Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More Mikasa "Brava Yellow"

Now, what would the world come to if I didn't show you how to take Mikasa and mix it with Walmart?
As always, I am up to that challenge, why? Because here in Western NC, Walmart is pretty much the only choice, lol!

I am using the Mikasa "Brava Yellow" that I chose as an accent for the "Brava Rooster," which you still have a chance to win HERE. I only changed a few things from last week's table to show you some versatility. 

This salad plate is from the Walmart Better Homes and Gardens collection. I bought it for an accent, but never used them. Then I got the yellow, and it just worked perfectly! I am using again the vintage Bakelite flatware in addition to the Mikasa "Italian Countryside" flatware. The amber glassware is from Pier 1 a few years ago.

I am in love with the Waverly "Sweet Pastimes" toile. These colors are so rich, plus it washes very well. I have to have linens that are washable as we use them, so I pre-wash everything *before* I make it in case there is shrinkage, etc. 

Since we'll be using this table for dinner, I added tall candle holders and cream candles tied with raffia. 

And now, another option...I used bamboo napkin rings from Bed, Bath and Beyond for a more casual look, and added Hull "Brown Drip" coffee mugs and the vintage iced tea glasses by Indiana Glass "Whitehall" in amber. BTW, these are our everyday glasses. I also have them in pink/coral and clear in three different sizes. I love these and they are easy to find on ebay.

Mr. Rooster came back for this one...

Love the school bus parked under the table! Cristian also loves the rooster, and has claimed it as his. 

Now we are getting that beautiful pre-fall afternoon sunlight streaming in through the french doors.

I love the sunlight with the amber...

Here you have a couple different ways to use the same linens, flatware, chargers and napkins with different dinnerware for a different look. I have found that I have a lot more combinations with the yellow than I had anticipated, so I'm glad that was the choice I made.

You sill have a chance to win 8 place settings of Mikasa "Brava Rooster" in the round!! Click on the photo on the top right for directions on how to enter. I am so thankful for everyone who has entered, and especially those who are new followers! I am getting around to all of your blogs slowly but surely:-) 

This is such a generous giveaway from Mikasa, don't miss it, and be sure to tell all your friends!

I'll be linking this table to "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch, so go by there and be inspired!!



  1. So beautiful, Anita! Okay, you've finally put me in the mood for Fall! Love the school bus, it makes the tablescape.

  2. Hi Anita~ Love your tablescape! Your room is gorgeous! Thank you for stopping by my blog French Country Cottage the other day too! :)

  3. Anita,

    Love all the looks! The school bus is perfect.


  4. Hi Anita, what a beautiful way to show how versatile one table setting can be! I am so enjoying all of your warm colors and I love how "glowy" (is that a word?) your photos look too!

  5. Beautiful warm colors and I love the shots with the sunlight!

  6. Anita, this is yet another gorgeous table! I love it with the casual look. (Oh, I HOPE I win!!
    Even here in East Podunk, we have Walmart to buy things to go with the dishes.)

    I am just like you in that we use our table linens. I just have a "thing" about it.

    Also, I don't know if I mentioned this last week, but that bakelite flatware is to be envied. I love it.

    When the sun came streaming in, well... BINGO.

  7. Simply beautiful. You do have a way with dishes! You are really making me want to work on some fall decorating. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Anita, your dining room with all that sunlight streaming in makes me so envious. This is such a beautiful room. I'd want to eat every meal at that awesome table. Your family must love meal time!
    I like the way you use many of the same details, but mix it up a little. That's real life for all of us! ~ Sarah

  9. What a lovely setting. All the little details certainly do make it festive and inviting. Those dishes go perfectly together and look great. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. pre fall sunlight- sounds good to me- looking forward to fall.

    great accent plates with the mikasa square plates- loving your toile runner- thanks for the comment about washing it even though its states dry clean.

    my family used those amber fostorias growing up-shame we did not keep them although i see them often at flea markets - my amber glasses are the bubble style- goblets and water glasses. Agree they are pretty when the light hits them.

    Adore your school bus "parked" under the table!!!!!

  11. The school bus,your decor makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook a big Ole Thanksgiving Dinner.

  12. Anita,
    So pretty! I was just looking at those Better Homes & Gardens dishes this past weekend! Wal-Mart is a staple down here in SC, too!
    I love how you've mixed and matched the yellow pieces. That sunlight streaming in on your beautiful table is gorgeous!

  13. All your descriptions and different tablescapes are just lovely.I love all the rich colors and the stylish runner you handmade. Since visiting your blog I have made several Mikasa purchases and looking forward to them. Thanks for recommending them and since you love their brand and quality,that was as a big encouragement to shop with them. Looking forward to more posts and enjoying your ideas! Take care~Emelia~

  14. Hi,Anita your tablescapes so beautiful.I love all the colors together with the school bus.
    !What a lovely setting.....

  15. Just gorgeous as always!! Question, do you leave the centerpieces in when you have dinner? Can you see over them if you do? I just love that you use these place settings and create such a wonderful atmosphere for your family!

  16. Great post, Anita! I enjoyed seeing how you changed up just a few things to create a table with a completely different feel. I love your amber glasses! And I am going to copy you with the raffia-tied candles!

  17. I love mixing patterns! Who cares if they are from Wallyworld! The whole tablescape screams family and comfort to me! I love your toile runner!

  18. Great table ... and I'm still loving your DF chairs ... I might have to get mine back out of storage! You've used some of my favorite things ... coffee tastes so good out of those drip mugs! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Beautiful tablescape! Love your runner. Come link up to Centerpiece Wed.


  20. Great tables for a fall meal...your dining room is so warm and welcoming, I am sure your guest never want to leave it! I love the toile table runner, great colors.

  21. Ahh, the music sets the mood. I looooove Wal Mart, I know a lot of people complain about it, but in small towns it is such a blessing to have so many things you would never get and they have such cute things too. You did a beautiful job on this table. The colors are gorgeous and put me in the Fall mood.

  22. Certainly this is a table for all seasons. You've found the perfect equation for a perfect tablescape. Thank you for sharing your always gorgeous designs. Cherry Kay

  23. First of all, all this time admiring your tablescapes, I am not sure that I have ever told you how much I like your table. It is just gorgeous. I had to smile at the school bus parked underneath. I love the variations that you have done with this setting. I, too, am seeing the beginnings of that fall light. I just can't wait! Your pretty table seems to perfectly capture the time between summer and fall.

  24. What a pretty tablescape. I am so ready for fall and yours is getting me closer!

    Some news: We're staring a Giveaway Friday! link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we are giving away custom backsplash! Hope you'll join us.





  26. Anita...

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on my sterling plan!

    This table is so warm and inviting. I love the colors! It looks like autumn is coming in!

  27. oh anita your tables just scream lovelynes and oh so country french i just love the colors it is just soooo charming:)

  28. Anita...I love yellow, so I really enjoyed this beautiful setting! The amber glasses are gorgeous with the sun shining in. The runner is perfect...pulls it all together so beautifully!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  29. You caught some lovely sunshine photos. I really like the sunflower basket. Another wonderful job.