Monday, February 29, 2016

A Warm Amber Glow

Do you ever make a decorating choice strictly by how a decor piece makes you feel?  For example, while shopping you come across some rich, red wine color velvet drapes and you couldn't keep yourself from running your fingers through the soft texture.  What about the serene light aqua blue glass vase that seemed to have held your gaze a little longer?  Or could it be the white, long-haired sheepskin throw rug that tempted you to lay down flat on the store's display rug?

This is exactly what happened when I received for the first time an amber Indiana glass deviled egg serving plate as an engagement gift from a dear, sweet neighbor and friend of my mother at the summer lake home in Wisconsin.  This lovely scalloped egg plate with plenty of filigree texture and warm glowing color stole my heart. 


Since then I have a soft spot for all things made in amber colored glass.  So much so, that I began to collect amber colored glass fairy lights.   When lit with a votive candle inside, the amber fairy light gives off such a cozy warm golden glow.  It is certain to make anyone feel at peace and welcomed.



Well, my love for amber glass just doesn't stop there.  During a sister day outing and a visit to a resale shop, my sister and I came across a complete set of American Concord Brockway Amber Glass dinnerware. It was complete with scalloped dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, cups and saucers.  It had a similar design to that of the deviled egg plate.

After a great deal of time thinking over the purchase of such a lovely set, I left the store empty handed and feeling rather unsettled.  I knew I wasn't going to find such a set, let alone a complete 6 serving set ever again.  I wasn't certain my decision to turn down the purchase was the right one and some how I was going to regret it.   However, much to my surprise a few weeks later I opened a very heavy gift box from my sister for my birthday and could have fallen right out of my chair.  There was the scalloped amber glass dinnerware set.  I couldn't have been more thrilled to have received it, especially from my loving and thoughtful sister who loves me and thought so much of me to have later returned to the shop to purchase it as a birthday present.

Since then, I have used the amber glass pieces from this set mixed with other dinnerware sets.  The combinations are endless.  However, it is now time to use it in its entirety.   As I think ahead to the change in seasons, pairing the amber glass with the colors of cream, grey, gold and sage green is the best option to convey the look of Spring.  Here is Wisconsin, we recently had several days of Spring-like weather in the 50's and it didn't take long before I caught the Spring fever.  I was so excited to incorporate my Spring decor items, such as tulips, birds, butterflies, nests and eggs in my tablescape.  The glow of the amber glass adds more elegance to the Spring decor.  It even goes so well with the large, two-tone,  hand-cut crystal vase that my mother-in-law had carefully packed and traveled with from Poland.

Take a peek and let me know if you agree....day or night, the amber glass makes an exquisite tablescape. 




























10 comments:

  1. How beautiful! I love the scalloped edges of those plates, what a lovely gift that was from your sister. I received a fairy light that matches your egg plate, as a wedding gift in 1976!

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    1. Thank you Joy. Is your fairy light in amber glass too? I know the fairy lights can come in other colors too. I would love to collect any in red. Enjoy your beautiful glowing fairy light and thank you for your comment.

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  2. This is so beautiful when all put together like that. With the sun glowing on it it's every prettier! Seeing that vase reminds me that I have one like that- just a little different shape. That truly was a sweet gift from your sister to have gone back and picked those pieces up. I've done that so often- left and felt like I was really going to regret it!

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    1. You are so right, Liz. I am so blessed to have a sister who I consider a gift from God. Nothing beats a close sister relationship. I love collecting dishes, especially those that could be "rescued" from resale shops. Like adopting abandoned pets whose owners no longer want them,I always think of dinnerware sets at resale shops and their long family history in the same way. I want to save them from their neglect and take them home to give them new life. However, lack of space very often results in my decision to turn down the purchase.

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  3. Your table is absolutely stunning. I too love the amber glass. Your sister was so thoughtful and must know you very well and love you to give such a wonderful gift.

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  4. Yes, I am truly very fortunate to have such a loving sister. Thank you for visiting The Little Yellow Corner Store and please come again.

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  5. Beautiful table setting. I love amber glass. The glow is lovely with the other colors you matched them with.

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    1. Thank you Thelma. It was so lovely to see your collection on your blog too. I hope you will visit again.

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  6. Your tablescape is beautifully designed.I really like your flatware. It has a vintage look and reminds of some that my grandmother had. I have her China, but I was unable to find her flatware to bring home with me. The green in yours would match her China. I might need to keep an eye for a set to add to that collection.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    Olivia, co-hostess
    Reinvented Collection

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  7. Amber is one of my favorite colors Marsha, so needless to say this tablescapes is one of my favorites. I don't know how I missed this post, but glad I had the opportunity to check it out.

    xxx

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