Thursday, February 25, 2010

Antique China

Today is the 79th Tablescape Thursdays over at Between Naps on the Porch, so I thought I would share with a you a recent gathering I had where I used my antique Johnson Brothers green china.

You might remember that one of my goals of my Butler's Pantry renovation was to build some beautiful glass front cabinets to house these precious antiques. You can read all about the Butler's Pantry here.
But what good is China if you are only going to look at it behind glass? I decided to set it out for everyone to enjoy. You can see the antique soup tureen above.
I used Lemon Cypress trees as the centerpiece and pulled out my Apilco chocolate cups for individual arrangements at each place setting. I just put in a spring of greens and some berries.
You can see the bone dishes on the right - we used these as interesting bread plates.
And the covered dish held butter pats I made in pretty butter molds. I should have taken a photo of those!
I'll reveal the rest of the Dining Room on Monday but until then remember to enjoy your china and don't just keep it hidden behind glass.

Head on over to Tablescape Thursday to see more wonderful tables!!

22 comments:

  1. Looks so pretty. I too am a believer of using what you have rather than just storing it away.

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  2. what a beautiful setting~woud love to be sitting at your table!

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  3. Gina,
    I love it and don't hesitate to use all my china! I have leaded glass front cabinets and not only does it make you keep pretty china, if storage is limited to a specific area it will make you use it as well. One of these days I have to join in!

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  4. The table setting is gorgeous. I can't believe your kitchen. Can I just be Cinderella in your house and sleep in a corner of the butler's pantry?

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  5. Gosh Gina...what a beautiful table and your china is indeed lovely. I adore how you did the little chocolate pots with the fresh greens.
    Gorgeous!
    xx

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  6. This is an exquisite tablescape. It feels so natural and elegant. I don't know this pattern. You said it was Johnson Bros?

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  7. Love it! Your butlers pantry is gorgeous I am so jealous!

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  8. These are perfect for spring which is on it's way. Your butler pantry is awesome! Joan

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  9. Wow! How pretty. I've seen a lot of china but never that pretty green pattern you have.

    Your place is beautiful!

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  10. I LOVE IT! It would actually look perfect in MY livingroom! Interested in shipping it over to Norway?? Am SUPERjealous!! (of your pantry too!)

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  11. What a beautiful table-and I love the calm green of your china. Your butler's pantry is a dream!

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  12. LOVE the green...don't see that much! And lucky lucky china has such a beautiful home when not in use!

    Gorgeous!

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  13. Your pantry is AMAZING! Your china in AMAZING...and so lucky to have something that your mother loved! From now on, I will read your blog and picture you in your "jewel box" :)

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  14. Your transferware is beautiful. I love the green. I collect transerware, I have some old and some new but no green. You are so lucky to have an entire set of the old. It looks amazing in you butler's pantry. I agree, enjoy using it!! Kathysue

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  15. Your china is fabulous - and worth buliding that beautiful butler's pantry to display it. I love the green - it's fabuolous !!

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  16. Hi Gina!
    Really pretty table!!!!!!!That green Johnson Bros pieces look great in the gray cabinetry.
    Maryanne :)

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  17. Just gorgeous Gina!
    Happy Friday.
    T

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  18. What gorgeous china it is! I also believe in using it and not hiding it away.

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  19. Love these dishes and Love your butlers pantry!! I have to have closed doors because my shelves never look pretty : )
    Valerie

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  20. your table looks so beautiful. i love the small cups on each individual place. that is such a sweet way to make everyone feel special.
    thanks for sharing!
    kathi

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  21. It's so beautiful! I bet all your guests felt so loved! I had a friend that had collected place settings in different colors to use at Christmas. Just beautiful!

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  22. Wau..this is fabulous.

    I dream of I can design my house this way one day :)

    I am particularly fond of the dining table, the zinc topped table & vintage Tolix chairs are unique. Long enough I have been looking for something like that.

    I get some ideas on how to re-decorate my backyard too. Can't wait for summer to arrive sooner.

    Jay Chua
    Publisher, PorchSwingSets.com

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