Tablescape for Mother’s Day

Do you know where I spent Mother’s Day last year?

the beach y'all | Vintage Floral Cottage

Also, here:

Disney World, y'all | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

This is because my daughter was working at Walt Disney World in Orlando through their College Program. (If you know someone who is interested in that program, please read Stephanie’s blog, Waiting for Walt, which chronicles her experiences. She is a superb writer and storyteller, if I do say so myself.)

Through a series of miracles she managed to get two days off in a row, one of them being Mother’s Day, so I traveled down from Iowa and we spent Mother’s Day at Cocoa Beach and then the next day at Magic Kingdom. It was one of my favorite Mother’s Days in all of history.

This year, do you know where I will be spending Mother’s Day?

Home Alone | Vintage Floral Cottage

Yep, home alone. Which is a long ways from Cocoa Beach, and Disney World, let me tell you. The reason I’ll be home alone is that Stephanie is actually back in Florida for another round at Disney – she just left on Monday of this week.

Of course, I’m happy for her and wishing her every success – but if she could spend Mother’s Day with me, I like to think we might sit down to this cute table and enjoy a Springtime breakfast or brunch.

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Our table starts with a wonderfully faded vintage tablecloth and then tableware in soft tones that echo that fading:

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

The place setting includes pale blue Lenox “Butler’s Pantry Gourmet” –

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
… topped with a plain Johnson Brothers (England) plate in ivory:

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Love the two scalloped edges!

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
For beverages we’re keeping it simple with ice water and coffee – these Whitehall tumblers by Indiana Glass are my absolute favorite for iced drinks due to the fact that they hold plenty of liquid even after you put the ice in.

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
We’ll keep plenty of water on the table in this pretty pitcher by Martha Stewart Everyday.

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
And for coffee, I would share my Royal Albert “Cheeky Pink” mug with Stephanie –

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
… and I would use the cute mug she gave me proclaiming “To eat is human, to pig out is divine!”

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Our centerpiece features pastel Gerbera daisies in a vintage vase, and a sweet pink “spaghetti poodle” which – coincidentally – is a little treasure that Stephanie found in the ditch on her way home from school one day many years ago!

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Now, before you start feeling sorry for me because I will be “home alone” on Mother’s Day, let me just say that this young lady is amazing – I will miss her, but I am so proud of her, even though I’m pretty sure she won’t get Mother’s Day off this year. 😉

My sweet daughter | VFCstyle

I’m sharing my (our) Mother’s Day Brunch table at Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch! 

 

 

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House tour: great (and small) room

You may have read my recent tablescape post and thought to yourself, “that tablescape is awesome but daaanngg, that is a small house!”

And you would not be alone (or wrong) as I thought the very same thing!

Well I thought you might like a tour of the whole place, which would take all of about 60 seconds… So how about we not try to do all that in one chunk and I’ll just show you the “great room.” Or as I call it, the “great and small room”.

First, here’s an exterior shot of the entire  house. It’s a rental, very small and plain but very well maintained and in a terrific neighborhood. (More about that in a future post, perhaps.)

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

This house is actually perfect for me right now. The entire footprint is only 24 x 26 feet, plus a small enclosed mudroom at the back. It does have a decent basement, half of which is finished as a rec room and the other half of which is a laundry/utility room. The landlord, Jerry, calls it a dollhouse.

Until recently, my boyfriend Greg and I shared the house, but due to a shift in our relationship we’re no longer living together. So now it’s just me, and my sweet cat Lily, in the dollhouse.

Lily in the Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage
Okay back to our tour of the great and small room! Here we are standing just inside the front door. As you can see, this open space encompasses the living room and eat-in kitchen. Bedrooms and bathroom are to the left, through closed doors because when I tidied up for these photos, that’s where I put everything. 

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

Well I hope you enjoyed the tour!

 

Ha, just kidding, it’s small but I’ll share a few more pictures so you feel like it’s bigger.

Lily in the Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here’s a better shot of the kitchen; I do like the open feel of everything! The mudroom is behind that pocket door between the cabinets. The door to the left goes into the smaller of the two bedrooms.

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here’s the view looking back toward the front door from the kitchen. The mudroom is behind us at this point.

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

I might have a little too much furniture, but I don’t mind because these are all pieces I love, and some are family pieces. I’ll share a little more about them in the future. Oh, except that sofa. It’s broken in the middle so I’ll be replacing it as soon as possible. Which is too bad, because it’s really comfortable!

 

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And one that got away

Junk Quote | Vintage Floral CottageI’ve often said that I’m lucky to have the “purge” gene as well as the collecting gene. What I mean is, when I get overwhelmed by stuff, I simply go into purge mode and donate, toss or organize large amounts of accumulated clutter.

Of course, along with that comes the danger of then thrifting a couple weeks after a purge, and re-buying something I just donated because it’s SO CUTE. I’ve had to stop myself a couple of times.

Right this moment, though, I really wish I’d come upon something that I re-donated a few months ago. Because I really need it back!

About a year ago, I bought a small hobnail milkglass hurricane lamp base at Goodwill for $1.99. It was electrical – not an oil lamp – and it would have been perfect for soft lighting on the kitchen counter. It didn’t have the actual hurricane cover, but I bought it anyway, believing I’d eventually find a cover for it.

Except I didn’t. For many months I looked, and finally decided I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for. So I tried to sell the base at my Fall garage sale, and failing that, I re-donated it shortly thereafter back to the Goodwill.

And then this happened:

Hurricane lamp cover | Vintage Floral Cottage

By the time I found this sweet little hurricane cover, painted with soft pink roses, my hurricane lamp base was long gone.

I even searched through my remaining “to be donated” boxes thoroughly, just to make sure I no longer had it. But I could picture the box it had been laying in, and I knew in my heart that box was gone.

As for the rose-painted hurricane cover? 99 cents. I bought it anyway.

And now the hunt begins anew, for the piece that got away.

 

 

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Tablescape for Cinco de Mayo

First things first: happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You!

Friends, I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s post, and the reason is this beauty right here:

Harvest top table | VFC Style My new harvest-style tabletop!

With the new tabletop, I finally have enough room to try my hand at designing and setting beautiful tables: tablescaping!

Well this past Saturday was cold, rainy, and horrible – a great day to stay inside and play with the dishes, which is just what I did. After pulling nearly every dish out of every cupboard and carefully considering my options, I knew there was only one theme I could go with for this particular week: Cinco de Mayo! (Bet you didn’t see that one coming!)

You see, I had these amazing dishes that I acquired at Goodwill a few months ago, which soooo reminded me of those colorful Mexican blankets… and turns out, for good reason: those blankets and these dishes are both called Serape! Here’s the table I styled for Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

I mean, seriously – TELL ME YOU HEAR THE MARIACHI MUSIC? (or at least “La Cucaracha?”)

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Here’s a closer look at a place setting – ready for tortilla soup in a green crock from Dollar Tree, followed by… well something authentically Mexican. 

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

And HERE is a better look at these gorgeous square plates! They are so different from anything else I own, but they were absolute show-stoppers sitting on the shelf at Goodwill and I could. Not. Resist. I practiced self-control by only purchasing two dinner plates and two salad plates, though there were EIGHT of each on the shelf! This is the larger dinner plate:

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

And I’ve used the salad plates for dessert off to the right, each set with – what else – a Fiesta coffee mug.

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

One thing I love about this table is that I was able to use so many colors, but it all works because all those colors are pulled right from the square plates! From the coffee cups…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… to the soup mugs…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… to the water tumbler…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… to the paper napkins! (Yes, paper – we haven’t quite graduated to cloth napkins around here yet. Baby steps, people, baby steps…)

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

The flatware, by the way, is my everyday Oneida “Chandelier,” which was the set my great-Aunt used to use for family dinners when I was growing up.

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Of course, we also have to enjoy a pretty centerpiece pulling its colors from those Serape plates…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… and our lunch would not be complete if we didn’t celebrate with margaritas in these cute seguaro glasses also from Dollar Tree:

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

NOW can you hear the mariachi music? I know I can!

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I’ll be sharing my Cinco de Mayo table for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch!

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Tabletop makeover

Well kids, that was a long and not always pleasant/easy month… but I am still here and have some fun things to share with you!

A couple years ago, when we first moved into this (rental) house, I shared a great curb find: a table and chair set we found in the apartment complex parking lot! I made new seat covers for the chairs, and it looked and functioned well for awhile.

Original Table | VFC Style

Then the plastic covering on the top started peeling off, and one night I may have actually peeled it off on purpose (using a hot hair dryer on the stubborn parts to loosen the glue), and then I had a bare-naked tabletop made of cheap pressboard, so then Greg decided it was finally time to make that harvest-style tabletop I’d been wanting:

New tabletop construction | VFC Style

New tabletop construction | VFC Style

New tabletop construction | VFC Style

Once it was built, I had a little trouble with the finishing products… apparently I am not patient enough to let them dry properly (WHO KNEW??) and I had to have Greg sand the whole thing back down and try again. But it was totally worth it… I used Minwax wood stain in Provincial Pine and then the accompanying Minwax polyurethane in clear satin. Both excellent products when you… ahem… follow the directions.

Here is how it turned out:

Harvest top table | VFC Style

Harvest top table | VFC Style

Harvest top table | VFC Style

 

Rather beautiful, I would say! And huge – it’s 3 x 5 feet of “real estate.” I’m sooo happy this is my table!

Harvest top table | VFC Style

 

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