Valentine’s Day table setting in blue and white

A quick visit to Pinterest to search for Valentine’s Day tablescape ideas shows that by far (and not unexpectedly) the most popular color scheme for such a table setting is red and white. There is a bit of wiggle room for a pink and white variation, but that’s pretty much it.

I think, though, that we should also make room for blue and white, if only because of a dinnerware set called Blue Peony made by Nikko.

Nikko Blue Peony dishes | Vintage Floral Cottage

Seriously, when I found these dinner plates for 99 cents each at Goodwill, the word that came to mind was “sweetheart.” A table for sweethearts. I think it was the ruffled edge and those tiny polka dots.

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Now I’ve obviously set a table for four sweethearts, which is why this works as a V-day table on a number of levels: ‘sweethearts’ can be best friends, your children, your gal-pals (“Galentine’s Day table,” anyone?)…

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

I’m using my white cutwork tablecloth because it also has a very “sweet” vibe.

Cutwork tablecloth Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Dinnerware includes the Nikko Blue Peony, my ice-blue Fire King salad plates, and on two of the settings, my gold-edged Fire King swirl dessert plates. (I had to have an alternative dessert plate for this table because I only found two of this size in the Blue Peony.)

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

The blue hem-stitch napkins are from Pier 1, and the blue beaded napkin rings are a thrift-store find. I love how the rings pick up the slight variations of blue from the flower border in the dessert plates.

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Flatware is real silver from last summer’s Antique Jamboree here in Valley Junction (50 cents each… I mean, how could I not at that price?).

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Blue tumblers are my favorite Whitehall by Indiana Glass, and the large stemware is from Dollar Tree.

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

What nudges this table fully into the “sweetheart” realm is the centerpiece, and the focal point of the centerpiece is one of my all-time favorite Goodwill finds – a cupid-themed tic tac toe board.

Cupid tic tac toe board Valentine's Day | Vintage Floral Cottage

I found the Cupid and heart pieces of this set many years ago. They were in a large plastic bag, and marked $1.99. I bought them because the were absolutely lovely – I didn’t know for sure at the time, but my best guess was that they were game pieces. It was several weeks later, at the same Goodwill, when I found the board itself, also $1.99, which confirmed my guess.

Cupid tic tac toe board Valentine's Day | Vintage Floral Cottage

Cupid tic tac toe board Valentine's Day | Vintage Floral Cottage

I perched the game board on top of a small ceramic column pedestal (also a thrift store find) to give it some height – hopefully that wouldn’t keep guests from playing the game, since it’s quite sturdy!

Cupid tic tac toe board Valentine's Day | Vintage Floral Cottage

I used my pretty white ceramic bird salt and pepper shakers, and placed a white basket-weave pattern bowl on the table as well, filled with grapes. Well, these are technically faux grapes, but certainly they’d be real if there were actual guests at the table!

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Speaking of actual guests, I envision this meal including a lovely fresh strawberry and spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing, chicken cordon bleu with warmed carmelized vegetables, and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. I have no idea if these dishes “go together,” flavor-wise, but it all sounds delicious!

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here is a birds-eye view of the table – simple and lovely!

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

And here are all the elements of this tablescape disassembled and waiting to go back into the cupboards. I love the “put-away” shot because it shows how well everything works together – coordinated but not matching.

Nikko Blue Peony Valentine's Day table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Oh – and guess what! You probably already noticed this, but I learned recently that I’m placing my flatware incorrectly – apparently the spoon goes to the right of the knife! I admit I rarely look up the “rules” when I am setting tables – I tend to go by memory, and obviously on this point my memory is faulty! In fact, I used to set them with the spoon on the left side of the plate, and the fork and knife together on the right. I distinctly remember looking that up one day and – horrors! – found that I was doing it wrong. Obviously I did not retain the part about putting the spoon on the outside right! Certainly I will try to remember the right way in future tables, but quite honestly I am not going to lose any sleep over it… I will just have to live with being a rule-breaking tablescaper!

Who are your “sweethearts”? What would you serve for a Valentine’s Day meal? Please share in the comments!

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Sweetheart tablescape Valentine's Day | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

 

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Boho-chic window treatment: something different in the cottage!

Recently I was looking at Pinterest and created a new board to pin examples of “Bohemian” or “boho-chic” decor. I love the way this style can be used to create an enclosed cocoon atmosphere in the bedroom! Although that is something I probably can’t do in my space because the ceiling fan would blow things around too much, my bedroom had already been taking on a bit of a boho-chic feel and I did feel like perhaps I could get away with some kind of unique window treatment.

Here’s a recent photo I took of the “bed wall.” (A few things have changed since this was taken, but the wall itself is the same.) Note the pair of cafe curtains used as a valance – they are a shimmery champagne color, and I was using the matching valance from this set as a “scarf” on the top of my bedroom bookcase.

Boho chic bedroom in progress | Vintage Floral Cottage

Boho chic bedroom in progress | Vintage Floral Cottage

The window I decided to experiment with had only white window blinds and a floral fabric valance for covering. My thought was that maybe I could do something using thin scarves or wraps – you know, the kind you can tie around your neck in a hundred different ways. Although I do love the jewel tones that are often used in the boho style, I didn’t want my window covering to be too dark and I needed the colors to work well with what I already had in the room.

I also didn’t have a lot of money to spend on the project. I decided to try the Stuff, Etc. consignment store near my home, and I was not disappointed! I happened to hit the store during a big season-ending clearance sale, and I sorted through dozens of wraps and picked out about 8 of them for $1.39 each.

Boho chic bedroom in progress | Vintage Floral Cottage

I decided I would simply drape them from the curtain rod, so I hand-sewed small ribbon loops on them and slipped those over the rod. I put them in an order that seemed to make best use of the colors and patterns, even using a couple that were a little brighter in tone than the rest. I then used the champagne-colored valance to top it off. I love the billowy rainbow effect and the light, sheer quality of the fabrics.

Boho chic window treatment | Vintage Floral Cottage

Boho chic window treatment | Vintage Floral Cottage

Boho chic window treatment | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here’s what it looks like when you walk past the bedroom door – I love how well it works with the colors in the room, and I feel like it kind of draws you in to see the rest of the room – which is definitely taking on more of that boho-chic vibe as the transformation continues!

Boho chic window treatment | Vintage Floral Cottage

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Boho-Chic window treatment | Vintage Floral Cottage

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A jug of wine, and thou

If you know your cheap table wines, you will recognize this pretty glass jug.

Glass wine jug vase | Vintage Floral Cottage

I won’t name the brand, because I tried the wine and it was awful. To be fair, I am not a wine drinker, so I know absolutely nothing about it. But I’m pretty sure that on the ladder of wine, this is the stuff on the second rung, right above the Boone’s Farm and the MD 20/20.

Anyway, the grocery store where I work part-time in the wine and spirits department recently had this brand on sale for just $3. (Mercifully marked “discontinued.”) I walked past it many times over the course of my evening shift, and I knew that I really wanted to have that amazing glass jug. And eventually it occurred to me that if I saw the glass jug already empty in the Goodwill for $2.99, I would buy it. So why was I even giving this a second thought?

Glass wine jug vase | Vintage Floral Cottage

So for $3, I purchased the jug full of wine, tasted the wine (“bat urine,” as Dave Barry once proclaimed, since he is not a wine drinker either), dumped out the wine, cleaned the jug, and I’m now using it as a container for silk flowers and, ironically, faux grape vine. I mean I’m sorry for the grapes who gave their lives for this particular purpose, but in all honesty this company could probably make just as much money selling beautiful empty glass jugs and save the time, effort and expense of making that terrible swill.

I paired my glass wine jug with a bunch of faux grapes just for spite. I’m sorry, grapes, I know it was beyond your control.

Glass wine jug vase | Vintage Floral Cottage

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Provence-inspired blue and yellow table

I set this Provence-inspired blue and yellow table late last Summer and somehow never did a blog post about it! I can hardly believe that myself, because it very quickly became one of my favorites! Maybe it’s best that I didn’t share it until January – we need all this sunny, summery blue and yellow right about now!

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The idea for this table began like a lot of my other tables: with an item I acquired at a Goodwill store. Can you guess what it was? I knew it would someday be fabulous for a blue-and-yellow Provence tablescape, but it took me many months to collect the rest of the elements to pull it all together. I’m very happy with the result:

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

I am a huge fan of using flat sheets for tablecloths – I collect them from thrift stores (after checking carefully for stains, of course!) and have a dresser drawer full. This one is twin-size and incorporates the blue, yellow, and white color scheme perfectly – with dashes of pink thrown in because why not!

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Place settings consist of salad plates in the “Blueberries” pattern by Royal Doulton, ice-blue luncheon plates by Fire King (all of which were Goodwill finds), and a bright white dinner plate with a top-stitching motif acquired on sale at Home Goods a couple of years ago. (I’ve said it before and will say it again, I think the Royal Doultons are incorrectly named because those definitely look like olives to me rather than blueberries! But who am I to argue with the great potteries of England??)

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Napkins are blue hemstitch from the clearance bin at Pier 1, with an outer layer of smaller, white cutwork napkins so the blue doesn’t overwhelm. Napkin rings are a combination of rings from a Pier 1 set and yellow sunflowers popped off a stem from Dollar Tree.

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

The pretty blue stemware is also from Dollar Tree.

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

For flatware, I used my treasured Oneida “Chandelier,” a gift from my grandmother and the same set we used in her sister’s (my great-Aunt’s) home for holidays when I was growing up.

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Candlesticks are simple milk glass pieces acquired at Goodwill, and I’ve also set a white dessert plate in a pretty swirl pattern to be used for butter.

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

I especially love the plate stack on this table, but I think my favorite element is the centerpiece featuring that sunny yellow soup tureen! The soup tureen is the item that inspired this table – I loved its lovely yellow color and immediately pictured it at the center of a French-themed table.

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

The entire arrangement sits on a wooden charger also found at Goodwill (I think it’s bamboo…?) and includes an exuberant bouquet of blue, yellow and white silk flowers all from Dollar Tree, plus pieces from a silk grapevine spray found in another thrift store.

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

I’ve added two homemade blue velvet pumpkins (again because, why not – they’re blue!) and a cute yellow ceramic cow who I think I heard mooing in French. My sweet white bird salt and pepper set complete the centerpiece.

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

I don’t often include serving pieces in my tablescapes but I have this beautiful French-blue stoneware bowl that I think we could use to serve slices of homemade baguette. The yellow gingham napkin gives it a casual, straight-from-the-cottage-kitchen feel, don’t you think?

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

And, I also set out the dessert plates on the sideboard table – they are part of the “Farm Animals” set by Williams Sonoma, and again are in that lovely French blue color. Maybe I’m imagining things, but I think the animals themselves also look a bit French!

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here are a few more views around the table –

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

… a bird’s-eye view…

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

… and the put-away shot, with everything gathered up and ready to go back into the cupboards!

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

I’m including an image for Pinterest in case you would like to save my Provence-inspired blue and yellow table for future ideas!

Provence Inspired Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

And of course, I’m sharing my post for Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch, still one of my all-time favorite blogs!

 

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Instagram Top 9 grids illustrate life in the dollhouse

Are you on Instagram? I made a concerted effort to learn and use this fun platform in 2018, with the wonderful result of becoming part of the large and friendly home decor community that participates and shares there.

I also managed to grow my “following” from about 150 to over 2,500 online friends. I think this was primarily because I decided to focus my account on sharing home decor-related photos. This focus allowed me to define a potential audience for my account and seek out people with similar interests. I also participated in decor-related activities such as give-aways and “follow trains” that drew like-minded people to my account and (happily) encouraged them to follow me. If you are curious to learn more, just leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to explain! And, click here if you would like to follow along too! My handle on Instagram is simply @vintagefloralcottage !

Because of the growth in my account, it has been interesting and fun to look back over my almost 300 posts from 2018 and review what I shared. A lot of gals in the decor community do this with a “Top 9” app which ranks your nine most-liked and most-often-commented photos, but the app was kind of buggy for me so I decided to just create my own Top 9 grids which, together, give you a good idea of what life was like here in the dollhouse in 2018.

Just for fun, here are the grids I created and posted. Together they make up my favorite photos that I shared on Instagram in 2018!

1. Top 9 pictures of dishes and tablescapes – bascially I shared a LOT of dishes and tablescapes! Anytime I brought home new dishes from Goodwill, any time I set a new pretty table, I snapped photos and shared at least one! These are just my nine favorite pictures – there are dozens more in my feed.

Top 9 Instagram photos - dishes | Vintage Floral Cottage

2. Top 9 pictures of my home decor. This grid more than anything shows me that I was able to really define and share my true decor style – Vintage Floral Cottage!

Top 9 Instagram photos - Home decorating style | Vintage Floral Cottage

3. Top 9 pictures of Lily, my sweet cottage cat who obviously lives a very hard life “holding down the fort” in the dollhouse!

Top 9 Instagram photos - Lily the Cottage Cat | Vintage Floral Cottage

Please come by and look me up on Instagram! I will still be there in 2019, sharing almost daily pictures that reflect my style, my dishes, and my cat! And maybe a few other random things too! Hope to see you there!

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