Placesettings: wake up your eyes

The world is on a Christmas binge right now, but we’re still thinking Fall here at This Old Row House. We’ll be thinking Fall right up until Advent begins. (Though I do admit I sorted through every single box of my vintage Christmas decorations yesterday. Two more weeks until it starts coming out of storage.)

There’s nothing like a jolt of orange and yellow to welcome the morning, especially when it’s still dark outside.


The dishes are Fire-King jadeite, using the St. Denis breakfast cup and saucer and egg cup. The Bakelite (actually Catalin) flatware and heavy cotton napkin are both vintage. The oversized egg is from the local Dutch Country Market where you can buy the world’s best spit-roasted chickens (yum!) if you don’t mind waiting in the world’s longest line. (We don’t!)


The tablecloth is a Wilendur (with its original tag) in the nasturtium pattern. (Now that I’ve taken a photo I can see the red designs on my enamel topped kitchen table showing through. It’s not stained.) We’ve taken this tablecloth to Pettengill repeatedly but not one person has ever picked it up. Must be a sign. I’m in love and I’m keeping it for now.

Are you gearing up for Christmas, or are you still anticipating Thanksgiving? What are your thoughts on Christmas hoopla in October and November?