'Dishes and China'

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

November 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last year I shared some great ideas for decorating your Thanksgiving Table and I wanted to revisit that post. A lot of the ideas were simple and easy and a lot of the items needed can be picked up at the grocery store, especially since so many grocers are carrying flowers now. To visit the Thanksgiving Tablescape post click here. We’re a little less than a week away from Thanksgiving so plan that menu and decide on your table decor. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next week. Enjoy!!!

Visit Thanksgiving Tablescapes here.

Harvest Pumpkin Collection @ Williams Sonoma

November 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to reshare this post I did back in August on the Williams Sonoma Harvest Pumpkin Collection. I LOVE the black background on these dishes, it’s also available in white and all the beautiful colors of the gourds, pumpkins, and flowers are gorgeous. This collection is beautiful for display as well as for serving for Thanksgiving. Check it out with me again from back in August.

School has started back here in Oklahoma and it’s only two weeks until Labor Day, a time when our thoughts turn to all things Fall and Pumpkiny. With that in mind, we are going to look at a gorgeous new collection of dishes from Williams Sonoma, the Harvest Pumpkin Collection. The designs for this collection are based on Dutch still life paintings with their vibrant colors of oranges, greens, whites, reds, and purples all on an elegant and timeless black background. All of the pieces in the collection are porcelain glazed in black and with a hand-painted 14-karat gold painted rim. In addition to plates for eating there are also serving pieces and a gorgeous cheeseboard. All of these would be amazing to mix with your existing dishes and as always they would be gorgeous decorative pieces hanging on the wall. Join me today for a look at several pieces from the WS Harvest Pumpkin Collection, I’m anxious to hear what you think, Enjoy!!!

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Crate & Barrel Thanksgiving Tabletop

November 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to look at great stuff from Crate & Barrel for your Thanksgiving table and Buffet. Crate & Barrel always has great products with a contemporary feel to the design. Whether it’s dishes with writing on them or pumpkins and turkeys with an artistic edge, you can find it at Crate & Barrel. Let’s have a look at their dishes, napkins, tablecloths and so much more for Turkey Day. Enjoy!!!

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Halloween Barware For Spooky Cocktails 2018

October 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday we looked at twenty different recipes for Halloween and Spookily themed cocktails you can make and serve at your party or even at home just for you and your someone creepy, and today we are continuing with the Halloween beverage theme looking at Barware with a monster motif. So many times the cocktails themselves do all the work of presentation with fun bright colors but it never hurts to have fun stir sticks, colored straws or glasses with a few scary addons. Today we are going to look at glasses, ice buckets, wine stoppers and so much more from several different vendors around the web, check ’em out and let me know what you think. Have a frightening day and Enjoy!!!

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The Aerin Collection For Williams Sonoma

April 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The color combination of Blue and Green is one of my favorites and it seems to be a favorite of Aerin Lauders from looking at her new collection of dishes and entertaining pieces for Williams Sonoma. Lauder, of course, is the granddaughter of cosmetics legend Estée Lauder and this is the second collection she’s designed for WS. The collection her reflects her love for entertaining, especially outdoor entertaining since she says the blue and green in the collection represent the grass and sea. I’m really looking to get all white dishes then have key pieces like salad plates and serving pieces to mix in with the white and this collection would be perfect for that. One piece that especially stands out for me is the AERIN Glass Pitcher, I love the lines of the pitcher and the added piece of glass that snakes across the surface and that handle is gorgeous. Join me for a peek at the collection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Look Back: February Violets

February 27, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Violets are the flower assigned to the month of February so we are looking back at a post I did on the color given the same name as the purple-hued flowers. I think the color Violet is my favorite shade of Purple, click here to visit my post and I hope you enjoy looking at Violet beauty as much as I enjoyed putting this together. Enjoy!!!

A violet twist in a cone, just one of the many beautiful Violet things to see here in my post on Violets from a few years ago. 

West Elm Fairy Tale Pottery Collection

February 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I had gotten an email this week about some of the new stuff at West Elm and I stopped in the local brick and mortar to check things out. I always enjoy shopping at West Elm, I love their take on things for the home and the contemporary vibe everything has without going over the top and being too sleek and contemporary. There are a lot of great things to talk about but today I’m going to start with the Fairy Tale Collection of pottery. These pieces are awesome, there are plates, vases, cups, and even salt and pepper shakers. These pieces would be wonderful for entertaining as well as being used as decoration, think plates on walls. I love the Picasso feel some of the items have, especially the vase and some of the plates. If you get a chance head into West Elm and check things out and if you can’t do that then visit their website here. Join me now for a look at some of the Fairy Tale items and Enjoy!!!

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Anthropologie Is Going To The Dogs

January 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s no secret I’m a dog lover, we have two at our house and have always had dogs for the 21 years we’ve been together. I was raised with a dog, when I turned 4 my aunt, uncle, and cousins gave me a black and tan dachshund puppy, I named her Sugar and we had her until the Summer after I graduated from high school. I love it when I come across great interior design merchandise that features dogs and I recently stumbled across some great stuff on the Anthropologie website. A lot of it is brightly colored, especially in the form of plates and would look great on the wall, they also have fun dishtowels as well as DOG WALLPAPER!!! Check it out with me and I’ll link to all the products underneath the photos, Enjoy!!!(above, Gien Darling Dog Cake Plate)

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Turkey Platters: Decorative & Useful

November 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In my retail days, we sold a ton of turkey platters, many times people were buying them for decoration in their dining rooms and kitchens but a lot of people also used them every year for Turkey Day. I’ve always been very partial to the Woodland Turkey Platter from Spode, it has beautiful colors with a strong rich brown border and all the gorgeous colors used on the turkey itself. Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving decoration in your home or something to hold the bird, I’ve brought you some classic and fun choices and linked to the websites they’re coming from. Many of these places will still ship them to you before next Thursday and one of them is even available at a lumber yard. Check out these beautiful dishes and see if anything strikes your Thanksgiving fancy, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes 2017

November 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s November 6th and two weeks from this Thursday is Thanksgiving so I thought today we would look at some ideas for decorating your family’s table for this bountiful holiday. You don’t have to do anything too elaborate and with lots of people sitting around a table with plates and glasses it’s probably better to keep it simple. A tablecloth is always a great way to begin but if you have a beautiful table maybe just put a fabric runner down the center, I think it’s nice to have something down the center of the table that kind of gives you a “boundary” of where to keep the decorations. Right now burlap is really a hot look and lots of the craft and decorating stores have pre-cut burlap runners available. I also like to find an inexpensive fabric in a color that works with my decorating scheme and get enough of it that you can bunch it up on the table and “nestle” pumpkins and candles in the folds. A good way to know how much fabric to get is to measure the length of your table and buy one and a half or up to two times as much fabric as your table is long, if your table is six feet long (72 inches) then get 144 inches or 4 yards of fabric. I have some images to share with you today of ideas that won’t break the bank but still give you a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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