Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Red Spode Dinner



A few years ago, my dear friend, Robin, was on a mission to visit every HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Marshalls in the northern half of New Jersey.  Of course, I had to tag along.  After all, what are friends for?




My husband and I had just had our kitchen renovated, and had a dishwasher for the first time in our married lives.  So I decided that we needed to get a set of good dishes that we could use in our red dining room, and that could go in the dishwasher.  And I happen to have a thing for transferware.

So I spent about six months gathering a set of reproduction Spode transferware.  No two dishes are the same, and I love to look at all the different patterns.




Over the years, I have collected a few vintage and antique pieces as well.  This covered sauce boat is one of my favorites.  See my husband's salt and pepper shakers?  Also my favorites.




So, a little more about the actual table settings:  The glassware is Waterford, in the Donegal pattern.  The linen napkins are edged in pink, and embroidered with a monogram.  (No, it's not my monogram.)  ;)

The centerpiece  is my old standby faux flowers.  The candlesticks are antique; bought in England years ago.




Bone-handled knives and coin silver spoons are from my collection of rag tag flatware.  We never registered for gifts when we got married, so I have had a lot of fun collecting dishes and flatware in thrift stores and antique shops.




So that's my red Spode dinner.  Many thanks to our sweet Tablescape Thursday hostess, Susan.  Please visit Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch, for more wonderful tablescapes.

56 comments:

  1. This table looks so rich and inviting. I love the red Spode and the crystal goblets. The antique silver flatware is so interesting too. Love this table Mary!

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  2. I love the red transferware....it would go so well for a lot of holidays as well. 4th of July, christmas, fall, etc.

    Your tablescape is so pretty.

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  3. I just knew your setting would be spectacular! You definitely achieved the "wow" factor. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. Oh, my, Mary...this is just stunning. I am always so impressed at how well you dress a table.
    I am on the lookout for some pretty napkins such as these and...I prefer monograms, too. :O)

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  5. Hi Mary! Oh, I adore your beautiful table! I too have lots of the red transferware! Yours is gorgeous and I adore the little lidded bowl! Looks like a tiny little tureen! Your glasses are stunning! And there you go again with those wonderful pieces of silverware! I love these!
    Now, if you know me ~ fauxs are good. I love my fauxs and my fauxs love me and I can see they love you too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Hi Mary,
    I love how you displayed your dishes on the rich wood of your table. It looks very elegant and rich. The dishes are beautiful and that chandelier. Wow does that crystal sparkle.
    ~Maryrose

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  7. This is beautiful! I love spode, but the red is just really pretty!

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  8. Just BEAUTIFUL!!! Love each picture of your lovely dinnerware!

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  9. Mary, Your tablescape is so pretty! I love red & white Spode transferware & use the botanical pattern for our everyday dishes. It's just gorgeous! ☺♥☺ Diane

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  10. Iam so into red right now! Your red dinnerware makes me even more determined to purchase some for our use here at the lake condo. Your photos are just delightful. Thank you for sharing.

    Charla

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  11. Just gorgeous...I love your home and your dining room is one of my favorites!!
    So elegant yet warm and comfy at the ame time. You have aflair dear Mary!

    Love,
    Sue

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  12. gorgeous table - love the red transferware

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  13. It is beautiful! I want to start collecting transferware as well. Maybe next year...

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  14. So beautiful and elegant! Lovely table!

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  15. Really like the red Spode.
    You've set a lovely table.

    Blessings,
    ~Deanna~

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  16. Mary...I absolutely love it! I have red transferware but not Spode! I love yours! I am so crazy about your dining room! Everything is just beautiful!
    Mona

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  17. Your Spode Collection of dinnerware is very impressive... I love transferware too... Such a lovely table, very inviting, thanks for sharing. xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...
    We're dining in "All White this week! Stop In...

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  18. Very, very pretty.

    Those plates are the best!!!

    I love how you put things together.

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  19. Beautiful tablescape! I just love your dishes and your crystal is lovely ♥

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  20. Very Pretty !
    Love that red - Spode is so nice !
    Your table is just lovely and fresh !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  21. Well, that is gorgeous....love the red, and your table is so pretty. Is it cherry? Linda

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  22. It's mahogany, Linda. It used to belong to my aunt. It's so hard to get colors right when you are photographing under incandescent lights... :)

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  23. Beautiful tablescape, warm and inviting. Love the monogrammed silverware. Gotta love dishwashers :-). Thanks for sharing. Happy Tablescape Thursday!

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  24. Love it! And my daughter Anne just walked thru the study, pointed to the monitor, and said, "That is really lovely. Good job on that tablescape!"

    This table is gorgeous, and I think I need me some SPODE. :-) Love your dining room -- so pretty!

    Cass

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  25. You are such a talented photographer, Mary! I especially love the table shot with the chandelier over the table. Very good shot! Your dishes are beautiful. I was just telling my husband this morning I was looking for some in that very color!
    Brenda

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  26. Beautiful and very elegant.

    It sounds like the "chase" was a lot of fun.

    Scribbler

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  27. Love your red Spode. Transferware is so lovely and your collection is beautiful! Not to mention the fact that you put together such a lovely tablescape!

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  28. Incredibly beautiful table, Mary!!

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  29. Can't come up with any new adjectives to add to the above. All of them I agree with. Really gives us slow pokes new goals to go for. Thanks
    QMM

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  30. Hi Mary...

    Absolutely Gorgeous!!! What a lovely table you have set with all of your red transferware pieces! Red transferware is my very favorite...I collect it as well!!! I have to agree with you...I love the look of mixing the different patterns...there's just something about it!!! Ahhh...your table just feeds my soul, my friend! I love it!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  31. My wedding china is Pink Tower by Spode. I have been collecting the blue and red Spode from TJ Maxx and Marshalls for years.

    Your table looks so beautiful and elegant.

    Great Job....fellow Spode Collector!

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  32. OK, I am IN LOVE with your blogs-all of them! I also love this tabelscape. So elegant! I am so glad you commented so that I could find my way here! Charming! Thanks for dropping by Bloggeritaville, my friend!

    leigh

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  33. Can't go wrong with Spode. Everything thing they make is gorgeous.
    We must be a bunch of hens because everyone that visited the B-B-Q is wild about Mr. Rooster. You can tell it has gone to his head by the way he is posing.

    If one must eat indoors your table is the place to be.

    Cheers,
    Candy

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  34. I love your tablescape & the Spode dinnerware. I love the red Spode, but I have blue. I love your mismatched flatware.

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  35. What beautiful photos! I really love the red transferware. There is a new Homegoods store about 45 minutes from here and I've never been to one before. I think I definitely need to go! This is such a gorgeous table, well done!

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  36. Your table is so beautiful! I think it's even more special that you collected these pieces here and there. So everything has a memory attached to it! Thanks for sharing! Lauralu :)

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  37. Perfect red dishes for your "Little Red House" - this is all beautiful and I love the mixture of patterns.

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  38. Who registered for gifts then??? Actually, I didn't even know what I liked, so I guess I left it up to the person who was kind enough to give me a gift! :)
    Your table is beautiful, love the dishes...and the "rag tag" flatware give it character!
    See you Monday!

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  39. I, too, love transferware. your red table is beautiful.

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  40. I love your photos! And the silveware too. How long does it take to polish it?

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  41. Beautiful, Mary! Love those dishes...I, too have spent many months searching for pieces to complete my "collections"!
    Your photos are fabulous, too!
    Happy TT!
    ;-D

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  42. Hi Mary, What an elegant table setting, I love that chandelier! The waterford and china are just lovely. :O) Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage

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  43. I love red and this is so pretty. I like the way you set the napkins. I'm so hopeless when it comes to how to where to put the napkin. Someone should do a post on ideas for napkins. (hint hint)

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  44. I love your spode -- mine is blue and I love the fact that it is all different. Like you, I never got the "good stuff" when we married but have assembled it over the years --

    I use mine a lot and love how the blue and white seems to go with any color tablescheme.

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  45. Hi Mary, Thank you so much for stopping by my place!! Your dining room and table is absolutely gorgeous! I love and collect red transferware too. A beautiful tablescape. Also I really enjoy your pictures, you are very talented.
    Have a lovely weekend, Jannet

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  46. I have been looking for antique salt and pepper shakers for years! I love yours! Your Spode is beautiful as well. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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  47. Stunning! Mary, you always do such a beautiful table. laurie

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  48. I must have skipped this one on accident when I first went through. Mary it is absolutely gorgeous. I love absolutely every piece.

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  49. Your artistic talents shine through in whatever you do Mary, you have created an ambiance of richness and warmth with your photography and tablescape skills, so beautiful, Kathy.

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  50. Hi Mary,
    Love all your wonderful transferware...red and white looks stunning in your dining room! I especially love how you mix the different patterns and it all comes out beautifully! Gorgeous pics! I remember when you posted about the Salt and Pepper shakers...they look just perfect with this lovely tablescape! Your hubby is definitely a keeper! :-) Susan

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  51. Congratulations on your red Spode collection! I find myself purchasing a piece or two whenever I go by Marshall's or TJ Maxx. It's fun to go on those little treasure hunts!

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