Monday, January 27, 2014

Displaying Flatware

 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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5 comments:

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Pattie, I can fully understand why you don't want to hide your beautiful knives and forks and spoons away in a drawer. What a wonderful gift. I love the idea of keeping things you love on view as they will always make you smile when you look at them and use them.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Mythreyi said...

That's nice Display! I liked the Man Statue holding the Wine Bottle, it gives a Restaurant Feel at Home!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, how fun is this. Such a great idea. Your flatware is stunning too. Hugs, Marty

Carol said...

Your flatware is so pretty, and I love the way you have it out and displayed!

Debra Oliver said...

love this flatware!! I have the spreaders that were a gift a few years ago, and that basket is perfect to show them off!