Wintery white vintage dishes set the table for post-holiday meals and entertaining. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs gathered paperwhite bulbs and pinecones, then added a hint of moss to assemble this casual, organic dining room centerpiece.
When you swap out holiday plates for items you use in your home throughout the year, look for new ways to display old pieces. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs in South Carolina used vintage milk glass for this tablescape, including setting one bowl on top of a cake plate. The dishes already have a wintery white look. She filled them with paperwhite bulbs that complement the pinecones on the table, knowing they will bring even more warmth to the interiors when they bloom. “I love the texture of the bulb itself,” she adds.
Vintage wine goblets are a beautiful addition your guests won't soon forget. Don't worry if you didn't inherit gorgeous glassware — you can always buy them. In my experience, estate sales are far and away the best place to score vintage dishware. Orphaned or mismatched glasses are especially good buys (often less than a dollar each) but complete sets are also a steal. Bonus: Many estate sale companies dramatically discount remaining items on the last day so, if you're a gambler, you may be able to pick up a complete set of the antique stemware you wish you'd inherited for a song.
Put all of your mismatched holiday heirlooms to use by creating charming holiday vignettes around your home. Group old serving dishes, candlesticks, vases or boxes together with tabletop trees and holiday figures.