Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spode Byron Tablescape ~ My Favorite Transferware

When I first began collecting transferware, I was buying only red pieces.  I had started off with Old Britain Castles and then discovered Vista by Masons.   I began selling some of my pieces in order to trade up to some of the Vista pieces I wanted.  Then one day while perusing the internet I happened upon this platter and I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT!  

 The platter I purchased came from a dealer in South Africa.  Once I'd confirmed my purchase, he emailed to say he had other pieces in the pattern for sale. I have such an affinity for pieces with bucolic scenery so this pattern, named Byron, by Spode instantly became my favorite.

I've been collecting this pattern for about 10 years now, selling the duplicate pieces I've acquired along the way.  
Tonight I set the table for all 8 of us and set up the buffet for dessert and coffee/tea.

 I don't have 8 of these cream soups and saucers but wanted to show them to you. 
  This is the scene inside the soup bowl and a close up of the saucer it sets on.  Most of the
Spode Byron pieces each depict a different scene, pastoral in nature.

I found the vintage tablecloth and 12 matching napkins sometime back for a few dollars.  I am not particularly crazy about it but when I saw it I knew it would be a good match for my Byron dishes so I've saved it for tonight.   It's a creamy white linen with shades of gold and brown embroidered flowers...just the same as the hand painted portions around the border.

 I layered up the napkins using some sheer green organza napkins from Always Elegant, bead trimmed gold napkins from Tar-zhe' (Target) a few years back and the ones that match my tablecloth.  The organza gives it a little extra color plus some subtle shimmer.  The brown beaded napkin rings are also from Always Elegant.

I stacked each setting with several sized plates. 

First the dinner plate:

Next came the 9" plates (these are really luncheon plates)

A little more layering underneath the plates came with the pretty Heritage Lace placemats from Priscillas Lace and Linens and for an extra hint of sparkle and to allow the plates to really contrast against their background I added brown, hand beaded chargers that I got from Always Elegant. 

Bread plates were also at each setting and have a sweet scene with girls who've been gathering wheat.  One of the girls has perched herself up on the fence and a little dog looks curiously on.

I could not resist these hand blown glasses...they are absolutely the perfect color combination of amber/gold, brown (inside the stems), and green (swirled around the foot) for my Byron dishes...not to mention they add a bit of contemporary flair to the setting.  I just love 'em!

I had the table set for a couple of days pondering a centerpiece and then it donned on me that I had this darling figurine.  He seems to blend perfectly with the depictions on the dishes.  I scrunched up a sheer voile panel that has a crushed effect with added embroidery and thin lines of satin color onto the center of the table.  Over that I draped two garlands of fall foliage with small pumpkins and gourds and placed the boy and his dogs figurine amongst it all.  It looks like he's wandering through a pumpkin patch.   Two candelabras with votive candles from Zest Candles were placed at either side. 

Who doesn't love the soft flicker of lit candles?

I've posted about Spode Byron before and given a bit of history on this pattern.  You can read (and see) more at these two posts:

Here's a peek at the buffet.  I'll post this sometime next week.

Wherever smoke, wreaths Heavenward curl-
Cave of a hermit, Hovel of churl,
Mansion of merchant, princely dome-
Out of the dreariness
Into its cheeriness,
Come we in weariness,
~Stephen Chalmers

This week I'm joining the following:

Vintage Thingy Thursday
The Shabby Chic Cottage
French Country Cottage
 Color Outside the Lines
Between Naps on the Porch
Centerpiece Wednesdays 
Freckled Laundry 
Funky Junk Interiors

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mayo Hotel

My nephew got married this past weekend at the recently renovated Mayo Hotel.
Listed on the National registry of Historic Places in 1980, the Mayo Hotel is  located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Built in 1925 during Oklahoma's oil boom, the Mayo played host to notable 20th Century visitors, including President John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin, Elivs Presley, President Richard Nixon, Will Rogers and Mae West. The Mayo hotel also served as residence to oilman J. Paul Getty.

Once the tallest building in Oklahoma, the hotel originally had 600 rooms. Ceiling fans in each room and Tulsa's first running ice water made the hotel a haven from summer heat.

A failed renovation attempt in the early 1980's left the building unoccupied and missing many of its original fixtures and interior ornamentation.  Abandoned for many more years, the Mayo was destined for the wrecking ball until June 2001, when the Snyder family purchased it for $250,000 and began renovation efforts. Initial efforts focused on restoring the lower floors.

As part of this renovation project, the Mayo became the first Oklahoma building to complete environmental remediation under a new brownfields program sponsored by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

After a $40 Million+ renovation, the Mayo re-opened less than a year ago and has been restored to its former glory, boasting opulence from the past and all the amenities of today.

Ryan and Rachelle were married in this room below.
Gold draperies hung over banister and mirror just behind the landing at the stairs.  A huge banner hung in the middle with their initials (R & R) back to back.
The rails were completely covered in fresh roses.  The steps also had rose petals all over them...but I took the pics after the ceremony and they'd already been swept up.

 My nephew Ryan is a V.P. for Evergreen Aviation and lives in Dubai, so my brother (his Dad) had this cake made for the rehearsal dinner. It is Ryan's chocolate lab with his suitcase stamped for Dubai, a map of Dubai and Ryan and Rachelle's passports.

Fresh cracked pepper, anyone?  Aww, isn't this sweet?  Ryan took time out from his evening to grind pepper over our Beef Wellington.  Have you ever seen a larger Pepper Mill?

Ok, back to the weddding.  Once the ceremony was over, the family was taken into a smaller room where a Persian ceremony was held and traditional Persian hors d'oeuvres  were served.  

The family members and other guests were escorted to the ballroom where dinner was served.  There were numerous tables set which held one of three centerpieces. 

The main course consisted of a grilled filet and herb crusted chicken breast along with Ghormeh Sabzi & Persian Rice...delicious!  I forgot to take a picture of the Ghormeh Sabzi & Persian was our favorite!   We Googled a few recipes so we will make it ourselves...I definitely recommend you doing the same!
 Enjoying our time at this special occassion...
Ethan, Michael, Ashton, me, Kalyn and Shawn
 Trev and his cousin Garrett..just being themselves!

I love cake~
 Congratulations to Ryan and Rachelle!