, the color just pops!
    I don’t like Ann Burrrell, she gets on my nerves, I think it is her voice!
    I do watch a lot of the cooking shows on the Food Network.
    I am in withdrawal over Downton Abbey, I can’t believe we have to wait a year for our next fix!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish and I hope you have something Irish ready for this Wed!

  21. Jane says:

    I love your blue and white tablescape. I have a few pieces of Mason Vista in blue. You have given me some good ideas about how to mix it with other patterns. I really like the silver pieces mixed in.
    For my good china I chose Cerelene Vieux Chine. In the late 50’s, my very very prim and proper Southern grandmother insisted that I choose something for my ‘hope chest” so she took me china shopping on my 14th birthday. Good grief, the only thing a 14 year old should choose is nail polish colors.She tried to talk me into a white plate with gold rim- and I chose this over the top white and blue and orange pattern. She tried really hard to make me change my mind! My dear Grandmother diligently gave me several pieces a year, even thought she did not like my choice.
    The pattern now discontinued, is really quite old, as it was first produced in the 1850’s in France. I have used it for nearly 50 years now and have never gotten tired of it.


  22. Helen says:

    Hi Bev, I love, love, love your beautiful tablescape. My blue and white dinnerware is by Churchill and I featured it this week. Found you through Sherry’s party today scrolling quickly. Saw your photos and thought for a second I was at my photo…yours from last week, I think. I knew my lighting was bad and that’s why I only thought for a second! Thanks, Helen

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