When I got married, I did not choose china or crystal thinking it was all a bit too fancy for me. I’m still not one whose table is going to be very formal, but some months ago I made the decision to use the china which came to me via my mother as if it were just another set of dishes.
This time around I wanted to pair it with miscellaneous pieces that are reminders of people and places. The starting point is this beautiful piece of handwoven silk from Morocco. The threads are finer than anything I will ever work with, and I love that this exquisite fabric was woven by a man.
Flowers and candles are in some of my favorite things. The cut glass pieces were gotten years ago at a neighbor’s estate sale, the small vases were mother’s and the candle holders are from a Maine antique shop. I got them because I loved the etching on the base. Together, all these pieces are a perfect vignette.
The china is a no longer produced Bavarian pattern called Richelieu. Prior to WW II, the pieces were hand painted, but later they were machine made. Mother started collecting soon after she was married, and I remember many Christmases and anniversaries Daddy adding a new plate, serving piece or cup and saucer.
Adding to the memories are the crocheted placemats made by my mother-in-law and the textured pink glasses and plates which once belonged to my best friend’s grandmother. Indeed, this table is wrapped in history, and I wonder what stories were told around the tables where these pieces were once used.
Adding the something unexpected is a must for me, and here it is the French napkins from Anthropologie tucked into playful napkin rings that provide a contrast to the more formal elements.Touches of elegance, touches of fun are here, but what makes this table special is the story that goes with each and every piece that you see.
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