Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rosalinde for a New Generation

In a post last week, Cherry Kay of Entertaining Women included a wonderful phrase about family dishes passed down to her:  "I am blessed to shepherd them for a season."  I love the image that evokes of enjoying and caring for family treasures, then passing them on to others.  Last weekend we were in Houston to celebrate my father-in-law's 88th birthday and to see my grandchildren in a church musical.  I took the opportunity to play with my daughter's dishes, starting with the beautiful Haviland china in the Rosalinde pattern passed down to her by her paternal grandparents.  Our plan was to set a modern-looking table with this vintage china pattern.


We started with bright green chargers my daughter found at Crate and Barrel.  The rippled chargers echo the plates' scalloped edges and bring out the green in the pattern.


The Gorham Chantilly silver was also passed down from the same grandparents.  They had an extensive collection, because they frequently hosted dinner parties for their university colleagues and friends, so the silver was divided between my daughter and my son.  I contributed the pink napkins, bought on clearance at Macy's recently.


Here's a closeup of the delicate china pattern.  My in-laws collected both American and French versions, which differ slightly, but both include the gold rim. I believe the French-made pattern has a cream-colored rim.


And one of the silver pattern...


The crystal also came from her grandparents, but is of more recent vintage.


Here's an attempt at a bird's eye view.  The silver metal vases and crystal candlesticks are my daughter's.


Pretty pink petals!


Here's a look at the whole table.  The bright chargers, simple flowers, and the bare table lend a modern feel to this pretty vintage china.



Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you will leave a comment before you leave to visit all the wonderful tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch!




43 comments:

  1. Hi Tricia,

    Rosalinde is such a beautiful pattern. It's easy to see why it was one of Haviland's biggest success stories. You've done a great job of incorporating a wonderfully old-fashioned pattern into a fresh, clean, modern table setting. I love the timeless look of vintage pieces mixed with new/modern ones. It gives a table a great sense of personal style. Nicely done! I'll venture to say your daughter was delighted with what you did. I'm sure your readers will be!

    Hope the rest of your week goes well.
    Bill

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  2. Love that beautiful pattern. Very fresh and pretty setting!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  3. What a beautiful pattern! I love how it looks with the green chargers, as you say, a blend of old and new! Just lovely!

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  4. Tricia, I think you did a great job of making old china and silverware feel fresh and young! I especially LOVE that silverware. I have Gorham too but I chose a very plain pattern and often wish for a little bit of squiggle. Hope you had a wonderful time with your family. Linda

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  5. Tricia.
    This is beautiful. I love the Rosealinde mixed with the modern colors. That is just stunning. Very nice table. Love your header too.
    Sherry

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  6. Love the look mixed with the bright green! Fun ideas.

    Karin

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  7. I love the vintage china with the lime green chargers with the sparkling crystal...very stylish.

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  8. I absolutely love that pattern and think it's really stunning and different against that green charger. It blends the old and new perfectly. I love what you quoted (and Cherry Kay said) about shepherding dishes. That's exactly how I feel, and I'm so very grateful that it's how my mother and grandmother's felt too.

    Such a lovely table!! I know that playing dishes with your daughter was the best part, though, wasn't it?

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  9. So lovely to see the mix of old and new and to have that sense of heritage with the family pieces. I love how the green chargers complement the shape of the Haviland and brings out the green in the pattern!

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  10. Just beautiful. I love the green chargers with the vintage....a really good job.

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  11. Your daughter's dinnerware is simply stunning! The silver is beautiful too. A very nice tablescape, Tricia!
    Blessings, Beth

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  12. Tricia, this is beautiful china and silver. I'm sure your daughter is thrilled to be the one to shepherd them for the family. You've set a lovely table. Very nice indeed! ~ Sarah

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  13. Very lovely! That apple green just sets everything off, as well as your single flower! Love your header too! Such cheery color!

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  14. Absolutely enchanting. I love the pop of green and pink that takes this gorgeous china in a totally new direction. So fresh and fun.

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  15. I am always amazed at all the different china patterns we get to peek at at your tables....this china is especially pretty with its gold rim. Joni

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  16. Oh I love how you thought to blend the delicate with the bold. So pretty and love those bright gerbers. Lovely.

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  17. Oh just another gorgeous and creative table that you do so easily! I love how you updated the look. That crystal is just gorgeous too. Beautiful table as always!!

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  18. Tricia --
    This is my very most cherished pattern of my many dishes. My paternal grandmother gave me hers for a wedding present. She had several other grandaughters, but she said I was meant to have it since her name was Rose and mine is Linda. It's probably one of the most feminine and graceful patterns ever made, and I love the way you moderized it!
    Linda

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  19. Tricia,
    Beautiful job. The touch of green is wonderful. Beautiful china, silver and crystal. Thanks for sharing.

    Carol

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  20. I appreciate the mention at the beginning of your post. One of the reasons that I want to blog is to encourage others to take those magnificent family china patterns, that all too often have been languishing in a dark closet, and use them. I adore that you have passed the joy of the creative pleasure of tablescaping on to your daughter. I've long admired the 'Rosalinde." She is so blessed to have an entire service. I have no doubt that her grandmother was smiling as you all lovingly laid the table. Ooooh...how I wish that we had a Crate & Barrel here. If God looked kindly on it, I would covet those marvelous green chargers. They were the perfect complement for your antique china tablescape with a modern twist. Well done! The crystal added the perfect spot of bling, and I thoroughly enjoyed your design. I'm glad that you stopped by for a visit. Come often, please! Thank you for sharing your daughter's beautiful family treasures with us. Cherry Kay

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  21. You and Cherry Kay may be inspiration to us all to use what has been given us from earlier generations. Certainly such hold memories. I hope your daughter knows the story of her lovely pieces.

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  22. How pretty!
    The green chargers look so young and fresh, but they still enhance the china.

    I linked to the same party, and I am now a follower.
    Stop by if you have time.
    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  23. What a gorgeous table and what fun to play with someone else's dishes! Thanks for sharing that beautiful quote :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  24. I just love Rosalinde. It's a classic. I love the green with the pink to pick up the colors of the china. Simple and beautiful.

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  25. Lovely china! I like the combination of modern chargers and antique china.

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  26. Thank you so much for posting this, Tricia. The china is beautiful and the table is perfect. My husband had a set of china from his grandma which he passed on to his daughter and we could not find the name of the pattern of the china. I believe they look just like this. I sent your blog to my stepdaughter to check it out and compare the patterns...Christine

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  27. Just perfection..so fresh and elegant!
    I want to come back and browse your site when not rushed..this is such fun don't you think?

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  28. love the green and pink together! and those petals are just beautiful!

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  29. Trish, I can just imagine your joy at getting to tablescape with your daughter. Getting to use such heirlooms makes it even more special. I love how you both took this heirloom china and made it have a modern feel. It just goes to show the versatility of classic pieces. I am so glad you mentioned Cherry Kay's words. It is so true.

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  30. What a lovely tablescape! I love how you used the bright green chargers and the big gerbera daisies to modernize the vintage dishes!
    Have a beautiful day~
    ;-D Kathleen

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  31. What a lovely, delicate pattern!

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  32. I love the delicate dishes and green chargers...so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. Such a pretty table and such a pretty pattern! What fun to play dishes with your daughter.

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  35. Tricia,love the china,and I love,love your daughters dining room,the light color furniture is a dream.The cyrstal and silverware,bhada-bing!Thanks for visiting me @ LazyonLoblolly and your comment was so sweet and appreciated,please drop back by the top porch any time.

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  36. Notice,I deleted my first post,I'm new at all this,sorry I'm get better with more practice!

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  37. OK, first of all I love the name of your blog. Cracked me up.

    I was not fortunate enough to have had any china passed on to me nor was I exposed to beautiful patterns growing up. To say I'm a late bloomer would be an understatement. I am trying to make up for it now as I've turned into a dishaholic.

    Your mix of old and new is so pretty, sometimes we tend toward theme tables rather than just enjoying the perfection of a beautiful place settings. Your tablescape is an example that many times less is more. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tablescape and your daughters china of love handed down.

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  38. Just a gorgeous combination of dishes and new and vintage.I adore the look of those green chargers combined with the china.

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  39. Beautiful Haviland china. I hope you had a great weekend and fun with family.

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  40. Gorgeous tablescape and amazing shots!..Loved it!
    Thanks for sharing:)..Also, thanks a ton for all your kind words on my blog...would love to stay in touch:)

    Cheers
    Sanghamitra.

    http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com/

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  41. Just beautiful! I am that stepdaughter mentioned above - do you know what year this china was purchased and where? I would love that information if you daughter has it! Lovely table, such a nice idea to juxtapose the modern with the vinage!

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  42. What beautiful dishes and you accomplished what you set out to do - give the old a more modern look. I am very sentimental and old things mean a lot to me. What a treasure for your daughter to have.

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