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Monday, May 13, 2013


For years, I’ve had the same “breakfast set” of dishes on the shelf above my stove alcove.  I can never leave anything in the same spot for very long, so I’m a little shocked that, with the exception of taking these dishes down to decorate for a holiday, I have left them there for more than ten years!

coach plates
One reason is probably that I love this set.  The second reason is that I have no place else to display it, and I just hate to hide it away.
Well, Spring fever hit me hard this past weekend, and I decided I needed to replace it with something a little lighter looking.
I already had a couple of French Quimper tiles and a Quimper serving piece on the lower shelf over the stoves.  So, since I’m also running out of space to display my Quimper, I decided I’d brighten the upper shelf with more Quimper for the Spring and Summer season.

Quimp cntr
Up until this weekend, I had the reproduction male plate that matched the reproduction female plate on the right in this photo.  It broke when I fell off the step ladder while I was putting these on the shelf.  (Yes, I have the “old lady” bruises to prove it – all over my body!)

No, I didn’t name my children French names.  I just love these little lug bowls that were used by a French family.

Tour of  our kitchen here.

For now, since I haven’t found a place to store it, my “breakfast set” is decorating our dining table in the family room.

Yep!  I definitely have a “thing” for china – especially if it is charming.  (Unfortunately, I’m charmed by a lot of china.)


Isn’t this little serving bowl absolutely charming?
This pattern is Hampton Ivory, Swinnertons England.
It was so nice of you to stop by to see my little changeup.  I’m linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and  Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life.


ellen b. said...

Oh how I love charming dishes, too. If only that was the only type of dishes I loved...LOL.
So sorry you fell and broke the dish and hurt yourself. Oye.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, you have the most wonderful spots to poke your lovely dishes on. Your favorite set is the sweet pattern. I love the shelves you have and your new look is fantastic!
Hope you had a nice Mother's Day!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Laurie,
As much as I liked the other set displayed above your cooking area, I really like the Quimper there, too. So sorry that you broke a piece while climbing up the ladder! I don't like ladders much anymore, either! (And they don't like me!)

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Oh, how charming and lovely your kitchen is! Cute set of breakfast plates too. Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla


The Quimper dishes..SWOON!!! I love, love your kitchen. In my old huge home, we had an alcove, or niche like yours, where the stove was inside and the kitchen was HUGE! I love my small kitchen here too, though. Oh goodness, I hate breaking, like last Fall I broke such a pretty cloche while fixing my mantel! Your new look is totally fabulous! Have a nice week.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

It pains me to break anything so I feel your pain. I live in earthquake country so you learn not to display anything you value.

Dewena said...

Laurie, be careful! Leave ladders to the pros, please. But it's such a shame to lose one of your favorite plates. It does look beautiful up there. Your plates are all charming! And that breakfast set is dear. I think I'll have to pin them!

Tricia said...

I like the new look with the Quimper, but that breakfast set is darling! So glad you figured out a way to keep it on display!

Debbie said...

I love both the Quimper in the nook and the breakast set on the table. I love how you said that a lot of china "charms" you. Isn't that the truth??? The result for you is that you have wonderful little nooks and crannies full of it. The bonus for me is that I get inspired by your display ideas. I pinned that little tray with the breakfast set. I love the look of it.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love your kitchen it is totally amazing and your do have the best displays ever. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Either way - it is pretty. Be careful on those ladders!

Charlene ♥ NC said...

It had to make you sick when the piece broke... I have a thing for dishware, too, and sadly it doesn't even have to be THAT lovely! Always love your displays - so be careful on the ladder so we can see more. LoL

Celestina Marie said...

Laurie, your china is charming and you have such an eye for gorgeous. I loved your shelf with the set you enjoyed for so long, but the rearrange with the Quimper is so beautiful too. It is nice to change things out now and then for a fresh feel. So sorry you fell off the ladder. I know you hated to break the dish, but thank goodness you did not break anything.
You have the most gorgeous kitchen my friend. Such an inviting space filled with so many pretties to see and enjoy. And, you display everything so wonderfully.
Always inspired when I visit.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

You certainly have a wonderful kitchen! :) said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous, charming and welcoming! I know you have fun dreaming about decorating on that upper shelf~careful! The french names are so fun and the current set on display on your table is delightful!