Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Unspoken Rules

Wow, it's almost February, which I can't believe and that means it's getting closer to National take your guy & gal out day a.k.a. V-day. It's been sending my brain into ultra spin mode trying to figure out how I want to glam up our dining table for a fun-homemade romantic dinner. So yesterday I spent the day looking through some of my cabinets and I jotted down some of my unspoken rules on how I set my table & I was excited to share it with you. First & foremost Don't be afraid to...

 I love to collect different plates from vintage shops, thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales etc. & figure out a way to meld them together. There is something very fresh and organic about it. I also like to create some visual interest. I'm...

 I like for things to be simple but I never shy away from layering. I simply...

I try & use things that aren't what you use everyday. I actually got this stem ware for .99 cents at Goodwill, no joke...total score.

I love to...

all of these quick tips lead to a little table ...
For this dainty "table runner" I used inexpensive doilies & simply stacked and staggered them to create a lacy texture.
I think my brain is on the right track. What are you guys going to do for your loved ones this year? I was looking back on what I did last year to get some ideas and it seemed so funny to be looking at our old house. It went a little something like this...

..it's funny how that feels so long ago (at times) and yet like a flash at others.

I hope you all have a fantastic day & I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!


  1. I love this... mismatched dishes are on of my favorite things... and since I work at Anthropologie, I buy a piece here and a piece there... and then get some at thrift stores too...

    and the daily table runner sealed the deal for me <3

  2. This is why Goodwill does so well right now. You can get mismatched things for so much less and Dollar Tree has doilies too!

  3. Love all the mismatched china. I can't believe it's almost February either...crazy!

  4. Love it! Do you know what the pattern is called on the 3rd picture?? I love it!!!

    @ The Gotta Have It Girl

  5. Oh that floral dish is just lovely!

    My hubby and I are simple folks and usually don't make a big fuss about V-day, but I will be 19 and 1/2 weeks pregnant on February 14th and I'm thinking it might be fun to schedule the BIG ULTRASOUND for that day. I'll always remember finding out of it was a boy or a girl on the sweetest day of the year!

  6. I. DIE. Over your dish collection! Also just wanted to let you know that there's a link party for favorite blogs going on at Vintage Revivals right now, and I linked up yours as a fav. Hope that's alright :D

  7. what a beautiful post! you are inspiring me not only for valentine's day but for my wedding as well!! thanks for sharing(: and congrats on the great finds!!

  8. Oh my goodness...your ability to layer is so inspiring!
    Where do you store these dishes? One thing that always keeps me from taking home some pretty plates or glasses is a lack of extra storage space for items not commonly used.

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