Welcome to another edition of Farmhouse Friday where a group of farmhouse bloggers gather together to celebrate our favorite decorating style! This month we’re showcasing how to display or decorate with dishes. Farmhouse style is both functional and pretty. Displayed pieces around the home serve a purpose, whether it’s a basket holding textiles or an ironstone pitcher cradling utensils … everything has a function.
In my dining hutch I’ve paired white ironstone with a few pieces of vintage China. I use all my serving pieces at some point in time, so nothing is there “just for looks.”
Here’s the same space at Valentine’s Day. I like to move my pieces around from season to season. Sometimes I fill my white ironstone pitchers with flowers or greens, but most often I leave them as they are, in their simple beauty. The small pitchers are perfect for serving cream or even gravy or sauces.
I don’t always keep my white ironstone collection in the dining room. Sometimes I like to move pieces into the kitchen. I love the smooth lines and curves of white ironstone. To me, a stack of white ironstone platters is just as pretty as a fresh flower arrangement.
I love the color white and especially love white-on-white in a room. I know some people think it can look cold and sterile, but I think it looks fresh and light. We all have our tastes and that’s what makes the world go ’round, right?
On the other side of the kitchen, I keep a few utilitarian pieces handy. A small ironstone bowl becomes a mini planter. And I’ll often grab a pitcher off the shelf to water the plants. My neighbors must laugh when they see me out in the garden watering the mums with an ironstone pitcher. I’m too lazy to walk out back to the shed to get the “official” watering can.
Often I’ll figure out how I’m going to set the table prior to a holiday meal, like Thanksgiving. And then I hate to put it all away so I leave the dishes out for a while to admire my handiwork. Of course, this means I need to clean the dust off the dishes and re-set the table, but it’s worth it to me.
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