When a review copy of "The Vintage Table" arrived on my desk, I knew from one glimpse at the beautiful interior I was going to love it. The book, written by Jacqueline de Montravel and the editors of Romantic Homes, is subtitled "Personal Treasures and Standout Settings," and I'm happy to say this is one volume that lives up to its publicity.
Even the title page is pretty, and I think the typography shown here and on the cover is just so very lovely.
Several sections of the book specifically address the topic of teatime, and I was quite charmed by the little crocheted cup covers in the image at lower right. If I find some cups that are small enough, I know I can crochet those covers! Maybe to serve homemade sugar cubes. (What would you use them for?)
Fans of the shabby chic style of decorating will find much to admire in this book, including many images of vintage teawares in rose print designs. The book also has lots to say about the dishes we use daily, and this quote told me I was among kindred spirits: "Everyday dishware is like the friend you can count on to make you smile." That's certainly how I feel about the Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz dishes I use every day!
It's not all roses and pastels, however, as this cheery red table setting beautifully shows. There is lots of eye candy in this book, but it also encourages you to make an inventory of your own tablewares and consider new ways of combining them. I was surprised at how reading this book reminded me of my grandmother's pink crocheted tablecloth I haven't used in ages, and how I suddenly recalled those new teapot placecard holders I've never even taken out of the package. My favorite recommendation from the book? Start keeping a tableware diary! Now isn't that just a grand idea? It's one of many I took away from reading this beautiful, and useful, new book.