Mix Old and New in your Spring Styled Tablescape

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May 17, 2018

My spring styled tablescape is a beautiful mixture of old and new dishes in my favorite colors!  Something old, something new, something thrifted and something blue…  It features my classic white plates that I have had for years, new Pioneer Woman finds, thrifted Currier and Ives dishes and blue linens.  I had fun mixing patterns, colors and different collections together for this simple spring table setting.

I love to decorate the formal dining room during the weekdays and my husband loves to cook a big breakfast on the weekends.  This casual table setting accommodates both our loves so we can enjoy more time together as a family. The table is set and ready for my husband to get cooking!

Even though our table can seat six or eight, we just have four in our family. I decided to keep it real and only set the table for the four of us, while keeping a few extra dishes at the other end of the table for friends stopping by.

Setting the table for breakfast on Saturday or Sunday Supper creates moments that you can look forward to as a family…time to slowdown and relax together.

 

As summer approaches, I crave simplicity. Keeping a stack of dishes on the buffet table, gathered in a tray on the kitchen island or even on one end of the table like I did here, makes it easy to access dishes for your next family meal.  And unloading the dishwasher becomes a quick task when you can drop them off in one location.

This is definitely a no fuss tablescape.  Use what you have!  Dishes don’t have to be fancy or even match!

Mix in something new!  When you fall in love with the Pioneer Woman’s newest collection, get it all or pick the pieces that you love.  I tried to show restraint and not buy any of the PW collection, because I didn’t need any more dishes. I lasted a year until I saw the blue and green floral salad/dessert plates in April and got a set of 8.  I also found a few of the little ramekins, mini pie plates, pedastals and bowls in the blue and green that I had to have.  Again, I showed a little restraint and only bought a few pieces that I could use for Spring and Summer.  The smaller floral plates look great with my classic white dinner plates.  Balance, y’all!  The Pioneer Woman dishes are available at Walmart.  Not every piece is available online, and the selection varies at each store.

The blue and white Currier and Ives dishes are a thrifted find.  I found this set called ‘The Old Grist Mill‘ for $8 for all 36 pieces.  I remember my mother had the same set, so I was drawn to the pattern.  If you find sets of china or vintage dishes at the thrift store, flip them over to find the name of the collection and maker labeled on the back.  You can use you cell phone to search the value or history of the piece to determine if it is a good deal.  I normally see one of the Currier and Ives dinner plates at the local antique mall for $10 each, so I knew a set of 36 for $8 was a steal before looking online.  Between the price and memories of my mom, I snatched them up.  They make great breakfast dishes!  Remember, no matter the deal, only buy what you love!

So with a few sets of dishes in fun colors for Spring, my Spring styled tablescape came together! I just love blue and green for any season, but it is so fresh for Spring and Summer! I layered a light blue cloth napkin between the two largest plates. I found the napkins at Homegoods and knew that I would use them often.  They remind me of chambray fabric and have a classic feel which work well in this spring styled tablescape.

With Spring in full swing, I added more blue and green florals to the Spring styled chalkboard, but it is basically leftover from Easter minus the words that I had written on the board.  The key is to layer multiple shades of chalk to create some depth in the foliage.  Spring flowers lay in the dough bowl.

In the bay window, I hung simple wreaths with 3m hooks and displayed my collection of vintage glass insulators on the window sill. I just love the vibrant blue!  They add a fun pop of my favorite color.  My mother had collected these for years, finding them in junk shops and even in fields on my parents and grandparents farm.

On the other side of the dining room, I have my chicken wire cabinet flanked by two extra chairs with pillows.  I hung up two extra botanical prints from a set of six that I have.  The other four prints are hung across the way into the living room, which brings the two spaces together.  The cabinet holds vintage silver pieces that I have collected over the past few years.  I have recently began to collect vintage trophies, too.  They are hard to find for a reasonable price, so my collection is small.  The thrill is in the hunt, though!

I hope you enjoyed checking out my Spring styled tablescape that is perfect for casual meals with your family.  I encourage you to make family meal time special again!  Not fancy, just intentional!

Breakfast at Magnolia Table

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May 13, 2018

 

As a home decor blogger, there are perks to living in Waco, Texas, home of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Silos, and Fixer Upper. It has been exciting to see “the Magnolia Effect” happen around town, except when we get our property taxes in the mail. All of my home decor blogger and instagrammer friends travel from around the world to visit my hometown and I get a chance to meet them in person.  I can visit the Silos on Wednesday mornings when it is slow or arrive early to beat the crowds during Silobration!  I also know when they are serving cupcakes out of the Magnolia airstream without any lines and when the ‘Little Shop on Bosque’ opens up for a warehouse sale.  But one of my favorites has been attending the soft opening of Magnolia Table and only waiting 5 minutes!  Then eating there again, because it is so good!  So, if you are wondering what it looks like inside the Magnolia Table, come along!

So Magnolia Table is located off ‘the circle’ in Waco, formerly the Elite Cafe.  As a kid, I remember eating here with my family. I read that the Elite cafe was one of the first restaurants in Waco with refrigeration & this building was actually the second location of that restaurant which opened in 1919 until its closing in 2016.  If you are interested in the history of the Elite cafe, you can read more here.

 

In the months before opening, Chip & Joanna gave us a few teasers with messages on the letter board out front.

When you walk in, you notice the beautiful details of the building that are signature to the Fixer Upper style!  Simple black and white lines, hand crafted materials, subway tile, and lots of fresh greenery.  When you arrive, they take your name and phone number so that you get a text to your phone to let you know the table is ready.

My husband and I visited on the second day of the soft opening.  Within five minutes, we were seated.  By the fourth day, the opening of Magnolia Table was announced on our local news.  And now, everyone is literally lined up at the door to come try it!  Upon a recent visit, the manager recommended coming before 8 a.m. to beat the usual 2 hour wait.  I will say that both times, we were told it would be a long wait, but got in under 20 minutes.  I think it is due to their efficiency!  Everyone has specific jobs at the Silos and Magnolia Table and I think this is one of their keys to success.

Are you zooming in on this menu to get a sneak peak?? I would too! Let me show you a close up.  I love how the menu is attached to a file folder for a vintage feel!

At each table is a small book of ‘conversation starters.’  What a great idea to get family and friends to put down the cell phones and reconnect.  Leather cases are located behind each table to hold phones. I love this idea!

It’s all in the details!  From the chilled water to handmade vases from a local potter, Black Oak Art, this restaurant is well planned to both function and form beautifully.  From the table napkins to coffee mugs, everything is personalized with the Magnolia Table name.

I started my breakfast with a hot cup of coffee, a frothy latte, made right in the coffee bar.

Again, the staff is very friendly and understands our love and curiosity for all things Magnolia and the ‘need’ to capture it all.  I love that Chip and Joanna paid tribute to the old Elite cafe in the coffee bar area.

If you just came for the food, I won’t make you wait any longer!  I ordered the French Toast Breakfast and it was delicious.   For $12, I had French toast, bacon, eggs and homemade tater tots.

Let’s talk about the French toast served with homemade strawberry butter. Made with fresh strawberries.  Served with warm syrup.  It is so good.

This peppered bacon is thick.  It is the best bacon, y’all.  Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I may be biased.  But I don’t think so!

One of the unique items on the menu is ‘housemade tater tots.’  Made with real potatoes.  Handmade so don’t expect perfectly shaped tots.  Covered in fresh parmesan and chives.

On a separate visit, I had the skillet of oatmeal.  It is topped with fresh berries, pecans and a warm honey drizzle.  Served on a wood board stamped with Magnolia Table.  I love the details that make this experience unique.

It was a perfect texture and probably the best oatmeal that I have eaten.  Sorry, momma!

 

I would say for the quality and quantity of food, the price is great.  During the meal, you are also give the opportunity to purchase items from the Take Away Market, like a Magnolia T-shirt to remember your trip. Purchased items will be brought to your table for convenience.  They are efficient, y’all.

Here are some views from inside the restaurant!

 

Located on the side of the building is a ‘Take Away’ Market to take some of your favorite goodies home, snag lunch to go, or buy some Magnolia Table souvenirs.  If the wait for the restaurant is long, this a great place to spend some time and get some of the famous cupcakes to go! There is a neat wall to take some pictures to remember your Magnolia Table experience, too.

 

There is also an outdoor coffee and pastry bar with covered and patio seating available.  This is located on the other side of the building which provides another space to hang out or grab a quick cup of coffee when the wait time may be long.

 

Hours are 6 am – 3 pm, Monday – Saturday.  Again, come early, because it gets busy after 8! Either way, it is worth the wait!  I will be headed back soon to try the biscuits & gravy and the avocado toast!  I have heard everything is delicious at the Magnolia Table.

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