Sunday, January 19, 2020

New Moon, New Year

A new year is a time for new beginnings, for celebrating the past and welcoming the possibilities of the future. This holds true whether you celebrate the new year on a fixed date (January 1) or celebrate it when the moon is new (January 25 in 2020).

Or of course, you can celebrate both days! Chinese New Year gives me a great reason to use pretty dishware, rich colors and dragons from my husband's collection. Although I'm not planning to set a table for it this year, I've created a small display within my glassware cabinet.

The colors in the salad plates play off the cranberry and blues of the stemware above. The light strips in the cabinet beautifully enhance the delicate colors of the crystal and spotlight the dishes, but they make it difficult to take good photographs.

I talked about some of the cabinet decisions we made in my previous post about our renovated kitchen. I am really enjoying being able to view the sparkle and beauty of the crystal. This cabinet showcases colored vintage stems -- Fostoria 'Navarre', Cambridge 'Moonlight Blue' and a pattern from Steuben that I think is 'Rose Swirl'. There's also Schott-Zwiesel 'Conte Sapphire', a treasured wedding gift.

The dragon is verdigris painted cast iron. The plates are Williams-Sonoma 'New Moon'.

I thought I'd reach into the archives to share a mini roundup of tables that I hope will inspire you to create a new year celebration of your own. Just click on the titles to see all the photos from each post.

Lunar New Year featured horses and a magnificent dragon.

 Year of the Dog was inspired by Blanc de Chine porcelain figurines.

Chinese New Year, Vintage Style was based on golds and reds.

Here's to a wonderful new year!!

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Our Renovated Kitchen -- At Last!

Welcome to our kitchen! One year ago we were midway through our nearly 6-month renovation. It's hard to believe -- that it was 30 days behind schedule at the time, that we were living in the house the whole time, and that the past year has gone by so fast. We survived the renovation and we love the result!

We had neither the desire nor the time to handle the renovation ourselves. We've refreshed or replaced the kitchens in several houses and knew the scope of what it entailed. So we hired a designer and kitchen remodel firm to translate our ideas, but remained very involved throughout the entire process.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Vignettes

At last I think we're ready for Christmas, counting down the hours until the celebration begins. The house has been decorated, the presents wrapped, the grocery shopping done. And best of all we've picked up Daughter J from the airport! I can't imagine a better Christmas present!

Enjoying a quiet evening, I thought I'd share a few of the decorating themes and vignettes around our house.

I have been having fun decorating our new kitchen and especially the island. (I owe you a post or two about the kitchen reno. I haven't forgotten, I promise!)  We purchased a small tree with multi-colored lights and hung sweets and desserts themed ornaments. Next to it is an irresistible gingerbread house cookie jar and gingerbread tea towels serve as a tree skirt.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Christmas Grenadiers

With Christmas less than a week away, I've decided on a table setting for the dinner we will have Christmas Eve. Celebrating Christmas Eve with a formal dinner is a tradition that my parents started when I was child, and which Greg and I have happily continued. Christmas Eve dinners are merry and cozy, bright with glitter and glam!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

A Christmas Table That's Casually Festive

One of the fun things about the holiday season is the opportunity to host or attend a variety of events. This week I decided to set a table that's both casual and festive, and just right for a lunch with friends!

The dishes I chose have a fun octagonal shape outlined in green.

The four salad plates tell the story of St. Nick.