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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Like so many others in Blogville, I have been anxiously awaiting the first edition of “Flea Market Style”. I was so excited to find it for sale in my little town! You will want to be sure to go get a copy before they sell out. It is a beautiful magazine filled to the brim with incredible photos and fabulous ideas!


Photo credit: Cover of Summer 2010 edition of “Flea Market Style”

Recently, on the Flea Market Style blog, I was one of the very lucky winners of a signed and numbered print of a Matthew Mead photograph from this first edition!


Isn’t that gorgeous?

pic of my pic

Photo credit: Summer 2010 edition of “Flea Market Style”

(Photographer: Matthew Mead)

And here is THE photograph in THE magazine! Isn’t it gorgeous?


My tablescape today is my attempt to set a table similar to the one Matthew Mead styled for the photo shoot for the magazine. (He makes it look so easy!I'm pretty good at doing shabby. It's the chic part that alludes me! As it turns out, the only similarity is the color scheme.) My sincere apologizes to Mr. Mead.

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For the magazine tablescape, Matthew Mead used platters as chargers! Isn’t that a clever idea? I used two of my grandmother’s “once white” platters and two of my platters that have blue borders.


I usually display grandmother’s ironstone platters upside down, because I love the marks on the bottoms of them.



Glasses: My mother’s; Napkin rings: a gift from my friend, Paula; Forks: My grandmother’s (Rogers 12)


Photo credit: Summer, 2010, “Flea Market Style”

(Stylist/Photographer: Matthew Mead)

If you haven’t bought a copy of this magazine yet, do yourself a favor, and start looking for it. You don’t want to miss this! (No, they are not paying me to post this.  If they see my tablescape, they may pay me to delete this post!)

Don’t forget to go to Between Naps On The Porch for links to wonderful tablescapes.  It is so kind of you to visit my blog. laurie


The Muse said...!
simply scrumptious!!!

Stacey said...

It looks wonderful. I picked up the new Cottage Style today...think that's what it's called. It's nice too but many of the pictures are repeats from past BHG magazines.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Laurie, your blue and white table is really pretty. I have those Liberty Blue plates so this gives me some good ideas.

susan said...

Laurie- I LOVE the picture you won--how gorgeous! I really like your platters as chargers. I never would have thought of that. Nothing beats blue and white! .....Well, maybe blue and white with family treasures :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin' your beautiful tablescape and thanks for the update...I will go check it out!


Natasha in Oz said...

This is really gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tips from the magazine. I don't think I will be seeing a copy of it for a while yet...we get American magazines very late here in Oz.

Best wishes,

vignette design said...

I keep forgetting to look for this magazine. Thanks for the reminder. The pictures are beautiful. Especially that Michael Mead print. Glad you won it. It's incredible--my favorite subject: roses!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to get my copy. The founder of the magazine was on local TV this morning. I didn't realize he was out of Boston. Beautiful images.

Jewel Sauls said...

The picture you won is gorgeous so is your blue and white table! I will definitely look for the magazine this weekend!!! Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

I'll be picking up my copy hopefully this weekend.
I love your table setting and prize picture..gorgeous!
hugs!Laurie Anne

Kathysue said...

Laurie, I think Mr Mead would be flattered with the results of your table. I think you did a great job. I love the idea of hanging the platters so you can see the markings. You are a clever lady,Kathysue

Elizabeth said...

Love your table and the idea of platters as chargers is wonderful!

Pat@BPM said...

I haven't been able to find the magazine yet. I'm going to look in several places, while I'm in the bigger town south of here, this morning. Hope I can find it!

Your table is beautiful, Laurie. Last year I ordered several round platters from Raised in Cotton, for use as chargers. I love the idea!

xinex said...

Oh I wanna get that magazine, Laurie. I wonder if they sell it in the airport when I go home next Sat. It would be a fun read in the plane. I love your tablescape. I think you did a perfect copy. Pretty dishes!...Christine

Lady Katherine said...

I love the print, oh the magazine! I love the blue and white table setting! I can never get enough of blue and white. The platter is so pretty! I also love to have your napkins. lol
Yes, I am better. Having a Tea Party Sat. for 4 year old granddaughter.
I want to start doing a Tea Party on line. I been dreaming of it since, I started my blog. I just been waiting to get better. So very very soon.

Salmagundi said...

I found the magazine in my small-town grocery store this week, and have enjoyed it so much. My favorite article was all of the blue and white dishes, which you have recreated wonderfully. Love all of your platters as chargers. Take care, Sally

Lisa said...

This is a gorgeous tablescape! You did a wonderful job of interpreting Matthew's idea into a tablesetting! Well done! I did finally find Flea Market Style at B&N after stalking them for nearly a week. :)

Kathleen said...

Those napkin rings are lovely!
I have tried the platter thing, but it is hard to find platters where the plate fits and doesn't wobble. DH doesn't do well with wobble, LOL, and I don't want to see a platter fly across the room.
I have never seen that magazine...I will see if we have it here!
Pretty table, Laurie!

bj said...

BWAAAAAAA...I CAN'T FIND A COPY OF THIS DELIGHTFUL MAG ANYWHERE!! Am I going to be the ONLY lady in the whole entire huge world to NOT have it????

You did a fantastic job on your table and now you've inspired ME to try some new ideas with my blue and whites...Thanks, girlfriend.
hugs, bj

Marigene said...

Lovely blue and white just can't go wrong with that combination!

Anonymous said...

I love the blue willow, one of our all time favorites at our house. Give yourself more credit- your tablescape is very chic!

Scribbler said...

You're funny! I don't think anyone is going to want you to delete this post!

Your version is just as good, my dear. I am now inspired to go poking around and find some of those old platters -- the blue dishes I have.

BTW I cannot find this mag anywhere! Could it be that they are already gone?


Soosie said...

Laurie Eve..I didn't know about the new magazine! Thanks for the LBS..I will look for it..
I love your blue and's so clean-looking. My cupboards are filled with blue and white-sort of timeless.
Congrats on winning the fab gift! I have been working on Easter projects..bought a wool roving needle..we'll see. Susie

Sarah said...

Laurie, nice job recreating this look. I'm still looking for a copy of this mag. I don't want to miss it.
Hugs to you, sweet friend.

KBeau said...

Good job, Laurie. Love the idea of using platters for chargers. I have a couple that would make great chargers with my Old Britain Castles. Think I'll have to be on the lookout for some more.

honeysuckle said...

You are so lucky to get the copy. I will look for the magazine. I love flea market hunting. I think the best was in France where they are called braucants!(spelling?)

Judy said...

I just adore blue & white and you've done a splendid job. Just beautiful. I also have the Liberty Blue and Blue Willow and maybe others packed away that I've forgotten about. I can't wait til I'm out of this tiny apartment and can start tablescaping altho I don't have all the beautiful things some of you do I'm going to throw it all in...LOL. I really love what you've done.

{{{sweetiepie hugs}}}

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, this is just all so wonderful. I love that you used the platters, what a great idea. So pretty. I really love your beautiful quilt mosaic as your header too. Just toooooooo pretty. Hugs, Marty

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Never heard of that magazine. Guess I better check it out.

Unknown said...

Laurie...only you would have all the dishes to make this table! :) How fun is that! You did a great job!

Sue said...

Laurie, I like your interpretation of the tablescape! I love a blue/white combination. I am so glad to have found the magazine last week. So many ideas & lots of eye candy. :-)
hugs, Sue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations on winning! You did a great job on your table setting. I need to stop at Borders this afternoon for a copy.

Judi said...

Hi Laurie
YOu did good following the tablescape in the magazine. I love those dishes anyway...everything really does look wonderful. Aren't those flowers lovely in the picture...beautiful.

I have to find that magazine..I don't know whether it would be available in this part of the world..*s*..

have a great day and weekend.

The Stylish House said...
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The Stylish House said...

Your blue and white tablescape is lovely! I'm always fascinated by the marks on the back of dishes also.
Thank you for the reminder about Flea Market Style. I want to pick up a copy before they are gone.

P.S. Sorry for the delete, typo!

Bill said...

Hi Laurie,
Congratulations on your win! It's a beautiful image and, speaking of beautiful ... your table looks wonderful! You've definitely captured the look and feeling of Mr. Mead's. Yours is particularly special because it incorporates so many lovely, sentimental pieces. I love the simplicity of your grandmother's forks.

I particularly like the way you've used cups as vases flanking the center arrangement. I might just have to borrow that clever idea (sincerest form of flattery, right?). ;)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Bye for now,

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love it, Love it, girl you did an outstanding job with your table and you know how I love the blue/white combo is the best in the kitchen...How great that you won a prize and what a prize girl...aren't you a lucky ducky...Thanks so much my friend for adding Candace to your prayer list that was so kind of far still so good I had my eyes crossed even with this one...I haven't found that mag here yet but have seen it all over blogland ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT weekend with the BOSS my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Laurie...Mr. Mead would be proud! I love a blue and white tablescape and your's is lovely. Thanks for posting where all your beautiful pieces came hearing about things that have been inhertited or passed down. :-) I don't have the magazine, yet...but I've been reading about it in Blogland. I just might have to break down and buy one. Since I have a little decorating book addiction, I've been trying to cut down on my magazine consumption.
:-) Hugs,

Melissa Miller said...

Oh I need to grab a copy soon Laurie. I just love to read decorating magazines.

Your tablescape is beautiful in blue and white. ~Gorgeous. :)

Tardevil said...

Love it, Laurie! As always, your dishes are gorgeous! Congrats on your win!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Beautiful post l, and yes, I got my copy while visiting the coast for a little bit or r & r. I loved seeing all the junk that turned into diamonds...

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

Very pretty blue and white table!

Janean said...

laurie, this magazine looks FAB!

i used to have that exact blue patterned dishes. i bought them in 1976 as they commemorated the centennial along with reverware!

great job....platters as charger? grand idea!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I found a copy and have just been eating it up! Such loveliness! Oh, if you do decide to call Mr. Precious over to purge and paint - I'm coming too! I know I could find lots of pretties I'm sure you don't need! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

So pretty Laurie! I think your table setting is gorgrous.

I ahve not looked for Flea Markeyt Style as yet but I will hsi week ..thanks!

The print you won is fabulous!

Megan said...

Hi Laurie--Your tablescape is wonderful. I love the contrast of the dark blue and white. You have some great heirlooms from your mother and grandmother.
I picked up my copy of Flea Market Style last Monday and have been enjoying it all week. How lucky for you to have that beautiful print.
Happy 1st Day of March--Spring is almost here!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laurie! I got my copy yesterday and spent a long time studying the very same section! Love those plates! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, the blue & white dishes are just beautiful and I love the story behind them! I got a copy of that magazine, too, and just love it from cover to cover! How lucky for you to get that print - it is gorgeous! Linda

Crystal said...

I bought a copy of the magazine and read it cover to cover. It was absolutely wonderful.
I love your replication of the tabelscape. It turned out just beautiful.

Have a blessed day.