11.15.2012

Let's Play House

Did you ever play house when you were growing up? I know someone in my family, who by the way has a blog, use to play school instead of house. She had a whole classroom set up in our house growing up and had imaginary students, but you don't know who I am really talking about. Okay? Well, I have been playing house in the dining room. See when I got my new plates I had to put together a pretend Thanksgiving table setting. I am not hosting this year so I don't really need to set a table, but I wanted to play so I did.

I decided to use everything I had right in front of me in the dining room and do blue and white.

I pulled out my gold chargers, some white plates, then my new Haviland plates, and topped them all with the blue and white transferware plates right off the wall. Yes, indeedy.

Two different transferware patterns are mixed on the table.

The centerpiece is all my blue and white pieces that were on top of the hutch and armoire and my silver candlesticks.

The runner is a vintage grain sack with a blue stripe.



I pulled out these very old blue buffalo checked napkins and tucked them into these woven napkin rings.

The clear glasses were found last year in a junk shop and the blue ones are from Home Goods.

My squirrel and nut salt and pepper from Pottery Barn gifted to me on my birthday.

The blue and white plates needed to go back on the wall so I didn't have to look at empty nails everywhere so I pulled out these little floral plates that were my grandmother's.



I used my vintage forks and spoons, but still on the hunt for knives.



If I was really hosting I would use a low centerpiece.
Just remember this is all pretend.
I just love playing house.

Hope you will come back tomorrow for my guest post series "My Favorite Room".

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64 comments:

  1. The silver squirrel and nut salt and pepper shaker has to be the cutest thing I've seen in a while! :). Looks great.

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  2. Kim your table is beautiful with both sets of plates! And your squirrel S & P shakers are just darling. I remember playing school myself as a little girl and all my stuffed animals were my students! I must have been the best dang teacher because I had the smartest stuffed animals on the block!
    Wishing you a wonderful end to your week and a fabulous weekend!!!
    XO Barbara

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  3. Very lovely with all your beautiful dishes and accessories, Kim! I think I need to see more of the blue chest I noticed in one of your photos. :-)
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Mary Alice

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  4. Just gorgeous! Love all the dishes and the beautiful presentation!

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  5. Looks beautiful. Love the unexpected blue and white combo for thanksgiving. I'm sure you've shared the story of your chandelier, but I can't seem to find it - would love to know the details. Thanks for sharing and have a happy thanksgiving. liz

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  6. I love blue and white tables for Thanksgiving. With the right accessories, that color even works for Christmas. Good job!

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  7. Morning, Kimmie! OH, I used to play house and school too! We can still play and you've proven that with your beautiful table you've set! The little silver S/P are just darling.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. Hi Kim,
    I'm coming over with my dolls and we could play house all day...fast forward 25 years and that is still what I like to do best!! Your table is gorgeous the blue & white is classic, elegant and never out of style. Love the ginger jar and vases as the focal of the table.
    Great collection!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  9. Its all so pretty, I love the blue and white against your yellow chairs. I have never noticed the pattern of your chandy till today. Does it have a leaf pattern to it? To bad your not really hosting this year, it would be beautiful:)

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  10. Ok......now don't give away all my secrets! Ha! I love the blue and white mix on the table. I spy that gorgeous vintage grain sack too! Looks like your new Haviland plates will mix with anything. You will enjoy using those.

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  11. I love the blue and white and how it goes so well in your dining room.
    such a beautiful display and I know your guests will be thrilled with it to.

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  12. Such a pretty tablescape. I love it. The blue and white is so pretty and I love the mix of all the dishes. Hugs, Marty

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  13. so pretty but where's the pretend food and drinks?

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  14. I used to play school and pretend I am a teacher ...now I don't need to pretend :)
    Kim, I love your blue and white table setting as you incorporate all that I love: the color combination, the gorgeous transfeware plates, the vintage grain sack runner, the silver ... Perfect!

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  15. So beautiful! Love the grain sack runner! This is the first year that I'm not hosting Thanksgiving but I still set my "pretend" Thanksgiving table as well!

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  16. I played a lot of house & school! The table is beautiful. I love the blue & white.

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  17. So pretty, Kim! Now order pizza and have it on that beautiful table!

    xo

    Andie

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  18. BEAUTIFUL Kim!! I have the same ginger jar as you. I spy another little change, I like it!

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  19. Gorgeous! There is just something so classic about blue and white...love!

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  20. Very pretty...i have similar blue plates from my grandmother

    I used to play both house AND school :)

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  21. Oh my how beautiful Kim. I am coming over for dinner. I have to, you can't let this table go unsat!

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  22. So gorgeous!!! Isn't playing house as a big girl so much fun?!?!?
    ~Des

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  23. blue and white is my all time favorite and looks so great on your table. still love your curtains !

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  24. Tablescapeing is all about pretend for me. The table is beautiful.

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  25. I saw some Haviland salad plates last week at a resale shop. They had a gold edge and floral motif. I thought of you when I saw them.

    Your table is beautiful. I really need to add to my blue and white accent pieces.

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  26. I used to decorate my barbie house all the time with wallpaper and playdough food! Your table is beautiful!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  27. I used to play house all the time, and it's still fun. I also used to love to play "business"--I would get a duplicate rent receipt book at the dime store and pretend I was writing checks. :)

    Your table looks beautiful!

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  28. Of course you do! You have all the best "toys" ;) So pretty with all that lovely blue. I adore the little salt&pepper shakers. I found some cute squirrels the other day after lots of looking. I love all yours!

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  29. Kim, your table is wonderful, I like both versions, blue and white and flower's plates and I love that clear glasses!
    Besos! Silvina

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  30. This is blue and white perfection! Love it all.

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  31. I played house and school... I'm sure that's why I like you both!! :)

    I love the blue theme you got going on... probably my favorite! Blue is the new red!!

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  32. The table is so pretty, love your grandma's dishes. I know someone who liked to play nurse instead of house, I,I mean she used to chase her siblings around with a nurse kit and bandages lol.

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  33. Kim, the table looks great as so many others have said. REally like the dishes and all of the blue and white on the table. The napkin rings also go perfectly with everything. Have a terrific day! - Tonya

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  34. You play so nice. Did your Mom ever tell you that when you were playing pleasantly with a sibling without arguing? Well, you play so nicely in the dining room with your table setting. I love all the blue- I have one small service for four left in blue& white- The rest I gave to my daughter- xo Diana

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  35. At first I thought you were talking about Oprah! (Oprah favored playing school in that same fashion as a child.) Then I thought, "Wait...why would Oprah be at Kim's house?" And then I thought, "Well, it's possible. Oprah isn't doing her show anymore, so maybe she and Kim are hanging out. That's cool!" But now I see you're talking about y-o-u!!! :-) We're never too old to play house! It's a lot more fun when we're older and have a few more "toys" at our disposal! :-) Beautiful table, Kim, and I love the centerpiece vases with the traditional silver Revere candlesticks!

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  36. I love your table setting Kim. The blue, white and gold look great together. Those squirrels are so adorable!

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  37. Alicia, I am actually talking about my sister.

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  38. Kim your tablescape looks stunning! I love all the blue and white.Love your new white dishes too.

    Kathy

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  39. Love the look, Kim. Come on over to This Old House.. I'm hosting this year and I need YOU.

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  40. Love your blue and white and your jars and vases for the centerpiece. Now, I'm wishing I hadn't gotten rid of my tall blue and white vases years ago. Great look with your grandmother's floral plates, too.

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  41. Gorgeous! I love blue and white. Most of my table settings are blue and white because that is the color of the majority of my dishes, but I don't ever get tired of it. The gold is such a pretty addition.

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  42. Love that grain sack runner and your vintage silver! Lucky you, you don't have to cook either!
    Kelly

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  43. I love those new gold-edged dishes you recently got, Kim, and now I am loving how you layered all your pretty china together for a lovely make-believe Thanksgiving party!

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  44. I loved playing house. Didn't quite have that china
    xoxo
    SC

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  45. Kim, I've been playing house since I was in elementary school, and still at it! Love the blue and white pieces used down the center of the table. They make a gorgeous statement. Very pretty table. You can enjoy it as you pass through your dining room. No need to serve a meal. LOL

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  46. Your table is absolutely GORGEOUS! I'm using blue and white transferware for Thanksgiving...I only wish that I had your lovely gold chargers to go with them! I love how you mixed the patterns. Thanks for the inspiration! xo

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  47. It's a shame you aren't hosting as that's a beautiful table! Your grandmother's dishes are lovely!

    Kat

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  48. Very pretty, Kim. I love blue and white.
    Brenda

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  49. Blue and white china is my favorite!! You have lovely things to use to play house. So much fun.

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  50. What a beautiful post. I want to come play house with you. Lovely table, a shame it's not hosting thanksgiving.

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  51. Love this table, Kim. We are hosting our dinner group on Sat. and I am trying to come up with a table. I found (finally) some great turkey plates so have to see what I have to go with them. Love all your blue and white pieces. As you know, I collect them. XO, Pinky PS, I never played house: my 2 girlfriends and I MEMORIZED the Mass in Latin, made vestments, made Holy Communion and played MASS!!!!!!!!!! Is that a hoot or what?????!!!!!

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  52. So lovely and the Haviland plates are beautiful with the Johnson Bros "Old Britian Castles". I like the change to your Grandmother's china plates which is also very pretty! The grain sack as a runner is the perfect addition to the tablescape. Have a great Thanksgiving and I like your pretend idea!

    Thanks, Pam

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  53. I love your Grandmother's china!!!...It looks great with your new "frenchy plates"....and what a great idea to use the grain sack as a runner....beautiful table Kim.....beautiful!!

    Playing house as a child?...oh yes...but i took it further and was always rearranging the furniture...

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  54. Luvly blue and white table!!!
    Shhh, I too play house. :-) It's fun, innit? Now it's so much fun to do , and we can leave the furniture and dishes how we like!! It's our home :-)
    Thanks for sharing Kim.
    Cheers, Gee

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  55. Oh, Kim. I can just imagine you and Kelly as girls... you playing house, she with her classroom! Makes me smile. Lovely Thanksgiving table!! blessings ~ tanna

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  56. Your new plates are a great treasure, and your table looks so pretty. I know just what you mean about playing house. I love doing that, too.

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  57. Kim, I played school for 31 years, so now I'm playing house. That's what Leo calls it,too! Way before I started blogging, I would set the dining room table for seasons because it looked so pretty when passing through. I love your new gold rimmed plates with that little ruffled edge. Well, dang, I just love everything on your table!

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  58. I played house and school but I never wanted to grow up to become a teacher, only a mommy.

    Bliss

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  59. Hi Kim,
    I hope your sister's felling better! I also see you painted your DR frames. Looks great! I've been missing in action, since opening the shop, but I do my best to stop by here! Your plates and table look wonderful!
    Hugs,
    Barbara

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  60. Kim, your blue and white dishes are so pretty, as are your grandmother's flower dishes. You've created a beautiful table setting, even if it is just for play. :)

    Debbie

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  61. I'm with you when it comes to playing house. There's nothing more fun than seeing how many different ways you can use what you've got. Keep on playing.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I do appreciate all your lovely comments...Kim

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