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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Another Thrifted Table...



It is time for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch. Thank you, Susan, for hosting my favorite meme.

You may enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on it.

I found these dishes at the local ARC Thrift Store awhile back. The china is not old. The stamp on the back says Home Beautiful MA103 Cotillion Fine China; they were made in China. I couldn't find them on the internet, so I know nothing about them. They are white with tiny peach flowers/pale green leaves in a black border with gold around the rim. The set included a dinner, bread/butter plate, soup/salad bowl and saucers, but no cups. I had to scrounge around for 4 white cups!

I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to use rudbeckias with a few white cone flowers or white hydrangeas for the centerpiece. I took photos with each one before the table was completely set. I do like the little bit of color the rudbeckias add but think I prefer the white; they makes for a more monochromatic table. Which do you like think looks the best?





Close up of the border.


Placesetting.








This little Red Cliff cream pitcher is one of my favorite finds at Savers. The price was 49¢, but when I got home I discovered I was never charged for it!


I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures this week. This has been the hardest, of any of the tables I have done, to photograph. I don't know if it was me, the camera or that there was so much white. I have a friend that is a professional photographer, so I will ask him if I have the camera set right or if I just need lots more practice.

As I look at the table, everything with the exception of the silverware is from a thrift store...and the hydrangeas, they are from my back yard...finally, this year they did really well and I have lots of blossoms for a small bush.

Thank you, everyone, especially my followers, so much for taking the time to look at my blog each week. I try to visit and comment on each entry on Tablescape Thursday. I feel that if you have taken the time to do a table, you deserve a comment, however short it may be. I hope to see you here next week.

55 comments:

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Beautiful table. I like the monochromatic look the best. So the white flowers get my vote. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog & comment. I know so few people do nowadays. So those that do, I really appreciate as I know you do as well.

Annie said...

I think this is one gorgeous table! Very elegant and the white hydrangeas are my favorite - but they would be my favorite on any table anywhere to tell you the truth, but I do think they look especially beautiful on this table - I love it all!

Blondie's Journal said...

Nicely done! The dishes are so stylish! It must feel good that your table was done at such a bargain. Love it. I think the white flowers look the best, but I LOVE all flowers!

xoxo
Jane

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Your dishes are beautiful...I love the pattern. I like the all white flowers with this table, but I love white flowers all the time!

Anonymous said...

I love the white flowers and of course your tablescape is perfection as always. Love,
Brenda

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love these dishes! They look so pretty on the table. Both flowers are so nice but the White is the winner for me. More elegant and the height just adds to the drama of the table. Yep Gorgeous!

the passionate hairdresser said...

I like both sets of flowers, although the yellow ones could have been in a taller vase, maybe?? The white makes it very stunning, the yellow makes it fun!

Anonymous said...

How elegant! The hydrangeas really make this table. Beautiful dishes. Love the dark napkins, too.

Daisy

Debbie said...

I love the plates! Very elegant with the white hydrangeas, and the rudbeckias are a more casual look. I like both!!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Mimi, I love the white. You not only have a gift for tablescapes, but you do a wonderful job with the flowers in all of your settings. I should know because I am a florist!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

The china is lovely, Mimi. What a great find!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

So very pretty! I love the white flowers.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a pretty table! Love your china. It has such an elegant look, and I like the fact that you chose to do this monochromatic look. It's just perfect.

Happy Tablescape Thursday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

marlis said...

love the white blooms the best.. so beautiful and soothing and elegant. Great job...

Kathleen said...

That china is just beautiful! I do love the white hydrangeas the best. Very elegant table, M!

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful, Mimi! I am partial to the white Hydrangea's! You set a gorgeous table, your dishes are so pretty!

Jenny at Henrietta's House said...

Hi Mimi,

This looks very classy and beautiful! I love black and white.

From the Kitchen said...

Great tablescape! Why do I never find such wonderful things at thrift shops. Probably because we don't have a thrift shop unless Goodwill and Salvation Army count.

Best,
Bonnie

Entertaining Women said...

Great minds think alike. Love the black and white. Hydrangeas are always one of my favorites! The dishes are a great get. Thank you for your kind comments on my tablescape. Cherry Kay

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your table is beautiful!!! I hear what you are saying about photographing white, AND I think your table is elegant... I like the white flowers best, they have a lacy look that adds a more sophisticated look to the table... I DO like the others though for a less formal look... either way it's gorgeous...Donna

xinex said...

Your china set is so beautiful! You have set a very elegant table...Christine

Anonymous said...

So elegant! I love it.
Magic

Komali Nunna said...

Beautiful table, Mimi. Are those lime light hydrangea? My hydrangeas are doing great this year. Love that monochromatic theme.

Johanna said...

Mimi,
what a find is this china set. You did perfect to add the white cups. I wouldn't have realized that they are not origin to this set. The beautiful border of that china allows a lot of color combinations. So I cannot decide which flowers I like best to it. I think it depends on the occassion. The white ones look for my sense more festive, the yellow ones more happy. Anyway, you made again a very pretty table. Thank you for sharing this.
Greetings, Johanna

Barbara said...

What a find! Those dishes are so pretty! I like the monochromatic look the best, even though I used rudbeckias this week. A camera makes a reading of middle gray so when photographing something that is mainly white, the camera reads it as gray. To compensate, you need to overexpose the photo by one or two stops. I wouldn't worry about that too much though. Your photographs really showed off your lovely table.

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Mimi, the black and white color scheme looks so elegant! Love those dishes, and I think the white hydrangeas add the perfect touch. Thank you for your kind comments on my table this week!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Your table is very elegant. I definitely prefer the white hydrangeas because they seem a little more formal and the white is perfect with the china! I am following you to see what else you do! Linda

Debbie said...

Well, you're amazing. You put that whole thing together from a thrift store?? To me, penny pincher that I am, that makes it all the more lovely.

I like both centerpieces, but I'm with you in that the white is the more "perfect" of the two.

Sonia said...

I just love the black and white table you put together!! So elegant and classy..no one would ever know you thrifted it! Great job! I also love your previous green table! Just wonderful.

Miss Bloomers

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

This is a charming tablescape. I like the white flowers best. Those cups you found go perfectly with these dishes.

All the Best,

Requi

Mary said...

Love the border on your plates & white hydrangeas!

Unintentionally Unemployed said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my Christmas dishes...coming from a tablescape master, I consider this a true compliment. I hope you will come back by my blog - become a follower and a subscriber (I think I don't have the right widget) so you could save $$$ to have more to spend on your beaufiful tables!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty! Love your china find and you've set them beautifully on your table. I like both floral arrangements. Love how they give a bit different look each way -- thanks for capturing that for us.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

This table is just stunning! It is so fresh yet elegant! You did a fabulous job putting this one together my friend! Just beautiful!!

Joanne Kennedy said...

This is wonderful! Isn't it great when you find pretty plates for pennies on the dollar at the thrift stores. I get a lot of my dishes from thrift stores.

Hugs,
Joanne

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very pretty, very elegant!

Katherine

Anita said...

No way! I do not know how you do it! It is gorgeous, as always. I love that pattern and the white hydrangeas are beautiful too. I would love to have white and pink, but I guess it depends on the soil

The Thriftress said...

How cool that your tablescape is thrifted! I love it!

Jacqueline said...

This is a beautifully romantic table. Your china is so beautiful. I see everyone taking pictures with candlelight and haven't tried that yet, it is so pretty on your table. I did finally try twilight shots this week for Summer Sundays and was successful so candle light should be next on the list.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Mimi,
Wow, I could never choose between those two centerpieces...both florals are sooo pretty with your tablescape! What a steal on your Red Cliff...way to go! Gorgeous tablescape...so elegant and beautiful!
Happy 100th TT, sweet friend!
Susan

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh my goodness! What an elegant tablescape, Mimi! But, of course, you know what I love best...your wonderful Red Cliff! I paid $16 for my cream pitcher! Are you addicted now? lol Thanks for the birthday wishes for Baby Kitty! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Katina said...

I love the white hydrangeas!
Thanks for visiting Peaceful Divas!

Debbie said...

This looks so nice! I like the hydrangea for a more formal-romantic look...but also the rudebeckia for a casual look. Both look great!
Debbie@houseatthelake

All the Pretty Dishes said...

Your table looks beautiful. I love the dishes and I would have thought the cups were part of the original set if you hadn't mentioned that the set came without. I especially love the tablescape with the white flowers - very classy!
And thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my blog!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

That china is wonderful. Beautiful table.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Those dishes are lovely...I love the rich look of the borders....beautiful table setting!

The Tablescaper said...

Lovely table and gorgeous hydrangas!

Hope to see you at Summer Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

emptynester3 said...

Love the dishes and the hydrangeas! Beautiful!

Sherry said...

Beautiful table Mimi. I love the dishes. Black and white is always timeless and it always looks amazing. Love that you tried two different centerpieces too. I like the white too.:) It is neat to see it different ways. Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry

Debbie said...

So pretty and elegant....I love the touch of yellow for the centerpiece! Nice job Mimi! Have a great day! Debbie

Gina said...

It may be a thrifted table but that doesn't mean it's any less wonderful! That is one elegant looking table.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Those plates are just stunning!! I love the white flowers, they are just so pretty!
Super table!
Cindy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Mimi, this tablescape is so pretty. That china was a great find. Isn't it amazing how, with the tall vase of hydrangeas, the table looks so formal, and just the change in flowers gives it a more informal look. This is a great lesson in the power of a centerpiece. Your Red Cliff pitcher is so sweet, and you can't get a better deal than that! laurie

Sue said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. Your table is so elegant, black and white is always so wonderful.

Rettabug said...

What BEAUTIFUL china, Mimi!! Outstanding table in its simplicity & style. I ♥ your white hydrangeas!

I, too, find white to be especially difficult to photograph. Be sure to tell us what your friend advises, okay? I'm so new to photographing tables & things, I drink in every tip I can get.