3/16/2011

My Newest Treasure Find...American Living Dinnerware

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Today I wanted to share with you one of my newest treasure finds...a new set of dinnerware called "Meredith" by American Living.
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Queens Ware by Wedgewood (photo courtesy of Jacqueline)
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I have to tell you...I have been "eyeing" this beautiful set of dishes...Queens Ware by Wedgewood...ever since I seen them over at Jacqueline's Cabin and Cottage blog. I borrowed this beautiful photo from Jacqueline's blog so that I could show you this dreamy dish pattern. Thank you, Jacqueline! I just adore everything about Queens Ware! The soft creamy color...the scalloped shell edging on the rims of the dishes...and the beautiful embossed pattern! They really are lovely! Anyway, I have searched high and low...and have found that this beautiful Queens Ware pattern is very difficult to find and it is very expensive. Just my luck! Hehe!
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But...I did find a lovely dish pattern that is very similar to Queens Ware!!!
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Here we are in my french country dining room.
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I thought I would share a few photos of the spring decor in this room. I kept the spring table centerpiece very simple...continuing the theme of the white ironstone that decorates the buffet...onto the dining room table.
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A white ironstone soup tureen sits atop a large white charger plate...accompanied by a silver oval tray. A couple of iron "fleur de lis" finials and a spring bird can be seen to the left of the tureen...
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and on the right side...a small cloche with a single green apple.
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As you can see...I also used a cloche filled with green apples on the buffet. I just love the splash of this pretty "spring green" color with the all the white ironstone!
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Ahhh...white ironstone...simplistic beauty!
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A couple of photos of my dining room buffet. The sun was whaning...so I turned the buffet lamps on for a little light. I love how the buffet looked bathed in the soft, golden light! If you would like to see more of the buffet....just click HERE.
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American Living "Meredith" Dinnerware...
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Here they are! My newest treasure find! Okay...I know that I need another set of dishes like I need a hole in the head...but I really couldn't resist their charm!!! And...they are very similar to my beloved Queens Ware by Wedgewood!
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This beautiful set of dinnerware comes from JC Penneys. I really did get a great deal on them. They were on sale and then I had a 30% discount coupon to boot! Yeeehawwww! I purchased two sets...making a five piece place setting for eight people. I only gave a total of $56 for both sets...can't beat that!
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Ohhh...I love, love, LOVE this pattern!!! The rims are scalloped and have the same shell like pattern as the Queens Ware....and all the lovely embossing just makes me swoon! Hehe! If you look close, you will see that the embossed pattern is made up of leaves or berry looking vines...and pretty bows with trailing ribbon! The entire design has a very lacy looking effect...don't you think?
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A Place Setting for Five...
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10 1/2" dinner plate
8 1/4" salad plate
5 3/4" soup bowl
teacup
and saucer
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I added a green apple to the soup bowl for the photos...pretty, I think!
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This dinnerware is porcelain and pure white in color...unlike the cream color of the Queens Ware...but the white really does go better with all the other whites that I have!
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The teacup and saucer.
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Ahhh...gotta love those "ruffly" edges!
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Well my friends...thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my new "Meredith" dinnerware. I hope to do a full tablescape with these pretty dishes soon!
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I am joining these fabulous parties...


Open House Party...hosted by Sherry over at No Minimalist Here.

Just a little note here: My dear friend Sherry is hosting this fabulous Open House blog party! Today is the very first time. Best wishes, Sherry!!! My friends, you'll have to go by and check the party out...you'll be sooo glad that you did!

Tablescape Thursday...hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
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Feathered Nest Friday...hosted by Courtney over at French Country Cottage.
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Home Sweet Home...hosted by Sherry over at The Charm of Home.
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Thank you, sweet ladies for hosting these fabulous parties for us to enjoy!
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Well my friends...thank you again for coming by! I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes!
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Warmest Spring Wishes!

56 comments:

Martina said...

Chari those dishes are soooo pretty, I love them!! And I also like how they came with a tea cup and saucer instead of those large mugs that you usually see. You did good girl!! Martina

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Very pretty my Dear Sis..love the pop of apple green you have used here with your red walls..Just too pretty..I hope all is well in your world Sis..Benn down for 2 days again Yuck!! I just hate it...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, that china is lovely and white goes with everything and the price is equally wonderful! Your buffet is always looking good. hugs♥O

Blondie's Journal said...

Chari~~~~

Your new dishes are just gorgeous!! I love them every bit as much as Jacqueline's! And what a great deal. You have your table set so pretty...the green apples make everything look so crisp and fresh and spring~like! Beautiful!

XO,
Jane

ButterYum said...

So lovely - I too adore the pop of green. Have a great day!!!

:)
ButterYum

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, Nothing is prettier to me than a table set in white. Your new dishes are beautiful and you will get so much use out of them. I have a similar pattern bought from JC Penny several years ago and they are so fun to mix and match with. I hope you will join my new party. Take care.
Hugs,
Sherry

Barbara Jean said...

All so beautiful
wonderful pictures
thanks and blessings
barbara jean

podso said...

Great find! And just as lovely, I think!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, I had to drop by again to thank you for joining my party. I really appreciate your friendship and support of me and my blog. Thank you!!
Hugs,
Sherry

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Hi Chari,

I LOVE your new dishes and am so impressed that you got two sets for that price! You are a GREAT shopper!!

Thanks for showing pictures of your dining room. Your accessories are SO cute! I could definitely make myself at home at your table! So inviting!

Have a great day!
Pam

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are beautiful dishes, Chari! I love the design and, of course, who doesn't love some ruffley goodness! : ) I want to get some new dishes and I'm thinking of going white, but I'm going to wait until we move. I've been eyeing some white pieces at Home Goods and the thrift store, but, so far, I've restrained myself!

Diane said...

Those are beautiful dishes. You did really well on the price, I would have been ecstatic as well!

Vintage Gal said...

I love your new dishes. So versatile and it does go well with your whites. Love the pretty lacy edges. ;-)

Terri said...

My husband is a fabulous cook and he says you should always eat on white plates. I love your new ones. I especially like the green apple. Very sharp!

Pat said...

Your table is gorgeous Chari!

I love white dishes and these are beautiful!

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
Oh, my dear blogging friend, your new Meredith dishes have this hopeless romantic swooning with envy! It couldn't have happened to a better tablescaper, and at an added discount to boot! Luckly lady is there any Irish in your veins? HA! Enjoy your newest find. I'll be enjoying the view as you tablescape your French Country dining room for all of us to see!
Fondly,
Pat

Miss Char said...

Chair, love the new dishes and that splash of green in your dining room is perfection!

Marlis said...

Chari, your dining room certainly says spring! The green apples give it away. Congrats on the new dishes. They are quite elegant and will be so very versatile. The curviness is so refreshing with all the sharp edges we see nowadays! Beautiful as usual.

Theresa said...

Gorgeous, clean and crisp... just like that green apple:)

Love all of your beautiful dishes! Enjoy your evening, HUGS!

Marilyn said...

Bliss to have found something so nice! I hope Sarah wants something just as pretty!
The time change and CSAP testing is making me weary this week. I'm ready for bed! ♥♫

Sarah said...

Beautiful new dishes! You can't go wrong with white, especially if it has a beautiful embossed edge. And one can NEVER have too many dishes! ~ Sarah

Donnie said...

They are just beautiful and will really be useful being white.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I love your new dishes! They are perfect for you! Everything looks so pretty, that pop of spring green just makes it!

Katherine

Scribbler said...

Your new dishes are so pretty -- I know you will enjoy them. You can never have too many! (Said one dishaholic to another...) We probably have matching holes in our heads!

Domestic Diva said...

Beautiful table - wonderful find! Love the Soup tureen and the creamer on the buffet! Thanks for sharing!

Domestic Diva said...

Tried to go to your friend, Sherry's Block/Blog Party but the link didn't work. Could you give me the link? Thanks again!

Beverly said...

Chari they are lovely! I love the white, it looks beautiful in your dining room. You are really going to enjoy all of them.

Marigene said...

Chari, those dishes are beautiful and what a great deal you got! I have the same tureen...found mine at Goodwill for $2.99...one of my best finds.

Gypsy Heart said...

Hey sweet lady,
The dishes are very lovely! I know you're going to share some gorgeous tables with us. The green is my color this spring! Seems that I am drawn to it although I don't have it in my house except for pops of color along with a beautiful yellow. Still working on things. I need you here to help!
:-)

Hope you're having a fabulous week!
xoxo
Pat

Life with L said...

Shari,
These are gorgeous. I always love white dishes as well and that soup tureen is to die for. Your touch of green under the cloche is perfect. Very elegant and perfect for mix and match. Irish Blessings to you.

xinex said...

Oh Chari, those dishes are so pretty. But I am looking the other way because just like you, I do not need anymore new dishes, lol....Christine

suzyq said...

Chari, those dishes are just soo beautiful. I wish you could send me some to Australia!!
Love your table,
Suzyq

Martha said...

I think you did very well -- I love your new dishes as well and whenever I buy any new dishes -- I know I need them like a hole in the head but it is fun to get them isn't it!!!!

Revamped French Maison said...

Hi Chari,
Oh my, where do I even begin on listing all the ooohs and ahhhs, I looove this, or that. LOL

White is fabulous! I've long desired a set of white dishes. I kick myself for buying the Christopher Madden one's in a french yellow a few years ago. I still like them but I was so torn between white and yellow then. American Living is one of my favorite lines! It's actually made quiet nicely and that is a rarity today.

You could be here all day reading my comment so I'll just tell you few of my like/loves are:
Ironstone pitchers....ooooh
Fluer d' lis finials....aaah
Ruffly edges...Loove
White birds....ooooh
Enormous cloche...ahhhh
American Living..Oh I already said that

See, told you, lol!

Talk to you soon. Hope you're having a fabulous day!

Blessings,
Shanna
www.revampedfrenchmaison.com

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your new dishes! Gorgeous!

Xoxo
Charo

Red Door Home said...

White ironstone is my favorite. Thanks for sharing pictures of you pretty new dishes. Looks like you are ready for spring.

Phyllis said...

I am loving your new dishes....the pattern is lovely and the white ironstone looks so beautiful on your table. Isn't it great when we can't have what we want, but we find something to cherish and take the place!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Chari,
You really do know how to set a gorgeous table! I LOVE YOUR NEW CHINA! And what a deal too!
I am trying to abstain from buying anymore but it's awfully hard when I see pretty new stuff!
I love your buffet too, everything says pretty at your home!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Nezzy said...

I'm in love with those ruffly edges. Ya just can't get classier than white on white! Everything is so pretty girl...ya certainly have the tough!!!

Have a great day and may Irish blessings rain on you today sweetie!!! :o)

Tess said...

Chari...I LOVE Wedgwood Creamware to and have just a few pieces, but your new dish find is GORGEOUS!! I have never seen this pattern so thank you for the introduction! These dishes are beautiful!!!!

Gloria Fox said...

Visiting from the Charm of Home. I love your ironstone and new dishes. I'm just beginning an ironstone collection myself. Your soup terrine is beautiful.

Mind Movies Review said...

It's very lovely and elegant! I want one too!

Rebecca said...

Hello Chari, so nice to meet you also!
Thank you for your lovely comments, you are too kind...
This post is wonderful, love the ironstone and of course my favorite Wedgewood! I have stacks of it but no Queensware...only wish I did. But like you said, like I need more dishes.
Fun to look at though and see the different displays.
Wishing you a wonderful day
Blessings
Rebecca

Entertaining Women said...

Beautiful china pattern. You're going to have so much fun creating a variety of tablescapes with your new dinnerware. Thank you for sharing your beautifully serene design. Cherry Kay

Dianne said...

Chari,

I think your dishes are actually more wonderful than the Wedgewood. I love the ironstone certain piece. So lovely. Thanks for you kind comments earlier.

Dianne

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Chari! Your new dishes are fabulous. I do love them too. You are so right....ironstone and lime green are perfect anytime and especially at springtime! I just passed up one of those cheese domes at the thrift store. I may have to go back now as yours looks perfect with an apple peeking through! :)
Donna

elizabeth said...

Beautiful home and beautiful dishes...oh how I LOVE dishes!
Thanks for your kind comment on my "beach-y gray" shelf!

Anitra Cameron said...

The dishes are BEAUTIFUL! My husband says every woman in my family carries a dish gene. I think you got it, too!

I thought of you last weekend, when I grabbed my latest score--three Oneida Brahms serving spoons for a grand total of $1! Can you believe it? Oh, man.

I've been absent lately, for no good reason, but I'll be partying with you tomorrow!

Martina said...

Chari you are just the sweetest!! You put a big smile on my face every time I read your comments! Yes the plates on the shelf are Thomas Kinkade and the paintings below it are also his. I just love his work! Enjoy your weekend my friend and I'll see you on Sunday hopefully no problems this week!! Martina

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh goodness Chari~ I just love those dishes!!! Penneys has some of the best sales sometimes! I think you said you had the same seashell dishes that I have- from Penneys and I found those gorgeous chargers on major sale there too!! I am loving your white sets- I will have to keep this one in mind for my next set of dishes! Thanks for sharing at my party! Hugs, Courtney

Kristy Carberry said...

That really is an EXCELLENT price. I love to find a good set of white dishes! Your dining room is beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Daphne said...

What pretty new dishes, Chari! I love the detailed embossing. Enjoy!

Sherry said...

Chari,
Your new dishes are beautiful! They are very much like the other. I love white ironstone and if it has a lacy pattern all the better. Just beautiful! Thanks for linking up!
Sherry

Magpies and Magnolias said...

WOW! What a great find! I love these dishes, too. I haven't been to JCP in years...I might just need to head over there tomorrow!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh sweetie! I love your white dishes, they're so pretty honey! I also love your cloches on your nice bufet, they have such pretty shapes the tall ones, I need to find that bell shaped ones! Love, love your dishes!
Love
Fabby

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