In my last table setting post, I showed off my new Pottery Barn Antique Silver Flatware, a Christmas gift from my dad, mentioning that I liked it so much that I didn’t want to put it away. I love that it looks as though it has been passed from generation to generation, and that each piece is inscribed with its name. After I wrote that post I thought, why am I putting it away? Why hide something in a drawer or closet and only bring it out occasionally?
So, I now have it on display where I can see, enjoy, and use it daily. It has come in handier than I originally thought it would. I am always grabbing a spoon, it seems, to stir coffee or use in consuming the Greek yogurt that I keep as a staple in the lower level fridge.
It also provides me with the opportunity to use this cute little flatware and napkin basket, normally employed to tote necessities outside when dining al fresco.
As I look at this little dining room vignette, I realize that each piece here is special. The basket I bought years ago when my parents had a house at the Lake of the Ozarks. The wine steward was purchased during a trip to Buck's County, Pennsylvania. The wall poster I bought at the Yale University bookstore during one of our research trips to New Haven.
While one of my goals this year is to minimize and thus organize, I am finding that there is so much that I can purge, and in the doing, am uncovering some true treasures that make me happy to view. It pleases me as well, to pass once loved things on for others to cherish for a while, and then continue the cycle.
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