I go crazy for English country style for a little while when the weather gets chill. This china makes me imagine myself standing next to a little thatched cottage in a country village somewhere, with everything that goes with it, like in the movie The Holiday (Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet).
There are only four plates, but I'm heavy into mixing and matching, especially transferware. For a lot of years our Thanksgivings had a different setting at each place, and you could choose your favorite. The practice works well for large gatherings, and you never have to worry about incomplete sets. This would be a great one to include in the mix.
I have lately been keeping my eye out for vintage glassware, and these are my two most recent finds. I love mixing glass as well. It's often recommended that if you mix place settings the glassware should all match to unify the table. I break that rule too. I do like the glass to all be the same color, however.
My tablecloth is a perfectly square thick and luscious vintage French matelasse. It has the homespun quality and earthy tone I'm going for.
I found a set of six newish bowls at the thrift store that I think may originate from Williams Sonoma (don't quote me). They just say "made in England" on the bottom.
Two of a small group of vintage Spode bread and butter plates get pressed into service too.
Flatware is vintage Wallace, an unknown pattern to me, with a fabulous patina.
Matches, and one of my indispensible magnifyers.
Attack! Bon appetit, bonne soiree, and Ciao! for now!
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