Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Everyday Dishes

I really find this rather hard to believe...but after all of the tables I have set, I have never shown you my everyday dishes!  Well I would say that it is about time!

I purchased a complete set around 15 years ago, and sad to say, the manufacturer, Lindt-Stymeist is no longer in operation.  The pattern is called Craft Works (Green Tea)...

...just really pretty, rich shiny green stoneware with tiny brown freckles all over.  Apparently I'm not the only one fond of these dishes, since every time one gets broken (sigh) my kids act as if they have lost a family member.

Here I have layered the plates with my dark brown woven chargers which sit atop deep wine colored grass mats.

I've tucked my flatware into eggplant napkins, all held together with bamboo napkin rings.  Today I have chosen a tablecloth that I distinctly remember from my childhood.

It has a name Luther Travis printed on one of the corners, and when I did a Google search, I gathered that  Luther Travis was a common linen producer from the 1950's, and it is quite easy to find this exact cloth, and other similar to it, for sale on many websites.

So...lots of you probably remember this cloth from your early days!  The grapes on the cloth inspired me to continue with a "wine and dine" theme.

This larger-than-life wine glass is a special treasure that I found at my dear Aunt Tess' house.  Perhaps too big for drinking, put perfect as a centerpiece filled with grapes.

I'm allowed to have two centerpieces, aren't I?  These old wine corks make a great filler for my vase of...

...psychedelic pink roses.   While I love to drink wine from these cute little etched purple tumblers (vintage Pottery Barn),

I find they also make ideal holders for some tea lights.  Besides, I'll be enjoying my wine tonight from these...

...oversized globe goblets (Crate & Barrel, at least 2o years old).  Now, I bet you are saying to yourself..."I don't think she really sets the table like this on an everyday basis."  Sadly, that is true.  With the hectic schedules of two teenagers, dinner more often than not is a feeding frenzy rather than a relaxing gourmet meal.  Sorry to say that the typical placesetting on any given day resembles not this...

but rather this...

Yup, and no wine in those plastic tumblers either.  I think I would prefer to leave you with something just a little nicer to look at... this everyday dinner table of my dreams!  I am quite sure that the following blog parties will be full of fabulous autumn entertaining ideas, so please join me.
Centerpiece Wednesday (The Style Sisters)
Tabletop Thursday (Between Naps on the Porch)
Feathered Nest Friday (French Country Cottage)
Home Sweet Home Friday  (The Charm of Home)
Seasonal Sundays (The Tablescaper)
Let's Dish (Cuisine Kathleen)
Open House Party (No Minimalist Here)


  1. Oh yeah, I understand the "real" everyday dinner. But we can dream, can't we? I love those dishes, I bet you do a bit of a teary face when one breaks. They are really classy. Great tablecloth too.. Just love the table. xo marlis

  2. Yes, I know about the real tables too! But we all love to indulge our creative urges and set tables of beauty. Yours is wonderful and it was very clever to use the tablecloth for the wine theme. Linda

  3. Beautifully done! Love the tablecloth and the grapes in the wine glass! Yes the reality is that most of us don't have pretty tables set for everyday- who could keep up with that!!

  4. Love this post! Your take on the wine theme obviously appeals to me! And I like your everyday dishes. I don't think I have ever seen any quite like them.

  5. Love your everyday table. Around my house, if the table is set for fun they ask "who's coming over?" Departing from the norm makes the boys over here twitch...

  6. Lovely, and I especially love the big window with the light pouring in. I'm visiting from Tablescape Thursday and am right next to you! Hi there!

  7. Love your everyday dishes and the tablecloth is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Very pretty! Love the colors and that tall glass is great!

  9. Wine cork center piece... WOW really nice. Once and awhile I bring flowers to my local vineyard.. what a nice way to display! Your colors are great too... Happy Fall Jules ~