Dining Room Dishes & New Rug

A few weeks ago, I received an Anthropologie catalog in the mail.  I couldn’t resist flipping through it and I found these dishes…

You know why they caught my eye…blue and white, yes.  I also loved the hand painted scrolled detail and little foxes on the bottom.  They were a nice bridge between classic and current and I loved them.  I immediately went to the website and put some bowls, dinner plates and salad plates in my cart.  The total was somewhere in the neighborhood of $300.  I just couldn’t do it, so I emptied the cart and put the dishes out of my mind.

Fast forward a few weeks and I was browsing around the clearance section on the Anthropologie site, looking for a dress Ella had picked out for me.   And, I spotted THE dishes!  They were 50% off, so I went for it.  Even at 50% off, they were still expensive, so I bought strategic pieces that I could mix with the other dishes I already have.  They are sold out now (Sorry!), so I am glad I jumped on them when I saw them.  Here’s how they look in my dining room…

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…and I got my new jute rug on Wednesday from Joss & Main.  I had some credits stored up, so I got it for free!  (Anyone can earn $15 credits when people they refer to sign up purchase something)  Here’s how it looks in place of the tattoo bamboo mat…

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Now, I’m on the hunt for the right end chairs.  I want something like wing chairs that are petite in scale, but I’m having trouble finding something that isn’t crazy expensive.  My plan is to look for a pair second hand that I can slipcover.  I’m keeping an eye on Craig’s List and that will be the top item on my list when I shop at the flea market and antique stores in Raleigh after Thanksgiving.


On a personal note, we decided to nix TV and video games for our boys a couple of months ago.  There’s nothing wrong with TV, but we came to the realization that when we’re sending them off into the world, we’ll never say, “Boy, I wish we had allowed them to watch more TV.”  I also realized I used it as a crutch when I needed to get things done and that’s a choice made for my benefit, not theirs.  I still watch TV when they go to bed, but the lack of it when they are awake has made room for some really sweet time with them.  It’s been so fun watching them fill their time with Lego building, super hero battles, making paper airplanes and my dad recently taught them to play chess.

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That means I needed a major brush-up on chess.  My husband was laughing as I barely beat my five year old this afternoon…chasing his king all over the board.  He would puff up his cheeks and widen his eyes as I was about to make a dumb move.

At first I thought my boys were chess prodigies, but, as my oldest son pointed out, “Mommy’s not very good at chess, so I need to help her.”

“That’s right, buddy.  Mommy has things she’s good at, but chess is not one of them!”

 Sweet times…

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  1. Jan Ross says:

    Purr-fect especially with your new muslin seat covers! Perfectly matched in indigo and linen off white. And on sale – how wonderful!

  2. Marisa Franca says:

    It is so great to get a great deal on something you really want!! It must have been fate – you were at the right website and the right time. The dining room looks great with that rug.

  3. Barbara Z. says:

    Another post that’s inspired and entertained me! Love your style and congrats on the dish deal!
    Driving home from our daughter’s summer camp years ago, we were surprised to hear she won the camp chess award… When questioned about where she learned to play, she readily admitted, “I didn’t… I was the only one who signed up, so I won!”

  4. KATHY B. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!! I enjoy reading your posts!! The dishes look wonderful!

  5. Amy Morgan says:

    I am so envious of your dishes…..and rug…..and table……and silverware. Well, I LOVE it all! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I grew up without a TV, and I thought it was a horrible thing — that it made me a social outcast. MY father was a fanatic: ” It makes your mind lazy — go read! ” Now I thank God every day that I had this man for a Father. Your kids will benefit so stick to your guns. As proof that life and the gods have a sense of humor — my son (who also loves to read) is a TV and movie producer!

  7. What a sweet post Marian. You are always inspiring me. Thank you for that. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  8. Congratulations! Not everyone can turn the TV off! We did for several years and I never regretted it, especially since we home schooled and did not need the distraction.My daughter found enjoyment reading the dictionary and my boys loved lego! In fact when my son entered the Air Force his supervisor said “let’s see if you’re a Lego kid or Video kid” Lego all the way!

  9. JaneEllen says:

    Must have been Karma that let you get those dishes you wanted 1/2 off. Happy for you. I was raised by depression era parents so even when I might have some extra money (believe that doesn’t happen now days), I still look for bargains or don’t buy at all. There’s always that little voice telling me not to pay more than I have to.
    Love your new dishes, your rug, table, all of it as another commentor said. I really miss our KY house that had a nice sized dining room right off the kitchen. I could hang things up, decorate, you name it. In our mfg. there is no dining area. We bought what we could afford here, it’s ridiculously expensive to buy a home here. At least for SS income livers.
    I enjoy seeing all your awesome things, you work hard you deserve nice things being a young Mother and Wife. There are things I’d like to but have to practical and live with what we can afford, not want.
    Love your new photo, you look much younger. If I’ve already told you that please excuse a senior moment. Happy Thanksgiving

  10. Rosemary Armesto says:

    Love, love it. I started collecting blue/white pieces. Didn’t really have a place to put them in a grouping and somethings just look better grouped together. But, I kept them and now…. I have a place for them in my new house. :D I’ve been collecting things I like for years, for someday, maybe…. This is my little dream house.

    As I am fond of saying of late. I’m on my last car, my last dog, my last house and my last leg. :D Bwahaa

    Thanks for sharing Cindy, you made me think, you made me laugh and you inspired me.

  11. sharon says:

    Good for you…I never allowed my kids cartoon nonsense and one hour only for a video game…I haven’t watched t.v. for four yrs. Sooooo much more gets done that way.

  12. MaryLisa Noyes says:

    The dishes look lovely with the solid white ones. I recognize the vintage hotel silver flatware from Pottery Barn, I believe. Looks terrific

  13. Linda Smith says:

    Love the blue and white dishes and the new rug. Great chioces and your dining room will look fabulous for entertaining!

  14. IrishMimi says:

    Terrific post w/ great decor & personal inspiration! I’ve been collecting & decorating w/ blue & white since before I was married (we’re about to celebrate our 40th!) from many many places – and it makes me smile to see it having a lovely & relevant place in a young wife’s heart & home. You won’t regret it — it will always look fresh and it looks beautiful in rooms painted almost ANY color; so versatile.

    You’ve had great luck finding lovely things on craigslist. It can be a great resource. I’d like to suggest you also regularly check your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (if you have one). I recently SCORED BIG at mine. A local large law firm redecorated its offices and donated the furniture it was replacing to our Habitat ReStore. A friend & I each picked out two chairs (and there were at least 20 left) for $40 a piece. I felt we were getting a good deal as they were nice chairs in good shape & well-made in Martha Washington style (the covers were a bit tired & barely soiled from use – must have been in a rarely used conference room?) even figuring the added cost of fabric to recover (they’re in such good shape, we shouldn’t need much in the way of supplies for under the fabric == we’re going to work on them together; I’m going to teach her how to do it).
    I about choked when I saw the factory tags on the bottom when we lifted them into her minivan — they’re HICKORY CHAIR company! I choked again when I checked their new retail price on the internet!!!

  15. I love the no TV and Chess. May be the best thing you have ever said. Just love it. PS. My grandchildren are on a no TV with Grandma. And so far they still love to come visit. :)

  16. Taylor says:

    I have some casual French dining chairs and small wing armchairs from home decorators collection – the linen they came in isn’t bad at all and they frequently go on sale and offer free shipping! And they’re not expensive to begin with either. I think they look very high end!


  17. Marian,
    the dishes are SO beautiful and very missmustardseed! What a good thing you waited and can now still call them “mine”. Love your photographs!

  18. Sylvia Marie says:

    I am so happy to read that you have more time with your boys, you’ll never regret it!!!! I wish i had spent more time with ours instead of keeping an spotless house!, I enjoy many of your post.

  19. Jill Hilbrich says:

    Ooh la la! I LOVE those dishes! Too bad there sold out, as of this summer, the dishes we received for our wedding were so badly depleted, I decided to start buyin replacements, only to discover that they’ve been discontinued. I’ve been looking for news ones. Happy you were able to get such a great deal!

  20. So pretty!! I love buying dishes, but I’ve had to stop, because I don’t have room to store everything I’d like to buy! I do love mixing and matching things. Our every day dinnerware is a simple creamy white that I’ve had for nearly ten years. I love it because I can add anything to it and make it look completely different. Sounds like you like to do the same thing with your dishes.

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