I was browsing through ebay several months ago looking for a salad plate with green. I stumbled on some odds and ends of this Noritake "Condoro" and fell in love. After I got the pieces, I intended to add to it buying pieces from replacements. However, one day I ran across a 110-piece estate set on ebay!!! To make a long story short, my mom bought the entire set. We are both beside ourselves because there is service for 16! So we figured we could split it in half then borrow the others when needed:-) Works for me! This beautiful pattern was discontinued around 1921, so it is old but in pristine, unused condition.
Then, I went on the quest for linens, etc. I searched April Cornell online for the perfect green napkin and found this "Poet Jacquard" napkin in forest green. I only bought four hoping they would work. Then I found this "Daisy yellow" beaded napkin ring and knew I was on the right track. Knowing that my mom will do a really formal table, I decided to make mine a little more casual. Here is my inspiration photo below. This is a dining room in Spain, and I just loved the casual, rustic feel and thought that would work for me! This photo is from the incredibly lovely book, "Mediterranean Style" by Robert Fitzgerald and available from amazon.com HERE.
I used with this 100-year-old basket belonging to my grandfather and filled it with yellow Chrysanthemums.
I decided to pull out the amber color because of the napkin rings and used this glassware from Pier One...
Armed with the linens and a berry bowl, I headed to a local fabric and decor shop, "Vertigo" where I found the perfect fabric for my runner. I was so excited to find this because it just ties everything together so beautifully, don't you think?
Here's a peek at the china...notice I reused the rattan chargers, and the Mikasa "Italian Countryside."
I added a touch of gold with my Oneida "Golden Julliard" stainless flatware.
The butter knives are vintage Landers/Frary/Clark sterling silver and mother of pearl...
Isn't this just the sweetest cup?? I am in love with this pattern:-)
Since I used the amber, I got out this L.E. Smith "Moon and Stars" decanter and glasses that my mom gave me for Christmas. I borrowed the amber candle sticks from her, which came from a local Kel-Save drugstore!
Look at this little tea pot! I thought it would look great on one of the serving platters.
There were two creamers and two sugar bowls, so that worked out nicely!
These will be going outside to the garden soon...
You know I have to include one of my chandelier shots, lol!!
I also left the bench instead of using two chairs because I thought it added to the more casual feel I was going for...
Notice the amber lantern? That is one of my finds from Turkey and I thought it would be perfect in this window.
...a few night photos
I wanted to leave you with a little sunshine:-)
I hope you are inspired to mix things up a bit! See, you can take a formal china and make it more casual and updated, I think. Needless to say I have ordered more of these April Cornell napkins and napkin rings, along with some other incredible linens you'll be seeing soon. If you have not shopped her site, please go by. She has some wonderful things there:-) April Cornell.
Please go by Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" and seriously be inspired!
Thanks for stopping by! I always love your visits, and look forward to getting by to see you too:-)