Friday, April 23, 2010

Getting Out the Fine China

After years, I was finally able to take my fine china and crystal out of boxes to put on display! With our tax return money and other money we've been saving (for what seems to have been a lifetime), we were able to purchase a china cabinet. It's from the Thomasville Fredicksburg collection (same collection of furniture as our media console), so both pieces of furniture match.

My mom got me fine china as a birthday/Christmas gift when I was in high school. At the time, I thought it was such a boring gift, but I'm SO glad to have it now. My mom was right, I would appreciate it later. The china is Aynsley's Pembroke pattern. I have a setting for 12 because the pattern was being discontinued and on sale at the time. The only downfall to the great deal my mom got was that if anything ever happens in the future (a plate breaks, etc) I can't buy a replacement or add onto the set. While I've put it on display, I definitely plan to use it as much as possible on holidays, for dinner guests, and other special occasions. If it gets as much use as my mom's fine china does, I will be pleased. I'm also excited to finally be able to pour wine and champagne into wine glasses when guests bring a bottle over! I can't tell you how many times people have brought over drinks and I was so embarrassed because I didn't have appropriate glasses to pour it into.     

Now I just have to decide on a paint color(s). I'm considering doing a light, muted yellow or a rich, sage green. What do you think? Should I do the same color on both the top and bottom of the chair rail? Should I do the pale yellow on top and the dark green on the bottom? Any input/suggestions are welcome!


  1. Isn't Aynsley the manufacturer? Maybe Pembroke is the pattern?

  2. yes, i think you are right. i just wrote what was on the back of the plate! :0

  3. oh my gosh. Marjorie, I absolutely LOVE your fine china set! It's so unique, intricate, colorful, and fanciful. I'm big on ornate flowers and birds. This is one of the prettiest sets I've seen!! :)

    And paint colors... hmmm... I really like the idea of 2 different shades - darker beneath rail and lighter above. I could see a sage green below and a soft, buttery yellow above OR a richer butter yellow on bottom and a lihter cream yellow on top? I'm so excited to see what you choose! Feel free to bounce ideas around! I love this stuff! :)
    Soo cool we both thought yellow! Great minds think alike! :)

    I miss you guys!!! Let me know the next time you're in Lancaster . . .

    much love~

  4. I like the darker color on the bottom! It makes the room feel larger and it is more traditional. I like traditional colors and styles.

    I also love your China! My mom's mom gave me her mother's china as a wedding gift! It is cream with a tiny gold trim and I cannot wait to have a house and display it.

    I love reading your posts!

  5. you're right sarah, doing the darker on the bottom definitely makes the room feel larger. thanks for the encouragement!

  6. The china cabinet is so pretty. How special that after all these years you can display it and use it! ~LR