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Talking About Thanksgiving Table Settings…

Thanksgiving table green turkey plates


Do you have a special set of plates or china specifically for Thanksgiving dinner?  I do not own any at all.:(Last year’s table here had my mother’s green salad plates mixed with our plain white dinnerware.  The year before had this even more simple table setting out on the porch:

Thanksgiving table setting with white dishes and linen napkins

Thanksgiving table with hand lettered cardssource

The dining room had a variation of the same elements.

Thanksgiving table with handlettered cards and ribbonsource

Every year I have been telling myself that I should buy a few pieces of Thanksgiving china…at least a set of salad plates.  And because my tastes seem to run in a less patterned direction, I almost purchased these last year. I thought they would fit in well with the white dinnerware here.

Pottery Barn turkey

But then I saw Holly’s table and could have kicked myself for not buying those West Elm plates with lettering on them.  I had contemplated them before I saw her post, and they would have fit in perfectly. But of course I could not make myself commit to them, and now there are no more to be found anywhere.

Holly Mathis Thanksgiving table with West Elm plates

I think the reason I couldn’t make myself purchase them is because I have loved these for a very long time…

Spode Woodland

Don’t they look pretty in this tablesetting?

Thanksgiving table Spode Woodland

But then I wonder if I wouldn’t find more uses for it if we had the Spode Woodland (without the turkey.)

Spode Woodlandsource

Spode Woodland table

Or…should I go even less patterned with Delamere that has simply the outer design on it?


Spode Delamere place settingsource

So many choices!  I have also considered a “non-animal” one as well – Johnson Brothers’ Friendly Village. It could actually be used from November through January.

Johnson Brothers Friendly

Johnson Brothers Friendly Village table

soup tureen vignette

My mother owns a number of pieces of the Myott brown transferware turkey plates.  It might be wise for me to just purchase some of that pattern so that we can combine our collections when needed.

brown transferware turkey plates


Believe it or not, as of last week I had finally decided to buy this year’s turkey plates from Williams Sonoma.:)

Williams Sonoma turkey

But by Sunday evening when I sat down to place my order, they were out of stock online.:(

So now I am pondering these…Juliska Country

Or perhaps I will be lucky enough to find some of the Williams Sonoma ones in a shop this weekend.

I’d love to know if you own a Thanksgiving pattern yourself and what you think of any of these.  There is always the problem of storage when dishes are purchased, but this would only be 8 salad plates – not an entire set. So I don’t think storage would really be a problem here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.:)

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Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 6, 2014 - 12:08 am

There’s actually a Spode pattern that I would love to get that would really work for the entire fall season, and it features hunting dogs! I love the brown transferware, but it seems like turkeys are limited to one day.

This of course, coming from someone who owns Halloween dishes!

Beautiful tables you’ve made!
The Woodland ones with the hunting dogs are beautiful…hmmm…might have to think about that one too! Aw man. I would use the turkey one for all of November (I think.) But you could start with the other pattern in September if you wanted. How funny about the Halloween dishes Leslie Anne! (What I love are your blue Liberty dishes!)

Susan M - November 6, 2014 - 1:14 am

Such inviting and beautiful table settings Kelly. I have the Johnsons Friendly Village pattern for Thanksgiving and the Spode Christmas tree for Christmas. I chose these patterns because they are timeless and classic and not likely to be discontinued. My wedding china pattern was discontinued shortly after the wedding and i was so disappointed…….lesson learned…. and I try to go with the classic patterns that stand the test of time. There have been years I will use the Friendly village pattern for Christmas as it goes beautifully for either holiday. The pattern is gorgeous…..I just so enjoy getting it out every year and am sad when I have to put it away. Be sure you get the dishes made in England if you choose this one …I have heard they have made some in China that are not as pretty. Anyway any one of the above patterns will be family heirlooms and full of fun memories for you! : )
Thanks for the input on the Friendly Village pattern Susan. I love that it has so many different scenes within it – which would make collecting all of it very tempting! You are right about wanting something timeless.

Jill - November 6, 2014 - 7:27 am

So much beautiful eye candy! You wrote this post just foe me, didn’t you? :-)
I have such a weakness for pretty dishes, especially Holiday patterns. In fact, I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and I am going to try and get out to HomeGoods today to “browse” for something new for this year’s table. I have long loved the Delamere pattern. I have some pieces of Asiatic Pheasant by Royal Stafford which is similar. The Delamere would give you more versatility if you got “plain” dinner plates and turkey salad plates. Is there anything Christmasy that is available for this pattern? I love all your choices though!
I did write it just for you Jill. :) I hope your run to Home Goods was successful for finding new Thanksgiving dinnerware today.

Arlene@Nanaland - November 6, 2014 - 7:28 am

Kelly, we use family china every year. I use my late mother in law’s Haviland china because in all the years I knew her, it was NEVER out of her china cabinet. So I make it a point to use it on special occassions. We also have a small set of Marvin’s grandmother’s dishes, not china but special so we use them for dessert plates. And yes the plates back then were just a tad bigger than salad plates. That might explain something!!:) But I saw some Turkey salad plates at TJ Maxx the other day and I was sorely tempted to purchase them. Love all the settings you shared with us.
I think it is wonderful that you are using family pieces Arlene. I think you might have hit on something about the size of the plates today!:) TJMaxx and Homegoods seem to be a great source for Thanksgiving dishes, aren’t they?!

Wendy in KY - November 6, 2014 - 7:47 am

I was waiting… waiting… waiting… For Friendly Village to appear in the lineup.
Well I am glad I didn’t let you down Wendy! LOL

Sandy - November 6, 2014 - 7:51 am

Hi Kelly –

You have touched upon one of my weaknesses..Thanksgiving and turkey dishes! I have the Pottery Barn turkey salad plates that they have had for a few years now, and they are lovely. But yesterday the turkey plates I ordered from World Market arrived, and I like them…they have a white background with a turkey that is sort of French in design. Take a look at them and see what you think. Priced at $6.99, I think they are darling. I will use them on our gold everyday pottery or on our white dishes. I also have a small collection of turkeys for the centerpiece. They are lovely, not the stupid looking ones you can see this time of the year. My salad plates do not take a lot of room, and they make me happy, so I use them often during the season. Happy shopping for turkey salad plates!

Those are super cute plates from World Market! They are cheerfully colorful, and yes they do have a French feel- almost like quimperware. Enjoy your pretty table setting Sandy, and I will try my best to make a decision on mine. :)

Mimi - November 6, 2014 - 7:56 am

I guess I’m a minimalist when it comes to dishes–I have three different sets of WHITE china. Ha! I always tell my guests that I like the food to be the decorative element. :-) Given my history, I would vote for the Delamere pattern because it’s the most versatile.
I would call myself a minimalist to some degree as well, and I really like food on a white plate too. (But I don’t think I have 3 sets of white china. LOL) Delamere seems to be more my style for this house.

Barbara Hinske - November 6, 2014 - 7:56 am

I’ve never met a china pattern I didn’t like! Get what makes your heart happy, not what is practical–which theory has lead me to having tons of plates in storage. I bought some lovely turkey plates from PB last year ad forgot about them until I saw your post. So thank you–I’m now going to dig them out. Whatever you get, I wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving!
Thank you Barbara. Glad I could trigger your memory of your turkey plates!

Jill - November 6, 2014 - 7:57 am

So, I answered my own question. Spode has Christmas Tree Grove that matches the Delamere.
Thanks for the info!

Katherine - November 6, 2014 - 9:05 am

I had this same struggle for years! My husband and I eloped; so we never had a chance to register for china. It hasn’t been a problem since my Mother has given me various sets of family china over the years, but we never had a great one for fall/Thanksgiving celebrations. We ended up finding some Royal Stafford patterns at Home Goods of all places. Who knows if it’s the real deal, but it works! And I don’t have to worry if a plate gets broken by one of the boys. Check out Home Goods and Williams Sonoma. If you can’t find those patterns – I would go with one of the Spode options. I’m not a big fan of the Juliska in orange, though I have the variation in blue!
You are lucky to have found your dishes at HomeGoods…so wish we had one that was not 2 hours away! :( I am not usually a fan of orange, but I love that Juliska pattern in all the colors it is made (the red is really tempting me for Christmas.)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 6, 2014 - 9:35 am

I so love these beautiful tables…especially the Delamere Woodland Brown table setting!…thanks for the inspiration Kelly!
I just went over to see your Thanksgiving table from last year. Shirley it was beautiful (as I knew it would be), and even more beautiful is the story you tell of all your Thanksgiving memories. What a sweet sweet post. I hope everyone here will hop over to yours to read it. We have a major big family reunion at my in-laws every year for Thanksgiving, and that is why I have not purchased the dishes before. Your day sounds very similar to ours. I loved loved your father’s comment about having a table big enough for everyone to gather around.
Many blessings to you in this upcoming holiday season. :)

Julia G. - November 6, 2014 - 9:39 am

I have been pondering whether I should buy Thanksgiving/fall plates – so your post is very timely. YES! I will be looking this weekend for just salad plates!

Have a great weekend Kelley!

Well I am glad I could give you a little help in your decision making process Julia. :) Now if I can just make up MY mind!

Rose L - November 6, 2014 - 10:07 am

I’ve had a few pieces of the “Friendly Village” from England and the color saturation in them is so very lovely. My Aunt had a few pieces as well that she displays on her dinning room wall year round so I passed what I had on to her.

I love all transferware pretty much but years ago decided to collect it in blue. Over the years I have built almost a complete set of Currier and Ives by the Royal China Co. in Sebring, Oh. They were produced until the 1940’s when a fire destroyed the building and the plates they used to make them. I have service for 13 (in case one piece breaks)and almost all of the serving pieces plus the glassware in blue (they also came in white). Every type piece has a different pattern on it and some are winter scenes and some are summer. They are perfect for holidays and throughout the year. They also were made in pink/red (hard to find), green and brown and some pieces were even made in black (all almost impossible to find now). We use them everyday all year round and I love them more every time I look at and use them. This was a hard won collection that was searched for and collected one piece at a time. This was a great decision on my part. Too often when one sets out to “collect” something, after a while you just have too much of the collection. When it comes to large dinnerware sets the collecting fun can go on and on and it takes years before you find it all. I mean it’s not like deciding to collect vintage sewing machines or something that needs a warehouse to be stored, lol! I can and have spent hours on Ebay just looking at all of the beautiful ironstone, stoneware and transferware that was produced over the years. Also some pieces can be found at antique stores when your traveling and there is a company called where they buy and sell vintage china and dish patterns. Enjoy the hunt!!
Service for 13 is quite a collection Rose! Yes, enjoying the hunt is part of the fun of dishes. Your comment about collecting sewing machines cracked me up. So true! :)

Louvina - November 6, 2014 - 10:24 am

You’re talking to a gal that had 8 sets of dishes — have down sized to 4 sets. My wedding china, Christmas, Thanksgiving ( Myott) and just got my white set for every day. But I do like your idea of salad/dessert dishes to use with my white. Just love my turkey plates and can add on when I see Myott pieces at Home Goods. Guess why I got my new set of white?Hmm? Maybe TOTH influenced me? :)
Good grief…8 sets!! I am glad you were able to downsize some. :) I wish we had a HomeGoods nearby for shopping for dishes (and lamps!)

Carolyn - November 6, 2014 - 10:40 am

What lovely table settings! I’m partial to the Delamere, but I would go with more of your mother’s brown turkey transferware if you can find it. I love its muted tones. One day it will be yours and you will want to use it. I’m in the downsizing stage of life. I inherited two grandmothers’ as well as my mother’s fine china, so I always used one of those on holidays. I gave one grandmother’s to my niece, the other two sets are in rented storage because I have no place for them since we moved to our cabin and I barely have room for my own two sets of china (plus other pottery pieces). Eventually, my sons will get them, but they don’t have room for them either at this point. I love china, but we don’t entertain often and it’s usually very casual if we do. We now have to share our married children, who because of their professions often have to work on Thanksgiving or the day after, and the family has scattered. So we seldom have the big gatherings now. So, you adapt and get together when you can, and make being together your reason for celebrating. No need for special china, though, and no room for it. Before we moved I sold our heirloom Sheffield silver turkey dome and platter (it was huge and very Downton Abbey). No room to store it, display it, or use it. Sigh.
Hello Carolyn. Two sets of grandmothers’ china must be beautiful. I hate that you don’t have room to keep them all near you for quick access. Your heirloom silver turkey dome and platter must have been absolutely gorgeous. I know I would have loved that!


Rhonda - November 6, 2014 - 10:52 am

I don’t own special plates either, because we always go to my in-laws or other relatives on Thanksgiving. A few years ago, I saw some brown patterned plates in an antique store and I always regretted not getting them. I think the ones I loved the most from your selection, is the “Friendly Village”. I just love the thought of being inside a warm, cozy, house, when there is snow outside! Ahhhh…
I hate it when you kick yourself for not getting something you wanted. A cozy house in the snow is pretty, and the beauty of that pattern is that there is such a variety of prints in all the different pieces. It really is like art. :)

Sue - November 6, 2014 - 11:14 am

Hi Kelly
Oh the dish dilemma! I am one of those {gasp} people who have their tree up before Thanksgiving so I always thought I shouldn’t bother with Thanksgiving dishes. {I have lots of Christmas dishes} But, I always host Thanksgiving and so a few years ago I splurged on the William Sonoma turkey salad plates and the matching tablecloth. They had a gold rim so they went perfectly with my cheap creamy white china with the gold rim. It makes a very pretty table ~ and it’s not too hard to find a spot for salad plates:-)

I vote for getting what you love ~
Your tree is up before Thanksgiving…oh my! (And I thought I was bad just listening to the music before Thanksgiving!) I believe your dishes are the Estate pattern, and it is so classic looking. How wonderful that you have gold rimmed dishes to use with it. I bet that looks beautiful!

Barbara (WA) - November 6, 2014 - 11:14 am

Yes, I have Autumn dishes that i use from late September until Christmas time. They are a William-Sonoma/Wedgwood brown transferware called Plymouth. i bought them maybe 10 years ago. I love using them & because they don’t have animals or turkeys or any theme like that they work well all Fall.
The Plymouth pattern is gorgeous! I love it Barbara. And you can still find pieces of it on Ebay. You are so right about it working well for anything in fall.

Cynde - November 6, 2014 - 11:29 am

arlene@nanaland what Haviland pattern do you have? I’m slowly adding to the one that my mom gave me that was my great aunts from the 30’s I thunk.

Kelly I love the Johnson’s Friendly Village too…I have only one tea cup that I found at Home Goods. Like the Curry & Ives too, & Spode Woodland. I’m becoming a plate addict to a certain point, & cleared out a storage shelf to hold my holiday set finds. I love setting a pretty table for special get togethers. Also scouting out for special silverware…looking for a nice gold plated set to go with my gold trimmed family china, & a set with twiggy or cabinish handles, for my country Christmas dishes…it’s a collection in the making…lol
All your dishes sound so pretty Cynde, and hunting for the pieces in a collection is half the fun! I am going to have to do some research on the Currier and Ives pieces. I love their prints which means I would probably love the dishes as well.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 6, 2014 - 11:31 am

Oh my, Kelly! Such eye candy indeed! I have always loved the Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers because it reminds me of the little country church in Dell, Minnesota where my grandfather served as a pastor. Would love to have just the salad plates, even. That Delamere pattern is so lovely as well…and versatile. Your mother’s pattern is also lovely and your idea to combine your sets makes so much sense. My friends and I frequently share each other’s dishes and goblets for special dinners. Lovely post once again!
Gracia I think you like it all! You know, I have never seen the Friendly Village pieces in person, but I know it must be very pretty from what I have seen in photos.Such a hard decision! LOL

Debra - November 6, 2014 - 12:03 pm

I would do the the Delamere as your base china. Then I would just have fun picking up some different sets of salad plates. This would take you through all of fall I feel. I am sure Amazon has many different designed salad plates. Apple design, to pumpkin, hunting, turkey. I also like the plain white turkey salad plate that you featured too. Oh decisions….Your table settings are always simple and I like that look. You’ll pick something out to impress us Kelly. P.S. I still would love to find a set of six pumpkin soup bowls like the ones you have from Pottery Barn. Those are so wonderful from September to November to use. How fun.
That Delamere does seem to be a pretty one to start with, and it would work with other colors for fall. I hope you can find a set of the soup bowls. The large one is currently available on Ebay if you are interested, but I do not see any of the individual bowls there. Keep checking.

Peggy - November 6, 2014 - 12:17 pm

You have sent this girl into a pinning frenzy on a weekday! I have a dish fetish, but not many dishes. I have never seen the Delamere design before and I think I am in love! Wouldn’t that be pretty with the white turkey plates from Pottery Barn? Mmmmmm. Whatever you choose, your table will be lovely.
Uh-oh…now you have me thinking about that combination Peggy! Shame on you…I was trying to keep this simple. LOL Glad you found some things to pin to your pinterest boards.

Garden, Home and Party - November 6, 2014 - 1:24 pm

I’m addicted to plates so of course I have turkey plates. :-) They are similar to the brown and white turkey plates your mom has. I paid very little for them but they are pretty and since I only use them at Thanksgiving they are fine. I’ve often thought I would enjoy brown and white transferware plates to use for the fall months, but I also have some very pretty Villeroy & Boch “Le Chasse” (discontinued) that are black and white and I typically use them for all of the fall months. I have a hard time saying which place setting above I loved most because I love them all! That said, I love your table setting in white from last year. It’s classic and with the pumpkins and various touches you so creatively add, I think you nailed it and therefore won’t miss not having turkey plates. I’m sure that my 2 cents was helpful…hahaha.
Karen, I looked up your Villeroy and Boch pattern. It is gorgeous! Love the black and white, and it could be used with so many other accent colors. Thank you for the compliment on the table settings. I’ll take your 2 cents any day! :)

Amber - November 6, 2014 - 7:13 pm

I use basic whiteware for everyday, but I also have an entire set of Spode Woodland – 8 place settings plus mugs, trays, soup bowls, a dog bowl, and a cookie jar, lol! I mixed all different animals, from birds to dogs, to rabbits, etc. – every piece is different. I absolutely love it! I also have 8 place settings of Lenox Holiday for Christmas. I own several other sets of salad/dessert plates. I also have dinner plates and salad plates in the Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles pink and white transferware pattern, and in the Royal Warwick Lochs of Scotland blue and white transferware pattern. And my “good” china is Lenox Tuxedo, simple cream with decorative gold band. I have a real weakness for dinnerware :)
Oh my goooooodness! Yes, you DO have a real weakness for dinnerware Amber! :) If you ever get tired of all your Spode Woodland, I will be glad to take it off your hands. LOL My mother in law has a zillion pieces of the pink Britain Castles and more than that of the Spode Christmas tree. I am not familiar with your blue and white pattern, but I am going to go look it up now. Thanks for jumping in the conversation, and just know that all of us who share your addiction to dishes are jealous of all your wonderful pieces!

Lindy James - November 6, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Two years ago I bought the botanical pumpkin dishes at Williams-Sonoma and they continue to carry it two years later. It’s a classic pattern that can be used through Thanksgiving. My everyday dishes I’ve had almost 39 years, they’re Johnson brothers hearts and flowers. For Christmas I use my Spode Christmas tree ones. I also have a set of white dishes my mother-in-law gave me. Gracious, I’d better not buy anymore! The Johnson brothers friendly village pattern has always been a favorite of mine. Good luck, whichever one you choose I’m sure will look lovely. Take care, Lindy
I think the botanical pumpkin dishes are gorgeous, and I love seeing them set up in such wonderful table displays at the store. I agree they are a classic pattern. My mother in law must have every piece of Spode Christmas tree ever made. :) Thank you for your sweet compliment about the table setting Lindy.

Dawn - November 6, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Ok, Kelly,

My two favorite settings from above are the all white turkey salad plates from Pottery Barn (last year?) or (of course) the cute green salad plates you borrowed from your Mother. I really like those two setting the best. I usually don’t host Thanksgiving here either because we go to my Mom’s on Thanksgiving and we go to my Mother-in-laws the weekend before or after. I always get to fix the cranberry salad (the kind with pecans, fresh cranberries and jello) and the green bean casserole (I use Pioneer Woman’s recipe). I do have some really pretty off white serving pieces that have fall leaves and acorns painted on them that I use for serving these dishes. I don’t have any other specific Thanksgiving dishes. My Mom has specific Thanksgiving dishes that are all white with leaves and acorn shapes protruding from them. Good luck with your decision. I can’t wait to see what you decide.
Dawn, I do think the white turkey plates from PB are probably the overall best fit for our table (with the Delamere the best of the patterned ones.) And of course those green ones are made for you. :) Your writing about the cranberry salad and the green bean casserole are making me crave that plate full of Thanksgiving goodies (at 10 o’clock at night no less!) I will have to check out Pioneer Woman’s recipe to see how it is different. Your serving pieces sound lovely.

mbj - November 6, 2014 - 10:45 pm

I have been enjoying your blog for awhile, but this post struck a chord. My husband bought some brown Staffordshire for my birthday, and I’ve loved it. Every day when I get it out, I feel like I’m eating my scone in England. And better yet, I can put it in the dishwasher. I’m kind of over the plain white Corelle I’ve had for convenience now!

Katherine - November 7, 2014 - 10:01 am

The red Juliska would be lovely for Christmas, especially because of your fondness for red! I use the blue year-round. A new HomeGoods will actually be built within WALKING distance to my house soon, in Decatur. It’s going to be very dangerous!

Jayne - November 7, 2014 - 10:52 am

I used to thin about getting dishes for the holidays, but I never have. I never thought about just getting salad plates. I did get plain china when I married for the purpose of being able to use it for any occasion and holiday. I have to admit though, for the past several years, we have used the country china of paper plates. Mostly because I can cook all day long, but once I sit down to eat, I’m done! I don’t like to do the cleanup and it’s much easier to just throw the plates away! But I do use pretty paper plates! Fall themed! Does that count?

DeeDee - November 7, 2014 - 2:01 pm

If you plan on dropping a chunk of change on your plates, make sure you absolutely love them and can get lots of mileage out of them (vs using for just one day)! A few years ago I found salad plates at Marshall’s or TJs, made by Johnson Bros. called “Autumn Monarch”, each for less than the cost of a fancy Starbucks latte! After going to a few stores, I was able to purchase 12 and have invested less than $50. I love them and they pair well w/my ivory wedding china by Lenox. I saw cute turkey plates at World Mkt today that were very affordable, and didn’t break the bank! Happy hunting!

Becky in 'Bama - November 7, 2014 - 2:25 pm

so you and I suffer from this same quirk – this one being..procrastination to the point of regret for not making a move. Yes, for years I’ve agonized over the seasonal dinnerware purchase and never could make a move. Now I’m of a ‘certain age’ where such a purchase seems pointless and my only daughter is NOT interested in things like dinnerware when it comes to her inheritance. (Happily I did inherit my late-mother’s Pfaltzgraff dinnerware, Carousel). BUT…. finally, the adage ‘everything comes back in style’ sort of paid off for me. My wedding everyday china (my only china) was a 1970’s Noritake Progressive pattern “Homecoming.” Check it out if you have time: a white background with an outer rim stenciling of green ivy, yellow pears and some sort of modernish design of a dark orange fowl. I had it packed away in the basement, and one day out of the blue I wondered how it would look on a fall table setting. Ahh… it was great with my green/orange placements with rust colored napkins and a fall centerpiece. Nuff said. I’m hanging onto that retro-dinnerware. FUNNY: This same china was used in one scene from the movie “The Help” and was the pattern used on the 70’s t.v. show “Marcus Welby, M.D.” Ha.

DeeDee - November 7, 2014 - 6:00 pm

I was just perusing JC Penney’s website and saw where they have available online only, Johnson Bros. “His Majesty”. A 16 pc set is $150, but thru the 11th you can deduct $30 from any purchase of $100 or more and free shipping!! There’s also a gorgeous bowl available too & I may just have to order one!

DeeDee - November 7, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Correction: the JCP sale is good thru the 8th & not the 11th. Sorry for the misprint!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - November 8, 2014 - 8:07 am

I love all of these special holiday dishes. I never thought of just getting special salad plates to get the look without a big investment.

Personally, I’ve wanted a set of Christmas dishes for a long time. My mother has one & uses it as her everyday dishes from just after Thanksgiving until New Years. It’s such a nice way to make the holidays part of everyday life.

Kathy - November 9, 2014 - 10:02 am

How fun was this post!!! And, reading everyone’s comments was too! I am glad to know that I am not the only “dish hoarder” out here! Your Thanksgiving post last year inspired me so much that I think I emailed photos to you, didn’t I? I have eight antique blue and white turkey plates called Country Fair by L&M. I am in love with them! LOL! (A great aunt actually gifted them to my sister and I begged her to sell them to me. She did and I still feel a wee bit guilty.) We usually have more than eight people for Thanksgiving so I mix the turkey plates with the blue and white Lochs of Scotland dishes that Amber mentioned above…. which brings up the same conversation every Thanksgiving. While growing up, at our house everyone had a different dinner plate. My mom was so “outside the box/before her time” but I didn’t realize how special that was then. (My plate was from a restaurant in California called The Doll House.) When I was around eight years old I told my grandmother that when I grew up all my dishes were going to match. So, for Christmas my mother received a set of matching dishes which we used briefly before going back to using our “special” plates. I do just love dishes! I have Holiday by Lenox Christmas china that I leave in my glass china cabinet year round and I have gingerbread everyday Christmas dishes made by Hartstone. You might like them because the rim of the plates is red checkered. Oops, those don’t actually totally match but they coordinate like the turkey dishes with the Lochs of Scotland. I am not telling you my other dishes because I AM sounding like a dish hoarder. Thanks for another fun, memory-evoking post!
What a wonderful story about all the Thanksgiving dishes Kathy! Love it! And I think you are in good company here with all of us dish hoarders (and you should see my mother’s attic!!)

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Kathleen Rivers design House

(I’d love to be sitting beside that fireplace with a fire burning there.)

And that’s all the eye candy of Kathleen River’s work I have for you today.  She has been published in Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Garden and Gun, and several others.  So perhaps you have seen her wonderful work in print.

And now I am going to go sit by our fireplace and enjoy some hot cocoa!:)

Until next time…

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Dawn - November 3, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Ok, Kelly,

This is some very nice eye candy. Kathleen Rivers really has an eye for rustic elegance. I love her designs. I have also decided that I need a subscription to Garden and Gun magazine now. Thanks for sharing!
Yes she does Dawn. I think you would enjoy a subscription to the magazine. It has quite a variety of articles in each issue, and of course I love the ones about houses. :)

Louvina - November 3, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Truly my vision of rustic but elegant living in the mountains!! Had I been able to go on my trip — I would have been traveling home on those roads in the snow!! And I have never driven in snow!! Just might have had to stay a few more days!! My, my!;) No fireplace here but did have my first hot chocolate over the weekend!! Let the winter begin, I say!! Or maybe Indiana Summer? Putting up white lights tomorrow on my picket fence –but holding off on green garland.
Whoa Louvina…that would have been very dangerous coming down that road with it snowing. So staying an extra night or two would have been required. :) Can’t believe you have the lights up! (But I bet it looks pretty and festive. :) )

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 3, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Kelly, Love the rustic yet beautiful rooms by Kathleen Rivers. Would love to visit the Cashiers community some day! I had never heard of Garden and Gun magazine until your blog…would be fun to see an issue. The rains have come to the Seattle area…I hope your sons are adjusting well. Thanks for the lovely images…so inspiring!
Gracia, I hope you do get to make a trip to Cashiers (and nearby Highlands) one day. It is a beautiful area of North Carolina. Garden and Gun seems to be a “Southern” publication from what I have been reading in the comments here. Thank you for the well wishes for our sons. They do seem to be adjusting to living in your area of our country.

Debra - November 4, 2014 - 1:43 am

It was Ooh and Aah with this post. I especially loved that small yellow room with the mix of old wood pieces, tapestry rug and black wicker chair. That soft creamy yellow is beautiful. Killer porch of course. I have to say the double story windows and check curtains look all too familiar. Hmmmmm… I can see why you would like her design. Isn’t she just a beautiful gal too. What a “take me away” post! Loved every picture Kelly.
I would love to have that yellow room in our house here – especially with that wicker chair! Ha ha on the double story windows. :) So glad you enjoyed the post Debra!

Emily - November 4, 2014 - 4:48 am

Wow, Kelly, You sure do introduce us to some of the most interesting people. Love this designer’s work! The buffalo check drapes are beautiful in the dining room.

Take care.
You know I loved those buffalo check dreapes too! Glad you liked it all Emily. :)

Karen - November 4, 2014 - 5:51 am

Hi Kelly lovely classic decorating.I too love the living room so easy on the eye. Here in Oz at the moment the weather is lovely but we are headed for some unseasonal hot weather for a few days at the end of the week. As always enjoying your posts
Kind Regards
Thank you for reading and leaving your sweet comment Karen! So glad you liked Kathleen River’s style.

Lynne - November 4, 2014 - 8:33 am

Hi Kelly, I love all the decorators you feature and their rooms. I too love the yellow room . The porches are my favorite though. I want a large screened in porch on my next home but everyone says they are so hard to keep clean. Is it a pain to keep your beautiful porch clean in the spring and summer? It always looks so nice and inviting!
Happy Fall!
Hi Lynne! That yellow room was so cheery wasn’t it? I treat the porch here just like any other room here…it gets dusted and vacuumed every two weeks. (And I vacuum the upholstery then as well.) I do abandon it for about 3 weeks in the spring when the pollen is in full force, and I can’t keep up with it then. Then I wash all the furniture and vacuum vacuum everything when the pollen stops blanketing it all.

Donnamae - November 4, 2014 - 9:25 am

Oh Kelly…these rooms are rustically elegant! I could live in those rooms so easily. Where do you find these designers! Thanks for introducing me to so many new to me designers! ;)
I think I first saw her rooms in Southern Accents many years ago, and they were so beautiful to me, that I kept them in my memory for a very long time.
Glad you liked them Donnamae!

Sherry Myers - November 4, 2014 - 10:57 am

Love the work of Kathleen Rivers! With a last name like Rivers, she would have to design tranquil, inviting rooms. They make me wish I was sitting in front of the fire or snuggled in that first bed with the covers up to my ears. Everything is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Now when shall we see a decorating book by you?!
Take care
Another Kathleen Rivers fan! Isn’t her work amazing?! So glad you liked it Sherry. A book from me??? :)

Pat @ Life At Lydias House - November 4, 2014 - 11:32 am

Oh, Kelly, I’m not usually a fan of log cabins because they tend to be so dark inside but I think you have won me over with this one! It is absolutely beautiful and I could move in today!
Log cabins can go in several directions, but the ones that Kathleen Rivers has decorated here are so classic, rustic, and beautiful. I am glad you found them to be rooms you like.

Garden, Home and Party - November 4, 2014 - 11:34 am

This is my favorite style of decor—the juxtaposition between rustic and vintage formal makes for the most inviting rooms that appeal to me every time. I will definitely pin Mrs. Rivers images you’ve shared and I’ll have to search out further examples of her work, I love it!
How fun to have a cold weekend. We had one with a smattering of rain and my heart sang all weekend! :-)
Karen, thank you for pinning the photos. I am glad I could share some spaces with a style you love. You all badly needed some rain, so I am sure you heart did sing! We enjoyed our out of the blue cold here.

Vicki - November 4, 2014 - 11:51 am

Pretty, pretty, pretty. Rustic sophistication describes her designs perfectly. I would happily burrow into any one of those rooms!
Me too! These are really wonderful spaces. I am glad you liked them as well.

Carolyn - November 4, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Ha! I have all these pictures in my files. Obviously love her work and it relates to where I live – a log home in the mountains of North Carolina (not Cashiers, but Asheville). I love it when magazines and blogs feature this style, because it really is a bit of a local vernacular. We had snow this weekend on the mountain – about six inches! It was quite a storm with really fierce winds and was our first hard freeze. So cold weather came in with a bang. Sat by the fire all day. Then it got really warm the next day and the snow melted, and was in the upper 60’s today. Crazy!
Since I love North Carolina so much, it would be logical that I am drawn to this vernacular style. 6 inches of snow!!! Wow. I know you enjoyed being snug by the fireplace.

Design Chic - November 4, 2014 - 8:05 pm

It was indeed cold this past weekend in North Carolina, and I would have loved to been in any of these beautiful homes by a big roaring fire. I have to admit, I’m longing for a few more crisp fall days…what a talented designer – would love to see her work in person!
It has warmed up here, so I too would like to see more real fall days. And yes, wouldn’t it be great to see some of Kathleen River’s rooms in person- especially those at Chattooga Club?!

A Halloween Dessert Bar on the Porch and the Winner of the Giveaway

Halloween on the porchHappy Halloween! Before this day of spooky fun is gone,  I wanted to let one lucky reader know that she is the winner of the Melanie O’Hara Traveling Tea Ladies mystery books and other tea related items. It was lucky number…


which belonged to this comment:

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Congratulations Jenny!  I will be emailing you tomorrow to get your mailing address.  Thank you to all of you for your very kind words in the last few posts.  It has been such fun for me to read! I have another giveaway planned for November so please stay tuned.  With Thanksgiving coming, I think you are really going to like this one.:)

I also wanted to do one final post on the last of our Halloween decorating. This time we are going out on the back porch for tonight’s Halloween dessert bar.

Halloween dessert serving areaI had already planned to serve the meal inside, but I wanted to use the porch for the dessert area. But it was really too chilly to eat out on the porch tonight – even if it was just dessert. So I just set up a few drinks on the table and the dessert items in the serving area – brownies, sea salt caramel gelato, various Halloween candies, a caramel sauce, a chocolate fudge sauce, and whipped cream. We served out there but brought it inside to eat.

porch tableFor the porch chalkboard, I simply listed as many candies as I could think of (afterall, what is Halloween without candy?:))  My husband had to help me brainstorm the last few.

Halloween chalkboardWould you believe my mother skipped the brownies to have a doughnut in the kitchen??  (She really loves doughnuts.:))

Halloween dessert buffetAnd here is a quick tour around the rest of the porch.

The old desk…

deskThe wicker sofa wearing its new orange pillows…

porch wicker sofaAnd the wicker swing looking like a lady wearing its new orange shawl.

wicker swingAnd that finishes up all the Halloween decorating for 2014. I am sorry I did not get to do any seasonal decorating in the playroom this year, but I have a good excuse.  It is currently overflowing with furniture from my workroom. (I want to call it an office, but that sounds more formal than what it really is.) My husband has finished putting in new flooring for me and is currently building a storage cabinet in there. And I am pondering what I want to do with the walls and drapes for that room. It is a small space, but I am sooo looking forward to it being my room.Yippee!:)Here is the empty space before the flooring went in. (I will try to do a full post on it all soon.)

room in progress

Hope you have a great weekend in store as we start the new month of Thankfulness – November. Can you believe it is snowing right now in the mountains of North Georgia????  Crazy, huh? Stay warm!

Until next time…

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Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - October 31, 2014 - 11:13 pm

A first time reader won? How lucky is she! This is surely a Halloween treat for her! Thanks for all the great Halloween ideas.
Yep, a first time reader. I laughed out loud when the random number was hers. :) Thank you for reading all the Halloween ideas this week.
Hope your weekend is a good one, Leslie Anne!

Jayne - October 31, 2014 - 11:16 pm

I got all excited when I saw the J at the beginning of the name. Oh well! Maybe next time. Lol Congrats to Jenny! And first time to your blog. The porch looks great. The “office is coming along nicely. Excited to see the finished room.
So sorry the J wasn’t your J, Jayne. But take heart. There is another giveaway coming soon! Thank you for the compliment on the porch. We are working on my room today. :)
Have a great weekend, and stay bundled up in this wind!

Sue - October 31, 2014 - 11:45 pm

It all looks wonderful Kelly. I love all of your fall touches and I really love your dessert bar. It’s my favorite part of the meal;-) We have a cold snap too ~ hard to believe you couldn’t eat outside in October. {we can’t either in TX}
Thank you Sue! Desserts are my favorite part as well. And I bet you look at the dessert section of menus first when you dine out, right?! :) This cold weather is like we have gone from summer to winter in a matter of a few days…crazy.
Stay inside and enjoy your Saturday!

Debra - November 1, 2014 - 12:57 am

Is your workroom above the garage or in the main house? Your own little room will be a welcomed new space I’m sure. I love your orange quilted pillows. Did you sew them yourself? Porch envy continues…… I have to say that my daughter and I are with your mom. We had pumpkin decorated donuts with crème filling for our treat with hot Orange Spice tea by Stash. If I had your gorgeous porch, I’d had a coat on and been all cozied with that pretty new throw while enjoying my treat. How cold was it there tonight? It is oh so cold here. There was no fire in the fire pit or sitting on my porch swing of the outbuilding tonight. :( It was morning flurries, high winds, blowing leaves everywhere and evening brought a brisk 32 degrees. Ugh! Needless to say we are back to square one on the fall clean up. Our acre lot is carpeted AGAIN! :(
It is in the main house, and it was our family study before everyone moved. It had 3 computer workstations and some very old gross carpet – but a nice big closet (that has GOT to have some MAJOR reorganization.) So glad you liked the orange pillows. I am afraid I did not make them. They were a steal from TJMaxx – with the cover and inserts included for less than $10 each. Another doughnut fan! Your treat sounds delicious, and my mother would have loved it. It is in the thirties here right now. Everyone here could have handled the porch temps last night except for my father. He is very cold natured and would have loved to have been sitting by a fire in the fireplace. Your weather sounds like full on winter. So sorry about your yard! My husband raked and raked pinestraw in the evenings last week knowing that this weekend would bring falling leaves on top of it with the wind…and pinecones too. Enjoy your weekend inside, Debra!

Shelley+@+Calypso+in+the+Country - November 1, 2014 - 7:54 am

I love your porch – as always and I am sure your workroom will be beautiful as well! Snowing? Wow…it’s pouring down rain and chilly in NJ. So glad we have no plans today!
Thank you Shelley. I am so glad you liked the porch in all its Halloween attire. Cold and rain are no fun, so stay inside cozy today.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 1, 2014 - 8:29 am

Your porch is gorgeous and I adore the touch of orange. Beautiful dessert buffet. Can’t wait to see the new room too, how fun.
You are so sweet Marty. Thank you! I am not usually a fan of orange, but I do love it for the month of October.
Have a great weekend!

Dawn - November 1, 2014 - 10:48 am


Your porch dessert bar and decorations look so nice. I am a huge dessert fan! I would have had to have the gelato on top of a warmed up brownie, topped with hot fudge sauce and crushed Heath bars. It looks so yummy! I plan to make a chocolate chip cookie pizza with my daughters leftover trick or treat candy tonight or tomorrow for our dessert. She lets me crush up and sprinkle her mini candy bars on the chocolate chip cookie pizza when it comes out of the oven. Then we have a lovely dessert and we use up some of the candy bars that she loves a bit less and it doesn’t just sit her candy bag and get old. I am anxious to see what your work ends up looking like. I was hoping to see the playroom since it is my favorite room in your home but I will try to be patient and hope that we will get a peek of it at Christmas time perhaps (No pressure on the Hubby here of course). Enjoy your Fall weekend! Thanks for sharing.
You just described my dessert choice Dawn! Delicious!! And your chocolate chip pizza is such a good idea. I just may have to copy that one! Sorry about the playroom…hope it will be ready to be back to its normal self soon.

Garden, Home and Party - November 1, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Everything looks so pretty. I just read from a fellow blogger that orange was huge at High Point.
Congratulations on the room getting closer to being complete.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Orange is growing on me (which is a good thing since it is a school color for 2 of our 3 children. :) )
Hope your weekend was a good one Karen!

Janice - November 2, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Kelly, I just discovered your blog and have enjoyed browsing today. I am searching for white dinnerware and have a list of possibilities. Could you please share the name of your dinnerware?
Hi Janice! The white dinnerware is a combination of a 20 year old set of basic white dishes from Williams Sonoma, new plates from Williams Sonoma (their pantry line), and other white plates from Target. My favorite is the pantry line from Williams Sonoma. I got them at a WS outlet for a great price. Hope this helps!

Cindy - November 3, 2014 - 7:23 am

I am so excited about your workroom. Can’t wait to see what you do with it and what color you use.
I am at my daughter’s home and we are putting up Christmas trees! I know it is way to early….but we put up so many we need a week.
This was the only time we could work it out.
I came expecting to put up 5, but just finished our seventh tree last night!!!
We have a great time…that’s what retirement is all about!
7 trees …oh my! (And just think, you get to undecorate that many as well. :) ) Yes, retirement is looking better and better.

Kim - November 3, 2014 - 9:52 pm

I just love your dessert buffets & chalkboard menus — they are really works of art! I hope that you had a good Halloween.
Thank you, Kim! We did have a good Halloween. Hope you had a good one too.

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