June 6, 2016

Playing With Dishes

Good morning everyone. I am pulling a post out of the archive today... This old summer cold/virus has me down, but I am getting better. I thought I would show this post as a "second time around" story. Many of you are new since it was originally posted...and some of you may have forgotten about it. ha! I am doing much better...but I was a blob last week and did absolutely nothing creative.  I plan to be back into the swing of things this week, hopefully. :-) 

On to the post...

I have been playing house again. :-)

I was in TJMaxx on a field trip...just browsing you see. 

I consider this to be part of the "hunting and gathering" that house obsessed people do.

A Ralph Lauren floral blue tablecloth caught my eye. I like floral tablecloths but I rarely buy one. The dishes I use on a daily basis are solid white, and cream white, so they would work, but still, I usually buy solid colors.

My dining room is BM westminster gold, with white wood trim. 

The wool rug is mostly indigo blue. I think I am afraid to mix a floral cloth with my patterned rug.

Or, maybe I am afraid that a floral tablecloth is not formal enough for most occasions in the dining room. 

I know...I need to step outside of the box and mix it up.  Well, I did. I bought that floral cloth, put it on the dining table on Saturday, and started playing with dishes. 

I needed to pull those dishes out of the cabinet to inventory and  to wash them anyway.

I like to pull out my white china and pottery for cleaning from time to time even if I do not use them. (How does that dust get inside of  cabinet spaces anyway?)

Here are the photos for show and tell. 
Each photo will show additional layering.

The background of the tablecloth is an oatmeal colored linen.
I am thinking of putting a display of blue and white plates on the blank wall that you see on the left in the picture shown below.
Several years ago I started collecting white dishes. 

I have Spode blue and white dinner plates...but they were too busy looking to place on this floral cloth. What do you think? 

Here is a small white Spode candy dish that my mother gave me several years ago. Is that too much pattern on pattern?

The flatware is very old and belonged to a great aunt. 

You can see the rug's dark indigo blue in this photo. Is the floral tablecloth too busy to use in this room?

I often see English rooms that have pattern on top of pattern...but is it ok for my house? Hmmm.

Is this tablecloth too casual for my dining room?  
I usually use  pressed white or cream damask cloths. 

Thanks for playing house with me.

I like to put things out to get an idea how they will look before I actually use them.

I will probably use this tablecloth for less formal dinners in the dining room...but revert back to my pressed white cloths for other occasions. 

My wedding china is white with a navy border. I will have to put it out with this cloth to see if they look alright together.

Have I told you...that I am a visual person?  :-)
A very visual person!   

I have to have things just a certain way to be at ease, visually speaking.

Those of you who have that affliction understand what I am saying. 

It is kind of like...don't wear plaids and stripes together. (...which would bother most people.) 

Apply that concept to your artistic sensibilities in your living space.

Of course...beauty is in the eye of the beholder too. 

I am perhaps a little too sensitive to color, light, balance, scale, etc. 

I will blame it on all the art history that I studied in college and graduate school. 

It is probably because of my attention to the little nuances of a room that my friends often ask me for opinions on their spaces.

I hope that I do not drive you nutty with my observations and constant tweaking.  :-)

If you are like me...how do you use your visual sensibilities in fluffing your home?

Please come back and see what I am working the next time!


Blog link parties June 12, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
I Should be Mopping the Floor, Inspiration Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
Peonies and Orange Blossoms, Favorite Things Thursday Blog Hop
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Chic on a Shoestring, Flaunt It Friday
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup
Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest

Joining these link parties!


My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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