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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Striking A Simple Pose

Well, it's taken me almost two weeks
, but I finally have a table setting using the Mikasa Shogun dishes I picked up for a song in Pennsylvania. Because these dishes are themselves quite colorful and striking, I kept things simple, and all vintage. Well, almost all.

I made one nod to Easter; there's a cloisonne egg nestled in the centerpiece.

In the dining room at That Old House, the table is set for 6.

It's a simple setting -- one dinner plate, two crystal wine glasses, 100-year old flatware, vintage napery.

Have a seat!

In the center of the old table, a square of linen from Germany, edged in darned needle lace, is crumpled.

Flowers in a tin black-and-gold French-style cachepot and crystal candlesticks
-- from Tiffany, Lord & Taylor, and Big Lots -- anchor the table.

Creamy candles cast a warm glow.

It will look lovely after dark.

Ah! Your stomach's-eye view!


Dishes: Mikasa Shogun
Flatware: Georgian pattern silverplate, ca. 1912
Napkins: Linen with darned needle lace, set of 12 from Ebay, vintage
Center cloth: Linen/cotton fabric, needle lace, from Germany, Ebay, vintage
Salt and pepper shakers -- vintage sterling, Ebay
Cloissone Egg -- gift!
Tin cachepot, black, gold painted trellis design with fleur de lis -- from a decorators' sample sale in NYC.
Fake flowers -- A.C. Moore (ugh, but I had no fresh!)
Candles -- box of 8, Bill Blass, T.J. Maxx

A blessed Holy Week to you all.

Howard's been out prowling the yard, with his camera around his neck;
the grass is beginning to green up! Hooray! -- Cass

Thanks to Suzanne at Coloradolady Blog,
for Hosting Vintage Thingies Thursday.

Thanks to Leigh of Tales of Bloggeritaville,
for hosting Thrifty Thursday!

And to Susan of Between Naps
On The Porch
for hosting
Tablescape Thursday.


  1. That is a lovely table, beautiful plates and cutlery (flatware) I like how you have done the centre arrangement too.
    That is lovely the way you have shown the close up in the collage (mosaic)
    Have a very Happy Easter, Jackie in UK.

  2. Cass,

    Your table is beautiful. I love the plates. The details make a lovely collage.


  3. A very wonderful find...for a song or full price. They are lovely!

    The egg is striking too.

    Ok, truth be told I love the entire tablescape. Well done!

  4. Cass, tell your daughter she's outvoted- those dishes are beautiful! Hoping your Dads are doing well and you're having a blessed holiday
    xoxo pattie

  5. Your china is stunning. I love it. All of the beautiful crystal and vintage linens just make the table. Everything is just stunning. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  6. What a classic beautiful table! It is perfection. The china, crystal, and the centerpiece are so wonderful. Very nice.

  7. Very pretty table setting - very classey.

  8. What a lovely table..the plates are just beautiful,it's just all so perfect made even more so with the soft glow of candles. Happy VTT, have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Your table is beautiful. I love the china pattern and I always love when you use your vintage linens. The centerpiece is just lovely, and the egg is gorgeous!

    Have a blessed Easter, Cass!


  10. Wow, it's so elegant and beautiful. Have a wonderful Easter. Your home is gorgeous.

  11. Simply Beautiful! Have a great VTT!

  12. PRETTY is the word for this tablescape...thanks for sharing it withall of us and HAPPY EASTER to you and your family!


  13. I love the simplicity of your table, Cass. The china is very pretty.

  14. Simple & beautiful so...simply beautiful. Have a wonderful Easter with your family and a big Easter hug for Dion. "Stay away from the chocolate, pup". Deb

  15. Beautiful table arrangement and your plates are wonderful. I don't think I would be able to allow myself to eat on those plates and dirty them though. Have a wonderful Easter Weekend.

  16. Hi Cass!! Your table is so beautiful. I love those pretty plates - you did good! I love the centerpiece with the beautiful piece of linen. Everything is so gorgeous! Love seeing your chandelier too! Oh, you've outdone yourself!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. Wow, this is so elegant! Love it all and the collage is pretty too!

  18. Those dishes look gorgeous on your table. So pretty. Love & blessings from NC!

  19. Lovely table. The dishes are fantastic as are all of your other things. And I like the candlesticks. I don't have any crystal ones -- perhaps I need to rethink them.

  20. Gotta' love the tummy eye view! These look so lovely and sophisticated for Easter dinner. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  21. Very pretty. Happy Easter!!!!

  22. Gorgeous! Happy Easter. I'll be playing VTT for the first time next week so see you again then ;))

  23. What a beautiful table setting! Your dishes are unique but work perfectly with the rest of your setting. The stemware and centerpiece are very attractive. You've got a great knack.

    Btw, your house is gorgeous too.

  24. Sorry for coming so late with my comment. It took me a while to read all the postings until now. I like your tablescape very much. The crystal is so perfect with your lamp. And your mikasa china is absolutely gorgeous. I am thrilled about your beautiful flatware. As a collector of flatware this is a important point to me. So nice that you have German lace on your table. The bobbin lace of the tablecloth is very nice. Makes a lot of work.

    Wish you a happy Easter.

  25. what a lovely table you have set for the people you love, happy Easter my friend.

  26. I am woefully behind on my blog-hopping, but I caught up with you this morning. I love this tablescape! I think the pond you are fishing in is better stocked with the good fish than the ones I find here! ☺☺☺
    Those plates are gorgeous.



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