Winter Tablescape plus New Kitchen Tablescape

I love blue and white china. Funny, I never did get into it much until I started tablescaping. I have since learned that there are times that blue and white dishes are just perfect for different occasions. They also go with any season of the year.


This week I got out my Salem plates that I love. I had not used them lately, plus I had the idea of replicating a version of two of my favorite tables. Snowy Day and Snowy Table uses these same plates and some “snow” to evoke a wintry feel. Old Tablescape and New Addiction uses Blue Willow plus some milk glass for a great wintertime table. I love to use the cool colors of blue, white, and silver for winter. I think that these tables are among my favorite, so here is yet another variation of a blue and white winter tablescape for your viewing pleasure.


When I was removing my white tablecloth, I had the idea that I might could fold it in a certain way to make it into a runner. Although doing so meant that the lace was only on one of the long sides, I still like it and decided that I would go with it.


I used my silver chargers. I love my blue and white placemats and matching napkins, but I wanted to do something a little different with this table.


I had a hard time deciding whether to put the berry bowl on the top of the dinner plate or on the side. It really looks good either way.


I finally settled on the side and used both sizes of my Dollar Tree blue glasses. Aren’t they great! What would we tablescapers do without the Dollar Tree!


I used simple white napkins and sparkly silver napkin rings. Of course, I had to use my Grosvenor silver.


I used my grandmother’s Criss Cross pattern Depression glass refrigerator dish in cobalt blue for the centerpiece. This dish is truly one of my very favorite dishes!


I used one of my chunky silvertone candlesticks with a variegated blue pillar candle.


I also chose a silver compote, a wedding gift, for the other side of the centerpiece. Sorry, looks like my photo picked up a little reflection from some other colors in the room.


I think that I was successful once agin with using blue, silver, and white to evoke a cool winter feeling.


If you are a regular reader, you know that I often set a smaller tablescape at my kitchen table for just the 2 of us. We actually use these tablescapes and enjoy them very much.


Today, however, I received something in the mail that will be my tablescape for the next few months. Yes, I will change it some, but not too much. OK, are you ready???? Here it is!

Yep, I have started an antiques appraisal course through the Asheford Institute of Antique Appraisal. I have been wanting to do this for 10 years or more, and I finally looked into it seriously after I retired. It all looked great, but I just can’t help be a little wary of a correspondence course. So I sort of forgot about it.

Then, we went to the Antiques Roadshow. One of the many things that I noticed was that several of those appraisers had gotten their certifications through Asheford. I started rethinking my decision to forget about it.


I looked into it a little more, then decided to go for it. My first course came today. What does this have to do with my kitchen table?


My kitchen table will now be my study spot. It has the best surface and best light in the house for any studying that will be done somewhere other than at the computer. So these books are my new tablescape!


I am a little nervous. I’ve only glanced through this first course, but it doesn’t look easy. Apparently, I will have to learn everything in these 3 books.


Then I will take a test and mail it in.  After that, I receive the next course, and so on, and so on. I’m a little bit anxious about getting in study mode again. I haven’t done that in a long time!


But I am excited about learning a lot of information which I hope will enhance my business. I am realistic and know that correspondence will not be as good as hands-on experience with real antiques. But the places that offer those courses are few and a long way from this central MS redneck girl.

So I’m diving in! I covet your prayers and best wishes as begin yet another retirement endeavor destined to keep me busier than ever…

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

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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11 Responses to Winter Tablescape plus New Kitchen Tablescape

  1. Rosie says:

    Pretty table, Bev. I love your plates!! Congratulations on starting your new course. I always wondered why friends said, “Once you’ve retired, you won’t know how you ever had time to work!” I totally get that now. Except it’s FUN activities: sure beats having a stack of 150 English essays glaring at me to be graded!! Take care, Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. This table is gorgeous and I love that cobalt blue box. Congrats on taking the leap…I’m sure you will do fine on this course. Thanks for linking up to TTF!

  3. Vicky Hunt says:

    Love the blue, white, and silver! That cobalt blue box is gorgeous!!! You inspired me to dress my table up a little. I forgot about some blue and white dishes I bought last year and they are now residing on the table. Will try to get a post up soon…:) Thanks for the inspiration! And have fun being a student again…:) I bet you already know much of what they are teaching you! Have a blessed and beautiful Friday…..Vicky

  4. Hope says:

    I love blue and white dinnerware. I have several, but my favorite collection is Liberty Blue. You did a great job, and I especially like your grandmother’s blue box.

  5. Marigene says:

    Beautiful table…your cobalt refrigerator dish is gorgeous…I had no idea they came in that color! I wish you luck in your appraisal endeavor, Bev.

  6. Kim says:

    I love the blue and silver, Bev! Saying prayers for you in your new endeavor. You will be very busy, but it will be worth it in the end, I just know it. Go for it! 🙂

    • Carol Thompson says:

      Your blue and white tablescapes are always my favorites too. I know you are excited about the possibilities that are in front of you. You will do great!

  7. Ann k says:

    Pretty table!! But I am impressed that you are going forward with something you have been wanting to do for so many years. Often times we think things would be great to try but we don’t have the guts to act on it. Good luck in your course, I hope your studies are interesting and prove to be beneficial. Way to act on your dream!!

  8. Mary says:

    Beautiful table! That refrigerator dish is a wonderful piece. I spotted some Valentine glasses today at the local grocery store and I thought I better check to see what Dollar Store has instead. I think the Dollar store and Goodwill keep us tablescapers in the black!

  9. Frankie Ann says:

    I found a saucer years ago of the English Village by Salem China at a garage sale. I fell in love with it and have been collecting them ever since. They go perfectly with my collection of cobalt blue. I love the glass refrigerator dish!!! Enjoyed your blog.

  10. Judy says:

    Beautiful blues, I just love them in the winter or the summer. Love your plates and the blue glasses. Your grandmother’s piece is special to you and a good time to show it off. We were both thinking about blues this week. Take care and stay warm.

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