Monday, April 29, 2013

Vintage lilacs

My grandmother's lilacs are in bloom so I put together a tablescape with vintage china that has been in my great grandmother's china cabinet for at least 50-70 years.

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These darling cups are from post-war Japan.

My mother has repeatedly asked begged me to polish this creamer and sugar, and I will because I know tarnish is bad for silver, even if it's the "in" thing. 

The chocolate pot set was gifted several years ago from a family member, and the pretty pastel colors were just perfect for this table.

My great grandmother's cruet set is the centerpiece of this vintage table. 

There are three different kinds of plates in this set which is believed to have been a "gift" with flour sacks at the old Knight's Store here. The plates are porcelain with no markings, but my mother was told they could be "Cone Premium."

I used burlap to anchor everything with battenburg lace placemats and a lace runner together with antique sterling and silver plated chargers.

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  1. Gorgeous, I love lilacs, such a stunning table, Anita. Love that table made by Luis. xo

  2. I am in luv!!! You know I have a weakness for china, and flatware, and .. and :-) But I especially have a weakness for the ones that have a story , a family history passed down. What a luvly table Anita. The lilacs are beautiful, the table a knockout!!
    Hugs, Gee

  3. What a beautiful table you set. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the various elements you used.

  4. Anita,it's simply stunning my friend ;) love every single thing on your gorgeous table....


  5. Thank you for sharing such beautiful china, sterling and lace treasures. The lace and burlap are wonderful with the patterns and colors.

  6. Lovely post, Anita. Your sweet china is beautiful and goes beautifully with the lilacs. I have been trying to baby a lilac bush for several years now and I hope it will survive and maybe even thrive before too long. It is my understanding that lilacs do better where there are colder winters, but I am stubborn, so I keep hoping my bush will take off before too long. I can imagine how wonderful yours must smell!

  7. Gorgeous table, Anita!!! I love ALL of the dishes. The old dishes are always just beautiful tome. I also ADORE lilacs. I can almost smell them! XO, pinky

  8. Beautiful tablescape, Anita! I love the purple colors. I've found myself drawn to those colors again. I loved them and lived with them as a teen, and I'm drawn to them again. Yes, silver polish = a good thing. I need to do mine, too! ;-)



  9. the battenburg placemats are a perfect choice with the delicate China! I just planted a lilac this year. wish me luck! beautiful table. Xo Marlis

  10. Oh my this is gorgeous, Anita! You table is so unique and a real treasure!

  11. Boy the colors are just amazing together!
    The china and flatware with the lilacs, so stunning!
    Great job.

  12. This is lovely! I really love the purple and silver together. Those delicate cups are gorgeous!

  13. Your tabelscape is so beautiful and your dining room is absolutely stunning. I love your beautiful lavender and lilac. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  14. Stunning table with gorgeous china and lovely lilacs!
    Love the happy colours.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  15. This is so beautiful. I love the contrast between the lace and the burlap and the little flowered plates are exquisite..I'm coming over from Feathered Nest Friday..Happy Thursday..Judy

  16. Soooo pretty!!! Your great grandmothers china and you grandmothers lilacs are just gorgeous!
    Love that small plate with the lilacs.

    Happy Spring day!

  17. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous table setting.


  18. Beautiful! I love the soft colours and the gorgeous china, and the lace over the burlap. Very pretty and very springy. Pamela

  19. I love the color of your walls! Looks so good with the wood floor and your beautiful china.
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