Valentine’s and Dining Room Updates

I can’t thank all of my readers enough for the wonderful comments that you have left on my last few posts about the difficulties I am having in purging my dish hoard collection. I have tried to use humor to show that I am really serious that I need to downsize, and I think all of you really understood that. I have even laughed at the wide range of comments. One end of the spectrum went something like, “You’re not a hoarder, you just need more space,” (by the way one of my good friends said, “Just get another china cabinet”).

The other end of the spectrum was, “Keep it up; you’re doing great.” Well, I am somewhere in the middle. I have purged a few things…no great numbers, but it’s a start. The best comment that I got was today from an acquaintance at church who said that I am trying to do too much…take it more slowly. So today I am officially taking a break…no purging, although I can’t promise that I won’t think about it a lot!


My mother-in-law gave me this great red tablecloth (it was in the hoarded house), so I decided to do Valentine’s Day a little early. I started with my off white Mikasa plates.


I bought these small Valentine’s plates on eBay back when I first started tablescaping.


I only have two of them, so I used my Fire King peach lustre plates on the other two place settings.


I found these wonderful red striped glasses at a flea market after Christmas, and I used my silver goblets, another eBay find from a long time ago.


Napkins were an early tablescaping purchase from The Napkin Lady. I used my heirloom Grosvenor silverplate. I love that silver!


OK, before you say something like, “I thought she was purging, and here she is showing a new silver tray,” let me defend myself. I purchased a set of 2 silver trays from the hoarded house specifically for resale. I even pulled the price tag off so that I could use it for this table. I love the way my sparkly stones look on the silver tray.


I put red pillars on my tall silver candlesticks, and I was done.


To be perfectly honest, doing the tablescape did not really take my mind off things much, but I still enjoyed doing it. I can see many more uses in the future for this lovely tablecloth, and I am so excited about having it.


I also recently updated my buffet and Hoosier. Because I love those magnolia dishes so much, I wanted to have some of them out for display. I won’t even mention the fact that I have nowhere to store them except out in the open.


I have actually used a burgundy and pink color scheme for my buffet for almost the entire time that I have lived in this house. I rarely changed out the displays on it until I started the tablescaping hobby, and I still go back to the burgundy and pink that I love fairly often. The burgundy trim platters were my grandmother’s, and the large pink one was an early auction purchase. I love these platters and used them as my basis for the burgundy and pink color scheme.


I love platters and have collected them since way before I began tablescaping. These two were also my grandmother’s, and the platters that you see on my dining room walls are probably the ones that started my love of pretty platters.


I love to use the bowl which matches the platter on the wall in my dining room decor. This is an old Johnson Brothers set that I just love.


I also used another platter with burgundy trim; this one is an old Salem china one.


Coffee cups take up the most storage room, so where would I put them? How about in plain sight? I love them stacked on my teacup display! Very striking!


I love my updated buffet vignette. I plan to leave it like this for a while.


I move some of the blue that I previously had on the buffet to the Hoosier. I love my grandmother’s cobalt blue refrigerator dish and my Spode pitchers.


Thanks for all of the encouragement that I received from both near and far! I will keep you updated on my purging projects!


Until then, have a great time decorating and tablescaping (and collecting)!

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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8 Responses to Valentine’s and Dining Room Updates

  1. Bev, i have my grandmother’s cobalt refrigerator dishes! Thank you for sharing! Blessings, Pam

  2. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Bev,
    I love your buffet vignette. Could you please tell me the pattern name for the platter on the right side of your wall display above the buffet? I’m almost positive it is the pattern I grew up with and I’d love to know what it is. Thanks. Rosie

    • Bev says:

      The backstamp indicates that the Homer Laughlin Co. made the platter in Feb. 1949 at the Newell, W. Va. plant. The shape is Brittany. Most HL china does not have an actual pattern name, but a number. In many cases, HL dishes have been given a pattern name by collectors but that name is not official. According to page 94 in The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Homer Laughlin, the pattern number is HLC#B1315. A very close examination of all of the patterns pictured on pages 92-95 shows only a very slight difference among the Brittany patterns. I had to actually take my platter off the wall in order to determine which pattern mine is. Your dishes could be any of the patterns on those pages since they are all very, very, very similar. I also have some Salem china pieces that look almost exactly like the Homer Laughlin. Good luck in your search! I love researching old china…have fun!

  3. Rosie M. says:

    Thank you for all the info, Bev. I appreciate the lead and will follow up. Thank you for taking the effort and time to check things out for me. I can’t believe how that platter immediately “took me back” to my childhood home when I saw it! I’d love to get a couple of pieces to share with my family. I’m off to search…….. Rosie

  4. Everyone must be in the mood to move some things along…we’ve been doing that as soon as the Christmas decorations came down too! LOVE that cobalt refrigerator dish that was your grandmothers….how special!!

  5. Love your items. The Valentine theme is lovely. You have a great sense of humor and I think lots of us understand what is going on with dishes. So far I have just bought more cabinets, but soon will come a day………..

  6. Christine says:

    Seems like we are on the same boat. I am downsizing too. Love your heart plates….Christine

  7. vickyhunt says:

    Oh my goodness…I love the blue and white display, especially the cobalt blue dish! It is stunning. 🙂 Good luck downsizing. It is so hard to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. I have to remind myself that it’s just stuff!

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