Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparents' old house, local junk shops and my parents' attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

J & G Meakin Romantic England...

Hello everyone! As promised, I am bringing out more English transferware.  Today it's J & G Meakin "Romantic England" in red!


I am so excited about this pattern! Seeing them is like stepping back in time to another place. And I can tell you that the men in my life, my husband and father absolutely love these plates. My dad's ancestry is very English, so I can see why he likes it. My Puerto Rican husband, however, I'm not sure about!


You can read about Meakin pottery HERE. The dinner plates feature "Haddon Hall." Below is a newer plate, which is a bit different than the older one below it. 






I just love these delicate coffee/tea cups! The cups feature "Ann Hathaway's cottage" Shottery, while the saucer features the "Holy Trinity Church" Stratford-on-Avon.



I used the same double runners I made for the Spode Woodland table a few weeks ago.  I really think the large candlesticks and vintage basket keep it modern. The hydrangeas are from this summer.


The crystal is Durand Cristal D'Arques "Longchamp" and the flatware is my Wallace "Louvre." I thought the floral pattern would go well with the china. I used my Landers/Frary/Clark mother of pearl and sterling knives for something different.

You will also notice the Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinner plates I used as chargers. The beautiful thing about these plates is that they are large enough to use under older, smaller dinner plates. I use them a lot as chargers.


The napkins I picked up on ebay last year. These are the only ones I have like this. I usually borrow from my mom's extensive collection of beautiful vintage linens. 



A few night shots during the "blue hour."








You might have noticed the corner looks different! We have been working on the china cabinet Luis is making. It still does not have doors, but we needed to fit it, and it is too large to go back out! I will be doing all the finishing in the house. I cannot wait for it to be done! He used reclaimed wood, a tree (really) and chestnut mouldings from my great grandfather's house here. In the meantime, I am using it as extra storage.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate so much all of your well wishes and prayers for my mom. She is doing really well, and is already planning her garden for summer!

I hope you enjoyed my red transferware table this week! I hope to have a St. Patrick's table with mother's Noritake "Condoro" for next week. Take care and thanks so much for your visit!!

Anita

I'll be joining Rednesday at It's a Very Cherry World  for the first time and  Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, so be sure to go by and visit!




40 comments:

  1. I, too, adore red transferware. We use our Copeland Spode, "Tower Pink" all the time. It carries so many precious family memories with it. You scored high points for those eBay linen napkins...gorgeous! I'm excited to see the finished cabinet...an amazing blessing that your husband has the skills to give you such a beautiful piece. I know that you must be sending prayer and praise arrows toward heaven now that your mom is doing better. Answered prayer is always so sweet. Thank you for sharing your wonderful design...lovely as always. Cherry Kay

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  2. Oh my God Anita, Apple never falls very far from the tree.Fathe like daughter and daughter like fathe.
    I see now why so many beautiful tablescape and nice decoration around your home.
    I love your red transferware
    so beutiful, is nice that you mom it doing better
    thank God.
    XOX
    Isora

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  3. What a beautiful table you set. The dishes make it appear so bright and cheery.

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  4. Anita,

    I love the transferware. Absolutely beautiful table. Glad your mom is doing better.

    Carol

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  5. Anita, Just speechless about your table top and dining room. I love the contrast of wood with sterling flatware place settings and fine napkins and the red service. I appreciate you always show us the back stamp on your dishes and identify the table top components. God Bless your husband and your creative hands. The cabinet is wonderful at this stage. The English ware color and scalloped edges are beautiful.Many wonderful memories at this table I wish you all. So happy about your Mother's recovery.She had her loving daughter at her side.Bless you all! Thank you for showing us your table,Emelia:).

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  6. So pretty Anita! As always your tablescape is just devine! I am especially drawn to your runners. I have that same plaid fabric on a runner that I made years ago, but I think mine is smaller. If I am correct the rose and greens are so soft and warm and are perfect to go with your dishes! Mostly, I love how you added a second runner that has a bit of the plaid with the floral and of course the pleated ruffle. I am so inspired! I may try this design with some different fabrics I have that I have been wanting to use. It's such a great look! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh and the basket of dried hydranges totally has my heart! Gorgeous!

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  8. Another lovely tablescape Anita! I love anything in transferware and the white charger/plates work really well. The basket of hydrangea is a nice touch. How nice that you have built a china cupboard from one of your trees! That will be a treasure for sure. have a great day! Pamela

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  9. What beautiful tableware! Your settings are just lovely.
    Liz

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  10. Anita,
    This is beautiful. I love your transfwerware. It looks very romantic and that corner cupboard is really looking nice too. Thanks for stopping by.
    Sherry

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  11. Hey Anita, WOW, you always have the most lovelies and pretties.This looks incredible!
    Love the tea cups and saucers, tooo adorable.
    This setting is "romantic" and the "blue hour" photo's AMAZING!
    ~Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

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  12. What a gorgeous table Anita! It looks so warm and inviting. I love your transferware and your flatware!

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  13. Beautiful as always...simple but very elegant, Anita. The more I see red transferware, the more I like it...very pretty pattern.

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  14. That is gorgeous and those blue hour shots are stunning! So glad your mom is doing better! Have a great week!

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  15. This is beautiful dinnerware, Anita! I love your hydrangeas in the basket, too. I have faux ones that I was wondering how I could re-use them and this looks like a nice simple arrangement that I may just copy from you. : ) Need to check my basket stash! I also noticed your table runners. I just made a new one, longer and wider than a toile one I had out and I think I can layer them like yours, as I really didn't want to choose between them. This way I could use both!

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  16. Hey pretty transferware girl! I looove Eng. transefer dishes and hey, I'm not Eng., I just plain love everything in china that's Eng., Spode, Royal Doulton and look at me! hahaha...You're table is just gorgeous! I like it all, your china, the E-bay linen napkins and your basket as centerpiece. I'm glad your mom is doing better. God bless.
    Come visit me, I love having you Anita, you're a very cheerful girl, I love people like you.
    LOVE
    FABBY

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  17. If I didn't know better, I would have thought that this beautiful table was sitting in a house in the English countryside! Those plates are gorgeous, and those cups with the cottage on them are ones that I would love to drink my tea out of every day. Your home is so lovely, and you are definitely living the good life!
    Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

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  18. The dishes are beautiful but I love the linen napkins!

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  19. Bring me a heart pill! LOL! A new red transferware to LOVE and I do! That is so interesting what is written on the back. I've never seen this before. I love what you placed with the transfer. Love the runner and basket with hydrangeas. Don't think I would have thought to try that. I truly love how it all looks together. I still want to get one of the gospel CD's you suggestion. Didn't know about your mom, but happy to hear she is doing better.
    Donna

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  20. Your Meakin is Stunning! A gorgeous table!

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  21. What a wonderful tablescape and lovely room. So peaceful and appeals to me in so many ways. your talent to build makes me envious. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I have that same pattern! I absolutely love it, but don't use it as often as I should. Your beautiful table has inpired me to dust it off and enjoy it!

    I was wondering if you have the bread and butter plates. They are my absolute favorite. They feature a small group deer in front of a 13th century castle. They are so charming!

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  23. Love this table! Everything about it is gorgeous. I am your newest follower.

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  24. What a beautiful table. I love your transferware. Your centerpiece is beautiful. I seem to have the hardest time with figuring out a good centerpiece. This is really a beautiful setting.

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  25. I love your transferware and your table is gorgeous, Anita!..Christine

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  26. Anita:

    I love your layering of the table runners. Together with the centerpiece it looks so put together. The plates add a nice spring touch to it too. Very Nice!

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  27. Gorgeous table. I love that china pattern!

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  28. I love your tablescape-it all looks warm and cozy.The transferware is beautiful- I collect it too!

    Take care,
    Carolyn

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  29. Beautiful transfer ware. The vintage napkins are wonderful too. I love to use beautiful dishes without placemats, I love to see them against the wood also.

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  30. First time visitor! Love your table setting and the table itself! The Mikasa Italian Countryside dinnerware lends itself to a lot! I used it myself recently. Your transferware and the pictures depicted are wonderful. I have a whole bag of dried hydrangeas I need to incorporate some of them into a centerpiece too! I like the mix of the mother of pearl knife with the other silverware..great ideas!
    Liz

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  31. Just lovely! The whole table is gorgeous. Your transferware set is beautiful. Love the teacups! And I really love your table!

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  32. I have been looking around lately for some red transferware. Your collections is exquisite! I am going to have search high and low and find some soon! I especially love how pretty everything looked at night-the colours are gorgeous!

    Best wishes always,
    Natasha.

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  33. Just lovely girl..I adore those plates..I have just started collecting red/white dishes..need them like a hole in the head ha ha!! Been hanging them in my laundry room just to give me a pop of color in the DREADED room ha ha!!I love the white ironstone pices I also seen in the corner cabinet..another thing I collect does it ever stop!! Hope you have a GREAT weekend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  34. Anita...

    Your dishes are gorgeous and the whole table is beautiful! I love your silver flatware and you always have such beautiful table runners!!

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  35. I love your china.. I just joined your blog.. I have an addiction to china .. you set a beautiful table.

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  36. New to your blog, and I absolutely love it! Your dialogue is interesting, and photos are rich and elegant. I am your newest follower!

    Pat

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  37. Your blog is gorgeous...I'm a new follower!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower too!!

    Pamela :)

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  38. Hi. Just listened to your song again. It's one that can "grow on you." It's already growing on me.
    Love your decor style.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  39. I just bought a setting for 8 at an estate sale for $10. I don't know how much it's worth. I have always loved the look and it finally fell into my lap. I ran across your blog and it made me more excited.

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