Thursday, October 20, 2011

Windsor Fruit Fall Tablescape

I have had bloggers block for the past two weeks! ;-)  I do have lots of projects and things to share but simply haven't been able to get to them.  I never want to blog because I feel I have to, so when I'm not around it's usually because I'm busy with my family, and they are always first to me.

 My two oldest boys, Michael and Ethan, moved back in with us for a while and we've been re-arranging and sorting through their things, deciding which of them they want to keep here and which they'll keep in storage temporarily until they move into their own place again.  Many trips to and from their storage unit have been made!

One of the patterns I have been waiting to use in a table setting this Fall is this Windsor Fruit pattern by Johnson Brothers.  

The pattern is a melange of hand painted fruits and flowers.  Windsor Fruit is often confused with Harvest, below, which has a more elaborately detailed border.   The shapes of the plates are also different from one another.   Harvest is about 3/4" larger than the Windsor Fruit plate and in much higher demand, as prices indicate.  The Harvest plates sell for as much as $100, especially this time of year, whereas the Windsor Fruit plates sell for $15-25 a piece.
I think they are both beautiful!  I have a few pieces of each listed in my Etsy store, English Transferware.

Here is a side by side comparison of the two plates borders.

I really was not sure how I wanted to set the table so I just began playing.  About fifteen minutes later, this is what I had come up with.

I recently found a floral arrangement I'd put together a while back and packed away.  

The little scarecrows that are tucked into the arrangement made me think of patchwork plaid.  I didn't want to go that bold on the table so I began draping a few matching throws over the table to create a patchwork look.  

Once everything was in place, I think the goal was achieved without being too bold a look.

Both glasses are T J Maxx finds.  I love the color combination of the ones on the left, amber/orange feet, purple stems and green goblets....perfect for Fall!

Flatware is Hampton, San Remo in ivory. 

Around the floral arrangement I added some pillar candles and a cutout pumpkin votive holder that my sister gave me for my birthday last year.

I hope you all are experiencing as beautiful weather wherever you are as we have been here in Oklahoma.  

Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower
~Henry David Thoreau~

Brambleberry Cottage
Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Love these dishes, l think Johnson Brothers has some of the most beautiful dishes. So many pretty dishes, so little storage space!! Thanks for sharing, Laura Cottage and Broome

  2. Beautiful table, Nancy. I can certainly relate to a busy life. I'm trying my best to keep up with posting something once a week and visiting all my friends as often as possible. But the garden is calling and I'm digging in the dirt. ;-)
    Enjoy your boys being back home. Put them to work. LOL
    ~ Sarah

  3. You always do such beautiful table, Nancy. I like the Windsor plates much better than the Harvest.
    I have the same 2 sets of glasses! Lovely centerpiece.
    Have a great weekend...

  4. Beautiful dishes, Nancy! Real life always takes precedence!

  5. I really like your table -- the plates are beautiful and says fall but not enough that you can't use them all year long!

  6. Those dishes are beautiful and your flatware compliments it all so well. Lovely!!

  7. Take care of your family first. We'll still be here when you're ready to post.
    Just beautiful!

  8. Beautiful table! Thanks for sharing,Joann

  9. Your tablescape looks beautiful, Nancy! And, I LOVE the plates and that you incorporated plum in there, as well.

  10. I love both fruit patterns!


  11. As beautiful as both designs are, I prefer the simplistic design of the Windsor Fruit for your tablescape. The color, eggplant, is my favorite in the purple family and it goes so well with the fall colors. I need to do me some shopping at TJ Maxx!! Pretty tablescape, btw.

  12. Lovely plates and so interesting to see the two versions side by side.Have a good weekend!

  13. Beautiful table! Windsor Fruit is my favorite set of dishes. I like to use them for Thanksgiving.

    I was so excited to see these as it's the first time I have seen them on any blog other than my own. I am glad to see someone else appreciates them as much as I do.


  14. Nancy, Your tablescape is beautiful and I love both patterns. Thank you for sharing your pretty Fall table at the Open House Party.

  15. Just gorgeous ~ as usual! I love both plates but I think the first one is my favorite. Your table looks lovely...I really love the purple glasses!

    Weather has been lovely here but a bit warm again. I'm hoping we do get more rain ~ after the Ranger's game ~ and it cools down.


  16. Nancy, this is just lovely...very soft, muted colors & I honestly think the Windsor Fruit is a prettier set than the more expensive one. I think one can appreciate the scalloped edge better on the Windsor Fruit & it doesn't look so "old fashioned" as Harvest. JMHO

    I'm impressed that you could create such a pretty table in 15 min. Must be because you're YOUNG! *wink*


    p.s. I hear ya' on being away from the keyboard for awhile. me too!

  17. Both of the patterns of the transferware are beautiful, and your table is gorgeous! I like the use of the different colored stems and the arrange is perfect. The who scheme is wonderful for Fall!

    Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday. I always appreciate your participation!

  18. Your table looks very cozy, Nancy. The dishes are beautiful!...Christine

  19. Your tablescape is so inviting, one feels like going to have tea with you inmediatelly. Of course I love the plates and the placemats along with the use of the colored stems, it all looks so warm and cozy. I'm placing your botton in my side bar, hope you visit and see it. Have a super week. FABBY

  20. Oh Nancy, Johnson Bros. Harvest has long been a favorite of mine, but not with my pocket book. I do love Windsor Fruit as well. Both are beautiful and your tablescape is so pretty. Love your glassware too. Have fun with your boys being back home.

  21. Oh how beautiful. I love the beautiful dishes and your linens are fabulous also. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  22. Thank you for showing the two patterns. Both are so pretty. Your tablescape is perfect! I like every detail.

  23. Happy to hear your boys are home with you. I'm sure being home with their family will give them them the time and support they need to determine their new direction.

    Great table. Interesting how similar but different the two patterns are. Both are beautiful.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. Wow, impressive dishware. Johnson Bros is lovely.
    You have set a beautiful table. Thanks for stopping by.


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