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.