Don’t you just love winter? All the Christmas decor is cleaned up and put away. The fire is burning, and the hot chocolate is brewing. Everyone is bundled up in cozy sweaters and furry slippers. What a great time to create a Winter Tablescape with vintage dishware! Green is such a versatile color. It goes with every season. I love pairing forest greens, lime greens, olive greens, and avocado greens together. They look terrific with bright and winter whites. I probably use too much green in my paintings, but I just can’t help myself.
I live in the sunny South Carolina Lowcountry now, but I love winter scenes and scapes because they remind me of the “snow days” of my East Tennessee childhood, when school was cancelled because the bus couldn’t get up to the hollers to pick up the kids who lived there. Our house was down in the valley, so we slid down icy hills with flat cardboard boxes and trash can lids all day long, in between trips inside to get warm.
How It All Came Together
It all began with a bouquet. I went to the store with the intention of choosing picks that sparked my creativity. The olive green hydrangea was saturated with color, and reminded me of green flowers hiding beneath the snow in the winter woods, waiting to burst open in the spring. The spotted ornaments were a nod to red and white toadstools. I removed them for the winter tablescape and replaced them with felt mushrooms because I didn’t want the table to look like Christmas.
Next, I chose some of my favorite vintage dishes. I love Depression era glass, midcentury glass, and vintage tumblers and plates. I can talk about dishware for hours. The possibilities are endless when it comes to pairing vintage and modern pieces to create a unique and fun tablescape.
Vintage Milk Glass is the Star
Our ‘Vintage” Plates
Although my Martha Stewart dishes aren’t American made, or even vintage (not yet, anyway), they mean something to me because they were one of the first dish sets I bought, other than our newlywed Corelle Burgundy set for four (If you were born before 1980, you probably know about Corelle dinnerware). They were also one of the few sets that made the cut when we moved into our new house last year.
I hope you’ve enjoyed touring my Vintage Winter Tablescape, and the trip down memory lane. Using pieces that create good vibes and evoke precious memories are what it’s all about, right?
Happy New Year!
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