Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tablescape Thursday ~ Almost Vintage

It has been a pleasure these past few weeks to participate in Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch. If you love dishes and beautiful table settings visit Susan, you will not be disappointed, she always sets a lovely table and welcomes you onto her wonderful porch. After visiting Susan you can click on the names of other participants to view even more tablescapes.

Most people who know me well, know that I love anything vintage, and I also love what I call 'almost vintage', it can be brand new reproductions, I do not discriminate, I still love the vintage look of these things and I will welcome them into my home.
Today it is my turn to have the girls for lunch again, there will only be four of us, and I have set my dining table for us with some of my vintage and 'almost vintage' finds.

I started with vintage linens that I had picked up at an estate sale on Long Island, NY.
I usually 'roll' my placemats and napkins around empty paper towel holders to keep them from wrinkling, but my husband's grandmother had taught me that linen tablecloths, placemats, and napkins should be ironed with perfect creases in them. She said that sharply creased linens were acceptable and easier to store (she was right about that!), but she said that soft or unsharp creases had to be ironed out.
I didn't do very well, the more I tried to get out the soft folds, the more wrinkled they became! My apologies.

Okay, let's focus on the positive now.

I love the detail work on the placemats and napkins ~

The luncheon plates belonged to my husband's grandmother.

The salad plates I bought myself at TJ Maxx a few years ago.

And the little dessert plates belonged to a friend's grandmother, she very kindly gifted them to me.

I love the design around the rim of these plates.

Both the platter and the serving dish at one time graced the table of my grandparents.

I took an old floral tin that was my Mom's and filled it with some silk flowers to create a very simple centerpiece.

The vintage looking glasses are actually reproductions that I had purchased at Anthropologie (on sale last year).

I have an extra place setting. Won't you please join us?

Please visit Susan to view the tablescapes of her many followers.

Also, Doodles By Lauren is having a GIVEAWAY today! Go leave a comment and maybe you will be the lucky winner of a beautiful one-of-a-kind original artwork by Lauren! The drawing is today so hurry!


  1. Very lovely Eileen. I especially loved your salad plates and of coarse the linen. I love linen. Love Di

  2. I am glad you set an extra place for me. I would love to join in-it all looks so pretty. I love tjmax too!

  3. Eileen, I love vintage, too, and this is so beautiful! The vintage linens are fabulous, and I love your grandmother's plates and that platter.


  4. Pretty linens and beautiful dishes that make the table setting so lovely. A little vintage on the table makes it perfect.
    ♥, Susan

  5. Lovely 'scape! Your linens are pretty (I know they are hard to iron!) and I like your layering of the different plates.


  6. You have a wonderful setting and I would LOVE to come to lunch!! ;)
    Irene x

  7. Hi Eileen,
    Thanks for setting an extra place for me. I would love to sit with you at your table and enjoy conversation over dinner...or even just a cup of tea. "Visiting" with you would be a true blessing...

    I know what you mean about linen napkins, table clothes and placemats. They are so difficult to iron...or maybe we "modern" women have lost the art(?) of pressing linen. I have finally given up and send my vintage linens to the dry cleaners. Yes, it's rather expensive, but I use them so rarely.

    Thanks for visiting with me today. I truly appreciate your comments about my photos. I am still learning how to use my camera.It's just one of those Coolpix that fit in my purse...but I love it.
    Chat with you again, soon.
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  8. Eileen, I love your gorgeous pretty. The green plates are fabulous!!!!

    Barb ♥

  9. I would love to join you at such a lovely table -- My, I do love vintage linens too -- those napkins are devine!

  10. Very pretty vintage stuff, Eileen. Lovely table.

  11. I'm so jealous that you have such beautiful things from your grandparents! I had no idea about the sharp creases in the linens...I have been hanging my tablecloths on those crease free felt hangers, but they still leave soft creases. I like the idea of rolling napkin on the paper towel rollers...I roll my hair on toilet paper rollers! Every thing is beautiful, Eileen...the vintage goes so well with the new...beautifully mixed for a lovely tablescape!

    God bless you!

  12. I love how you love these old things, and use them, and that they mean a lot to you. It is a beautifully set table, and even more so because of how it all is tied in to your life story. I like your profile story as well. :-)

  13. I loved all the layering of texture on your plates. So pretty. Your napkins are also so beautiful! Love the idea of rolling napkins on paper towel rollers, if only I had that much storage!!!

  14. Asolutely LOVELY!
    You have created a really sweet arrangement and I'm so glad that I visited your site.
    Hope you'll come by for some hot chocolate,

  15. Hi Eileen,Every thing is so beautiful, The green plates are wonderful!!!!

  16. Oh Eileen, I can't pick what I like the best: the napkins, the table itself, the glasses, the mojelica salad plates! It's all so beautiful! your tablescapes never disappoint! Stop by my blog soon! I've got a giveaway - hot to that I think you might like for a spooky tablescape for 4! :)

  17. I wish I had my family's dishes... you are so lucky. Good memories at dinner time :)

    I also have those green dishes that you bought at TJ Maxx. I even have them (and a few serving pieces) in a ROMANTIC PINK. I LOVE them!

    I used them in last week's Foodie Friday post showing my "no calorie desserts" or faux food goodies.

    As far as my linens... I hang them and just iron before setting the table. I bet you grandmother starched hers.

  18. Hello Eileen...

    Ohhh...I love vintage linens too! They just have a way about bring a romantic feel to a table! Your linens are the embroidered pattern on them! Such pretty place settings too...those dishes are gorgeous! I bet your ladies luncheon was a hit for sure! Thanks for sharing some of your fineries with us sweet!

    Warmest wishes,

  19. So beautiful! The Anthro glasses are great! And who doesn't love a great estate sale? Jon's aunt lives in CT. and gets THE BEST things at estate sales...THE BEST! :)

    Have a great "girls lunch" and a super day!

  20. I am awed by all your plates and different linens and then how you so artfully put it all together. Would love to come by for a lunch or snack or dinner or 'tea' or breakfast or brunch or barbeque...did I cover everything?

    blessings and welcoming hugs,


  21. Eileen-You have a beautiful assortment from lots of different places and it works together beautifully! Your linens are beautiful. I love the cutwork--except when I am ironing it :)

  22. Fabulous table Eileen! I love your vintage linens, the plates and those sweet glasses from Anthro. Your centerpiece is gorgeous! Happy Thursday. :-)

  23. So pretty. Love the linen and who really cares about wrinkles and creases??!! Hope you'll stop by to visit me.

  24. Hi Eileen, I love your beautiful vintage table linens and all of your dishes and other tableware go perfectly with them. The entire look is very pretty, Mary@Boogieboard Cottage :O)

  25. You know how I love vintage, or almost vintage. And I love those Anthropologie glasses!

  26. Wonderful vintage items. I especially love the linens. They are really hard to iron but they are so pretty it makes it worth it!


  27. This is very pretty! Love those plates, and the vintage linen! I would love to join you!


  28. I love those glasses they are truly so pretty and I also love the vintage pieces you have, thanks for sharing everything....stop for a visit if you have time, I am a new blogger

  29. Great tablescape and information on storing linens. Loved your plates and glasses.

  30. Wonderful place setting Eileen! I love 'almost' vintage too and I love that little dessert plate! Great job!

  31. Thank you so much for your kind remarks on my blog, I actually have no photo skills, I just did what Naps on the porch said to do to get good pictures lol she knows all I guess. I love your blog and it means alot to me to have you visit mine....Phyllis

  32. Very pretty! LOVE the linens...creases or not. I have those same Bordallo pinheiro dishes...majolica. cherry cherry

  33. I love the old things too---I love the vintage linens; reminds me of my childhood. We used white linen napkins growing up and they were huge things!!! We had a drawer in our tubular kitchen table where we placed them. I enjoyed your tablescape!

  34. I love the layering of the plates and the detail in the napkins. Just wonderful.


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