I had planned on serving "Afternoon Tea for Two on the Terrace" (nicer alliteration!) but, by the time I'd selected the items for this "still life" and picked the daisies, the light was gone. By the way, if you want to see gorgeous late afternoon photos of a beautiful tablescape, check out this post from Pat of Back Porch Musings .... JUST spectacular!
Anyway, back to morning coffee, I decided to take some of my favorite "onesie" antique chairs outside and set up another simple little table for two. I promise --- this will be the last white/cream gold-rimmed china I'll use for a while. If you saw this post, you know the look is a favorite (a weakness, an addiction?) of mine.
Is the look below affordable? Absolutely ... if you shop carefully!
The crisp, ivory colored cotton "tablecloth" you see puddled on the swept (but not scrubbed) flagstones is an old sheet. Well, it's an old Ralph Lauren sheet (so you know it's comfortable with being used this way). The floral cloth is from a yard sale I stopped by in a nice neighborhood in nearby Brownsville, TN.
The coffee pot below came from a recent local estate sale. Happily, it was a "living" estate -- the widow of my son's pediatrician (when son was a baby). She was moving in with her daughter and selling many possessions she would no longer be needing. The pot was reduced to $8 on the second day of the sale! It's in perfect (probably never used) condition. It's not a famous maker, but Replacements, LTD has it listed for $89.99.
Most of the dishes, including the monogrammed cup below, came from a living estate (downsizing) sale of a retired local doctor and his wife. They'd collected beautiful antiques for decades, and it was a fantastic sale! People came from as far away as Texas. In fact, two ladies (who own an antique shop in Dallas) drove to Tennessee, found the sale location, and slept in the car ... so they'd be first in line! I saw them checking out, handing over a huge stack of cash, and walking away with wonderful items, including an original Tiffany piece.
The cups are Haviland Limoges. I love the ornate monogram, don't you?
Why not use Shasta daisies with fancy dishes? I think their simplicity is a nice contrast. The vase is from another estate sale (also $8 I believe .... reduced on day 2). It's Fostoria in the hugely popular American pattern.
The Fostoria "American" water glasses came from an antique shop in IL ... the same one where this lamp was purchased. I negotiated the price of six down to only $22! I see them in every antique mall I visit, and I've never seen them for less than around $12 each. I don't plan to collect any more of this pattern. I like the shapes of the water glasses and plates better than many of the other pieces. Did any of you inherit, and/or collect, "American?"
I think these monogrammed berry bowls are very beautiful. I only wish I'd had some berries to serve you today!
Do you think the tablecloth is too masculine? Hope not --- that's not the look I was going for today!
No fly on the lemon slice this time! I'll admit there were a few gnats and mosquitos flying around, but they're extremely difficult to photograph!
The plate below is by Rosenthal (the doctor's estate sale ... cheap). My first name starts with a W, so I tried to convince myself that's what the initial is ... but I guess it's an M.
The small gold-trimmed plate with roses is by RS Prussia (same sale).
No flies at all! Unlike this day .....
The chair was around $35 at a local antique shop. It used to live in a church -- probably in a choir loft.
Finally the sun is coming over the wall..... The concrete fruit came from .... you guessed it ... an estate sale.
The dinner plates are Bavarian. The gold rim on this one is worn from years of washing in soapy water .... and drying with cotton dish towels.