~Set With Style, a Book Review~

Caroline Clifton-Mogg has compiled a beautiful new book, Set With Style. The volume, illustrated with over 300 photos, also includes a history of dining etiquette, table setting styles, and practical table setting tips.

I've enjoyed looking through Set With Style. I'll return to it, often, for inspiration.

I looked through our former pantry, now china closet, this morning and pulled out plates, glasses, flatware and linens. I arranged several different place settings, to photograph, for today's post.

The leopard plate, is from Wal-mart, several years ago. The body of the plate is white with the print around the edge. The next plate is Mikasa, followed by a Mary Carol bread and butter plate, topped with a sherbet dish, that once belonged to J's mother. It is one of several she received as a wedding gift, over 60 years ago. The flatware is Oneida. I found the place mat and napkin at a Lenox Outlet in Tennessee.
In this setting, I used a brown woven place mat and brown napkin, from Target. Over the leopard plate, I used a square Mikasa French Countryside plate. The Peacock plate is from Nell Hill's. In the upper right corner, a French Countryside cup and saucer.
A Mikasa French Countryside dinner plate, topped by a Nell Hill's Peacock plate. The soup tureen and saucer are also from Nell Hill's. The place mat is the same striped place mat shown with the first place setting. It's reversed here. The napkin is from Target.
For this setting, I used a large green dinner plate, from Target. The second plate is used at Christmas, but would be fine for other times of year. The edge is a tartan plaid, the center motif is a spray of pine. The red plate is from Marshall's. Twig place mat, from Pier One Imports. The flatware is from Horchow or Ballards.

The close up shows the Cardinal napkin ring, one of four, that belonged to J's mother. She loved the beautiful red birds.

If you enjoy mixing different pieces for your table settings, I believe you will enjoy Set With Style.

Thank you for visiting my new photo blog, Snapshots from the Back Porch. I'm excited about having this blog, dedicated to my little hobby.
J continues to improve each day. He'll see the surgeon Thursday. Thanks, so much, for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers!