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 grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Romantic England for Christmas

Hi everyone! I know I am in post overload, as I am way over my 'once a month if I'm lucky' quota, but there are so many great blogger parties going on I wanted to link up to! 

Today we are dining with the J & G Meakin "Romantic England" red transferware. It goes so nicely with the English country cottage style I am embracing this season. 


Oh how I love this pattern!! I mentioned back when I got it that both my dad and my husband love it also. I never thought about using it for Christmas, but it really is just perfect.



I am mixing the rustic and organic elements with silver and crystal I do so frequently, including the walnut-stained woven chargers, the bamboo napkin rings, the Durand Cristal D'arques "Longchamp" crystal, and the Wallace and Sons "Louvre" sterling flatware from 1893.


I filled the box we made for Thanksgiving with a layer of florist foam, then small pots of floral oasis filled with fresh Balsam, white pine, arborvitae, cedar, boxwood and pine cones. I added faux red berries along with the holly.





A little background on the pieces I am using from this  pattern...

The bowl features the 16th century mansion, "Chequers" in Buckinghamshire, England, which has been the official country residence of British Prime Ministers since 1921.


The plates feature "Haddon Hall" in Derbyshire...



The cups feature "Ann Hathaway's cottage" Shottery...



...while the saucer features the "Holy Trinity Church" Stratford-on-Avon.


I carried the tartan window treatments in here and added a toile shade trimmed in a striped taffeta, which I'll show in more detail later.









Some night pics...










I hope you have enjoyed a little Christmas trip through "Romantic England!" We are certainly enjoying this pattern. 

The most important thing for us is to sit for meals together, whether it's at the breakfast bar or at the table. We are always reminded, however, that not everyone has that opportunity and make it a priority to help out where we can with meals, food or volunteering. Share what you have and receive a blessing this Christmas season:-)

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am, as usual way behind in getting around to visit, but I will get there eventually. I so appreciate your very kind comments.


Anita

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41 comments:

  1. Another gorgeous post, Anita! I'm so loving your tartan and toile window treatments, and the dishes are marvellous. I love, love English transferware! Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  2. Anita...your table is just beautiful! You did a wonderful job with the centerpiece, it's awesome! And your dishes are just gorgeous. This looks like something right out of a Bed & Breakfast. So well done!

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. Just beautiful. Love the china and the centerpiece. xo

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  4. Dining at Anita's would be a treat with all the lovely touches you've graced the table with! The greenery, berries, pine cones and white candles are beautiful for a natural centerpiece in the neat box you fixed.

    God bless you and may you have a blessed Christmas!
    d

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  5. Anita your tablescape looks beautiful as always! I LOVE LOVE those dishes and your centerpiece is gorgeous! The night shots are so pretty! Martina

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  6. Another beautiful and so well thought out table!!! I always delight in seeing your new tables! The dishes are wonderful and perfect for Christmas. The BOX is going to be perfect for every season! I love the drapes and the shade and I also spotted a cute Raggedy Ann and Andy in a high chair:):) Wonderful! XO, Pinky

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  7. Anita, I love your table! It is so beautifully done. I see you used your wooden box for the centerpiece again and it looks gorgeous. Blessings, Pamela

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  8. Your table is beautiful! Your newest follower!!

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  9. So beautiful! I love the centerpiece box so much, after I saw your Thanksgiving post I talked my dad into making me one! I'm staining it now and can't wait to decorate it. Yours looks amazing with the fresh greenery!

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  10. Well, la de da, and all that...great minds think alike, etc., ....I currently have a Christmas table set with our Copeland Spode Tower Pink....I plan to use it for a family dinner, and I'll post it in a week or two. I remain in awe of the spectacular box that your sweet husband made for you. You're going to get so mileage out of that, it's hard to conceive. The transferward is gorgeous and sets the perfect tone for your tablescape. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  11. Just beautiful Anita. I love the pattern and I think it's perfect for Christmas!! Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment. Yes, never a dull moment with two little boys!! I have some JB Red British Castles salad plates and am hoping to add to it or find another red transferware. It's so timeless and goes throughout the seasons! Your centerpiece is beautiful. Love how the box transferred so well into Christmas. It really makes a lovely statement! Merry Christmas!!

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  12. Anita, I definitely did enjoy this! I smiled with delight as I scrolled down through your images. Love your beautiful wood dining table and the long box filled with greens, etc. is truly a wonderful addition. I'm with your husband and dad, these dishes are perfect. Thanks for sharing all this beauty. Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

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  13. Nothing could be more perfect for a Christmas table that your beautiful red transferware! It is my favorite. I love your beautiful wooden box as well. What a variety of ways you could use it!!

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  14. What a beautiful table...you transitioned your centerpiece box beautifully from Thanksgiving to Christmas!! I love those dishes and you silverware is gorgeous!!

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  15. Anita, the china is perfect for Christmas and looks wonderful with your box of greens. I love your drapes too, perfect for the winter!
    I went back and caught up on some of your previous posts. Everything looks great, and I loved the doll story.
    A very blessed season to you and yours!
    Kathleen

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  16. Your centerpiece is to die for...stunning. I love the way you used a more rustic place mat under the very elegant Staffordshire dishes...beautiful!

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  17. Anita, I just fell into love with your table.. from the filled wooden box, the red transferware, the silver, the sprigs on the beautiful napkins, the tartan drapes, I love every detail! So perfect.. xo marlis

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  18. This table truly depicts an old fashioned Christmas table to me...I love it!

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  19. Yours is my favorite table this week! And one of the reasons is that we share J & G Meakin "Romantic England" which is the perfect Christmas china. I'm not using it for my table this week but I love it. Your centerpiece will be copied by everyone who sees it, including ME. Thanks for the great inspiration! ~CJ

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  20. Anita, this has to be my favorite Christmas tablescape so far. I love "simple", I love the mix of rustic with elegant, and all the natural elements combine to make a truly beautiful table!

    Elaine
    Creating Wonderful Spaces

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  21. So so beautiful is all I have to say.
    Michele

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  22. Debbie squeals with delight... Can you hear me in your neck of the woods?

    I love that transferware, and if I could get ONE new pattern of dishes, that would be the one. I just love this whole table from dishes to centerpiece. Perfectly WONDERFUL!

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  23. Wow! This looks like something from a magazine. I LOVE your centerpiece and those crystal glasses are beautiful.

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  24. Love your centerpiece...would love to make one! Your table is very pretty. I like your plates and runner too! Have a Merry!
    Blessings My Friend,

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  25. Season's Greetings, Anita!

    I am so glad to have discovered your blog. I collect pink transferware and just love how you've used yours to create a romantic and joyful holiday setting. It is all just so very warm and inviting. How I would be overjoyed to sit at your table!

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas,

    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  26. Anita, this is just beautiful! The entire room looks fantastic and that centerpiece is divine! Great job!

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  27. I like everything about your table, especially the centerpiece. It is wonderful how everything in the room works together.

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  28. A beautiful table setting. I love how you changed out the box from your fall/Thanksgiving centerpiece to the Christmas greens centerpiece. Your dining room is beautiful.

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  29. Your room must have the aroma of Christmas from the centerpiece. Your table makes me think you stepped back in time to some place in England. I love the dinnerware and the places give me happy memories. Everything is just lovely and thank you for sharing. Happy Tablescaping! Pam

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  30. Beautiful! Love your plates! You are so talented.

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  31. I love those red and white dishes! Your centerpiece is beautiful-I have a long wooden cheese box that I think I will get out and decorate.Everything is just beautiful.

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  32. Wow, Your table is gorgeous! It's simple yet elegant...perfection! What time is dinner? :)

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  33. Beautiful, Anita!!! The centerpiece is a real showstopper! I also really like the bit of greenery placed between the napkin and napkin ring. It really dresses it up! If both your husband and Dad expressed an appreciation for the dishes, you KNOW they have to be something really special! They are perfect for the Christmas season! Your flatware is beautiful, too. I like the ornate design. Bravo!

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  34. So pretty, Anita! LOVE the centerpiece. The dishes and curtains are a nice touch too. Thanks for the note you left on my blog a while back. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!!!

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  35. It is pretty, but short people (like myself) would not be able to see people seated across the table over that (gorgeous) centerpiece. :) hehe

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  36. Hi Melissa, I actually took that into consideration when we built it, and it is plenty low enough for me to see my 5 year old who sits across from me, so I'm sure you would be able to see across it. We have been eating there with it since Thanksgiving and it has not been a problem. Always something to think about when planning a centerpiece that stays on the table. Thanks for visiting and for your comment:-)

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  37. Oh my gosh, this is the most gorgeous centerpiece I've ever seen. Can you tell me the dimensions of the box you're using for your centerpiece?

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  38. I love it!we have that tableware too...it Always fits in every tablesetting greetings from the Netherlands Heidi

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  39. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I also have this dinnerset and I love it but also very nice to see how someone else is using it. We use it mainly for Sunday dinners. But now I have seen your table...the centrepiece is gorgeous aswell.

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  40. That's a very stunning and cozy table setting! this year, we're going to use candles and some greeneries in decorating our table. So this truly inspire me. Allow me to add this to my Christmas table decorations board in Pinterest. Thanks!

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