Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall 2010 Reprise ~ Tablescape with my Favorite Spode Byron

Before I begin I want to remind you all to please stop by Stone Gable to enter to win $60 worth of transferware from my shop, English Transferware.   There are over 300 entries so far.  Someone has to win, so it might as well be YOU!
Thank you again Yvonne!

   I'm reposting one of my favorites from last Fall and hope you all enjoy it!

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.   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, bead trimmed gold napkins and the ones that came with the  tablecloth.  The organza gives it a little extra color plus some subtle shimmer.  

I stacked each setting with several sized plates. 

First the dinner plate:

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

and then 7" salad plates

A little more layering underneath the plates came with the pretty Heritage Lace placemats and for an extra hint of sparkle and to allow the plates to really contrast against their background I added hand beaded brown charges in a rich chocolate color.

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:
The Inspired Nest
The Shabby Chic Cottage
French Country Cottage
Between Naps on the Porch
Freckled Laundry 
Time Travel Thursday


  1. Just gorgeous! I can see why you love this pattern!

  2. I am at a loss for words....this table is THAT beautiful, those dishes, oh my. xo

  3. Wow, this looks so beautiful. I love it all. I have o tell you that your blog has inspired me to start my own collection. Although I would like brown so far I have been unsuccessful. I have however acquired 53 pieces of blue tonquin mint condition.

  4. BEAUTIFUL as always Nancy, the dishes and the tablescape!! Martina

  5. Hi Nancy, can it get any more fabulous than this? I love the little guy with his dogs.. going to look for one.. your collection is out of this world... I'm looking for some pieces to go in my sunporch. I'll be sharing the semi-redo this coming week, I would love for you to come by if you have the time to let me know what pieces you think might hanging dishes on the wall.... hugs ~lynne~

  6. Beautiful tablescape. I love your dishes, the pattern and the colors are gorgeous.

  7. Is drooling allowed? I loved the table the first time you posted it, still feel the same...beautiful.

  8. Nancy~ I have tried several times to leave you a comment, but for some reason or another....I could not! I have never realized that we do have the same wallpaper or did! You are the queen of transferware....I have alot but, you rule~! As always, your tablescape is stunning! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. This is elegant!Love this pattern. You have some awesome accessories.
    thanks for offering the fantastic giveway. Ginger

  10. Absolutely stunning tablescape, your dishes are beyond gorgeous! You have great taste Nancy!


  11. Beautfully done! Anyone would be lucky to sit down at your lovely talbe.

  12. Absolutely stunning table! The dishes are beautiful and the color scheme is gorgeous!

  13. Nancy your table is simple marvelous!~ Love the little boy centerpiece too!~

  14. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! The dishes,the tablescape......I just can't imagine how I would feel to have that in my home. Thanks for allowing me to dream a little bit. A great ending to a blah day.

  15. The Byron is spectacular, and the entire room is a masterpiece. I could see a painter trying to capture this on canvas. Thank you for sharing the reprise of your gorgeous design. Cherry Kay

  16. The stemware is perfect with the china. My pattern is Spode Avondale: I love it!

  17. Where do you find it? I'm sure it is out of circulation?

  18. Stunning fall decor! Love each and every picture here. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  19. If you don't do another table this Fall, this one would be more than enough! How utterly beautiful! Every detail is perfect. I'm holding you personally responsible for my falling in love with transferware. Hugs!

  20. Nancy, your table is perfect. I love each of the elements and appreciate what went into putting this together. The cream soup bowls are so elegant, always the most favorite piece to me in a set of china. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Good morning, Nancy! I looked at the stemware in the early pictures and thought how well it complemented your china! Those were a great find! Good going!!! The transferware is beautiful, and you created a fabulous, timeless fall table with it. It is always nice to revisit some of the "oldies but goodies" because there is almost always going to be something we missed the first go round. Glad you reposted this! Have a wonderful weekend!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous! Every detail is stunning.


  23. Hi lovely lady.
    OMG. This Tablescape is just Gorgeous Nancy!!!
    I love your china this was a great find. I need to go shoping with you sweet lady. You have a way with putting a Tablescape together for a dinner party. LOVE IT !!!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  24. Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! The dishes and the colors just speak Fall and Thanksgiving (although I'm sure you have something different for that Holiday). But, the are so rich in color and character. The tablecloth is beautiful and the ceterpiece with candlelight is wonderful.

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. You are and asset to the party's success and I appreciate you!

  25. I just came upon your blog. Your dining room is divine. Looks so pretty in the candle light. I love the Spode, then I love all Spode. What beautiful things they made. It would be so much fun to have a meal at this table. Great job. I am your newest follower. Richard from, My Old Historic House.

  26. Just beautiful! I love your Spode dish tablescape and your dining room! It looks so cozy. You have a fine collection. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Pamela

  27. Just beautiful, Nancy! I love this pattern and the entire tablescape is gorgeous.

  28. An absolutely gorgeous tablescape, Nancy! Your transferware is just beautiful, and all the little touches on your table round out the fabulous setting.

    I would love to have you join me for Time Travel Thursday. The party is still going. Just click the button in the sidebar to join in.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  29. Nancy:
    Your dishes are always the most beautiful in the FALL AND HERE WE ARE! This is so gorgeous!

  30. Oh Nancy, what a beautiful table. You have so many wonderful pieces. I must check to see if I follow your blog, if not then I will be your next follower.
    Ellen who is drooling over this table

  31. What a beautiful table. Such rich colors! The china is wonderful!

  32. Simply beautiful...there just aren't any other words...I love the dishes and the setting of it all..


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