Showing posts with label Mikasa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mikasa. Show all posts

Monday, October 1, 2012

~Woodland Fall Breakfast Table~

This year, I am slowly getting my home decorated for Fall.  Being a new empty-nester, I am enjoying the slower pace of being able to take my time, and really enjoy the process. In previous posts, I've shown you my mantel and coffee table. Today, I am sharing my "Woodland Fall" breakfast table". 

I enjoy the deep, rich tones of our kitchen; and they translate well for the warm, cozy feel of the season.

Layers of natural and faux foliage create a "bridge" between the two lanterns...I purchased these several years ago at ZGallerie.

Since there are only two of us at home now, Dear Hubby and I only use one side of the, the display is not a conversation barrier!

My inspiration came from this display at Williams-Sonoma. 

(The quality is not very clear, as I did a quick snap with my iphone!)

I love the beauty of the white dishes, with the rattan chargers; but, it was the pumpkin dinnerware that stole my heart! That mix, along with the stainless and copper cookware was just stunning. I love a mix of elements in the kitchen.

I also fell in love with the 'bushy' foliage of this display at 
Pottery Barn...

(Another quick iphone shot)

So, I merged elements of the two...

The table is set with the "Botanical Pumpkin" plates from 

I saw them in the display above; and it was love at first sight! 

Each setting began with these rattan chargers, which were a previous purchase from 
Cost Plus World Market.

The chargers were layered with white dinner plates from

Then, the "Botanical Pumpkin" salad plates were added.

I purchased the dinner napkins, in the "Botanical Pumpkin" pattern, as well. 

The napkin rings were a thrift find. I bought a bag of 8, for 99¢...they were brass; and I simply gave them a coat of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. Now they are perfect for Fall!

A vintage copper ice bucket serves as a vase for the flowers and foliage. Various pumpkins, leaves, and gourds provide seasonal color. I'm doing a lot with copper in the kitchen this season, so this works perfectly.

The flicker of candlelight in the lanterns adds ambience; and they are topped with little fall accents.

To the right of the breakfast table, in a small space between the office doors and the pantry, I added a kitchen towel, also, in the "Botanical Pumpkin" pattern. The towel serves as a base for the wooden pizza peel, that was a thrift find, last week. I added some raffia and a few fall leaves for texture.

I hope to find some small white pumpkins to add to the table soon, as a final touch. Pumpkins are just starting to show up here; and I have not seen the white ones at all.

So, that's my fall breakfast area, for now!
I hope you have enjoyed your visit; and Happy Decorating!

Linking to:
Worthing Court-"Better Late Than Never"
House On The Way-Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun Link Party
Cuisine Kathleen: Let's Dish
Life on Lakeshore Drive-A Bouquet of Talent 
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia-October'Fest of Fun
One More Time-Share It One More Time
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
At The Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
2805:Potpourri Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
BNOTP-Tablescape Thursday
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
No Minimalist Here-Open House Party
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
House on the Way-Twirl and Take a Bow 
DIY by Design-Fall Into Fall
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
The Polohouse-Favorites on the First
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
Be Colorful-Motivated Monday
Under the Table and Dreaming-Sunday Showcase Party
Homemaker on a Dime-Creative Bloggers' Party Hop
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
You're Talking Too Much-Meet Me Monday
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party

Friday, September 28, 2012

Debbiedoo's Fall 2012 Magazine Copy Cat Challenge

When Debbie first announced her Fall 2012 Magazine Copy Cat Challenge, I immediately started to flip through my Fall magazines for some inspiration. I needed something that was super easy, as I have been so busy lately. My inspiration struck me in the September/October issue of Southern Lady magazine, on page 70.

via Southern Lady Magazine

I loved the simplicity of this setting; and realized that the dinner plate was eerily similar to my wedding china. I decided to see if I could come close!

To replicate the plaid runner on the table, I pulled my Burberry scarf from the closet; 

but, instead of the fox plate, in the inspiration photo, I used a turkey plate that I previously purchased from Williams-Sonoma. 

I layered the plates on a rattan charger from Cost Plus World Market. The dinner plate, cup and saucer are all "Wedding Band" by Mikasa. I already had the round votive holder, like the one in the inspiration photo; and I added the jar candle for fun.

And, now, I'm a copy cat, with no money spent!!!

What do you think? Did I get close??

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!!

 " My entry into  2805's Potpourri Friday Party    

                   is sponsored by Appliances Online."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

~A Late Summer Tablescape~ and The Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!

Happy Monday, Everyone!! As we approach the final weeks of summer, I realized that I hadn't done a tablescape in quite some time. I thought today would be the perfect time to have a little fun and play with my new dishes! 

While out shopping the other day, I stopped in one of my favorite stores, Cost Plus World Market. Many of their tabletop items are currently on sale. I have had my eye on these rattan chargers and knew that it was the perfect time to purchase! These will work beautifully on my tables in the months to come. I also wanted to do a mix of patterns in the dinnerware.

I layered it with a basic white dinner plate. I love the swirls in the border of this one from Mikasa...

On top of this one, I layered a rustic, scalloped edge plate in a creamy yellow...

I love the rusty distressing in the details.

Next, I layered a plate that I also found at World Market. I think this one really picks up the tones that are going to carry me into Fall.  In case you don't remember, I brought the blues into my 
Fall mantel decor.

I love the blues, greens, reds, and golds together!!
There are so many different ways I can use these for Fall.

The dinnerware layers beautifully...

For a simple centerpiece, I filled a bronze bowl with red and green artichokes...

The colors pick up the tones of the dinnerware...

I added a mix of gold water goblets, green wine stems, and crystal flutes...

I love a mix of elements on a table!!

A simple artichoke tops each placesetting.

Crystal votive holders add sparkle...

Large candlesticks anchor the table at each end.

And that's my tablescape for this week!

On a different note, the winner of the 
Shabby Apple $50 Gift Card is...


HONEY of 2805!!!!!


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Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter!!!
I hope you're savoring these last days of summer!
Thanks for stopping by; and have a great day!!
Happy Decorating!!

Linking to:
The Tablescaper-Summer's End Seasonal Sundays
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
At The Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
2805: Potpourri Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch-Tablescape Thursday
Imparting Grace-Grace at Home
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
The Style Sisters-Centerpiece Wednesday
Southern Lovely-Show and Share
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
One More Time-Share it One More Time
Debbiedoo's-Newbie with a Twist Party
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mikasa en Mi Casa

As you know, I have been bitten by the thrifting bug; and Dear Hubby is right there with me! While traveling on business, he now makes it a point to stop in the nearest Goodwill, to search for treasures, to bring home to me. (Isn't that sweet?!) 

Last week, he came home with a bag and said, "I brought you a present".  I opened the bag to find this little treasure:

It is the Mikasa 'English Countryside' Napkin Holder.

Well, I was thrilled because I have always loved Mikasa's patterns: 'English Countryside',  'Italian Countryside', and 'French Countryside'! Even though they are categorized as fine china, they are all great basic white patterns that can be dressed up or dressed down.  I went online to see what this piece was going for, and found it on, for $59.99!  My dear sweet hubby got it for.....$1.99! LOL!!!

Well, I went on my weekly run to my local Goodwill THE VERY NEXT DAY; and as fate would have it, a family of resale dealers, was rummaging through the dinnerware. I heard one of the girls yell to her counterpart, "If you see more of the Mikasa, let me know!" So, being the savvy shopper that I am...(lol)...I pretended to be looking at other things, while watching them stack their dishes.  After a few minutes, for some reason, they put the dishes back and I grabbed them! Get was more of the Mikasa 'English Countryside' pattern!!! (LOL...I can't make this stuff up!!) They had done my work for me!!!

I got these 5 bowls...

The MSRP online is $14.99-$21.50 each.
They cost me 79¢ each!!!

Then, I got 3 of the cups ...Unfortunately, a 4th one was chipped...

The MSRP is $21.50 each.
They cost me 59¢ each!!!

And, I was able to get one saucer...

The MSRP is $16.00
I got it for 59¢!!!

Needless to say, my new challenge is to build my Mikasa 'English Countryside' collection!  I will definitely be on the lookout for additional pieces!

After seeing so many great displays of white stoneware, on many of your blogs, I know what my first project will be, after the holidays. I want to switch out the china, in my glass front cabinets, to all white. I think this is a wonderful start to my display!

 I hope that I have inspired you to shop your local thrift stores for treasures. You just never know what you'll find.  I hope you have a great day; and Happy Thrifting!!

Linking to:
Type A Decorating-Hunter Gatherer Party
Charm Bracelet Diva-Club G.W.
Coastal Charm-Nifty Thrifty Tuesday