Magnolias on my Mind

Although I am a typical Southern girl, I can take or leave magnolias. They are beautiful in full bloom, but their blooms darken with the slightest touch. The trees are lovely when they are blooming, but their roots can destroy plumbing and the leaves make a mess in the autumn when they fall.


However, I recently became a magnolia lover, much to my surprise. One of our wonderful vendors at the flea market, who is a fairly recent addition, always has great things in his booth (more on that later). I made the mistake of walking by his booth and stopping…


Isn’t this china gorgeous? It is Magnolia Blossom by American Atelier, and, yes, you are seeing it on my dining table. He offered me a great deal, so I couldn’t turn him down, could I? OK, don’t answer that!


I started with the dinner plate. I just love the magnolia border.


The salad plate is perfectly framed by the border on the dinner plate. I did not have napkins in the right shade of green or burgundy. As I looked through my napkin hoard collection, I stopped at the stacks of different shades of pink. I have always liked pink with burgundy, so I thought I would try them. I really like the way the pink looks…an unexpected, but pretty, twist.


I used my Grosvenor silver plate and I decided to use my silver plate napkin rings. I took several of my odd pieces of silver to my father-in-law a few years ago and asked him to make napkin rings out of them. I have a few matching rings, but today I decided to go with 4 different patterns. I love this one…a bouquet of flowers.


The set of dishes had a couple of nice surprises with it, among them the matching goblets. It is not often that I find the glasses to match the dinnerware, so I was thrilled.


I don’t often used the cup and saucers on my tablescapes, but I did today because I wanted to show off more of this pretty pattern. I love the shape of the cup and the way the border on the saucer frames it perfectly.


The other nice surprise in this collection? Yes, that is the matching pitcher that you are seeing. Isn’t it great? Love it!

So back to this particular vendor….before Christmas he had a large (100+ pieces) collection of Avon Cape Cod in his booth. Let me be up front and say that I like the pattern ok…never been a huge fan, but I do appreciate it. But seeing it  displayed en masse like that was something to behold. In addition to the impact of the large display, his booth is next to the large window, and the sun shining in on it was just the icing on the cake. I am willing to bet that even the most die-hard Cape Cod hater would have been quite impressed with his lovely display. His prices on it were really good, and he kept reducing it as it got closer to Christmas. I don’t know exactly how much of it he sold and how much he didn’t sell and took back home, but I do know that when I saw those magnolia dishes displayed next to the Cape Cod, I was a goner.


Yes, you are seeing the decanter and two of the wine glasses on my dining table…


OK, in my defense, I don’t plan on keeping it…it is strictly an investment. The price was so low on the decanter and 6 glasses that I should be able to double my money. In the meantime, don’t the glasses look gorgeous with the magnolia plates?


For the centerpiece, I wanted to stick to the magnolia theme but keep it simple so that the china is the star of this table. Hull magnolia vases are the perfect choice! I used two from my personal collection but thought that it needed something else.


I added a third in a different shape that I purchased about a year ago at an estate sale. Yes, I still have the pair; no, I haven’t put them up for sale yet. OK, I confessed.


I love these dishes and I love this table.


The Cape Cod is a beautiful addition to this table and blends perfectly with the colors of the china.


So before you mention the word “hoarder,” I will remind you of my rule: something in, something out.


I have some very difficult decisions to make as I look through some of my possessions in the next few days.


Unfortunately, I must be ruthless with myself and do some real purging. Both china cabinets, the hutch, the Hoosier, the buffet, and every cabinet in the kitchen (plus some in the laundry room and the front coat closet) is filled to the brim.


I will say that in the almost 4 years since starting the tablescaping obsession hobby, this is the first time that every nook and cranny has been filled and that I don’t want to part with anything.


Usually I don’t have a very hard time deciding what to purge. Well, all I can say is stay tuned for updates on this subject!


Have a great week of tablescaping and decorating!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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,  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, The Scoop 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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6 Responses to Magnolias on my Mind

  1. vickyhunt says:

    Wow Bev…this table is just beautiful. I love your new dishes. Magnolia blooms have always been a favorite of mine and I love the way they smell! Good luck making your decision about what to part with. I am trying to do that today and tomorrow…get rid of some things. I have too much stuff and I feel like it is suffocating me. I don’t like every cabinet, nook and cranny filled. I did buy a set of pretty salad plates yesterday that I will share soon! Have a blessed Sunday.

  2. Kim says:

    I understand you getting all of it. It’s beautiful!

  3. Juanita in OH says:

    Your table is gorgeous! I LOVE your Magnolia dinnerware and the colors are perfection. TFS.

  4. Sherry says:

    Your china is pretty! I love the Hull pottery too. I used to have a few pieces of it. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  5. Vicki says:

    If/when you decide to part with your dishes, especially the goblets, please keep me in mind.

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