Friday, September 28, 2012

Dish Obsession - mix and match touch them every day, you use them all the time - why not have interesting, fun tableware????
Mix it up!!  Antique pieces, patterns, solids - have fun!
These fun pieces (below) would be super versatile.  Good for mixing and matching, great interesting shape.  I think I need these.  :)
Anthropologie has the best dishes!!!!
Curious Deciduous Dinnerware - Anthropologie
One thing that I do not have loads of, and that's on my wish list, is flatware.  I love these pieces from Anthropologie.  They would go well with loads of place settings.

Seaborne - Anthropologie

Crate and Barrel came out with a pre-mixed set of silverware about two years ago.  Love this set too but would probably enjoy doing it myself at flea market - if I only had the time!!

Maxfield - Pottery Barn

I think I should start making table linens and selling them...not crazy about what's out there "ready made."  I have a love-hate relationship with table cloths anyway. I've been using runners...they're nice...I feel like there should be the next great idea out there...let me ponder the possibilities a bit more.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wonderful Fall Table Decorations - be inspired!

Paul Lowe/Photo by Linda Puligese

Fall is in the air and I am thinking about decorating the house and ... of all things ... dishes.  I have a minor dish obsession and I change my dishes almost as much as I change my shoes.  Changing dishes is so easy to do and it keeps me from feeling bored in the kitchen.

I start with two set of basic dishes; white and taupe.  To mix things up I either add a colored dish or funky fun salad plate or bowl. 

I hate matchy, matchy so here's the fun part, I stack/stagger the plates starting with the charger, the dinner plate, next the salad plate, and then sometimes finishing it off with a pretty bowl or an item on top of the salad plate.  I mix the style of water goblet and wine glass to add interest.  Add some great linens, flowers and candlelight and you have a gorgeous table. 

It really doesn't take much effort and it keeps each season or occasion special and interesting.  Luckily I have a great dish storage area in our basement.  On one new construction project I made a dish room in my wonderful client's basement and at the time I wondered how someone could ever fill it...I'm well on my way at this point.  :) 

Enjoy a few fall table setting photos - enjoy!!

Photo from

Love the rosemary sprigs with ribbon
Charlotte Moss

Simple setting with wicker charger, soft blue for an accent and a trailing of nuts for that fall feeling.