A Country Kitchen Brunch

by Michelle on April 29, 2009

It’s TableScape Thursday with a Thifty Thursday as a saddleback and I thought you might like to see my table I set for our Sunday Brunch. It was just my husband and I, but I had fun arranging my table and I’ve decided that each table I set should have the colors pink and yellow somewhere. I used my Spode Blue Room Collection, my iron fruit bowl, a new crystal pitcher, 2 of my flamingos in pond, a favorite cookie jar and some of my bedding Geraniums. Aren’t those Geraniums the most gorgeous color! They are almost a neon pink and I could not resist them!

I’ve had my eye on the crystal pitcher for a while now and I was in Homegoods last week and it was marked down to $7 so I snapped it up! I needed a small pitcher and this one was the perfect size with a simple design and so pretty.

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I love Spode China and pick it up whenever I can find a good price. The animal themed plates are each unique and I could not decide which ones to buy so I just bought 1 of each. I bought 4 plates for myself and a plate for each of my nieces. I have The Tiger Cages, Aesop’s Fables (introduced c. 1831), Milkmaid (introduced c. 1814) and The Zebra Pen.

I have many cookie jars but this is one of my favorites. It’s made by Los Angeles Potteries which produced artware and pottery 1940s – 1960s and was located in Lynwood, CA. I bought it a few years ago at a local garage sale for $10. I’ve seen this same cookie jar on Ebay and it always auctioned for much more then I wanted to spend. I became interested in Los Angeles Potteries while designing our home and researching Craftsman and Mid-Century Modern Architecture. I love the LA Pottery glazes, such gorgeous colors and so pleasing with any themed kitchen.

Here’s one of my favorite things in my kitchen, my Iron Fruit Bowl. I’m not sure if the original intent was a fruit bowl but that’s what I use it for. I saw it at a flea market but it was priced $45. I knew I would see it again and sure enough, a few years later I found it at a church sale for $3. It has been in my kitchen ever since.

I hope you enjoyed my tablescape this week. I had a good time putting it together and try to include items with some interesting history and of course some good deals as well.

Tablescape Thursday is a weekly event graciously hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

And Thrifty Thursday, another weekly event, is hosted Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville.

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  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) April 30, 2009 at 1:05 am

    What a pretty tablesetting. I love the blue Spode dishes, they are all so pretty. The iron fruit bowl is so unique and so pretty, what a great find. Also the cookie jar is just lovely. Isn’t it nice when you see something you want and find it for a good price, the crystal pitcher is just lovely. Thanks for sharing, just so pretty. Hugs, Marty

  • Stacey April 30, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Oh I’m so overwhelmed by that gorgeous range of yours I can hardly think. You set a gorgeous table. Your blog is very neat!

  • Cindy (Applestone Cottage) April 30, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I just love the blue dishes and the lovely table. Oh, and I love that table and chairs. Cindy

  • Kathleen April 30, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I love those dishes…and love seeing and hearing about all your treasures! Enjoyed your TTH, Michelle!

  • Shelia April 30, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Love your pretty table! I love any color Spode dishes and your blue and white ones are so pretty. I have some of the pink or raspberry ones and they’re hanging on my wall! Love your cookie jar!
    BE a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  • Christi @ A Southern Life April 30, 2009 at 2:08 am

    I love brunch. It always seems so relaxing. The Spode blue is so lovely. Very nice!

  • Joyce April 30, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Cute cookie jar and interesting.
    Joyce

  • Janie's World April 30, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Pretty table! Your fruit bowl is so unique! I’m always amazed how many different patterns there are for that blue and white china. Before I started looking at all the tablescape blogs, I thought the china was all the same! Embarrassing I know!!! I never had the chance to look at it closely.

  • ellen b April 30, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Hi Michelle! I did enjoy your tablescape. Your blue dishes are great. I’m so drawn to blue and white plates like these!! Happy Tablescaping to you… :0)

  • susan April 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Your Spode is lovely and I like your philosphy_-“If you can’t decide, buy one of each” !!!

  • Scribbler April 30, 2009 at 2:55 am

    I also have the Spode – love them!

    My fave is your fruit bowl — very unique.

    Scribbler

  • Martha April 30, 2009 at 3:22 am

    A great table and of course, I love the Spode — it sets a great table!

  • My Crafty Little Page April 30, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Really love your Spode. I love any blue and white china and I’m a complete sucker for any ironwork! Loved your tablescape. :)Nancy

  • Cate O'Malley April 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Such a bright and cheerful table! I love HomeGoods too – hard to not find a bargain or two there.

  • Chandy April 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Love your table! The blue Spode “Aesop’s Fable” plate is my favorite.

    I’m glad that many of you find my double post badge handy! Love it! I participate in both memes every week so I created it to make it easier for me.

  • Chandy April 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Btw, I love how my double post badge looks with your post. 😉

  • Carrie April 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    The plates are beautiful. I love the placemats as well.

  • Kirby3131 April 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    That Spode china is gorgeous! It’s making me rethink my dishes :)

  • Lori (All That Splatters) April 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I enjoyed your tablescape and the history lesson as well! Lovely!

  • Mary April 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Oh, I LOVE your Spode! I’m a sucker for any kind of transferware. And I have to tell I really loved getting a little peek at your kitchen? cabinets. too. They look beautiful. :)

  • Fifi Flowers April 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Lovely plates! There is nothing like a good find!

  • Abby Lanes April 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    What a lovely entry. That cookie jar gives me a nostalgic feeling. Lovely tablescape!

  • Susie Q April 30, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I too love Spode anything and am always looking for a great deal on a piece here and there.
    Your treasures are just lovely and you rtable is perfect! So, so pretty and inviting!

    I am off to read more of your blog!

    I just added my first tablescape Thursday! I cheated a bit by using photos I took from a recent flower show but next time I will add my own!

    Warmly,
    Sue

  • Kim @ Starshine Chic April 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I love the Spode plates. And such a deal on the fruit basket. It makes a good fruit basket. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. It means a lot to me.

  • katrina April 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Oh my – love those plates, and I didn’t even know Spode made such interesting ones! Now you’ll have me poking about looking for them!
    Love those pink geraniums and the stories behind your finds!

  • jennifer April 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I am IN LOVE with the flamingos!! Seriously! I would collent vintage flamingos if I could FIND anymore.

  • Leigh of Bloggeritaville May 1, 2009 at 12:40 am

    What a beautiful tablescape! I LOVE it. That cookie jar has such characrter and those plates-GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for playing along.

  • Cass @ That Old House May 1, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I love blue Spode — don’t have any, but I will someday if I have my way!

    Your flamingoes are a hoot — lovely! And I got a huge kick out of your iron fruit bowl story — from 45 to 3-dollars….now that is patience that paid off!
    Cass

  • Kayte May 1, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Very lovely, and such a lot of fun to hear about all the pieces and what they mean to you, where you got them, etc. Don’t come here…I use the same stuff over and over…or maybe you should come here and teach me how to be you. Loved the post.

  • Dream Mom May 1, 2009 at 2:15 am

    You have a lot of colors in your tablescape and at first thought,it wouldn’t seem like it would go together but it looks marvelous! That is real talent when you can put that together and make it work:) I love the history on your dishes and pottery. It makes everything seem more special. The new pitcher is very pretty. Beautiful job!

  • Blondie's Journal May 1, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Michelle,

    I really like this table setting, just so pretty. I love the Spode plates, I have some from the Blue Room Collection and got them at a great deal. I really like that iron fruit bowl! You have a lot of persaverance to pass it up the first time!! I would love one.

    Thanks for visiting me today. I hope you have a great rest of the week! 😀

    xoxo
    Jane

  • Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria May 1, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Girl I am loving all that Spode one of my favorite things also…anything blue in dishes love…I also have Blue willows I shoud do that one day..Just great girl…loved i all…thanks for coming by and seeing me also…I just love meeting new peeps and looking at all the pretty things…hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  • Robin May 2, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Oh yes….Spode is always dear.
    Great cookie jar…..lovely tablescape
    Hope your day has been beautiful

  • Yellow Rose Arbor May 2, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Pretty brunch tablescape! Love the blue Spode!

    Katherine

  • Yellow Rose Arbor May 3, 2009 at 12:17 am

    What a nice compliment you paid me about my tablescape (the best you’ve seen!!) Wow! Thank you!! There are so many gorgeous, elegant, exquisite tablescapes!! I really appreciate it!

    Katherine

  • Brenda@Cozy Little House May 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    As an avid lover of blue and white plates (and blue and white anything combined!), I especially loved this. I will be on the look out for these pieces. You set a lovely table. I enjoyed visiting your blog for the first time and now will stroll down your pages to get to know you better.
    Brenda
    http://cozylittlehouse.blogspot.com
    http://viewfromthepines.com

  • Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) May 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I love your Spode china…beautiful! Wonderful tablescape! The cookie jar is great…so glad you gave us a close up pic. :-) Susan

  • Elyse May 5, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Your tablescape looks great!! I love your cookie jar. And your spode is so pretty!!

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