I am so lucky that my hubby feeds on my vice or it would be so boring otherwise. It's probably not new to you that I have an extreme obsession of dishes (among many other things, lol). It's not an exaggeration to say that I want to own all available patterns out there.
Anyway, right after we brought AJ to New Orleans airport for her flight back to FL, John takes me to a flea market where we bought a few furniture that I can refinish to sell at my booth. Then, he took me to a shopping plaza where they had a Kirkland's, TJ Maxx and Marshall's right next to each other. I tell you, I was in shopping heaven! So, we were walking along the dish aisle (where I always go towards, at first) and John spots these Italian Deruta dishes and points them out to me. I told him I already own a few pieces but my plates are in trapezoid shape. He said that's the more reason I should buy the round ones too to add to my collection. Now, I don't know about you but who can resist that generous suggestion?
And that's exactly what I did. I already owned the pitcher and the oval tray too.I know I had a cake platter somewhere in the house but could not find it anywhere.
Needless to say, these Italian dishes inspired me to create this tablescape. I started with a table runner with yellow embroidered lemons. I found it on Williams Sonoma's clearance table a few months ago.
I do not have a yellow tablecloth big enough to fit this table (Note to myself: be on a lookout for one) so I opted for the runner. Besides, I have not used it yet so this is a chance for an initiation.
I thought I had 4 sets of trapezoid shaped plates but I only have 2 sets, which I bought when we went to Chicago. I would have bought more round plates if I only have known, but there is always a next time.
And that makes sense cause they are heavy and John had to hand carry them in addition to the Queen's turkey plates I also bought from downtown Chicago. I was trying to be considerate, lol.
I thought I could use my Italian chef S & P shaker. The top half comes off and is the salt shaker and the bottom half holds the pepper.
After 2 days of wracking my brain, I decided to search through the plastic bins in my garage dish room and finally found my cake pedestal in the same pattern at a very bottom bin. Yay!
Isn't she pretty? I am glad I found her again.
For a centerpiece, I used an Italian vase with lemons and a pottery and I just popped in some faux plants and flowers in them. I could have cut some fresh flowers from outside but I got lazy and ran out of time. I was rushing to get this done to post because I have a big pool party this Thursday that I have to prepare for. Lots of things to do in the garden and Debjani, my friend, wants me to go with her tomorrow to Jackson airport, to pick up her mom who is visiting from Houston. Then, next week, I am going back to FL for my 3 grandbabies' Christening. Ahhh! Another busy month!
Since I only have 2 sets of the trapezoidal plates, I placed them in the center across each other. I really like the unusual shape.
Various but similar designs on the plates.
The yellow charger is a ceramic with I think 5 roosters around it.
a close up of the table runner
Chris Madden's amber champagne flutes and goblets that I have had for a long time. I thought the colors blend in well.
I don't know why but cherubs always remind me of something Italian so I picked to use these napkin rings.
The flatware were given to me by my son and DIL one Christmas.
Do you see the little amber salt cellar? They were 8 thrown in for free in an auction with other things that we won. I only kept 2 and sold the rest at my booth.
Since we are in the formal dining room, I thought I'd show you our pair of Limoges cherub plates hanging on the wall on either side of the wall mirror. We won them in an auction in Jackson, MS about 2 years ago. I spotted them hanging on a wall and they weren't even being auctioned but I asked the auctioneer assistant if they could possibly include them and they did. I think I only got them for $47 for the pair and I really love them! And they look Italian, don't they?
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