The perfect Christmas centerpiece

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How do you like the fantastic Yule log graphics on this Christmas tablecloth? So 1950s! I think it would look great with Russel Wright American Modern dinnerware in chartreuse and gray. Or vintage milkglass Termocrisa dishes with holly leaves and berries. None of which I own. Not that that matters. I found a perfect centerpiece, though! Read the rest of this entry »


Placesettings: birthday dinner!

Somebody at Lurayville turned 15 last week! But because of tech week and performances for a theater production she’s in, we didn’t get to properly celebrate the occasion till the weekend.

And because of all the theater hoopla, we kept it low-key.

I pulled out a big vintage tablecloth, one of the few I own that fits my table with both its leaves in. It’s a heavy cotton strewn with flowers. A celebration all by itself!

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I pulled out a stack of azurite-blue Russel Wright “Iroquois” plates. It’s the only RW I own. Love the sculptural modern style!

I pulled out some yellow napkins. Not vintage. But . . . yellow! Yellow is a happy color.

Flatware is our everyday Reed & Barton, glassware is the French Duralit we got for wedding presents long ago.

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Add some beeswax candles in a pair of vintage handmade aluminum candlesticks, plus some amazing foil flowers that Janeray gave me, in a vintage blue ceramic vase. We’re ready for cake!

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(Just don’t look at the renovation-ravaged kitchen in the background. Ugh!)

Happy 15th birthday, Scooter!