26 December 2012


I love my traditional Lenox "Holiday" china that I started last year.  This year I paired the dinner plates with the smaller plates I found in antique shop in Savannah last year.  This Tracy Porter pitcher is the only piece of this Christmas ceramic pattern I have, but I think it can be rather jazzy to mix up ceramics and fine china.  

The glassware is a mix of pieces from my Granny, a neighbor's estate sale, and the grocery store!

The napkins are doubled up -- kind of like the napkin is wearing it's very own little apron.  

Bet you didn't know that my nickname used to be "Goldfinger"!  I once decorated a room all in shades of gold.  Go big or go home...

I like the mix of high and low -- I think it makes any room or any table, or even an outfit you wear for that matter --  much more interesting than an across the board splash of all very, very expensive components or a pile of junky pieces with nothing of substance or value in the mix.  

I hope everyone has had a nice Christmas with those you care about the most, and I wish a Happy New Year to you all!


I am linking this post to Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and to Susan for Tablescape Thursday.

P.S.  I left several of you comments from my iPad which I am still trying to figure out how to use!  They didn't seem to appear on your blogs -- so sorry!


  1. Hi, Ellen! This is such a beautiful Lenox pattern, and if I can't have it myself, then at least I can visit it on your site! That's one pattern that has been elusive due to price and my self-imposed buying hiatus. One day, though.....one day! :-) It's a classic, so I have all the time in the world! You know I'm in total agreement with you on the "go big or go home" thing, Miss Goldfinger!!! I'm all about the big! I hope the weather there on Christmas Day didn't mess with you and yours. It was just stifling cold here. I must have driven at least 6 miles before my car actually warmed up and the auto heat kicked on. Brrrrrr!!!! Frigid day today, too, but not as bad as yesterday. At least the sun is shining! Take care, my sweet!

  2. Hi, Ellen

    Your table scape is beautiful! Love the red stemware. Have a great week.



  3. What a lovely table...all the green and gold with red accents is so pretty. Love your high/low description!
    I have saved a picture for ages and it finally dawned on me that it is one of your aqua tables from long ago.

  4. Perfection Ellen. I didn't even unpack my Lenox this Christmas! Time got away from me.

  5. Hi Ellen, I love the mix of patterns and especially love the small plates from Savannah. I like the apron for the napkins, too!

  6. Ellen, your table is lovely! The plates you found in Savannah are perfect in the mix. Well done!
    Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

  7. I think that your Savannah plates are Herend, "Chinese Bouquet." They show up periodically on eBay, and they are definitely a gorgeous high end element in your mix. Goldfinger...I love it, and I can totally see it! Hope that you had a Merry Christmas. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

    1. I commented on several of your blogs from my iPad which I am still trying to figure out, and I think it got lost! Thanks for visiting. I am not sure about those plates. They do look a lot like the Herend, but on the back, it only says "made in Portugal" -- so I guess it is kind a little mystery!

  8. GORGEOUS! I especially love your colored glassware, and I see that we share a set of the emerald green ones! I used mine for Christmas Eve this year. I really want to get the sherbet size in that pattern -- need to lurk on eBay! LOL about your "Goldfinger" nickname!

  9. Beautiful post. Gorgeous tablescape!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you had a dazzling Christmas.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    A Very Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Greetings from Singapore~ Sanghamitra

  10. A beautiful mix. I noticed the green glasses right away as they are the same as used to be on my mother's table.

  11. So pretty! Love the shape of your table.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Really enjoyed your lovely traditional Christmas table, so pretty. Also liked how you did the napkins, they do look like they are wearing a lil apron. Cute! Really thought the first picture with your Bombay chest against the white and the black wallpaper was so striking, looked just like a magazine photo.

    May you be blessed with a Joyous New year,

  13. Hello Maam,
    Thank you so much for coming and joined me at D´Box.

    Ipad is really hard to adjust and I didn't cope it up so, I gave mine to my grandson and asked Sta Claus for a Samsung Ultrabook, instead. It rocks, I must say. 1.6kgs and the world's thinnest lappy. Loving it.
    The only thing minus in it is I need to buy a DVD burner if I needed to save some inspirations photos.

    Hope you had a great and a blessed Christmas and more blessings to come on New Year.

    God Bless you and your dear family.

    Greetings from a frozen city of Stockholm,
    /CC girl

  14. Hey gorgeous lady! I'm so happy to have had you at my house and glad you made mother's salad..I just told her today, she was over for her 83 b'day tea party I hosted for her. The Lenox dishes are to die for and your table with all the gold is fabulous! Yeah, I want one of those, but it gets me lazy to start the learning process again, lol.. I'm slow, but certain once I learn. Hope you had a terrific C'mas along with your dear ones. Lots of the best for 2013. xoxo

  15. Your table is so elegant. I love the plates and patterns mixed together.

  16. Love the salad plate on the top. I, too, like a mix of china but I am primarily a porcelain lover vs. ceramics. Those red champaigne flutes are beautiful.

  17. Beautiful table, Ellen. Love the pairing, and the glassware is perfect.
    I got a great deal on Holiday a the outlet. I used as gifts for several people this year.
    Happy 2013!


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