While rummaging through a bargain bin at the bookstore, I happened upon a copy of Decorating with China and Glass and immediately snapped it up; this book is such a gem! Not only does it contain detailed information for china junkies both seasoned and green, it offers tons of gorgeous ideas for using and displaying your tableware. In other words, no more banishing your collections to the closet!
A mix of unadorned white porcelain and clear glass of varying heights sets the scene for a sunny weekend brunch--proof that you don't need fancy-pants pieces to create a welcoming and memorable table. Just add waffles and enjoy!
A muted green table with complementary plates, bowls and cups has an earthy, romantic feel. Organic floral touches--moss tucked here and there, ingeniously positioned sprays of baby's breath--make it seem like you're dining on the forest floor.
A long, narrow table calls for a simple linen runner and a rustic candelabra, while a single stem of alium adds a touch of frivolity to an otherwise spartan setting. (Aside: I think this style of table is sometimes called a bishop's or priest's table--can anyone corroborate?)
I'm a total sucker for a glimpse of color peeking from the inside of a cupboard. Cheery yellow complements the warm stone floors and plank ceiling of this room. And do we agree that those floor to ceiling cabinets are worth committing some serious crimes for?
An industrial locker proves to be an unexpectedly charming console for storing tableware. The hodge-podge of lighting and knickknacks lends an approachable, unstudied air to this vignette. These are dishes you don't have to be afraid to use!
Oh, be still my heart. From the single row of pitchers and carafes to the crockery drying on the rack, this kitchen is calling my name. Toss in a vintage fan and a deep farmhouse sink and maybe I could learn to like doing the dishes!
Finally, I love love love the idea of mounting a magnificent collection of platters above a sink. Plus that little shelf with the classy bottle of dishwashing liquid? What a thoughtful way to dress up one of the most functional spaces in the home. I have a wall in my kitchen just begging for this kind of treatment!
All images courtesy of Decorating with China and Glass by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, photos by Simon Upton.